When Love Arrives: A Novel

When Love Arrives: A Novel

by Johnnie Alexander


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An Unlikely Couple Struggles to Reconcile the Burdens of Their Past

Dani Prescott came to the children's hospital to spy on Brett Somers--so how did she end up on a date with him? Weeks earlier she'd seen an interview in which he blamed her mother for the plane crash that had killed his parents. But the crash had killed her mother as well, so Dani can't believe the story Brett's trying to sell to the media.

Vowing to find a way to discredit the privileged--and maddeningly handsome--Brett, Dani has been following him and taking photos, hoping to find something she can use against him. But when she catches his eye instead, she quickly finds herself offering up a fake name and agreeing to a date. Brett knows this mystery girl is hiding something--but he's got his own secrets to keep. What will happen when he discovers who she really is? Will Dani and Brett look beyond their own heartaches to discover a love that could heal their deepest pain?

Fresh, flirty, and fast-paced, When Love Arrives is an engaging story that will have readers falling in love with the characters as they navigate the tricky waters between romance and revenge.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780800726416
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/20/2016
Series: Misty Willow Series , #2
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 815,449
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

Johnnie Alexander is the award-winning author of Where Treasure Hides and Where She Belongs. Johnnie is an accomplished essayist and poet whose work has appeared in the Guideposts anthology A Cup of Christmas Cheer. In addition to writing, she enjoys reading, spending time with her grandchildren, and taking road trips. She lives near Memphis, Tennessee.

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When Love Arrives: A Novel 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
SylviaM 12 months ago
One is never the same when love arrives. This is the case for reformed, bad- boy, Brett Somers in book two of Johnnie Alexander's Misty Willow series. When Love Arrives brings the ladies man from book one into the surprising position of hero. Many readers despised Brett for causing hurt and havoc on the hearts of many females. He was redeemable, though, and takes the stage front and center in this book. The heroine, Dani Prescott, is an orphan who's lived in several homes, but has come through with an innocent, upbeat attitude for the most part. Brett spreads charm, light and fun wherever he goes. Dani is cautious, quirky, and loyal. I liked her, but loved Brett. I am so glad he's not another brooding, angry hero. Dani does have morose moments and can hold a grudge. I did have a little trouble getting in her head sometimes. I love the way they start as unlikely friends and eventually realize they love one another. The relationship between these two kept reminding me of Gerry Burton and Megan Hunter from Agatha Christie's, The Moving Finger. Misty Willow, the house in the series title, is the backdrop holding the story steadfast. I enjoyed hearing about A.J., Shelby, Elizabeth, Tabby, and Amy from book one. They make up an excellent supporting cast. In my opinion these adorable little girls are the best written children in any fiction books I've read. They act like normal kids and aren't annoying. Elizabeth and Tabby have their own unique personalities that make me want to read their stories in several years! This novel does have a third viewpoint from a previous girlfriend which I could have done without. The scenes with her in them could have been told from the hero’s viewpoint just fine. I thought the third viewpoint messed up the flow of the story and was a little weary of reading those pages. Holding grudges, forgiveness, and shameful pasts are major themes in the series. I appreciate the spiritual elements, but was left uncertain if the characters are Christians or not. They seem to acknowledge God and there was a definite behavior change and Brett. Dani remained a mystery. She did let go of her grudge, but doesn't seem to live close to God. It's possible they aren't there yet and we are seeing the beginning stages of their spiritual walk. When Love Arrives shows us that we are nothing on her own. We may think we have it all going our way, but it will eventually crumble. When Love (Jesus) arrives, we see ourselves for how small we are and how great He is. Dani and Brett humbled themselves and when love arrived for them, they were able to embrace it with passion, confidence, and trust. If you are looking for an entertaining, uplifting, family-connected, contemporary romance, I recommend this book and the others in this series for your next read.
