Love and Other Mistakes

Love and Other Mistakes

There’s a fine line between love and hate . . . And for the last seven years, Natalie Groves has hated Jeremy Walters. Natalie Groves was meant for great things. But soon after her fiancé left, Natalie’s father was diagnosed with cancer. Suddenly her grand plans evaporated . . . and God felt very far away.Fast-forward seven years, and an internship presents Natalie a chan...

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Love and Other Mistakes Reviews

  • Rachel McMillan

    HAPPY THOUGHTS!

    more soon!!!

  • Georgia

    I was dubious about reading a Christian romance, but this was really well done and tackled some pretty weighty church issues and life challenges in a wonderfully non-cheesy way. The story dealt with issues of infidelity (that part of the story was a particular gut punch), illness, forgiveness, self-worth, and regular ole insecurities...so relatable. Plus the characters were flawed and not everyone’s story ended in a neat bow.

    A few criticisms: The author often glossed over large swaths of time (

    I was dubious about reading a Christian romance, but this was really well done and tackled some pretty weighty church issues and life challenges in a wonderfully non-cheesy way. The story dealt with issues of infidelity (that part of the story was a particular gut punch), illness, forgiveness, self-worth, and regular ole insecurities...so relatable. Plus the characters were flawed and not everyone’s story ended in a neat bow.

    A few criticisms: The author often glossed over large swaths of time (weeks) and told rather than showed what was happening. The teenage character fell into a several pitfalls that seems maybe a tech too stereotypical. Also, unless I missed something, all of the characters were white...in a pretty big college town (Charlottesville) where I know for a fact there are Christians who are not white.

    I will definitely read more from Jessica Kate though I hope she makes her characters more diverse in the future.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

  • Maria

    - Received an Advance Reader Copy in exchange for a fair review -

    A fast-paced plot with super-busy (often frenetic) characters, “Love and Other Mistakes”, by Jessica Kate, is an enjoyable, cute read about a couple’s second-chance at love, with an adorable baby and a teen girl with an old soul.

    Jeremy and Natalie’s present romance is somewhat pushed into the background, but the history and baggage between them compensate for that. And they always seem so synchronized, with that “weird energy” betw

    - Received an Advance Reader Copy in exchange for a fair review -

    A fast-paced plot with super-busy (often frenetic) characters, “Love and Other Mistakes”, by Jessica Kate, is an enjoyable, cute read about a couple’s second-chance at love, with an adorable baby and a teen girl with an old soul.

    Jeremy and Natalie’s present romance is somewhat pushed into the background, but the history and baggage between them compensate for that. And they always seem so synchronized, with that “weird energy” between them; the author smartly shows how they’re both dealing with personal and family crises that often take precedence over the romantic relationship.

    There’s lots of family drama – the child’s sickness, a marriage in crisis, terminal illness, a dysfunctional family with an unyielding patriarch - but in the end these people really love and care for each other.

    I loved baby Oliver, I don’t remember reading a child who is so well written and real, he's really adorable and sweet. Lili, a teenager key to the plot, is also a great character, as well as Nick and Sam.

  • Ellie Studdard

    This is the first Christian fiction novel I've read since high school, so I was apprehensive, but pleasantly surprised! Love and Other Mistakes reads just like many of the other rom-coms I've loved recently. The author does a great job at not being overly preachy and creating relatable, flawed characters with just a touch of cheesiness to make you smile.

    Natalie is trying her best to get by, helping her family care for her sick father and his medical bills, when her ex-fiancé, Jem, moves back to

    This is the first Christian fiction novel I've read since high school, so I was apprehensive, but pleasantly surprised! Love and Other Mistakes reads just like many of the other rom-coms I've loved recently. The author does a great job at not being overly preachy and creating relatable, flawed characters with just a touch of cheesiness to make you smile.

    Natalie is trying her best to get by, helping her family care for her sick father and his medical bills, when her ex-fiancé, Jem, moves back to town with his new baby. She finds herself with no choice but to work for him as the nanny to make ends meet in order to pursue her true dream of working in ministry. At the same time, Jem's niece Lili comes to live with him after discovering a secret about her dad, the pastor of the local church. Natalie and Jem find themselves trying to navigate life with a baby and moody teenager, all while coming to terms with their own emotional past together. There's a love triangle, infidelity, and lots of drama between the three intertwined families in this novel.

