Monday, October 1, 2018

Review: Summer Plans and Other Disasters by Karin Beery


Elementary school music teacher Callie Stevens thinks she’s finally figured out God’s plan for her life—she even made a list to keep her on track.

Moving in with her brother and reconnecting with her ex-boyfriend are at the top of the list. What’s not on the list is running into her childhood crush, Ryan. God wanted her to connect with Kyle, right?

Trying to figure out God’s plan is hard enough. But a dating-averse older brother, the young blonde who adores him, a pregnant best friend, and Callie’s continual mishaps make her wonder whether her best laid plans were truly God-inspired. 

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My Thoughts:

This was a whimsical story of living with past regrets and asking the what if questions. Callie Stevens has taken a good look at her life and realizes she might have let her ex-boyfriend Kyle get away too soon. Afraid of commitment she broke off their relationship till a few years later she begins thinking that maybe it is time to go back to her hometown and make things right.

She plans to move in with her brother Jack (who is a park ranger) and unbeknownst to her, her lifelong crush and best friend to her brother, Kyle, will also be bunking with Jack. As life teaches us all, the plans we make are often thrown out the window and poor Callie is a walking accident on top of everything else. This was a fun summer read as Callie finds out her plans may not be the best laid ones and love is in the air for everybody; a cute rom com about embracing the present gifts with all your heart.

I received a complimentary copy of this novel. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.

About the Author:

Karin wrote her first novel in 2007 to cope with her husband’s cancer diagnosis (no worries – he’s cancer free now!). With the support and encouragement of her family, she submitted that manuscript. That particular manuscript has not been published yet, but Summer Plans and Other Disastersher first published book, releases in September 2018.

Karin writes contemporary and speculative fiction stories with a healthy dose of romance, but she’s also expanded her repertoire: she writes feature stories for the local paper, copy material for businesses, and blog posts for herself and others. She even edits (offering copy editing, fiction editing, and critiques through Write Now Editing Services) and teaches (she’s the Substantive Fiction Editing instructor for the PEN Institute and can be found around the country teaching writing and editing courses at conferences and at her local college).

When Karin’s not reading, writing, or editing, she enjoys cooking and baking. She plays the piano and sings (the key of E, please). She kayaks with her husband in the summer, watches football in the fall (Go Blue!), and enjoys Christmas lights all winter long. Shy but extroverted, Karin adores her nieces and nephew and loves spending time with her family.  Learn more about Karin at:

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for your kind words - I'm so glad you enjoyed the book!