Catherine Bennett lives in her hometown of Columbus, Ohio. Her first book, “The Trouble With Charlie”, is published by Astraea Press. Catherine has two grown sons and resides with her husband and two Labrador retrievers.
Devon's Choiceby Catherine Bennett
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Life holds no surprises for Devon Murphy. Her life consists of keeping tabs on her aging Irish father, working part time at a coffee shop, and building her online graphics design business. Devon's only tricky situation is a shallow relationship with the pampered and affluent Michael Turner, who sees her as just another woman to conquer.
Following his father's death, Brandon's only goal is to expand the family business and live life on his own terms. That is, until he walks into the coffee shop one snowy evening and meets the enchanting, red-haired barista behind the counter. But can Devon and Brandon's attraction for each other be strong enough to help erase their deepest disappointments and renew their faith in God?
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Note: I was sent an electronic copy of the book to review, but that does not affect my review in anyway. Except for the lack of procrastination in my writing and posting. Devon's life was simple. Her life revolved around her stubborn Irish dad, and her adorable black lab, Bubby. She worked at a coffee shop because it reminded her of her deceased mother, and she also worked as a freelance designer. She occasionally went out with Michael Turner, an affluent businessman who didn't care for her opinion. After his father's death, Brandon's focus was on keeping the family business going, and living life on his own terms. And helping with the upkeep of his mom's range-styled house. Until he met Devon, at least. The book was a simple read. Nothing too crazy or dramatic, but just enough to keep the plot going. The characters were lovable, except for the Michael. Let's not even go there. While the book is classified as christian fiction, it's not chock-full of Christianity like I expected so... I think it's worth the read. The plot just gives off a rather calm and peaceful feeling, and I finished it in less than a day. It's a short read, but I think it's the perfect length, although an epilogue would have been nice. Overall, I think this is a book that will probably stay with me for a while. PS. Perfect cafe read.
Devon's life is pretty steady. She works a basic job at a coffee house to support her real passion of graphic design. She takes care of her dad and her dog. She occasionally goes out with the handsome (and rich) Michael. All that changes though when a stranger comes into the coffee shop to order some black coffee. Suddenly nothing will ever be the same for Devon. In finding love, Devon may be finding even more that she had even imagined in her life. This was a very sweet book. While Devon may not have the life of her dreams, she makes the most of what she does have. She works and does what she loves on the side. She takes care of her father in the best way she knows how. Devon does the best she can to carve out a life on her terms. Things begin to change when she meets the handsome Brandon. Suddenly Devon's life seems a bit empty without him. Brandon of course feels the same way. Devon has suddenly burst into his life, and nothing will be the same. The two of them feel instant attraction. Devon and Brandon have their fair share of issues though. One of Devon's comes in the form of Michael, her ex-boyfriend. He doesn't take to kindly to being an ex it turns out. Together, Devon and Michael must figure out a path together. I found this to be a pretty quick read. Devon was a nice character. I like how she held to her convictions in life even with the pressure Michael was giving her. I appreciate Devon's ability to choose for herself and do things for all the right reasons. It's no wonder she fell for Brandon so quickly. He's a great guy who only wants the best for everyone in his life. People who want a sweet and fun romance will enjoy this book greatly. Book provided for review.
Two people suffering disappointment in their lives and struggling with their faith meet. The charming red haired Irish barista meets the businessman struggling to live life on his own terms. Both are seeking something that is missing in their lives. The author has done a great job with the twists and turns as the story unfolds. Will the chemistry between them lead to a romance? Will it make their lives better? Will this relationship strengthen their faith? Read this delightful novel and follow along as two young people fall in love and build a new life with God’s help. I was given a copy of this book to read and write a review. It is one of the most delightful books that I have read. But I warn you that you may need your tissue box handy. You can just see their character and faith changing as their story is told. The author has woven a wonderful tale of what God can do if we let him into our lives.
Devon's Choice is an inspirational Christian romance that follows the story of Devon Murphy as she works through the uncertainties and choices in life. Her personal journey leads her to opening up to all of life's experiences, standing by her beliefs, discovering what is really important in life, and what will bring her true love and happiness. This is a wonderful story that easily draws the reader into Devon's story. You can't help but feel compassion and empathy for Devon as she deals with issues in her life, it is easy to relate to her and cheer her on as she comes to terms with the choices and decisions that she makes. I enjoyed watching as Devon and Brandon worked through their personal issues with faith, belief, and trust, so that their budding romance could be given a chance to develop into a loving and happy relationship. Devon's Choice is a very touching story that is full of emotion, it will tug at your heartstrings and leave a smile on your face.
4 STARS Needed tissue for this story, For Happy and sad reasons. I really connected to these characters. I like most of them and would like to know them in real life. Devon's Choice is not afraid to bring up prayer, church and God and make it part of the story. It is a clean read. Devon lives with her widowed father. She works part time at a coffee shop while she is trying to grow her own business. Devon is worried about her father's health. She is dating Michael Turner. Devon's father likes that Michael Turner is well off. He encourages Devon to keep dating him. Michael Turner works for his family's construction company. He does not like the fact that Devon has standards. He wants her to work for his family's company. He travels a lot for business. Brandon Forrester comes into the Coffee shop one snowy day right before closing. He sees Devon and is interested in her. He plows the coffee shop's parking lot while he is there. He asks her out. I was impressed right away with Brandon plowing the coffee shop's parking lot for them. I thought the book was good. Would not mind reading another book from Catherine Bennett in the future. I was given this ebook to read. In return I agreed to give a honest review of Devon's Choice and be part of it's blog tour.
ALL THAT GLITTERS IS NOT GOLD This is a very emotional story of friendship, relationships and loss. Devon Murphy is a woman with strong morals. She loves and cares for her aging widowed father, works a part time job at a coffee shop with her friend Megan, and is putting her graphics art degree to work building a business. She is dating Michael Turner, who is egotistical, self-centered and treats her like a business deal. Brandon Forrester seems to have the same strong characteristics as Devon, family devotion, business ethics, healthier lifestyle and respecting other people. Devon knows that Michael is wrong for her and when she meets Brandon, they seem to have a connection. This story is about taking a hard look at your life and goals and making plans and changes. About dealing with the loss of a parent and knowing how to move on and putting your faith and trust in God and allowing Him to lead in your life. Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts, opinions and ratings are my own.
A very moving touching story. This is well written and had me hooked from the very start. One of the things that stood out is that Devon's friend never gave up inviting her to church. There were some unexpected twist and turns. This is the first book I have read by Catherine Bennett. I plan to read more of her books.