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Love and Other Mistakes

3.56  ·  Rating details ·  774 ratings  ·  271 reviews
Jessica Kate’s heartfelt and romantic debut proves that love always comes in God’s own time. 

Natalie Groves once had big dreams. But soon after her fiancé, Jeremy Walters, inexplicably broke off their engagement and left town, her father was diagnosed with cancer. Now tasked with keeping her family afloat, Natalie’s grand plans have evaporated . . . and God feels very far
Paperback, 352 pages
Published July 30th 2019 by Thomas Nelson (first published July 2019)
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Megha Patel
The first half of the audiobook I was lost. It was hard to follow the switch between the characters but once I got the hang of it the story flowed nicely. Nothing new but it was too bad.
DNF 38%. Christian fiction version of Love Actually. Multiple couples, interconnected lives. Pastor dirtbag cheated on his wife and blamed her reluctance to attend marital counselling. Some things did not add up.

NetGalley ARC.
Sherwood Smith
I'm tagging this as fiction, and spiritual (more about that later). It's billed as a romance, and there is romance in it, but that is overshadowed by so many issues it read more like a problem novel.

To discuss it, I have to go into spoiler territory, so if you don't want to be spoiled, don't read on.

It's a debut novel, and as such it's impressive. The author certainly packed the story with issues, keeping the pacing boiling along.

Central is Natalie, who was dumped by her fiancé weeks before her
Hallie Szott
Aug 08, 2019 rated it really liked it

Jessica Kate’s debut, Love and Other Mistakes, has the look of the type of rom-com I love to read—light, fun, ad very swoon-worthy. However, the story that unfolds between Natalie and Jeremy has a lot more going on than great kisses and witty banter.

Seven years ago, Jeremy “Jem” Walters left Natalie Groves only weeks before their wedding. Now, he’s returned to town—with a baby in tow—and needs her help. As they deal with the hurts of the past, complications of the present also intrude—plenty
Melissa (LifeFullyBooked)
2.5 stars
Some parts of this book I really liked, and others fell a bit short for me.
What I liked: The soul searching and journey of her faith that Natalie goes through over the course of the novel is believable and touching. I felt for her--feeling stuck in her life, feeling like she needed to prove things to herself, and her up and down feelings for Jem were all meaningful to me as a reader.
What I didn't care for:
I really thought there were just too many things going on in this book. Natalie a
Brooke — brooklynnnnereads
2.5 stars

Talk about an example of how you should not judge a book by the cover. This cover is deceptively cute when the contents in actuality were much darker and emotional than I anticipated. That isn't a bad thing but know going into this novel, things are going to get deep and things are going to get sad.

One of the biggest things that I feel should be mentioned is that I was under the impression this was mainly a story of romance. Yes, there is romance in the story but that actually is not t
Bethany Turner
*3 1/2 Stars*

Well...I have to admit, I'm not exactly sure how to review this book. For one thing, I don't know whether to start with the good news or...the less-good news. But I think I'm going to start with the less-good news, because the less-good news is all about perception, marketing, and expectations, while the good news is all about a talented debut author and her nuanced storytelling. And that's what I REALLY want to talk about.

But first, the less-good.

In Jessica Kate's Love and Other Mi
Jul 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love and Other Mistakes

Jessica Kate

Wow, all I can say is, this story blew me away! Keep the tissues close by as you are reading LOVE AND OTHER MISTAKES by Jessica Kate. She will have your emotions all over the place. Once I started reading, it was very hard to stop! The twists and turns made it impossible to put down, as I had to know what was going to happen to Jem and Natalie after so much heartache! Will Natalie ever be able to explain to Jem how hurt she feels? What an awesome story. All of
Steph's Romance Book Talk
3 Stars / 0 Steam Fans

Where do I am even begin with this review. I mistakenly requested this book thinking I was getting a romantic comedy but that is not what I got at all! This book is labeled as a Christian fiction romance and although there is a romance contained I do not think I would list it that way at all. This review is based off the fact that I am not a huge fan of Christian romances or "clean" romances unless they are done in a specific way. This book did not hit those points for me
Toni Shiloh
Love and Other Mistakes, is a lot deeper than it's title portrays. There are some issues that are rarely talked about and I enjoyed seeing that in a book. However, there was so much going on in this book (subplots and other characters) that it became a little distracting. I didn't have a chance to fall in love with the characters, because they kept changing on me.

