Love and Other Mistakes
There’s a fine line between love and hate . . . And for the last seven years, Natalie Groves has hated Jeremy Walters. Natalie Groves was meant for great things. But soon after her fiancé left, Natalie’s father was diagnosed with cancer. Suddenly her grand plans evaporated . . . and God felt very far away.Fast-forward seven years, and an internship presents Natalie a chance at her destiny—but she needs a job to work around it. And the only offer available is worse than a life sentence. Her ex Jeremy, now back in town, is desperate for help with his infant son and troubled teenage niece, Lili. And Natalie may be just the one to help Jeremy . . . provided they don’t kill each other in the process.When Jeremy and Natalie join forces, sparks fly. But will either of them get burned along the way?

Love and Other Mistakes Details

TitleLove and Other Mistakes
Author
ReleaseJul 30th, 2019
PublisherThomas Nelson
Rating
GenreRomance, Contemporary, Fiction

Love and Other Mistakes Review

  • Jultri
    January 1, 1970
    DNF 38%. Christian fiction version of Love Actually. Multiple couples, interconnected lives. Pastor dirtbag cheated on his wife and blamed her reluctance to attend marital counselling. Some things did not add up.NetGalley ARC.
  • Sherwood Smith
    January 1, 1970
    I'm tagging this as fiction, and spiritual (more about that later). It's billed as a romance, and there is romance in it, but that is overshadowed by so many issues it read more like a problem novel. To discuss it, I have to go into spoiler territory, so if you don't want to be spoiled, don't read on.It's a debut novel, and as such it's impressive. The author certainly packed the story with issues, keeping the pacing boiling along.Central is Natalie, who was dumped by her fiancé weeks before her I'm tagging this as fiction, and spiritual (more about that later). It's billed as a romance, and there is romance in it, but that is overshadowed by so many issues it read more like a problem novel. To discuss it, I have to go into spoiler territory, so if you don't want to be spoiled, don't read on.It's a debut novel, and as such it's impressive. The author certainly packed the story with issues, keeping the pacing boiling along.Central is Natalie, who was dumped by her fiancé weeks before her marriage, which caused her entire life to crash and burn. She is back in her home town after a series of bad jobs that didn't work out--and right when she begins a promising internship for a new ministry, she runs into her ex, Jeremy. Who is also back in town--with a baby. He's a single dad.Natalie ends up being hired by Jeremy to watch his baby, as he, too, is beginning a new job, at the local newspaper.Along the way we meet Natalie's wonderful parents--her dad, her idol, is retiring from his lifelong ministry as he is dying of cancer. Jeremy's brother and sister-in-law, Mike and Steph, are co-pastors at the church that Jeremy left, but apparently he's returned to. We also meet what I think the best character in the book, Mike and Steph's daughter Lili.Lili discovers that her dad is cheating on her mom, and when Mike finds out, he pleads with his daughter not to tell anyone. That's right, the pastor makes his teenage daughter complicit in his cheating.Jessica Kate writes about these flawed characters with sympathy, showing how fragile human beings are--this is no postmodern novel smirking superiorly at the "corrupt fundies" that has become so very common in fiction these days. The problem is, this issue just about overwhelms the rest of the book, as Lili tries to deal, makes friends with an awesome teen whose family is full of their own problems, and finally can't deal and runs away. Meanwhile Nat is dead set against trusting Jeremy, though they are instantly attracted to each other all over again.But then things take another horrible turn when Jeremy's baby turns out to have a severe case of diabetes. That's right, another heart-breaking issue!For the most part, Jessica Kate deals fairly with the characters--including Jeremy's ex, who comes knocking at the door to see her baby after dumping him on Jeremy right after she gave birth.Probably the best sequence was Lili's running away. Her quest for understanding resonates with a sense of verisimilitude, and her faltering faith and how she deals is easily the best treatment of that subject in the book. For the most part, the others seem not to remember they are Christians, except intermittently; when Mike finally tackles his issues, the hard stuff is kept entirely off-stage, which nearly shipwrecks the book. How did his congregation react to his confession? We don't know. How did he justify breaking the Ten Commandments when he's supposed to be a leader of his flock? We don't know, except that he finally got his wife to agree to therapy--which she wouldn't do before because of how it would look. After all this heavy stuff, conflict resolution is pretty much whisked past us, which is anti-eucatastrophe.Meanwhile, Nat's dad is not going to make it. Definitely not light-hearted romance.Natalie and Jeremy get their happy ending, but their resolution is very much overshadowed by the entire Mike issue, and the diabetes and cancer don't help. And yet the author is so good at painting three-dimensional characters with strong appeal. I liked everybody in the book, warts and all, though I don't think this is exactly a fun and light-hearted romance. Given that, I still look forward to seeing where this author goes. Lots of talent there.Copy provided by NetGalley--I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own."
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  • Antonella
    January 1, 1970
    Love and Other Mistakes is my first book by this author and my first christian fiction. I really didn't pay attention while requesting this, that it's christian fiction. I didn't even know that it was a thing. I guess you live and learn. But I didn't mind. It read as some of the chick lit I have read. This is a story about two brothers and their families, kids, love interest and complicated relationship with their father. In a small town where one brother is a pastor and another comes back after Love and Other Mistakes is my first book by this author and my first christian fiction. I really didn't pay attention while requesting this, that it's christian fiction. I didn't even know that it was a thing. I guess you live and learn. But I didn't mind. It read as some of the chick lit I have read. This is a story about two brothers and their families, kids, love interest and complicated relationship with their father. In a small town where one brother is a pastor and another comes back after long time being away, we get to go on a journey discovering family secrets and how they affect their families and lives.I found blurb really misleading as this book really isn't about Natalie and her ex boyfriend Jem being back. She is more of a side character or maybe the plethora of characters don't give anyone space to be the protagonist of this story. They all are intertwined. But I did find Lilly, the pastor daughter, the most interesting one in this book. I think her emotional journey is what kept my interest throughout the book, as I really wanted to see how everything will turn out. I also find her the most honest and true to situation written character. Imagine my disappointment when at the end abrupt and poor epilogue doesn't solve any or major problem couple of characters dealt with. I don't need rosy and happy ending but this confusion and unfinished plot line is really something I cannot accept. So some characters do get the ending they deserve as I don't want to give anything away. But other then that I found the overall book lacking some major parts of the story. Somewhere between two and three stars. 2,5* Thanks to publisher and NetGalley for copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. All opinion are my own.
