Chance of Loving You
An anthology by three bestselling romance authorsFor Love of Money by Terri BlackstockTrying to launch her own design firm while waitressing on the side, Julie Sheffield was drawn to the kind man she waited on at the restaurant last night . . . until he stiffed her on the tip by leaving her half of a sweepstakes ticket.The Recipe by Candace CalvertHospital dietary assistant Aimee Curran is determined to win the Vegan Valentine Bake-Off to prove she’s finally found her calling. But while caring for one of her patients—the elderly grandmother of a handsome CSI photographer—Aimee begins to question where she belongs.Hook, Line & Sinker by Susan May Warren Grad student Abigail Cushman has agreed to enter the annual Deep Haven fishing contest. She’s a quick learner, even if she doesn’t know the difference between a bass and a trout. But nothing could prepare her for competing against the handsome charmer she’s tried to forget since grief tore them apart.One chance for each woman to change her life . . . but will love be the real prize?

Chance of Loving You Details

TitleChance of Loving You
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMay 1st, 2015
PublisherTyndale House Publishers, Inc.
ISBN-139781496405371
Rating
GenreRomance, Christian Fiction, Contemporary, Fiction, Christian Romance

Chance of Loving You Review

  • Melanie
    January 1, 1970
    Chance of Loving You is a collection of novellas, all stand-alone and by different authors. The first one, For Love of Money, was my least favorite because I found the story not that great and I didn't care for the characters. It was cute in the beginning, but the ending really spoiled the book for me...just didn't like it.The second novella, The Recipe, I loved! It was such a sweet story and didn't even feel like a novella. I loved how Aimee went on a "journey" to discover where she belonged an Chance of Loving You is a collection of novellas, all stand-alone and by different authors. The first one, For Love of Money, was my least favorite because I found the story not that great and I didn't care for the characters. It was cute in the beginning, but the ending really spoiled the book for me...just didn't like it.The second novella, The Recipe, I loved! It was such a sweet story and didn't even feel like a novella. I loved how Aimee went on a "journey" to discover where she belonged and what her dream was. The ending was also very good!The last novella, Hook, Line, and Sinker, was a reread for me as I read it when it originally released. I really enjoyed it both times. The fishing contest was fun, as was the whole story. My only complaint is that the novella did feel a bit short, but still it was good.All in all, a nice novella collection. I enjoyed reading these quick stories and look forward to reading future novels by these authors.*Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention/review it on my blog. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.*
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  • Nadine Keels
    January 1, 1970
    Seeing the chance to read a little something by three authors I'd never read before, I took it. I'm a fan of novellas, and Chance of Loving You includes three of them.4 StarsI found the first story, For Love of Money by Terri Blackstock, to be pretty cute and humorous overall, from the minute Julie sits down from waitressing and dips into Blake's soup, since he isn't eating it anyway. Imagine being left half of a sweepstakes ticket for a tip. Julie's replaying of her doubts about Blake's motives Seeing the chance to read a little something by three authors I'd never read before, I took it. I'm a fan of novellas, and Chance of Loving You includes three of them.4 StarsI found the first story, For Love of Money by Terri Blackstock, to be pretty cute and humorous overall, from the minute Julie sits down from waitressing and dips into Blake's soup, since he isn't eating it anyway. Imagine being left half of a sweepstakes ticket for a tip. Julie's replaying of her doubts about Blake's motives do become repetitive after a while, and sometimes sudden, "180 degree turn" downturns in romances come off as rushed/forced conflict that therefore isn't altogether convincing, but the way to the resolution here is worthwhile.3 StarsHook, Line & Sinker by Susan May Warren, the last story, was somewhat difficult for me to get into, the storyline and character development seeming more disjointed than gradual to me, almost like starting a new book from the middle and feeling like you're missing the basis or weren't officially introduced to the characters. However, there are some sweet moments along Abigail and Ross's journey through several years'-worth of past grief and misunderstandings.5 StarsMy favorite story is the second, The Recipe by Candace Calvert, where Aimee and Lucas learn a lot about true love in action, and not only true romantic love. (I figure the inclusion of actual recipes after each story is in conjunction with Aimee's culinary aspirations.) The flow and pacing of the story is natural, and the lessons Aimee and Lucas learn come in powerfully, making for some beautiful turns of events.And, to this reader personally, the way God answers Aimee's prayer about her Bake-Off dilemma is so like Him. The Recipe is the strongest reason I have for recommending this novella collection to other readers of Christian romance._____________________Tyndale House provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for an honest review.
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  • Aerykah
    January 1, 1970
    For Love of Money by Terri Blackstock-- 2 Stars. Though the story idea was interesting and perhaps had some potential... these characters were rather un-relatable & ended up annoying me most of the time. The Recipe by Candace Calvert-- 4 Stars. I really enjoyed this one. I liked the storyline a lot, especially the parts about Mrs. Marchal. She was a special favorite, though I did like the other characters too-- even Wanda. ;P Hook, Line & Sinker by Susan May Warren-- 4 Stars. I didn' For Love of Money by Terri Blackstock-- 2 Stars. Though the story idea was interesting and perhaps had some potential... these characters were rather un-relatable & ended up annoying me most of the time. The Recipe by Candace Calvert-- 4 Stars. I really enjoyed this one. I liked the storyline a lot, especially the parts about Mrs. Marchal. She was a special favorite, though I did like the other characters too-- even Wanda. ;P Hook, Line & Sinker by Susan May Warren-- 4 Stars. I didn't read this one because I had already read it... last year, maybe? Anyway, this is the rating I gave it then.
