Can Hanna and Will Find True Love amid the Bright Lights of Reality TV?
Perfect for the fans of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette!
Six months ago, William stole Hanna’s heart and shattered it in front of millions of people on a reality TV dating show. And now the big-wig CEO is back on Hanna’s home turf in Minnesota and wants her to forgive him? Fat chance of that. But life is swirling around faster than snow in a blizzard, and despite her objections, teaming up with William seems like the only option to rescue her reputation.
William has never regretted anything more than the day he gave that ill-fated interview for the reality show, The Price of Love. But while he can’t change the past, he’s determined to fix the future. He just needs to convince Hanna to forgive him—and pretend to be engaged with him. Simple, right?
When the media erupts with even worse accusations, teaming up and pretending to be engaged seems to be the only way to salvage their reputations. Despite the media frenzy that swirls around them, an attraction neither of them can fight off begins to surface. Could this love run deeper than a scandal, or will old wounds tear them apart once and for all? When all seems lost, it’s only with help from above that Hanna and Will may find their happily-ever-after.
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About the Author
Krista Phillips writes contemporary romance sprinkled with two of her favorite things, laughter and Jesus. And sometimes chocolate for kicks and giggles. She lives in Middle Tennessee with her husband and their four beautiful daughters and is an advocate for congenital heart defect and organ donation awareness. Visit her online at www.kristaphillips.com.
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Blizzard-like conditions are expected to last through the evening. Stay inside, folks. If you're out there on the roads, well, just don't be."
Hanna Knight clicked the POWER button on the radio as she inched the Dodge Ram pickup down the snow-covered highway. Embarrass, Minnesota, was only a few miles farther. She should have never left the farm knowing a storm was brewing, but she'd thought she could beat it home.
She'd driven in worse before, though.
Hanna tapped on the brakes and squinted to see through the white flakes that waged war on her windshield. Was that something in the ditch ahead?
As the truck neared, she made out a pair of red taillights. The closer she got, the clearer the back of the car became. A rental agency logo was barely visible on the back of the snow-drowned Lexus. Just her luck. She'd have to play good Samaritan to some moron who didn't have enough sense to stay inside during a classic Northern Minnesota blizzard.
Be nice, Hanna. It wasn't the moron's fault the weather was grating on Hanna's nerves.
As long as it wasn't another reporter. Those were the only strangers she usually saw on the road to the farm lately. And even they were becoming rare, thank goodness.
On a normal day, she'd have headed on by, alerted her dad, and let him come back and help pull the car out. Picking up strangers on the side of the road, even (and maybe especially) stranded ones, wasn't the safest activity in the world. But the snow was turning into blizzard conditions faster than she was comfortable with, and there might not be time.
Her pulse picked up speed as she guided the truck to the side and threw it into PARK. Hanna grabbed her pink stocking cap and slipped it over her head then checked the rearview mirror to make sure her blond hair wasn't sticking out all over. If it was a reporter, no sense having another horrible picture show up in the grocery store checkout lanes.
The moment she thought it, guilt plowed into her conscience. Caring about her hair when a person could be scared and hurt? A year ago, she wouldn't have given it a second thought.
Hanna grabbed the emergency kit from the glove box and her rifle from behind the seat — just in case — and hopped out of the truck. Icy wind cut against her body, and she tightened her muscles to keep from being blown over. Head down against the oncoming snow, she trudged around the front of the truck.
After she made sure the driver was safe, she'd give him or her a good talking-to for trying to drive in this weather. Probably him. This was something a guy would do.
She was a bit stupid for making the run to Ely when she knew bad weather was brewing, but that was different. She'd cut teeth on icicles during winter and had been driving in the snow since she was fifteen.
City Slicker, on the other hand, probably couldn't say the same.
She shimmied down the ditch, ignoring the cold wet of the snow seeping into her jeans, and pounded her gloved fist on the tinted driver's window. "Hello? You okay?"
No reply. Just great.
