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Discovering Sophie

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  542 Ratings  ·  111 Reviews
Sophie Kendrick's father has gone missing in the jungles of Costa Rica. Desperate for answers to his whereabouts, she decides to search for him herself. She hires Jack Mathison to guide her through the jungle, but the two of them seem to be at odds from the moment they meet. Sophie finds Jack conceited, sarcastic, and worse, very good-looking. He is totally not her type, s ...more
Kindle Edition, 369 pages
Published January 9th 2014 by Winsome Press Publishing (first published November 20th 2013)
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Kathy * Bookworm Nation

I was in the mood for something lighthearted and needed a break from the more serious book I had been reading. This fit perfectly.

I liked the setting and plot for this one (Reminded me of The Sunflower). Sophie was a likable character. She hasn’t heard from her father in a few months and heads down to Costa Rica to search for him. She hires the ruggedly handsome Jack Mathison to be her guide in the jungle. It was love at first sight (of course), but they both try and fight it. I would have like
Mrs. Mickaelson
Nov 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Really there's two word's..... Jack Mathison

"conceited, sarcastic, and worse, very good-looking" Just how we like our heroes!


Kathy Jo
Sophie has never been close to her father but that doesn't mean she doesn't love him. He travels quite often to Costa Rica for research and after not hearing from him after awhile she begins to worry. She decides that she is going to head down to Costa Rica to find him. With the help of her best friend Camille and Camille's brother, they help her touch base with an old friend of their's that lives in Costa Rica who will be her guide for the trek to find her father.

Jack has been burned by women
Valerie Waters
Jun 10, 2014 rated it liked it
This book was great. Jack was awesome. I really liked his character. I don't know what it is with me and endings lately but I felt like this was just thrown together at the end. I think it's just my mood lately though. I think the ending was perfect for this book but it rubbed me the wrong me. Again, probably because of my mood. still a really cute book though. Authors probably hate it when reviewers say that. maybe I will re rate the book when I'm in a different mood.
Dec 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Sophie Kendrick's father has gone missing in the jungles of Costa Rica. Desperate for answers to his whereabouts, she decides to search for him herself. She hires Jack Mathison to guide her through the jungle, but the two of them seem to be at odds from the moment they meet. Sophie finds Jack conceited, sarcastic, and worse, very good-looking. He is totally not her type, so how could she possibly be attracted to him? Likewise, Jack can't wait to be rid of Sophie and her optimist
Jan 09, 2015 rated it really liked it

Sophie has a pretty amazing life. She's a doctor with a fabulous lawyer boyfriend, but there's something missing. Sophie's dad. He's gone missing in Costa Rica, and Sophie is determined to find out what happened to him. She hires a friend's friend, Jack, to be her guide in Costa Rica. Sophie and Jack have an immediate attraction, but the wild world they are in may make it difficult for them to ever find time to figure things out. Can the manage to stay alive long enough to work through their fee
Oct 25, 2014 rated it did not like it
Yikes. This book.

I thought it would be an amazing read because I'm from Colorado and spent over a month in Costa Rica this past summer. The main character is from Colorado and high tailed it to Costa Rica.

Well. I was wrong.

First of all, the cover is completely off base. NO ONE in their right minds would wear high heels in the jungle. Ever.

Secondly, the Costa Rican license plate is totally wrong.

As I got further and further into this book I wondered if the author had ever been to Costa Rica.
Feb 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2015
I'm pretty sure Cindy Roland Anderson is my new favorite author!! Discovering Sophie is my 3rd book of Miss Anderson's that I've read and I found myself just as mesmerized by Jack and Sophie's story as I am with any of her characters.