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  • Rachel
    January 1, 1970
    Chance of Loving You is an anthology by three bestselling romance authors including Terri Blackstock, Susan May Warren, & Candace Calvert.In the first novella, For Love of Money by Terri Blackstock, Blake Adcock's dreams have collapsed and all he's got to show for his dedicated hard work is a sweepstakes ticket. He has sat at the restaurant table for three hours, ordering things he doesn't want, because there is no place else he wants to go. Julie Sheffield, the struggling clothes designer w Chance of Loving You is an anthology by three bestselling romance authors including Terri Blackstock, Susan May Warren, & Candace Calvert.In the first novella, For Love of Money by Terri Blackstock, Blake Adcock's dreams have collapsed and all he's got to show for his dedicated hard work is a sweepstakes ticket. He has sat at the restaurant table for three hours, ordering things he doesn't want, because there is no place else he wants to go. Julie Sheffield, the struggling clothes designer who is waitressing on the side, is drawn to the man with the kind eyes... until he stiffs her on the tip by leaving her half of a sweepstakes ticket and no money.In the second novella, The Recipe by Candace Calvert, Aimee Curran is a hospital dietary assistant who is determined to win the Vegan Valentine Bake-off to prove that she's finally found her calling. CSI photographer, Lucas Marchal, religiously visits his elderly grandmother in the hospital trying to encourage her to eat and drink to get her well. While caring for Lucas' grandmother, Aimee and Lucas get to know each other and Aimee begins to question where she belongs. In the third novella, Hook, Line & Sinker by Susan May Warren, grad student Abigail Cushman is happy with her life as an Assistant Professor of Greek and Hebrew. Ross Springer is trying to prove his worth by raising money for the college group he mentors and leads. When Abigail and Ross end up competing in the annual Deep Haven fishing contest, they might just have a chance to put the past behind them and find the love they once had. Out of all three of these novellas, I liked The Recipe by Candace Calvert the best. Lucas and Aimee are drawn to one another and as they fall in love they end up helping the other at critical moments in the story. In For Love of Money, Blake's actions leave much to be desired, in my opinion. If he's so broke why is he sitting in an expensive restaurant ordering food he can't pay for? I like Julie's character a whole lot better. She stands by her beliefs and manages to change Blake's life for the better. In Hook, Line & Sinker, Abigail and Ross have known each other practically all their lives. You definitely get more depth to their relationship because of this. I like that they work on their differences and come to peace with the tragedy in their past.*Thanks to Tyndale House Publishers and Netgalley for the complimentary ARC copy of this book for review purposes. All opinions stated are my own.*
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  • Kelly Bridgewater
    January 1, 1970
    Chance of Loving You is an anthology by three bestselling romance authors, including Terri Blackstock, Susan May Warren, and Candace Calvert. I am a huge fan of all of their writings individually, so when I found out they were teaming up to write a book together with common themes, I couldn’t wait to get my hand on a copy. This sweet anthology features three couples who run into each other: one after many years and the other two were first encounters. The idea of three couples falling in love af Chance of Loving You is an anthology by three bestselling romance authors, including Terri Blackstock, Susan May Warren, and Candace Calvert. I am a huge fan of all of their writings individually, so when I found out they were teaming up to write a book together with common themes, I couldn’t wait to get my hand on a copy. This sweet anthology features three couples who run into each other: one after many years and the other two were first encounters. The idea of three couples falling in love after meeting seemed like a good idea. Happens all the time. The story by Candace Calvert, “The Recipe” was my favorite story. I truly enjoyed how Lucas and Aimee had a connection with strawberries. Lucas’s grandmother used to paint strawberries while Lucas was fascinated his grandparents’ love story and has been recording it through photography for years. Aimee, however, has enjoyed how her mother used to make this Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble for her birthday. The nursery home story world created a nice feeling to grab the affection and interest of Lucas and Aimee. I enjoyed watching the transformation of Aimee and Lucas by the story’s end. While “The Recipe” was my most favorite novella of the collection, “The Love of Money” by Terri Blackstock seemed unrealistic. Blackstock is known for her romantic suspense, so I think she should stick to that. “The Love of Money” has Julie and Blake winning twenty thousand dollars and deciding how much it can change them. I had a hard time swallowing the concept behind the story. Plus, the romance between Julie and Blake was too fast for my taste. I don’t even think Julie and Blake really like each other. The money tied them together. I read “Hook, Line, and Sinker” before. It has way too much fish terminology that I forget that I’m reading a contemporary romance novel in the process. Being a huge fan of Susan May Warren, this is a short novella that I would have a hard time recommending to my friends. Overall, Chance of Loving You by three best-selling authors has one enjoyable story while the other two really didn’t capture my attention. I received a complimentary copy of Chance of Loving You from Tyndale Publishing and the opinions stated are all my own.
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  • Caitlyn Santi
    January 1, 1970
    This is an excellent novella collection by three beloved, acclaimed, best selling romance authors! I really loved this collection as a whole, it was a great read which I highly recommend. For Love of Money by Terri BlackstockThis was the second story of Ms. Blackstock's that I've read, and I really enjoyed it though I do think it was my least favorite of the three novellas in this collection. This novella begs the question we all have probably wondered about at times, if we won the lottery what This is an excellent novella collection by three beloved, acclaimed, best selling romance authors! I really loved this collection as a whole, it was a great read which I highly recommend. For Love of Money by Terri BlackstockThis was the second story of Ms. Blackstock's that I've read, and I really enjoyed it though I do think it was my least favorite of the three novellas in this collection. This novella begs the question we all have probably wondered about at times, if we won the lottery what would happen? Would the money change us? What would be most important to us? I loved the conclusions that Julie and Blake came to. I also really liked Julie's modest clothing line, I totally wanted to buy some of the clothes she designed.The Recipe by Candace CalvertI loved this novella! It was really good. Each of these novellas has a recipe at the end of it and I love that the recipe at the end of this one plays a large role in the story! This story contained all the aspects I love in a story! This was the first story by Candace Calvert that I've read and it will not be the last, I loved the author's writing style. I have three of her books on my Kindle that I am very much looking forward to reading!Hook, Line and Sinker by Susan May WarrenI've read and loved several of this author's books and this one was no exception! I really liked the characters and the fishing contest was a really unique storyline, I especially loved how seamlessly it tied in perfectly with the spiritual message of the story! This one is tied with The Recipe for my favorite novella of the collection! I received a complimentary copy of this book from Tyndale Publishing in exchange for my honest review. Which I have done, the above is my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are one hundred percent my own.
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  • Brittany
    January 1, 1970
    Chance of Loving You is an anthology by three bestselling romance authors. If you are looking for fun and sweet love stories, this may be a good match for you.Although all three are novellas, I felt like I got to know the characters in each novella fairly well. None of the stories felt rushed to me and all three had sweet, happy endings. I did not really connect well with the two main characters from For Love of Money by Terri Blackstock. It was well-written and an interesting storyline, but Bla Chance of Loving You is an anthology by three bestselling romance authors. If you are looking for fun and sweet love stories, this may be a good match for you.Although all three are novellas, I felt like I got to know the characters in each novella fairly well. None of the stories felt rushed to me and all three had sweet, happy endings. I did not really connect well with the two main characters from For Love of Money by Terri Blackstock. It was well-written and an interesting storyline, but Blake Adcock got on my last nerve. My frustration with Blake just got worse as the story continued and I didn’t really want him to end up with Julie! So, although many others will probably enjoy this story, I just did not. I will add, though that this novella had quite a few humorous moments.I did like the two other novellas. The Recipe by Candace Calvert was a very emotional and heartfelt story. I thought that the two main characters, Aimee and Lucas, had great chemistry. Their journey together and the individual growth that each experienced in the book was heartwarming and I did not want to see their novella come to an end.I also enjoyed Hook, Line & Sinker by Susan May Warren. Abigail and Ross had some big hurts to work through. Tragedy pulled them apart and, to be honest, when I learned their backstory, I was a bit surprised at exactly how things had gone wrong. One conversation could have cleared up the confusion and saved some additional heartache! But, it was an enjoyable story and I liked getting to know the characters.If you are a fan of romances, these three stories will be an enjoyable way to pass the time.I received a complimentary copy of this book from Tyndale House Publishers.You can read this review on my blog at:https://brittreadsfiction.wordpress.c...
