Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Review: Love Overcomes by Angela Schroeder

Love Overcomes 

Love Overcomes by Angela Schroeder

Published October 21st 2014 by Anaiah Press

Description: Single mother Arabella Mackenzie never imagined that going to California with her
sister Clara would have such a huge impact on her life. Since the end of a disastrous relationship, Arabella has been wary of wanting or needing anyone other than her family. But when she meets hunky actor, Jeremy Fowlis, she begins to have feelings for a man for the first time since her three year old son was born. Now, she needs to try to overcome her past and learn to trust again.

Jeremy is not used to women who don't want to date him, or at least show him off to their friends - he is an in-demand actor, after all. He is tired of the shallow, avaricious attention that he gets from the public, but when he meets intelligent, cautious Arabella, she doesn't even know his name. Arabella’s grounded beauty captivates him instantly, but, he is wary of getting involved with a single mother with a complicated past. Can Arabella and Jeremy both overcome their doubts and fears in order to find love?

My Review: Arabella and Clara are sisters from Iowa. When Clara's children's book gets a movie contract, the sisters, along with Arabella's young son, move to California for a short time to oversee the filming. While there, they meet two actor friends who become romantic interests. The story seemed to be about both sisters, but focused a little more on Arabella and Jeremy.

Arabella has had a horrible past with relationships. She is trying to trust men again and to feel good about herself and really isn't looking for a relationship, especially one that puts her in the spotlight. Jeremy is tired of shallow women who only chase him for the fame, but he isn't sure he's ready to settle down with a ready-made family. They both has issues and obstacles to overcome, but when it comes down to it, events occur that really make them both stop and think about what's important.

I could understand Arabella's hesitance, yet there were times when I wanted to scream at her to grab what's obviously being offered to her. It's not going to get better than that! Jeremy was a great guy--so kind and caring, yet he came off as indecisive at times. At one point, he seemed so sure that he was ready to jump into things, not caring what the paparazzi or anyone else thought, but then a few minutes later, when he was asked a question about their relationship, he completely flew off the handle.

The characters were good and I enjoyed watching the friendships develop, but there were times when I felt like it was a travel log. I wanted to see a little more interaction, read about their thoughts, and the reasoning behind their actions.

Content: no language; mild-moderate violence (fighting, abuse, rape--non-graphic); mild kissing; moderate religious aspects.

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Author Bio:
Angela Schroeder
Angela was born and raised in Iowa, in a river town known for its pearl buttons. Having four siblings, she never lacked for someone to play with. As she grew older, she found herself pulled into books and writing more and more. Her parents are her heroes, her siblings her confidants and tormentors, and her children are a wonderful blessing.

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