Caleb + Kate

Caleb + Kate

by Cindy Martinusen Coloma
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Caleb + Kate by Cindy Martinusen Coloma

"Romeo + Juliet gets an update in this story of forbidden love. Shakespeare's never been so hip." -- Jenny B. Jones, author of The Charmed Life Series

As the popular darling of the junior class and heiress to the five-star Monrovi Inn empire, Kate has both everything and nothing. She's bored with school and life...until she locks eyes with Caleb at a school dance.

Caleb is new to Kate's exclusive prep school, and it's clear he doesn't fit in. In fact, he and his dad work in maintenance for Kate's father. And while Caleb knows better than to spend time with the boss's daughter, it seems that every time he tries to back away, something pulls him right back in.

When their parents demand that they are to stay away from each other, they learn of a fight between their families that occurred more than fifty years ago. It's a mystery Kate doesn't understand...but a legacy Caleb has endured his entire life.

With the world stacked against them, Caleb and Kate will have to walk by faith to find the path that God has planned for them.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781595546784
Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date: 05/04/2010
Pages: 279
Sales rank: 1,277,426
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 12 - 18 Years

About the Author

Cindy Martinusen Coloma is the best-selling author of several novels including The Salt Garden, Beautiful, and Orchid House.

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Caleb + Kate 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
A_Good_Addiction More than 1 year ago
In a simple form, Caleb + Kate is a modern take on Romeo and Juliet but the "house divided" aspect manifests in a different form. Two separate families from different backgrounds and cultures, holding a common link in the past but now in battle make up the most basic premise for this book. Built on top of that is a relationship formed out of teenage emotion and one sparked on despite each party's original intent to ignore the other. Kate is a rich heiress, the daughter of a man who owns a large chain of wealthy hotels. The original hotel- and the one most important to her family- makes up the setting for a large part of this novel. Despite her money and status, Kate is a mostly down to earth girl and aware of how fortunate she is. Though she isn't sure she could easily give up her life of luxury, she holds no delusions that anyone with less than her is beneath her. Attending a private college prep school completes the rich snob image but the chapters from her perspective get the point across quickly of her worldly and mature mental state. Though she has her moments of weakness and at times slips into the "rich brat" type of mindset, her compassionate nature overrides the rest of the book. Caleb is from a different background, full blooded Hawaiian and used to spending his days surfing rather than wearing a uniform to a school full of stuck up people. Working alongside his father as part of the landscape and maintenance team for Kate's family hotel creates some interesting- and opportunistic- situations. Caleb is a genuine guy, devoted to his faith and his family but not so closed minded as to shut everything else or ignore chances and people because they don't immediate fit into the mold set out for him. In many ways, he compliments Kate and though only a teenager, he has a mindset of long term dating rather than someone for now. There is a strong faith and Christian element in this book but it is brought about in defining the characters. Both Caleb and Kate are mostly unwavering in their faith, thinking of their beliefs even when teenage emotions and situations threaten to take control. Despite this facet, this is certainly a book to be received by a wide range of readers regardless of religious views. It never comes across as preachy or pushy. Caleb and Kate are Christians. Their faith is a part of them and this isn't glossed over or held back as a method to please the masses. As the plot progresses, both the reasons these two families are feuding as well as the relationship between Caleb and Kate develop and intertwine. The teenage appeal of first love is strong and the reader will fall into it, wanting more of the budding romance while also wondering what will happen under the pressure of their families. Rarely did the plot drag as there were enough elements and events woven together to keep things fresh and paced. The teenage main characters come across strongly and develop beautifully, giving a strong backing to teenage first love- and something that very easily could continue to last. Their love is tested increasingly more as the novel progresses, leaving the reader wondering if things will work or if these two will be separated. The intrigue is present throughout before leading to a wonderfully written ending. Clear mental voices, personal struggles, and overall accomplished writing help pull this novel together, making it a must read for anyone looking for a teenage romance.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absoloutly adored this book the best teenage romance/christian book i have read other than first date by krista mcgee. A definite must read by all'
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book freaked me out. (I know) you would think a would like to read it . I would ! It's just my name is KATE! and my secret crush name CALEB!! AHHHHHHH! FREAKY I would read it just it would give a clue and that i liked him! That would be emberacing!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It had a promising beginning but then.. nothing. There was no forbidden love at all. No conflict, no problems, no romeo and juliet drama. Seriously there was nothing stopping them from being together maybe the guy's grandpa a bit but nothing at all to make it interesting. So yeah 2 stars is about enough...
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This book is the cutest book ever! It's very much like Romeo & Juliet only better :D I just finished it last night and I wanna re-read it ! I highly recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a romantic book
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KLBCHOICES More than 1 year ago