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  • Susan Snodgrass
    January 1, 1970
    Natalie Groves was dumped by her fiancé 7 years earlier and her father diagnosed with cancer. God just doesn't care about her. So she thinks. Now Jeremy is back in town with a baby son and Natalie is helping her parents with their finances after the medical bills pile up. She just lost her job and she agrees to nanny Jeremy's baby. What? Lots of issues in this debut novel, and they are handled well by the author. Redemption really works as both Nat and Jem discover and God wasn't so far away aft Natalie Groves was dumped by her fiancé 7 years earlier and her father diagnosed with cancer. God just doesn't care about her. So she thinks. Now Jeremy is back in town with a baby son and Natalie is helping her parents with their finances after the medical bills pile up. She just lost her job and she agrees to nanny Jeremy's baby. What? Lots of issues in this debut novel, and they are handled well by the author. Redemption really works as both Nat and Jem discover and God wasn't so far away after all.*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson Publishers via Net Galley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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  • Rachel McMillan
    January 1, 1970
    HAPPY THOUGHTS! more soon!!!
  • Denise Hershberger
    January 1, 1970
    This book wasn't as inspirational as I thought it would be. I felt like half the characters were Christian trying to live their lives for God and the other half said they were Christian (and even a pastor) but we're not even remotely acting Christ-like not did they seem to show much remorse or reconciliation.I liked Jem - most of the time. He early had made mistakes, but seemed to be trying to make the best of hard situations. I felt like Natalie had no clue what she was doing with her life even This book wasn't as inspirational as I thought it would be. I felt like half the characters were Christian trying to live their lives for God and the other half said they were Christian (and even a pastor) but we're not even remotely acting Christ-like not did they seem to show much remorse or reconciliation.I liked Jem - most of the time. He early had made mistakes, but seemed to be trying to make the best of hard situations. I felt like Natalie had no clue what she was doing with her life even though she thought she did. I was very annoyed with her.Now that I reflect on the book, I just hope that some people reading it realize how much their choices affect the lives of those around them.I received an advanced copy of this book and this is my honest review.
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  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    Love and Other MistakesJessica KateWow, all I can say is, this story blew me away! Keep the tissues close by as you are reading LOVE AND OTHER MISTAKES by Jessica Kate. She will have your emotions all over the place. Once I started reading, it was very hard to stop! The twists and turns made it impossible to put down, as I had to know what was going to happen to Jem and Natalie after so much heartache! Will Natalie ever be able to explain to Jem how hurt she feels? What an awesome story. All of Love and Other MistakesJessica KateWow, all I can say is, this story blew me away! Keep the tissues close by as you are reading LOVE AND OTHER MISTAKES by Jessica Kate. She will have your emotions all over the place. Once I started reading, it was very hard to stop! The twists and turns made it impossible to put down, as I had to know what was going to happen to Jem and Natalie after so much heartache! Will Natalie ever be able to explain to Jem how hurt she feels? What an awesome story. All of Jessica's characters feel genuine and relatable and put your emotions on one heck of a roller coaster ride. As you are reading, you will find yourself cheering for all of them, praying they can work out their problems and be happy once again. LOVE AND OTHER MISTAKES is all about family, dealing with the past and trying to find your happily ever after. It had me flipping through the pages like a woman on a mission. Jem left Natalie at the alter years ago and when she finds out he is back in town, well, let's just say she isn't very happy. He is now a single father and comes up with this ridiculous idea that Natalie could work for him as his son, Ollie's nanny! What?? Jem tries so hard to be the man Natalie deserves, but he just can't seem to get it quite right. Men!! It was so much fun watching these two dance around each other and their feelings. You will find yourself shaking your head at Jem screaming "open your eyes man! How can you not see what is going on?" At least that's what happened to me! LOVE AND OTHER MISTAKES is a heart tugging but funny story that will hold you hostage until the very last page. Once you start reading, it will be very hard to put down! You also won't be able to stop yourself from laughing at Jem and his manly thoughts!LOVE AND OTHER MISTAKES is without a doubt one of my top funniest books I've read in 2019 so far. I was instantly emotionally invested in all of the characters. My heart broke for Natalie and how she was trying so hard to please everyone except herself. Then there is Jem's niece, Lili, who will break your heart even more. She is dealing with so much and luckily for her she has Nick to guide her through it all. Jessica Kate sure can hook the reader with her writing! I can not wait to read more by this wonderful and heart tugging author. I received a complimentary copy of this book from JustRead Publicity Tours through Netgalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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  • Ellie Studdard
    January 1, 1970
