Love and Other Mistakes

Love and Other Mistakes

by Jessica Kate


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Jessica Kate’s hilarious, romantic debut novel proves that love comes in God’s own time.

Natalie Groves once had big dreams. But soon after her fiancé, Jeremy Walters, inexplicably broke off their engagement and left town, her father was diagnosed with cancer. Now tasked with keeping her family afloat, Natalie’s grand plans have evaporated . . . and God feels very far away.

Fast-forward seven years, and Jeremy is back in Charlottesville with an infant son and years of regrets. When his niece, Lili, lands on his doorstep in need of a place to stay, Jeremy needs help—and fast.

An internship opening finally presents Natalie a chance at her dream job, but she needs a second income to work around it—and the only offer available is Jeremy’s. They could be the solutions to one another’s problems, provided they don’t kill each other in the process. When they join forces, sparks fly. But they both know there’s a thin line between love and hate . . . and that love will turn out to be the best decision—or the biggest mistake—of all.

“A stunning debut . . . This tale of love and redemption will stay with you long after you've closed the book. A must-read.” —Rachel Hauck, New York Times bestselling author of The Wedding Dress

“Witty. Charming. Heartfelt. I could go on and on about Jessica Kate’s debut novel. From its highly relatable characters to its pitch-perfect dialogue, Love and Other Mistakes is a delightful, romantic read filled with just the right amount of sass. I lost count of the number of times I laughed out loud as I watched Natalie and Jem navigate their relationships, careers, and faith. Definitely one of the most enjoyable books I've read lately, and I can't wait to see what’s next from Jessica Kate!” —Melissa Tagg, Carol Award–winning author of Now and Then and Always and the Walker Family series

Love and Other Mistakes wraps a poignant and warm look at relationships within a smart, sly, and knowing comedic voice. Readers of Sally Thorne and Bethany Turner will be immediately at home with Natalie: an all-too-real heroine who balances whip-smart agency with an endearing vulnerability and whose intersection with long-lost Jeremy helps her forge a path to confidence and discover the woman she was always meant to be. Kate’s unputdownable debut recognizes that all human relationships—familial, friendship, romantic—are worth the keen eye and clever insight of her talented pen.” —Rachel McMillan, author of the Van Buren and DeLuca Mysteries

“If you’re looking for a story with sass on top of style, or a fresh voice pumped full of fun, you need to read Love and Other Mistakes. Then after you’ve enjoyed this—and I’m confident you will—make a date with whatever this exciting new author writes next!” —David Rawlings, author of The Baggage Handler

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780785229582
Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date: 07/30/2019
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 744,519
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Australian author Jessica Kate writes inspirational romances with wit, sass, and grit. Jessica is a screenwriting groupie, cohost of the StoryNerds vlog and podcasts, and her favorite place to be—apart from Mum and Dad’s back deck—is a theme park. She has traveled North America and Australia, and samples her favorite pasta wherever she goes—but the best (so far) is still the place around the corner from her corporate day job as a training developer. She loves watching sitcoms with her housemates and being a leader in a new church plant. Visit her online at; Instagram: jessicakatewriting; Facebook: jessicakatewriting; Twitter: @JessicaKate05.

