Crazy Little Thing Called Love

 
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From the Back Cover: Paramedic Vanessa Hollister has put her adolescence behind her, including the unwanted label of being the new kid in town over and over again, thanks to her father’s military career. She’s overcome what her mother called “the biggest mistake of her life” and is planning an elegant destination wedding in Destin, Florida with her new fiancé. But will the reappearance of her first husband from her what-were-you-thinking teenage elopement disrupt her dream of an idyllic beach wedding? As a professional storm chaser, Logan Hollister is used to taking risks. However, a reckless decision during the last tornado season has him questioning the future of his team, the Stormmeisters. Coming face to face with his ex-wife eight years after their divorce compels him to confront his greatest regret: losing Vanessa. Does their past give him the right to interfere with her future? A fast-moving, powerful hurricane throws Vanessa and Logan together as they evacuate to a storm shelter along with other residents of the Florida Gulf Coast. Forced to spend time together, the pair battles unexpected renewed feelings for each other. Vanessa and Logan are faced with a choice: Should they accept, once and for all, their teenage marital mistake? Or is God offering them a second chance at happily ever after?
 
Publication Date: June 30, 2015
 
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What We Liked


Realistically portrayed relationship; excellent descriptions; likable heroine

What Could've Been Better


Flat hero; lacking spiritual depth; fragmented pacing


Bottom Line

I always love Vogt’s writing, her way of describing things and creating a cohesive imagine.

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Posted June 29, 2015 by

 
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have mixed emotions regarding this book. I so wanted to love it because Beth Vogt is one of my favorite authors. Her previous books are some of my favorites and I’ve read them multiple times, but this one just fell a bit below my expectations. Her books carry me away to another place, with characters that climb into my heart right away and become like family. I was expecting that of this one, but I didn’t become as engrossed in it and the characters fell a bit short.

I always love Vogt’s writing, her way of describing things and creating a cohesive imagine. The details she thinks to add, the way she uses several senses and comparisons to describe something give it a whole new depth for me. This is true of Crazy Little Thing Called Love, though there were a couple times when I actually wanted more description. It was as though she got hung up on the dialogue and forgot to expand the scene. The pacing was something else I got caught on: it was a bit fragmented, feeling rushed at times, with other parts dragging on.

There were several times when the story flashed back ten years, to when Vanessa and Logan first met in high school. I think this would have been okay if it had been incorporated a bit differently. As it was, the flashbacks just seemed disconnected and I found myself getting tired of them. They also made it harder for me to get to know the characters, because I had a hard time separating the younger Vanessa and Logan from the current ones.

Speaking of Vanessa, I didn’t love her as a heroine, though she did eventually begin to feel more like a friend. She has a lot on her plate and is struggling to juggle all of her emotions. I really didn’t care for the fact that she let her fiancé walk all over her. In her attempt to make the relationship work, she was losing part of herself. As I got to know her, I finally better understood what made her stand out. I found her search for home and belonging very realistic and it was something I could connect with. She also struggles to trust God, which was the turning point for me. I had a reason to cheer for her after learning that.

Logan Hollister is one of those characters that I look at and wonder what the heroine sees in him. He is an okay character, but there were several times he simply fell flat. I understand that he was supposed to be flawed and wounded, but despite this there was almost no progression in his character. I expected some sort of change, a turning point where as a reader I can say, he’s different. That never happened for me. He seemed almost exactly the same from beginning to end.

Despite not liking Logan, I actually did really enjoy his and Vanessa’s relationship. They’ve already tried marriage and failed, so they have different expectations this time around. They know what they did wrong, what they need to work on. They start out with a broken foundation, one shattered by confusion, lack of communication, and pride, and must figure out what to do about it. I loved the progression of their relationship, even though Vanessa was set against anything with Logan again, it starts with an apology and then finally talking about what went wrong. This was definitely the best part of the story for me, when they talk about what happened and admit they were both equally responsible for the past mistakes. I sometimes get tired of the starry-eyed romances where everything is just perfect and it’s all going to work out because they love each other. This story isn’t like that. They both go into it with eyes wide open, even though those eyes are a bit jaded now.

I was rather disappointed in the spiritual side of the story. It is low-key, which is common for this publisher, but my biggest issue is that it seemed to go nowhere. The characters thought about God, prayed a couple times, but I didn’t see any change in them. There was no real turning point. Toward the end of the story Vanessa did endeavor to start a relationship with the Lord, which was great, but it got lost in just a couple chapters. I was hoping for something a bit deeper, but this just skimmed the surface.

One other thing I can say I loved was the ending. It still had that fragmented feel, a little rushed, then drawn out, but it was obvious the author put a lot of time and care into the wording and using it to make a final impact. It was very sweet and had me smiling while also fighting tears.

Overall, this was a good book. Not a favorite, but I don’t feel I wasted my time reading it. There were things I would change, things I wish the author had done differently, but there are also things I can appreciate. Though I doubt I‘ll be reading it again, I can say I enjoyed it and will be looking forward to the author’s next book.


Sarah Baker

 


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