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  • Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
    January 1, 1970
    "For Love of Money" by Terri Blackstock - 3 starsThis was a cute yet predictable story with characters that banter unusually well for only having just met. I didn't feel drawn to the characters but it was fun seeing how they responded to each other and their unexpected and overwhelming wealth. Their interactions are impetuous and dramatic, and it played like a made-for-tv movie in my mind."The Recipe" by Candace Calvert - 4 starsSet in San Diego (yay!), this one hit closer to home since my mothe "For Love of Money" by Terri Blackstock - 3 starsThis was a cute yet predictable story with characters that banter unusually well for only having just met. I didn't feel drawn to the characters but it was fun seeing how they responded to each other and their unexpected and overwhelming wealth. Their interactions are impetuous and dramatic, and it played like a made-for-tv movie in my mind."The Recipe" by Candace Calvert - 4 starsSet in San Diego (yay!), this one hit closer to home since my mother is an advocate for caregivers and the elderly. Lucas and Aimee bond over his grandmother's care and provide emotional support for each other. Aimee's love of cooking stems from the time she spent with her late mother making meals for others. I enjoyed the themes of compassion, grief, hope, and acceptance as Lucas and Aimee both come to terms with their struggles. Great romantic moments!"Hook, Line & Sinker" by Susan May Warren - 5 starsUnlike the two previous, the couple featured in this story has a romantic history. There is a great intro scene involving a dunk tank, but then the grief and misunderstanding that came between Abby and Ross brings a boatload of emotion and angst to the narrative. Their past is revealed to the reader in bits and pieces while the present day takes place at Deep Haven's lake fishing contest. I was impressed by the details of the fishing- something I have absolutely no experience with :) Abby and Ross have distinct personalities that complement each other and I was rooting for them to take a chance and finally communicate and forgive.(Thank you to Tyndale Publishing for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review)
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  • Nora St Laurent
    January 1, 1970
    Terri Blackstock’s usually writes mystery and suspense stories. It was fun to read a different type of book by her. For Love of Money grabbed my heart and I instantly connected with her main characters. Brake Adcock is sitting in a restaurant talking to Julie Sheffield his waitress. She’s wondering why he’s ordered all this food and isn’t eating any of it. After paying for his meal Brake realizes he doesn’t have money for a tip. He’s embarrassed. So he decides to give her half of his sweepstakes Terri Blackstock’s usually writes mystery and suspense stories. It was fun to read a different type of book by her. For Love of Money grabbed my heart and I instantly connected with her main characters. Brake Adcock is sitting in a restaurant talking to Julie Sheffield his waitress. She’s wondering why he’s ordered all this food and isn’t eating any of it. After paying for his meal Brake realizes he doesn’t have money for a tip. He’s embarrassed. So he decides to give her half of his sweepstakes ticket and writes on the back “I owe you!” It’s a shame he couldn’t leave her a tip because he really liked her. The next day Julie and Blake’s world change forever! They’ve come into some money and soon discover both manage their finances very differently. Julie wants to save everything. Blake wants to share what he has with everyone because he can! This threatens their potential relationship.Julies been hurt by men and has trust issues with them and with God for that matter. Julie’s changed. She thinks, “I couldn’t serve two masters. Because the Lord showed me I had changed. The money was making me miserable.”In that way it reminded me of and old movie “Brewsters Millions” He had to do something in order to get the real prize that was awarded him. Everyone around him thought he was crazy but he knew what he had to do. It didn’t matter what others thought. These characters come to the same conclusion.After the fun and excitements’ over Julie and Blake settled into a new normal as they try to make sense of their lives and the future. Would they have the courage to do what it took to have peace in their hearts? Could they give love a chance?The second story by Candace Calvert was titled The Recipe: Aimee works at a hospital and has entered a vegan valentine bake off. She’s not a vegan but feels by adopting one of her mother’s favorite dessert recipes into Vegan she’d have a chance to win. Her mom was an amazing cook.The winner gets top honors and full tuition at a local culinary school. She’s made the finals and the completion was going to be filmed on Valentine’s Day (which was her birthday) and the tenth anniversary of her mom’s passing.“Kitchen time with mom was the best.”Aimee meets Lucas and his grandmother, Margie. Lucas has been there for his grandmother and struggles with her living will. His grandfather passed a year ago and his grandmother has changed. She’s said to him, “Right now, life on earth has lost its flavor and heaven is calling.” How was he to process all that?Lucas tells Aimee, “Well, if you ask me, Heaven’s got the wrong number. I’d do everything I can to find some “flavor” my grandmother likes. If I have to hire Baskin-Robins to do a drive-by.”Both Aimee and Lucas take a hard look at their lives and what they are doing to honor the people they love. Reevaluating their purpose. God would give them the peace that passes all understanding to do the right thing.This was again a fun story with characters I could connect with. The Last story was by Susan May Warren. Hook, Line and Sinker. I’m a huge Susan May Warren fan but I was not a fan of this story. It was a novella that I couldn’t relate to; maybe because this author does an incredible job of having us get to know her characters, (which takes a few pages) and the community they live in (again takes more pages). Then the author usually has the reader delve into the problem. (again takes more pages) I was expecting more from this author because I’ve read other wonderful books by her. All in all each story was fun, light-hearted and it made you think. What would I do in that situation? Each author included a recipe to make at home. That was fun too! This was a great collection of authors! I highly recommend reading these authors other books!Disclosure of Material Connection: #AD TyndaleI received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through The Book Club Network www.bookfun.org I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”Nora St. LaurentTBCN Where Book Fun Begins! www.bookfun.orgThe Book Club Network blog www.psalm516.blogspot.comBook Fun Magazine www.bookfunmagazine.com
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  • Leah
    January 1, 1970
    2 stars:For Love of MoneyI didn't like like the characters in this story, but the story was okay.The RecipeThe characters were likeable, but I didn't like the story.4 stars:Hook, Line & SinkerThis was an interesting, cute story. I liked the characters, too. They were easy to root for. I am looking forward to reading more of this series, Deep Haven.
