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The summer before her Senior year at High School, Jess is forced to visit the one man she despised the most in the world, her grandfather. He was the reason for the split between her parents and now she has to spend the entire summer at his farm, away from her home in Seattle. A mundane summer ahead of her suddenly changes when she meets Clint Foster, the man who has every The summer before her Senior year at High School, Jess is forced to visit the one man she despised the most in the world, her grandfather. He was the reason for the split between her parents and now she has to spend the entire summer at his farm, away from her home in Seattle. A mundane summer ahead of her suddenly changes when she meets Clint Foster, the man who has everything going for him. Successful, charming and gorgeous, could he be the one? Trading in her punk rock concerts for chicken coops and her sneakers for cowboy boots; Jess finds this summer to be one of transformation that will leave her world forever changed. CC Approved – Clean Content Approved.


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The summer before her Senior year at High School, Jess is forced to visit the one man she despised the most in the world, her grandfather. He was the reason for the split between her parents and now she has to spend the entire summer at his farm, away from her home in Seattle. A mundane summer ahead of her suddenly changes when she meets Clint Foster, the man who has every The summer before her Senior year at High School, Jess is forced to visit the one man she despised the most in the world, her grandfather. He was the reason for the split between her parents and now she has to spend the entire summer at his farm, away from her home in Seattle. A mundane summer ahead of her suddenly changes when she meets Clint Foster, the man who has everything going for him. Successful, charming and gorgeous, could he be the one? Trading in her punk rock concerts for chicken coops and her sneakers for cowboy boots; Jess finds this summer to be one of transformation that will leave her world forever changed. CC Approved – Clean Content Approved.

30 review for The Perfect Cast

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jamies (The Kansan Reader)

    Rating: 2.5 stars Each of us has moments of impact in life. Sometimes it's in the form of love, and sometimes in the form of sadness. It is in these times that our world changes forever. They shape us, they define us, and they transform us from the people we once were into the people we now are. My first thought of Jess was that she was a major brat. She is self adsorbed, doesn't care about anyone, teenager. She cares what she looks like and she would rather be any where but stuck in the middle o Rating: 2.5 stars Each of us has moments of impact in life. Sometimes it's in the form of love, and sometimes in the form of sadness. It is in these times that our world changes forever. They shape us, they define us, and they transform us from the people we once were into the people we now are. My first thought of Jess was that she was a major brat. She is self adsorbed, doesn't care about anyone, teenager. She cares what she looks like and she would rather be any where but stuck in the middle of no where. Even though I don't like Jess, she kind of is the perfect character that some teenagers are like when they find out that their parents are splitting. Most parents try to shelter their kids as much as possible then when a divorce happens some kids retract into their shell, some stay the same, and others act like Jess does. She is mad at her mom and grandpa because her mom left her dad. But other than that I totally wanted to b*tch slap her. The book was told between different P.O.V.s, Jess, Roy, and Levi. Between Levi and Jess there was to much going back and forth. Like Jess wants Clint, then all of the sudden she wants Levi then back to Clint. Makes no sense what so ever. When I read the blurb I thought this was going to be a love story between Levi and Jess over a summer. Most of the summer Levi was in Nashville and Jess was with Clint. Not really a love story there. It was kind of hard to connect the two characters together when there wasn't very much experience with them. I feel like I didn't get what I thought I was going to get. The blurb made it sound way different than what I had read. We really didn't get much of a love story with Jess and Clint. This story has potential but I think that it could have been a bit longer and more of a love story for Jess and which ever guy she ended up with. I had zero connection with any of the characters. By the way parents, please tell your kids the truth so they can be pissed off at the right person. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Actual rating 2.5 review to come

