Chance of Loving You

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Chance of Loving You by Terri Blackstock, Susan May Warren, Candace Calvert

An anthology by three bestselling romance authors

For Love of Money by Terri Blackstock
Trying to launch her own design firm while waitressing on the side, Julie Sheffield was drawn to the kind man she waited on at the restaurant last night . . . until he stiffed her on the tip by leaving her half of a sweepstakes ticket.

The Recipe by Candace Calvert Hospital dietary assistant Aimee Curran is determined to win the Vegan Valentine Bake-Off to prove she’s finally found her calling. But while caring for one of her patients—the elderly grandmother of a handsome CSI photographer—Aimee begins to question where she belongs.

Hook, Line & Sinker by Susan May Warren Grad student Abigail Cushman has agreed to enter the annual Deep Haven fishing contest. She’s a quick learner, even if she doesn’t know the difference between a bass and a trout. But nothing could prepare her for competing against the handsome charmer she’s tried to forget since grief tore them apart.

One chance for each woman to change her life . . . but will love be the real prize?

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ISBN-13: 9781496405371
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
Publication date: 04/16/2015
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 547,673
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.10(d)

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Chance of Loving You


By Terri Blackstock, Candace Calvert, Susan May Warren, Sarah Mason

Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.

Copyright © 2000 Terri Blackstock
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ISBN: 978-1-4964-0537-1



CHAPTER 1

Blake Adcock couldn't eat the bowl of hot soup the waitress set before him, any more than he could eat the filet mignon that he'd cut into bite-size pieces so it would look as if he'd tried. He couldn't eat the baked potato that he'd poked at with a decided lack of gusto or the restaurant's famous chef salad that was wilting before his eyes. He'd sat there for three hours, ordering things he didn't want, because there was no place else to go. Home would mock him tonight: the Congratulations banner his employees had hung across his living room; the ribbon tied across his home office doorway waiting to be cut to mark the first milestone of his lucrative new business; the models of his different car designs with Sold signs waiting to be taped on. All the little luxuries his staff had arranged for his "celebration." No, he could not go home and face the consequences of his naive hope ... not when his dreams had collapsed like the toothpick castle he'd built in third grade.

But that waitress—Julie was her name—didn't mock him. She smiled with full lips the color of raspberries, and her eyes, tired though they were, reflected that smile. "If you aren't hungry for that soup," she said in a soft alto voice with just a trace of amusement, "I could take it back and see if the chef will knock it off your ticket."

He smiled at her and noted the wisp of blonde hair caught in her eyelashes. He had the urge to push it away. "No, it's fine. I'll eat it."

She tipped her head. "Like you ate all this other stuff? You know, where I come from, a meal like this would have fed a family of five for two days, and you haven't touched it. 'Waste not, want not,' my aunt Myrtle always says." She stepped closer and leaned toward him as he shot a guilty look down at the food. "What's really the matter? Is it the rain? You don't want to go out and get wet, so you feel like you have to keep ordering things so we'll let you stay?"

Blake leaned back in his booth and glanced past his reflection on the rain-spattered window. Traffic lights peppered the dark Detroit highway. An interstate leading everywhere ... and nowhere. His gaze strayed to the reflection of the woman still smiling down at him. Man, she's pretty, he thought. He turned back to her and set his chin on his palm. "To tell you the truth," he said, "it's the company that's keeping me here."

"The company?" The thought amused her. "I hate to break this to you, but you're alone."

He laughed softly. "Not when you're standing here, I'm not. I figure the only way I can keep you coming back is to order things."

A blush crept up her cheekbones, and she glanced away, embarrassed.

"It's Valentine's Day, you know," he said. "It's a crime to be alone on Valentine's Day."

She gave him a crooked smile. "Yeah, I've thought that myself." She tipped her head and glanced at his ringless left hand. "What's really the matter? Marital problems?"

He tried to look shocked and insulted. "If I were married, would I be sitting here flirting with you?"

"Stranger things have happened," she told him, that grin tugging at the corner of her lips again.

She knew he wasn't married, he thought. She wasn't looking at him apprehensively. Only warmth shone in her green eyes, filtering through the chill of his failure and pointing him toward hope. Still, it seemed important to clear the notion from her mind. "No, I'm not married or otherwise attached. Matter of fact, I have no ties at all. Not to a woman ... or a family ... or a job ..." His voice trailed off as he realized his levity was giving way to the disappointment with which he'd been wrestling all afternoon.

Julie's eyes instantly widened in understanding. "Oh, so that's it." She studied him for a moment as if gauging his need or desire to talk. Finally she slipped into the seat across from him and leaned toward him with her arms folded on the table. Her eyebrows arched in sympathy. "You lost your job."

This time his laugh held a cynical note. "No, I didn't lose it. Quit it months ago. A pretty good one too."

Her eyes narrowed. "Why?" she asked as if she cared, as if his problems had some impact on her. Was compassion a service of the restaurant, he wondered, or was it just her nature to care about people?