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Love and Other Mistakes 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
Anonymous 8 hours ago
2.5 stars: I went into reading this book expecting more of a typical romance/rom com-type novel. 'Love and Other Mistakes' doesn't quite fit into either mold, and, in my opinion, fits into a much narrower niche. If I had to describe the genre, I'd say it's Christian Fiction with a dose of Christian Romance. There is no explicit sexual content or language, though I wouldn't go so far as to say that there aren't still more sophisticated themes and issues present throughout. I applaud Jessica Kate for seeking to weave a more nuanced romantic tale, and think there is definitely an audience who will appreciate the Christian elements and the lack of explicit content. These stories are important, and help to diversify the genre. However, the presentation of all of these components together just didn't work for me. While there are heavier issues and conflicts that are explored (such as terminal illness and infidelity) a lot of the resolution to said conflicts didn't feel earned. This was especially present in the infidelity storyline, where there was more emphasis put on the forgiveness element than to the perpetrator actually showing any remorse. Perhaps this is more realistic in some ways, but it almost felt abusive because it was a parent/child dynamic, and it left me feeling uncomfortable and frustrated. Perhaps the overarching theme of the novel is that forgiveness heals, regardless of whether or not the aggressor wants said forgiveness. I just craved more explication and more of a connection to the characters. Overall, I'd say this is a great book for someone who already has a knowledge of the Christian community that Kate writes about, and who would enjoy a chaste exploration into love and forgiveness. **I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.**
SarahSundin 2 days ago
Love and Other Mistakes is a sparkling story full of humor and banter. Yet this debut novel is so much more than just cute. Jessica Kate explores the pain caused by family secrets, betrayal, and broken dreams, and shows the difficulty of wrestling with them – and the joys of doing that wrestling. Natalie and Jem are characters with depth – and they have amazing chemistry! I thoroughly enjoyed this story, and I recommend it wholeheartedly!
bmrawlins 5 days ago
Love and Other Mistakes, a debut novel by Jessica Kate, provides a challenging look at the broken people inside the church. I was prepared for light hearted rom-com and was surprised when it turned out to be a little heavier than that. The story centers on Natalie, although several other characters have a prominent role as well. The stories do all weave together, but there were a few times I would have appreciated a little more filler details. I felt like each of characters had a raw edge to them, which made them feel real. Christians make mistakes and they don’t always handle them the right way. But they do get up and try again because of grace and forgiveness given freely to them. I will read other books by this author. I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
LGHudson 11 days ago
STUDY OF RELATIONSHIPS! LOVE AND OTHER MISTAKES is a great study of relationships! It covers several strong friend relationships, parent/child relationships, several marriage relationships, several dating relationships, several hopeful dating relationships AND one old, romantic, formally engaged to be married relationship that ended very badly. (Is there any way to break off an engagement that doesn’t end badly?) Natalie Groves had a calling and a plan. Then she met Jeremy who also seemed to be a part of the call & the plan - until he ditched her after they were engaged! Natalie finds herself scrambling to find her purpose again. An opportunity arises & as she considers taking an internship on the way to her “Dream Job,” her life takes a drastic turn. Guess who’s home & with an infant son in his arms? New author Jessica Kate does a great job of taking readers on a walk through the mine fields in this plot! Her characters are believable because they are imperfect like the rest of us. They are experiencing many of our struggles and challenges and some we have not faced & hope we will never have to face! She makes you feel as though you’re a fly on the wall, and privy to extra information. The plot is complex as there is a great deal of action going on - health of aging parents, workplace woes, who can you believe or trust, love interests & the list goes on! You won’t be bored while reading! In the end, readers will be blessed to have learned that it it is always important to be surrounded by a strong family group, friend group and work group. Life is too short to not be spent with people who love you and that you love dearly. Working together for a common goal will seem much less like work. It’s interesting to see how the characters grow from their past mistakes. Very enjoyable book! I was provided an ARC of this book by Thomas Nelson Publishing & NetGalley. The opinions expressed here are completely my own and without influence.
Ourpugs 11 days ago
Love and other Mistakes A lot going on with Natalie. The book starts out when she gets a call about someone getting hurt. Turns out to be her ex. He is back in town with his son, who is just a baby. Because of the phone call she loses her job. So what will happen next? Jem has quite the family. He gets lot of help with his baby but sometimes not enough. His sister Lili has a lot going on. Natalie is hired to take care of his baby but has other things going on. I received an advanced copy of the book from the publisher through Celebrate Lit. This review is my own opinion.