She reached for the ice-covered door handle, but it refused to budge. The car had been there at least a half hour by the looks of it, but minus twenty-degree weather could freeze a car pretty fast, and the person inside with it.
She set the emergency kit on top of the car, then, rifle in hand, ran back to the truck, sliding to a stop at the back, and grabbed a crowbar. When she reached the car again, she used the end of the bar to chip away the ice forming along the door and handle then tried to open it again. The black metal shifted then refused to budge.
Short of breaking a window, she had no clue what else to try. And the butt of her rifle through the window didn't bode well for the driver.
Coffee. She'd been sipping a nice hot travel mug full of heaven's liquid on the way back, and it was still over half full. Maybe it would melt the ice just enough, although it was a long shot.
Hanna trudged up the incline again and returned with the stainless-steel thermos. She poured the coffee slowly around the car door and handle, careful to avoid the glass so it didn't shatter. Please, Jesus, let this work.
Bracing a foot against the car, she leveraged and pulled with all one-hundred-twenty-five pounds of her weight. Her efforts were rewarded when the door finally popped open, and she went sprawling into the snow. Ignoring the wetness clinging to the back of her blue jeans, she heaved herself from two feet of snow and bent down to assess the person huddled in the car.
"Sir, are you all right?"
The man had wrapped himself in a blanket — at least he'd done that right — so she couldn't make out his features, but she did notice a slight nod of his head.
"We aren't gonna get this car out of here tonight, so why don't you get in the truck so you can warm up?"
The body shifted but didn't get out. Probably from shock and cold. She shrugged off her coat, which she knew would already be warm, and threw it over him. The biting cold nipped at her skin through her oversized Vikings sweatshirt, but she was still much better off than the poor guy in front of her.
She reached in and grabbed his legs, swinging them out of the car and into the snow. His leather shoes were no match for the knee-deep snow drift. "I don't have the muscles to carry you, but if you can walk, just lean on me, and we'll do this together, okay?"
Putting her back into it, she grabbed his arms and pulled. After two tugs, a grunt from her, and a moan from the man, he stood. Together, though his steps were stilted, they made it to the cab of the truck, where she all but hoisted him in.
She ran back down to his car, grabbed the keys from the ignition, and locked the door. Not like anyone was going to steal it out here, especially in this weather, but with his dress pants and shiny, expensive-looking loafers, he looked like one who might worry about such stupid things.
Hanna hopped into the truck and cranked the heat on full blast then turned to the man, who still shivered under a combination of the blanket and her coat. "I'd offer you coffee, but I used it on your car to get the door open. Here, let me get that cold blanket off so the heat can reach you."
The man jerked away from her as she tried to remove the blanket.
Stubborn cuss. "I just wanna help. You have to be freezing."
He shook his head.
Fine, let him suffer. Men.
Slamming the truck into gear, she headed down the road toward the little town of Embarrass. Some might balk at the term town considering it wasn't much more than a post office and community center, but it had been her home since she was born. These people loved her regardless and were some of the few in this world who hadn't turned their backs on her over the last six months.
Just on the outskirts, she turned down the gravel road that led to her dad's farm. How sad was it that she, at twenty-seven, lived back at home yet again?
She'd have given anything to be back in her cozy little apartment in Duluth, teaching a group of giggly kindergartners in the nearby elementary school. They probably had a snow day today, so she'd be sipping hot chocolate and binge-watching something on Netflix.
Shaking the memory out of her brain, she determined to focus on the invalid next to her. "We're almost there. Dad will be able to help you into some warm clothes once we get inside. They may not be all fancy like you're used to, but they'll be warm."
The stranger nodded again, or, at least, that was how she interpreted the shift of the blanket.
As she parked the truck in her usual spot, Hanna laid on the horn, then jumped out of the cab when her dad opened the door to the old farmhouse.
His thick Scandinavian accent shouted out as he pulled on a coat and hustled down the steps. "Hanna, what's going on?"