Blake eyed his lukewarm, untouched coffee and brought it to his lips, stalling for time. How did one spill his guts without evoking pity? That was the last thing he wanted from her.

He set down the cup and gave a shrug. "I was a design engineer at GM, but I quit so I could start my own business designing inexpensive vans and cars for handicapped people." He propped his jaw on his hand and looked out the window again. As if to add percussion to his story, the rain began to pound harder. "I had a big contract with a friend of mine who has a business called Access, Inc. He sells specialized equipment like that. He hired me to do twenty vans to start with. Paul said he'd pay me in advance as soon as I finished the prototype, and then I could pay my staff and part of my banknotes and start producing the vans."

His story came to a halt as the injustice of the day returned to him. He was not going to blame this on Paul, he told himself as he stared out into the night. It was not his fault.

"You couldn't finish it?" Julie prodded gently.

He shuffled his plates around a bit. "Oh yeah, I finished it. And I delivered it today. Only Paul couldn't pay, because he'd made some bad investments that left his business on the verge of bankruptcy. It wasn't a big surprise. He kind of warned me last month, but I was almost finished, and I kept hoping things would turn around." The words were uttered matter-of-factly as if the events were typical.

Julie whistled softly. "That's too bad."

He met her eyes. There was no pity there, and somehow that comforted him. "Yep. So now I'm broke, jobless, and don't have a clue what I'm going to do next."

Julie pulled his untouched soup to her side of the table, picked up his spoon, and took a sip. She tilted her head and looked at him with thoughtful eyes as he watched her. "Doing business with friends doesn't pay. You lose a lot more than you gain. Good friendships are hard to come by. You can find a business partner anywhere."

"Is that another of your aunt Myrtle's nuggets of wisdom?" he asked, smiling.

"No, that one came right from firsthand experience."

"Well," Blake said, "our friendship is still intact. Paul and I go way back. And as far as business partners go, there isn't anyone else who knows this stuff like he does. He's made some major strides in making life easier for disabled people, and he knows what they need because he's confined to a wheelchair himself. He just made some mistakes with his money."

Julie set down the spoon and leveled her gaze on him. "You're pretty forgiving."

He laced his fingers together and lifted his shoulders. "Forgiveness never even entered my mind. You forgive people for committing wrongs. Paul hasn't done wrong. He just made some mistakes. Besides, what good would it do to be bitter?"

"Well, at least there's a bright side," Julie said.

"A bright side?" He couldn't wait to hear what it was.

"Yes. You still have the prototype. The van. You could market it yourself, couldn't you?"

Blake's shoulders fell a few inches, and he let his focus drift outside the wet window again. "No. I left the van with him. If he could find a way to market it anyway, maybe we could both get our business back on—"

"You gave him the van?" Julie cut in. "Just gave it to him? Didn't he pay you anything at all?"

Blake loved her reactions, and he smiled. It was good to have someone to talk to, someone who seemed to care—even if she didn't understand the bonds of childhood friendship. "Yeah, he gave me something. Did the best he could. He gave me a hundred dollars ... and this." He reached into the briefcase on the seat next to him and withdrew the heart-shaped box of chocolates.

"Valentine candy?" she asked. "You spent—what?—probably tens of thousands of dollars designing that van, and he gave you a hundred bucks and a box of chocolates?"

With a chuckle in his voice, he said, "Actually, there's a little more." He opened the box and withdrew a sweepstakes card. Grinning, he began to read: "'You have won twenty million dollars—'"

"Yeah, right."

"'—i f you are chosen the winner. To be announced on February 15 at 8 p.m., drawing held during Wheel of Fortune. Sweepstakes sponsored by Sweet Tooth Chocolates and ABC television.'

"See, you scratch off this square to find the number underneath, and if they call it, you win. Guess he figured he was giving me a shot at twenty million dollars."

She ate another spoonful of soup. "And you still consider him a friend?"

He laughed then and met her gaze across the table. "He meant well. I told him that the sweepstakes ticket wasn't worth the cost of the chocolates. But ole Paul, dreamer that he is, said it could be worth twenty million. I took it to make him feel better."

Julie shook her head. "Some people would have thrown it at him. But you're worried about his feelings?"

He brought his napkin to his mouth, even though he didn't need it, then dropped it to the table. "Well, of course my bubble was popped. But so was his. And he had a lot more to lose."

A moment of quiet settled between them, scored only by the piano playing in the corner, the quiet voices of nearby late diners, and the patter of the rain against the window.

"You're a nice man," Julie said.

The words seemed to soften the rhythm of the rain as the tempo in Blake's heart sprinted. This was no bartender type of concern. Julie was sincere, and it showed in her honest, sparkling eyes. His troubles began to seem far away, and the promise of a discovered treasure lifted his heart.

"I'm not so nice," he said. "I'm just doing what's been done for me."

"What's that?" she asked.

He shifted in his seat and leaned forward, locking into her gaze. "There's a story in the Bible about a servant who owed something like a million dollars to his master. No way he could ever pay it back, so when his master called him in to pay up, the servant begged for mercy."