    This is the first Christian fiction novel I've read since high school, so I was apprehensive, but pleasantly surprised! Love and Other Mistakes reads just like many of the other rom-coms I've loved recently. The author does a great job at not being overly preachy and creating relatable, flawed characters with just a touch of cheesiness to make you smile.Natalie is trying her best to get by, helping her family care for her sick father and his medical bills, when her ex-fiancé, Jem, moves back to This is the first Christian fiction novel I've read since high school, so I was apprehensive, but pleasantly surprised! Love and Other Mistakes reads just like many of the other rom-coms I've loved recently. The author does a great job at not being overly preachy and creating relatable, flawed characters with just a touch of cheesiness to make you smile.Natalie is trying her best to get by, helping her family care for her sick father and his medical bills, when her ex-fiancé, Jem, moves back to town with his new baby. She finds herself with no choice but to work for him as the nanny to make ends meet in order to pursue her true dream of working in ministry. At the same time, Jem's niece Lili comes to live with him after discovering a secret about her dad, the pastor of the local church. Natalie and Jem find themselves trying to navigate life with a baby and moody teenager, all while coming to terms with their own emotional past together. There's a love triangle, infidelity, and lots of drama between the three intertwined families in this novel. This story was very "busy" with lots of characters and lots of drama. While I sometimes found myself annoyed at the characters for their repetitively bad decisions, they were overall pretty likeable (except Steph- I did not like Steph). I especially loved how the author really developed and made baby Olly an excellent character. There were some transition issues between POVs/time lapses that were confusing, but I expect these will be resolved before the final print. Overall, a cute story for anyone who loves a good rom-com with lots of drama and a good lesson on forgiveness. I will look forward to more of Jessica Kate's work in the future. 3.5 stars from meThank you to Thomas Nelson via NetGalley for the ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Maria
    January 1, 1970
    - Received an Advance Reader Copy in exchange for a fair review -A fast-paced plot with super-busy (often frenetic) characters, “Love and Other Mistakes”, by Jessica Kate, is an enjoyable, cute read about a couple’s second-chance at love, with an adorable baby and a teen girl with an old soul.Jeremy and Natalie’s present romance is somewhat pushed into the background, but the history and baggage between them compensate for that. And they always seem so synchronized, with that “weird energy” betw - Received an Advance Reader Copy in exchange for a fair review -A fast-paced plot with super-busy (often frenetic) characters, “Love and Other Mistakes”, by Jessica Kate, is an enjoyable, cute read about a couple’s second-chance at love, with an adorable baby and a teen girl with an old soul.Jeremy and Natalie’s present romance is somewhat pushed into the background, but the history and baggage between them compensate for that. And they always seem so synchronized, with that “weird energy” between them; the author smartly shows how they’re both dealing with personal and family crises that often take precedence over the romantic relationship. There’s lots of family drama – the child’s sickness, a marriage in crisis, terminal illness, a dysfunctional family with an unyielding patriarch - but in the end these people really love and care for each other. I loved baby Oliver, I don’t remember reading a child who is so well written and real, he's really adorable and sweet. Lili, a teenager key to the plot, is also a great character, as well as Nick and Sam.
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  • Georgia
    January 1, 1970
    I was dubious about reading a Christian romance, but this was really well done and tackled some pretty weighty church issues and life challenges in a wonderfully non-cheesy way. The story dealt with issues of infidelity (that part of the story was a particular gut punch), illness, forgiveness, self-worth, and regular ole insecurities...so relatable. Plus the characters were flawed and not everyone’s story ended in a neat bow. A few criticisms: The author often glossed over large swaths of time ( I was dubious about reading a Christian romance, but this was really well done and tackled some pretty weighty church issues and life challenges in a wonderfully non-cheesy way. The story dealt with issues of infidelity (that part of the story was a particular gut punch), illness, forgiveness, self-worth, and regular ole insecurities...so relatable. Plus the characters were flawed and not everyone’s story ended in a neat bow. A few criticisms: The author often glossed over large swaths of time (weeks) and told rather than showed what was happening. The teenage character fell into a several pitfalls that seems maybe a tech too stereotypical. Also, unless I missed something, all of the characters were white...in a pretty big college town (Charlottesville) where I know for a fact there are Christians who are not white.I will definitely read more from Jessica Kate though I hope she makes her characters more diverse in the future.I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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  • Come_read_with_me_
    January 1, 1970
    I had high hopes for this book! The synopsis had me hooked and I couldn't wait to get started however, it didn't work for me. At all! I found the storylines didn't add up, the characters annoyed me. I had to force myself to keep reading. I absolutely loved Ollie's character! He was sweet!! Thank you to netgalley for providing me with this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Cecily Bonney
    January 1, 1970
    To be very honest with you I wanted to give up about 20% into this book but my husband told me not to. He said "Cecily not all books grab your full attention at the beginning and you could be surprised ". I am going to be fair and give this book 3 Stars. Was this book what I expected? NoDid I dislike this book? NoThis book is a Christian Fiction book in my opinion. There is a love of God talk and church talk in it. But the thing that I liked the lost about this book is that every character is re To be very honest with you I wanted to give up about 20% into this book but my husband told me not to. He said "Cecily not all books grab your full attention at the beginning and you could be surprised ". I am going to be fair and give this book 3 Stars. Was this book what I expected? NoDid I dislike this book? NoThis book is a Christian Fiction book in my opinion. There is a love of God talk and church talk in it. But the thing that I liked the lost about this book is that every character is real. You have a mother who was a drunk. I teenager who tried to get drunk. A teenager who runs away. A cheating husband. Two parents who care more about what the church people think rather then their own daughter. I mean this just proves that no matter how godly you are...you are human. Human makes mistakes! Regardless of how high you are. So yes I am glad I continued this read.
