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The Engagement Plot

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  957 ratings  ·  253 reviews
Can Hanna and Will Find True Love amid the Bright Lights of Reality TV?
Perfect for the fans of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette!

Six months ago, William stole Hanna’s heart and shattered it in front of millions of people on a reality TV dating show. And now the big-wig CEO is back on Hanna’s home turf in Minnesota and wants her to forgive him? Fat chance of that. But lif
Paperback, 320 pages
Published November 1st 2017 by Shiloh Run Press
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Julie Carpenter
Oh how I enjoyed my time spent while reading this novel. I started it right as I was leaving on a trip which entailed lots of driving. I laughed out loud, had some pretty big smiles, a few grumpy face moments and possibly a couple sighs. My hubby kept asking me for updates and what was happening in the plot to cause my many different moods. He'd smile and shake his head at me, I'd smile back and dive right back into this fun read.

A fun twist on the Bachelor/Bachelorette premise with all the twis
Oct 18, 2017 marked it as unfinished
Shelves: own-kindle-doc, arc, 2018
I've done something I never ever do. In fact, I cannot remember doing it before. I'm giving up on a book. I strongly disliked it right from the beginning, and now at 40%, I'm throwing in the towel. I'm not happy about it, but the fact that I have so little reading time combined with the degree of unhappiness I have with this book has made the decision for me. I expected it to improve, and don't feel that it has. It probably will, given that several of my Goodreads friends have given this a good ...more

Normally, I enjoy reading a romance that is a homage to shows like The Bachelor or The Bachelorette, but I have to say I didn't really enjoy this one.

I absolutely hated the deception! With Hanna being a "Christian" woman, her reputation sh
Jan 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
While this story has some serious flaws, the charm factor and writing style overpower any of those issues. Sure, it's not perfect, but it's very entertaining.
Lots of conflicting things in this little humorous romance. I think I’m just going to skip the star rating on this one. The opening was great, with her saving the guy’s life and then realizing it’s her least favorite man in the world.

Ultimately, though, it tried to be too many things at once. Romantic comedy, cautionary tale, lesson in forgiveness, etc, etc. There were so many little plot features that never got used, ones that got dropped in and left lying on the floor, until the plot grew cum
Cara Putman
Jul 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was such a fun novel, with a great humorous plot and some deeper threads.
Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader
Nov 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Do you enjoy watching The Bachelor and The Bachelorette? Well this is something like that sort of. It is a book for reality TV fans. They are sure to fall in love with this book.
It was a good romantic comedy, It's a feel good read. The first book that I have read by Phillips but not my last. The story line was very well thought out, and different.
I loved Hanna and rooted for her until the very end. You may like the outcome. Read it all the way to the end!
This is a 4 star read. I recommend this b
Karen R
Sep 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
A fun contemporary romance between a couple who met on a reality TV dating show. Full of humor and some tender moments, as well as faith.

I enjoyed the funny and sometimes awkward situations the characters find themselves in as they try to iron out the difficulties that all began with a lie. The story demonstrates well how damaging a lie and gossip can be, how it can grow and hurt people until set right. Hanna has a lot to forgive, and eventually Will does too. Their relationship has a lot of u
Dana Michael
Aug 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Engagement Plot had me laughing out loud throughout the entire book. It was exactly what I needed to read at the time. The old saying "laughter is good medicine" is so true. The banter between the hero and heroine was so fun and also being in their heads was too. I really enjoyed the book and I hope there are more to come in a series.
*I was given a copy of the book by the author and was under no obligation to leave a review.
Victoria Bylin
Jan 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
A fun read with plenty of depth. I liked it a lot :)
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
If you read the blurb above for this book I probably know what you are thinking about this book. A light, fluffy, brain candy sort of book picking up on the "Bachelor" reality TV show. Right? Because that's kind of what the blurb would have you think. But. I'm here to tell you that this book is more than that. In fact, the story picks up months after the reality TV portion happened. Yes, Hanna does do some remembering of certain moments and there are certainly some very "in the public eye" situa ...more
Susan Snodgrass
Nov 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"He didn't need God. He would keep his promise on his own. He 'was' William Preston. He fixed things. Give him a problem, he'd find a solution. No divine help needed."

Six months ago William Preston shattered Hanna Knight's heart on a reality show in front of millions of people. Her life has been a mess since then. Now William's in Hanna's home in Minnesota wanting forgiveness. Ha! But with her reputation in shambles, agreeing to William's plan seems the only sensible thing to do.

William has reg
Sep 11, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars. This was pretty cute and humorous at times. I thought it was going to focus more on the Bachelor-like reality show, but it's more about what happened after. I thought the big conflict was kind of unrealistic, though. Hanna was nicknamed Holy Hanna because of her Christian values, but then Will insinuated that they slept together (when they hadn't) and it completely ruined her life. While I do believe that the internet likes nothing more than someone's supposed fall from grace, I don't ...more
Janet Robel
Nov 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Cute with good characters. I'm not a fan of reality dating shows but I still enjoyed this.
Oct 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
The idea behind this book is fun and spunky, after all who doesn't love a reality TV show that brings two people together in true love? While I stopped watching shows like The Bachelor many years ago, I have read a few books that follow these same kind of lines. That one girl amongst the fake, who's ended up in the house for some valid reason or another. While the actual initial meeting is shared, the story doesn't really go into the TV show events. Which I like. It can get a bit same old same o ...more
Oct 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Can Hanna and Will Find True Love Amid the Bright Lights of Reality TV?
Perfect for the fans of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette!