RealWorldBibleStudy 13 days ago
It's a different thing, being a pastor's kid. My mom wasn't a PK - she was an MK, missionary kid. I wasn't either, but my parents were ministry directors at our church in various seasons. Everyone expects pastors to have it all together (and everyone sees when they don't!). But the thing is, pastors are normal people. They have normal, broken lives, just like everyone else. They can (and do!) make the same mistakes. They can have the same parenting problems. Sometimes, it can be worse, because it is easy for a pastor, as the spiritual leader, to miss out on accountability and close friendships. And pastors' kids? Everyone knows who you are. Sometimes it can feel like you can't make any mistakes, or can't share what your family is going through. Some parents handle this better than others! Even though I've been surrounded by pastors' kids my whole life, Love and Other Mistakes introduced me to two pastors' kids that will tug on your heart. Pastors' Kids Are Supposed to Go Into Ministry, Right? Natalie is the grown pastors' kid that is supposed to go into ministry. It's been her plan so long, it has never occurred to her that that might not be God's plan...even though she's not a fan of the public speaking that seems to go along with the job. She put her life on hold to take care of Dad, and after losing the job she didn't really like anyways, she has the opportunity to get "back on track" with a ministry internship. That doesn't pay enough to cover her expenses. So she reluctantly accepts a job as the nanny for her ex-fiance's infant. Sounds like a great idea. Pastors' Kids See Everything that the World Isn't Supposed to See (but maybe should) My lead pastor? He's the same inside and out. One of the most authentic people I know. He makes mistakes - and he's open about that. But 16-year-old Lili's dad is the pastor, and he makes mistakes, too. Big ones. Church-splitting ones. And Lili seems to be the only one who knows. How do you reconcile that, Daddy? Love and Other Mistakes is more than Romantic Comedy Don't get me wrong. The romance is there. (Not obnoxiously so.) The comedy is there. I laugh so hard reading this book. Natalie's life...oh my. It's like my track record of breaking dishes with my superior clumsiness. Except it's not dishes that break in her life. It's her life. But seriously? These two pastors' kids will tug on your heart. They will make you feel compassion for anyone felt stuck in a lie...or anyone who has been trying to live up to a dream that isn't her own. I just wanted to put my arm around Lili and take her to Starbucks. And maybe introduce her to my Mpact Girls so she won't feel so alone. This book was a little bit like that Mrs. Dash Southwest Chipotle seasoning: the right combination of spicy and sweet. And it might remind you that no matter what you've messed up in your life, be it love or other mistakes, it's not over yet. There's always a new day, a fresh start, and there's nothing broken our God can't redeem. I received a review copy of this book; all opinions are my own.
KimPotter 14 days ago
Love and Other Mistakes by Jessica Kate is an okay story. It is fast-paced with lots of family “issues” going on. Seven years ago, Jeremy ran out on Natalie, breaking her heart. Now, he’s back with an infant son and needing a nanny. Natalie has spent all her savings helping her parents and she just lost her job. Working for Jeremy is her only option. Will old feelings re-surface or is Natalie’s hate of Jeremy too strong? This story started out with such promise but it didn’t end so well. The characters just didn’t seem to fit. There were several references Natalie’s underwear that I thought were in poor taste; it didn’t add anything to the story. The family “issues” seemed to drag the story without getting resolved. For a Christian fiction story there was not very much repentance for wrong-doing. It was just assumed that forgiveness was a given without really being sorry for the wrongs committed. More of sorry that they were found out. I wouldn’t recommend this book. I received this book from Celebrate-Lit in exchange for my honest review.
JLYoung 14 days ago
This is my first experience with this author and won't be my last for sure! I loved the storyline. It was funny, it was charming, it was full of emotion and depth, it did not leave out real life hard issues, sadness, pain, but it embraced them as part of the journey. I liked the characters too. They were genuine and interesting individuals. I did struggle a bit with the writing. I found a lot of sentences really long and overly full of detail, especially at the beginning. I felt like the details were a bit forced and unnecessary all at once. I liked all the information but wish it came out a little slower. Overall though the storyline won my heart and the writing issues seemed to fade into the background. I was mostly able to ignore them because I enjoyed the story. I consider that a win. I give this story 3 stars. I look forward to reading more from this author. I received an early release copy of this book from CelebrateLit. I was in no way required to write a positive review. All thoughts are my own.