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  • Denise
    January 1, 1970
    Chance of Loving you is an anthology by three bestselling romance authors, including Terri Blackstock (http://mediacenter.tyndale.com/2_auth...), Candace Calvert (http://mediacenter.tyndale.com/2_auth...), and Susan May Warren (http://mediacenter.tyndale.com/2_auth...). I happen to love all three of these wonderful authors, so I was super excited to see a collaborative anthology featuring them. I was also totally drawn in by the beautiful cover - it just looked magical, so I had high hopes for t Chance of Loving you is an anthology by three bestselling romance authors, including Terri Blackstock (http://mediacenter.tyndale.com/2_auth...), Candace Calvert (http://mediacenter.tyndale.com/2_auth...), and Susan May Warren (http://mediacenter.tyndale.com/2_auth...). I happen to love all three of these wonderful authors, so I was super excited to see a collaborative anthology featuring them. I was also totally drawn in by the beautiful cover - it just looked magical, so I had high hopes for the book. The first thing I noticed when picking up the book is that two out of the three stories aren't new, they're just repackaged. For Love Of Money by Terri Blackstock was originally published in 2000 in an anthology titled Sweet Delights, and Hook, Line, & Sinker is part of Susan May Warren's Deep Haven series and was published as an ebook novella as book 4.5 in that series in 2011. The only brand new offering is Candace Calvert's The Recipe. The back cover reads:"An anthology by three bestselling romance authorsFor Love of Money by Terri Blackstock Trying to launch her own design firm while waitressing on the side, Julie Sheffield was drawn to the kind man she waited on at the restaurant last night . . . until he stiffed her on the tip by leaving her half of a sweepstakes ticket.The Recipe by Candace Calvert Hospital dietary assistant Aimee Curran is determined to win the Vegan Valentine Bake-Off to prove she’s finally found her calling. But while caring for one of her patients―the elderly grandmother of a handsome CSI photographer―Aimee begins to question where she belongs.Hook, Line & Sinker by Susan May Warren Grad student Abigail Cushman has agreed to enter the annual Deep Haven fishing contest. She’s a quick learner, even if she doesn’t know the difference between a bass and a trout. But nothing could prepare her for competing against the handsome charmer she’s tried to forget since grief tore them apart.One chance for each woman to change her life . . . but will love be the real prize?"This was a fun collection of stories that would work perfectly as a light and fluffy summer beach read. Each short story can be read in an hour or two apiece, and they're entertaining yet lighthearted. For The Love Of Money was the longest piece in this anthology, and it was a fun yet condensed love story. Personally, I enjoyed The Recipe the best out of the three stories. I was able to connect with the characters much more in The Recipe than in For The Love Of Money. And I definitely enjoyed Hook, Line, & Sinker because I love Susan May Warren and her Deep Haven series - although this short little novella does well as a stand-alone as well. I think I may have enjoyed it better because I know the Deep Haven characters, but I feel like anyone might be able to pick it up and not feel lost. What I liked best about each of the stories is how well they fit the theme - each story was about someone who gave up what they thought was their "ultimate dream" to discover they gained something much better - love. While these aren't earth shattering, deep, life changing stories, they are sweet and fun and great to pass the afternoon at the beach or to bring along for a relaxing bubble bath. 3.5 out of 5 stars.I received a copy of this book from Tyndale in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
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  • Meagan Myhren-bennett
    January 1, 1970
    Chance of Loving YouBy Terri Blackstone, Candace Calvert, and Susan May WarrenChance of Loving You is an anthology of three stories by three authors.First up is For Love of Money by Terri Blackstone.Julie Sheffield thought he was someone she just might might like getting to know better. Blake Adcock seemed to be a gentleman and he was a Christian. But when he doesn't leave her a tip other than half a sweepstakes ticket she thinks she's been mistaken again in her judgment.Both Blake and Julie cou Chance of Loving YouBy Terri Blackstone, Candace Calvert, and Susan May WarrenChance of Loving You is an anthology of three stories by three authors.First up is For Love of Money by Terri Blackstone.Julie Sheffield thought he was someone she just might might like getting to know better. Blake Adcock seemed to be a gentleman and he was a Christian. But when he doesn't leave her a tip other than half a sweepstakes ticket she thinks she's been mistaken again in her judgment.Both Blake and Julie could use the money to give their dreams the financial start they need. But money has a way of changing people, if they win can this twosome withstand the temptations that millions would offer? For Love of Money is a fun yet insight story that introduces us to two very different people and their unique perspectives on money. Sometimes we can find love where we least expect it - but we have to decide what is most important love or money...Second is The Recipe by Candace CalvertAimee Curran is a sweet young woman who is determined to honor her late mother by entering and winning the Vegan Valentine Back-Off. A win would get her into culinary school and help her to fulfill her dream.But when Aimee gets a little creative with the food trays at the San Diego hospital where she works, she finds herself worrying about her job. But Aimee's creative flair with food introduces her to Lucas Marchal, whose grandmother was the recipient of Aimee's latest attempt.In her quest to find the perfect dessert Aimee is about to The Recipe which is one everyone needs to discover. And this discovery is just what Aimee needs when her plans start to come apart. Sometimes we need trouble to find what we've been searching for.Third is Hook, Line and Sinker by Susan May WarrenAbigail Cushman is determined to win and if Ross Springer is the competition he had better watch out. Which is too bad for Ross - who's been secretly in love with her for years.But since his brother Scott died Abby has either ignored him or determined to crush him. Ross can't seem to be the man his brother was. He can't be the man Abby would love.Ross has changed, since Scotty's death he's not the Ross Abby always knew. Abby decides that the Deep Haven fishing contest that Ross is promoting is just what she needs. Determined to prove that she's more than an all-brains-scholar Abby decides to join the fishing contest, and if she knows nothing about fishing she's willing to take a crash course.Ross and Abby are both hurting and have been since Scott's death several years ago. Is their pain keeping them from seeing the truth about who they truly are?This anthology is a delightful assortment and if you have yet to have read all three of the authors this is the perfect opportunity to do so. This was the first story I've ever read by Terri Blackstone and I have to say her writing is impressive. I was drawn to this book because of the little teaser/excerpt of The Recipe that was in Candace Calvert's By Your Side. I'm familiar with Susan May Warren through her Christiansen family series and this is of the same quality. Overall I would highly recommend this book. It is perfect for a quiet weekend or a long summer afternoon.I was provided a complementary copy of this book by Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Linda Walters
    January 1, 1970