She gritted her teeth against the bitter, snow-filled wind. "Picked up a straggler on the side of the road half-frozen. You wanna help me get him inside?"
Dad was already headed toward the passenger side. "You're gonna freeze to death without your coat. No, you go on in and start some soup and coffee. I'll see to him."
Her teeth started to chatter as she trudged through the snow-filled path to the front deck of the house. She didn't love the idea of leaving Dad to help the man inside all by himself, but there wasn't much she could do to help if she froze, too.
Hugging her arms to her chest, she headed into the house and let the warmth embrace her once she closed the door.
The familiar house stood as it always did when she got home in the winter. Floorboard heaters going at full blast. Cookstove that heated the living room filled with burning wood. She stood for just a minute in front of the old black stove, allowing the warmth to thaw her fingers.
But Dad would be in here with the crazy rich guy any minute, so her comfort was going to have to be put on hold.
Ignoring her wet clothes, she grabbed a pair of Dad's flannel pajamas and long johns from the basket of clean clothes she'd planned to fold later, laid them out in the guest bedroom just off the living room, and headed into the kitchen.
She poured two large cans of chicken noodle soup into a pot then took a break to try and unstick her jeans from her legs. She really should have changed into dry clothes first. But before she could head upstairs, the front door opened.
Wet jeans would just have to wait a few minutes longer. Flipping on the burner, she yelled toward the front of the house. "Need any help?"
"Nope, you stay put."
Hanna wrinkled her forehead at his demanding tone. Her dad was usually laid back and easygoing, rarely commanding her to do a thing. Of course, she was an only child and was used to pitching in. Shaking off her confusion, she tossed the soup cans into the trash and put on a pot of coffee.
When the soup started boiling, she inhaled the warm aroma, letting the steam from the broth thaw her insides the rest of the way. She ladled it into three bowls and set them on the table along with spoons and toast. As she grabbed for a TV tray in case the stranger wasn't able to walk to the table, a throat cleared behind her.
She turned, and the tray clattered to the floor.
In front of her stood a slightly blue-hued, oversized flannel-clad William Preston, CEO and handsome bachelor who had won the hearts of America's women. That was, until seven months ago when he'd stomped on her heart and left it to freeze to death by humiliating her in front of millions of people.
Will stood on wobbly legs swathed in foreign flannel and tried to look confident, all the while knowing he appeared anything but.
His toes were frozen, his fingers numb, and he couldn't even feel his rear end when he'd sat on the bed a few minutes ago. He'd never known one could be so very, very cold.
Jim Knight, a man he'd only talked to on the phone previously when asking for his daughter's hand in marriage, came up behind him and slapped him on the back with a bit more force than necessary. "Sit down and eat, Will. You need some warm food in that belly to thaw you out."
Will forced himself not to wince, although a large handprint was now probably engraved in the ice that was the middle of his back. "Yes, si–ir." Why wouldn't his teeth stop chattering? This was not the impression he wanted to make when he saw Hanna again.
He hadn't known what to expect, but in his dreams she would run out of the small farmhouse, gasp, then throw herself into his arms, last year's slip of the tongue forgotten.
Then he woke up and hoped she wouldn't take the ax she used to chop wood and swing away at his head. He wouldn't blame her either. If anyone deserved a good decapitation from an ex-girlfriend — if she could even be called that — it was him.
Forcing his feet forward, he gripped the chair with a shaky hand and lowered his icy bum onto the padded seat. He didn't allow himself to glance at Hanna again, given the look of shock and disgust he'd seen on her face when she finally realized who he was.
A familiar pit of remorse lodged in his stomach.
He gripped the spoon and moved it slowly to his mouth so he wouldn't douse his lap with the bubbling-hot soup. The broth slid down his throat, gradually thawing his insides.
After a few spoonfuls, the shaking subsided, and he allowed himself to peek at the woman who slid into a seat across the long oak table that looked straight out of Little House on the Prairie. Her eyes focused on the bowl in front of her, but the older man was staring as if Will was a rogue cowboy come to pillage them and ruin his daughter.