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  • Katherine
    January 1, 1970
    I really hate when blurbs are misleading. It does the book and readers a disservice by setting up wrong expectations and connecting readers with the wrong books. This book is not a “hilarious, romantic” book. In fact this novel is pretty far from a rom-com because it’s actually very heavy. There’s very little humor at all and the romance is pretty thin. That being said it is a good book but not at all what the description is setting up. The novel starts as I expected with Natalie coming face to I really hate when blurbs are misleading. It does the book and readers a disservice by setting up wrong expectations and connecting readers with the wrong books. This book is not a “hilarious, romantic” book. In fact this novel is pretty far from a rom-com because it’s actually very heavy. There’s very little humor at all and the romance is pretty thin. That being said it is a good book but not at all what the description is setting up. The novel starts as I expected with Natalie coming face to face with Jeremy, the man who broke their engagement and left her broken hearted years ago. The POV shifted from Natalie to Jeremy and the novel started off really well. I was surprised then to find the narration suddenly shifting to Lili, Jeremy’s 16 year old niece. Lili is having difficulties at home and will eventually move in with Jeremy. The shifting POV is distracting because Lili is sometimes a main character with constant chapters and then suddenly missing for large stretches of time, only to suddenly turn up. As Natalie and Jeremy are constantly together and involved their chapters are not as jarring as when Lili suddenly pops back up. Plus the POV of a teenager seems like a strange choice in the novel. It adds in a lot of serious elements and people in crisis that are never really addressed. As I said this novel is pretty heavy. Natalie’s father has cancer and his health is weighing on her. Lili is having difficulties at home. Jeremy is estranged from his father. There is a big issue with lying and infidelity. All issues that are very central to the story. With so much going on it’s not surprising that romance does not seem at the forefront or all that interesting. There’s really no chemistry involved here and I found myself rooting for an alternate romance to blossom instead of wanting the characters who are supposed to get together. I did not realize that this was a Christian story and I have to say I think it would be very off putting to a lot Christian readers. There is a pastor who is committing adultery and his wife is more concerned with keeping up appearances than helping her daughter. Neither parent is there for her and they never have a moment where they attempt to repent for their ways or their lack of involvement. There is some references to God but it feels added in more than heartfelt. There is also a character that seems quite backstabbing and fake but it’s never addressed. Conservative readers might also find the casual kissing in an uncommitted relationship to be a problem. This is very much a drama and not a romance or hilarious. It’s not even really at all comedic. About the only thing here that is kind of fun is Natalie’s sweet tooth which is referenced a lot and becomes a running joke. This is a very readable novel but I think it would be better received by readers who know what to expect instead of expecting what it claims to be.
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  • Randi Sampson
    January 1, 1970
    I love a good inspirational romance! You get the joys of seeing the leading characters fall in love... without anything inappropriate that we don't want! What's not to love? Still, not everyone sees it quite that way. They hear inspirational romance and picture sugar coated romances that are too sweet and too perfect to be relate-able, or over the top preachy. In reality though, while there may be some titles like that, the styles found within the genre are as varied as those outside of it. Love I love a good inspirational romance! You get the joys of seeing the leading characters fall in love... without anything inappropriate that we don't want! What's not to love? Still, not everyone sees it quite that way. They hear inspirational romance and picture sugar coated romances that are too sweet and too perfect to be relate-able, or over the top preachy. In reality though, while there may be some titles like that, the styles found within the genre are as varied as those outside of it. Love and Other Mistakes is a prime example of that.To be honest, this book read very much like your typical romantic comedy or women's fiction. It did talk about God and faith, and many of the characters were Christians and worked in a church atmosphere in one way or another. Still, they were FAR from perfect. Cheating spouses, struggles of forgiveness, talk of various addictions, etc. These aren't topics one might typically expect to find in a Christian fiction book, but the reality is, these are all very real issues that so many people deal with in their lives. This is true for both Christians and non-Christians alike. As much as we'd like to believe that we are above such things, we ALL fall short at some point or another. To me, this made these characters all the more real, and had me rooting for not just the romance--- but for their journey of faith as well.In the midst of all the drama and heavy issues was just the right amount of humor to keep it a lighter and more entertaining read. While I could certainly see that some more conservative readers might not like some of the topics mentioned throughout, I personally really enjoyed it. It was still clean, just more real. As such, I could see that it could appeal also to a wider audience who might not generally prefer Christian fiction as well. This is a great, quick read that I would certainly recommend, and I cannot wait to see what Jessica Kate has in store for us next!**I received a complimentary copy of this book for consideration. All thoughts are 100% my own.
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  • Becka
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks go to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read an advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.What a refreshing experience it was to read a romance story that wasn’t overflowing with gratuitous sex scenes and f-bombs on every page! Love and Other Mistakes has very real (not perfect) characters, from the minister struggling with infidelity to the main character, Natalie, unsure of what kind of relationship she wants, if any, with her ex-fiancé. There are enoug Thanks go to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read an advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.What a refreshing experience it was to read a romance story that wasn’t overflowing with gratuitous sex scenes and f-bombs on every page! Love and Other Mistakes has very real (not perfect) characters, from the minister struggling with infidelity to the main character, Natalie, unsure of what kind of relationship she wants, if any, with her ex-fiancé. There are enough subplots in this book to keep a current of suspense running most of the time, and the ending was satisfying. I don’t view it as “hilarious” in any way as the book description claimed—It deals with serious issues—trust, fidelity, parenting, illness. Definitely worth a read!
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  • Becca (Reflections From My Bookshelves)
    January 1, 1970
    This was a fun story to read. I liked Natalie and Jeremy and found both of them to be relatable and interesting. They both could be friends of mine. I like that the reader can learn valuable truths such as forgiveness and trust right along with Natalie and JeremyIt's a love story of second chances and hope. it's a perfect blend of serious and funny that will make you smile until the end. I recommend this book to my family and friendsI received this book from the publisher to read and give my hon This was a fun story to read. I liked Natalie and Jeremy and found both of them to be relatable and interesting. They both could be friends of mine. I like that the reader can learn valuable truths such as forgiveness and trust right along with Natalie and JeremyIt's a love story of second chances and hope. it's a perfect blend of serious and funny that will make you smile until the end. I recommend this book to my family and friendsI received this book from the publisher to read and give my honest review.All thoughts are my own.
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  • Nicole
    January 1, 1970
    A fun, entertaining read with flawed characters and realistic issues. An interesting debut novel from this author. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson and was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine.
