Chance Of Loving You
Chance of Loving you is an anthology by three bestselling romance authors, including Terri Blackstock (http://mediacenter.tyndale.com/2_authors/author_bio.aspx?authorID=59), Candace Calvert (http://mediacenter.tyndale.com/2_authors/author_bio.aspx?authorID=1166), and Susan May Warren (http://mediacenter.tyndale.com/2_authors/author_bio.aspx?authorID=705). I happen to love all three of these wonderful authors, so I was super excited to see a collaborative anthology featuring them. I was also totally drawn in by the beautiful cover - it just looked magical, so I had high hopes for the book. The first thing I noticed when picking up the book is that two out of the three stories aren't new, they're just repackaged. For Love Of Money by Terri Blackstock was originally published in 2000 in an anthology titled Sweet Delights, and Hook, Line, & Sinker is part of Susan May Warren's Deep Haven series and was published as an ebook novella as book 4.5 in that series in 2011. The only brand new offering is Candace Calvert's The Recipe. The back cover reads:
"An anthology by three bestselling romance authors
For Love of Money by Terri Blackstock Trying to launch her own design firm while waitressing on the side, Julie Sheffield was drawn to the kind man she waited on at the restaurant last night . . . until he stiffed her on the tip by leaving her half of a sweepstakes ticket.
The Recipe by Candace Calvert Hospital dietary assistant Aimee Curran is determined to win the Vegan Valentine Bake-Off to prove she’s finally found her calling. But while caring for one of her patients―the elderly grandmother of a handsome CSI photographer―Aimee begins to question where she belongs.
Hook, Line & Sinker by Susan May Warren Grad student Abigail Cushman has agreed to enter the annual Deep Haven fishing contest. She’s a quick learner, even if she doesn’t know the difference between a bass and a trout. But nothing could prepare her for competing against the handsome charmer she’s tried to forget since grief tore them apart.
One chance for each woman to change her life . . . but will love be the real prize?"
This was a fun collection of stories that would work perfectly as a light and fluffy summer beach read. Each short story can be read in an hour or two apiece, and they're entertaining yet lighthearted. For The Love Of Money was the longest piece in this anthology, and it was a fun yet condensed love story. Personally, I enjoyed The Recipe the best out of the three stories. I was able to connect with the characters much more in The Recipe than in For The Love Of Money. And I definitely enjoyed Hook, Line, & Sinker because I love Susan May Warren and her Deep Haven series - although this short little novella does well as a stand-alone as well. I think I may have enjoyed it better because I know the Deep Haven characters, but I feel like anyone might be able to pick it up and not feel lost. What I liked best about each of the stories is how well they fit the theme - each story was about someone who gave up what they thought was their "ultimate dream" to discover they gained something much better - love. While these aren't earth shattering, deep, life changing stories, they are sweet and fun and great to pass the afternoon at the beach or to bring along for a relaxing bubble bath. 3.5 out of 5 stars.
I received a copy of this book from Tyndale in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.