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Picture Imperfect

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Can a struggling career woman and a procrastinating artist save a beloved nonprofit?

Aspiring novelist Caroline Penn expected a promotion, not a picture book assignment. But when her employer, the non-profit Helping Hope, runs into financial trouble, this book might be the solution. With the company struggling to stay afloat, she and the illustrator will need to collaborate on a strict deadline—no problem for a workaholic like Caroline, right?

Andy Jackson, a “starving” artist, pays the bills by taking on graphic design gigs, but his perfectionism gets in the way. If only he could focus on a project for once, perhaps he could achieve his dream to make art for children for a living.

When the two are thrust together to create a book, Caroline can’t seem to write for children, and Andy can’t meet a deadline to save his life. As time ticks down to release day, the two must face their pasts and insecurities. If they can avoid strangling one another for long enough, they may just bring to the table what the other is missing.

If not, the fate of their careers—and a beloved nonprofit—hangs in the balance.

252 pages, Paperback

Published November 5, 2021

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Alyssa Roat

12 books148 followers
Alyssa Roat has worked in a wide variety of roles within the publishing industry as an agent, editor, writer, and marketer. She is the managing editor at Mountain Brook Fire, and among other roles has previously been the publicity manager for publisher Mountain Brook Ink, as well as an associate literary agent at Cyle Young Literary Elite, a freelance editor, and a freelance writer with 250+ bylines in local, national, and international publications. She holds a B.S. in Professional Writing from Taylor University. She would love to connect on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram as well @alyssawrote.

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Profile Image for Oceana.
632 reviews822 followers
April 14, 2022
This was a really good story! It was fun to follow two totally different people and see how they grew individually.
The writing was funny and engaging.
I’ll definitely read the next one!
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1,149 reviews193 followers
November 15, 2021
I had never heard of Alyssa Roat or Hope Bollinger before but I am sure glad I took a chance and picked up PICTURE IMPERFECT. These authors instantly hooked me and pulled me right in from the very first page and never let me go. Hang on tight! It is going to be a very crazy and bumpy ride! PICTURE IMPERFECT has just the right amount of romance, mystery, and humor. Caroline and Andy are going to feel like the reader’s friends before the middle of this amazing story.

PICTURE IMPERFECT shows how when we turn ourselves over to God anything is possible. I highly recommend this book for readers who enjoy clean reads with true to life characters. Alyssa and Hope grab their readers by the heart and never lets them go. There is so much encouragement and hope weaved into PICTURE IMPERFECT. I found myself totally connecting with Caroline and Andy and what they were feeling. They both are filled with strengths and weaknesses, which we all are, so it is very easy to relate to their experiences. As you are reading you will discover that what started out as a total mess is exactly what Andy and Caroline needed.

All the characters in PICTURE IMPERFECT are very relatable and not perfect at all. You can’t help but feel each emotion that they are dealing with. When one of them was happy, I was happy. When Caroline was crying, I was crying too. I love when an author does that to their readers. I truly was an emotional mess after reading this heart tugging story. Now that I have read PICTURE IMPERFECT and discovered Hope Bollinger and Alyssa Roat, I’m excited to read more of these new to me, auto buy from now on authors. If you are looking for a heart tugging read that is filled with troubling times, but still fills you with hope, please take a chance and read PICTURE IMPERFECT. It is so real that you need to keep the tissues close by because your emotions are going to be on one crazy roller coaster ride. Once you finish devouring this story, you are going to want to tell everyone you know about this awesome book.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from JustRead Publicity Tours. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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1,723 reviews
November 10, 2021
An endearing premise of two opposites thrown together to write a children's book to help a struggling non-profit.

A fun premise, in this sweet romance, though at times I wished for more interaction between the two of them. Caroline is a novelist waiting for her big break, after facing rejection. Meanwhile, Andy is an artist who struggles to stay on schedule, his perfectionism contributing to his procrastination. They don't exactly hit it off right away, and I loved how passionate Andy is about Helping Hope and the children there. I really loved how Miss Maisy kept trying to play matchmaker for Andy.

Overall, it was clean Christian romance with a fun premise, though at times the pace slowed. I liked the strong convictions of the characters, and how they challenge each other to new heights. A fun read from 2 new to me authors!