I did like the spiritual thread Natalie went through. It had a fresh take on it and I liked her backstory and what made her her. I al
Jaime Jo Wright
Sep 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
I wholeheartedly applaud this novel. It’s funny, romantic, layered and most of all REAL. It’s not a sappy Hallmark movie sandwiched with cute witticisms. It’s legit life paired with snark and a laughable irony that life really isn’t tied up neatly in the end with a bow. The characters were well defined. The story was layered and FINALLY a romance that wasn’t one dimensional. I loved all the other story lines and loved that it also examples flawed humanity in all its desperate need for understand ...more
Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
I really enjoyed this story of love, forgiveness, loss, and compassion. The characters are complicated and the author does a great job of describing them, how they are feeling, and moving them forward in a positive way.

The main characters are Natalie and Jeremy. They have history. Their story is full of pain and good times. They have a lot to overcome in order for forgiveness to happen. While they are experiencing their own drama, there is a ton of it happening to the people they love. I found
May 22, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
Love and Other Mistakes is my first book by this author and my first christian fiction. I really didn't pay attention while requesting this, that it's christian fiction. I didn't even know that it was a thing.
I guess you live and learn. But I didn't mind. It read as some of the chick lit I have read.

This is a story about two brothers and their families, kids, love interest and complicated relationship with their father. In a small town where one brother is a pastor and another comes back after
Aug 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-new-author
Natalie Groves is about to give the presentation she hopes will save her job when she gets a phone call. There’s a medical emergency. Her first thought is for her father, who’s got cancer. But when she gets to the scene she finds Jem, her childhood sweetheart and ex-fiance.

With a baby.
Now unemployed, Natalie unwillingly accepts a job as Olly’s part-time nanny on the condition she can also take an unpaid internship with a new Christian ministry, Wildfire. It’s the opportunity she’s been waiting f
Aug 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love and Other Mistakes was a really good book. I don’t know that I would classify it as romantic comedy, although there were definitely funny moments and plenty of humor thrown in. However, this story deals with many very serious issues.

There are a lot of characters and a lot of scenarios going on in this book. I did not have any trouble keeping everything sorted and I don’t know how the author really could have set this up in any different way. Sometimes there are just lots of things going wro
Sarah Sundin
Aug 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love and Other Mistakes is a sparkling story full of humor and banter. Yet this debut novel is so much more than just cute. Jessica Kate explores the pain caused by family secrets, betrayal, and broken dreams, and shows the difficulty of wrestling with them – and the joys of doing that wrestling. Natalie and Jem are characters with depth – and they have amazing chemistry! I thoroughly enjoyed this story, and I recommend it wholeheartedly!
Believe sometimes takes courage.

This book talks about some serious topics that are usually grazed over in fiction

Single parenting
6 years ago, natalie and Jem broke off their engagement but he is back in town again with a baby. And he needs a nanny. Natalie decides to become his nanny and soon the love they have for each other rekindled.
While lily has to deal with the break up in her family, when she caught her God loving Father cheating on her mother with her Teacher
Susan Snodgrass
Natalie Groves was dumped by her fiancé 7 years earlier and her father diagnosed with cancer. God just doesn't care about her. So she thinks. Now Jeremy is back in town with a baby son and Natalie is helping her parents with their finances after the medical bills pile up. She just lost her job and she agrees to nanny Jeremy's baby. What? Lots of issues in this debut novel, and they are handled well by the author. Redemption really works as both Nat and Jem discover and God wasn't so far away aft ...more
Tressa (Wishful Endings)
LOVE AND OTHER MISTAKES is one of those inspirational romances that will make readers laugh, cry, swoon, and wish the best of happy endings for these characters. They face so much brokenness, and need each other and their faith to make it through. Definitely recommended to Christian romance or even general romance fans!

From the first page I knew this story was going to be a whole lot of fun, but also an emotional read. It definitely kept it up to the very end! Natalie is a little frazzled. She's
Ezinwanyi Chinyere
This was an interesting story. It was slow to get going and the author took her time building the world. But if you stick with it, you will find that this book was a gem. The writing was smooth and the plot was interesting.

