ABOUT THE BOOK
They say a rose by any other name would smell as sweet, but as mistaken identities abound, three heroines will put this age-old adage to the test! Showcasing a trio of LDS fiction’s finest authors, Love Unexpected: A Storybook Romance is a heartwarming collection of short stories that begs the question: can true love really conquer all?
Storybook Romance by Melanie Jacobson —New York City book editor Ellie Hanover has discovered a groundbreaking manuscript that may be just what she needs to save her job. But when her anonymous correspondence with the author begins to develop into more than a professional relationship, Ellie is left wondering if her real find is actually Mr. Right.
He Loves Me Not by Jennifer K. Clark —When Kenedee spies her boss leaving flowers on her desk, she’s swept into a whirlwind of infatuation. If only he didn’t have a girlfriend . . . Undeterred, the young woman enlists in the scheme her employer’s brother has put in motion for the company’s sake in hopes that she can win over the man of her dreams. But even foolproof plans can go awry.
Fools of Us All by Julie Daines —The course of true love is never smooth, as Jane discovers when a case of mistaken identity results in a date with the man she’s admired from afar for years. But she knows all too well that masquerading as her twin sister can only go on for so long before the truth comes out.
Storybook Romance: I think what I loved most about this one was that it took place in the publishing world. A story about books and falling in love with a story. Ellie was a likable character from the beginning and her online interactions with Max were delightful to read. The author did a great job of creating conflict from the first page which helped me become invested in the story despite how short the story was. Novellas can be hard to write that way because you have to squeeze so much into only a little space, but Jacobson has done a great job here.
He Loves Me Not: I didn't like this one quite as much because of the deception involved. I'm one who believes that lies in relationships are a surefire way to destroy a relationship. Luckily for Kenedee things all work out for the best, although not in the way she thought she wanted. In an effort to help save the business she works for, Kenedee enters into a scheme that involves deceiving her boss but ends up getting entangled in matters of the heart as well. I did like the characters and the interactions were fun (except for the lies). Plus, Kenedee does have to face consequences for the lies so all in all a nice read.
Fools of Us All: This story is rather thought-provoking as it deals with a young woman who has clearly experienced years of mistreatment that have a huge impact on her interactions with those around her, including her sister and the love interest. She has a hard time trusting and the fact that she lies to the man about her identity (she has an identical twin) doesn't help. I enjoyed watching Jane slowly learn to trust as she and Mason work on their relationship.
Overall, a nice collection of enjoyable novellas that make for a quick read.
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