Jim finally put his spoon down and sat back, arms folded over his broad chest that spoke of years of manual labor. "What are you doing here, young man? Don't you think you've caused my Hanna enough grief?"
A noodle stuck in his throat, but he managed to swallow it anyway. What was he doing here? Twenty-four hours ago he would have said he wanted to reconcile, to right the wrongs he'd done to Hanna, but it was becoming increasingly clear just how difficult that would be. "I came to apologize."
Glaring but gorgeous blue eyes finally met his. "You think you can fly on up here, almost get yourself killed, say a quick 'I'm sorry,' and I'll fall over myself to forgive you? Dream on, William Preston."
Jim cleared his throat. "Hanna, careful."
Her gaze moved to her father, and an unspoken conversation went on between the two.
Jim was the first to look at him, while Hanna's gaze slipped back to her soup. He already missed seeing those sea-blue eyes, even if they were shooting icy darts his direction.
"Will, you can stay the night here in the guest bedroom. We'll talk more in the morning. Weather is supposed to be bad for a few days. It was pure stupid of you to even try to drive here in this mess."
He opened his mouth to protest and remind the man that his daughter had been out in the storm as well, but the cold that still clung to his numb toes reminded him that he was the idiot who slid headfirst into a snow embankment, not Hanna.
Instead, he nodded. "Thank you for the offer. I'll be out of your hair in the morning." It wasn't what he wanted. He'd hoped to have a few days to talk to her, to explain. To apologize.
He glanced out the window, winter still wreaking havoc on the world just on the other side. Maybe the snow wasn't so bad after all —
Hanna pushed back her seat and stood, revealing wet jeans that clung tightly to her curves. The annoyed glare she cast him said it all. "Oh yes, when your car is piled in three feet of snow by then. What are you going to do, walk back to Duluth to hail the next airplane out of here? That'll be a fine sight to see. Wait, you probably have a private jet to take you wherever you want. Maybe it can land out on the frozen lake."
Her dad stood and put an arm around her, whispering something in her ear. She glanced back at Will, scowled, and marched up the set of stairs he hadn't noticed before in the corner of the kitchen. There must be two sets of them, because he'd also seen larger ones when he came in the front door. While the old farmhouse looked pretty big, deterioration could be seen in the peeling paint and decades-old decor.
His picture-perfect condo in Nashville flashed in his mind. Such a contrast. They'd always been opposite, even from the first day of taping for The Price of Love. He, the CEO bachelor looking for love, and she, the small-town teacher with morals tighter than some of the other contestants' skinny jeans.
Why everyone had wanted him to pick her, the one who fit in the least with his life, was beyond him.
He wouldn't have had to listen to them. He could have picked Stephanie.
But he didn't. For the life of him, he couldn't figure out why, except that there was something about Hanna he couldn't let go of.
Jim turned around, arms crossed in front of him. "She won't sleep a wink tonight because of you."
Guilt landed directly on his shoulders, where it belonged. The show aside, he'd hurt an amazing woman who didn't deserve it any more than she deserved to be saddled with him, a sorry excuse for a fiancé, not to mention CEO. "I'm sorry. I hadn't meant for this to happen. All I wanted was to —"
"I know. You wanted to say you're sorry. Not sure how you couldn't say that with a phone call or a well-worded letter on that fancy letterhead of yours."
He would have loved to shoot off an e-mail to fix this and go on his way. But his board of directors had other ideas. No way could he admit that just yet, though. "I honestly thought I was doing the right thing. I couldn't get Hanna out of my head, and my heart told me to come."
Which made no sense. It had just been business. That's it.
Jim's eyebrows hiked up so high they almost touched his receding hairline. "Your heart? You telling me you still have feelings for my daughter?"
