The 80’s Rom-Com Club Anthology – Book Review

Posted April 28, 2022 by Phyllis Helton in Book Reviews /

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The 80’s Rom-Com Club Anthology – Book Review

The 80s Rom-Com Club

by Mikal Dawn, Teresa Tysinger, Bell Renshaw, Betsy St. Amant, Jennifer Rodewald, Jaycee Weaver

Publication Date April 26, 2022
Genres: Christian Fiction, Clean Romance
Written for: Adults
Pages: 540


Is there, like, anything more totally awesome than the fun, feel-good rom-com blockbusters of the 1980s? The women who make up the online Just Another 80s Rom Com Lovers Club don't think so. Join these digital friends as they each live out their own swoon-worthy love stories, minus teased bangs and mini skirts, reminiscent of some your favorite romantic comedies from the most righteous decade.
THE FIX UP by Mikal Dawn: Henley Morris and Not-the-Movie-Star Brad Pitt are teamed up on a home renovation show with tools, limited time, and a budget. The home they're assigned to renovate is a money “pitt” and they’re sure it’s out to get them. So is the general contractor. And don’t even get them started on the family of squirrels living in it…
FALLING FOR A PRICE by Bell Renshaw: Amie Lewis prefers writing about the escapades of others, but when a mysterious note arrives, it’s time to start her own adventure. Hiring Malcom Price, a handsome but obnoxious guide, is her first mistake. Being caught in the middle of his feud with Russian treasure hunters is the second. The third? Falling for him.
LAKESHORE WANDERING by Jennifer Rodewald: Hazel Wallace is working on a plan to keep her peaceful, remote life. When Bennet Crofton shows up pretending to be something he’s not, she knows she’s running out of time. Luckily for her, he hit his head and can’t remember a thing. With a sudden inspiration thanks to an 80’s RomCom, she’s got a whole new plan.
EVIE TYLER'S DAY OFF by Betsy St. Amant: When Evie Tyler plays hooky on her 30th birthday to complete the remaining 9 items on her “30 Before 30” bucket list with her best friend, she never expected her childhood crush—her BFF’s brother—to tag along. Red convertibles, impromptu concerts, and a hilarious comedy of errors collide into one day off Evie will never forget.
JUST LIKE THAT by Teresa Tysinger: New York City-based influencer Jane Holland is about to reel in the biggest partnership of her career. Life takes an unexpected turn when she’s needed in North Carolina to care for her niece. Will Jane find where she truly fits in her rural hometown—and with Andrew, her all-grown-up crush? Or, will opportunity draw her back to the life she always thought she wanted?
SURE ABOUT YOU by Jaycee Weaver: Editor, foodie, and 80s movies lover Isley Bradford lives by her trusty planner. Securing her dream job means traveling to a conference with the too-charming coworker she loathes. But with each bump in the road—some literally—he challenges her perceptions and makes her laugh. She'd had her future perfectly planned. Now? She's not so sure.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.

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I’m not a fan of every ’80s rom-com, and am, frankly, usually embarrassed by the language in many of them. I am a fan, however, of rom-coms in general and especially a fan of several of these authors. Therefore, I was super excited when asked to read an advance copy and share my thoughts with you.

I just loved Sure About You by Jaycee Weaver. Not only was it a fun story of opposites attracting, a strong spiritual thread ties the story together. Pax had recently returned to his childhood faith, forsaking the wild life he had been living. His struggles were realistic and honest, and it was only through prayer that he was able to overcome them. Such a perfect picture of our lives and how we should be fighting our battles.

I was also fascinated with Lake Shore Wandering by Jennifer Rodewald. It was a fun variation on the movie Overboard, with the amnesiac not as obnoxious as Goldie Hawn’s character. I appreciated that part of the change Bennet experienced was due to remembering truths about God when he couldn’t remember much else.

The other stories were also enjoyable and were quite different from one another despite the shared characters through the Rom-Com Movie Club. Some have a faith emphasis, while others, though still clean, do not. I was impressed with how well each of the authors captured the character’s personalities from the other stories through their FaceBook chats alone. So much so that I knew Hazel was quite the introvert before I even reached her story.

Readers who enjoy rom-com will want to grab a copy of The 80s Rom-Com Club and find some time to savor these stories. While you may, like me, prefer some over the others, you are bound to find several to love!

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About Jaycee Weaver

Lover of Jesus, family, books, coffee, music, and crafting (in that order), Jaycee Weaver is perpetually pursuing at least one of her passions. She writes contemporary Christian romance with realistic characters in everyday situations where they always find a happy ending.

About Jennifer Rodewald

Jennifer Rodewald (aka J. Rodes) leans toward raw honesty, and isn’t afraid of dark places, because she knows the Light will always break through. Writing for her is a journey of learning. Life on the plains with her personal superman has been pretty awesome—sprinkled with dark and light places. They have four kids to keep things chaotically interesting, and her favorite advice to them is “to be your best weird self.” Jen’s tendency to be loud—she calls it a blessing to have a “coach’s voice”—is a family trait. Ultimately, she believes Love has conquered all—we just haven’t reached the HEA ending yet.

About Mikal Dawn

Mikal Dawn is an inspirational romance author, wedding enthusiast, and military (retired) wife. When she isn’t writing about faith, fun, and forever, she is obsessively scouring Pinterest (with coffee in hand!) for wedding ideas for her characters.

Mikal lives in Oklahoma with her husband and two of their three children.

About Teresa Tysinger

Teresa Tysinger is a wife and mother transplanted from North Carolina to North Texas. When not working as the Director of Communications for a large downtown church, she writes charming southern romances inspired by grace. Her debut novel, Someplace Familiar, released this summer. She also is a contributing writer for the Fort Worth Moms Blog (part of the national City Moms Blog Network). A member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Religious Communicators’ Council, and the Association for Women in Communications, Teresa has spent over a decade committed to telling stories of faith through written word. She loves coffee, caramel, and stories with happy endings.


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