A Crazy Little Thing Called Love by Beth Vogt

Friday, July 17, 2015

Wedding bells and storm clouds collide in the first engaging novel in a brand-new series about destination weddings, the power of love, and the possible mishaps and missteps that happen on a couple’s journey down the aisle to “I do.”

Paramedic Vanessa Hollister has put her adolescence behind her, including the unwanted label of being the new kid in town over and over again, thanks to her father’s military career. She’s overcome what her mother called “the biggest mistake of her life” and is planning an elegant destination wedding in Destin, Florida with her new fiancĂ©. But will the reappearance of her first husband from her what-were-you-thinking teenage elopement disrupt her dream of an idyllic beach wedding?

As a professional storm chaser, Logan Hollister is used to taking risks. However, a reckless decision during the last tornado season has him questioning the future of his team, the Stormmeisters. Coming face to face with his ex-wife eight years after their divorce compels him to confront his greatest regret: losing Vanessa. Does their past give him the right to interfere with her future?

Vanessa and Logan are faced with a choice: Should they accept, once and for all, their teenage marital mistake? Or is God offering them a second chance at happily ever after?

Beth K. Vogt is a non-fiction author and editor who said she'd never write fiction. She's the wife of an Air Force family physician (now in solo practice) who said she'd never marry a doctor--or anyone in the military. She's a mom of four who said she'd never have kids. Now Beth believes God's best often waits behind the doors marked "Never." A 2014 Carol Award finalist, Beth is a contemporary romance novelist with Howard Books. Her 2014 novel, Somebody Like You, is one of Publisher's Weekly's Best Books of 2014. Her e-novella, A November Bride, is part of Zondervan's A Year of Wedding Series. Beth enjoys writing contemporary romance because she believes there's more to happily-ever-after than the fairy tales tell us. She lives in Colorado with her husband Rob, who has adjusted to discussing the lives of imaginary people, and their youngest daughter, Christa, who's taking them through the teen years again. An established magazine writer and former editor of Connections, the leadership magazine for MOPS International, Beth is also part of the leadership team for My Book Therapy, the writing community founded by best-selling author Susan May Warren.

My Thoughts:

Being a Navy brat, I could definitely identify with Vanessa. We didn't move that often however, we moved the summer of my sophomore year of high school from California to Florida. I started my junior year at a new high school knowing no one, and like Vanessa I bumped into a senior football player walking down the hallway. 
Beth placed this book in Destin, Florida, a place I knew nothing about. Vanessa plans her destiny wedding in Destin because it kills two birds with one stone. Her fiance` Ted is a ER Dr. and there is a medical conference the same weekend they want to get married. The last place Vanessa wants to be is in Destin because of all the memories of her and Logan. When a hurricane hits Destin forget trees flying, emotions are high and flying too. 
This book was fun, I was glued to the pages from the first page. It was full of surprises that kept you glued to your seat. I was sad to see it end, I wanted to spend more time with these new friends. This is a perfect summer book, and I highly recommend it!

Five Days in Skye by Carla Laureano

Hospitality consultant Andrea Sullivan has one last chance to snag a high-profile client or she'll have to kiss her dreams of promotion good-bye. When she's sent to meet Scottish celebrity chef James MacDonald on the Isle of Skye, she just wants to finish her work as efficiently as possible. Yet her client is not the opportunistic womanizer he portrays himself to be, and her attraction to him soon dredges up memories she'd rather leave buried. For James, renovating the family hotel is a fulfillment of his late father's dreams. When his hired consultant turns out to be beautiful, intelligent, and completely unimpressed by his public persona, he makes it his mission to win her over. He just never expects to fall under her spell.

Soon, both Andrea and James must face the reality that God may have a far different purpose for their lives—and that five days in Skye will forever change their outlook on life and love.

 About Carla Laureano:

Carla Laureano has held many job titles—professional marketer, small business consultant, and martial arts instructor—but writer is by far her favortie. She currently lives in Denver with her patient husband and two rambunctious sons, who know only that Mom's work involves lots of coffee and talking to imaginary people.

My Thoughts:

Andrea Sullivan is a closer. She is the best her company has, as a Hospitality Consultant. Her job is on the line. She has to close this deal and get home.
James or Jamie MacDonald is a Celebrity Chef with a cooking show, cook books, and numerous hotels in London. He has no idea that Andrea is coming and her arrival thanks to his younger brother Ian, knocks him off his feet in many ways.

In this debut novel by Carla, she has written believable characters that you fall in love with and cheer for. Five Days in Skye is a vacation to Scotland without the price of the ticket, I was breathless at the images of the Scottish highlands. The romance between James and Andrea is tender and endearing. The spiritual element is subtle but very powerful.

I stayed up very late reading this book, and I am so book drunk that picking up another book, and I have others to review, just doesn't seem possible. James and Andrea will stay with me for a long time.

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