I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
Profile Image for Kelly-Ann ~ Sassy Bookish Mama.
506 reviews50 followers
November 15, 2021
Picture Imperfect was an interesting story of young adults trying to figure life out after college. I must admit that I did not connect to this story at all. I felt disengaged the whole time reading it. I was aggravated with Andy for being what seemed like very immature. I mean bills stacking up and just slacking on jobs was a bit too much. I remember leaving college and perhaps it was my era but all of us that graduated worked hard to be where we are now. I am still friends with my college friends and although of course there were hardships we have all come out successful.

I just didn't find the story too believable. At times it also felt like the story was disjointed. It didn't quite flow for me. Despite all of that I know some people will love and connect with these characters. What I can say is that I have read the Blaze series by Hope and I know she has an amazing talent for writing. This is my first time reading anything by Alyssa I think they both did a great job together.

I received a copy of this book through Celebrate Lit. I was not required to post a positive review. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.
Profile Image for Hope Bolinger.
Author 23 books247 followers
September 1, 2021
Alyssa and I were nervous to be breaking into a new genre. But we were so excited to tackle themes of burnout, perfectionism, and trying to make your way in your 20s. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we enjoyed writing this!
1,289 reviews25 followers
November 5, 2021
A sweet romance with a great spiritual message

My rating is 4.5 stars

I have read stories written by both authors in the past but never one with their combined talents. And never romance stories. So I wasn't quite sure what to expect from Picture Imperfect.

I was impressed with how well they created such a cohesive storyline, making it feel it was written by just one. Their styles complemented each other well, and I really enjoyed this lovely story.

Andy and Caroline were enjoyable characters, though Andy's lack of motivation drove me a little crazy at first. Until I, like Caroline, realized the cause and began to empathize with him. I guess if you are more like Andy, Caroline's driven nature will drive you a little crazy. Which, I guess, is the way things like this work.

The brokenness of both the main characters touched me deeply. It was more of the focus of the story than the romance, as their fears kept them apart. Learning that God doesn't expect His children to be perfect in the way they strove to be freed them up, allowing them finally to come up with the "right" story.

One of the scenes that stands out as exceptionally well done was when Andy and his roommate were at the gym playing basketball. The author incorporated so many sensory experiences, I could sense the things going on around them. Done in such an amazingly realistic manner, I didn't even catch what was going on with it until I was already partway through the scene. If you enjoy Christian fiction that emphasizes life changes with a little bit of romance sprinkled in, you will want to be sure to read Picture Imperfect. Now I can't wait for the next book of this series to be released!

Originally Reviewed on Among The Reads

I was given a copy of this book. I was not required to give a favorable review nor was any money received for this review. All comments and opinions are my own.
Profile Image for Kendra Neal.
968 reviews18 followers
November 9, 2021
I really enjoy a good Christian Romance book. Picture Imperfect by Alyssa Roat & Hope Bolinger is Book 1 in the Roseville Romances series. Both of the Authors are new to me authors and that is another reason I was intrigued to read this book.

Caroline Penn is an up and coming novelist. She has a "workaholic" flair about her and is looking to be successful in life. She receives an assignment that she wasn't exactly looking for, but she realizes the importance of this job. Her Employer, Helping Hope, is a Non-Profit and in financial trouble. They have asked her to work along side Andy Jackson, who is a up and coming Graphic Designer, to write a Children's' book. The pair begin working together and Caroline wants to go full speed ahead, but realizes rather quickly that Andy tends to get off focus on projects quite often. Caroline is struggling because she is finding that writing a Children's book is just not her style/genre. Andy is a perfectionist and it is making him slow down and not accomplish tasks in a timely manner. Can the pair complete the book by the deadline? Will they be able to save the Non-Profit from their Financial Troubles?

I must say I had a bit of trouble getting into the storyline, but once I did there was no way I was putting the book down before I finished. Caroline has been so focused on "making it" she was wearing herself thin. Andy was a struggling artist and this was his opportunity to bring himself out of the rut and achieve some dreams. I really like the how the "unlikely" pair used their strengths and weaknesses to help one another. Andy forced Caroline to slow down in life and Caroline helped Andy by showing him how to focus in life. I really LOVE how the Author bought out the best in both characters and made them very enjoyable to read. The Christian theme I am seeing throughout the book is that God doesn't expect "PERFECT" and both characters learn how to let go of Perfectionism. I highly recommend this book for anyone looking for a clean Christian Romance book. GREAT BOOK!
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673 reviews13 followers
November 9, 2021
Hope. I am a sucker for a book that gives you that feeling of joy and hopefulness without you ever realizing it. Picture Imperfect was that book for me! I have had a devastatingly rough time lately with a death in the family, as well as my youngest son being in the PICU and hospital for days, and giving our family quite the scare, but during those times is when books like this are a sort of lifeline. It's something to cling to when your hope keep slipping.