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  • Lauren
    January 1, 1970
    Overall, I enjoyed this one a lot. I couldn't stop reading once I started, which is always the mark of a good book to me. I connected to Natalie right away and wanted all her happiness. I'm always drawn to second chance romances, though I rarely ready to forgive the person who left (usually the guy), when the heroine is ready to forgive them. And here, while I liked Jeremy a lot, I also felt like Natalie does the most having to change her views than he does. I think Jeremy does care for her and Overall, I enjoyed this one a lot. I couldn't stop reading once I started, which is always the mark of a good book to me. I connected to Natalie right away and wanted all her happiness. I'm always drawn to second chance romances, though I rarely ready to forgive the person who left (usually the guy), when the heroine is ready to forgive them. And here, while I liked Jeremy a lot, I also felt like Natalie does the most having to change her views than he does. I think Jeremy does care for her and he is pursuing her, yes. But I don't think he ever really fully *got* what his leaving did to Natalie. (view spoiler)[ Especially with the drama of his son's mother coming back around etc. (hide spoiler)] Natalie has to work to forgive him and move on from their past, but I wanted to see a bigger apology and acknowledgment from Jeremy about how much he hurt her. That said, I did enjoy them together, and I'm glad they found each other again. I also really enjoyed the discussion on Natalie's career and how she grows and begins to examine more fully what she really wants to pursue in life. Besides Natalie and Jeremy, this book has the viewpoint of Lili, Jeremy's teenage niece who is dealing with some serious family troubles. While I was wrapped up in her story as well, I wish it had been an whole separate book. Her family circumstances were really rough (and dragged me down tbh), and just felt like a huge secondary plot that distracted from the main storyline of Jeremy and Natalie. The issues that her family are going through are also a HUGE DEAL and were really hard for me, and I wanted to see the consequences of her parent's actions play out more than they do in the story. It was all a bit jarring, and hard to enjoy the budding romance, with everything she was facing also happening. In the end of the story, the romance took center stage (as it should) and we miss discussion on some consequences of Lili's situation (view spoiler)[ of a pastor who has cheated on his wife - is he giving up his church? How is he being disciplined? What is going to happen there? Is he getting a divorce? (hide spoiler)]. That whole situation was just so icky especially with some revelations that come due to it, and if it was going to be introduced, it needed to be treated more seriously and fully played out, in my opinion. I just think the author could have fleshed out Natalie and Jeremy's story more and given Lilli her own separate book and done more justice to both. All that said, I did enjoy this story and would recommend it. I'd also be interested in what this author writes next.
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  • Brandi
    January 1, 1970
    Love and Other Mistakes, a debut novel by Jessica Kate, provides a challenging look at the broken people inside the church. I was prepared for light hearted rom-com and was surprised when it turned out to be a little heavier than that. The story centers on Natalie, although several other characters have a prominent role as well. The stories do all weave together, but there were a few times I would have appreciated a little more filler details. I felt like each of characters had a raw edge to the Love and Other Mistakes, a debut novel by Jessica Kate, provides a challenging look at the broken people inside the church. I was prepared for light hearted rom-com and was surprised when it turned out to be a little heavier than that. The story centers on Natalie, although several other characters have a prominent role as well. The stories do all weave together, but there were a few times I would have appreciated a little more filler details. I felt like each of characters had a raw edge to them, which made them feel real. Christians make mistakes and they don’t always handle them the right way. But they do get up and try again because of grace and forgiveness given freely to them. I will read other books by this author.I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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  • Toni Shiloh
    January 1, 1970
    Love and Other Mistakes, is a lot deeper than it's title portrays. There are some issues that are rarely talked about and I enjoyed seeing that in a book. However, there was so much going on in this book (subplots and other characters) that it became a little distracting. I didn't have a chance to fall in love with the characters, because they kept changing on me. I did like the spiritual thread Natalie went through. It had a fresh take on it and I liked her backstory and what made her her. I al Love and Other Mistakes, is a lot deeper than it's title portrays. There are some issues that are rarely talked about and I enjoyed seeing that in a book. However, there was so much going on in this book (subplots and other characters) that it became a little distracting. I didn't have a chance to fall in love with the characters, because they kept changing on me. I did like the spiritual thread Natalie went through. It had a fresh take on it and I liked her backstory and what made her her. I also adored the baby in the book because babies!*I received a complimentary copy from the publisher via NetGalley. My review was not required nor influnced.
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  • Kriz M
    January 1, 1970
    Not my usual genre, but cute book i thoroughly enjoyed the story. Book will be published on July 30th. Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for giving me an ARC in exchange for an honest review*
  • Andreajanel
    January 1, 1970
    I was provided with an ARC of this title from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This was a light-hearted easy read that explores what happens when everything you thought was true dissolves into complete chaos. The main character is forced to examine her life in light of God's plan, and comes to a peace and understanding that are hard-won but deeply meaningful.3.5 Stars.