Julie set the spoon down and sat straighter, listening.

Blake went on. "So his master had mercy on him and forgave his debt. But as soon as the guy was outside, he found someone who owed him a hundred bucks, and he demanded payment."

Julie nodded. "And when that person couldn't pay, he refused to have mercy and had him thrown into jail until he could pay his debt."

"You know the story?" Blake asked.

"Yes. Jesus told it," Julie said. He wasn't sure, but her eyes seemed to mist over as she went on. "The other servants went back and told their master what he had done, and the master called him back in. He asked him how he could refuse to forgive such a small debt when he'd been forgiven so great a debt."

"And the master threw him into prison," Blake added. "And, see, I'm that guy who owed a huge debt. And Jesus, my master, forgave me. Paid the debt for me. So how could I hold this little thing against my friend Paul?"

She seemed to be struggling with her own emotions. She stared down at the pattern on the tablecloth, then brought her misty eyes up to his. "You couldn't," she whispered. "I couldn't, either. My debt's been paid, too."

She's a believer, he thought. She was like him. His heart leaped, and he blinked back the mist in his own eyes. God had led him here tonight, he thought. Straight into this restaurant ... to his own special Valentine's gift.

He picked up the heart-shaped box of chocolates, looked down at it for a moment, then handed it to her across the table. "Here," he said in a soft voice. "I want you to have this. No one like you ought to go without chocolates on Valentine's Day."

She took the box as more tears welled in her eyes. "That's so sweet ... but it's yours...."

"See, I think it was yours all along. God had Paul give it to me so I'd have something to give to you."

She smiled and smeared a tear under her eye. "Thank you," she whispered. "I wish I had something for you."

"Are you kidding?" he asked. "You've given me something, all right. You've taken my mind off my troubles. That's priceless."

She breathed a soft laugh. Opening the box, she took out the sweepstakes card. "Here, at least keep this."

He grinned and left it lying on the table. "Yeah, can't do without my twenty million. I'm holding my breath until Wheel of Fortune tomorrow."

She sighed. "Boy, what I would do with that kind of money."

"Tell me," he said, enjoying the dreamy look in her eyes.

"Well, I'd quit this job because I'd be able to finance the fashion show I've been working on to show my designs, and I'd go to New York, to the garment district, and hire designers to work for me, and I could buy all the supplies I need...."

"You're a fashion designer?"

"Yes. I'm working on a line of clothes for women who are tired of the sleazy choices we have in stores today. Modest, pretty dresses for women with integrity and self-respect. But as you can see, I'm just getting started."

As he watched the smile work on her glistening eyes, he wondered if he should ask her what time she got off. Should he take her somewhere? Bask in her warmth a little longer? And what if she said no? The disappointment over his failing business he could take. But rejection from her? He wasn't sure.

"More coffee?" she asked finally.

"No thanks. I've bothered you enough tonight. I hope sitting here won't get you into trouble."

"It won't," she assured him. "My shift ended about thirty minutes ago."

"Thirty minutes? And you've stayed because I—"

A coy smile skittered across her lips. "You needed a friend."

He found himself struggling for some quick comeback that would make him seem less affected by her. "I appreciate it," he said finally.

She stalled for a moment as if waiting for him to make a move.

Should he ask her out for coffee? Oh, that would be smooth, he thought, considering that he had just refused her offer for more coffee. Maybe they could go dancing. It was only eleven, and Valentine's Day, after all....

His thoughts trailed off as he realized he would need every penny he had just to eat for the next week. He could invite her to come watch a movie at his house—but she might find that a little too intimate when she hardly knew him. She didn't strike him as the type who would go home with a virtual stranger.

"Well ..." She stood reluctantly, reached into the pocket of her uniform for his tab, and laid it on the table. "I hope things work out for you. I know they will."

Her voice alone soothed him. It had a deep honey sweetness, with a directness that lent it a unique credibility. He took the bill, looked down at the amount, and felt his lungs constrict. A hundred and fourteen dollars! How was he going to pay this? The thought of being thrown with the ruthless servant into debtors' prison crossed his mind, and he wished he'd never reminded her of that parable.

While he sat staring at the bill, Julie wandered away toward the kitchen. Blake rubbed his temples. Had he gone insane? Sitting here ordering a meal fit for an Arab prince, all because he was attracted to a waitress who made him feel less alone?

He left a fifteen-dollar tip—fifteen dollars more than he could afford—and took the ticket to the cash register. His forehead beaded in a cold sweat as he pulled out his credit card and handed it to the cashier. He held his breath as she made the phone call to check his credit limit. And when she looked apologetically at him as she set the phone in its cradle, he realized his problems were rapidly multiplying.

"I'm sorry," the young woman said. "But you've already reached your limit on that card. Do you have another one?"

"No," he admitted with a groan. Until a few weeks ago he hadn't needed more than one. On the brink of panic, he pulled out his wallet and found the hundred-dollar bill Paul had given him. "How much did you say it was?"