BrittanyMc 15 days ago
Love and Other Mistakes was a really good book. I don’t know that I would classify it as romantic comedy, although there were definitely funny moments and plenty of humor thrown in. However, this story deals with many very serious issues. There are a lot of characters and a lot of scenarios going on in this book. I did not have any trouble keeping everything sorted and I don’t know how the author really could have set this up in any different way. Sometimes there are just lots of things going wrong in people’s lives, and those things overlap and can lead to the type of overwhelming situations found in this novel. I thought the author dealt with hurt and betrayal very clearly in this story. The way things wrapped up for both storylines felt realistic to me. Many things worked out, but not all. There was still hurt. Yet, I really enjoyed the happily-ever-after part of this book. The main characters, Natalie and Jeremy, had much to overcome and their relationship was fraught with problems to work through. It was fun to see how that resolved. I’m looking forward to the next book! I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
Jypsylynn 16 days ago
Love and Other Mistakes is not a romantic comedy. Granted, the story has a bit of romance and a bit of comedy, but the overall picture of the story is actually a downer. I found it depressing and too heavy for what it was trying to convey. Life is not a fairytale with happy endings. Life is not fair. These messages are loud and clear from the narrative. Natalie has many personal problems to deal with. Jem has many personal problems to deal with. The supporting characters have big personal problems. Like, serious stuff-cancer, infidelity, death, sick children, abandonment, etc. I found it just too much crammed into one book. It's like the author wanted to write this big tragedy but gloss over it with slight romance and humor so it's seen as a romcom when it's not even close to that. I wanted to like this book, but I didn't. This was a big miss for me. Thanks to NetGalley for an arc in exchange for an honest review.
jodysallaboutbooks 16 days ago
I loved the synopsis of this book, and I wanted to like it since I love chick-lit, and women's fiction. But it fell very short of the synopsis. I felt this book was more for the YA genre. I lost interest about 25% into the book, I got bored with it, this was a DNF for me.
A_N 17 days ago
I love debut novels, and Jessica Kate's Love and Other Mistakes is one of the best and a new favorite. Not only did it make me laugh the character's were real, their struggles were real, and Ms. Kate does a great job of showing how in the midst of not so great choices God shows up and you watch the character's not only fall in love but come to rely on God in a real way. I love kids in books and Oliver, Jem's son, gives Natalie a run for her money as she becomes his nanny so she can work on being an intern at a church. Add in Jem's teenage niece Lili who is not only struggling with being a teenager but family drama. I read this book after reading a very emotional one that made me cry and I so loved how much laughing I did. It's a fun rom-com with a great message. My bottom line: This book met all the things I adore in an inspirational rom-com. Jessica Kate handles tough subjects and real relationships well. The inspirational thread is woven throughout the book like a beautiful ribbon. I highly recommend this book. Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book via the publisher in association with Prism Book Tours. I was not required to write a positive review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
MelissaF 17 days ago
Oh my! I loved this book and a new favorite author to add to my list. I’m not even sure where to begin. By looking at this cover you think you might be getting into a fun, light-hearted read. And although there were a few chuckles thrown into the book this read packs a big spiritual punch. The last twenty-five percent of the book I either had tears in my eyes are I was full-on crying. One of the many things I loved about this book was that the bad things that happened to the characters are so real. I felt my stomach get tied in knots when the bombs started dropping because I could relate. I really can’t say enough about this book (it kept me up waaaay past my bedtime). If you like contemporary romance I am sure you will enjoy this new author. A copy of this book was given to me through the Celebrate Lit Team. All opinions are my own.