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  • Tressa (Wishful Endings)
    January 1, 1970
    LOVE AND OTHER MISTAKES is one of those inspirational romances that will make readers laugh, cry, swoon, and wish the best of happy endings for these characters. They face so much brokenness, and need each other and their faith to make it through. Definitely recommended to Christian romance or even general romance fans!From the first page I knew this story was going to be a whole lot of fun, but also an emotional read. It definitely kept it up to the very end! Natalie is a little frazzled. She's LOVE AND OTHER MISTAKES is one of those inspirational romances that will make readers laugh, cry, swoon, and wish the best of happy endings for these characters. They face so much brokenness, and need each other and their faith to make it through. Definitely recommended to Christian romance or even general romance fans!From the first page I knew this story was going to be a whole lot of fun, but also an emotional read. It definitely kept it up to the very end! Natalie is a little frazzled. She's been dealing with a lot on top of the heartbreak she still hasn't let go of. Jeremy is so utterly charming. He's a complete flirt, but only with Natalie. He is also dealing with the aftermath of his own upbringing and choices. They both haven't recovered from their broken engagement seven years ago and more challenges just get piled on top, however, they both still love each other. They just have to find their way back, and figure out if they can forgive and trust each other again.I loved these characters! Natalie and Jem were both complex and easy to relate to. Then there were the other characters, particularly Lili who was also going through a lot in this story. The plot moved at a good pace and everything just got more complicated as it went. There were moments I had to choke back tears, others when I couldn't help laughing, and then there was the fabulous chemistry between Natalie and Jem. Definitely some swoon-worthy moments. I also really liked how this author wove the inspirational elements through this story. They felt natural, real, and not in the least bit preachy.My only complaint would be that there is a lot of this story devoted to a secondary plot with Jem's brother and his wife. I would have like a little more closure there, or maybe just more development due to how much time was given to it (or maybe less time given to their perspectives and just sticking with Lili's perspective instead). I also had major issues with how they felt appearances were better than helping their daughter and figuring things out, particularly being pastors. It puts into question how pastors may try to hide things because they could lose their jobs and incomes if they don't practice what they preach, which also rubbed me wrong. It made me wonder how no one, particularly Jem and his dad, could see what was going on - they never really confronted Mike and Steph about things. I also had a slight issue with a pastor dating his possible employee. Just a red flag there.In the end, was it what I wished for? I really enjoyed reading this with few complaints! I stayed up late to finish because I couldn't put it down. This is a story that tugs on the heart and doesn't let go. I'm looking forward to more from this author!Content: Some innuendo, an affair behind closed doors, and some drinking.Source: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher through Celebrate Lit, which did not require a positive review nor affect my review in any way.
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  • Erin
    January 1, 1970
    Natalie Groves has never recovered from the breakup with her fiance when she was 19. It's been seven years, and she has yet to get her life back on track. When Jem returns to town -- a single dad, no less, with infant son in tow -- and asks her to be his nanny, she can't believe his audacity. Things begin perking up when she has the chance to intern at her dream job. Knowing she needs income and flexible hours if she's going to swing this opportunity, she begrudgingly agrees to nanny Oliver. Any Natalie Groves has never recovered from the breakup with her fiance when she was 19. It's been seven years, and she has yet to get her life back on track. When Jem returns to town -- a single dad, no less, with infant son in tow -- and asks her to be his nanny, she can't believe his audacity. Things begin perking up when she has the chance to intern at her dream job. Knowing she needs income and flexible hours if she's going to swing this opportunity, she begrudgingly agrees to nanny Oliver. Anything to find purpose in her life again.When the story isn't bouncing between Natalie and Jem's point of view, Jem's niece Lili takes center stage. She's sixteen and dealing with the affects of her pastor father's secret affair. Sure she's done something to cause her dad to stop loving their family, Lili grapples with big emotions and sometimes experiments with substances in order to cope with the pressure eating her up inside. While I thought Jessica Kate's writing style was strong, I feel that this book missed the mark. It's not funny enough to be considered a comedy. Marital unfaithfulness, pregnancy outside of marriage, teenage drinking, childhood diabetes, cancer, the impending death of a parent, and family dysfunction across multiple generations do not a lot of laughs make. There is mention of cursing and one direct curse word hurled from one angry character to another. That's a lot of serious content. My other objection to the story was that Natalie was completely unbelievable as someone wanting to go into ministry. Though she shows great care to Lili, there was literally nothing else that made me think she would be a good youth worker. Lili has more church involvement mentioned than Natalie does. And while she's supposedly under great financial strain because of helping her parents with their medical bills, she was only working one low-paying job before that company went under, which should have left her plenty of time for volunteering, if youth ministry was indeed her passion. Motives are questionable all the way around. I still don't know why Jem moved back to town. The infidelity was a plot point that the author seemed unsure how to handle directly so it pops up whenever she needed it to move emotions along, and simmers quietly, never fully resolved, otherwise.I've enjoyed Jessica Kate on her podcasts, and hope her future releases focus on her writing strengths and quirky characters.I received my copy of the book from JustRead Tours. All opinions in this review are my own.This review originated at http://reviewsbyerin.dreamwidth.org
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  • Fiction Aficionado
    January 1, 1970
    ~4.5 stars~ What a fantastic debut! By the time I got to the end of the first chapter, I was already in love with this author’s voice. It’s the kind of deep point of view that really immerses you in the story, and it reads as naturally and enjoyably as a conversation with your best friend. Best of all, it was obvious from the first chapter that this story would do justice to the complex emotions involved in the love/hate relationship between Natalie and Jeremy.Even so, I was surprised by the dep ~4.5 stars~ What a fantastic debut! By the time I got to the end of the first chapter, I was already in love with this author’s voice. It’s the kind of deep point of view that really immerses you in the story, and it reads as naturally and enjoyably as a conversation with your best friend. Best of all, it was obvious from the first chapter that this story would do justice to the complex emotions involved in the love/hate relationship between Natalie and Jeremy.Even so, I was surprised by the depth and breadth of this story, particularly where Jeremy’s niece Lili was concerned. She finds herself in a really difficult position that only becomes more difficult as the story progresses, and the way her character was written was absolutely spot on—her personality, her emotional tumult, and the way she responded and interacted throughout the story. Fabulous characterisation!And that goes for Jeremy and Natalie, too. This is as much a story of their personal growth as it is their gradual reconciliation—more points in favour of this author! Character growth is so satisfying! And even when Natalie was doing her darnedest to hold on to her anger, she and Jeremy had a chemistry I couldn’t help but enjoy. And I don’t mean romantic chemistry so much as the chemistry between two people who bounce off each other in conversation and in life. Which made those romantic moments that much more enjoyable when they came.So, what else do you need to know about this story? First of all, it’s a novel about imperfect people. And imperfect Christians. And in the case of one secondary character in particular, an imperfect Christian who’s making a right royal mess of other people’s lives (and his/her own) as a result of some selfish choices. This story doesn’t moralise over those choices; it simply allows the consequences speak for themselves. And they spoke loud and clear as far as this secondary character was concerned. Even so, some readers may feel that the story didn’t deal with said secondary character as thoroughly as it could have. Personally, I think that’s simply because that wasn’t the point of this story. This story was about the effect those choices had on the main characters in this story.Secondly, this is a family drama as much as it’s a contemporary romance. At times the subject matter is a little heavy, and just like in real life, things aren’t picture-perfect by the end of the story, but there was a lightness to the author’s writing style that counterbalanced this without undermining its impact, and through it all was the message that God is faithful, even when those around us (or perhaps we, ourselves) let us down.Bottom line? I’m super keen to get my hands on the next book from this author!I received a copy of this novel from the publisher. This has not influenced the content of my review, which is my honest and unbiased opinion.