    This story was very "busy" with lots of characters and lots of drama. While I sometimes found myself annoyed at the characters for their repetitively bad decisions, they were overall pretty likeable (except Steph- I did not like Steph). I especially loved how the author really developed and made baby Olly an excellent character. There were some transition issues between POVs/time lapses that were confusing, but I expect these will be resolved before the final print.

    Overall, a cute story for anyone who loves a good rom-com with lots of drama and a good lesson on forgiveness. I will look forward to more of Jessica Kate's work in the future. 3.5 stars from me

    Thank you to Thomas Nelson via NetGalley for the ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  • Denise Hershberger

    This book wasn't as inspirational as I thought it would be. I felt like half the characters were Christian trying to live their lives for God and the other half said they were Christian (and even a pastor) but we're not even remotely acting Christ-like not did they seem to show much remorse or reconciliation.

    I liked Jem - most of the time. He early had made mistakes, but seemed to be trying to make the best of hard situations. I felt like Natalie had no clue what she was doing with her life even

    This book wasn't as inspirational as I thought it would be. I felt like half the characters were Christian trying to live their lives for God and the other half said they were Christian (and even a pastor) but we're not even remotely acting Christ-like not did they seem to show much remorse or reconciliation.

    I liked Jem - most of the time. He early had made mistakes, but seemed to be trying to make the best of hard situations. I felt like Natalie had no clue what she was doing with her life even though she thought she did. I was very annoyed with her.

    Now that I reflect on the book, I just hope that some people reading it realize how much their choices affect the lives of those around them.

    I received an advanced copy of this book and this is my honest review.

  • Susan Snodgrass

    Natalie Groves was dumped by her fiancé 7 years earlier and her father diagnosed with cancer. God just doesn't care about her. So she thinks. Now Jeremy is back in town with a baby son and Natalie is helping her parents with their finances after the medical bills pile up. She just lost her job and she agrees to nanny Jeremy's baby. What? Lots of issues in this debut novel, and they are handled well by the author. Redemption really works as both Nat and Jem discover and God wasn't so far away aft

    Natalie Groves was dumped by her fiancé 7 years earlier and her father diagnosed with cancer. God just doesn't care about her. So she thinks. Now Jeremy is back in town with a baby son and Natalie is helping her parents with their finances after the medical bills pile up. She just lost her job and she agrees to nanny Jeremy's baby. What? Lots of issues in this debut novel, and they are handled well by the author. Redemption really works as both Nat and Jem discover and God wasn't so far away after all.

    *I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson Publishers via Net Galley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

  • Antonella

    Love and Other Mistakes is my first book by this author and my first christian fiction. I really didn't pay attention while requesting this, that it's christian fiction. I didn't even know that it was a thing.

    I guess you live and learn. But I didn't mind. It read as some of the chick lit I have read.

    This is a story about two brothers and their families, kids, love interest and complicated relationship with their father. In a small town where one brother is a pastor and another comes back after

    Love and Other Mistakes is my first book by this author and my first christian fiction. I really didn't pay attention while requesting this, that it's christian fiction. I didn't even know that it was a thing.

    I guess you live and learn. But I didn't mind. It read as some of the chick lit I have read.

    This is a story about two brothers and their families, kids, love interest and complicated relationship with their father. In a small town where one brother is a pastor and another comes back after long time being away, we get to go on a journey discovering family secrets and how they affect their families and lives.

    I found blurb really misleading as this book really isn't about Natalie and her ex boyfriend Jem being back. She is more of a side character or maybe the plethora of characters don't give anyone space to be the protagonist of this story. They all are intertwined. But I did find Lilly, the pastor daughter, the most interesting one in this book. I think her emotional journey is what kept my interest throughout the book, as I really wanted to see how everything will turn out. I also find her the most honest and true to situation written character. Imagine my disappointment when at the end abrupt and poor epilogue doesn't solve any or major problem couple of characters dealt with.

    I don't need rosy and happy ending but this confusion and unfinished plot line is really something I cannot accept.

    So some characters do get the ending they deserve as I don't want to give anything away. But other then that I found the overall book lacking some major parts of the story.

    Somewhere between two and three stars.

    2,5

    * Thanks to publisher and NetGalley for copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

    All opinion are my own.

