In Love and WarMountain Brook Ink
Publication Date June 1, 2016
Genres: Christian Fiction, Clean Romance
Setting: Oregon, South Carolina, Washington D.C. Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 18-24, 25-35
Written for: High-School/Young Adult
Lassoed by Love By Miralee Ferrell
Lindsey Morgan loves her life—too bad she can no longer afford it. The exclusive boutique she managed recently closed. Ready for a new adventure, she accepts a job at a resort. What could go wrong working at a gift shop and laying by a pool during her off hours? What Lindsey didn’t expect was Steven Graham, her high-school crush showing up—as her new boss. Steven isn’t the shy, red-neck teen she’d known six years ago. He’s somehow morphed into a gorgeous, aloof, more refined man. Too bad he thinks she's still the spoiled cheerleader he thought had snubbed him, but she’d change that assumption if it killed her—and with the new job description she’d been handed, it just might!
Designed with Love By Kimberly Rose Johnson
To save her fledgling landscape business, Jessie Morgan is determined to win an important design competition--even though her major competitors are ex-fiancé Brendon Jacobs and one-time best friend Scott Meyers. Tensions are high in the quaint town of Silver Spring, Oregon as neighbors and friends take sides. Will Brendon drive Jessie and Scott farther apart, or will they join forces...and find love in the process?
Hungry Hearts By Debby Mayne
When Cameron Prater returns to Hyacinth, South Carolina, to open a restaurant a few doors down from his childhood sweetheart Melissa Shaw's diner, they are both reminded of the fierce competitiveness that drove them apart. They even try to outdo each other while volunteering for a women's shelter that their church sponsors, and they deny the fact that the sparks that brought them together years ago still zing. Can these two people put aside their rivalry—and their pride—and let their hearts take over?
More Than Meets the Eye By Trish Perry
Jensy St. Martin is not pleased when she recognizes the latest ad man to join the Washington, D. C. agency she has long considered her professional home. Phil Quinn was a cocky, love-’em-and-leave-’em type when they attended the same high school ten years ago, and she senses he hasn’t changed much since then. When the two ad designers are forced to work together on a campaign, Jensy learns more than she wants to know about the man, and his growing attractiveness becomes the least of her worries.
The stories in this book had a common theme of the couple having known each other in High School and being pulled apart in a way that the girl didn’t trust the man. Most are light-hearted and fun, while Hungry Hearts deals with heavier issues.
Lassoed by Love by Miralee Ferrell –
This was a sweet story about second chances. I enjoyed the characters and their interactions. It was so refreshing that when things looked really bad, both of the main characters turned to prayer and reconsidered what had happened and then reacted in a more mature manner.
Designed with Love by Kimberly Rose Johnson –
Another sweet story. The lesson here is about learning to listen to the Lord and to not be afraid to trust. Jessie’s friend, Melissa was so fun. She had fun words she used and her penchant for reading romance novels was great and had me giggling as I read.
The thing that happened near the end with Brendon felt a little contrived and made the story a little too perfect, but then again, that is exactly the type of book this is, so it worked.
Hungry Hearts by Debby Mayne –
With a more serious element of domestic violence, this story seemed a little out of place in the anthology. The story was sweet, but would have probably been more believable and better paced as a longer story.
More Than Meets the Eye by Trish Perry –
I loved the message of this story, about the importance of not judging until you have all the facts. Jensy learned that she was very prideful and prejudiced against Phil and was humbled when she learned the truth.
I especially liked the clever name of the regional airline that they were designing an ad for and the clever ad they came up with for it.