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

  • Hallie Szott

    3.5

    Jessica Kate’s debut, Love and Other Mistakes, has the look of the type of rom-com I love to read—light, fun, ad very swoon-worthy. However, the story that unfolds between Natalie and Jeremy has a lot more going on than great kisses and witty banter.

    Seven years ago, Jeremy “Jem” Walters left Natalie Groves only weeks before their wedding. Now, he’s returned to town—with a baby in tow—and needs her help. As they deal with the hurts of the past, complications of the present also intrude—plenty

    3.5

    Jessica Kate’s debut, Love and Other Mistakes, has the look of the type of rom-com I love to read—light, fun, ad very swoon-worthy. However, the story that unfolds between Natalie and Jeremy has a lot more going on than great kisses and witty banter.

    Seven years ago, Jeremy “Jem” Walters left Natalie Groves only weeks before their wedding. Now, he’s returned to town—with a baby in tow—and needs her help. As they deal with the hurts of the past, complications of the present also intrude—plenty of Walters family drama and the arrival of his ex, plus Natalie’s dad’s sickness and her new internship and romantic interest from the boss.

    The hate-to-love is perfect, and I loved the dynamic as Jem and Natalie figured out their feelings for each other. Yet, with the additional storyline of Lili, Jem’s niece, and her disintegrating family, I felt that, at times, the story tried to handle too much. I would have much preferred to simply focus more of the romance and all that’s needed for a second chance.

    Still, Love and Other Mistakes is an enjoyable read. I am looking forward to reading more from Jessica Kate, especially since A Girl’s Guide to the Outback involves a couple characters I’ve already met.

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    I received a complimentary copy of this book and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.

  • Susan

    Love and Other Mistakes

    Jessica Kate

    Wow, all I can say is, this story blew me away! Keep the tissues close by as you are reading LOVE AND OTHER MISTAKES by Jessica Kate. She will have your emotions all over the place. Once I started reading, it was very hard to stop! The twists and turns made it impossible to put down, as I had to know what was going to happen to Jem and Natalie after so much heartache! Will Natalie ever be able to explain to Jem how hurt she feels? What an awesome story. All of

    Love and Other Mistakes

    Jessica Kate

    Wow, all I can say is, this story blew me away! Keep the tissues close by as you are reading LOVE AND OTHER MISTAKES by Jessica Kate. She will have your emotions all over the place. Once I started reading, it was very hard to stop! The twists and turns made it impossible to put down, as I had to know what was going to happen to Jem and Natalie after so much heartache! Will Natalie ever be able to explain to Jem how hurt she feels? What an awesome story. All of Jessica's characters feel genuine and relatable and put your emotions on one heck of a roller coaster ride. As you are reading, you will find yourself cheering for all of them, praying they can work out their problems and be happy once again.

    LOVE AND OTHER MISTAKES is all about family, dealing with the past and trying to find your happily ever after. It had me flipping through the pages like a woman on a mission. Jem left Natalie at the alter years ago and when she finds out he is back in town, well, let's just say she isn't very happy. He is now a single father and comes up with this ridiculous idea that Natalie could work for him as his son, Ollie's nanny! What??

    Jem tries so hard to be the man Natalie deserves, but he just can't seem to get it quite right. Men!! It was so much fun watching these two dance around each other and their feelings. You will find yourself shaking your head at Jem screaming "open your eyes man! How can you not see what is going on?" At least that's what happened to me! LOVE AND OTHER MISTAKES is a heart tugging but funny story that will hold you hostage until the very last page. Once you start reading, it will be very hard to put down! You also won't be able to stop yourself from laughing at Jem and his manly thoughts!

    LOVE AND OTHER MISTAKES is without a doubt one of my top funniest books I've read in 2019 so far. I was instantly emotionally invested in all of the characters. My heart broke for Natalie and how she was trying so hard to please everyone except herself. Then there is Jem's niece, Lili, who will break your heart even more. She is dealing with so much and luckily for her she has Nick to guide her through it all. Jessica Kate sure can hook the reader with her writing! I can not wait to read more by this wonderful and heart tugging author.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from JustRead Publicity Tours through Netgalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

  • Toni Shiloh

    Love and Other Mistakes, is a lot deeper than it's title portrays. There are some issues that are rarely talked about and I enjoyed seeing that in a book. However, there was so much going on in this book (subplots and other characters) that it became a little distracting. I didn't have a chance to fall in love with the characters, because they kept changing on me.

    I did like the spiritual thread Natalie went through. It had a fresh take on it and I liked her backstory and what made her her. I al

    Love and Other Mistakes, is a lot deeper than it's title portrays. There are some issues that are rarely talked about and I enjoyed seeing that in a book. However, there was so much going on in this book (subplots and other characters) that it became a little distracting. I didn't have a chance to fall in love with the characters, because they kept changing on me.

    I did like the spiritual thread Natalie went through. It had a fresh take on it and I liked her backstory and what made her her. I also adored the baby in the book because babies!

    *I received a complimentary copy from the publisher via NetGalley. My review was not required nor influnced.

