About the Book
Book: Corner Booth
Author: Chautona Havig
Genre: Contemporary Christian Romance
Release date: March 17, 2015
A daring move forges the love of a lifetime
Settle into the booth with Carlie and Dean and learn just how eloquent silence really is.
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Corner Booth is yet another novel by author Havig that is so unique. It also raises questions for the reader to really think and ponder about. Dean is very knowledgeable, he is a professor at a seminary, but he likes to talk. He is passionate about what he knows. However, one day something unexpected happens. Sitting in his corner booth, as he does every Wednesday, a young woman asks to sit with him as the restaurant is busy. He says yes with no words. What entails is his and Carlie's, the young woman, unique relationship begins and goes on for quite a while with an interesting twist.
Neither Carlie nor Dean knew where this happenstance meeting would take them. Dean was trying to see if he could listen without speaking and in doing that Carlie has become curious about him. Why doesn't he speak? He is not deaf, and he is so different from anyone else she knows.
The story is told back and forth in both Dean's and Carlie's viewpoints and takes place over several months. What comes out of this little experiment is much more than what Carlie and Dean ever could have known and the reader is given a unique story of friendship, romance, and a deeper look at human interactions.
I was provided a copy of this novel from the author. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.
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You know, originally, I had Dean as a guy who was too wrapped up in his own little world to care about anyone else—the stereotypical academic. I pictured him buried deep in original Biblical manuscripts, annoyed that anyone would dare to invade his study time.
But you know what? That’s the easy character.
When I went back to edit the book, I had this thought. What if Dean weren’t reclusive at all? What if he were kind of a know-it-all who couldn’t keep his thoughts to himself. Maybe a child prodigy who was used to people thinking him rather brilliant and looking for his insights.
Yeah… I could get into that.
There was just one small problem. I’d written the entire book without him talking much at all on those Wednesdays. Now what?
After much deliberation, even more prayer, and a bit of fudging, I came up with the solution. What if he just challenged himself for “one lunch?” Just one hour or so of not talking to prove to himself (and his peers) that he could do it.
How could he possibly know he’d set things up for months of wordless lunches—on his part? And what would a person learn in a situation like that?
I’ve never admitted this before, but I tested it a bit. At situations where I could, I forced myself to listen to people’s stories, their questions, their opinions. The hard part was not spending my listening time formulating my response (how rude anyway!). I really had to focus on exactly what they said, how their voice altered based on their emotions, and what others around us had to say to encourage (or not—too often not, I’ll admit).
I learned a lot with the experiment, and I’ll be honest. I still catch myself listening with an ear to how I’ll respond instead of really listening. No, I don’t expect to find some café romance for myself. My guy is amazing, and he’s probably the only person on the planet who could put up with me, so… I think I’ll keep him. But I do expect to keep learning how to really hear people. You know… kind of like Jesus did. Imagine that.
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