Monday, October 19, 2015

Crazy Little Thing Called Love (Destination Weddings #1) by Beth K. Vogt

Title: Crazy Little Thing Called Love (Destination Weddings #1)
Author: Beth K. Vogt
Pages: 361
Release Date: June 30, 2015
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Howard Books
Format: Paperback (also available in eBook)
Note: I received a free copy of this book through The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.

About the book:

     What if what you thought was your biggest mistake was actually the right choice?

     Vanessa Hollister is newly engaged and planning an elegant Florida destination wedding. Now if she can only dodge the memories of her first “What was I thinking?” marriage to Logan Hollister.

     Logan and Vanessa met during their senior year of high school when she moved to Florida because her father was stationed at the local military base. Having the same last name threw Vanessa and Logan together, and Logan’s friendship helped Vanessa get past being the new girl in school – again. Within months, the two eighteen-year-olds had eloped, a crazy, impulsive decision spurred on by Vanessa’s heartbreak at the looming possibility of moving one more time. They truly believed they could make their teenage marriage work, but in less than two years, they divorced because of competing dreams and unresolved expectations.

     Eight years later, Vanessa is stunned to meet Logan on their favorite stretch of beach in Destin, Florida. When a hurricane hits the Gulf Coast, she and Logan seek safety at the same hurricane shelter and end up battling unexpected renewed feelings for each other. Now they have to answer the question: Was their impetuous adolescent marriage a mistake? Or are they wrong to not seize a second chance at a life together?

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

My review:

     This is a delightful contemporary romance!

     I fell in love with both Vanessa Hollister and Logan Hollister as soon as I met them. Their high school friendship/romance is the stuff that dreams are made of. Then things fell apart. Years later they are both struggling with regrets and second guessing choices that they have made over the years.

     They are both such wonderfully realistic and human characters that I’ve met through the pages of a book. They are also surrounded with supportive and caring family and friends that are trying their hardest to help them sort out the past and move into the future that God has for them. On that journey they each have to find a way for ask for forgiveness, forgive themselves and others, and trust God. It is an incredible journey and I thoroughly enjoyed going on it with them.

     As an Air Force veteran and wife who dealt with lots of moves, thanks to the military, I liked reading Vanessa’s viewpoint on all the moves as a child who’s dad was in the Air Force. It helped me to understand better what my children went through.

     I really enjoy historical romances more than contemporary ones. But this book is fantastic and I can’t recommend it highly enough. It gets a 5 star rating from me.

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