The cashier checked the bill again. "One fourteen eighty-three."

Blake rubbed his eyes. He had only the hundred-dollar bill and ... and the tip he'd left for the woman who'd been the only bright spot in his night. If he took it back, the possibility of seeing her again would be ruined, for she'd see him as an ungrateful no-account. But if he didn't ...

Heaving a sigh, he went back to the table and grabbed the fifteen dollars. The first woman he had related to in months, he fumed, and he had to stiff her! She had probably anticipated a big tip, and she deserved it. He looked in his billfold again, as if by some miracle he'd find a ten or twenty hidden in the folds. But all he had left was the lone hundred dollar bill. Now he almost knew how helpless Paul had felt today.


(Continues...)

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Contents

For Love of Money by Terri Blackstock, 1,
The Recipe By Candace Calvert, 149,
Hook, Line & Sinker By Susan May Warren, 279,

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Chance of Loving You" is a compilation of three novellas by Tyndale Publisher. It is 384 pages of three contemporary Christian romance stories with a common theme of love and winning. Three modern day women each win a contest and also have a chance at romance. All are inspirational and have a good message. Story one is by author Terri Blackstock entitled "For Love or Money" and is a about a waitress, her customer, and a sweepstakes ticket. It had great characters, a well thought plot, smooth dialogue and was hard to put down. Story two by author Candace Calver is "The Recipe". This is the first thing I have read by author Calvert and I really enjoyed it. Her story had some twists, bumps, and great characters. It involves a cooking contest and a family recipe. This was my favorite of the three. Story three is penned by author Susan May Warren. "Hook, Line, and Sinker" is about Deep Haven's annual fishing contest. Author Warren does a delightful job with this tale. Her characters are lovable. The plot is unique and the writing style great. "Chance of Loving You" is a delightful book that anyone who enjoys inspirational romance should pick up. All three stories were very good from wonderful authors. I would definitely recommend it. I rated it 4 out of 5 stars. A copy of this book was provided by the Book Club Network for my honest review.
LanguageTCH More than 1 year ago
Chance of Loving You is a romance collection by three outstanding authors: Terri Blackstock, Candace Calvert, and Susan May Warren. Each story is engaging and easy to read. Each of the stories deals with the risks taken for love. Blackstock’s For Love of Money focuses on two people whose business success dreams have been put on hold. Waitress Julie Sheffield, who dreams of launching her fashion design company, has been cheated out of recognition by a man that she trusted which has left her wary and overly cautious. Blake Adcock, a former engineer at GM, who had a contract deal with a business friend, finds that his friend has made bad financial decisions and his business dreams have collapsed. However, his business friend as a gesture of good faith passes a sweepstakes ticket to him, hoping that it will be of some benefit. Not having enough cash to pay his restaurant bill and a tip to the waitress who has shown him immense compassion, Blake leaves her half of the sweepstakes ticket—all that he has. Will this Valentine’s Sweepstakes be the answer to their prayers? Calvert’s The Recipe centers around a CSI photographer who is very devoted to his grandmother who is in the hospital. She has given up on life and eats and drinks very little. His path crosses with hospital dietary assistant, Aimee Curran, who has had some detours on her career journey. She wants to enter a Vegan Valentine Bake-Off that would grant her paid tuition to the culinary institute, if she would win. Their interest in each other develops as they focus on the life and well-being of his grandmother. Warren’s Hook, Line & Sinker relates the story of grad student Abigail Cushman and undergrad student, Ross Springer. Ross’s older brother, Scotty, and Abigail had been friends for years. Ross was always in the background, teasing and supporting Abigail’s activities. Then Scotty’s accident ends his life, and Abigail and Ross become estranged through misunderstandings and hurt. A fishing competition between their two campus Christian groups presents an opportunity for change and a chance for love. All three romances are very entertaining and uplifting. Other supporting characters amuse and enhance the stories. I highly recommend this collection. I received this book through TBCN in exchange for an honest review.
annelr More than 1 year ago
Chance of Loving You is a collection of romance novellas by three popular authors, Terri Blackstock, Candace Calvert and Susan May Warren. Each of the three stories was a quick, fun read. In Terri Blackstock's For Love of Money, a sweepstake ticket brings a couple together or does it? Does money change people? Will Julie and Blake have a chance or will money be a deterrent to their relationship? The Recipe by Candace Calvert is a delightful novella that draws the reader in immediately. Aimee and Lucas are dancing around romance as she is trying to win a Bake-off contest. It is a story of faith and recognition that one's dreams may change and that sometimes one needs to see with one's heart to take a chance at love. A sweet tale that reminds the reader God has a hand in one's life. The third book in the compilation is Hook, Line & Sinker by Susan May Warren and is another somewhat sweet, somewhat sassy, unacknowledged romance between two childhood friends. A fishing contest reveals the need for forgiveness and learning self-worth. Will Abby and Ross be able to see past their shared grief and take a chance at love? All-in-all the book is a light-hearted book with Christian themes. And to sweeten the pot a little more, there is a recipe included at the end of each novella. I received a copy of this book through The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review.
Maciemollysdad More than 1 year ago