  2. 5 out of 5

    JaneReads

    I could not connect with this book, each scene felt disconnected from each other. The characters feelings towards each other seemed to be constantly changing and no real picture of how that happened. Jess & Levi met and couldn't stand each other, and tolerated one another the next few times they were around each other, they spend one afternoon together and become close, then don't see or talk to each other for the next few months and then they are in love. How'd that happen? Ray and Brandon coul I could not connect with this book, each scene felt disconnected from each other. The characters feelings towards each other seemed to be constantly changing and no real picture of how that happened. Jess & Levi met and couldn't stand each other, and tolerated one another the next few times they were around each other, they spend one afternoon together and become close, then don't see or talk to each other for the next few months and then they are in love. How'd that happen? Ray and Brandon couldn't stand each other, but Brandon is the only person Ray confides in about his health. What the children were going through with the separation of their parents and the ending was emotional. I did like that Ray was a good Christian influence on the family and the family was able to start healing. The ending left me satisfied with how things turned out.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Linda Rainey

    The Perfect Cast by T.K Chapin was a very emotional, powerful book. This a coming of age romance but at the same time we see a healing of a family. We see a family coming together with God's love and forgiveness. Jess is your typical teenager but as the story progresses you see her mature. The best part for me was Roy and how he used the root cellar to scream and rant at the Lord for taking his wife. Afterwards we see him using this a place to pray and how Jess and her family continued the tradition The Perfect Cast by T.K Chapin was a very emotional, powerful book. This a coming of age romance but at the same time we see a healing of a family. We see a family coming together with God's love and forgiveness. Jess is your typical teenager but as the story progresses you see her mature. The best part for me was Roy and how he used the root cellar to scream and rant at the Lord for taking his wife. Afterwards we see him using this a place to pray and how Jess and her family continued the tradition. I admit I was hesitant about reading a Christian romance by a man. Well ladies and gentleman, I was wrong. Thank you T. K. for proving me wrong. A copy of this book was given in exchange for an honest opinion.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Julia

    The Perfect Cast by TK Chapin is another wonderful faith filled offering. I always know that a novel by TK Chapin will not disappoint, his stories are always a compulsive read with God at the centre. TK Chapin's faith and belief in God shine through his writings, which are never 'preachy' but are designed to make you think about God. At the heart of The Perfect Cast is Roy, the grandpa to Jess and Henry, who is a very godly man. Jess and Henry spend the summer on Roy's farm. It is to be a summer The Perfect Cast by TK Chapin is another wonderful faith filled offering. I always know that a novel by TK Chapin will not disappoint, his stories are always a compulsive read with God at the centre. TK Chapin's faith and belief in God shine through his writings, which are never 'preachy' but are designed to make you think about God. At the heart of The Perfect Cast is Roy, the grandpa to Jess and Henry, who is a very godly man. Jess and Henry spend the summer on Roy's farm. It is to be a summer that will impact and change their lives forever. Not all the characters are Christians in the novel. Some even go to church but have never really had a relationship with Christ. Others, like Levi, the young man who helps out on Roy's farm, do not go to church, but have big questions about God. The reader too, might share these questions, and will hopefully find their own answers within the pages of the book. The Perfect Cast shows that being a Christian does not guarantee the perfect life free from heartache. Christians have health issues, disappointments and problems but a faith in God helps to cope at these times. Faith in God does not mean that Christians will never be angry with God over life events. However after they have taken their anger to God, they will also take their prayers to Him. God is our Father, and as such we all need to be real with Him, as the character of Roy demonstrates in the novel. The Perfect Cast deals with the theme of Family. Families can be loving, and they can be messy. Ultimately families stick together to protect one another, as demonstrated by Tiffany who is Jess and Henry's mother, and also by Roy. The love of the family can extend beyond its blood members - Levi and Roy clearly have a bond that goes beyond a working relationship. The Perfect Cast is a novel about growing up and awakenings. Jess has put her father Brandon on a pedestal, and labelled her mother as a villain - but a summer on the farm will open her eyes to some truths that need to be faced. No one is completely 'good' or completely 'bad'. It is also a summer for sorting out ones priorities, and deciding where ones dreams and futures lie. The Perfect Cast is a rich novel, so much more than just a pleasant read. There are complex relationships, there are highs, there are lows, but over it all there is God. Download or buy a copy of The Perfect Cast today, you will not be disappointed. You will have a great read, and may even be strengthened in your faith.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Ivy

