Chance of Loving You
By Terri Blackstock, Candace Calvert and Susan May Warren
Published by Tyndale

Back Cover: An anthology by three bestselling romance authors

For Love of Money by Terri Blackstock Trying to launch her own design firm while waitressing on the side, Julie Sheffield was drawn to the kind man she waited on at the restaurant last night . . . until he stiffed her on the tip by leaving her half of a sweepstakes ticket.

The Recipe by Candace Calvert Hospital dietary assistant Aimee Curran is determined to win the Vegan Valentine Bake-Off to prove she’s finally found her calling. But while caring for one of her patients―the elderly grandmother of a handsome CSI photographer―Aimee begins to question where she belongs.

Hook, Line & Sinker by Susan May Warren Grad student Abigail Cushman has agreed to enter the annual Deep Haven fishing contest. She’s a quick learner, even if she doesn’t know the difference between a bass and a trout. But nothing could prepare her for competing against the handsome charmer she’s tried to forget since grief tore them apart.

One chance for each woman to change her life . . . but will love be the real prize?

REVIEW: Terri Blackstock’s usually writes mystery and suspense stories. It was fun to read a different type of book by her. For Love of Money grabbed my heart and I instantly connected with her main characters. Brake Adcock is sitting in a restaurant talking to Julie Sheffield his waitress. She’s wondering why he’s ordered all this food and isn’t eating any of it. After paying for his meal Brake realizes he doesn’t have money for a tip. He’s embarrassed. So he decides to give her half of his sweepstakes ticket and writes on the back “I owe you!” It’s a shame he couldn’t leave her a tip because he really liked her. The next day Julie and Blake’s world change forever!

 They’ve come into some money and soon discover both manage their finances very differently. Julie wants to save everything. Blake wants to share what he has with everyone because he can! This threatens their potential relationship.

Julies been hurt by men and has trust issues with them and with God for that matter. Julie’s changed. She thinks, “I couldn’t serve two masters. Because the Lord showed me I had changed. The money was making me miserable.”

In that way it reminded me of and old movie “Brewsters Millions” He had to do something in order to get the real prize that was awarded him. Everyone around him thought he was crazy but he knew what he had to do. It didn’t matter what others thought. These characters come to the same conclusion.

After the fun and excitements’ over Julie and Blake settled into a new normal as they try to make sense of their lives and the future. Would they have the courage to do what it took to have peace in their hearts? Could they give love a chance?

The second story by Candace Calvert was titled The Recipe:
Aimee works at a hospital and has entered a vegan valentine bake off. She’s not a vegan but feels by adopting one of her mother’s favorite dessert recipes into Vegan she’d have a chance to win. Her mom was an amazing cook.

The winner gets top honors and full tuition at a local culinary school. She’s made the finals and the completion was going to be filmed on Valentine’s Day (which was her birthday) and the tenth anniversary of her mom’s passing.“Kitchen time with mom was the best.”

Aimee meets Lucas and his grandmother, Margie. Lucas has been there for his grandmother and struggles with her living will. His grandfather passed a year ago and his grandmother has changed. She’s said to him, “Right now, life on earth has lost its flavor and heaven is calling.” How was he to process all that?

Lucas tells Aimee, “Well, if you ask me, Heaven’s got the wrong number. I’d do everything I can to find some “flavor” my grandmother likes. If I have to hire Baskin-Robins to do a drive-by.”

Both Aimee and Lucas take a hard look at their lives and what they are doing to honor the people they love. Reevaluating their purpose. God would give them the peace that passes all understanding to do the right thing.
This was again a fun story with characters I could connect with.

The Last story was by Susan May Warren. Hook, Line and Sinker.
I’m a huge Susan May Warren fan but I was not a fan of this story. It was a novella that I couldn’t relate to; maybe because this author does an incredible job of having us get to know her characters, (which takes a few pages) and the community they live in (again takes more pages). Then the author usually has the reader delve into the problem. (again takes more pages) I was expecting more from this author because I’ve read other wonderful books by her.

All in all each story was fun, light-hearted and it made you think. What would I do in that situation? Each author included a recipe to make at home. That was fun too! This was a great collection of authors! I highly recommend reading these authors other books! 

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