  • Jultri

    DNF 38%. Christian fiction version of Love Actually. Multiple couples, interconnected lives. Pastor dirtbag cheated on his wife and blamed her reluctance to attend marital counselling. Some things did not add up.

    NetGalley ARC.

  • Come_read_with_me_

    I had high hopes for this book! The synopsis had me hooked and I couldn't wait to get started however, it didn't work for me. At all! I found the storylines didn't add up, the characters annoyed me. I had to force myself to keep reading. I absolutely loved Ollie's character! He was sweet!!

    Thank you to netgalley for providing me with this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  • Sherwood Smith

    I'm tagging this as fiction, and spiritual (more about that later). It's billed as a romance, and there is romance in it, but that is overshadowed by so many issues it read more like a problem novel.

    To discuss it, I have to go into spoiler territory, so if you don't want to be spoiled, don't read on.

    It's a debut novel, and as such it's impressive. The author certainly packed the story with issues, keeping the pacing boiling along.

    Central is Natalie, who was dumped by her fiancé weeks before her

    I'm tagging this as fiction, and spiritual (more about that later). It's billed as a romance, and there is romance in it, but that is overshadowed by so many issues it read more like a problem novel.

    To discuss it, I have to go into spoiler territory, so if you don't want to be spoiled, don't read on.

    It's a debut novel, and as such it's impressive. The author certainly packed the story with issues, keeping the pacing boiling along.

    Central is Natalie, who was dumped by her fiancé weeks before her marriage, which caused her entire life to crash and burn. She is back in her home town after a series of bad jobs that didn't work out--and right when she begins a promising internship for a new ministry, she runs into her ex, Jeremy. Who is also back in town--with a baby. He's a single dad.

    Natalie ends up being hired by Jeremy to watch his baby, as he, too, is beginning a new job, at the local newspaper.

    Along the way we meet Natalie's wonderful parents--her dad, her idol, is retiring from his lifelong ministry as he is dying of cancer. Jeremy's brother and sister-in-law, Mike and Steph, are co-pastors at the church that Jeremy left, but apparently he's returned to. We also meet what I think the best character in the book, Mike and Steph's daughter Lili.

    Lili discovers that her dad is cheating on her mom, and when Mike finds out, he pleads with his daughter not to tell anyone. That's right, the pastor makes his teenage daughter complicit in his cheating.

    Jessica Kate writes about these flawed characters with sympathy, showing how fragile human beings are--this is no postmodern novel smirking superiorly at the "corrupt fundies" that has become so very common in fiction these days.

    The problem is, this issue just about overwhelms the rest of the book, as Lili tries to deal, makes friends with an awesome teen whose family is full of their own problems, and finally can't deal and runs away. Meanwhile Nat is dead set against trusting Jeremy, though they are instantly attracted to each other all over again.

    But then things take another horrible turn when Jeremy's baby turns out to have a severe case of diabetes. That's right, another heart-breaking issue!

    For the most part, Jessica Kate deals fairly with the characters--including Jeremy's ex, who comes knocking at the door to see her baby after dumping him on Jeremy right after she gave birth.

    Probably the best sequence was Lili's running away. Her quest for understanding resonates with a sense of verisimilitude, and her faltering faith and how she deals is easily the best treatment of that subject in the book. For the most part, the others seem not to remember they are Christians, except intermittently; when Mike finally tackles his issues, the hard stuff is kept entirely off-stage, which nearly shipwrecks the book. How did his congregation react to his confession? We don't know. How did he justify breaking the Ten Commandments when he's supposed to be a leader of his flock? We don't know, except that he finally got his wife to agree to therapy--which she wouldn't do before because of how it would look. After all this heavy stuff, conflict resolution is pretty much whisked past us, which is anti-eucatastrophe.

    Meanwhile, Nat's dad is not going to make it.

    not light-hearted romance.

    Natalie and Jeremy get their happy ending, but their resolution is very much overshadowed by the entire Mike issue, and the diabetes and cancer don't help. And yet the author is so good at painting three-dimensional characters with strong appeal. I liked everybody in the book, warts and all, though I don't think this is exactly a fun and light-hearted romance. Given that, I still look forward to seeing where this author goes. Lots of talent there.

    Copy provided by NetGalley--I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own."

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