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A Simple Mistake

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  78 ratings  ·  30 reviews
When teenage sweethearts Nick and Lainey meet again after more than a decade, so much has changed. Nick is now a famous celebrity and Lainey is the girl he left behind. As a member of a highly successful band and with an
emerging acting career, Nick can have any girl he wants.
Now he wants Lainey back.

Despite Nick's promise to keep in touch when he left to seek fame and fort
Paperback, 282 pages
Published April 1st 2012 by Even Before Publishing
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Paula Vince
This is a good, chunky, contemporary read. I found it interesting that its starting point, in a way, occurs at the spot where many other fiction stories end. After years of estrangement, misunderstanding and the passage of time, the hero and heroine have found each other again. They are mutually interested in pursuing what might have been. That's not a common spot to start. The big feature of this story, though, is the fact that Nick is now a well-known celebrity in both the music industry and o ...more
Jul 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Lainey Sullivan is happy with her life as a schoolteacher, going to church and playing at weddings as part of a string quartet. But one wedding changes everything, because the best man is Nick Cusack, and she’s the girl he left behind in his search for pop stardom.

Nick is thrilled to reconnect with Lainey, and can’t believe that a simple mistake like the wrong address has kept them apart for the last ten years. His band, The Mavericks, have reached the peak and he has an emerging acting career.
Dale Harcombe
Dec 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Lainey and Nick had been friends as children and romantically involved in their early teenage years. But then circumstances intervene and they are parted. Ten years have gone by. Lainey, a school teacher, is a committed Christian but one who guards a secret hardly anyone knows. Nick meanwhile has become celebrity as the lead singer of the Mavericks. His life is one of money, tours and women throwing themselves at him. Their lives could not be further apart. So when they meet up again, even thoug ...more
Catherine J
Oct 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
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I gave this book three stars only because it (personally) took me a little bit to get into - but persevere! Its a really great romance. What girl can say she hasn't thought about what it's like to end up with a famous actor? For Lainey, this might just happen.(No spoilers)
I couldn't put the second half of this down and I actually giggled out loud at the end. Will definitely be reading more books by Andrea Grigg and will be getting a copy of A Simple Mistake for my shelf.
Amanda Deed
Jun 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. The cover has a fresh summery appeal to it for starters. This novel showed how one simple error can change the course of a person’s life. But is it for better, or is it for worse? You will have to read it to find out.

The thing that stood out to me most about A Simple Mistake, was Andrea’s portrayal of the Christian walk. It gives an honest view of our daily struggles, temptations and decisions we make based on faith, that aren’t always easy or painless. Andrea showed
Apr 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Seriously, how gorgeous is this cover!

Thoughts while reading…
Have you ever made a simple mistake that unfolded to change your circumstances in a huge way? I can’t say I know of any in my life – but reading this novel did make me wonder.

The Bible speaks of it being unwise to enter a marriage if you and your partner are unequally yoked. This is in the way of our spiritual beliefs. A marriage can be very difficult if both wife and husband don’t have the same spiritual beliefs. Did you think about t
Susan Barnes
Feb 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: adult-fiction
A simple mistake by Andrea Grigg begins with the reunion of two childhood sweethearts, Lainey and Nick, who were separated for ten years by a simple mistake – a muddled address. But much has changed in that ten years. Most significantly Lainey has grown in her faith and become a committed Christian whereas Nick has not. Although he believes there is a God he is unwilling to surrender his life to him.

*Spoiler Alert*

This scenario makes for a very interesting story and Andrea Grigg does a great job
Shirley Corder
Jan 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
I was well and truly hooked into this book before I even opened it! What a gorgeous cover!

The two main characters, Nick and Lainey are both so real I felt as if I knew them personally. At times I wanted to shake the pair of them for being so stubborn or obtuse!

After a ten year break, Nick returns to his home town and meets up with Lainey once again. Nick is now famous with an amazing future ahead of him, and Lainey has finally managed to put him behind her, and move on . . . or so she thought. O
Dec 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contempory
I bought this book last year when it was first released but hadn't had a chance to read it. It is an interesting read and I did enjoy it. At the same time there were times I found it slow reading and just wanted something to happen. I was knew it would happen and was wishing it to happen sooner. There were also times it moved quickly and as the book moved on the speed picked up. I enjoyed Lainey but had a lot of trouble relating to Nick. I think it was more the fact of his occupation its not a l ...more
Aug 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading this fun romance set in Sydney and Gold Coast, Australia. Lainey is an ordinary girl thrown into an extraordinary situation when she reconnects with Nick at a wedding. Nick is a hero to die for and, despite having his pick of gorgeous women, he wants Lainey.

Lainey struggles with her strong feelings for Nick and the knowledge that they would be unequally yoked if they married. We journey with Lainey and Nick as they face a number of obstacles and a big secret from the pas
Lynne Stringer
Feb 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Thoroughly enjoyable Christian drama/romance. I enjoyed the journey they took me on from start to finish. It was interesting to see just how one little thing that happened in the course of two people's journey changed things for them. Andrea's definitely become a favourite writer of mine.
Mary Hawkins
Apr 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book kept me turning the pages to read the story of Lainey and Nick, separated so many years by a seemingly, "simple" mistake. and yet there are other mistakes perhaps not quite so simple they are in danger of making.
I'd love to read a sequel to this book. Perhaps you too will decide the same.
A first book from a talented writer.
Omega Writers
Mar 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Two reviews from our CALEB reviewers:

Overall rating: four stars.

Andrea Grigg's romantic novel A Simple Mistake is a compelling story of the far–reaching effects of a simple mistake.