Kate Monrovi's family owns a chain of hotels, so this young lady drives a Lexus and she can afford a $500 pair of shoes. Caleb Kalani and his father don't have much as far as material things but they are hard workers with integrity. Kate is white, Caleb is Hawaiian. A relationship between these two young people begins with a dare but some family members don't want them to be together. It isn't a racial issue - not totally. Their families have been against each other for more than fifty years for another reason. Caleb knows the story, Kate doesn't have a clue. I liked Kate. Her family had money but she was down-to-earth... If more of the wealthy in the world helped the poor, we'd have less of a divide between us - I liked that she felt that way. I really liked Caleb. He was easy-going - meek, not weak; he had no problem speaking his mind. These two made lots of preconceived notions about each other for a while there but they weren't as judgmental as Kate's friend, Monica or Caleb's cousin, Finn. Caleb and Kate fought temptation when it came to having sex, but I got the impression that Kate would have lost her virginity in a heartbeat if Caleb wasn't strong in his convictions. It's always nice to read a story where a teenage guy is willing to wait. It also would have been nice, though, if there would have been more showing and less telling with this part of the story. Monica and Oliver (Kate's two best friends): What I liked most about them is that they didn't give Kate a hard time because she was a Christian. They respected her choice. Maybe that was easy for them to do because they didn't feel judged by her. Kate was like Christ in this area; she accepted her friends just the way they were. I hope she included them in her prayer time, though, because they did have issues. But then again, it seemed Kate needed a spiritual revival (Page 132). The fight between Caleb and Kate's families: It seemed to me Kate's family was in the wrong, so, even though Caleb's grandfather did have his ways, I don't see why he was the bad guy. No, it isn't good to hold grudges, but I understood why he was upset. This was a good story. Caleb & Kate is very well-written and honest.
thebookscoop More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the romance that blossomed between Caleb and Kate. I thought it was young love at its best but what I didn't truly get was the whole feud. I guess I didn't buy it all that much. The way that Kate's Dad flew off the handle and lashed out at Caleb at the dinner table kind of threw me off, Caleb's grandfather and his Hawaiian pride seemed off to me but outside of the whole feud thing- I enjoyed the book. I thought that both Kate and Caleb were great characters with flaws that made them likeable. I loved that Caleb was going to fight for Kate's honor and I love that Kate was so head over heels in love with Caleb. I loved how pure their love was too. You could tell that they meant the world to each other but Caleb held true to his beliefs and I respected him for that. I adored Caleb and loved that he was Polynesian. It was good to see some Poly's get some good page time without being either dumb, a bouncer or someone scary. The one thing that I flat out could not stand was Kate's reaction to Caleb leaving. I thought she blew that crap right up and made a big deal out of something that Caleb couldn't control anyway. I couldn't believe that she would make him choose between her and his family. It dampened my enjoyment of her character and though things ended okay, I still resented her a bit. All in all, I was glad that I read this book and I'm already looking for other books by this author. This book was a solid spin on the Romeo and Juliet story and it was an enjoyable way to spend a few hours. I would recommend this one to lovers of romance in their story. There's a happy ending and that makes me a happy camper.
RomanceLover29 More than 1 year ago
This is basically a modern Romeo and Juliet, so if you love shakespeare you will love this book! Caleb and Kate have a great adenture together! PLease read, and ENJOY! :)
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snidbits More than 1 year ago
"Since childhood Sunday school, I've been told that God is love. We colored it on our papers, banners hanging from the ceiling proclaimed it, we sang songs and used hand motions emphasizing the truth..God is love. He was love and will always be love and is love. It's simple and also the most profound statement on the planet." "Caleb + Kate" is a love story, both between the two main characters but also between Kate and God. Though God isn't mentioned in the story a lot, there's an underlying theme that flows through the book of Kate needing to understand God's love in order to understand the love she feels for Caleb. The story is a modern "Romeo and Juliet" except with a happy ending. Kate's family owns the Monrovi Inn chain of hotels. Caleb's father works for the Monrovi Inn but his grandfather wants to buy it - there's an old feud that still lingers between the families. When Caleb goes to Kate's prom on a dare, there's an instant connection between them. He tries to ignore it and prove to himself that she's as stuck-up as he's assumed but the more time he spends with her; the more he sees he's wrong. When their families find out about the blossoming romance, both try to dissuade their children. Caleb and Kate are determined though. Their relationship hits a rough spot, however, when his grandfather is diagnosed with cancer. Since he lives in Hawaii, Caleb has to go there to be with him. Kate worries things will change during his absence. She wonders if he'll meet someone or his professed love for her will wane. At the end of the book she goes to visit him after being a part for six months and comes to a realization. "Caleb and I are bound by more than an emotion. I am bound to his man by love. A love that was created by the existence of God himself. A love that is God." I read this book in two days - my norm for a book I enjoy. Though I'm a bit skeptical of "love at first sight" stories or stories where teenagers are supposed to fully understand what love is, this was a good read. I can identify with Kate who had the view of "what is love anyway?" before she met Caleb. ".doubts about the longevity and truth of love creep over me. Now that I love him, it creates an even greater gulf between dreams and reality. I have not seen what I feel. This is the fairy tale alive and real. I've briefly experienced its touch through the pages of a book or while watching certain movies, listening to a song - but this has engulfed me heart and soul." I think we all crave a love like that. We want someone to love us so completely and fiercely and to return that emotion that we search for it our whole lives. Some of us have found it. Some of us are still searching. I'm still searching for it and this I know: it's worth the search.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After reading this book (for the second time) I instantly fell in love with every charcter all over again! You can't help it! Everything aout it from the familiar storyline of Romeo and Juliet, to the new twists which the author adds, simply makes the book that much better. I don't think that I honestly have one bad thing to say about it. Just read it ASAP if girly romantic chick flicks are your thing!