Focus On Love by Candee Fick (review by Kristi)

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About the book:  Free-spirited Elizabeth Foster turned her back on her father’s photography business to pursue musical theater, but a career on the stage remains second to a career behind the camera. The possibility of a one-show contract means she’s a few weeks from unemployment forcing her home, and her dreams of pursuing professional photography reemerge. With photography and theater opportunities unfolding before her, Elizabeth faces her biggest challenge yet—listening to her heart.

Meanwhile, sought-after photographer Ryan Callahan has put his career on hold to help his sister’s family, but the promise of a bigger assignment could lure him away so he can begin building a family of his own. With professional opportunities and personal obligations pulling at him, Ryan faces his toughest challenge—balancing family, relationships, and work.

If given the choice, what dreams would develop for Elizabeth and Ryan? And will they learn to trust each other enough to focus on love?

Publication Date:  February 13, 2018

Publisher:  Bling! Romance

 

My review:  Reading this book was like catching up with old friends and making new ones. Catching up with the gang at the Wardrobe Dinner Theater was a lot of fun and so was meeting Ryan, Cheryl, and the kids. This book was a quick and easy read for me.

It was easy to like the characters in this book. Except for Liz’s dad. I didn’t care for him at all. As an avid reader, I get tired of two characters meeting and instantly disliking each other. I am so glad that the author has Liz and Ryan liking each other from the beginning and the friendship that forms between the two is very genuine and realistic. This made their stories enjoyable and easy to keep an interest in.

I really enjoyed all the photography detail that was added to the story. This made the story even more authentic and as someone who likes photography, it was an added bonus. It made me want to pick up a camera and start clicking away.

I like Candee Fick’s writing style. She has a way of telling a story with a message that doesn’t seem overly preachy or overdone. She works the message into the story in a way that fits in naturally. I also like the way that she describes scenes. She creates images that make me feel as if I am there in the story.

One tiny thing I was a bit disappointed in was the story just seemed to end abruptly. Yes, there is an ending and it’s good but I just wasn’t ready to say goodbye to these characters and wasn’t prepared that the story was about to end. I would have liked a bit more time with these characters and a bit more resolution to some aspects of the story.

This book is good for teenage readers and up. While the book could be classified as young adult there is definitely enough maturity to the storyline for older readers. While this book isn’t listed as part of a series, Dance Over Me introduces readers to the theater group and the characters. It isn’t necessary to read it before Focus On Love but I definitely recommend both. I’m also anxiously awaiting the next book about Gloria, another dancer at the theater.

I received a free copy of this book from the author and wasn’t required to write a review. All opinions are mine.

 

About the author:  Author of inspirational romance, non-fiction, and devotionals. Candee is married to a high school football coach and is the mother of three, including a child with special needs (thus providing inspiration for her first two non-fiction titles).

In addition to her non-fiction devotionals, she writes faith-based romance novels for the Bling! Romance imprint. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and a Double Finalist/Winner in the 2014 ACFW Genesis contest in the short novel category.

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