Two main characters struggling to make it by day to day. Worry over whether the paths they are on are the right ones. Workaholic tendencies paired with shutting down when overwhelmed by insecurities. These are some of the topics touched on in this novel.
At first, Caroline and Andy frustrated me. Once I understood where they were both coming from and what fueled their personality quirks, I was able to step back and see why they had both become the people they were. And they were actually both very caring and nice people who loved God and wanted to be valued and loved by their families for who they were.
Both of these characters had situations and people from their pasts who had dramatically impacted their childhoods. And both of these characters were rather awkward when it came to the romantic attraction they began to feel for each other. They had a lot to overcome both professionally and personally. It was nice to see things eventually begin to come together and for both Caroline and Andy to gain new perspectives on their pasts, their present, and their future.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Can a struggling career woman and a procrastinating artist save a beloved nonprofit?
Aspiring novelist Caroline Penn expected a promotion, not a picture book assignment. But when her employer, the non-profit Helping Hope, runs into financial trouble, this book might be the solution. With the company struggling to stay afloat, she and the illustrator will need to collaborate on a strict deadline—no problem for a workaholic like Caroline, right?
Andy Jackson, a “starving” artist, pays the bills by taking on graphic design gigs, but his perfectionism gets in the way. If only he could focus on a project for once, perhaps he could achieve his dream to make art for children for a living.
When the two are thrust together to create a book, Caroline can’t seem to write for children, and Andy can’t meet a deadline to save his life. As time ticks down to release day, the two must face their pasts and insecurities. If they can avoid strangling one another for long enough, they may just bring to the table what the other is missing.
If not, the fate of their careers—and a beloved nonprofit—hangs in the balance.
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ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Hope Bolinger is literary agent, freelance author and editor, YA novelist, and obsessed with anything to do with theater.
Books include The Quiet and the Storm (Taylor University Press), Blaze (IlluminateYA), Den (IlluminateYA), Dear Hero (INtense Publications), and Dear Henchman (INtense Publications). She’s also contributed to books that were published by Broadstreet Publishing and New Hope.
When she isn’t busy adding to her 600+ bylines, or showing up in her town square dressed as Red Riding Hood, she loves to connect with readers.
Alyssa Roat has worked in a wide variety of roles within the publishing industry as an agent, editor, writer, and marketer. She is the publicity manager for publisher Mountain Brook Ink, as well as a former associate literary agent at Cyle Young Literary Elite, an editor with Sherpa Editing Services, and a freelance writer with 200+ bylines in local, national, and international publications. She holds a B.S. in Professional Writing from Taylor University.