Sunday, June 9, 2019


I loved Joy’s first book, Love, Lace, and Minor Alterations, so I have been anxiously awaiting Weddings, Willows, and Revised Expectations. And, the good news is, I love this one even more!

My favorite thing about Joy’s writing is her sense of humor. She seamlessly intertwines the deeper stuff with that humor, so the story doesn’t get too weighty. I was going to write down a few of my favorite funny lines, but there are literally too many!! Just know you’re in for a ton of snarky/sarcastic humor from Apryl. But, beneath all that sarcasm, lies a girl who thinks she’s not enough and not worthy of love, especially God’s love. I loved these great words of wisdom from her grandmother, “And don’t let the enemy whisper lies to you, my dear. He’ll throw flaming arrows at your wound and convince you to do the same to others. Remember that God’s strength makes you strong. No matter what.”

Joy Palmer does a great job with the first person point of view! I especially loved when Apryl would directly say something to the reader! I also really enjoyed that we got a great secondary story - Courtney, who is Apryl’s twin, and Dallas! I loved his proposal. The faith thread that was weaved throughout this story was done perfectly! I’m looking forward to Joy’s next story. I’m hoping it’s about Kaylee.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book. All thoughts are my own. 

BackCover Blurb:
Seventeen years after being orphaned, Apryl Burns and her twin sister Courtney have their own expectations for life. While Courtney continues to shine at everything, Apryl holds fast to the mantra that as long as her potato chip stash remains intact, then she'll be fine.

But when their beloved grandmother ends up injured and unable to manage her struggling antique store, Courtney makes it their mission to revamp the business and save what's left of their family's legacy. Despite rampant doubts in her abilities, Apryl finds herself trapped under the weight of family loyalty as they transition to a wedding venue decorating service. Soon shes forced to ask (translation: blackmail) their grandmother's renter/handyman, Chance McFarland, for help, an arrangement that is made even worse by the fact that Chance is her former (ahem, and current) crush.

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1 comment:

  1. I don't read much contemporary outside of Love Inspired books, but this one sounds fun! I love humor and a bit of snark liberally laced with faith :-) I may just have to pop over to Amazon and buy the books. You make these sound like I need to read them, Kim! Lovely review, thanks for sharing it. New-to-me author which is a bonus.


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