  • Bethany Turner

    *3 1/2 Stars*

    Well...I have to admit, I'm not exactly sure how to review this book. For one thing, I don't know whether to start with the good news or...the less-good news. But I think I'm going to start with the less-good news, because the less-good news is all about perception, marketing, and expectations, while the good news is all about a talented debut author and her nuanced storytelling. And that's what I REALLY want to talk about.

    But first, the less-good.

    In Jessica Kate's

    *3 1/2 Stars*

    Well...I have to admit, I'm not exactly sure how to review this book. For one thing, I don't know whether to start with the good news or...the less-good news. But I think I'm going to start with the less-good news, because the less-good news is all about perception, marketing, and expectations, while the good news is all about a talented debut author and her nuanced storytelling. And that's what I REALLY want to talk about.

    But first, the less-good.

    In Jessica Kate's

    , we meet Natalie Groves--a heroine who captured my heart and my interest from the very beginning. We also meet her ex-fiance, Jeremy Walters--better known as Jem. Jem left Natalie years prior in heartbreaking fashion, and Natalie has been attempting to pick up the pieces of her life ever since. Jem, meanwhile, has moved on in dramatic fashion--at least that's how it appears at first. The reality, of course, is that Jem's years without Natalie have been comprised of wandering and searching, misfires and struggles. And...fatherhood. Baby Oliver is now part of the package, though Oliver's mother is missing in action.

    Everything I am about to say is just one reader's opinion, and I have no doubt whatsoever that countless readers could present compelling counterpoint to each of my grievances. But, in my opinion, the synopsis I have just given is a fascinating foundation for a modern-day, relevant Christian romantic comedy. There is plenty of story to tell. Plenty of potential mishaps to ensue. Plenty of wide. open space for romance and comedy--the foundational cornerstones of rom-com--as well as life lessons and enlightening perspective. Oh, sure...you'd want to add a subplot. Maybe two. Engaging supporting characters are a must. My first grievance is that held within these beautifully-written pages are more subplots than I really care to invest in. By pulling me out of Jem and Natalie's central plot in favor of the story of Jem's teenaged niece Lili and her very real, very heartbreaking, VERY well-written drama, as well as that of her parents, Mike and Steph, who are responsible for Lili's heartbreak and angst (More on them in a moment...), not to mention Jem's broken relationship with his father, resentment towards alcohol and the devastating havoc it can wreak, Natalie's attempts to come to terms with her beloved father's impending death, Natalie's search for not only a job but a calling, the chronic illness of a baby... Long story short, I sometimes felt as if I had emotional whiplash.

    Now, to the author's immense credit, all of these plots and subplots were interconnected in a fashion that was natural and intricately engaging. Jessica Kate is not just telling us a story. She's giving us an inside look at a modern, complicated family's life. And I don't have a problem with that in the least. What I do struggle with, however, is attempting to wrap all of this plot and subplot, intricacy and angst, into a romantic comedy package. Sure, there is romance. And yes, some of Ms. Kate's banter, observations, and situations are truly hilarious. But the disillusionment of romance and the very opposite of comedy actually run more prevalent than either of the two words that make up the romantic comedy sub-genre.

    Again, my grievance here is not really with the book or the author--only with the expectations laid out with the marketing of the book. My heart simply wasn't prepared for all of the pain and sadness it was about to be subjected to.

    But let's pretend for a moment that I hadn't been distracted by the design of the cover--in a style so prevalent in romantic comedy novels these days--and I hadn't been prepared to sit down with a humorous story, focused on the central couple and their up-and-down path to love. In that scenario, what would this review consist of?

    Well, my major grievance would have been with just how bothered I was by Lili's parents, Mike and Steph. Humans are flawed. I get that. And honestly, I was thrilled that Ms. Kate chose to tackle some very difficult, very hush-hush problems which do, in fact, occur within the church and in the lives of those chosen to lead the church. But the extremity of Mike and Steph's handling of their problems--from lies and deception to selfishness and coercion...all the way to what amounted to child neglect and abandonment--was a whole lot to deal with. I kept hoping for some serious redemption there. Not just a moment in which they stopped thinking about themselves for two seconds (which we did eventually get), but a moment in which there was repentance and evidence of consequences, even beyond the pain they inflicted on their daughter.

    Other than that my alternate reality review, if I had understood what I was getting into, would have consisted of the following:

    Jessica Kate is truly talented, and without a doubt she is one to watch. Her writing voice is unique, her ideas are new, her approach is fresh, and she is simply a gifted storyteller. She weaves together fascinating intricacies. Her dialogue feels real. She knows how to make chemistry and affection--romantic and otherwise--between characters leap off the page.

    And do you know what else? I really enjoyed reading this book! I was engaged from the very beginning, and I couldn't wait to see what happened next. There wasn't a single moment of reading this book that I consider a waste of time or waste of emotion. Without a doubt, I will be anxiously awaiting the next book by Ms. Kate. She has a bright future, and I believe this book only begins to scrape the surface of the reading delights she is going to deliver to readers through the years.