lolly-pops More than 1 year ago
Johnnie Alexander has done it again with a story few romance lovers will be able to resist. Dani and Brett have every reason to hate each other. Dani's mother killed Brett's family through pilot error and worse, Brett knows it and blames her. Dani will never forgive Brett for saying so in a speech and sh'e out to ruin his life -- and what better way than to date the man? Both Brett and Dani were real, hurting characters and I felt sorry for both of them. Brett especially is lovable with his less than stellar past and his desire to fix it and make it right. Dani is an innocent, but she is conniving and manipulating even while being nice at the same time. I did like her, but I wanted to tell her to stop lying to him and to own up to her mistakes, her identity, her goals. Some of the stuff wasn't even lie worthy. Neither Brett or Dani were Christians at the beginning of the book though they both believe God exists but doesn't care. Something even saved people struggle with from time to time. There is some drinking, mentions of wanting to drink, and of course, wanting sex (not that it happened, because it didn't, this is clean) but there is no sexual tension between the characters. I loved the way there were two or three other stories going on at the same time in this book. AJ and Shelby as well as her two children and their upcoming marriage and the house Shelby lives in, Amy and her issues, and of course, Megan, Aaron, and Jonah. A totally sweet romance that is a bit slow but engaging. I grew to love these characters. You won't want to miss WHEN LOVE ARRIVES by Johnnie Alexander. I was given a copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
Fitzysmom More than 1 year ago
When Love Arrives is the continuation of the story that was started in Where She Belongs. This time the focus of the story shifts from AJ and Shelby to Brett and Dani. Dani Prescott is a new character and from the very beginning she's one that I wanted the best for. Dani is torn by her past and has a plan to set the record straight. Her target is Brett. He is pretty much enemy number one but the more she gets to know him personally the harder it is to keep her anger and need for revenge at the forefront of her mind. Brett has his own set of obstacles that he needs to overcome. I won't do a spoiler but if you read Where She Belongs you already know what weighs heavy on his heart. After meeting Dani by chance he tells himself he's just not interested but he is continually pulled towards this intriguing woman. Just as the first book had a bit of mystery as well as romance so does this one. It was interesting to watch things unfold and come to a head. When all was said and done I was satisfied to know a bit more about the ongoing storyline and I am eagerly anticipating the next book to allow us to venture a bit farther down the path with these characters. I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.
WiseJasmyne More than 1 year ago
An engaging romance novel is what this! I didn't want to put this one down and if I didn't have to wake up at a decent time in the morning, I would have finished in one night. The way the author writes about the characters, with their different backgrounds and their own stories, is wonderful and I was hooked. This is my first book to read from Johnnie Alexander and I will read more of her books. I would recommend this book to anyone whose looking for a contemporary romance novel with some twists in the story, and if you are a Cary Grant fan you will enjoy the old movie references in this book.
Deal_Sharing_Aunt More than 1 year ago
Who does Brett Somers think he is? Dani Prescott is sick of him lying. Brett has told anyone that listened that it was her mother's fault that his parents died in a plane crash. Dani Prescott also has lost her mother because of this crash. Dani realized that she is the only one that can fix this and show that it was not her mother's fault. What else can she do? He has seen her taking pictures and has asked her out. She cannot tell him that she was actually spying on him so she says okay. Brett really is intrigued by her. But what is going to happen when he finds out who her mother was? Is this the start of something else? I give this book a 4/5. I was given this book by Revell Publishing Company and these are my opinions.
More_Than_A_Review More than 1 year ago
This is a review for When Love Arrives by Johnnie Alexander. Danny has been following Brad's because he blames her mother for the plane crash that killed his parents. He conducted a TV interview publicly blaming her. So she wants to publicly humiliate him. It backfires just a tad bit when he sees her and he ends up asking her out. This is a Christian book however his past he was definitely not a Christian. Brett had a serious cavalier attitude toward women. There were references to him playing ‘the game’ which was how he treated women. I had a hard time liking him at first especially when he was still going to the Monday meetings. The author did a great job of opening the book giving us a different side of him to get our impression of him started out on the right foot. He is trying to change his ways and be a Christian. The interactions between him and Danny are platonic. This was one of those boos where you knew her deception was going to end up coming out and you were dreading how it was going to play out and how he would react. It was about typical. It was a decent story. I received this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. You can see my full review at More Than a Review dot com where I rate the level of sex, violence, language and drug/alcohol use in books.