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  • Jessica Higgins
    January 1, 1970
    A debut that will leave readers content and smiling throughout. Natalie Groves thought she had her life all set until her fiancé, Jeremy Walters, breaks her heart and leaves town with no explanation and not even a glance back. Shortly thereafter, her father gets diagnosed with cancer and she has to drop everything to help her family. Feeling lost and alone with no way out or up, she lets the next seven years go by without pursuing her dreams. Now, Jeremy has returned to Charlottesville and he is A debut that will leave readers content and smiling throughout. Natalie Groves thought she had her life all set until her fiancé, Jeremy Walters, breaks her heart and leaves town with no explanation and not even a glance back. Shortly thereafter, her father gets diagnosed with cancer and she has to drop everything to help her family. Feeling lost and alone with no way out or up, she lets the next seven years go by without pursuing her dreams. Now, Jeremy has returned to Charlottesville and he is not alone. He has brought his infant son with him along with all the regrets he has lived with for the past seven years. Natalie is working towards an internship at her dream job but must find a way to make money in the meantime. Together, the two must find a way to put aside their differences and help each other. The more time they spend together, the more feelings from the past collide with feelings from the present and they must decide if staying together or staying apart is the bigger mistake. Jessica Kate has poured her bubbly Aussie personality into every page of her debut novel. Lots of charm, romance and sass to be found throughout every page. Both Natalie and Jeremy are very well written and the chemistry between the two is undeniable. At times, the relationship teeters on the edge of unbelievable but does work itself out pretty well. The story line of how Jeremy became a single dad needed a little work for me. As a mom, I find it hard to just want to give up a child, it would take a lot for me to not want to be with my kids. I did enjoy the storyline of Jeremy helping with his niece to get the of the whole family involved without that feeling forced. For me, the writing is well done but that of a first-time author, well written but not as fully polished as a seasoned writer. I am sure that will come with time. For a debut author, I can’t say with certainty that she put in her time and effort and really made this story what it should be even if at times I thought the storyline didn’t flow as smoothly as it could. Overall this was an enjoyable read leaving me looking forward to more from Jessica Kate. I recommend this book to readers that enjoy a clean romantic comedy with a little bit of sass and a lot of heart. I received a complimentary copy of this title from the publisher. The views and opinions expressed within are my own.
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  • Phyllis
    January 1, 1970
    Great debut novelI have been reading about Love and Other Mistakes on social media for a couple of months now and was looking forward to reading it. I had a mental image of it being lighthearted, humorous, Chick Lit set in Australia - after all, the author is from there. . .My first surprise was that the story doesn't take place in Australia. It is set in Virginia! However, Natalie's parents are from Australia, as is the dynamic youth leader, Sam, she is hoping to intern for. This wasn't a disap Great debut novelI have been reading about Love and Other Mistakes on social media for a couple of months now and was looking forward to reading it. I had a mental image of it being lighthearted, humorous, Chick Lit set in Australia - after all, the author is from there. . .My first surprise was that the story doesn't take place in Australia. It is set in Virginia! However, Natalie's parents are from Australia, as is the dynamic youth leader, Sam, she is hoping to intern for. This wasn't a disappointment, merely a surprise.The tension between Natalie and Jem over his actions seven years earlier was intense. Natalie was still so hurt, especially when he showed up with a baby! She had so many trials and it seemed like she wouldn't ever get a break. While I empathized with her, she was a little over-the-top unkind to him. Her need to learn to forgive him was very evident.Jem was a gem. Really! He had an overpowering love for his son, Ollie, and was so cute when he played with him. Yet he was also clueless.My favorite character was Lili's friend, Nick. This teenage boy thrived despite difficult circumstances and his love for his family was amazing. He demonstrated selfless love and was quite loyal.The overall tone of the story was quite a bit more serious than I expected. Although humorous things were happening in parts and some clever lines made me smile, the problems the characters were dealing with were quite serious. Natalie's dad was in remission from cancer. Jeremy's niece, Lili, discovered a secret that ripped her world apart and drove her to do things she would have previously considered unthinkable. Jem and his dad had major issues with each other. And these are just a few of the situations.Readers who enjoy reading about characters dealing with real-life type situations and learning to overcome will want to give this debut novel a go.Read my full review at Among the ReadsI was given a copy of this book. I was not required to give a favorable review nor was any money received for this review. All comments and opinions are my own.