    This in an anthology by three bestselling romance authors, and here is their bio links:Author Terri Blackstock - view author info http://mediacenter.tyndale.com/2_auth...Author Susan May Warren - view author infohttp://mediacenter.tyndale.com/2_auth...Author Candace Calvert - view author infohttp://mediacenter.tyndale.com/2_auth...The first story- "For love of Money", reminded me of a movie I saw part of several years ago. It was called "It could happen to you". I only know the name of it becaus This in an anthology by three bestselling romance authors, and here is their bio links:Author Terri Blackstock - view author info http://mediacenter.tyndale.com/2_auth...Author Susan May Warren - view author infohttp://mediacenter.tyndale.com/2_auth...Author Candace Calvert - view author infohttp://mediacenter.tyndale.com/2_auth...The first story- "For love of Money", reminded me of a movie I saw part of several years ago. It was called "It could happen to you". I only know the name of it because I had to look it up. I found this story was an Okay read. I did enjoy the Christian theme to it and the struggle that the sudden windfall of money caused both Julie and Blake. I liked both of the MC's although some of Blake's levity and what looked like carelessness with the money sometimes bothered me. Hey, just showing human nature I think. I can say that I did like the ending of the story. Book 2- The Recipe- This one was a favorite for me. I liked Aimee she was kind of a misfit but so kindhearted and likable. She was trying to find her place in life; her gifts and talaents. She was almost starting to wonder if she had any. The other main character, Lucas loved his grandmother so much and her story was also something different. What a sweet, charming story it turned out to be.Book 3- Hook Line & Sinker- Abigail and Ross had a long history; they have known each other for years. And not all of their history is good. It used to be but grief, insecurities and misunderstandings have done some severe damage. How can these two make their way back to each other? Abby stayed true to herself but Ross was trying to be someone and something else than who he really was; trying to fill the void that was left by his older brother Scotty's death. Each one of the stories had a recipe at the end of their stories. Each one had a good moral to the story without being super preachy; I did like that. Scripture and Christian backgrounds are a part of their stories too. Each also has a Happy Ever After ending. I would say that its a pleasant read over all. These stroies showed struggles, human weaknesses, failures and at the end the overcoming of obstacles. Good stories for all ages of people.To comply with new regulations introduced by the Federal Trade Commission, I am mentioning that Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book.
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  • ⚜️Trea
    January 1, 1970
    This is a small anthology of three stories by leading Inspirational Authors. I feel it will be easier to review each story individually, than try to review the book as a whole. All things considered, the Candace Calvert story clearly carried the other two entries into a 3 star rating.For Love of Money by Terri BlackstockThis story reminded me very heavily of the movie It Could Happen To You, and not in a good way. Blake seemed very reckless with his newfound winnings and Julie was a complete shr This is a small anthology of three stories by leading Inspirational Authors. I feel it will be easier to review each story individually, than try to review the book as a whole. All things considered, the Candace Calvert story clearly carried the other two entries into a 3 star rating.For Love of Money by Terri BlackstockThis story reminded me very heavily of the movie It Could Happen To You, and not in a good way. Blake seemed very reckless with his newfound winnings and Julie was a complete shrew about the whole thing. The falling in love declarations were not believable in the slightest, and the faith aspect felt awkward and unwieldy. The whole book had a “trying too hard” vibe to it, making it feel very fake and a bit rushed. It was mildly entertaining, so I’m rating it 2.5 stars.The Recipe by Candace CalvertI didn’t realize it at the time, but this book fits right into the Crisis Team Series, which was a pleasant surprise! The story was very nicely done, I started really beginning to care for the characters and wanting to see more of what happened to them! Aimee was very realistic as a character, and I liked how the author didn’t go into a lot of detail about Lucas’ job, as her expertise in a hospital setting shines through very clearly in this story. The supporting characters felt just as important as the main ones, and lent authenticity to the story. All in all, a very enjoyable story I will re-read when reading the series! (4 Stars)Hook, Line & Sinker by Susan May Warren This story is part of the author’s Deep Haven series, apparently midway through the series, but I wasn't lost at all. There wasn't much world building done, but the series also wasn't referenced heavily, making this story a good introduction to the author's writing style. However, the characters really weren't realistic to me. What couple wouldn't sit down and communicate with each other when one of them has been grieving? Why did this couple drift apart after the death of Scotty? It made no sense for me. The ministry part of the story seemed contrived and overly competitive, when it really shouldn't have been. I found my interest flagging quite a bit on this story, so thankfully it was short. I think I might check the author's other works out from the safety of the library and not spend my money on something so uncertain. (2 Stars)
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  • Victor Gentile
    January 1, 1970
    Terri Blackstock, Candace Calvert and Susan May Warren team up in their new book, “Chance Of Loving You” published by Tyndale House Publishers give us this anthology by three bestselling romance authors.From the back cover: Beloved authors Terri Blackstock, Candace Calvert and Susan May Warren bring you three delightful stories about the risks we take for love.For Love of Money by Terri Blackstock Trying to launch her own design firm while waitressing on the side, Julie Sheffield was drawn to th Terri Blackstock, Candace Calvert and Susan May Warren team up in their new book, “Chance Of Loving You” published by Tyndale House Publishers give us this anthology by three bestselling romance authors.From the back cover: Beloved authors Terri Blackstock, Candace Calvert and Susan May Warren bring you three delightful stories about the risks we take for love.For Love of Money by Terri Blackstock Trying to launch her own design firm while waitressing on the side, Julie Sheffield was drawn to the kind man she waited on at the restaurant last night . . . until he stiffed her on the tip by leaving her half of a sweepstakes ticket.The Recipe by Candace Calvert Hospital dietary assistant Aimee Curran is determined to win the Vegan Valentine Bake-Off to prove she’s finally found her calling. But while caring for one of her patients―the elderly grandmother of a handsome CSI photographer―Aimee begins to question where she belongs.Hook, Line & Sinker by Susan May Warren Grad student Abigail Cushman has agreed to enter the annual Deep Haven fishing contest. She’s a quick learner, even if she doesn’t know the difference between a bass and a trout. But nothing could prepare her for competing against the handsome charmer she’s tried to forget since grief tore them apart.One chance for each woman to change her life . . . but will love be the real prize?If you do not already know these wonderful authors then this anthology is a great way to be introduced to them. However if you are already a fan then these short stories are a way to prevent withdrawal until their individual next novel come out. Each story is different and great fun all by itself. “Chance Of Loving You” is great fun to read. This is a book where you wrap yourself in a cozy blanket, make yourself comfortable in your favorite chair and have warm cider to drink as you savor each story. All the stories are so well written and the romance is perfect, tender not overboard or forced. Hopefully there will be another and make this a series. Each story is followed by a delicious recipe.Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Tyndale House Publishers . I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
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  • Tina