Caroline and Andy both are aspiring artists, with their own unique talents and dreams, and are seemingly forced together on a project that is out of both of their wheelhouses. What starts out as a nightmare ends up being the very thing that both Andy and Caroline need. Facing the pains and personal mistakes of the past, as well as dealing with circumstances beyond our control, are things we all can identify with, which gives Picture Imperfect a down-to-earth feel as we see each character struggle to find their paths.

I read this book during one of the hardest times of my life and I have to say it was such a blessing, and the perfect escape, especially on those days when I felt hopeless, showing me that even if your circumstances are hard, and not what you want, they could be the very thing to bring you to exactly where you need to be.

*I have voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author/publisher through JustRead Tours. All views and opinions expressed are completely honest, and my own.
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572 reviews46 followers
November 15, 2021
I did not expect to enjoy this endearing romcom about two perfectly imperfect humans well matched.

The book follows an aspiring novelist who is in a role she doesn't care for an artist who struggles with procrastination. Their lives are shaken up when they are brought together to work on a children's picture book. I enjoyed watching Caroline and Andy come into their own , find their strengths and find their WHY. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.”
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630 reviews24 followers
November 12, 2021
I haven't read very many stories written by two authors, so it was fun to read this romance and see how the story flowed. I thought that these two authors did an excellent job writing about two very different characters trying to save a nonprofit. Andy and Caroline are enjoyable, well written characters and I thought that the story was excellent, with many layers. I look forward to reading the next book in this series!
I received this book from Just Read. This is my honest review.
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2,228 reviews139 followers
November 23, 2021
Two main characters struggling to make it by day to day. Worry over whether the paths they are on are the right ones. Workaholic tendencies paired with shutting down when overwhelmed by insecurities. These are some of the topics touched on in this novel.

At first, Caroline and Andy frustrated me. Once I understood where they were both coming from and what fueled their personality quirks, I was able to step back and see why they had both become the people they were. And they were actually both very caring and nice people who loved God and wanted to be valued and loved by their families for who they were.

Both of these characters had situations and people from their pasts who had dramatically impacted their childhoods. And both of these characters were rather awkward when it came to the romantic attraction they began to feel for each other. They had a lot to overcome both professionally and personally. It was nice to see things eventually begin to come together and for both Caroline and Andy to gain new perspectives on their pasts, their present, and their future.

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

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Profile Image for Megan Alms Jacobs.
14 reviews16 followers
December 9, 2021
This is hands down the best Christian romance novel I’ve read. The characters felt real and each had distinct, compelling personalities. The authors captured what life is like for so many modern twenty-somethings: sharing janky apartments with roommates, working unideal jobs—sometimes several—to make ends meet, and dealing with how their childhoods have impacted the adults they’ve become.

The characters’ faith was realistic and heartfelt. In so many Christian books, characters randomly recite KJV Bible verses to solve their problems. But in Picture Imperfect, the characters talk about their faith casually with their friends and talk to God as a friend throughout their day. They feel like real people.

If you’ve been craving a Christian romance that sheds the cringey tropes of the genre and at its heart tells the story of two real people overcoming real obstacles and ultimately finding love along the way… run, don’t walk. Get this book in your hands immediately.
Profile Image for Gretchen Garrison.
Author 4 books17 followers
November 15, 2021
Caroline works at a publishing house that is also does a lot of charity work as a non-profit organization. Her projects have varied, but she certainly never planned on writing a children's book. How hard can it be? Especially since she is assigned an illustrator. Too bad that he does not seem to treat the project seriously? Will they be able to make the deadline?

What I liked about this book...
Writing a children's book proved to be a challenging project for the two main characters. How they found inspiration was by volunteering at various organizations. I liked the premise of "giving back." I especially liked the fact that the children from the tutoring/mentoring organization ended up playing a big part at the end of the book.