Sophie is in a relationship where she appreciates her boyfriend's family more than she loves him. Since he's proposed, she's feeling the need to make a decision for her future that undoubtedly has the prospect of everything she wants, but doesn't feel the life, dri
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
Dec 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars rounding up!
This is a book I just had to add into my reviews- not because I was asked to, but just because I want to tell you about it. :)

This is the second book I have read by this author and I have to tell you I think I've found a new clean romance author to add to my favorites list. Her first book "Fair Catch" was so good. I really enjoyed it. Then, when browsing through my recommended kindle books, I saw this one and immediately bought it. Self indulgence at it's best. :)

I love the
Dec 16, 2013 rated it liked it
This is one of those times where I think this book would of made a better movie. It was a sweet story of love at first sight and all that comes with the tension of trying to fight it. I enjoyed the characters and I thought the camping in South America was cool. I am however just not a big fan of pages of inner dialog(hence why I think this would make a better movie). I also didn't love the fact that Jack was so insecure of what he could offer to Sophie. I get that its a "man thing" so maybe I ju ...more
Oct 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-unlimited
Sophie Kendrick is a 32-year-old pediatric surgeon with a very successful boyfriend, Peter Elliott. Peter wants to marry her, but she can't convince herself that she loves him enough to marry him. Her father has been missing in Costa Rica, and she decides to go find him.

So she hires Jack Mathison to guide her through the jungle of Costa Rica. She knows he doesn't take women and so she intentionally lets him believe Dr. Kendrick is a man. It is an understatement to say that Jack, who is bitter ag
Aug 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was a super good book. Sophie’s father has gone missing down in the jungles of Costa Rica. She leaves her pediatric practice, as well as her almost fiancé, to go down and find him. But she discovers more than her father’s whereabouts when she hires Jack Mathison to guide her into the jungles. I loved both characters. Jack is a handsome tease who charms her against her will. But he deals with demons from his past that make it hard to trust women. Sophie is a sweet, kind young lady who I love ...more
Dec 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book for the most part. Sophie, a 32-year-old pediatric surgeon, sets off to Costa Rica to find her father who has been missing. She hires Jack to guide her through the jungle. The instant, passionate chemistry between these two develops rather unbelievably quickly for me. And I would think that Sophie would have been put off a little longer by Jack with his prickliness and bitterness against God and women. Other than that I really did enjoy the story. I like the parts where they ...more
Ashley Abbott
Did not finish at 47%

I was hoping that this story would be an adventurous tale of two people trekking through the rain forest on a mission to find a missing person, whilst battling the dangers of the tropics and simultaneously falling in love.

What it actually was about?
A Mary Sue and a fiercly-tormented-roguishly-moody-super-baby-heart-throb falling in insta love while casually strolling through a very tame jungle and trying to fight against (for a whole two days) their school-girl crushes they
Jul 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-challenges
Sophie Kendrick hires Jack Mathison to guide her through the jungles of Costa Rica as she searches for her missing father. The jungle held a lot of experiences for Sophie and Jack. It also held a good amount of attraction and romance. I really liked the book and enjoyed reading about their adventure. The ending was fun, and there's an epilogue. Love those!
Nov 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book. It was very fast paced and I had a hard time finding a spot to put it down. It had romance and adventure. I really like Cindy Roland Anderson's books. Sophie was sweet and spunky. Jack was rough around the edges at first but starting showing his potential. I highly recommend this book.
Dec 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebook, favorites, romance
Loved this story! I was captured in this adventure from the first page of the book and completely adore Sophie and Jack's characters, they were sarcastic, spunky and real. I love Jack! He is the perfectly imperfect rugged man. The cover is wonderful!
Jan 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I'm enjoying this third Christian romance by Cindy Roland Anderson. I needed a break from the seriousness of life and the more serious books I've been reading since 2010. It's a nice balance. Funny, warm, and tender love story.
Mar 13, 2018 rated it it was ok
There were parts of this book that I really did like, but I didn’t really like the religious part of it really (just not for me, and it was too cheesy for my liking). The intense parts about her dad and being taken were intriguing, but if that wasn’t in it I would have stopped.
Karen Bainbridge
Discovering Sophie by Cindy Roland Anderson is a very fascinating read a romance/that is part adventure/part mystery and suspense
Dr Sophie Kendrick has not heard from her father in over four months, now it's not unusual for him to become so engrossed in his work in Costa Rica, and now is very worried about him and hires a PI to find out his whereabouts but her boyfriend, Peter, believes she is wasting her money and he should hire someone down there.. Sophie comes up with the idea of doing it her
Teresa Snyder
Sep 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book! It had it all. Good storyline. Great characters. Chemistry. Happily-ever-after ending. Epilogue!