Erin_Slocum 17 days ago
My Thoughts on Love and Other Mistakes: Love and Other Mistakes is a fast reading cute novel. While it’s a romance it adds other aspects as well that allow for deep thinking. When I first picked up this book I thought it was just going to be a romance. A cute story about how this couple finds each other after years apart and a broken engagement. Then they realize they’re still in love, a few bumps in the road, and they get married. Cute and sweet mostly. But instead, I got this book. It’s. . . wow. This book is so much more than that. Here you have this book and yes it’s a romance, but it’s also so much more. Within the pages of Love and Other Mistakes you’re going to see a single dad, an affair, an out of wedlock pregnancy or two, hidden sins, hard lessons learned, lies, and so much more. It’s so much more than a romance book and I think you should read it. I read the book in an afternoon/evening. It was so good I didn’t want to put it down. So many twists and turns that I was not expecting and so much good food within the pages. Have you ever struggled to forgive? I know I have. And then I know that forgiving isn’t forgetting as well as forgetting isn’t forgiving are some key things that I’ve thought on before so it’s nice to see a character in a book struggle with this too. Definitely a new to me author that I’m now wanting to read more from. This is one to watch! I enjoyed watching Natalie come to terms with who she is and who she was created to be versus who she thinks she should be. She had plans for her life and her future and they didn’t happen. Now she has a second chance to make those dreams come true. But can she? And is it who she truly wants to be after all? Add in some other hard topics like alcohol, drugs, appearances over truth, lies, and so much more. I was actually almost shocked at all the hard things that could be written into one book. Can’t wait to find my next title by this author. I have voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from JustRead Publicity Tours. All views expressed are only my honest opinion. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC regulations.
ARS8 17 days ago
Love and Other Mistakes is another book that took me completely by surprise. There has been a lot of that this year, and sometimes it is good and other times not the story I was really hoping for. What I liked: I like the main couple, Natalie and Jeremy, and how they were trying to navigate their lives around each other. Like magnets they were drawn together even after Jeremy ran away from their wedding seven years ago. Now he is back with a son to top it off and Natalie is trying to continue to dislike him. However, what these two had together was special and Jeremy needs to step up and explain some things to Natalie and the reader about his past behavior. Definitely enjoyed their push and pull relationship. What I didn’t like: So there is another couple in this story, Jeremy’s brother and sister-in-law. Besides Jeremy’s and Natalie's viewpoint, we also have the viewpoint of Jeremy’s niece-Lili. I liked Lili- a lot. I felt she had a good head on her shoulders and she was certainly smarter then some of the adults in her life. Namely her mother and father. This is the part of the story I did not enjoy. I don’t want to give anything away, but her parents are a hot mess. And I did not care for either one and felt that the emotional and spiritual strain they put on Lili was bordering on abuse. This story, although a romance, dealt with some heavy issues. The author is a good storyteller and I do look forward to her next novel. I received a copy of this novel from the publisher. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.
5643437 18 days ago
Sometimes you get a second chance to get things right with the one that got away. However, taking that second chance often comes with a lot of turmoil and distrust. So is the case with Love and Other Mistakes. When someone abandons a fiancee weeks before their wedding, trust is going to be hard to earn back. But Jeremy and Natalie find themselves forced into that situation. Jeremy has an infant son born out of wedlock that he adores and is raising on his own. He needs childcare for the baby boy, and Natalie can provide that care. At the same time, God closed the door on Natalie’s existing job, so he could open the door to an internship for her dream job. In the midst of their own turmoil, they have the opportunity to provide help, guidance, and direction to Jeremy’s niece Lilli. This book pulled me into the story and made me recognize sometimes we need to step out in faith and go where God is leading us. We will receive abundant blessings that way. So check out this story for yourself. I received a copy of this book for my fair and honest review.