Natalie Groves is looking for a job and ends up as a nanny for her ex-fiancee Jeremy "Jem" who unceremoniously left her a couple of months before they were set to get married seven years ago. While caring for Jeremy's son, Natalie tries her best not to dwell on the fact that h
Rebekah Gyger
Aug 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The cover of this book screams comedic romance, which is a factor in this story though not how I would overall describe it having now read the book. Natalie and Jem are a pair of goofballs who like to pick on each other despite their complicated past and present circumstances. Yet a good portion of the story is devoted to the perspective of Lili, Jem's niece. Lili also has her moments of mischief, but her story line is far less cheery.

All of the characters in this book are dealing with a lot of
Apr 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, romance
I was dubious about reading a Christian romance, but this was really well done and tackled some pretty weighty church issues and life challenges in a wonderfully non-cheesy way. The story dealt with issues of infidelity (that part of the story was a particular gut punch), illness, forgiveness, self-worth, and regular ole relatable. Plus the characters were flawed and not everyone’s story ended in a neat bow.

A few criticisms: The author often glossed over large swaths of time (
Rachel Scott
Jul 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: want-to-read
Ever since I read the premise for this book, I was eager to get my hands on it! This debut romance features witty banter and relatable characters while showcasing the messy things of life with strokes of humor.

First of all, I’m a fan of the love/hate trope because the story begins with a mountain of complications between the two main characters and it’s always interesting to see how things gets untangled. Another element that made the story engaging was the heroine. I found myself rooting for h
Cara Putman
Aug 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a romance with depth. Unlike a typical romance, there are more character perspectives than simply the hero and heroine, and those added a depth to it. This also leads to a host of supporting characters, and not all issues are cleanly resolved. But this novel is a romance rooted in real issues and real growth. I enjoyed every page.
At first, I thought this was going to be more of a romantic comedy than anything else (because of that cover), but I quickly found that the story was much heavier than I expected. The POV characters all with some pretty big issues they’re working on (Natalie, Jem, and Lili). Plus their friends and family all have big issues too. Ultimately all of the characters lives are closely connected, which I enjoyed, but I was surprised overall by the amount of “hard things” in this book. It was a compelli ...more
100 Pages per Hour
This book wasn't as inspirational as I thought it would be. I felt like half the characters were Christian trying to live their lives for God and the other half said they were Christian (and even a pastor) but we're not even remotely acting Christ-like not did they seem to show much remorse or reconciliation.

I liked Jem - most of the time. He early had made mistakes, but seemed to be trying to make the best of hard situations. I felt like Natalie had no clue what she was doing with her life even
Nola Lorraine
Aug 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Natalie was broken-hearted when her fiance Jem broke off their engagement 7 years ago. She has had a series of other disappointments and heartaches since then, including having to quit university after her adored father was stricken with cancer and working a run of dead-end jobs, including the most recent from which she's been made redundant. Now single-dad Jem is back in town with his baby son and needs a nanny. There is no way that Natalie would consider working for someone she still hates, bu ...more
Fiction Aficionado
~4.5 stars~ What a fantastic debut! By the time I got to the end of the first chapter, I was already in love with this author’s voice. It’s the kind of deep point of view that really immerses you in the story, and it reads as naturally and enjoyably as a conversation with your best friend. Best of all, it was obvious from the first chapter that this story would do justice to the complex emotions involved in the love/hate relationship between Natalie and Jeremy.

Even so, I was surprised by the dep
Chloe Flanagan
Aug 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If all of your dreams derailed, what would you be willing to do to get them on track again? Work multiple jobs? Speak in public when you hate it? Work for the person who shattered your heart in a million pieces? Natalie Groves finds herself in this unenviable position when she takes a job as nanny to her ex-fiancé’s baby boy to subsidize a golden opportunity of an internship. The awkward alliance that results leads to sparks more varied and colorful than Natalie’s M&M stash.

Love and Other Mista
Amanda Jones
Jul 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
I had a hard time getting into this book, because it seems like there are so many things going on that it’s a little distracting. However, I kept reading, and I was glad that I did. This book gives light to many different struggles in a very relatable way. Definitely worth a read!

*thanks to Netgalley and the published for a complimentary ARC for an honest review*
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