BookLover16 More than 1 year ago
From the moment I read the description for this book I was hooked! I knew that I just had to read it! Call it reader's instinct, but I knew that I would end up loving it too. And I did! When Love Arrives is like the perfect cake. (I bake so this was the obvious analogy for me) There were all the necessary ingredients: back-story, romance, tension, likable characters, and a unique plot. Accurately measured and then baked to perfection you have yourself a good but not yet totally scrumptious cake. You need frosting right? Well, I consider the frosting of a book to be the way the author writes. With frosting, you want it to have a smooth texture; not grainy, rough, or choppy. It's the same when you read a book. It should be a continuous and smooth transition from sentence to sentence, chapter to chapter. As a reader I'm sure you'll understand what I mean when I say that some books just don't have a smooth read to them. But not with this book, the words just seemed to flow. I loved this book so much I went and read the previous book in the series, Where She Belongs. While it's not necessary to read the first book to understand When Love Arrives I'd definitely recommend it. You'll love them both!!
BethErin More than 1 year ago
My heartstrings got a workout from a few of the characters in When Love Arrives!! Readers can expect healing, forgiveness, and restoration in an engaging and entertaining story. Dani Prescott is a hurting and lonely young woman. She finds herself in quite a pickle when Brett notices her and then wants to spend time with her. Brett Somers is at the point in his life when the scales are falling from his eyes. For the first time, he is beginning to regret his selfish lifestyle and the pain he has caused. Dani’s impulsive vengeful intentions towards Brett don’t soothe the ache in her heart the way spending time with him does. I’ve marked my calendar for book 3’s release and look forward to Amy’s story with great anticipation. I requested the opportunity to read and review this title through Net Galley and Revell Reads. The opinions expressed are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im not sure i enjoy all the bible quotes you can write a christian romance without quoting all the scriptures
LisetteRue More than 1 year ago
Call it spying or call it stalking, but Dani Prescott was purposefully following Brett Somers. However, it was an accident that they met. Too soon, Dani is off to a classic movie after introducing herself as Regina Lampert, and Brett is undeniably and inexplicably drawn to her. Soon, Dani is drawn into Brett’s world, ever aware about her real reason for being in Columbus, and perfectly aware of his modern-day Casanova reputation, yet she can’t help admitting that he’s a much different person than she pictured. It goes against the grain in which Brett vehemently denounced Dani’s mother, who had piloted a plane that killed his parents. It also killed Dani’s mother, and it is his defamation in one interview that has led her to where she is now. A now in which they are clearly drawn to each other. Dani knows she has to level with Brett, and Brett knows Dani is keeping a secret. What will happen when the truth is out? Will their budding attraction survive the resurfaced pain? ‘When Love Arrives’ is written well. The characters are uniquely fleshed out, despite the ever-popular feature that all the characters are extremely attractive. As smartly written as this novel is, I’ll admit that it moved slower for me than I’d have liked, though not slow enough to quell my interest in possibly picking up the third installment when it’s released. As indicated, friendship will shift to budding romance, but don’t forget the big secret that Dani keeps from Brett. This isn’t only a story of romance, but of forgiveness on multiple fronts and giving it to the Lord to see one through it. There is also reconciliation with the Lord, even in such a seemingly simple way as coming back to prayer. Although I didn’t love the story, there is dimension to it. -- Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell Books. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions are expressly my own.
tmurrell2 More than 1 year ago
Dani lost her mother in an airplane crash years ago. In the time since she's suffered at the hands of her step-father and grieved her mother. So when she finds a youtube video of a guy blaming her mother for the plane crash she is livid. Brett Somers also lost his parents in that crash and has led an wild life since then. He's a wealthy bachelor who hasn't exactly led a good life. But he recently became a Christian and is working to turn his life around. Dani meets him when stalking him outside a hospital. Brett thinks Dani is a cute girl he just happened to run into. What happens next is the story of their mix-ups and the family that stood by them through it all. Somehow I missed that this was the 2nd book in a series I'd started earlier. So I know it can be read as a stand-alone. Although I enjoyed the first book and would recommend reading it first to get the whole story. The characters were well developed and the author did a great job of creating chemistry and tension between them. I liked how she inserted the elements of faith and showed how it can turn a life around. The book deals with forgiveness, faith, and family. I enjoyed reading it and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys Christian fiction, clean romance, and family stories. I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All thoughts expressed are my own.