GratefulGrandma 18 days ago
When Nat's fiance, Jem, left her 10 weeks before her wedding, her life fell apart. She felt she had done something wrong to cause the break-up and his fleeing the city for Chicago. When her dad was diagnosed with cancer, she left college to help pay the bills and support her family. As her life is spiralling out of control, the last thing she expects is for Jem to return with a nine month old son seven years later. When she needs a job, she does not think it will be nannying for Jem. As her dad's cancer returns, her dream job about to fall into her lap and her relationship with Jem rekindling, she falls apart. She can't do it all! Should she be trying to doing it all? Where does God want her to go? What path should she follow? Love and Other Mistakes by Jessica Kate is about family, finding yourself, dealing with the past and trying to find your happily ever after. There is romance, heartbreak, trust issues, illness, faith and more. Once I started this book, I had a hard time putting it down, just one more chapter.... I wanted to find out what was going to happen between Jem and Nat, Lily and her parents, Jem and his father, Lily and Nick, Mike and Steph and so on. I became invested in the characters, they were believable and relatable. I felt their pain, their self-doubt and fear. Nat is so confused. She thinks she is doing what she needs to do, working in ministry has been her plan all her life and this is her chance, but at what cost? Jem is conflicted. He wants to reconcile with Nat and his father, but there seem to be so many roadblocks. Can forgiveness open the doors to reconciliation? There were many times I was angry with the characters. Can't they just get over themselves? Why don't they see what they are doing to each other? Human nature caused them to make so many mistakes, but real, human mistakes anyone could make. Recognizing those mistakes and their effect on others, forgiving themselves and others, following the path God has for them and praying for guidance will help to heal and rebuild those relationships, if they can take the first step. This was an emotional story, from happiness to anger, fear, heartbreak, sorrow, grief, sadness, love and more. It ran the gamut. I wanted to help these characters move forward. I was totally invested in their lives and enjoyed this story very much. If you like contemporary fiction, Christian fiction, family drama or second chance stories, then pick up Love and Other Mistakes, you won't regret it. The publisher generously provided me a copy of this book upon request. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.
AthenaMae 18 days ago
I definitely had high hopes for this book because I'm a sucker for a second chance romance. It was good but not the greatest. I did like the characters of Natalie and Jeremy. They were relatable and definitely interesting. I think the big focus of the story was forgiveness. Also, trust was a big focus in the book. This book definitely had me chuckling and some points, but there are definitely some more serious moments in the book too. Natalie and Jeremy make a cute couple with an adorable baby and a teen girl. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for a cute second chance romance!
Anonymous 19 days ago
While this book was a good read, the romantic-comedy description just did not apply. There was a lack of humor for that to be the case. A few characters are likable, but there is an explosive train wreck of family dysfunction continuing to devolve. Some find restoration and renewal and readjust self-identity on a firmer foundation. There is not a typical happily ever after for others who devolve further in rebellion. What Jessica Kate emphasizes is placing our identities in things, approval, people or anything that results in quicksand. The power of forgiveness for self as well as others is illustrated well her. Both make this a worthwhile read and the catalyst for me to finish to the end. I received a complimentary copy of the book without obligation. This review is my opinion.
Anonymous 19 days ago
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for allowing me to read this arc of Love and other mistakes. I didn’t know when requesting that this was a Christian book. It shouldn’t matter that it was, but I think it is part of the reason I couldn’t seem to get invested in the story. Natalie is the daughter of a southern minister who thought she had her life planned out, but circumstances changed seven years ago when her fiancé left her, her father fell sick, she had to skip college, bills became overbearing, etc. All I could think was, it was seven years ago...move on! She is now trying to get a job for a new hot shot ministry while babysitting the ex-fiancé’s baby part time. She is such a mess of insecurities that I would never hire her. Yes, she is helping her parents and kind to the ex’s niece and baby, but I cannot look past her ability to help herself. Sorry, this one was not for me.
leslielb 19 days ago
I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. With that said, i really liked this one. It was a bit hard to get into at first, a lot to keep track of, but once i got into it i really enjoyed the story. Just goes to prove that even people (couples) that you think are perfect, aren't. That no one is immune to sin and stumbling. It's how you come out of it that matters, how you deal with it that matters. I enjoyed all of the characters in this story, and hope maybe there's another story here. I don't like to give play by plays in my reviews, that's why you read the book in the first place, I don't do Cliff's Notes, I give you a general feel of a story. This one is good, go read it when it comes out.