    The Perfect Cast by T.K. Chain is a wonderful contemporary Christian novel that explores the depths of relationship based on these vividly written characters. Focusing on a young adult forced to adapt to unknown surroundings, The Perfect Cast lets you in on the thoughts and feelings of Jess, finding her way through troubled pasts, shattered relationships, and mending past hurts. The plot focused heavily on certain themes such as relationships intertwined with faith, hope, and love. Each characte The Perfect Cast by T.K. Chain is a wonderful contemporary Christian novel that explores the depths of relationship based on these vividly written characters. Focusing on a young adult forced to adapt to unknown surroundings, The Perfect Cast lets you in on the thoughts and feelings of Jess, finding her way through troubled pasts, shattered relationships, and mending past hurts. The plot focused heavily on certain themes such as relationships intertwined with faith, hope, and love. Each character was special in their own way, and added to the story. Certain scenes that impacted a characters way of thinking and making them question others or God are my favorite! A charming, yet down to earth tale reveals that God can do great things, even in the midst of suffering.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Joyful

    I just finished The Perfect Cast: A Sweet Christian Romance Novel (Christian Love Stories Book 1) and gave it 4 stars. There was one placed where Roy used a curse word that was a disappointment to me. A coming of age Christian romance. Not only is there love between boy and girl, there is family love even when the family splits. You can feel the emotions of the characters as you read. I loved reading about the maturung of the characters. This is my first read by T.K. Chaplin but will diffently n I just finished The Perfect Cast: A Sweet Christian Romance Novel (Christian Love Stories Book 1) and gave it 4 stars. There was one placed where Roy used a curse word that was a disappointment to me. A coming of age Christian romance. Not only is there love between boy and girl, there is family love even when the family splits. You can feel the emotions of the characters as you read. I loved reading about the maturung of the characters. This is my first read by T.K. Chaplin but will diffently not be my last. I love this style of writing. This book was given to me for an honest review.

  7. 4 out of 5

    C.P. Cabaniss

    This book had a lot of potential and I think with some polish and a little more work would be very enjoyable. The writing was too descriptive and not active enough for my liking. The story, while not entirely original, had a good premise. I enjoyed the love story aspect, but didn't like how it was presented. Jess was an annoying character and it was hard for me to connect with her. Every character was hot and cold, jumping back and forth between extremes. All of this, I think, could be easily fi This book had a lot of potential and I think with some polish and a little more work would be very enjoyable. The writing was too descriptive and not active enough for my liking. The story, while not entirely original, had a good premise. I enjoyed the love story aspect, but didn't like how it was presented. Jess was an annoying character and it was hard for me to connect with her. Every character was hot and cold, jumping back and forth between extremes. All of this, I think, could be easily fixed with just a bit more work. Not a terrible book, but not great.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    A story of family, love, and forgiveness. An easy read that kept your attention all the way to the end. The characters were well developed throughout the story and the plot was entertaining. It was hard to put the book down because I wanted to see what was going to happen next. I look forward to more books by T.K Chapin. A copy of this book was given for a honest review.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Bess

    It was an okay read; once she lost the mom she loved to fight with, I stopped reading.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Heidi Lynn’s BookReviews