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  • Clockwork Bibliophile
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you Netgalley and Thomas Nelson Fiction for sending me a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. Natalie Groves had her life sorted out - she was engaged with the man of her dreams and was soon going to college to study what she loved. But then her fiance dumped her ten weeks before their wedding and her father was diagnosed with cancer and all her dreams and plans fell apart. Seven years later Jeremy Walters, her ex-fiance returns back to Thank you Netgalley and Thomas Nelson Fiction for sending me a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. Natalie Groves had her life sorted out - she was engaged with the man of her dreams and was soon going to college to study what she loved. But then her fiance dumped her ten weeks before their wedding and her father was diagnosed with cancer and all her dreams and plans fell apart. Seven years later Jeremy Walters, her ex-fiance returns back to the town with his infant son and asks Natalie to be his child's nanny. Even though Natalie wants nothing to do with the man who broke her heart, she desperately needs the money to work around her big internship opportunity and hence, accepts the job. Soon she realizes that even though she hates Jeremy, her old feelings for him never really went away and even he changed into a better person in the past seven years. Now the question is if she can forgive the man who hurt her and learn to love and trust him again. This book was a little different than what I originally expected. I went into this expecting a enemies to lovers romance with hilarious dialogues and lighthearted moments. While the book does have some fun moments, it also delves into serious topics like cheating, family problems and forgiveness and I have to say it was pretty well executed. I think Natalie was too civil and nice to Jem. I mean you would expect a woman who had been dumped weeks before wedding without any real reason to be more upset. But she was actually friendly. May be I am just bothered because I wanted more hilarious fights and banters. I do not particularly like Jem - his reason for abandoning Nat was too selfish and dumb and he didn't show enough remorse. In fact most of the time he acted like he didn't do anything wrong. But I loved his relationship with Olly and Lili. Jem and Nat's scenes were cute too. I loved the idea of second chance and looking past the old grudges. I felt genuinely bad for Lili and am so glad that Nick was there for her. Overall, this book was a good summer read and I somewhat enjoyed it. 3.25 stars
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  • Rosalyn
    January 1, 1970
    I've wanted to read this book ever since I first heard about it, and now I finally am telling you about it. It's a debut novel from a young Aussie author!! (And because I'm always on the lookout for new favorites, I couldn't wait to see what this one was all about!!)I found the story to be just a bit confusing, it felt as though there are lots of characters, and the story keeps jumping around.The main character is Natalie. She's an intriguing heroine. Feisty. Determined. And yet, unsure of herse I've wanted to read this book ever since I first heard about it, and now I finally am telling you about it. It's a debut novel from a young Aussie author!! (And because I'm always on the lookout for new favorites, I couldn't wait to see what this one was all about!!)I found the story to be just a bit confusing, it felt as though there are lots of characters, and the story keeps jumping around.The main character is Natalie. She's an intriguing heroine. Feisty. Determined. And yet, unsure of herself and her life.And then there's Jem. Her ex-fiance. I was suspicious right from the get-go that deep down they still had feelings for each other. But because of their history, it's not evident. Except for how much they 'dislike' each other. But now they have to learn to get along, be friends, even, because Jem is back in town.The story is a lot of their bickering, back and forth. It seems a bit shallow, because you jump in right in the middle of it all. Kind of 'in the dark' as to what exactly happened with their relationship and all of that....so it feels just a bit shallow.But. Then, there are also real-life issues faced in these pages. Family issues. Forgiveness. Terminal illness. Difficult parents...well the list could go on and on. The author has written all of these into this story in a lovely way. It adds depth to the story, without making it too preachy.Considering the fact that this is a Christian fiction story, there could be a bit more of the Christian element involved. It's there, but not overly so.All in all, I found this a great story. Mostly what I'd consider a light, easy read. And it's perfect for summer.I'm excited to see what else this new, young author from Australia cranks out!!Disclaimer: I receive complimentary books from various sources, including, publishers, publicists, authors, and/or NetGalley. I am not required to write a positive review, and have not received any compensation. The opinions shared here are my own entirely. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255
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  • Angela Walker
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ebook copy of this novel from the publisher. All opinions are my own, any review is voluntary. There are three POVs and stories going on about life and forgiveness. When it rains it pours for Natalie. Life is catching up to her. Nat's dad has had cancer for a while and doesn't feel the best lately. She's been helping her parents pay the medical bills so her savings is gone. Obligated to pitch for her office to not close in 20 minutes that's when she gets a phone call saying she's t I received an ebook copy of this novel from the publisher. All opinions are my own, any review is voluntary. There are three POVs and stories going on about life and forgiveness. When it rains it pours for Natalie. Life is catching up to her. Nat's dad has had cancer for a while and doesn't feel the best lately. She's been helping her parents pay the medical bills so her savings is gone. Obligated to pitch for her office to not close in 20 minutes that's when she gets a phone call saying she's the emergency contact and needs to come quick. Presentation didn't happen, she and her coworkers lost their job. On top of that, her ex-fiancé is back in town with a new bundle of joy and needs a babysitter. The only good thing in her life is a new opportunity for an internship that could lead to her dream job after a few months. She needs another job to pay the bills, something that is flexible. Now she's seeing a lot more of her ex than she ever wanted to.Jeremy is a single dad that moved back home for a job. Baby mama, Chloe, is out of the picture so its just the two boys trying to figure out their new normal. With Natalie babysitting for him during the day and his niece in the afternoon maybe he can finally live up to his father's expectations and reconnect with the people he left behind years ago.Liliana has a passion for art but when her newest project gets broken when she catches her dad cheating with her teacher, she doesn't know how to repair her life. Her dad asks her not to tell anyone what she saw. Needing a break from her dad and the trouble at home, Lili temporarily moves in with her Uncle Jem to help babysit her cousin but she has no one to turn to.The whole time I was reading the book I just wanted to snack on M&Ms! Natalie is obsessed with all the flavors, and so am I. She hides them around the house and always has some handy. I can totally relate! I may or may not have a gigantic variety bag of snack sized candies in my cupboard now.I liked how real all of the characters seemed. Life is messy and even though this is a romantic comedy the romance really was light in the background. Everyone in the story has there own pile of problems they are dealing with. Life is hard, I can sympathize.
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