This was an excellent book containing 3 short stories by 3 excellent authors. Each story is easy to read in a day or so each. I had already been planning to read Hook, Line & Sinker by Susan May Warren since it is part of her "Deep Haven" series, but loved the addition of getting to read Terri Blackstock & Candace Calvert's material too. Planning to ready more Blackstock & Calvert because of the book now.
CarolJo More than 1 year ago
When three authors like Terri Blackstock, Candace Calvert and Susan May Warren join forces, you know it will be a great book! For Love of Money by Terri Blackstock was my favorite of this trio. Can you imagine winning twenty million dollars! The Recipe by Candace Calvert deals with a grandson's love for his grandmother. In Hook, Line and Sinker, a misunderstanding stands in the way of love. The characters in all three books were well developed for novellas. These are sweet romances that can be read quickly. I recommend this book for anyone who likes light romance. I received Chance of Loving You from www.bookfun.org in exchange for my honest opinion.
Pammer1 More than 1 year ago
What do a lottery ticket, a Valenine's day bake-off, and a fishing contest all have in common? They all have clean romance in common. Three Christian authors, Terri Blackstock, Susan May Warren, and Candace Calvert team together to each write a Christian romance novella in "Chance of Loving You." Couples in these three stories learn lessons in giving, trust, putting others ahead of yourself, caring for others, and trying to get a new start after losing someone you cared about. There's also a sweet treat after each chapter!! So, sit back, grab yourself a coffee or flavored water and enjoy these three clean romance novellas. Once you start reading, it will be hard to put the book down. Enjoy!! I received this book free from The Book Club Network, Inc. for my honest opinion. I have shared this review on Amazon.com; Goodreads; LibraryThing; Christianbook.com; Barnes and Noble; and Deeper Shopping.
Cheri5 More than 1 year ago
Chance of Loving You was written by three of my favorite authors. It was a set of three novellas that hit the spot. They were the perfect size book to lose myself in for a few hours during my busy schedule. I highly recommend this book to my friends who love light reads that pack a punch in novella form. I received this book for free from The Book Club Network and the author in exchange for my honest review.
HappyReader50 More than 1 year ago
What a delightful read by three very talented authors. This was an interesting read for me as I am used to a lot of suspense with Ms. Blackstock’s and Ms. Calvert’s books (this is the first one I have read from Ms. Warren) and this was not suspense in the usual way, they were more romantic/love stories. Each author has contributed a story to this book. Ms. Blackstock wrote For Love Of Money. Ms. Calvert wrote The Recipe and Ms. Warren wrote Hook, Line and Sinker. Each story is approximately 130 pages and all are captivating. This was a great idea for these three authors to pool their talent into one book. I enjoyed these stories immensely and believe you will too. I received a copy of this book from bookfun.org in exchange for an honest review.
Robbi44 More than 1 year ago
This is a themed romance collection of three novellas posing the question: Can I take the risk to win a contest as well as to love you? Each story is complete in itself and reflects the writer voice of its author. The first story, For Love of Money, centers around two halves of a sweepstake ticket – one half was held by down-on-his-luck, Blake Adcock, and the other half he left as the tip for the waitress, Julie Sheffield. The author keeps the reader guessing throughout the entire story regarding the most important question – how will the relationship develop when they become the joint winners of the money. The second story, The Recipe, reflects Aimee Curran’s determination to win a cooking contest and provide culinary school to prove that she has finally found her career and “niche” in life. Instead, the author weaves obstacles into the plot that continue to lead Aimee to Lucas Marchal and his hospitalized grandmother. How can they help her find what God had for her all along? The final novella, Hook, Line & Sinker, is the story of a broken relationship between Abigail Cushman and Ross Springer. Although both are in college programs at the same school and involved with campus ministries, the friction and misunderstandings between them keep them apart. When the author throws them together in a fishing contest, all kinds of things happen and many emotions break loose. All readers that enjoy inspirational romance with well developed characters and plots will enjoy these stories by three very well known authors. You will not be disappointed.
Karen02KD More than 1 year ago
What do you get when you team up three well known and prolific writers in one book - a book of charming love stories, fit for a warm winter’s evening with a cup of hot chocolate in front of the fire. Such is Chance of Loving You. This book contains novellas by Terri Blackstock, Candace Calvert, and Susan May Warren. We start out with a down on his luck entrepreneur who had nothing to leave a friendly waitress but half of a lottery ticket. The ticket ends up winning, but the waitress is reluctant to hand over her half of the ticket. While this tale lacked Terri Blackstock’s signature mystery, it was captivating and charming. With her traditional hospital setting, Candace Calvert writes about a dietary assistant at a hospital who is trying to make her name in the culinary world. The question is whether she can help the patients as she is doing this. The final story takes place in Susan May Warren’s familiar town of Deep Haven. While we don’t see the familiar characters, it is still an engaging story. Readers will also enjoy the recipes which the authors have included at the end of each story. I received this from the Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.
Heidi_Reads More than 1 year ago