    First, I want to thank T.K. Chapin for providing me with this book so I may bring you this review. T.K. Chapin is back again with another amazing read in The Perfect Cast. I have been a fan of his for quite some time. Therefore, I have seen his progression in writing in diverse topics. All coming back to his roots of his faith which I have always admired. Out of all the books he has written though I enjoyed this one the most. I know I say that to most of them. However, in this book I could relat First, I want to thank T.K. Chapin for providing me with this book so I may bring you this review. T.K. Chapin is back again with another amazing read in The Perfect Cast. I have been a fan of his for quite some time. Therefore, I have seen his progression in writing in diverse topics. All coming back to his roots of his faith which I have always admired. Out of all the books he has written though I enjoyed this one the most. I know I say that to most of them. However, in this book I could relate to some of the situations in the book. Not only that he took on topics that he doesn’t usually talk about. So, we got to see another side of T.K and I liked it. This is unlike any cover T.K has had in the past! It is edgier! I was extremely impressed and made me want to know what the book is about. I am a huge music fan so the fact that Levi’s story faced around music was exciting for me to read. Especially since he liked my favorite genre Country. Sadly, the storyline I related to was the divorce storyline and blaming the Mom. Never easy at any age when parents go through a divorce. I totally felt where Jess was coming from and understood her pain. T.K. took us where rarely any author I know goes. We as readers got to see mentally a baby cow being born. The reaction to Jess’s face seeing the after birth was priceless. Then again, I would have reacted the same way. I just loved that whole scene and how the book was placed on the farm. I loved the friendship that was forming between Levi and Jessica.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Debbie Chatley

    Adult decisions confront 2 young people with their whole life ahead of them. In this story we meet Jessica and Levi. Jessica is being forced by her mother to spend the summer at her grandfathers farm. And she is bitter about the change in venue as well as her family situation. Her father left them months ago. While there she meets Levi and they are instantly drawn to one another. But it’s seems as if the cards are stacked against them. Jessica is only there for the summer and Levi gets the offer Adult decisions confront 2 young people with their whole life ahead of them. In this story we meet Jessica and Levi. Jessica is being forced by her mother to spend the summer at her grandfathers farm. And she is bitter about the change in venue as well as her family situation. Her father left them months ago. While there she meets Levi and they are instantly drawn to one another. But it’s seems as if the cards are stacked against them. Jessica is only there for the summer and Levi gets the offer of a lifetime that will take him away. Is there a future for them? I love the themes of bitterness vs forgiveness, seeking God’s will, spiritual growth, fame vs relationship, and living the crucified life. I personally was drawn to Jessica’s relationship with her father and the struggle to forgive and extend a second chance. My favorite quotes are: From chapter 1: your heart might be tired, but your faith is strong. Trust your faith, not the fleeting feelings From chapter 18: (in a prayer) teach my heart to embrace that truth. You’re the only one I can trust wholeheartedly. Teach my heart that truth also, Lord, that I might abide in it.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Cindy

    Sweet Contemporary Romance I usually read historical romance, and while the bride is often young, this high school romance kind of threw me for a loop! I guess because I wouldn't want my own daughter getting married so young, I wasn't completely behind Jess in her search for love. The narration was wonderful but a few times it was hard to decipher who was speaking. Especially between Roy and Brandon. (I also never understood how Clint could use Levi's words.) Sweet Contemporary Romance I usually read historical romance, and while the bride is often young, this high school romance kind of threw me for a loop! I guess because I wouldn't want my own daughter getting married so young, I wasn't completely behind Jess in her search for love. The narration was wonderful but a few times it was hard to decipher who was speaking. Especially between Roy and Brandon. (I also never understood how Clint could use Levi's words.)

  13. 4 out of 5

    Santina Young

    Family Interrupted A separation in their marriage, has Fitting heading to her Dads farm with her two children. They are not happy to be staying with Grandpa for the summer. Especially the teenager who is angry with her mother. What begins as an angry scene, turns out to be a healing for all of them. Jess gets to know her Grandpa and learns a lot about what's important. Family Interrupted A separation in their marriage, has Fitting heading to her Dads farm with her two children. They are not happy to be staying with Grandpa for the summer. Especially the teenager who is angry with her mother. What begins as an angry scene, turns out to be a healing for all of them. Jess gets to know her Grandpa and learns a lot about what's important.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Mary Jane

    A wonderful love story.They I liked the way this storyline took the reader through the changes in Henry and Jess summer on the farm. We always think that where we are is where we need to be and changes are not welcome. But sometime we are wrong. Embrace each day in our lives wherever we are. Thanks for the journey.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Marta Aldrighetti