Believe it or not I don't watch either show as I find it demeaning to watch... That being said I just started reading this ARC copy that I received from NetGalley to read and review and so far I am enjoying it. Had it classified as romance but is more christian fiction without being overly preachy. Will and Hanna meet on a reality television show and break up based on
Oct 23, 2017 added it
There were parts of The Engagement Plot which were excellent. I loved the writing, which was witty and original. I loved the dialogue, which was the perfect blend of clever and snarky, and allowed the personalities of the characters to shine. The plot sounded kitschy at first, but it soon convinced me: a couple who met and fell in love on a cheesy reality TV show, then broke up following gutter innuendo in a TV interview (as an aside, why do we call it reality TV? It's nothing like reality).

Pepper Basham
Aug 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Such a fun story!

Krista Phillips took the "Bachelor" Theme and cleaned it up in spin-cycle with some wonderful lessons on faith, God's grace, and the power (and hard-call) of forgiveness. Will Preston is a broken hero - the kind who really needs someone to give him a big hug and teach him what love and forgiveness is really like. Hanna is pretty sure she's not that person. At ALL. She's been burned by Will before and has no intention of feeling the sting of his "false" affections again - afte
Kathleen (Kat) Smith
I don't think there isn't one person who doesn't know about online dating reality shows like the Bachelor or the Bachelorette. Where an eligible person tries to find the perfect person among a host of suitable candidates and hopefully a happily ever after will ensue. Fans of such shows will love Krista Phillips new novel, The Engagement Plot. Here we have a similar premise as the setting for our novel, with the reality show named The Price for Love and instead of the infamous red roses, the cont ...more
Dec 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Oh my word, this book!! The author brilliantly took a situation that one would think is easily dealt with and move on from, but she added layers to the story that are completely surprising and work so well. The author puts her whole heart into the writing, voicing every thought and complexity a well meaning Christian would feel (not all pretty but definitely authentic), but also knows when to hold back in keeping the romance and language clean. It's such a fine balance that is perfectly achieved ...more
Sep 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I never watch reality TV, but for some reason I love books written about reality TV... Go figure! Will and Hanna met on the reality show - The Price of Love. When Will picked Hanna and proposed, she didn't realize that all her troubles were just beginning. In a stupid moment in an interview Will manages to devastate and humiliate Hanna. As the CEO of a skincare company, going on The Price of Love was the board's idea to help promote sales. Now that he has humiliated Hanna and sales are down, the ...more
Oct 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: empty-shelf-2017
The Engagement Plot by Krista Phillips is the first book of hers that I have read and it won't be my last. I didn't expect the book to be one laugh after another but that is exactly what it was.

I am a huge Bachelor/Bachelorette fan, my only problem with the show is all of the sexual innuendos, lack of clothing, etc. Ms. Phillips takes the premise of the show runs it through the wash with SHOUT and writes a story that is both fun, and has a inspirational theme of faith, forgiveness, and grace.

Jes Drew
Nov 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a very unique read. The concept was great,and the author did a really great job with it.
and Will may have started a bit u likeable, but she was a woman scorned and he wasn't a Christian so you had to give them a little slack. And as the story progresses you love them more and more as they fall in love with each other. It was a tad bit risqué in some parts, but was an overall sweet romance and clean read.
I received this book from the publisher but was not required to review it, fav
Abby Breuklander
Apr 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Love this story! Learning to trust someone again after they've broken our heart is so hard to do. We know that we're supposed to forgive them, but is it even possible to trust them anymore? We never know why God brings certain people back into our lives, but there is a reason for everything and everyone. It doesn't always make sense in the moment, but later on we can look back and see that every little detail of our lives was carefully put into place by the One who never ever makes mistakes. He ...more
Aug 04, 2019 rated it liked it
I appreciate that the author aims for "humor", but it comes at the expense of having to read the thoughts (perspectives) of two extremely stubborn, prideful, immature people - the main characters. I found myself actually rooting for them to split up! They're not good for each other. I enjoyed the supporting characters (minus the obvious villain) and reunion between Jesus and a "lost soul" way more than any of the interactions between the main characters, William and Hanna.

There is literally no
Oct 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
On a scale of cotton candy to Brussels sprouts, The Engagement Plot by Krista Phillips is a dark chocolate rose. The glitzy aluminum hides the deep flavors of the creamy confection with a touch of bitterness laced through the sweetness. It's both sweet and carries substance.

[free copy received. opinions my own]

One sentence from the most eligible bachelor, William Preston, with a touch of innuendo dragged Holy Hanna's carefully groomed witness for Christ right through the mud. Now, she's done wit
Aug 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: phillips-krista

Fun and fast paced.

This review is based on the ARC provided by the author and/or the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.
Fiction Aficionado
I’m going to start out by admitting upfront: I HATE the current proliferation of bachelor/bachelorette/married-at-first-sight type shows. As in, I growl at the TV when I see ads for them. Maybe that means I should have passed up on this one when I was offered it for review, but I had heard quite a few friends say they enjoyed reading it (even ones who don’t like The Bachelor/Bachelorette), so I decided to give it a chance. There were definitely some things I could appreciate about the story, and ...more
Jun 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Six months ago Will proposed to Hanna on national TV after a whirlwind of dream dates and exotic locations, then he broke her heart.

Hanna is back home in Minnesota recovering her reputation and waiting for the media to forget her name. But when a winter storm brings an unexpected guest with an unorthodox solution to both their problems--a fake engagement.

Will hasn't been able to forget about Hanna, and his company is in trouble, will they be able to help his business and fix Hanna's reputation w
Terésa  Thomas
Jan 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story was sweet, laugh out loud funny, and surprising. But it also had just the right amount of depth and passion. The main characters were complex and each had unique but important journeys to travel, and the supporting characters, a best friend, an assistant, and both sets of parents (my favorite) were different and unexpected. But most importantly the love connection progressed naturally and felt very real, not rushed like in many romance novels and Hallmark movies. Which is actually pret ...more
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