    January 1, 1970
    Chance of Loving You Romance Collection***** by Terri Blackstock, Candace Calvert and Susan May Warren -For Love of Money*** by Terri BlackstockOf the two main characters—Blake Adcock and Julie Sheffield—I liked Julie's character the best. She was not one to go out and spend just because she suddenly had the money to do so—perhaps she held it too close. Blake came across as a spend-thrift but in the end he and Julie's focus was not on the money but on how to help others after pursuing God's gui Chance of Loving You Romance Collection***** by Terri Blackstock, Candace Calvert and Susan May Warren -For Love of Money*** by Terri BlackstockOf the two main characters—Blake Adcock and Julie Sheffield—I liked Julie's character the best. She was not one to go out and spend just because she suddenly had the money to do so—perhaps she held it too close. Blake came across as a spend-thrift but in the end he and Julie's focus was not on the money but on how to help others after pursuing God's guidance. The contrast between before and after obtaining a large sum of money can be seen in the actions of the two main characters. I liked Blake and Julie when they first met and towards the end of the story, the middle was a bit off.-The Recipe***** by Candace CalvertI love the way Lucas Marchal loved and cared for his sweet grandmother. His grandmother, Rosalynn, while she was in the hospital. Hospital dietary assistant, Aimee Curran, “livens up” the patients' meals with some artistic food garnishes with some surprising results. She has also entered into a Vegan Valentine Bake Off and decides to adapt one of her mother's recipes for the next round. Lucas, Aimee and Rosalynn are my favorite characters—must not forget Margie. Everything about the story and the characters flowed well making this a sweet, heartwarming story. This is my favorite of the three novellas in this book.-Hook, Line and Sinker**** by Susan May WarrenIt seems that Ross Springer and Abby Cushman have a past history of sorts which comes across as they interact in this cute story. I'm thinking they should have talked long before the contest and they could have avoided some heartache. The past always impacts the present and future as these two learned. The fishing details were interesting, fun and light-heart.~I received a copy of this book from TBCN for a review, this is my honest review~
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  • Donna (More Than a Review)
    January 1, 1970
    Chance of Loving You is a romance collection from three of my favorite authors. The first book is by Terry Blackstock called For Love of Money. It's a lottery winner story with a Christian perspective. It makes you wonder how you would handle the situation; would you be more like Blake or more like Julie. I think your stomach will be in notes as you watch the clock tick down The second book is called The Recipe by Candace Calvert. The book starts off with a little humor and moves into more seri Chance of Loving You is a romance collection from three of my favorite authors. The first book is by Terry Blackstock called For Love of Money. It's a lottery winner story with a Christian perspective. It makes you wonder how you would handle the situation; would you be more like Blake or more like Julie. I think your stomach will be in notes as you watch the clock tick down  The second book is called The Recipe by Candace Calvert. The book starts off with a little humor and moves into more serious topics. Lucas’ grandmother is in the hospital and is losing her will to live after recently losing her husband. Aimee works in the nursing home in the food area. Aimee is also entering a food contest and trying a few options out on the residents. There is a lot of reflection regarding her loss of her mother. I think you're truly enjoy the story. I teared up twice; once when we find "The Recipe" and again when Lucas gives Aimee her birthday present. The third and final book is Hook, Line and Sinker by Susan May Warren. Each of the stories has a totally different feel and setting. In Hook, Line and Sinker you have two friends trying to move past their grief that tore them apart. I think you will love Abigail who is your smart quirky 4.0 grad student. Ross is the brother of her high school best friend and the boys she's had a crush on since high school. He is her total opposite full of charisma and struggling to pass Greek. The story takes place as they're competing in an annual fishing contest.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.
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  • Madison
    January 1, 1970
    This anthology is a great way to become introduced to three very talented writers, or for fans to enjoy a small sample from each.In Terri Blackstock's novella Julie and Blake could never have imaged the road their lives would take when Blake leaves Julie half a sweepstake ticket as a tip. This story was crazy. Crazy and hilarious. One minute getting along, the next yelling at each other, Julie and Blake are thrown together, but they will have to determine if they are meant to be together or if m This anthology is a great way to become introduced to three very talented writers, or for fans to enjoy a small sample from each.In Terri Blackstock's novella Julie and Blake could never have imaged the road their lives would take when Blake leaves Julie half a sweepstake ticket as a tip. This story was crazy. Crazy and hilarious. One minute getting along, the next yelling at each other, Julie and Blake are thrown together, but they will have to determine if they are meant to be together or if money will get in their way.Candace Calvert's novella takes readers to San Diego Hope Hospital where dietary assistant Aimee assembles hospital food trays and dreams of a life of fine cuisine and masterful cooking. But when her dreaming (and garnishing) lands her in trouble, Aimee finds herself assisting ailing patient Mrs Marchal, and rather attracted to Mrs Marchal's son, Lucas. I love Candace's writing - the setting, tone and characters. This is a great short story, so characteristic of Candace's writing.I had previously read Susan May Warren's novella Hook, Line and Sinker, but was very happy to read it again. I love anything and everything she writes. Abigail lost both the Springer brothers the day Scotty died. Now Abigail has a chance to win back her rights as a leader of the evangelic youth group, and maybe one last chance to show Ross Springer that he was always the brother for her. Bring on the fishing. The publishers provided a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Holly
    January 1, 1970
    You can’t go wrong with these three authors. All of them know how to tell a story and they do it well in this anthology. Each have characters that you can like and stories that grab your heart.I will admit Terri Blackstock’s suspense books are my favorite, but she does not how to provide the reader an interesting and fun romance. She also pulls out some key truths about our human nature.Candace Calvert takes an interesting approach with the Valentine Vegan Bake Off story line. She too, reminds u You can’t go wrong with these three authors. All of them know how to tell a story and they do it well in this anthology. Each have characters that you can like and stories that grab your heart.I will admit Terri Blackstock’s suspense books are my favorite, but she does not how to provide the reader an interesting and fun romance. She also pulls out some key truths about our human nature.Candace Calvert takes an interesting approach with the Valentine Vegan Bake Off story line. She too, reminds us what’s important in life through this story.Susan May Warren’s story was equally delightful with characters that misunderstand each other and question motives. I found myself wanting to shake the characters and say “TALK TO EACH OTHER!” They do and it’s a great story.All three stories are easy read but very enjoyable.I would recommend this story to my friends who enjoy lighthearted romance.Disclaimer: I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for an unbiased and honest 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.