Both Caroline (writer) and Andy (illustrator) had family issues. I liked how they worked toward truth and reconciliation. Both of them had their own faults and had to deal with stuff. In my opinion, efforts need to be made to take care of the past before moving on toward the future. Before two people enter into a relationship, they do need to have some sort of resolution with past family or personal relationships in order to make it together.

This book definitely provided perspective on what it would be like to be a young creative who is just getting started. The jobs and projects that both of the main characters had to juggle to pay the bills were interesting. As this book is written by two younger authors, I think they know first hand some of the struggle. Sometimes being a writer or artist can be portrayed as an easy career when there is definitely a lot of hours that have to put in for not a lot of income.

Overall I enjoyed the plot. But I almost needed the book to be a bit longer. The beginning and ending were both strong. But there seemed to be a big gap right before the grand conclusion - almost as if a chapter or two was deleted. The two main characters struggled with communicating with each other at that point, and it almost seemed to be magically resolved without actually steps explained as to how that happened. There was something missing for me. Rating: 4.2 stars.

Overall I did enjoy the book. I was a part of the cover reveal, so I did want to read it. I was provided a copy through a book tour, but then I read it through Kindle Unlimited. I will want to read the next book in the series. All opinions are my own.
Profile Image for Krystal.
247 reviews13 followers
November 13, 2021
“Caroline halted in the middle of the sidewalk. Even if things aren’t perfect, they can still be good.”

Caroline works at a company that doubles as both a publishing house and a charity foundation. She came to work there, dreaming of one day publishing her own novel, but after years of hard work, she feels like she still hasn’t made any progress towards her dream. Andy is an artist, who works extra hard on many freelance projects, but still struggles to feel like his work is enough. When these two are paired on a project to write and illustrate a children’s book together, they will begin a journey where they will learn a lot about themselves and about what it means to be enough.

The things that I loved about this book are:

1- The honesty of the character’s journeys and their struggles. I felt like the authors represented the life stage and the struggles of the characters well. I felt like the struggles were written in a way that made it easy to empathize with the characters.
2- The supporting characters were so well done! Both Caroline and Andy have friends that shined in this book!

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
Profile Image for Suzie Waltner.
Author 7 books110 followers
November 13, 2021
When a workaholic copyeditor and a procrastinating perfectionist artist are tasked to create a children’s book, the question of whether they can get the project done in the needed time frame arises.

In Picture Imperfect by Alyssa Roat and Hope Bollinger, Andy and Caroline learn some lessons about themselves, relationships, and what is truly important in life.

The pace of the book sagged a little in the middle with a lot of introspection on both main characters’ ends, but it was also where a lot of the character growth took root. Overall, this is a sweet contemporary romance read with a strong theme of letting go of expectations and living the life God desires for you—one of joy and satisfaction in your accomplishments.

Disclosure statement: I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book and was not required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own.
Profile Image for Cindy Davis- Cindy's Book Corner.
928 reviews54 followers
November 11, 2021
Caroline and Andy are thrown together on a project. Caroline is pretty uptight and can't come up with an idea and Andy is a procrastinator that had trouble focusing on a single project. Can these two set aside their differences and find a way to work together for a common goal?

The characters are real and relatable, the story flows smoothly, and it has the expected happy ending. While two authors worked together to produce this story, the tone and voice of the story is consistent. With themes of perfection, burnout, financial concerns, and hope, this is a story that most people will be able to relate to.

Thank you to the authors and JustRead Publicity Tours for the opportunity to read this book. I as not required to provide a favorable review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
380 reviews5 followers
November 17, 2021
This was s typical opposites attract kind of story.
Caroline is so driven wanting to achieve a lot and Andy was the total opposite, laud back. When work brings them together we get to know more about what pushes them, the experiences that shaped them to become the people they are presently. They don't hit it off at first but as they get to know each other and the layers are peeled off, they learn lessons of trusting God to lead them and understanding that with him anything is possible.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author via JustRead tours. All opinions expressed are solely mine.
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Author 9 books513 followers
November 11, 2021
Picture Imperfect by Hope Bolinger and Alyssa Roat is a sweet romance about two young people trying to find their path through a harsh world. Forced to work together, these two opposites must find a way to get their project done in time to save not only a favorite non-profit, but their own livelihoods.

