Christian Reading

Love at First Laugh: Novella Collection Reviews!

Love at First Laugh by Krista Phillips

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About the Book

Dive into eight brand new contemporary Christian romantic comedies from some of your favorite inspirational authors.

From light-hearted romance to laugh-out-loud love, this set will put a smile on your face and keep you reading long into the night.

Second Impressions by award-winning author Pepper Basham
He likes streamline. She prefers embellishments. His forte is business. Hers is atmosphere. Will they realize each has what the other needs most to create the perfect romance with a touch of Jane Austen flair?

Mowed Over by USA Today bestselling author Christina Coryell
A tiny, chatty fairy artist with multicolored pastel hair. A burly, bearded landscaper who can’t get a word in edgewise. They have nothing in common, but is that enough to keep them apart?

An Informal Affair by award-winning author Heather Gray
She’s tired of waiting for happily-ever-after, so she takes matters into her own hands…with online dating. He has the worst bad-date streak ever. How will God show two people who are determined to do things their own way that He’s had a perfect plan all along?

A Heart Restored by Elizabeth Maddrey
She renovates old houses. Can he restore her heart?

Unleashing Love by Jessica R. Patch
She’s a dog walker who agrees to a full-time position caring for a puppy. In total shock, she’s handed a precious baby girl. He’s a construction mogul who’s taken his infant niece into temporary relative placement — keyword: temporary. Unless the sassy southern nanny can change his mind…and his heart.

A (nearly) Normal Nanny by Krista Phillips
Normal is highly overrated…

That’s When I Knew by award-winning author Laurie Tomlinson
When two childhood sweethearts find themselves thrown together on the road to a trade show that could save her career, past mistakes threaten to ruin her chances–and the possibility of rekindling a romance. Will the end of the summer find them apart once again?

A Time to Laugh by USA Today bestselling author Marion Ueckermann
When an unexpected inheritance and a lung disease diagnosis coincide, a missionary couple realizes God is telling them it’s time to retire. But sometimes retirement comes with strings attached. Will their life-long dream be a blessing or a curse?

My Perspective

This was such a sweet collection of stories. Each author did a wonderful job of weaving their story with God’s love, and connecting on an emotional level. I laughed, gasped, smiled, and just had a great time reading them. Here are in depth reviews for two of the stories:

***That’s When I Knew***

My favorite thing about Chelsea’s character was that she wasn’t your typical lead woman. She was head strong, opinionated, loved sports, was competitive, and didn’t seem afraid to get dirty. It’s not too often you see a woman like this in a romantic story, even though I think a lot of them should be this way! I am after all, and shouldn’t all characters be like me? Just kidding…. But I do think that characters should be more realistic and let’s face it, there are a billion different types of women out there. This type just happened to strike a chord with me. That being said, Chelsea also had this vulnerable side that didn’t come out often, but when it did it added depth to her character and the plot line.

Chelsea and Nick slipped easily into conversation when they were stuck together – a clear sign to me that they should be together! I loved the interaction between them. It wasn’t forced, or awkward (most of the time), it was just real. They were goofy, fun and serious. It was a cute story and I loved reading it.

***Unleashing Love***

Have you ever read a scene that you could see vividly in your mind that made you burst out laughing? That’s exactly what happened in the very first scene of this novella! Then in the next section I was doing the exact opposite, tearing up and having some sad emotions. I enjoy reading a story that is filled with different kinds of emotion. It keeps you on your toes and has you looking for what is coming next.

This was such an entertaining story to read. I absolutely loved the nickname Mr. Money, and snickered to myself when reading it. Deep down I feel he was really more than that, although it didn’t always seem like it. It’s funny how we as a society stereotype people based on the way they are dressed and carry themselves. Then sometimes you get a sweet surprise, much like Mr. Money, to find out they are someone entirely different. He had great personal growth in trying to take care of his niece, and had me rooting for him before it was all over.

I received a complimentary copy of this collection. I was not required to write a favorable review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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