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CRAZY LITTLE THING CALLED LOVE by BETH VOGT REVIEWED


Crazy Little Thing Called Love
By Beth K. Vogt
Published by Howard Books
ISBN#978-14767-8978-1
354 Pages

Back Cover: Wedding bells and storm clouds collide in the first engaging novel in a brand-new series about destination weddings, the power of love, and the possible mishaps and missteps that happen on a couple’s journey down the aisle to “I do.”

Paramedic Vanessa Hollister has put her adolescence behind her, including the unwanted label of being the new kid in town over and over again, thanks to her father’s military career. She’s overcome what her mother called “the biggest mistake of her life” and is planning an elegant destination wedding in Destin, Florida with her new fiancĂ©. But will the reappearance of her first husband from her what-were-you-thinking teenage elopement disrupt her dream of an idyllic beach wedding?

As a professional storm chaser, Logan Hollister is used to taking risks. However, a reckless decision during the last tornado season has him questioning the future of his team, the Stormmeisters. Coming face to face with his ex-wife eight years after their divorce compels him to confront his greatest regret: losing Vanessa. Does their past give him the right to interfere with her future?

A fast-moving, powerful hurricane throws Vanessa and Logan together as they evacuate to a storm shelter along with other residents of the Florida Gulf Coast. Forced to spend time together, the pair battles unexpected renewed feelings for each other.

Vanessa and Logan are faced with a choice: Should they accept, once and for all, their teenage marital mistake? Or is God offering them a second chance at happily ever after?

REVIEW: I was glued to this story from the first page to the last. I connected with Vanessa and was interested in her destination wedding with Ted; the Dr. she’s been friends with for two years. Ted finally asked her to marry him and wants to have the wedding in Destin Florida. Why? Because it will co-inside with a medical conference he wants to attend. Kill two birds with one stone he says.

Vanessa reminds herself, “Ted was a bit lacking in the relationship category, but she hadn’t fallen in love with Ted because of the way he’d swept her off her feet with flowers and chocolate and hallmark cards…Ted’s patience enabling their friendship to ease into a love that would last through whatever the future held for them.”

Vanessa had romance and passion in her first marriage; now she sought stability, and living in one place. She was raised in a military family and had enough of moving around. She wanted roots and friends. She knew how to say hello and goodbye but hadn’t experienced a long lasting relationship. What was that about? No one in her life stayed there for long. She knew how to pack up and move on. I liked the quote the author had by actor Keanu Reeves – who said, “Falling in love and having a relationship are two different things.”

Logan Hollister had reached his dream of being a storm-chaser and had done well with his career but lost the love of his life in the pursuit. There wasn’t a day that went by he didn’t think about the love he let it slip away. Little did he realize, …Choices you make today will affect you five years from now. Some will affect you for the rest of your life.” Why didn’t he fight harder like his grandparents did for his marriage with Vanessa?

Eighteen was too young to wed but Logan’s grandparents were even younger they were together for 50 years. Logan always quoted his grandfather, “You either get married young-and you grow up together. Or you get married when you’re older – and you still grow up together.”

Logan and Vanessa’s lives surprisingly intersect in Destin Florida; when they both see a boy drowning and jump in to save him. What are the chances of that happening? It had been eight years since they’d laid eyes on each other.

The author says, “It was important to tell the story of Vanessa and Logan’s earlier years – their love story. Readers needed to see their youth, their immaturity, which was so influenced by their lack of communication.” I agree. She weaves the past and the present beautifully.

This story is filled with fun, surprises, mix-ups, and tender moments that will make you laugh, cry and others that will make you hold your breath as Destin residences prepare for a hurricane. The hurricane parts of this novel and the relationship dynamics between Logan and Vanessa, reminded me of the movie Twister with Helen Hunt.  Both Vanessa and Logan are complex believable characters, who have made mistakes and have regrets. Could there be a second chance at love and life for them?

I enjoyed the secondary characters very much, through them the author shows the importance of family and friends. The author says, “Friendships are so, so important to me. And yes when I’m with my friends, it’s all about the conversation, the laughter, the give-and-take between us. If I can make someone laugh, I’m happy.”

All of the author’s books show us that relationships are messy. Friendships and happily ever after are tough. And God gives us hope in the middle of the mess thru his son Jesus. I appreciate how this author skillfully weaves this message into her stories in a natural, non-preachy way.

This would make a GREAT book club pick. This story is rich and easily leads to a lively discuss. The author has provided ten discussion questions and three ways to enhance your book club experience. There is also a short interview at the end, I found very interesting. You’ll want to make sure Crazy Little Thing Called Love makes it on your summer reading list! This story is a keeper!

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Nora St.Laurent
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2 comments:

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    Crazy Little Thing Called Love is Book #2 in the Destination Wedding series. They can be read as a Stand Alone! Great fun ahead!

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  2. Hi Nora, I'm back in the land of the living and going to do some reviews - I hope. New site even.

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