tickmenot More than 1 year ago
I've Got a Secret--or Two! Brett Somers is handsome, rich and self-assured, and despite never meeting him, Dani is sure he is also cocky and selfish. She plans to put him in his place, publically. Following him, and secretly taking pictures of him might be considered stalking, but Dani believes she is justified in doing it. However, when she begins to put her plan into action, everything starts falling apart. Somehow, in the midst of her hate campaign, Brett starts talking with her. Meeting him, let alone having a conversation with him, was never part of her plan. Before she knows it, Dani is swept away by him, and finds they have many things in common. To make it worse, Dani discovers Brett and her are forming a relationship. At the very least, they have become friends, but possibly even more than friendship is growing between them. Dani finds herself in quit a predicament. Although she had been determined to dislike Brett, she finds herself caring for him, a lot. Also, because of him, she has a good job and a safe place to live. If the truth comes out about her original plans to discredit him, or if her mother's name is discovered, Dani is sure all the good things in her life will tumble down like a house of cards. Can Dani keep her secrets from Brett? If Brett discovers the truth, can he forgive her? Will Brett show her mercy since, in the past, he kept lots of secrets himself? This story-line captured my attention from the beginning. When Love Arrives is the second installment of the Misty Willow series. With some reservations, this book can be enjoyed without reading the first one. That is because there are a few story-lines from book one that are never quite explained in this one, leaving the reader frustrated. I did not care for how many things brought out "the green eyed monster" in Dani. It made me wonder how she could possibly be a likable person with so many jealousy issues. Also note the plot includes an out-of-wedlock child, and a past promiscuous lifestyle. Details about it are not given, and the behavior is treated as something that brought pain and difficult consequences. This 5-star book is recommended to those who like modern-day romances written from a Christian point-of-view. Revell Publishing has provided bookreadingtic with a complimentary copy of When Love Arrives, for the purpose of review. I have not been compensated in any other manner. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required, or influenced, to give anything but an honest appraisal. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
MichelleKrim More than 1 year ago
This is the first I've read from Johnnie Alexander, and after one chapter, I knew I was a fan! This story was packed with heart and had a great message of redemption. I loved every minute I spent in Misty Willow. The characters really drew me in to their story and I couldn’t put it down. Given the secrets that Brett and Dani were keeping from each other, it was difficult to imagine how they'd ever manage to resolve everything. My only complaint about the book is that I would've liked to see Brett have a little more of a spiritual journey. He had the perfect opportunity for it, but the author didn't really explore that possibility. Plot: Dani Prescott has a plan to ruin Brett Somers, who blames her mother for the plane crash that killed both his parents and Dani's mom. While Dani's trying to dig up some dirt on Brett, she accidently catches his attention instead and is invited to go to a movie with him. Spending time with Brett may help her discover something she can use to discredit him, as long as she can keep from falling for him. Brett's got a reputation as a heartbreaker, and he's left a trail of ex-girlfriends, including Meghan, who has her own story to tell. Characters: To be honest, Brett wasn't very likable at the beginning of the story, but he definitely grew on me. He's made his share of mistakes and has plenty of regrets, but he's truly trying to change, and that's what makes his character so endearing. Dani's a very sympathic character and as she gets caught up in her lies, it becomes apparent that she may not have all her dreams come true. I really enjoyed having Meghan's side of the story included as well. As much as I enjoyed Dani and Brett's relationship, Meghan really made the book complete. Recommendation: I'd highly recommend this book, especially for fans of Melissa Tagg. Johnnie Alexander has a similar style and throws in plenty of classic movie references, which I love. When Love Arrives is the second book in the Misty Willow series. I'd suggest reading the series in order. I haven't read Where She Belongs yet, and while this story can stand alone, I wished I'd have learned more of Brett's history. I definitely look forward to reading more from this author. Rating: 4/5 stars I received a copy of this book from Revell. This review is my honest opinion.
HelenM0 More than 1 year ago
When Love Arrives, written by Johnnie Alexander is book two in the Misty Hollow series. Brett Somers is a wealthy business man who lost his parents in a plane accident. During an interview the media person presses him about his how his life has changed with the death of his parents and then grandfather. He makes a comment blaming the pilot for killing his parents. Dani Prescott sees the interview that goes viral online and vows to ruin Brett's reputation. What she finds instead is a man who has changed his life around and is now a caring person and no longer uses women for his own enjoyment. Brett insists on making sure Dani gets home safely and along with his family, gives Dani a job and moves her into their guest cabin. This is a nice story about how a person can change their life around. It also is a story about forgiveness. I enjoyed when Dani continued watching the video and realized the interviewer was being forceful with her questions prior to Brett's comment. It was fun to see Brett turn away from his playboy phase and take on the responsibilities for his action when he was younger. The story also shows how life events when we are young can impact the type of person we become as we get older. As Brett turns away from his old life, he also finds himself praying and going to church. He is reminded that God has paid the price for our sins. I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing in exchange for an honest review.
