The Engagement Plot
by Krista Phillips
Published by Shiloh Run Press, Inc.
Publication Date November 1, 2017
Genres: Christian Fiction, Clean Romance
Setting: Minnesota, Tennessee, New York Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 25-35
Written for: Adults
Can Hanna and Will Find True Love amid the Bright Lights of Reality TV? Perfect for the fans of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette!
Six months ago, William stole Hanna’s heart and shattered it in front of millions of people on a reality TV dating show. And now the big-wig CEO is back on Hanna’s home turf in Minnesota and wants her to forgive him? Fat chance of that. But life is swirling around faster than snow in a blizzard, and despite her objections, teaming up with William seems like the only option to rescue her reputation. William has never regretted anything more than the day he gave that ill-fated interview for the reality show, The Price of Love. But while he can’t change the past, he’s determined to fix the future. He just needs to convince Hanna to forgive him—and pretend to be engaged with him. Simple, right?
When the media erupts with even worse accusations, teaming up and pretending to be engaged seems to be the only way to salvage their reputations. Despite the media frenzy that swirls around them, an attraction neither of them can fight off begins to surface. Could this love run deeper than a scandal, or will old wounds tear them apart once and for all? When all seems lost, it’s only with help from above that Hanna and Will may find their happily-ever-after.
Though I laughed my way through The Engagement Plot, the story also contained a powerful message about trust and forgiveness. This is Christian fiction the way I like it, with God glorified and the message of salvation shared clearly, yet not in a preachy way.
As unrealistic as a story about Christian girl who desires to honor God with her life going on a reality show similar to The Bachelor seems to be at first blush, author Krista Phillips managed to come up with a decent motivation for this happening. The gossip and rumors that came about as the media tried to tear her apart to make it appear that her faith was not genuine were much more believable.
The story was one humorous moment after another. It also had some steamy (yet clean!) kisses, and a lot of soul searching. Hanna struggled with knowing in her head that she should forgive Will, but not wanting to with her heart.
An invisible finger tapped a warning on her heart. If Jesus were present, He would probably have an eyebrow raised in her direction. But she shrugged off the reminder. Seventy times seven, blah, blah, blah.
As I read the ice fishing scene, I kept highlighting passages to potentially share. If I could have, I probably would have posted the entire scene – you need to read the book so you can see why. Here is the part I decided to quote for you.
“I told you to keep quiet. You’ll scare the fish away. You probably already filled their bellies with that dropped bait. A fish isn’t gonna eat what we got if you give food away for free.”
Will shrugged, his business brain kicking in. Freebies worked. A great sales gimmick actually. “Maybe they’ll go back and tell their friends about the cool place where they got hook-free food, and there’ll be a flood of fish coming our way. They’re probably on their way back for more right now, with all their friends.”
Jim grunted and shook his head, staring at the still poles in their hands. “Bunch of baloney. You feed ’em, they get full and leave. End of story.”
Will shrugged his shoulders. A moment later, both poles jerked toward the water.
There were a couple parts in the story that bordered on crude, but they were minimal. There were also a number of grammar errors that ended up being a little distracting. Neither of these were reason enough for me to not enjoy the book.