A spark lit in his belly, but Will doused it immediately. He couldn't have real feelings for Hanna. They'd only known each other on the show for, what, six weeks? And until the end, he'd been dating a slew of other women.
But those other women hadn't plagued his dreams almost nightly.
Plus, she was a painful reminder to him of a time long before that stupid reality TV show.
Excerpted from "The Engagement Plot"
Copyright © 2017 Krista Phillips.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Liked the Christian theme linked to today’s reality TV.
Lots of twists and turns. Highlighted how we are all broken, but God loves us anyway.
Good easy read
As two, very different worlds collided, sparks flew and ignited a sweet , but bumpy romance. Hanna, from small town, Minnesota, on a whim, became a contestant on a Bachelor-type reality television show. Will, a successful CEO from Nashville, had agreed to be the bachelor, however, he wasn't exactly looking for a love connection. As they experienced multiple misunderstandings, Will and Hanna learned to forgive each other and to extend grace to each other. Each problem they faced ultimately caused their relationship to grow. It grew even more when they sought God's forgiveness, and accepted His repeated gifts of grace. I loved the slightly meddling, but well meaning parents of Hanna and Will. Always hopeful and supportive, forgiving and accepting, they were guiding forces in their children's lives. Throughout this book, I was rooting for Will and Hanna. I enjoyed this fun story! I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
Loved It! Krista Phillips always delivers!!!!
Lovely, lovely, lovely!!! I really enjoyed the book. It was funny but also had a lot of lessons in it. The characters were real and you could easily identify with them. I would love to read more books from Krista Phillips.
Womnderful entertaining story. Sharing God's help through our life struggles and how with faith and trust we can overcome. Also funny story about a tv dating show.
Hanna Knight, a teacher from a small town in Minnesota, is living with her father after a disastrous experience on a dating reality show much like what most of us today recognize as “The Bachelor.” After the final episode airs, William Preston, the CEO who was the bachelor, responds with an ambiguous answer to a question about a weekend they spent together just before the end of the show – one that suggests the time spent was not so innocent. That one answer put the public view of Hanna’s values in jeopardy and she calls off their engagement. William comes back into her life to ask for another chance. Sales at his company are slumping and his Board of Directors think that a reconciliation may change that. William turned his back on the church after a family tragedy when he was a teenager. Hanna is still steadfast in her faith. This, for her, is not a winning combination. She is not at all interested in a permanent commitment, but they agree to a fake engagement. But where will things go from there? Pick up this book to follow their journey. At times I found the reading to be a bit sluggish, but it quickly picks up again. Overall, I enjoyed reading this book. I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley.com. My review is completely voluntary.
Lots of twists and turns that you don't necessarily expect.
A sweet faith based romance. Sometimes there was to much fluff for me. I would become bored and speed read.
Like how this book is based on a current tv show. Really good story. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
This was a very enjoyable romance. I wasn’t sure I was going to enjoy this when it had to do with a show like the Bachelor but I ended up really enjoying the story and the characters. Was really rooting for both these people to get together. I received a copy of this book from the author for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
A cute, fun read for anyone who enjoys The Bachelor. Sweet and lighthearted with just the right amount of kissing :)
If you are a fan of reality TV, it might be good for you to read about how bad it can get. You will definitely laugh! Hanna is an elementary school teacher who stands strong in her faith and thinks she can hold her values even if she go on "The Price of Love", a "Bachelor" style TV show. Will is CEO of a major company that is struggling and needs a boost. Things do not turn out like either of them had planned. She is painted by the press as some "Holier than Thou" tease and he fuels the fire, causing her to lose he job and her reputation. He realizes too late exactly how much he has lost. Can things be fixed? You will have to read it for yourself!
