Review: When Love Arrives by Johnnie Alexander

when-love-arrivesI’m a big fan of redemption stories. When an author can take a formerly unlikable character from a previous novel and bring them to an understanding of God’s grace and love, I am impressed. And that is what this author has done with the character of Brett. If you read the first book in the Misty Willow series, Where She Belongs, you will recognize Brett as an all around slime ball. If you haven’t read book one, I think that When Love Arrives could be read as a stand alone. But I think Brett’s journey is even more impressive if you start at the beginning of the series.

The author was able to elicit a lot of emotion from me as I read this book. I really enjoyed watching Brett’s slow and steady transformation into the man that God wanted him to be by the end of the novel. The heroine of the book had plenty of transforming to do, too! I liked Dani a lot and really felt for her and the situation she found herself in. She had some decisions to make regarding the truth and she struggled with doing what was right instead of letting fear control her.

I loved all of the characters in this story and enjoyed watching as all of the pieces slowly fell into place. After I hit the halfway point in this book, I couldn’t put it down and stayed up way too late reading in order to finish it!

(5 stars)

I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


when-love-arrivesAn Unlikely Couple Struggles to Reconcile the Burdens of Their Past
Dani Prescott came to the children’s hospital to spy on Brett Somers–so how did she end up on a date with him? Weeks earlier she’d seen an interview in which he blamed her mother for the plane crash that had killed his parents. But the crash had killed her mother as well, so Dani can’t believe the story Brett’s trying to sell to the media.
Vowing to find a way to discredit the privileged–and maddeningly handsome–Brett, Dani has been following him and taking photos, hoping to find something she can use against him. But when she catches his eye instead, she quickly finds herself offering up a fake name and agreeing to a date. Brett knows this mystery girl is hiding something–but he’s got his own secrets to keep. What will happen when he discovers who she really is? Will Dani and Brett look beyond their own heartaches to discover a love that could heal their deepest pain?
Fresh, flirty, and fast-paced, “When Love Arrives” is an engaging story that will have readers falling in love with the characters as they navigate the tricky waters between romance and revenge.

Purchase your own copy here.



Johnnie Alexander writes inspiring stories that linger in the heart. Where Treasure Hides, her debut novel, won the ACFW Genesis Contest (2011) and Golden Leaf Award (2014). The first of her three contemporary romances, Where She Belongs (Misty Willow Series), releases from Revell in January 2016.

She also has won Best Novel and Best Writer awards (Florida Christian Writers Conferences), and Bronze Medalist (My Book Therapy Frasier Contest).

A graduate of Rollins College (Orlando) with a Master of Liberal Studies degree, Johnnie treasures family memories, classic movies, road trips, and stacks of books. She lives in the Memphis area where her morning chores include feeding dogs, cats, chickens, and a small herd of alpacas.

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About Brittany

I am a homeschooling mother of four children. I am an avid reader and have been for as long as I can remember. I truly enjoy reading and reviewing books I focus my reading and my reviews on Christian fiction, primarily Christian romantic fiction. I hope you will find my reviews helpful in your decisions on what books to read.
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3 Responses to Review: When Love Arrives by Johnnie Alexander

  1. I always love it when readers can’t go to sleep because they’re reading one of my stories! Thanks, Brittany, for your five-star review. (My daughter, who is on her computer next to me, says, “wait till you read Amy’s story.” LOL)

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