Everything She Wants by Sarah Alva (Review & #Giveaway)

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Everything She Wants
By Sarah Alva
LDS Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 224 Pages
April 2nd 2018 by Covenant Communications, Inc


Lucy Kappal can't figure out why she doesn't want to marry her sometimes-boyfriend, Charles. After all, he's perfect on paper: a returned missionary, elders quorum president, a professor at BYU. Instead of giving Charles an answer to his unexpected marriage proposal, she boards the next flight to London only to fall at the feet of the handsome pilot. The encounter leaves her heart pounding in a way it never has with Charles, and she becomes even more smitten when she sees the pilot again at her hotel.

Emerson James is in London to deposit the last of his mother's ashes in Kensington Gardens. And after a fifteen-year absence, he is attempting to return to the Church as a way to find peace with his mother's death. But the Church's culture feels foreign, and he's about to give up on ever becoming a "good Mormon" when he meets Lucy in the hotel lobby.

Lucy and Emerson's new friendship opens their worlds to new possibilities and leaves them wanting more. But Lucy is torn over her feelings for Charles, and Emerson isn't sure how committed he can be to the Church, even knowing how important it is to Lucy. Inevitably, the realities of life force them apart. If given a second chance, will they have the courage to risk everything for a once-in-a-lifetime love?

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My Review

EVERYTHING SHE WANTS is a story about two individuals who fall in love over a few days while in London, England, but have different issues they must figure out before they can find their happily-ever-after. The characters are likable, their challenges relatable, and the romance sweet with plenty of chemistry. An enjoyable read from beginning to end.

I fell in love with these characters. I loved how Lucy and Emerson both have their strengths and weaknesses. It made them human and easy to connect to. I appreciated how well the author handled their struggles, making them come across as honest and genuine. Almost any woman would be able to relate to Lucy's fears and hopes, as well as with feeling judged or imperfect. Anyone would be able to relate to Emerson's struggles and the judgment he felt from some who were self-righteousness. I loved the simple testimonies these two shared and not in a preachy or forced way. The inspirational parts felt natural, inspiring and strengthening the reader. Then there was the romance... you could seriously feel the chemistry. I loved every moment of it and how sweet it was as well. I would have loved the ending to be drawn out a little more and maybe for Lucy to have figured things out sooner, but that's it.

In the end, was it what I wished for? This was a sweet LDS romance with genuine characters and an engaging story that will leave readers happily content and looking for more from this author. If you enjoy LDS romance, this one is definitely recommended.

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Source: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher, which did not require a positive review nor affect it in any way.

About the Author

Sarah Alva lives in Salt Lake City but calls Arizona home. She graduated from the University of Arizona with degrees in creative writing and political science. In college, she once told a creative writing class she wanted to grow up and be a stay-in-bed mom. She is almost living that dream as a mom to two little boys who don’t like naps or sleeping in as much as she does. When Sarah’s not busy doing mom or wife things, she enjoys reading romance novels in excess, shopping online, and listening to National Public Radio. You can find her on social media at facebook.com/sarah.alva, @writerlysarah, or at sarahalva.com.

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