Blog Tour Review & Giveaway: Love Unexpected: A Storybook Romance by Melanie Jacobson, Jennifer K. Clark, & Julie Daines

Love Unexpected: A Storybook RomanceLove Unexpected: A Storybook Romance
(Three Romantic Novellas)
by Melanie Jacobson, Jennifer K. Clark, & Julie Daines
Adult Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook176 Pages
January 1st 2015 by Covenant Communications


They say a rose by any other name would smell as sweet, but as mistaken identities abound, three heroines will put this age-old adage to the test! Showcasing a trio of LDS fiction’s finest authors, Love Unexpected: A Storybook Romance is a heartwarming collection of short stories that begs the question: can true love really conquer all?

Storybook Romance by Melanie Jacobson —New York City book editor Ellie Hanover has discovered a groundbreaking manuscript that may be just what she needs to save her job. But when her anonymous correspondence with the author begins to develop into more than a professional relationship, Ellie is left wondering if her real find is actually Mr. Right.

He Loves Me Not by Jennifer K. Clark —When Kenedee spies her boss leaving flowers on her desk, she’s swept into a whirlwind of infatuation. If only he didn’t have a girlfriend . . . Undeterred, the young woman enlists in the scheme her employer’s brother has put in motion for the company’s sake in hopes that she can win over the man of her dreams. But even foolproof plans can go awry.

Fools of Us All by Julie Daines —The course of true love is never smooth, as Jane discovers when a case of mistaken identity results in a date with the man she’s admired from afar for years. But she knows all too well that masquerading as her twin sister can only go on for so long before the truth comes out.

My Review

I have read books by two of these authors before and enjoyed them, so I was curious to see how I liked novellas from them. I was not disappointed. The stories were sweet, romantic, fun, and had some great moments.

Storybook Romance by Melanie Jacobson. Melanie is one of my favorite authors. I love her humor, wit, and sarcasm, as well as her characters who I always immediately connect with. This story was no different. I felt for Ellie and her situation, fell in love along with her to her pen pal, and cheered her on when she makes a tough choice. The ending was also picture perfect. My only complaint? I wish it would have been longer. This one was my favorite of the three.

He Loves Me Not by Jennifer K. Clark. I wasn't sure about this one at first because the MC was so blind, but then the whole situation grew on me as her emotions changed. I pretty much saw through the whole charade and then was completely embarrassed for her when it all comes crashing down. I loved the hero though. He was sweet and rugged and fabulous.

Fools of Us All by Julie Daines. I have a book on my shelves by this author that I've been dying to read, but haven't yet. I'll definitely be reading it soon now after falling in love with this heartbreakingly sweet story. I definitely felt some frustration towards the characters, some anger towards some others, and then some love as well. There were some seriously sweet moments and I loved that the guy was there for the girl and how they really shared their lives with each other.

If you enjoy short and sweet contemporary romance with some humor, sparks, and perfectly imperfect characters then definitely give these a try. It was nice to sit down and get through each story quickly and end with a smile on my face.

Content: Clean

Source: I would like to thank the publisher, Covenant Communications, for my complimentary review copy, which did not affect my review in any way.

About the Authors

Melanie Jacobson
Melanie Jacobson is from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where she grew up in a rich tradition of storytellers. After graduating from Brigham Young University, she enjoyed a career in fashion retail before pursuing her true passion: teaching literature and writing. Realizing she was still missing something, Melanie tried Internet dating for a few years. She now considers herself a retired Internet dating expert after searching the World Wide Web to find her husband, who only lived forty-five minutes away. The live with their three children in Orange County, California. 

Jennifer K. Clark grew up in the small mountain town of Monticello, Utah, and graduated from the College of Eastern Utah, where she studied art. Although she never had the innate talent to write, Jennifer inherited her father’s love of storytelling. After coming up with a story worthy of publishing, she and her sister Stephonie wrote their first novel, Mark of Royalty. Since then, Jennifer has fallen in love with the art of writing and has set out to learn the craft of combining the written word with storytelling. She spends a lot of time with the characters in her head, putting their stories down on paper. In her spare time she like to study history and attend renaissance festivals. Jennifer enjoys hearing from her readers.

Julie Daines
Julie Daines was born in Boston, Massachusetts, raised in Utah, and educated around the world. As a high school student, she spent her summers hiking the deserts of southern Utah, drawing inspiration from the various plants and animals to write children’s stories and legends.

She studied Zoology and Secondary Education at Brigham Young University, paying her way through college by performing live reptile demonstrations at the university’s life science museum.

She spent eighteen months living in London where she studied and fell in love with English Literature, Sticky Toffee Pudding, and the fellow who ran the kebab store around the corner.

After editing for other authors, she decided to take up writing again--this time in the young adult genre. She feels qualified to write for teens because, as a young adult, she mastered the art of drama. Oh, and she has some skulking around the house.

Julie is a member of SCBWI, the League of Utah Writers, and Utah Children’s Writers. She frequently attends conferences where she has won a few awards for her writing, and is part of a superb writer’s group.

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  1. Lisa Mandina1/14/15, 9:29 AM

    I haven't heard of either of these before, thanks for sharing them!

    out my WOW

  2. Cali Willette1/14/15, 10:43 AM

    Great review and giveaway! I like the cover. :)

  3. Oh, those both sound really interesting, I must go check them out! Thanks for sharing!


    My WOW

  4. I have both of these as ARCs and I'm hoping they'll be as good as I think they'll be. :)

  5. I hope they end up being so! :) I'll be over...

  6. Thanks, Cali! I like the cover too and these stories were all fun and sweet.

  7. Grace Fonseca1/14/15, 5:05 PM

    These both sound terrific. I hope you love both of them. The cover for Dauntless definitely catches my eye.

    Grace @ Books of Love

  8. Excellent pick with 'Dauntless', Tressa. I'm anxious to get my hands on that one. :)

  9. Cali Willette1/15/15, 11:31 AM

    These books sound great; the only Christian books I have read are by Melody Carlson; I would like to try these ones. ;)

  10. I'm not one to go for historical reads but Dauntless looks very tempting ;)

    here's our WoW :)

  11. These were really cute. I think you'd like them, Natalie. :)

  12. I'm really curious about Dauntless because it doesn't look or sound like the usual inspirational fiction. I really loved A Cast of Stones, which was also different, and want another series I can love like that. I'm hoping this one will be good.

  13. I just barely grabbed the eARC and am THRILLED! :D

  14. I read a lot in the genre (in case you didn't notice) and there have been some serious favorites. I'm hoping these two will be favorites.

  15. Doesn't it? I'm hoping the inspirational part will be light, but meaningful, and the storytelling fabulous.


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