This was a delightfully fast paced book - it has everything you want, love, romance, mystery and some humor. I just loved the style of this author and will be watching for more of her books to read. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
This is the first book by Krista Phillips that I picked up. And, boy, am I glad I did. I heard such great things about this book so I went into this reading experience with high expectations. I'm pleased that the rave reviews have been quite correct; I could not put the book down. Anyone who enjoys a good contemporary romantic comedy would love this book. It is a well-written book with a fantastic plot. Oh, my goodness, the comedy and humor in this book kept me laughing until tears rolled down my face. Yet, underneath all the funny and silly moments, there was an incredibly tender and poignant yet fragile romance ready to surface. Will and Hanna's love story had so many twists and turns that I wasn't sure, even towards the end, if there would be a happily-ever-after. The heartache they both faced made my heart hurt, too. Will is a young, handsome, capable CEO of a large company who goes on a reality TV dating show to boost up the sales of his company. He has a wonderfully supportive family but has made some big mistakes and guilt and pain from the past haunt him to the point where all he works for is money. Hanna is a beautiful small-town kindergarten teacher who goes on the same reality TV show and gets her heart trampled, along with her reputation and faith. Forgiveness is not easy. Love is even harder. Yet both find their way, though the road be strewn with boulders and rocky cliffs and thorns and hideous creatures waiting to harm them. Both mature and evolve throughout the book. As the book progresses, the reader realizes that Will is not just a shallow player but someone with deep thoughts, feelings, and hurts. Hanna becomes less self-righteous and more like Christ. Both learn important and dear lessons about God's grace, mercy, and sacrificial love. The secondary characters were just as wonderful. I fell in love with Hanna's dad and Will's parents. Oh, to be like them in parenting.... willing to admit faults and mistakes, willing to love that child no matter what. I am now totally hooked! I can't wait for the next book Ms. Phillips will write. She has definitely become one of my go-to authors when I need a good inspirational rom com. I received a copy of this book from Barbour Publishing via NetGalley. I was not required to write a favorable review. All comments and opinions are solely my own.
I really appreciated the author's writing style. Very often I had to remind myself that the characters' issues were not my own. But then I thought about it and while I don't have the same circumstances, I wonder if I approach mine in the same way. There were a few surprises and funny moments. All in all I enjoyed it.
Cute story. Finding trust and love again are key elements in the story. The characters are interesting and engaging. There were times when I laughed out loud. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
Just so-so with a lot of dramatics ... The Engagement Plot By Krista Phillips Hanna Knight thought she'd be living a happily-ever-after after when she is William Preston picks her as his choice in The Price of Love. But when he makes a comment that trashes her reputation and subjects her to national ridicule Hanna wants nothing to do with him. But with his job on the line, William has no choice but to repair the damage he has done and ask for Hanna's forgiveness. But Hanna's not sure that she's ready to help William, but when a snowstorm lands them in the headlines yet again Hanna agrees to pretend that she and William are engaged. Scandal seems determined to dog them as they try to present the appearance of a happily engaged couple. Which isn't that hard as they are both still drawn to the other. But a new scandal is lurking just below the surface, one that could cost Will more than his job or Hanna. Can Hanna and Will get beyond the past and accept help where they least expect it? The Engagement Plot is a house built on sand that is just waiting for the first little wave to wash out the nonexisting foundation. The hoopla and pressure of living under the ever-watching eye of the public has created a false environment for finding a love worth having. Hanna and Will will have to decide what is important before they can move forward either together or alone. And they will have to return to their faith before that can happen. And they just might need a little help to get there. This is a fine book to just read but I have to admit reality tv is not my thing (I avoid it totally). And Hanna's shock at the behavior of those involved in the show and the fallout from her appearance should not have been surprised in the least. "Um, hello, reality television." But on the positive Hanna and Will both came to realize that they needed to get their priorities reassessed and determine just what was really important to them. If you like contemporary Christian romance fiction with a lot of dramatics give this book a try. For me, there was too much kissing and toeing the line when it comes to standing true to one's commitments, but then I've been called a Puritan when it comes to dating do's and don't's. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review. All opinions expressed are my own.