    Jessica Gates is a teenager from Seattle. Her mother decided that Jessica and her other son Henri must spend all the summer with her father Roy, at the farm in Spokane, Washington. This decision makes Jessica angry and sad, her summer is ruined without her city, her friends. nice book, full of sentiments, I barely put down the book, love it, enjoy.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Patti Fischetti

    Love, forgiveness and family I loved this book! I got so caught up in the story that I couldn't put it down. I loved Jess and Levi and Roy, whose faith in God helped changed their lives. I gave it 4 stars because it was well written and the characters were well fleshed out. Love, forgiveness and family I loved this book! I got so caught up in the story that I couldn't put it down. I loved Jess and Levi and Roy, whose faith in God helped changed their lives. I gave it 4 stars because it was well written and the characters were well fleshed out.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Cagle

    Awesome Christian romance This book really shows the heart of the Father God in relationships! Its a beautiful sweet romance showing how wonderfully The Creator can work in our lives.

  18. 5 out of 5

    MaryRhonda

    Great story Love these stories by TK Chapin. Through every adversity there is hope as long as you give your problems to God and have faith.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Judith M. Seale

    Great book This is a very interesting book. The problems this family have are like so many people are having today. Handling it with God is the way to go.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Brenda C. McAllister

    WOW!!!!! This was a really unusual story. With a lot of heartache. But it did on a goodnote, with Jess and Levi getting married.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jana

    A thought provoking read that every young teen as well as others should read and take the message to heart! T.K. Chapin delves into real life problems young people face when families aren’t perfect and the confusion and need for focus on their destiny. Putting God first and foremost in one’s life will make life’s choices and ways more clear.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    received this book from the author for no charge in exchange for my honest review of this book. The opinions expressed here are my own. Book Description: “Meeting him was fate, loving him was a choice, and spending the rest of my life with him… well that was destiny.” At the brink of adulthood Jess thought she had it all figured out, that was until her parents split and her mom whisked her away to the middle of nowhere. Her Grandpa’s farm was the last place on earth she wanted to be, and with received this book from the author for no charge in exchange for my honest review of this book. The opinions expressed here are my own. Book Description: “Meeting him was fate, loving him was a choice, and spending the rest of my life with him… well that was destiny.” At the brink of adulthood Jess thought she had it all figured out, that was until her parents split and her mom whisked her away to the middle of nowhere. Her Grandpa’s farm was the last place on earth she wanted to be, and with no cell phones, internet or cable she was destined for a summer of boredom. Man of Her Dreams Clint Foster, the man who has everything going for him. Successful, charming and downright gorgeous; Clint’s the man she can see a future with. The only problem is her Grandpa’s farmhand Levi keeps getting in her way. Trading in rock concerts for chicken coops and sneakers for cowboy boots; join Jess as she finds love in the unexpected places. My Thoughts: The Perfect Cast is the first book of T.K. Chapin and it is great!! I have never had the pleasure of reading any of his books until now. I am very glad I had the chance to read this one. I really enjoyed T.K. Chapin's unique writing style, every chapter was from a different characters point of view and it really gave the whole picture of what was going on physically and emotionally. The transitions between characters and chapters were flawless, I never felt lost or confused. Their parents are separated and it has caused a huge rift between Jess and her mother, Tiffany. So Roy is trying to help all of them process through all of this especially since Jess and Henry believe their Mom left their Dad just because, when the real reason was infidelity. Roy has a helper on the farm, Levi who spends most of his time with Roy. From the start Levi and Jess explode....their interactions are hilarious. Jess had made it clear she could not wait for the end of summer and she had no plans of enjoying herself but as she started to give things a chance, she started to make connections. All of the teenagers know each other in this area since they grew up together so any get together Jess goes to Levi is there. Then Jess meets Clint and she falls for him, she thinks he is the man of her dreams and sees him in her future. Unfortunately people and situations are not what they seem and Jess learns that big lesson in her summer with Grandpa Roy. I really enjoyed T.K. Chapin's unique writing style, every chapter was from a different characters point of view and it really gave the whole picture of what was going on physically and emotionally. The transitions between characters and chapters were flawless, I never felt lost or confused. As for the characters, I LOVED the characters in this book, even the not so good ones. The characters are well written and very real. I really enjoyed Roy, Jess's Grandpa. who lives the statement age is just a number. Roy is a faithful servant of the Lord and lives his life according to God's plan, or at least tries very hard to. I could not put the book down. It moved at a steady pace and definitely kept me on my toes through out the whole book. This story definitely has twists and turns. I found myself laughing in some places an crying in others. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Christian Fiction with some romance, you won't be sorry. I cannot wait to read more from T.K. Chapin and read the rest of The Love's Enduring Promise series. I give this book 5 STARS.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Ruth Jessen

