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 fiancé. 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?
A fast-moving, powerful hurricane throws Vanessa and Logan together as they evacuate to a storm shelter along with other residents of the Florida Gulf Coast. Forced to spend time together, the pair battles unexpected renewed feelings for each other.
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 believes God’s best often waits behind the doors marked “Never.” A 2015 RITA® Finalist and a 2014 Carol Award finalist, Beth is a contemporary romance novelist with Howard Books. Her 2014 novel, Somebody Like You, was one of Publisher’s Weekly’s Best Books of 2014. In 2015 she introduced her destination wedding series with both an e-novella, Can’t Buy Me Love, (May) and a novel, Crazy Little Thing Called Love (June).
Find out more about Beth K. at http://bethvogt.com.
Beth Vogt is at the top of my list of contemporary romance authors. She always manages to add just a little bit more, a little something special to give her novels, a touch of wisdom and grace. Crazy Little Thing Called Love, the first novel in her new Destination Wedding series, is no exception. Combining a fun location, a long lost love, and a message of reconciliation and sacrifice, this book is one I can highly recommend.
Vanessa Hollister is getting married, again. After a disastrous first marriage at the age of 18, now 28-year old Vanessa is older and wiser and is ready to settle down with the safe and practical Ted. But a return to the scene of her first wedding, Destin, Florida, stirs up old feelings and emotions especially when she runs into her first husband. Circumstances keep throwing them into each other’s path. Is it just coincidence or is God in the center of everything?
While the beach setting is perfect for a summer read, Crazy Little Thing Called Love draws its strength from the characters. Both major and minor characters are well-developed and feel like old friends. One couple in particular, the Wrights, is a great example of sacrificial love in marriage. Old wounds and insecurities are exposed, and Vanessa and her ex-husband Logan struggle to overcome their weaknesses. The book is told in a mix of present day and flash-backs which adds a depth to the story.
No spoilers here, but two scenes in the book are especially touching. One scene involves teenage Vanessa and Logan. An oh no! scene turns into an oh yes! moment — something you would want to share with your teenaged son or daughter. And a surprise wedding ceremony twist brought tears to my eyes.
If you are looking for a feel good romance with some spiritual depth, then Crazy Little Thing Called Love is a perfect choice.
Audience: older teens to adults.
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(Thanks to Howard and LitFuse for a review copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)