Lisa Foster
Jan 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
MY REVIEW (4/ 5 Stars): I just loved this style of book. It had action, romance, adventure, some comedy, heroes, a heroine, travel, danger, name it, it was there and it was kept with a clean language writing!

Sophie is a pediatric surgeon/doctor who has been dating Peter, a lawyer for a year in Denver. Her life is on tract and Peter has a great family who adores her and what she has been missing all of her life. Peter wants to marry her and has given her a ring but she just can't s
Nov 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Discovering Sophie is about a young woman who is in a relationship she is questioning. Peter had proposed, but she needed time to think. She's pretty sure she's more in love with his family than with him. After all, that's what she wants: a big family surrounding her during the holidays and other times of the year.

She's also dealing with the disappearance of her dad in the Costa Rican forest. After trying to hire an investigator and that fails, she decides to go looking for her father herself. N
Raquel Zúñiga
Nov 28, 2014 rated it liked it
I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

This was the first Christian Romance I’ve ever read and I have to say I really like it. It was just what I needed at the moment.

The Story

When Sophie’s father get lost in the jungle in Costa Rica, she has no choice but to go herself and find him. For that she hires Jack to guide her trough the jungle.

Jack is conceited, sarcastic, and very good-looking. Sophie is optimistic, cheerful and very close to God. But a couple of weeks alone in the mid
Jul 18, 2014 rated it did not like it
First off, I didn't finish the novel, I got to page 20 and quit. I honestly couldn't read it any longer for the reasons below.

First, she talked about only liking Peter only for his family and then processed to explain herself for three whole pages. Who cares if she only liked him for the family, she going to fall for Jack anyway.

I completely felt like the author was taking parts of While You Were Sleeping. Example, she used the same main character guy names as the movie, Peter and Jack. Also, h
Dec 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Once again Cindy Anderson has delivered a fantastic read! Here are my favorites things about her writing in this book.

I love that her characters are REAL people. That they act like REAL people do. It makes it so much easier to relate to them when you feel like they are not some version of an ideal man or woman in a story. Even though the story is about Sophie, I really feel like the main character here is Jack. I LOVE Jack! What a great character. Mrs. Anderson was able to wonderfully portray h
Nov 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Sophie Kendrick is in search of her father who is missing in the jungles of Costa Rica. She needs to find him so her friend helps her in hiring a guide who knows the paths and ways in the jungle. Jack Mathison is not looking for a woman, especially after his past. But Sophie is not going to leave him until he helps her. From the start they are at the odds. But beneath their fights and sarcastic comments, an attraction is hidden. People who were fighting their whole way will have to fight to be w ...more
Nov 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
5 stars

I was given this ebook to read and review but I had already bought it and had not had a chance to read it yet. So many books to read.
I enjoyed Sophie, She is smart, loves to help kids, She runs to Costa Rica to try and find her missing father in the jungle. She tries to be good but she is not perfect.

Jack Mathison is hired to take Dr. Kendrick into the jungle to help him find his father. Never expecting Dr. Kendrick to be a beautiful woman. He does not want to take women anymore into the
Mar 08, 2016 rated it it was ok
I feel like this was slightly better than fair catch. But this is mostly due to the fact that the plot actually called for its length. It still had some inaccurate messages being portrayed. Here are some of them:
1. love is all about physical attraction
2. a guy is super special if he can tell the flavor of your lip gloss when your fiance never could.
3. if a guy treats you caustically, it might be because he's attracted to you and once you declare mutual attraction, you won't need to worry about h
Nov 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
Sophie Kendrick, a pediatric surgeon, has been dating Peter for a year. Peter has proposed but Sophie isn’t sure if she loves him or his family more. When her father disappears in the jungles of Costa Rica, she hires a private investigator to find him. When the investigator runs off with her money without finding her father, she decides to travel to Costa Rica to track her father down herself. Jack Mathison is a guide for doctors’ groups in Costa Rica. He has a bad track record with women and fi ...more
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“You have no need to worry about me being attracted to you." She moistened her lips. "Because I'm not."

Oh yeah? Well, then he wasn't attracted to her either. "Fantastic. I'm still not taking you.”
“Oh, Jack, look how beautiful. Jack, look how darling that monkey is.

It was like going camping with Merry Little Sunshine.”
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