For Love of Money by Terri Blackstock - 3 stars This was a cute yet predictable story with characters that banter unusually well for only having just met. I didn't feel drawn to the characters but it was fun seeing how they responded to each other and their unexpected and overwhelming wealth. Their interactions are impetuous and dramatic, and it played like a made-for-tv movie in my mind. The Recipe by Candace Calvert - 4 stars Set in San Diego (yay!), this one hit closer to home since my mother is an advocate for caregivers and the elderly. Lucas and Aimee bond over his grandmother's care and provide emotional support for each other. Aimee's love of cooking stems from the time she spent with her late mother making meals for others. I enjoyed the themes of compassion, grief, hope, and acceptance as Lucas and Aimee both come to terms with their struggles. Great romantic moments! Hook, Line & Sinker by Susan May Warren - 5 stars Unlike the two previous, the couple featured in this story has a romantic history. There is a great intro scene involving a dunk tank, but then the grief and misunderstanding that came between Abby and Ross brings a boatload of emotion and angst to the narrative. Their past is revealed to the reader in bits and pieces while the present day takes place at Deep Haven's lake fishing contest. I was impressed by the details of the fishing- something I have absolutely no experience with :) Abby and Ross have distinct personalities that complement each other and I was rooting for them to take a chance and finally communicate and forgive. (Thank you to Tyndale Publishing for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I always enjoy reading a good romance book, so I was excited to get to read Chance of Loving You. This in an anthology by three bestselling romance authors, including Terri Blackstock, Susan May Warren, and Candace Calvert. Each story looked at a different couple, and I equally enjoyed each of these short stories. I liked that they were quick reads, so I could pick up the book and finish an individual story in a day or two. For Love of Money by Terri Blackstock looked at Julie Sheffield and Blake Adock. When Blake gave her half of a lottery ticket instead of a tip, their lives changed in ways they never thought possible. This story showed some of the difficulties money can cause in relationships, while also showing two different perspectives on how you should react if you find yourself with more money, $10 million dollars each! Julie is convinced she should save her money to spend on her clothing line, while Blake seems to want to spend all of his money in order to see the reactions and happiness it gives to others. Throughout their experience trying to handle their new found financial freedom, and their new media attention, they also begin to have feelings for one another. The Recipe by Candace Calvert focuses on Aimee Curran, who is currently working in a hospital as a dietary assistant. She has dreams of attending culinary school because she thinks her mother, who passed away 10 years earlier, would be proud of this decision. As Aimee finds herself becoming closer to a patient’s grandson, Lucas Marchal, she must look at the motivation behind her desire to win the Vegan Valentine Bake-Off. Is she focused on the things her mother would have wanted her to be focused on? Throughout the story, Lucas and Aimee form a friendship and relationship. I liked that these characters were both caring toward Lucas’ grandmother, and they were perfect examples of how we should strive to care for those in our lives, rather than always looking forward to “what’s next” in our career path. The last story, Hook, Line, and Sinker, is written by one of my favorite authors, Susan May Warren. I always enjoy her books, and I also enjoyed this short story she wrote about Abigail Cushman. Abigail enters a fishing contest, with no knowledge about fishing, in order to win the contest to raise funds for her Bible Club. Abigail soon finds out that a person from her past also entered the contest, Ross Springer. They both have feelings for one another, but neither of them wants to admit to the other person about their feelings. As you can imagine, this causes some problems for both of them! I liked the characters in this story, and I felt like their relationship was really realistic. I enjoyed all three of these short stories, and I will definitely keep these authors in mind when I am looking for books to read in the future. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book free from Tyndale. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
MelissaF More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful group of writers. You know you really can’t go wrong with this book because of the excellent authors gathered here. For Love of Money by Terri Blackstock: I loved how this story began. The down and out hero finding a listening ear in a waitress. The tension that arises when he realizes he can’t afford his meal and the half of a ticket left behind. All the ground work is laid for an interesting romance. I enjoyed this story very much and the two main characters grabbed my heart. The Recipe by Candace Calvert The two main characters in this book don’t start off liking each other much due to a very funny incident (or not so funny, depending on how you look at it). Judgments are made, that is often the case. I enjoyed following Aimee’s adventure into vegan cooking and trying to win a contest so she can afford school. We also have a meddling grandmother who tries to push the two characters together. A fun read. Hook, Line & Sinker by Susan May Warren Again, we have some tension right away as Abigail doesn’t have anything good to say about our hero. He does seem to still care about her but it’s his fault why they aren’t together. I like that bit of information being dropped at the beginning, it made me want to know what he did to lose her to begin with. Overall, a nice collection. As with a lot of novella’s sometimes things seemed rush but really you have three nice stories here that I enjoyed. A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Becky_Dempsey98 More than 1 year ago
