Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Book Review - Summer Plans and Other Disasters


Elementary school music teacher Callie Stevens thinks she’s finally figured out God’s plan for her life—she even made a list to keep her on track.

Moving in with her brother and reconnecting with her ex-boyfriend are at the top of the list. What’s not on the list is running into her childhood crush, Ryan. God wanted her to connect with Kyle, right?
Trying to figure out God’s plan is hard enough. But a dating-averse older brother, the young blonde who adores him, a pregnant best friend, and Callie’s continual mishaps make her wonder whether her best laid plans were truly God-inspired.


Karin wrote her first novel in 2007 to cope with her husband’s cancer diagnosis (no worries – he’s cancer free now!). With the support and encouragement of her family, she submitted that manuscript. That particular manuscript has not been published yet, but Summer Plans and Other Disasters, her first published book, releases in September 2018.

Karin writes contemporary and speculative fiction stories with a healthy dose of romance, but she’s also expanded her repertoire: she writes feature stories for the local paper, copy material for businesses, and blog posts for herself and others. She even edits (offering copy editing, fiction editing, and critiques through Write Now Editing Services) and teaches (she’s the Substantive Fiction Editing instructor for the PEN Institute and can be found around the country teaching writing and editing courses at conferences and at her local college).

When Karin’s not reading, writing, or editing, she enjoys cooking and baking. She plays the piano and sings (the key of E, please). She kayaks with her husband in the summer, watches football in the fall (Go Blue!), and enjoys Christmas lights all winter long. Shy but extroverted, Karin adores her nieces and nephew and loves spending time with her family.  Learn more about Karin at:

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This is a sweet, fun romance that is perfect for that get-away read.

Callie is a girl on a mission. She feels that she let a romance go that she shouldn't have because she was afraid to commit. She decides to go home and try and make this right and she's sure that this is God's plan for her, too. She makes a list and starts to implement her plan to making her life the way she thinks it should be.

I enjoyed the character of Callie, even if she can be a little silly at times. The author definitely brought a humor element into the story. I also liked Callie's brother who is also a person who is afraid of emotional commitment but his commitment to Callie is very sweet.

This is a feel good story that reminds us that God's plans are not necessarily our plans and that He cares more about us than we even know at times. I liked how Callie really was trying to live her life for God as that was really inspiring. I loved the romance and humor. It was just a really feel good book all the way around.  I enjoyed it a lot and give it 4 out of 5 stars.

You can read an excerpt of this book HERE

*This book was provided to me by the publisher. I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this book.

Blessings - Julie

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