This faith-filled romance is a delightful and funny read. When William stole Hanna’s heart and shattered it in front of millions of people six months ago on a reality TV dating show, she goes home to Embarass, Minnesota. Now the CEO is back on Hanna’s home turf and wants her to forgive him? Fat chance of that. But a swirling snow blizzard is keeping him there. Despite her objections, teaming up with William seems like the only option to rescue her reputation. William has never regretted anything more than the day he gave that interview for the reality show, The Price of Love. While he can’t change the past, he’s determined to fix the future. He just needs to convince Hanna to forgive him and pretend to be engaged with him. Then the media erupts with even worse accusations, and pretending to be engaged seems to be the only way to heal their reputations. Then an attraction that neither of them can fight begins to surface. Does this love run deeper than a scandal? Will the old wounds tear them apart once and for all? It’s only with God’s help that Hanna and Will find their future happiness. I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a 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.
The Engagement Plot was a light & enjoyable romance. It was interesting to read about the behind the scenes of a Bachelor type show. I typically stick with reading early 1800’s historical romance but I did enjoy this modern age book. This was my first read by author Krista Phillips. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing & was under no obligation to post a review.
This is the first book that I have read by this author. I absolutely loved reading this book. It has a nice mix of romance and comedy. I really liked the main character, Hanna. I like how the author portrayed her. The characters in the story not shown as perfect, but a work in progress. I love the message of hope and that God continues to work in our lives. I highly recommend this book. *I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
I don’t think I have read anything by Krista before or if I have it’s been a long time. And I actually debated for quit awhile whether I would read this book or not. I’ll be honest, I was judging a book by its cover and the cover looked like it would be a silly book, without much substance. I was totally wrong, and a great lesson in not judging a book by its cover. This book did make me laugh at times, which was great, but there is a depth to this book that I totally loved. There are so many layers in this book that I can’t even uncover them all for you and I won’t try. I appreciated Hanna’s honesty and struggle with her faith. She admits she isn’t perfect and realizes that her relationship with the Lord isn’t what it should be. William is angry at God and has totally walked away from Him, but there is hope, there is always hope, that he will find his way back. God uses all things for good, even a reality t.v. show. I really enjoyed this book, a great romance and highly recommend this one. A copy of this book was given to me through Netgalley.com. All opinions are my own.
There was a lot to like with the premise of the book, but the execution fell flat for me. Too much exposition rather than story telling was probably the biggest issue for me. So much of what the characters were thinking/feeling needed to be communicated through dialogue/action rather than constant asides by the narrator. It became a distraction and made the book difficult to get through. While I appreciate the story being grounded in reality in terms of social media, publicity etc, none of the characters felt real to me. The reactions of the parents especially, were unrealistic and all over the place. It would have been good to see some flashbacks to what actually happened on the show rather than references in passing, because all the reader is really left to go on is an explicable attraction, and that's about it. Getting them out of Minnesota took too long, and then rest of the parts in Nashville and New York could have been fleshed out a lot more. Even the end I found cliche and unsatisfying. I think the author CAN write well, and there were some glimmers and fun passages, but on the whole, I didn't find H/H very likable/relateable. I've read other "fake engagement" themed novels that did a better job with pacing and character development. I may try a re-read to see if it's better on second blush, but this one was a disappointment for me. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
Engagement Plot by Krista Phillips was a pretty good read. The story moved along fairly well. The premise of the story was interesting and I liked the secondary characters too. I respected how the primary character, Hanna, was able to stay firm in her beliefs in the midst of major criticism. It took me a while to like the male hero, William. He was so self-centered. But by the end of the book, I came to like him. I wasn't satisfied with how his journey ended without a clear cut conviction on his personal faith. This couple went through many ups and downs and frustrating twists and turns, but still got their happily ever after. They could have saved themselves a lot of trouble if they had more trust in each other. I have to say that one thing in particular irritated me. This story revolved around an "engagement", but when the author was describing engagement rings, she used karats instead of carats for the weight of a diamond. Carats are for the diamonds and karats are for the gold. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.