Book Review~ Risking it all for Love

Title: Risking it all for Love
Genre: Inspirational Romance:Novella
Author: Kimberly Montpetit
Purchase Links: Amazon
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Clean Romance with a humorous bite by Amazon #1 Best Selling Author for Christian Romance Kimberley Montpetit

Ever since her high school boyfriend's death from a car accident three years earlier, Jessica Mason and her hometown of Snow Valley, Montana with all its awful memories have NOT been compatible. Running away to New Orleans on a ballet scholarship, Jessica cringes when she thinks about confronting Pastor John and the community church--she doesn't want to talk about God, not after He took Michael, the boy she was going to marry ever since third grade.

In the local scene of funky New Orleans, Jessica seeks out Madame LaBlanc, hoping Michael will absolve her of her guilt the night of the car accident in a seance, but the spirit world is silent and she fears the grief will drown her.

Finally succumbing to family pressure, Jessica reluctantly returns for Christmas - and the little town of Snow Valley does Christmas BIG. When she visits Michael’s grave in the church yard, Jessica is shocked to meet handsome James Douglas, Pastor John’s nephew, who’s studying for the ministry. No, she is NOT going to be attracted to someone who wants to be a preacher! Definitely not compatible! But James Douglas is unlike any minister-in-training she's ever met. James can not only dish back Jessica’s finely-tuned sarcasm but understands grief all too well, turning Jessica’s world upside down.

Can Jessica forgive herself for that terrible, fateful night? Can she take another risk on love?

A fast-paced romance with humor, family dynamics, Christmas, and kissing.

I have mixed emotions on this one. Frankly, I felt like it missed the mark. I love the concept, it's a great story idea, it just wasn't executed very well. A story like this should take more time to develop. I would've liked to see her relationship repaired with her family and God further than it was. The story felt rushed, like she couldn't wait to get to the end, and in doing so sacrificed really allowing the characters to develop and get to know each other. 

The conversations between Jessica and James were hard to keep up with, especially in the scene at the dance studio. I was so confused. I felt like I was missing large hunks of their conversation, and I re-read it several times to be sure. I think had the author slowed down and let the story tell itself and the characters develop themselves it could've been worth five stars. Unfortunately, because of the rushing and confusing dialog I'm going to have to give it three stars. I really don't want to because I did enjoy this short, sweet romance. At least what it could've been. I understand that novellas are supposed to be short, but I think she tried to cram way too much into one. This should have been a full-length book in order to give the characters room to grow.

However, if you're looking for a short, sweet read I would recommend this. I know I came off rather harsh, but it's only because I had such high hopes.      

Sex? No.
Language? No.
Drugs and alcohol? Nope
Religion? Yes. Not a lot, but the guy is a pastor.
Anything else I should know? No.

Kimberley Montpetit once spent all her souvenir money at the La Patisserie shops when she was in Paris--on the arm of her adorable husband. The author grew up in San Francisco, another swoon-worthy city, but currently lives in a small town along the Rio Grande with her big, messy family.

Kimberley reads a book a day to fill up her heart and soul with words. Then she fills her stomach with chocolatechip cookies while she revises. But it can be any baked goodies; brownies, ├ęclairs, donuts, tarts, pie, she's not picky!

Traveling and research are another hunger Kimberley cannot ignore. So far, she's stayed in the haunted tower room at Borthwick Castle in Scotland, sailed on the Seine in Paris, swam in the waters at Cannes, ridden a camel among the glorious cliffs of Petra, sunbathed on Waikiki, shopped the maze of the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, and spent the night in an old Communist hotel in Bulgaria.

Kimberley has won the Whitney Award, been a Crystal Kite Finalist, a New Mexico Book Award Finalist, and included in the Bank Street College Best Books of the Year, as well as being on many state reading lists and Battle of the Books. She publishes Middle-Grade and Young Adult novels with Scholastic and Harpercollins under the name Kimberley Griffiths Little.