"Chance of Loving You" is an anthology by three bestselling romance authors: Author Terri Blackstock - view author info Author Candace Calvert - view author info Author Susan May Warren - view author info "For Love Of Money" starts with Blake Adcock sitting in a restaurant ordering food he wasn't eating so he wouldn't have to leave. Julie Sheffield spends time with him and wonders if God was answering her prayers. That is until Blake leaves half of a sweepstakes ticket with an IOU written on the back as a tip. Will they have a chance to see if their chance meeting was from God, or will the love of money get in the way? "For Love of Money" was my least favorite of the stories in the book. I haven't read anything by Terri Blackstock before and am not as familiar with her "voice". I didn't dislike the story, though. I think both Blake and Julie had moments when I didn't like them very much, but there were also times when I liked them both. I guess that makes them like real people. "The Recipe" is the second book I've read by Candace Calvert and is actually the first story I read in "Chance of Loving You". Having recently read "By Your Side", I was excited to read more of her books. Taylor Cabot makes an appearance from "By Your Side", but the story follows her cousin, Aimee Curran. Aimee hasn't found her place in life, but hopes that entering the Vegan Valentine's Bake-off will show she's finally found her calling. She doesn't get much of a chance to show her cooking prowess being a dietary assistant at the hospital, but she tries to add in extra little touches to cheer up the patients. When one of her garnishes backfires, Aimee must face the patient's grandson, Lucas Marchal. Lucas feels like his grandmother has given up and he tries to do everything in his power to keep her  with him. The more time they spend together, the more they question what their priorities are from life. It was fun to watch Lucas and Aimee's relationship grow. I held my breath when things seemed to be spiraling out of control and hoped for something that would save the day. My solution happened, but didn't solve the problem the way that I expected. I am hoping to see more of Lucas and Aimee in future books by Candace Calvert. In Susan May Warren's "Hook, Line & Sinker", Abigail Cushman has spent the past year trying to avoid Ross Springer. Their almost decade-long friendship was ruined after Scotty Springer's death. Now they are both competing in Deep Haven's fishing contest. Will being forced to spend time together bring them back together or drive them further apart? I enjoyed reading "Hook, Line & Sinker" I liked both Abby and Ross and felt the pain with them. They were believable characters and I was rooting for them to mend their relationship. Each of the stories include a recipe at the end that goes along with the story. I was given a free paperback copy of this book from Tyndale for me to review. A positive review was not required and all opinions are my own.
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
When you take three very talented best-selling authors like Terri Blackstock, Candace Calvert and Susan May Warren and have them collaborate on three contemporary short romance stories and place them in one exception book, you have Chance at Loving You! This is such a beautiful collection of exceptional and heart-warming romance stories that offer the hope of redemption, the possibility of second chances and always following your heart despite the pain of the past. All of these stories do just that. This is a perfect book to pick up when you want a romance collection that will leaving you loving the stories and trying the recipes that concludes each one. Guaranteed to fill your heart and your stomach with love and culinary flavors! Terri Blackstock takes the lead with For the Love of Money. Both Julie Sheffield, a waitress and Blake Adcock, an entrepreneur learn how difficult it can be to follow your dreams. Despite how much you might want them, God might have other ideas in mind when Blake loses everything but knows he can't stiff Julie and instead offers her an IOU along with half of a lottery ticket. Will they both win big or will money just cause more problems than either of them could possibly understand? Candace Calvert whips up quite the delicious romance in The Recipe. Aimee Curran is about to see the reality of her dream of being a culinary winner of a vegan cooking contest when she realizes that the recipes of her mother's she had been relying on to help her win the contest, may have more to offer than the food she is trying to create and that might in fact save more than just the life of the seniors she works with. Is God cooking up something more than just food? Finally Susan May Warren takes us for a spin with Hook, Line and Sinker which showcases Abigail Cushman and the man, Ross Springer she has always loved but never told him. Now they are faced off with a fishing challenge between their two ministry groups to see who can land the biggest catch over a three day trip. Will the odds be in her favor or does God have a bigger fish for her to catch in the process? I received Chance of Loving You by Terri Blackstock, Candace Calvert and Susan May Warren compliments of Tyndale House Publishers for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation aside from a free copy of this book for my review and the opinions are strictly my own. I simply can't wait to try each of the recipes that accompany these stories that will definitely stay with you long after you finish this romance collection. These are some of my favorite books because you truly get a taste of each of these best-selling authors all tucked into one sweet romance book. In this reader's heart, it definitely has earned a 5 out of 5 stars in my opinion.
BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