    All the hard things in life They're here - snowing they're worth fighting for. A family reunited, people passing on, and love in the middle of it all. All the hard things in life They're here - snowing they're worth fighting for. A family reunited, people passing on, and love in the middle of it all.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jenny Falcone

    "Roy’s appreciation for the country life stemmed from his love of God and His creation. He felt the cities were overcrowded and destroyed pieces of God’s beautiful land." He was glad he would get his grand-kids for the summer. "Jess missed a step on her way down the stairs and tumbled to the bottom... Glancing up. she was greeted by laughter from a rude, but very attractive, brown-haired boy with the bluest eyes she'd ever seen." Jess' parents split up and her mom decides it would be good to get "Roy’s appreciation for the country life stemmed from his love of God and His creation. He felt the cities were overcrowded and destroyed pieces of God’s beautiful land." He was glad he would get his grand-kids for the summer. "Jess missed a step on her way down the stairs and tumbled to the bottom... Glancing up. she was greeted by laughter from a rude, but very attractive, brown-haired boy with the bluest eyes she'd ever seen." Jess' parents split up and her mom decides it would be good to get her kids out of Seattle for the summer, and take a trip to Roy's farm, where Jess hasn't been in the past 5 years. Jess can not even imagine what she is going to end up doing on a farm for the whole summer, without modern conveniences like cell phones and cable television. Her attitude changes as the book goes on and she ends up falling in love with God, the farm and the least likely guy. The Perfect Cast is book 1 in the Love's Enduring Promise series. I was contacted by the author to review this book. Thank you T.K. Chapin for the opportunity to read your book. The prologue, which is a diary entry from Jess, and italic thought comments throughout are written in the first person and the rest of the book is in third person written from the perspectives of Jess, Roy (Jess' grandfather) and Levi. There are some present/past tense issues mainly toward the beginning of the book when Jess is thinking about things she and her father used to do before her parents split. The pacing and flow of the story are moderate to fast and some chapters overlap the timing of the book to give a better idea of what is going on. Tempers arise throughout and a death occurs but God prevails and finds some of his lost sheep. The end was shocking, unexpected and a bit anticlimactic. This was a coming of age Christian romance; the author accurately portrays the teenage innocence at the beginning of the book and we see Jess and Levi grow and depend on God. This is a quick read that I would recommend to teens and adults. 4 out of 5 stars. Christian approved.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Psusan

    The Perfect Cast might be called a Christian Young Adult or Coming of Age book. Still since one of the point of views is the grandfather’s, I feel it is more of a story about family life and struggles. Certainly a concept that we can all identify with no matter how old we are. Jess, a teenager who allows her hurts and fears to manifest themselves in an attitude of judgmental negativity is the center of this story. However, the author has also allowed us to see into the heads of her grandfather, The Perfect Cast might be called a Christian Young Adult or Coming of Age book. Still since one of the point of views is the grandfather’s, I feel it is more of a story about family life and struggles. Certainly a concept that we can all identify with no matter how old we are. Jess, a teenager who allows her hurts and fears to manifest themselves in an attitude of judgmental negativity is the center of this story. However, the author has also allowed us to see into the heads of her grandfather, Roy, and a neighbor farmhand, Levi. I really like the contrast between these three characters and their POV. There are several other strong supporting characters who actions influence these three. There is also more tragic events within this story than one grandfather should have to endure. These events and tragedies could all happen to one family in real life, but I wouldn’t wish it on anyone. I won’t go into each one, read the book and you will understand what I am saying. I also think you will see Roy’s faith and influence on his family and neighbors. Certainly he is an understated role model for them and for the reader. I have been Jess’ age so I understand where she is coming from, even though she is misguided and her thinking is full of misconceptions. As I am growing older, I think - become a Roy, be like him. The author has brought these characters to life in this drama driven story. While the pacing is steady and well done there are some twists that I couldn’t see coming, especially with Jess’ mother and sort of boyfriend. I loved the Christian aspects without feeling like I was being preached at. I can recommend this book to teenagers, parents and grandparents who are interested in quality contemporary fiction. 4.5 Stars The author provided a copy for an honest review.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Marilyn Johnson