Lainey Sullivan is emotionally torn by having to choose between of the love of her life, Nick Cusack, and staying true to her Biblical Christianity. Nick and Lainey have shared much since they were 8 years old and when they meet again in their mid–twenties after ten very eventful years the old magic still reigns su
Mar 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Andrea Grigg's A Simple Mistake is a contemporary Christian romance. Lainey encounters her childhood sweetheart and heart throb, Nick Cusack, at the the wedding of her best friend - after 10 years apart due to a simple mistake. Their feelings for each other ignite once again. However, in those ten years since they were an item, Nick has become a very successful musician and movie star while Laniey has a secret which she must summon up the courage to tell Nick. And then there is the matter of dif ...more
Elaine Fraser
Dec 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. The cover drew me in and I wasn't disappointed. I don't read a lot of Christian romances, but read this with an open mind. It had realistic characters and a plot that made the struggles of relationships and secrets absorbing.

I love reading books with an Australian perspective. I found A Simple Mistake refreshing and real.
Anusha Atukorala
Mar 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Andrea Grigg's "A Simple Mistake' was a beautiful love story. The characterisation is excellent. Lainey Sullivan and the 'drop dead gorgeous' Nick Cussack have a happily ever after ending but to get there, the story takes you through many a twist and turn. The Christian values running through the book are believable and inspiring. I recommend this book to you.
A Simple Mistake was a thoroughly delightful Christian romance by new author, Andrea Grigg. I enjoyed it from start to finish, thanks to appealing characters, a good story-line, and light touches of humour sprinkled throughout. An ideal summer read, and the first of many books from this author, I'm sure.
Aug 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Nick and Lainey were childhood sweethearts, but separated due to “a simple mistake”. When they meet up again 10 years later, the sparks still fly. But Nick, now a famous singer and actor, doesn’t know Lainey’s secret. Can they overcome past mistakes, deal with their issues, and make a life together?

This is an interesting debut novel from Australian author Andrea Grigg. I really liked her characterisations, snappy dialogue, and humour. I’ve never heard so many different ways to describe romantic
Jan 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. The vulnerability yet strong personality of the main character elicited sympathy at the same time as respect. Who wouldn't want to be involved with a famous actor? But who has the strength to remember that he is still the boy who caused you so much hurt so many years ago as a teenager? Lainey has become a smart woman filled with strong faith in her God, Nick has become a famous actor who is used to getting his own way. Can they begin again, continue from where they left off, ...more
Ruth Bonetti
Oct 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
An easy read with likeable characters.
Linsey Painter
Feb 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Andrea Grigg's, A Simple Mistake is a fun, light read which incorporates very realistic challenges for Christians today.
Lainey Sullivan is reunited with her childhood sweetheart and the one man she's never been able to get over or replace. However, Lainey and Nick have very different beliefs that could keep them apart and Lainey has a secret. Nick Cusack seems to have gotten over her just fine in the way the magazines portray the famous singer. But is that the whole truth?
Andrea Grigg skilfully
Feb 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Wow, what a novel!!! Andrea Grigg’s novel ‘A Simple mistake’ is one that will definitely touch your heart and make you laugh and cry alongside Lainey and Nick.
Nick Crusack and Lainey Sullivan, childhood sweethearts, meet again after a decade, where the simple mistake of the wrong address kept them apart. Although many things have changed, their love is still as strong as ever, especially when Lainey shares her secret with Nick, bringing them closer together. Other special factors also contribut
Anne Hamilton
Dec 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
All the elements for a fairytale romance slot into place in this inspirational novel.

    Tick the impossibly handsome and heroic prince. Err, actor.
    Tick the shy, sweet and innocent commoner. Err, teacher.
    Tick the tragic misunderstanding that keeps them apart. Err, simple mistake really.

After a decade apart, Lainey meets Nick again at a wedding. One look and the smouldering embers of her love burst back into a full conflagration. To her amazement, Nick seems to feel the same passion. So
Mar 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Lisa Carter
May 13, 2013 rated it liked it
I loved the rollercoaster romance set in Australia's Gold Coast. Some of the dialogue and topics are edgy in comparison to American Christian fiction. I admired Lainey's adherence to her convictions in spite of the stirrings of her heart after reuniting with her long lost love. Honestly, forced me to examine myself if I would have remained as true to mine in the face of such a bittersweet situation. The slower pace of some parts of the novel might have picked up with more showing and less narrat ...more
Sally Poyzer
Jul 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Again, a great book from Andrea. Again, I spent my weekend reading rather than doing what I should have been doing. Andrea, please stop writing books I can't put down!! I particularly liked that the characters were genuinely flawed and I LOVED that they didn't rush to date/marriage like in so many romance books. Thank you for painting a far more realistic (and healthy!) approach to Christian relationships. A great read!
Nov 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read

The second book I've read from Andrea but it won't be the last. An enthralling read and highly recommended to all
Jill Smith
May 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
I loved this romantic tale. It starts with former childhood sweethearts Lainey and Nick meeting up after ten years apart. Lainey is now a teacher. Nick is now a famous rock and movie star. Although they still have a connection so much has changed that being a couple again could be impossible. Lainey feels that she can't compromise on her beliefs to be with Nick. They love each other but is it enough? Will Lainey finally tell Nick her big secret.
Dec 17, 2012 rated it it was ok
A Christian celebrity love story. I guess, there's too much religion talk here.
Jul 21, 2013 rated it it was ok
not for me could not get into it.
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Andrea Grigg grew up in Auckland, New Zealand, but has lived more than half her life in Australia. She lives with her husband on Queensland’s Gold Coast, where they have raised their three adult children – two daughters and a son. Recently retired from teaching ten-year-olds, if she isn't being a domestic executive or socialising, Andrea can be found in her cave, writing stories.

Andrea's debut nov