Chance of Loving You is an anthology by three bestselling romance authors. If you are looking for fun and sweet love stories, this may be a good match for you. Although all three are novellas, I felt like I got to know the characters in each novella fairly well. None of the stories felt rushed to me and all three had sweet, happy endings. I did not really connect well with the two main characters from For Love of Money by Terri Blackstock. It was well-written and an interesting storyline, but Blake Adcock got on my last nerve. My frustration with Blake just got worse as the story continued and I didn’t really want him to end up with Julie! So, although many others will probably enjoy this story, I just did not. I will add, though that this novella had quite a few humorous moments. I did like the two other novellas. The Recipe by Candace Calvert was a very emotional and heartfelt story. I thought that the two main characters, Aimee and Lucas, had great chemistry. Their journey together and the individual growth that each experienced in the book was heartwarming and I did not want to see their novella come to an end. I also enjoyed Hook, Line & Sinker by Susan May Warren. Abigail and Ross had some big hurts to work through. Tragedy pulled them apart and, to be honest, when I learned their backstory, I was a bit surprised at exactly how things had gone wrong. One conversation could have cleared up the confusion and saved some additional heartache! But, it was an enjoyable story and I liked getting to know the characters. If you are a fan of romances, these three stories will be an enjoyable way to pass the time. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Tyndale House Publishers.
VicG More than 1 year ago
Terri Blackstock, Candace Calvert and Susan May Warren team up in their new book, “Chance Of Loving You” published by Tyndale House Publishers give us this anthology by three bestselling romance authors. From the back cover: Beloved authors Terri Blackstock, Candace Calvert and Susan May Warren bring you three delightful stories about the risks we take for love. For Love of Money by Terri Blackstock Trying to launch her own design firm while waitressing on the side, Julie Sheffield was drawn to the kind man she waited on at the restaurant last night . . . until he stiffed her on the tip by leaving her half of a sweepstakes ticket. The Recipe by Candace Calvert Hospital dietary assistant Aimee Curran is determined to win the Vegan Valentine Bake-Off to prove she’s finally found her calling. But while caring for one of her patients¿the elderly grandmother of a handsome CSI photographer¿Aimee begins to question where she belongs. Hook, Line & Sinker by Susan May Warren Grad student Abigail Cushman has agreed to enter the annual Deep Haven fishing contest. She’s a quick learner, even if she doesn’t know the difference between a bass and a trout. But nothing could prepare her for competing against the handsome charmer she’s tried to forget since grief tore them apart. One chance for each woman to change her life . . . but will love be the real prize? If you do not already know these wonderful authors then this anthology is a great way to be introduced to them. However if you are already a fan then these short stories are a way to prevent withdrawal until their individual next novel come out. Each story is different and great fun all by itself. “Chance Of Loving You” is great fun to read. This is a book where you wrap yourself in a cozy blanket, make yourself comfortable in your favorite chair and have warm cider to drink as you savor each story. All the stories are so well written and the romance is perfect, tender not overboard or forced. Hopefully there will be another and make this a series. Each story is followed by a delicious recipe. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Tyndale House Publishers . I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
Theophilusfamily More than 1 year ago
A chance to love these stories...   "Hook, Line, and Sinker."  I was having Deep Haven withdrawal between Christiansen books, so I read Susan May's story first.  On the surface, this sounds like a comic little tale- two groups of college students compete for the fishing contest jackpot.  When you dive down deep into the characters' hearts, however, you'll find there's much more going on.  Susan May has brought her classic emotional depth to this short novella.  For me, this is the hallmark of her writing. I start off thinking "Oh, cute story!" And then next thing I know she's wrenching my heart around.  Abby and Ross are both precious, in their own way. She's a New Testament Greek scholar, he's the class charmer.  And you'll be delighted to get to know them, to see how much they mean to each other, to wish they would tell each other the truth, to laugh at all the fishing misadventures, and then to treasure the ending. Susan May always gets me, hook, line, and sinker.  I read Candace Calvert's story next. "The Recipe" is the tale of Aimee Curran, a girl who has found her calling. Ever since her first "apron time" with her mom, Aimee has loved nourishing people. First in her own kitchen, then as a hospital dietary assistant, and now as a rising culinary star. A scholarship to culinary school is within reach- all she has to do is win a Vegan Valentine Bake Off.  She did not need a mix-up at the hospital, that lands her at the bedside of an old lady who is refusing her food.  How involved should Aimee become with this compelling patient? And with the lady's protective grandson?  Will that budding friendship be a help or a hinderance to Aimee's dreams?  "The Recipe" combines life's strongest flavors- loss, love, regret, and new hope. It all bakes into a tasty, come-back-for-seconds kind of read. And last but not least, Terri Blackstock's contribution. Terri crafts incredible suspense, and I wondered how she's do with the novella format. She has a winning premise, pardon the pun: How would you split a fortune with a complete stranger? And "For Love of Money" is full of twists and turns.  It's a roller coaster ride of "Yes, no, maybe- stop, go- left, right, slam on the brakes!"  And the two characters driving the story? Well, they've come unmoored.  To continue the driving metaphor, I kept wishing someone would take their license away before they crashed us all. I had to keep reading to find out what happens, turning pages, following Blake and Julie through comedy and catastrophe. This tale will make you reconsider that ubiquitous wish of winning the lottery, and make you glad to have love instead of money. {Blake and Julie, at the end, could probably teach us a lesson or two in this area!}  I thank Tyndale House for providing me with a review copy in exchange for an honest opinion. :-)