I received this book via Author, I Am a Reader. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of this review.Devon's Choice by Catherine Bennett
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Life holds no surprises for Devon Murphy. Her life consists of keeping tabs on her aging Irish father, working part time at a coffee shop, and building her online graphics design business. Devon’s only tricky situation is a shallow relationship with the pampered and affluent Michael Turner, who sees her as just another woman to conquer.
Following his father’s death, Brandon’s only goal is to expand the family business and live life on his own terms. That is, until he walks into the coffee shop one snowy evening and meets the enchanting, red-haired barista behind the counter. But can Devon and Brandon’s attraction for each other be strong enough to help erase their deepest disappointments and renew their faith in God?
Devon’s Choice by Catherine Bennett is a quick read about a young woman at a crossroads in life. Devon is twenty-eight, still lives at home with her ailing father, and trying to start her own business. She’s in a dead end relationship when she meets Brandon a charming young man trying to make his family business grow.
I really loved this book! Devon is a fun character that I related to on every level. She’s a bit lost at the beginning of the book. Her mother died five years prior, and since then she’s lived with her dad, who is not doing to well himself. She’s working at a coffee shop by day and by night trying to make a go of her online company. Pride, I think, keeps her from accepting any help from anyone. She wants to succeed on her own.
Brandon isn’t much better. When we first meet him, he is working himself to the bone to make his family business grow. He inherited it when his father died unexpectedly, and now he’s running it his way. When he meets Devon, he realizes this is the girl he wants to settle down with. Maybe he is ready. I like Brandon! He’s honest, kind-hearted, and good to Devon.
The plot of the story is a light romance with some ups and downs. But what makes the plot unique is the author’s ability to interweave Christianity and make this clean romance a story of redemption. It’s sweet and heartbreaking at moments and I just loved it! It’s short, only about 150 pages so it can easily be read in one sitting if you choose to do so. If you enjoy inspirational, clean romance I highly recommend you go grab a copy. You can thank me later 😉
He looked up at the menu board. “I’ll take a Grande. Black, please.”
Chuckling, she thought about how impressed her dad would be with this guy. He considered anyone who drank coffee black in the same category as his favorite actor, John Wayne. She poured the coffee, and rang up his order.
“That’s two-dollars and fifty cents.” He handed her his debit card, which she swiped.
He took the cup. “Thanks. Have a good one.”
“Yeah, you too.”
He walked over to one of the upholstered chairs and sank down into its well-used seat. The shop owner had talked of replacing the pair of relics with some sturdy, leather ones. Leather would flatter this guy much better than the faded paisley print on the old ones. Devon glanced at him out of the corner of her eye. Yes, leather was definitely his style, but not the biker stuff. No, he’d look best in a rugged, mahogany leather jacket instead of the puffy, gray parka he wore.
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