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  • Melissa
    January 1, 1970
    2.5 stars overallThis lighthearted collection is sure to please romance lovers. Blackstock’s is the weakest of this group of stories, with her hero’s motivations being very selfish, making him an unsympathetic character. “The Recipe,” by Calvert, is the shining star of this collection. Warren’s story is cute; the relationship between the main characters seems forced at first, but Warren’s ability to spin a tale brings the joy in the end.In “For Love of Money,” a down-on-his-luck man leaves half 2.5 stars overallThis lighthearted collection is sure to please romance lovers. Blackstock’s is the weakest of this group of stories, with her hero’s motivations being very selfish, making him an unsympathetic character. “The Recipe,” by Calvert, is the shining star of this collection. Warren’s story is cute; the relationship between the main characters seems forced at first, but Warren’s ability to spin a tale brings the joy in the end.In “For Love of Money,” a down-on-his-luck man leaves half of a lottery ticket for a waitress as a tip, and they must decide if, and how, to collect their winnings. In Calver’s “The Recipe,” we meet Aimee, a dietary assistant who has entered a cooking contest. She meets a handsome man at the hospital where she works and learns the meaning of compassion. “Hook, Line & Sinker” is a cute story about a couple and a fishing contest. (TYNDALE, May, 384 pp., $14.99)
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  • Joan
    January 1, 1970
    As is often the case with a collection, the stories are of varying quality. Blackstock's is a rags to riches kind of story. It seemed really unrealistic. The characters were rather odd and the humor was silly. I liked Calvert's story the best. It seemed the most reasonable and well thought out. As with the main character, it gives the reader pause to think about what success really means. Warren's short I felt was part of a full length novel. We come into a meeting of two people who have a long As is often the case with a collection, the stories are of varying quality. Blackstock's is a rags to riches kind of story. It seemed really unrealistic. The characters were rather odd and the humor was silly. I liked Calvert's story the best. It seemed the most reasonable and well thought out. As with the main character, it gives the reader pause to think about what success really means. Warren's short I felt was part of a full length novel. We come into a meeting of two people who have a long and complicated history. See my complete review at http://bit.ly/1buVGCl.I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher for the purpose of an independent and honest review.
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  • Jamie
    January 1, 1970
    Three great short stories by three great authors. Clean love stories that get you into the story and keep you engaged. Loved the book from page 1 and couldn't wait to read more. Love all the authors and can't wait to read more from them.
  • Christy Carmean
    January 1, 1970
    Love these authors- just do not like novellas. Everything is too shallow and has to develop too quickly.
  • Robin
    January 1, 1970
    This actually contains three short stories by three authors (Terri Blackstock, Candace Calvert and Susan May Warren). All were enjoyable and it would be difficult to choose a favorite. It made a nice break to read a selection such as this.
  • Lao Tzu
    January 1, 1970
    The first story is kind of irritating, the second one is romantic and pure, and the last one just so-so. Still, it'll warm your heart.
  • Gayla Douglas
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this book. 3 different authors, 3 different stories. Very well written. Love Christian fiction.
  • Jane Lafleur
    January 1, 1970
    I thought the story line was trite.
  • Veronica
    January 1, 1970
    This was a delightful anthology by three bestselling romance authors! For Love of Money by Terri Blackstock is a fun story similar to the movie It Could Happen To You, where a man leaves a lottery ticket for a waitress and she wins, then they proceed to fall in love. This one was a little different in that they had just met that night and Blake left it because he had no tip to leave Julie. He also ripped it in half and when he realizes they won and finds her again, she's not interested due to hi This was a delightful anthology by three bestselling romance authors! For Love of Money by Terri Blackstock is a fun story similar to the movie It Could Happen To You, where a man leaves a lottery ticket for a waitress and she wins, then they proceed to fall in love. This one was a little different in that they had just met that night and Blake left it because he had no tip to leave Julie. He also ripped it in half and when he realizes they won and finds her again, she's not interested due to his desperation and greed when she can't remember what she did with it. They both could definitely use the money since they each are struggling to build new businesses. She wonders if all he cares about is the money. She'd been burned before and thought every man had an ulterior motive. He didn't know what he could do to prove his love. I had actually read this story years ago when it was in the Sweet Delights anthology and I liked it just as well now as then. Blake has some really funny one-liners and he's more impulsive where Julie is a nice complement of being more conservative and practical. There's some discussion of their faith in God and how they'd been forgiven great debts and so forgive others for lesser things and they also pray to discover God's will. This was a fun, unique story with some sweet romantic moments.The Recipe by Candace Calvert was an interesting mix of hospital setting with aspiring chef. Aimee works in the hospital kitchen, but wants to win a vegan baking contest so she can attend culinary school. She meets Lucas there as his grandmother's health is failing and she's ready to die. He, however, is doing all he can to change her mind and get her to want to live and to eat more to get her strength up. Aimee ends up helping to feed his grandmother for a couple weeks and, though they get off to a rocky start, start to confide in each other about their struggles. Aimee can relate because she lost her mom to cancer 10 years ago and knows what it feels like to be helpless. She determines to help him all she can and starts to question what she really wants to do with her planned degree. I really liked the unique elements of the vegan recipes and trying to create something yummy with unusual ingredients. It was a little sad as Lucas's grandmother isn't doing well and Aimee still grieves over her mother. There's a little bit of talk of faith as the main characters all seem to be believers. The grandmother's developmentally disabled roommate was amusing as she pretty much said what she was thinking and often embarrassed others. There were some cute romantic moments in this story, too.Hook, Line and Sinker is a very cute, short romance in the Deep Haven series. Ross Springer and Abigail Cushman are the leaders of different youth groups at Bethel College in Minnesota and decide to enter a fishing contest to raise money. Never mind that Abby has no idea how to fish. They're also trying to forget what they once were to each other. He also had feelings for Abby but believed that she never really cared for him that way. When his brother died, he felt like he needed to fill his shoes, but doesn't think he could ever measure up. Is is too late for them or will love win in the end? For such a short story, Susan does a wonderful job of creating well-rounded, real characters. There are sweet and amusing moments and real depth to the character's struggles. I also liked how they both were trying to figure out what God wanted them to do with their lives. I had also read this a couple years ago as it was previously available only as an e-book. This is