    And all of that good stuff? Well, the fact is that's not just what I would have said in my alternate reality review. It's what I'm happy to say in spite of the misdirected marketing and expectations. And to any readers unsure of whether or not to pick up this book, in light of a "negative" review...do yourself a favor and read it. Now. Go into it prepared for a sometimes-painful, often-funny, deep and moving visit with a flawed group of family and friends who, at the center of it all, believe that love is worth the pain.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Thomas Nelson via NetGalley. All opinions expressed are 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.

  • Steph's Romance Book Talk

    Where do I am even begin with this review. I mistakenly requested this book thinking I was getting a romantic comedy but that is not what I got at all! This book is labeled as a Christian fiction romance and although there is a romance contained I do not think I would list it that way at all. This review is based off the fact that I am not a huge fan of Christian romances or "clean" romances unless they are done in a specific way. This book did not hit those points for me

    Where do I am even begin with this review. I mistakenly requested this book thinking I was getting a romantic comedy but that is not what I got at all! This book is labeled as a Christian fiction romance and although there is a romance contained I do not think I would list it that way at all. This review is based off the fact that I am not a huge fan of Christian romances or "clean" romances unless they are done in a specific way. This book did not hit those points for me. The only reason I am giving the book three stars is because the author's note brought some understanding to the direction of the story.

    With that said the main reason I did not connect with the book was because of the overwhelming religious themes, the setting revolving around the church, and that there was not one main relationship to focus on within the storyline. You have three main characters - Natalie, Jeremy, and Lily - that are all connected as well as a bunch of other characters. Natalie and Jeremy have a history from seven years ago that is overly discussed, Jeremy has family issues that are just down right annoying and handled in a frustrating way, and you also have Lily who is connected to Jeremy and Natalie. There are aspects of cheating, alcoholism, runaways, no communication within families, divorce, secrets, and just a bunch of other issues that didn't really get resolved by the end of the story. I think the ideas within the book were good just poorly executed and not my cup of tea.

    This specific video review will be included in the August 2019 wrap-up.

    For other video book reviews check out my YouTube Channel: Steph's Romance Book Talk.

  • Melissa

    2.5 stars

    Some parts of this book I really liked, and others fell a bit short for me.

    What I liked: The soul searching and journey of her faith that Natalie goes through over the course of the novel is believable and touching. I felt for her--feeling stuck in her life, feeling like she needed to prove things to herself, and her up and down feelings for Jem were all meaningful to me as a reader.

    What I didn't care for:

    I really thought there were just too many things going on in this book. Natalie a

    2.5 stars

    Some parts of this book I really liked, and others fell a bit short for me.

    What I liked: The soul searching and journey of her faith that Natalie goes through over the course of the novel is believable and touching. I felt for her--feeling stuck in her life, feeling like she needed to prove things to herself, and her up and down feelings for Jem were all meaningful to me as a reader.

    What I didn't care for:

    I really thought there were just too many things going on in this book. Natalie and Jem, Lili's issues/relationship, Mike and Steph's issues, Jem's issues with his dad, Ollie's issues, Jem and Chloe...it was all just too much to cram into one book. And because there were so many plot threads, most of them fell short of being as effective as they could have been, especially Mike and Steph's. I felt like that could have been an entire book unto itself, and I didn't like the way it was resolved and dealt with at all. It is such a deep issue and wasn't handled as thoroughly as it should have been considering the immense hurt and betrayal of the situation in more than one case.

    Overall, this is a touching book on some fronts with flawed characters who do some learning about themselves and their relationships with God.

    I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book, all opinions 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.

  • Brooke — brooklynnnnereads

    2.5 stars

    Talk about an example of how you should not judge a book by the cover. This cover is deceptively cute when the contents in actuality were much darker and emotional than I anticipated. That isn't a bad thing but know going into this novel, things are going to get deep and things are going to get sad.

    One of the biggest things that I feel should be mentioned is that I was under the impression this was mainly a story of romance. Yes, there is romance in the story but that actually is not t

    2.5 stars

    Talk about an example of how you should not judge a book by the cover. This cover is deceptively cute when the contents in actuality were much darker and emotional than I anticipated. That isn't a bad thing but know going into this novel, things are going to get deep and things are going to get sad.

    One of the biggest things that I feel should be mentioned is that I was under the impression this was mainly a story of romance. Yes, there is romance in the story but that actually is not the main thing to take away from this novel. It has a lot of other issues mainly focused on family but also on adultery, death, illness, grief, and accidental pregnancies (yes....plural). Like I said, a very serious and intense novel.

    Also, there is a lot of religious and Christianity involvement and inclusion in the story. Again, if that is what you want in a story, then maybe this will be one for you to pick up. However, I feel with the way this novel is being promoted, a lot of people will unknowingly pick this up and then feel blindsided with the abundance of religious messages included.

    With all of that being said, it was still a good and thought provoking story. I think there was a little too much going on though. What I mean by that is there was issue after issue happening, all incredibly impactful. I feel that the novel may have done better through focusing on one or two issues instead of all that were involved.

    ***Thank you to the publisher for supplying me with a copy of this book via NetGalley 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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