Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Book Review With a Giveaway: Blessing Bentley by Chautona Havig

About the Book

Book: Blessing Bentley
Author: Chautona Havig
Genre: Fiction / Christian / Romantic Women’s Fiction
Release date: June 13, 2019

Bentley Girard’s about to propose… to a guy she doesn’t even love.


Not THAT way anyway.

After studying everything the Bible has to say about marriage, she’s decided she wants in. Now. So who’s going to take her up on that offer?

And just why did no one reminded her that those vows include that little word, “love.”

Oops!

With her Bible in her hip pocket, and a shiny new ring on her finger, Bentley navigates this new world of marriage with grace and… oh, who is she kidding? She flounders until she gets a sure footing and hangs on tight.

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My Review

Even in a more light-hearted novel from Chautona Havig, it's not fluffy.  There is a take-you-by-surprise premise, plenty of laughs, and endearing character development, but there is much for the reader to learn as Bentley and Gary search the Scriptures and apply The Word to their lives.  In this book, how God can be glorified in a Christian marriage is the topic, and it gives the reader something to think about.

I loved getting to know Bentley.  She was organized and efficient, competent in her work, and motivated to spend the time and effort to dig into God's Word.  She was very brave to take a leap of faith in obedience to what she learned. Gary was hardworking and thoughtful, and serious about living his life in a way that honored the Lord by loving others.  That he sought wise counsel when presented with something bigger than him showed his wisdom, as well.

It is always a privilege to visit the community that Havig has created, to encounter old friends and meet new ones.

This is not a typical romance novel, but anyone who enjoys Christian women's fiction will certainly want to read this book.  Fans of Havig's work will definitely appreciate this new offering.

I received an e-ARC of this book from the author, through Celebrate Lit, for review purposes.  The thoughts expressed here are my own.

About the Author

Chautona Havig lives in an oxymoron, escapes into imaginary worlds that look startlingly similar to ours and writes the stories that emerge. An irrepressible optimist, Chautona sees everything through a kaleidoscope of It’s a Wonderful Life sprinkled with fairy tales. Find her on the web and say howdy—if you can remember how to spell her name.










More from Chautona

If You Need to Save Time, Don’t Ask for Help

Not from my friend anyway. It all started with a conversation about Bentley…

She pops up now and then—the most ubiquitous (and yet not) of my unpublished characters, you might say. Who is this unsung Bentley, and why should we care about her? For that matter, why has her story been languishing in my “to be edited” pile for over a decade?”

It’s worse than that. Bentley isn’t the only book that’s been sitting there, unedited, waiting for a chance at daylight. There’s also Tait’s story. Andi’s story. Ami’s story… all the unpublished stories. Those don’t even include the partially done ones.

It’s an illness, I tell ya.

Some people may not know this about me, but I plot out my books while I’m driving. I get in the car, turn on my voice recorder, and talk to myself. You can’t know how grateful I am for cellphones. I don’t own or use one, but man I’m glad they exist. Know why? Because people don’t give you weird looks when you talk to yourself in the car now. When I was a kid, that wasn’t true. Not that I know from personal experience or anything. *whistles*

So one trip down south (it’s an hour and a half to go anywhere from my house, and most of my trips are at least three hours one way), I realized that Tait and Bentley’s stories could be merged. It would be awesome. Two books. One stone. If I did that to a bunch of my languishing manuscripts, I could clear out that unfinished file in no time! (Okay, let me dream here. Eternal optimist, remember?)

And that brings us back to Blessing Bentley

I was at my friend Sandy’s house (if you know Celebrate Lit, yes, that Sandy), and I told her I needed a new title. Why? Because now it included Tait and his story.

We talked. We schemed and plotted. Sandy wanted something to happen that just can’t. I’d seriously have to rewrite the entire series. Oh, and then there would be issues with already published books. Ahem.

Then it happened. She said the words. “It needs to be two books.”

I could have put an ice cube down her shirt. Do you remember how excited I was to have two combined into one??? Now we’re back to two books. Still, they were written as two. I just don’t have a satisfactory ending for Tait’s.

That’s when things got fun. Sandy tossed out one idea. I tossed it back. She remolded it and flipped it in the air. I caught it, made a few changes, and voila! We had a BOOK. And it would be adorable.

Then she swore at me.

Okay, so she actually just said, “You really need a third book, friend.”

Anyone who has ever heard her talk, can hear her voice there. I know you can. Still, as sweet and kind as she might have meant to sound, I heard swearing.

Another book. You’ve got to be kidding me! I went from having two books morphed into one being split back in two, and now you want to add one? I’m trying to reduce the to-do pile!

But then I remembered another story that’s been percolating since I wrote 31 Kisses. Carson’s brother is newly single. And well…

Yep. Enter trilogy.

Marriage of Conviction—that was supposed to be the title of Blessing Bentley. Who knew that when I started writing that book fifteen years ago—who knew it would end up being the title of a series instead. Marriages of Conviction. Blessing Bentley, Tempting Tait, and Charming Chloe.

Welcome to a new look on marriage and a wild ride with these characters!

And remember… if you think I have too many series… Well, this one’s Sandy’s fault.

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To celebrate her tour, Chautona is giving away a Blessing Bentley grand prize package that includes a paperback copy of the book, a book cozy, a Blessing Bentley Candle, and a $25 Amazon gift card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter. https://promosimple.com/ps/e550/blessing-bentley-celebration-tour-giveaway

7 comments:

  1. Yes, if I ever got to visit a fictional location, Narnia is still my first choice, but the greater Rockland area would feel kind of like going home!!

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    1. Aryn, YES! I would want to live in Fairbury, because I prefer the small town. But Rockland with its history, shopping, and entertainment, I definitely want to visit!

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  2. I just love Celebrate Lit tours! They always have such good books to share and fun giveaways to enter.
    Dianna

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  3. Thank you for reviewing! I'm glad you enjoyed Bentley's story. Can't wait to share Tait's with you!

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    1. Like Aryn said, I would love a long weekend in the Rockland area. I want to be there for the Shakespeare contest in Fairbury.

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  4. This sounds like a great series that I would enjoy!

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  5. I loved this book and can't wait for Tait's!

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