Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Chance of Loving You (Book Review)

Disclosure: Tyndale House Publishers sent me a copy of this book, at no cost to me, for review purposes.  I was not required to write a positive review, and all opinions contained are my own.

Chance of Loving You is an anthology by three bestselling romance authors:  Terri Blackstock, Candace Calvert, and Susan May Warren.  (Click on each author's name for her bio and a link to her website.)  Each short novel is about 150 pages long.

The first short novel is For Love of Money by Terri Blackstock.  This is the description from the back cover:
Trying to launch her own design firm while waitressing on the side, Julie Sheffield was drawn to the kind man she waited on at the restaurant last night ... until he stiffed her on the tip by leaving her half of a sweepstakes ticket.
For me, the most interesting aspect of For Love of Money was the meeting of two very different people who were thrown together by that sweepstakes ticket (on which he'd scribbled an IOU note, which did not endear him to her at all!).  I can't say much more without revealing too much of the plot, but I can tell you that the story was enjoyable to read.

The second title is The Recipe by Candace Calvert.
Hospital dietary assistant Aimee Curran is determined to win the Vegan Valentine Bake-Off to prove she's finally found her calling.  But while caring for one of her patients--the elderly grandmother of a handsome CSI photographer--Aimee begins to question where she belongs.
I really like the way this story opens with a bang:  a chaotic but funny incident caused by the discovery of a surprise on the elderly patient's dinner plate.  As you might remember, I enjoy stories that involve food, so this one was fun for me.  This plot revolves around Aimee's uncertainty about the direction of her life, the baking contest, and relationships--between Aimee and Lucas as well as among coworkers, family members, and friends.  I think The Recipe is my favorite part of the anthology.

Hook, Line & Sinker by Susan May Warren wraps up the collection.
Grad student Abigail Cushman has agreed to enter Deep Haven's annual fishing contest.  She's a quick learner, even if she doesn't know the difference between a bass and a trout.  But nothing could prepare her for competing against the handsome charmer she's tried to forget since grief tore them apart.
This is the story that had me talking to the characters.  You know, "Just say it!" and "Open the door!"  The history between Abigail and Ross isn't revealed immediately, but the tension is obvious. We soon see that both are carrying baggage from their shared past.  If they just talked openly about it, this story would be very short!  But they don't, so the story consists of the back-and-forth of near misses.  This would appeal to some readers, but not so much to me.

Overall, Chance of Loving You is an anthology of family-friendly, sweet, contemporary romances.  The endings are somewhat predictable, but I wanted to keep reading to find out what paths the characters took to get there.  It's a light read that would be good to take to the beach!

See the left column on the Tyndale House Publishers page for Chance of Loving You to read an excerpt and to connect with the authors on social media.


  1. Oh that's a good review. Sounds like an interesting read.

  2. That does sound pretty good. I will have to check this out down the road. Lol trying to go through my library and read all I have :)


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