easily read as a stand-alone, but reacquaints you with some characters from her other books. This is a great anthology you won't want to miss! I received this book free from Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Once Upon a Romance Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    Sexual Content: NoneLanguage (Profanity/Slang) Content: NoneViolent Content: NoneFor Love of Money by Terri BlackstockThis was an interesting story that kept me thinking about it for several days. What happens when you go from rags to riches instantly? This takes a look at that event. Julie is very prudent with her spending and I loved that. I’m a saver like she is. Eventually, she has a revelation that caught me by surprise. I really related to her and understood her reluctance to pursue a roma Sexual Content: NoneLanguage (Profanity/Slang) Content: NoneViolent Content: NoneFor Love of Money by Terri BlackstockThis was an interesting story that kept me thinking about it for several days. What happens when you go from rags to riches instantly? This takes a look at that event. Julie is very prudent with her spending and I loved that. I’m a saver like she is. Eventually, she has a revelation that caught me by surprise. I really related to her and understood her reluctance to pursue a romance with Blake when she barely knows him. Blake was a little more free-spirited. He loved spending the money on others and seeing their joy. While I understand that joy of giving, it’s not the thrill for me that it is for him. I felt his joy and his sincere belief that God was directing his steps. But, I understood Julie’s concerns that he was after her half of the money.Overall, it was a fun read that went really fast. But, I loved the thought-provoking moments that kept me thinking about it for days.The Recipe by Candace CalvertAimee really touched my heart. She’s floundered a bit after her mother’s death. She’s now on track and ready to compete to win a full ride to culinary school. She works at the hospital with tray prep, but she can’t wait to get to culinary school. She can be a bit impulsive, but her heart is in the right place. She is one who gives above and beyond.Lucas is orderly and doesn’t really ‘do’ impetuous. He’s not totally on-board with Aimee and her culinary style at first. After seeing how she goes above and beyond, he starts to warm to her style. I loved how they took time to get to know each other. It was very sweet. They both had some similar background life events and could understand each other.I truly enjoyed watching their romance blossom and the ending was a total surprise to me. This was a very lovely novella. Hook, Line & Sinker by Susan May WarrenAbigail is a woman who knows exactly where her life is headed. Graduating with her PhD in Greek Studies, she’s already landed a job at the university and plans to continue the ministry she started. So when she hears of a way to earn $5,000 that their Sojourner ministry could use to purchase and send Bibles to developing countries, she’s all in. Always a thinker, she hits the books and takes a crash course in fishing. She knows it will be close quarters with Ross—her never-quite boyfriend and now firmly no-friend. But, she’s willing to do it in order to win the prize. Ross knows he has almost cost New Life their entire ministry. A well-received ski trip didn’t financially fare well and has almost bankrupt the ministry. He’s desperate to be like his deceased big brother, Scotty. He wants to leave a legacy—and not one of killing a ministry. So he devises a fishing trip competition with a $5,000 purse. If he can win the purse for New Life, they will be back in the black for years. Even if he flunks out of college as a senior, he will still leave a legacy. He wishes he could share his concerns with his former friend, Abby, but since his brother Scotty died, it’s become painfully clear that she loved Scotty and will never see Ross as more than a little brother. So he’s going to flunk his senior year over one course, not graduate, and not get the one and only girl he’s ever loved.While I love Susan May Warren’s writing, this story is not my favorite from her. I love, love, loved the ending when the competition was over. The life lessons were spot on. But the story itself seemed a bit contrived and it was hard to believe this animosity had gone on for two years. But, putting that aside, I really did like reading about Abigail & Ross and seeing their story unfold. -- ROBYN
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  • Cindy
    January 1, 1970
    Novella collection by three popular authorsTerri Blackstock pens a winner titled For Love of Money. Blake Adcock spends a rainy Valentine’s Day sitting in a restaurant in the section Julie Sheffield is waitressing. Blake doesn’t have enough money for Julie’s tip, so he leaves an IOU written on half of a sweepstakes ticket with the drawing to be held the next day. Their ticket is the winning ticket.Ms. Blackstock packed a lot into a short 138-page novella. During the first part of the story, I fe Novella collection by three popular authorsTerri Blackstock pens a winner titled For Love of Money. Blake Adcock spends a rainy Valentine’s Day sitting in a restaurant in the section Julie Sheffield is waitressing. Blake doesn’t have enough money for Julie’s tip, so he leaves an IOU written on half of a sweepstakes ticket with the drawing to be held the next day. Their ticket is the winning ticket.Ms. Blackstock packed a lot into a short 138-page novella. During the first part of the story, I felt it was a bit unrealistic and overblown, and I didn’t really like Blake. I was tempted to stop reading. But if I had, I would have missed some very thought-provoking messages in this story. What would I do with a large windfall of money? How would my life and attitudes change? Would my spending habits and philosophies change? I was very impressed with how the story wrapped up, and I’m glad I finished the story instead of just skipping ahead to the next novella.Candace Calvert stirs up love in The Recipe. Aimee Curran works in the hospital dietary department but dreams of enrolling in a culinary institute. Utilizing a recipe she inherited from her mother, she hopes to win a bake-off competition with the prize of full tuition to the institute. Lucas Marchal visits his grandmother daily at the hospital, trying to coax her to eat so she can regain her health. Following an unfortunate accident with another hospital worker, Aimee “volunteers” an hour each evening to “relieve” the other worker in aiding hospital patients with their meals.This is a fun story with gentle reminders to look beneath the surface others present to the world and find the value within. Also, health isn’t just about the physical condition, it also encompasses a person’s emotional and mental state.Susan May Warren reels us in with Hook, Line & Sinker. Abigail Cushman and Scotty Springer were fellow classmates and friends. Over the years, Abby hung out at Scotty’s house with him and his younger brother Ross. Now Ross is a college senior in danger of failing class, Abby is a graduate student noted as an all-brains-no-fun girl, and Scotty is dead. Both Abby and Ross are active in college campus ministry clubs, so when an opportunity to raise funds is announced, they both sign up. Unfortunately for Abby, it is a fishing contest and she knows nothing about fishing.This short tale of missed opportunities and resulting regrets will leave you pondering. What could I have done differently? Is this information accurate, or is it just someone’s opinion or assumption? It’s also a great reminder that life is short so you should make the most of the time you have.Chance of Loving You is an enjoyable collection of sweet, romantic, short stories. Each short story is followed by a delicious-looking recipe. Try this book (and the recipes)!I received a copy of this book through The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review.
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