MelissaF More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved the first book in this series and couldn’t wait to read this one and meet up with the characters again. This book did not disappoint. Johnnie brought me back to Misty Willow and reminded why I loved the first book so much. I did not like Brett for most of the first book but by the end redeeming qualities started to surface which made reading about him in this second book much more enjoyable. Dani frustrated me, I wanted her to just be honest and open up because I knew everything would explode and bad things would happen. But she is wounded from her past and felt she needed to do something to fix it. This is another great book by Johnnie with great characters and a wonderful setting. A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
ARS8 More than 1 year ago
When Love Arrives by Johnnie Alexander continues her Misty Willow series about cousins and their tumultuous past, this time focusing on Brett Somers. In the previous book Brett was a womanizer and jerk and not a very likeable guy. However, life and truth has begun to change him and with that he becomes a rather dashing hero. Enter Dani Prescott who shares a tragic childhood trauma event with Brett and that he is unaware of. Dani is a very scared and lonely character, trying to make her way through life and thinking that vengeance will make her happier. What she doesn’t count on is getting to know Brett, the man she wants to hurt. I was really invested in this story and could not read fast enough. I have always liked stories where the bad boy is redeemed and Brett and Dani’s romance was lovely to watch unfold as well. We are reunited with previous characters and while some things were resolved in this second novel some were not, I look forward to continuing this series with Brett’s sister Amy’s story. We are given front row seats as this family continues to heal from the generational sins of their family. This series just keeps getting better and better. I received a copy for an honest review from Revell Publishing and the opinions are my own.
BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
I’m a big fan of redemption stories. When an author can take a formerly unlikable character from a previous novel and bring them to an understanding of God’s grace and love, I am impressed. And that is what this author has done with the character of Brett. If you read the first book in the Misty Willow series, Where She Belongs, you will recognize Brett as an all around slime ball. If you haven’t read book one, I think that When Love Arrives could be read as a stand alone. But I think Brett’s journey is even more impressive if you start at the beginning of the series. The author was able to elicit a lot of emotion from me as I read this book. I really enjoyed watching Brett’s slow and steady transformation into the man that God wanted him to be by the end of the novel. The heroine of the book had plenty of transforming to do, too! I liked Dani a lot and really felt for her and the situation she found herself in. She had some decisions to make regarding the truth and she struggled with doing what was right instead of letting fear control her. I loved all of the characters in this story and enjoyed watching as all of the pieces slowly fell into place. After I hit the halfway point in this book, I couldn’t put it down and stayed up way too late reading in order to finish it! I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Britney_Adams More than 1 year ago
When Love Arrives is an engaging story! Having enjoyed the first book in the series, I welcomed the opportunity to return to the quaint community of Misty Willow and revisit its residents. Because Brett’s story begins in Book 1, Where She Belongs, reading the series in order is recommended. Dani Prescott and Brett Somers are an unlikely pair who have endured painful events in their pasts. From heartache and healing to revenge and romance, I enjoyed the complexities of their journey and the growth of their character. I was also pleased to continue Shelby and AJ’s story and look forward to reading more as the Misty Willow series continues. I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review. All thoughts expressed are my own.