    This is the first book in the Love's Enduring Promise series, what a great place to start. This is a new author for me, so I was not sure what to expect. I liked the way each chapter was told in the perspective of one of three different characters. The title of those chapters will explain who that chapter is about. Some chapters overlap, but give you the perspective of another person. Roy is an elderly grandpa, who is excited about the coming summer with his grandkids. He is praying that he can This is the first book in the Love's Enduring Promise series, what a great place to start. This is a new author for me, so I was not sure what to expect. I liked the way each chapter was told in the perspective of one of three different characters. The title of those chapters will explain who that chapter is about. Some chapters overlap, but give you the perspective of another person. Roy is an elderly grandpa, who is excited about the coming summer with his grandkids. He is praying that he can be the Godly influence they both need in a difficult time in their lives. Roy must face obstacles of his own throughout this book, however his faith stays strong even when pushed to the limits. Jess is a typical strong willed, opinionated coming of age 18 year old. She is angry at her mom and grandpa, yet idolizes her dad. When she is faced to face the facts her wold is rocked. Jess can't imagine living in the country all summer, yet God has plans for her. Jess thinks she has life figured out, yet when pushed to the test will she hold on to Gods best for her or fall apart. Levi is a hard woking farm hand, trying to make it big in Nashville. He does not believe in God yet does not like for people to make fun of religion either. Will Roy be able to answer all his questions? If God is real does he really want what is best for him? This book is full of young love, family love, friendships and heartaches. The problems they face are very real. I enjoyed the way the characters were real. The book does not just center around a love story, but so much more. I was given a copy of this book from the author for my honest opinion.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Newell

    This is an inspirational Christian romance. Jessica thought she had a great life; good grades, Christian family, and a life in Seattle that was ready for an amazing senior year in High School. Jessica is crushed when her parents split up and her life without her father has left her, angry, hurt and frustrated. Jessica is convinced that if her mom would have been nicer to her dad that he would still be there with them. Her mom takes her and her brother to stay for the summer with her grandfather This is an inspirational Christian romance. Jessica thought she had a great life; good grades, Christian family, and a life in Seattle that was ready for an amazing senior year in High School. Jessica is crushed when her parents split up and her life without her father has left her, angry, hurt and frustrated. Jessica is convinced that if her mom would have been nicer to her dad that he would still be there with them. Her mom takes her and her brother to stay for the summer with her grandfather in the middle of nowhere in Eastern Washington. Jessica has a terrible attitude and at her grandfather’s farm is the last place she wanted to spend her summer. Levi is a talented musician with big hopes and dreams for his future. But after an incident, he has decided to give up on that dream and has stopped playing altogether. Then one day an act of kindness sends in down a path to open up his heart to begin to play again. With family and friends support he has a chance in Nashville to make it big. The only issue is that he has met Jess. Will Levi get his chance to make it big in Nashville? Will Jessica’s parents be able to work out their issues? How do you determine God’s will for your life? How do you determine what is the most important thing in your life? This is a story that will make you stop and think about your relationships and the value you place on them. It will demonstrate how trusting in God, he will lead your path. This story shows that even Christians have troubles in their lives and it is critical in those moments that we trust God to guide us through to the other side.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Becky Lewis