While anyone can enjoy this story, I think the audience is more in the New Adult realm. I could feel for both Carrie and Andy, having worked multiple jobs for most of my career. Older than both characters, it felt like some of the trouble they possibly brought on themselves, though I suspect it’s more that their youth is shining through.

Picture Imperfect is a sweet story that I think reflects real life for many young people today. I love the hope reflected throughout the book and hope you’ll love that part, too.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from JustRead Tours. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with FTC guidelines.
Profile Image for Trey Soto.
8 reviews
May 17, 2023
You know, I’ve never really been the romantic type when it comes to books, but lately, I’ve really begun to enjoy romance, and I have to give both Alyssa Roat and Hope Bolinger a lot of credit.

It’s always wonderful to identify with a character due to certain traits, but when you identify with them a near 100%, it hits a lot harder (thanks, ADHD). You begin to see yourself not just for your flaws but for your strengths and for the hope and encouragement that you can make, both in your career and in love with that special someone.

There’s something about romantic tension in a book that just keeps you going. You want to know and see the couple make it, eve if you can predict the outcome from a mile away. You want to be sure you’re right, and so you keep turning the page

I was becoming a more avid reader for the past few years and even more so last year, but books such as Picture Imperfect really have encouraged and pushed me to expand my horizon!
November 9, 2021
I ended up really enjoying this book. The story felt very realistic to life to me and felt discouraging at the beginning. I loved how the authors weaved hope and encouragement throughout the story. I could relate to both Caroline and Andy. I liked seeing how their relationship grew and changed throughout the book. I think this book has a good message to share to the reader. I look forward to reading more stories by Alyssa Roat and Hope Bolinger.

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.
Profile Image for Ru4repeat.
345 reviews
December 25, 2022
“Linda's bright smile burned away a small portion of the dark cloud hanging over Caroline's head."
This was one of the many descriptive sentences I enjoyed reading in this novel.

The struggles many of the characters experienced were relatable, though heavy.

I was pulled from the story time and again waiting for the story to progress instead of rehashing how down on their luck everyone was.
Overall, not worthy of a repeat read.
Profile Image for Jennifer Hallmark.
Author 5 books51 followers
January 19, 2022
Loved Picture Imperfect

Loved this book. Just the right amount of tension, ups and downs, and romance. Great theme of hope throughout. I highly recommend this book…
Profile Image for Josie Siler.
Author 3 books20 followers
March 26, 2022
This book stressed me out, but it wrapped up nicely! It’s a good representation of those first years out of college when life is stressful and you’re still figuring out where you fit in the world.
47 reviews
July 31, 2022
This is a terrible book. Couldn’t even finish it. So boring, it was more about their jobs and their parents then the actual love story. Wouldn’t read again.
Profile Image for Julia.
2,415 reviews63 followers
October 23, 2021
Picture Imperfect by Alyssa Roat and Hope Bolinger is the most delightful contemporary Christian novel focusing on hope.
We all have dreams. Our dreams give us hope. We need to follow our own dreams and not impose our dreams on the lives of others to follow. Our dream is the pathway for us alone. We are all unique. When God places a dream on our heart even though the road may be rocky at times, we will not fail. “When God opens a door, you don’t ask questions. You just walk through it.” God opens doors that no man can shut.
Hope is a powerful thing. Without it, the people will perish. “The greatest hope could be found in everyday lives.” Hope keeps us alive, whether it is in the big or the small things. We need to hold on to hope.
The novel shows characters whose lives revolve around work. “I was so focused on building the perfect life…that I forgot to spend time with the people… I was doing it all for.” We may be so busy working that when we look up, we find that life has passed us by and we have missed those milestone moments with our families.
We witness two families that are polar opposites – wealth, opportunities and pressure to succeed versus poverty and love. If we are loved, we will thrive. Young lives suffer when there is pressure to succeed, and success is measured by grades.
It is beautiful to see the care and compassion of adults towards the helpless and vulnerable in the form of children and animals. Both will thrive with love, time invested and encouragement.
All the characters were well drawn and realistic. Within characters we see both vulnerability and strength which makes them easy to identify with.
Picture Imperfect is a charming tale that offers hope for all and will leave you smiling.
I received a free copy from one of the authors. A favourable review was not required. All opinions are my own.
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