KatrinaEpperson More than 1 year ago
This is story about choices and taking chances. I really enjoyed it. I think that the author has a gift for bringing a story to life and making the reader feel like they are apart of it. The plot is very engaging from the very first page. For me, this is a great, feel good story. It's a fast paced story that was hard to put down even for a second after the first page was turned. The characters are easy to love. Dani Prescott has had a rocky past and she has succeeded despite of it. She truly has a good heart. The death of her mother had a profound affect on her life and her memory is precious to Dani. Brett Somers has lived what most would call a privileged life, but what most don't understand is that it comes with a cost. A cost that Brett is all to familiar with. This is the second book in the Misty Willow series from Johnnie Alexander, but I felt it was a stand alone story. This is a book I would recommend to anyone who loves a good romance with lots of twists and turns on the road to happiness. I received this book from the publisher for a honest opinion. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
TamaraTilley More than 1 year ago
WHEN LOVE ARRIVES by Johnnie Alexander is a roller-coaster ride of emotion for both hero and heroine. Though at times I rolled my eyes, the characters quickly grew on me even with their flaws and deceptions. Dani Prescott is out for revenge. She thought losing her mother is an airplane accident when she was young was the low point of her life. However, years later, when Brett Somers calls her mother—the pilot of the plane—a murderer, Dani is determined to get even. Brett Somers might have lost his parents at a young age, but he still lived a charmed life in the lap of luxury, unlike Dani who was dumped at foster home after foster home. Bent on humiliating him publicly, because of the horrible things he said about her mother, Dani decides to photograph his every move. She’s convinced, given enough time, she will catch Brett in a compromising situation. Then she will have the ammunition to ruin his good name just like he ruined her mother’s. Brett Somer’s is cool, calculated, and cunning—in both work and at play. Even though he inherited his families fortune, he’s added to his wealth because of his drive to succeed. His good looks and wealth make him a magnet to opportunistic women, but he doesn’t let that bother him. They use him for his money and his status, he uses them to warm his bed. He figures it’s a fair exchange. However, there is a side of Brett no one knows about. He’s hiding a secret that is destroying him inside. Much to Dani’s dismay, she unintentionally has a face-to-face with Brett, and before she knows it, she’s agreed to go on a date with him. Dani figures it is the perfect opportunity to get the inside track on the egotistical, self-centered Casanova, but when one date leads to another, her objective becomes skewed. Brett isn’t at all the man she thought him to be, and little by little she finds herself drawn to the Brett nobody knows. Both Dani and Brett fight their attraction, knowing the secrets they keep are obstacles too great for any relationship to overcome. I mentioned rolling my eyes, because I could not believe that Dani would agree to go on a date with the person she was supposed to hate with a passion. So, when that date turned into a second date, I sighed in disbelief. Nevertheless, I quickly got caught up in Dani and Brett’s journey, and was rooting for their relationship to survive. It took me a while before I realized I had read book one in the series. Then, the little lightbulb went off. Even though WHEN LOVE ARRIVES is book two, it easily reads as a standalone novel. But, having the backstory on Shelby and A.J. made for added enjoyment. Book provided for review purposes. Available September 2016 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
Nutz2read More than 1 year ago
When Love Arrives is the first book I’ve read by Johnnie Alexander and it’s quite obvious that the story continues from her previous book, Where She Belongs. Though this book stands alone quite well, I could tell that I’d missed a fair amount, despite her efforts to fill in the gaps. I first became interested in this book after reading the synopsis - I was intrigued by the idea of an “accidental” date and curious to learn how everything would work out. What I found surprised me a little bit with how anticlimactic it was, but I found that it truly echoed real life, so I can’t really complain. I can happily say that I enjoyed this book quite a bit and am looking forward to reading the next one! While I was reading this book someone asked me if Ms. Alexander’s writing style reminded me of any of my favorite authors and I really struggled to come up with a name. In my mind, this was Johnnie’s book, so of course, it sounds like her writing style. That being said, it’s well written and the story flows smoothly, never lagging and rarely rushing ahead. I do have to nitpick and say that I personally would’ve enjoyed a few more descriptions, as I found myself struggling to imagine certain settings. I’m also going to admit that I found Dani’s plan to humiliate Brett childish at first and her reasoning not that well thought out. Though I did appreciate that Dani admitted that herself and slowly began to grow throughout the book. Brett is definitely the character I saw the biggest change in and I enjoyed following his transformation. He starts out as something of a jerk, though he’s already started seeing the errors of his ways when the book opens, and he wants to change, but doesn’t know how. This book ended up feeling like more his story than Dani’s and her character sometimes took a backseat to his issues, which played out well in the end, but I still found it a little frustrating that I didn’t get to see more of Dani’s side of the story. Her character seemed almost shallow at times, compared to Brett and everything he was dealing with. Their relationship was a bit different, as well. Because of Brett trying to change his ways, he struggles to keep his friendship with Dani where it should be. I appreciated how Ms. Alexander showed his battle and how their relationship plays out. I also had to smile at his teasing and joking with Dani and some of her responses had me laughing. I started this book with no idea what to expect and ended it with a smile on my face. Despite my nitpicking and hopes for a slightly deeper story, I did very much enjoy my trip to Columbus and Misty Willow and hope to be visiting again, soon. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review, which I have given. I was not required to write a positive review and have not been compensated for it in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.