    Wonderfully Realistic, Nostalgic Battle of Values This is the refreshing, modern story of a high school senior -to-be, Jess, who with her brother, Henry, goes to spend the summer at her grandfather's farm. Jess is rebellious and angry over her parents' recent split, blaming her mother. Once at the farm, Jess meets two very different young men:Clint, who has been to college, and Levi, who works for her grandfather, but dreams of hitting it big in Nashville. The story is multi-generational. It could Wonderfully Realistic, Nostalgic Battle of Values This is the refreshing, modern story of a high school senior -to-be, Jess, who with her brother, Henry, goes to spend the summer at her grandfather's farm. Jess is rebellious and angry over her parents' recent split, blaming her mother. Once at the farm, Jess meets two very different young men:Clint, who has been to college, and Levi, who works for her grandfather, but dreams of hitting it big in Nashville. The story is multi-generational. It could be considered a Young Adult book, but I very much enjoyed it as a parent with adult children, and grandparents would enjoy it as well. Chapin knows how to use twists and turns to his advantage and how to evoke exactly the emotions that cause the book to leave an impression on your heart. A couple of simple quotes I liked(there were so many great quotes!):"Sometimes the things we don't like are the things we need the most." Another is, "...he knows what he did was wrong and you just gotta love him through it...give God a chance to grow you." How often we reject someone who has hurt us and refuse to offer him/her the second chance Christ gave us!! I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review, which I have given.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Joan

    This is a good teen-aged summer romance novel. Eighteen year old Jess and her younger brother are "dumped" at the grandfather's farm near Spokane, Washington. No Internet. No cable. It was going to be a terrible summer. Roy is her godly grandfather. Elderly, he has help on the farm, Levi. When Levi sees Jess, he really likes her. And Jess likes him. Perhaps it would not be such a terrible summer after all. But Jess is swept off her feel by a college man and Levi flies to Nashville to make it as This is a good teen-aged summer romance novel. Eighteen year old Jess and her younger brother are "dumped" at the grandfather's farm near Spokane, Washington. No Internet. No cable. It was going to be a terrible summer. Roy is her godly grandfather. Elderly, he has help on the farm, Levi. When Levi sees Jess, he really likes her. And Jess likes him. Perhaps it would not be such a terrible summer after all. But Jess is swept off her feel by a college man and Levi flies to Nashville to make it as a country star. The characters are well crafted. Chapin has captured the angry Jess, mad at her mother for leaving her father. I really liked her younger brother, Henry. He is a boy wise beyond his years. Near the end of the novel the action becomes really fast and sort out of the blue. It was an abrupt change that did not flow with the pace of the rest of the novel. The characters seem to change abruptly too. There are strong Christian themes in the novel. You can see my entire review at http://bit.ly/1QKqsXx. I received a complimentary digital copy of this book from the author for the purpose of an independent and honest review.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Linda Walters

    I liked this story and found it a clean and quick read. Was Jess a brat? Yes. Did she have see-sawing emotions? Yes. Was she a teenager? Yes, so that explains it pretty much. Her ten year old brother Henry, was trying to fill in being the "man of the house" in the place that their absent father had been. At other times, he forgot and was just busy being a kid. Was their father immature and selfish? Yes. He had flaws as did Roy, the grandfather, who was a man of faith. It was good to begin to see I liked this story and found it a clean and quick read. Was Jess a brat? Yes. Did she have see-sawing emotions? Yes. Was she a teenager? Yes, so that explains it pretty much. Her ten year old brother Henry, was trying to fill in being the "man of the house" in the place that their absent father had been. At other times, he forgot and was just busy being a kid. Was their father immature and selfish? Yes. He had flaws as did Roy, the grandfather, who was a man of faith. It was good to begin to see their father, Brandon begin to grow up. In fact, most of them had some growing and learning to do. Jess was also going to learn that not everything she thought about people was true, that there was more to the story. Two sides. I thought all of the relationships in the book had some depth to them, except maybe the one between Jess & Levi. They didn't really have all that much time together but I guess she just saw his heart through some of his written words too. I also liked the Epilogue.

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