ReadingCornerforAll 20 days ago
Love and Other Mistakes by Jessica Kate was such an inspirational romance that interwove humane characters that filled your heart. There was an underlying Christian message that spoke through the relatable characters of Natalie Groves and Jeremy Walter. Through all their personal downfalls there is the triumph of the human spirit that connects with their resounding efforts to make it through the tunnel of life. If you're a romantic (or romantic at heart) this book is definitely for you!
WishEnd 20 days ago
LOVE AND OTHER MISTAKES is one of those inspirational romances that will make readers laugh, cry, swoon, and wish the best of happy endings for these characters. They face so much brokenness, and need each other and their faith to make it through. Definitely recommended to Christian romance or even general romance fans! From the first page I knew this story was going to be a whole lot of fun, but also an emotional read. It definitely kept it up to the very end! Natalie is a little frazzled. She's been dealing with a lot on top of the heartbreak she still hasn't let go of. Jeremy is so utterly charming. He's a complete flirt, but only with Natalie. He is also dealing with the aftermath of his own upbringing and choices. They both haven't recovered from their broken engagement seven years ago and more challenges just get piled on top, however, they both still love each other. They just have to find their way back, and figure out if they can forgive and trust each other again. I loved these characters! Natalie and Jem were both complex and easy to relate to. Then there were the other characters, particularly Lili who was also going through a lot in this story. The plot moved at a good pace and everything just got more complicated as it went. There were moments I had to choke back tears, others when I couldn't help laughing, and then there was the fabulous chemistry between Natalie and Jem. Definitely some swoon-worthy moments. I also really liked how this author wove the inspirational elements through this story. They felt natural, real, and not in the least bit preachy. My only complaint would be that there is a lot of this story devoted to a secondary plot with Jem's brother and his wife. I would have like a little more closure there, or maybe just more development due to how much time was given to it (or maybe less time given to their perspectives and just sticking with Lili's perspective instead). I also had major issues with how they felt appearances were better than helping their daughter and figuring things out, particularly being pastors. It puts into question how pastors may try to hide things because they could lose their jobs and incomes if they don't practice what they preach, which also rubbed me wrong. It made me wonder how no one, particularly Jem and his dad, could see what was going on - they never really confronted Mike and Steph about things. I also had a slight issue with a pastor dating his possible employee. Just a red flag there. In the end, was it what I wished for? I really enjoyed reading this with few complaints! I stayed up late to finish because I couldn't put it down. This is a story that tugs on the heart and doesn't let go. I'm looking forward to more from this author! Content: Some innuendo, an affair behind closed doors, and some drinking. Source: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher through Celebrate Lit, which did not require a positive review nor affect my review in any way.
amybooksy 22 days ago
Love and Other Mistakes is a good read. It has some cute, fun, and delightful moments that made me laugh out loud. There were some tearing up moments that made me want to grab the tissues. The characters dealt with true to live issues, that many readers could relate to. I have to admit there is a lot going on in this book. I had to reread to relieve a little bit of confusion. Once I did catch on, I was able to keep going and enjoy the story. I am giving Love and Other Mistakes three and a half stars. I believe it is worth a read. I received this book from the publisher. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.
ADonovan 22 days ago
The synopsis of this book was misleading, and it is not "hilarious". The topics were much heavier, and there were so many extra characters who were the focus of entire chapters. I expected characters who had struggles and things going on in their lives, but for Jeremy's pastor brother to cheat on his wife so early on in the book was very disappointing. I was expecting a book where Jeremy and Natalie tried to see if they could reconnect and that they would be the main focus. I could not get into the story, and it was a DNF at 25%. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.