Debragg More than 1 year ago
" When Love Arrives" is the kind of story that when you start to read it you have to keep reading until you get to the end and find out what happens to the characters. Brett Somers has had both of his parents die in a plane crash. Dani Prescott is very upset to find out that he is putting the blame on her mother. The story tells of two hearts that are meant to be together even though they had horrible childhoods that were intertwined. Will they be able to forgive each other when their secret is finally out? Will they ever get on with the life that they were meant to have? I give this book a 5/5. I was given this book by Revell Publishing and all opinions are mine.
VJoyPalmer More than 1 year ago
How does the naïve girl with the sordid past catch the eye of the area's most eligible bachelor? Find out in this delightful contemporary romance, When Love Arrives, by Johnnie Alexander! I adored all the witty banter! Loved seeing Dani and Brett go back and forth for pages. And all the references to classic movies - LOVE! Cause Cary Grant. *Swoon* A dreamy guy who knows and quotes Cary Grant? *Fainting Swoon* Dani is really sweet. I can understand her hurt and her desire to clear her mother's name. Oh, and Dani, I probably would have done the same thing with the ring. ;) Brett was very well developed. You could see him fighting his playboy past, trying to be the man he should be for his family. You could feel his charm oozing off the pages, and then you'd want to slap that arrogant smirk off his face. And I think when a character makes you want to go from hugs to slapping, they are making you feel. Which is kinda the point. ;) The spiritual plot is subtle. Dani and Brett both found their way back to God over the course of the story. It is a good read for someone who doesn't like to feel like they are being preached at throughout the story. When Love Arrives is the second book in Johnnie Alexander's Misty Willow Series. You can read this as a stand alone novel, but some of the drama and character interaction will make more sense if you read Shelby and AJ's story, Where She Belongs, the first book in the Misty Willow Series. I'm looking forward to Amy's story! I received a copy of When Love Arrives by Johnnie Alexander from Revell in exchange for my honest opinion, which I have given.
kp68 More than 1 year ago
When Love Arrives is the second book in Johnnie Alexander's Misty Willow series. On the opening pages, you are introduced to the main characters of this book, Dani Prescott and Brett Somers. You soon learn that Dani is stalking Brett to gain information that she can use against him. Dani's mother was the pilot of the plane that crashed years ago killing all aboard the plane, including Brett's parents. Dani and Brett have had to cope with growing up without their parents. After Dani hears Brett publicly blaming the crash on her mother, her goal in life becomes reaching out and publicly humiliating Brett Somers himself! When Dani is secretly taking pictures of Brett outside a children's hospital in Columbus, Ohio, Brett suddenly asks Dani to join him at a local movie theater; and you have no idea what events will follow. Before you know it, Dani becomes more involved with Brett's life than you ever would have imagined. When Dani uncovers a secret that could ruin Brett's reputation, you have no idea what she will do. Brett has just learned that he has a sick child behind the walls of that hospital! How will Brett respond when he finally learns who Dani's mother is? How will Dani react when it appears that Brett is literally turning his back on her? Watch as both Brett and Dani must learn to trust in their awesome God to lead them through this rough patch in both of their lives! I received this book from Revell in exchange for my unbiased review. http://penlessreview.blogspot.com/
AlyssaRossBlog More than 1 year ago
The Good: Even though this is technically the second book in the "Misty Willows" series I was not lost reading this as a stand alone book. This book drew me in from page one. I was captivated and could not put it down. There were times, however, that I actually did have to put it down but it was to cringe or cheer. I loved how the perspective of the story changed from Brett to Dani and even to Meghan at times. It was organized so well that you never got confused or lost as to who you were reading through. I loved seeing how they all felt at certain major events. These characters were so well developed and complex and I enjoyed how they changed and matured over the course of the book. This book also served as a nice reminder of how God works in our lives to change us. When our lives feel out of control and u[side down, sometimes that is God bringing about the necessary change in our lives. Their lives were relatable and intriguing. The Bad: It ended, and way too soon. I don't have anything else bad to say about this book. Recommendation: I would recommend this book to anyone who loves romances or a happy story. This was a book I could get lost in and forget my troubles. If you are looking for that type of book, look no further. *I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review*