Picture Imperfect by Alyssa Roat & Hope Bolinger – Book Review

Posted November 5, 2021 by Phyllis Helton in Book Reviews /

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Picture Imperfect by Alyssa Roat & Hope Bolinger – Book Review

Picture Imperfect

by Hope Bolinger, Alyssa Roat


Series: Roseville Romances #1
Series Rating:
Published by Mountain Brook Ink
Publication Date November 5, 2021
Genres: Christian Fiction, Clean Romance
Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 25-34
Written for: Adults
Pages: 252

Synopsis:

Can a struggling career woman and a procrastinating artist save a beloved nonprofit?

Aspiring novelist Caroline Penn expected a promotion, not a picture book assignment. But when her employer, the non-profit Helping Hope, runs into financial trouble, this book might be the solution. With the company struggling to stay afloat, she and the illustrator will need to collaborate on a strict deadline—no problem for a workaholic like Caroline, right?

Andy Jackson, a “starving” artist, pays the bills by taking on graphic design gigs, but his perfectionism gets in the way. If only he could focus on a project for once, perhaps he could achieve his dream to make art for children for a living.

When the two are thrust together to create a book, Caroline can’t seem to write for children, and Andy can’t meet a deadline to save his life. As time ticks down to release day, the two must face their pasts and insecurities. If they can avoid strangling one another for long enough, they may just bring to the table what the other is missing.

If not, the fate of their careers—and a beloved nonprofit—hangs in the balance.

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


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I have read stories written by both authors in the past but never one with their combined talents. And never romance stories. So I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from Picture Imperfect

I was impressed with how well they created such a cohesive storyline, making it feel it was written by just one. Their styles complemented each other well, and I really enjoyed this lovely story. 

Andy and Caroline were enjoyable characters, though Andy’s lack of motivation drove me a little crazy at first. Until I, like Caroline, realized the cause and began to empathize with him. I guess if you are more like Andy, Caroline’s driven nature will drive you a little crazy. Which, I guess, is the way things like this work.

The brokenness of both the main characters touched me deeply. It was more of the focus of the story than the romance, as their fears kept them apart. Learning that God doesn’t expect His children to be perfect in the way they strove to be freed them up, allowing them finally to come up with the “right” story. 

One of the scenes that stands out as exceptionally well done was when Andy and his roommate were at the gym playing basketball. The author incorporated so many sensory experiences, I could sense the things going on around them. Done in such an amazingly realistic manner, I didn’t even catch what was going on with it until I was already partway through the scene. If you enjoy Christian fiction that emphasizes life changes with a little bit of romance sprinkled in, you will want to be sure to read Picture Imperfect. Now I can’t wait for the next book of this series to be released!

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