Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Review of A Girl's Guide to the Outback by Jessica Kate

On Tour with Prism Book Tours

Welcome to the book tour for A Girl's Guide to the Outback by Jessica Kate! It's a follow-up to Love and Other Mistakes, which I reviewed a few months ago here. But this one can easily be read as a standalone. I have my thoughts below and you can read more reviews and some excerpts as you follow the tour.

A Girl's Guide to the Outback

By Jessica Kate
Christian Contemporary Romance
Paperback, Audiobook & ebook, 368 Pages
January 28th 2020 by Thomas Nelson

How far will a girl go to win back a guy she can’t stand? This funny, sweet, and romantic story proves that opposites do attract—and that God has a sense of humor.

Samuel Payton is a passionate youth pastor in Virginia, but below the surface, he’s still recovering from the blow of a failed business and insecurities he can’t shake. His coworker, start-up expert Kimberly Foster, is brilliant, fearless, and capable, but years of personal rejection have left her defensive and longing for a family. Two people have never been more at odds—or more attracted to one another. And every day at work, the sparks sure do fly.

When Kimberly’s ambitious plans for Sam’s ministry butt up against his risk-averse nature, Sam decides that obligations to family trump his work for the church. He quits the ministry and heads home to Australia to help his sister, Jules, save her struggling farm. As Kimberly’s grand plans flounder, she is forced to face the truth: that no one can replace Sam. Together they strike up a deal: If Kimberly comes to work on Jules’s dairy farm and lends her business brains to their endeavor, then maybe—just maybe—Sam will reconsider his future with the church.

As Kimberly tries her hand at Australian farm life, she learns more about herself than she could’ve ever expected. Meanwhile Sam is forced to re-evaluate this spunky woman he thought he already knew. As foes slowly morph into friends, they wonder if they might be something even more. But when disaster strikes the farm, will Sam find it within himself to take a risk that could lead to love? And will Kimberly trust God with her future?

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**My thoughts**
I was so excited to see a new book from Jessica Kate! I enjoyed her debut novel, Love and Other Mistakes. This one serves as a follow-up novel but completely works as a standalone. We are introduced to Sam and Kimberly in the first novel, but this is their story and you don't need to have read LOM to understand this one. Of course, I always recommend reading all of the books in a series for maximum enjoyment!

This one took me a little bit longer to get into than the first book. But once I got into it, I enjoyed it. Kimberly is strong and amazing at her job, but suffers from a lot of anxiety and an overbearing mother who didn't really seem to want her in her life. Sam is one of the best youth directors ever, but his dyslexia gets in the way of him pursuing many of his dreams. And he is very dedicated to his older sister Jules. Jules is super spunky and stubborn and would make an amazing best friend.

Sam goes back to Australia to help his sister who is struggling with the family farm. Jules has heard all about Kimberly and hatches a plan to have Kimberly come overseas to help figure out how to save the farm while also trying to get Sam to help find his perfect replacement at the youth center he left behind in the US. Jules also has some slight ulterior motives because she knows that the two of them belong together.

I like watching Sam and Kimberly going back and forth, continuing to spar but then learning to appreciate each other, becoming friends, and developing a slow burn of a relationship. Secondary in this story is the relationship between Jules and her ex-boyfriend Mick. All four of them have so much to work through, and together it seems more possible.

And I especially loved having the Australian setting for this one for something a little different in my reading.

I'm looking forward to Ms. Kate's next novel!

Thank you to the publisher for providing me a review copy via NetGalley. I was not required to leave a positive review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

About the Author

Australian author Jessica Kate writes inspirational romances with wit, sass, and grit. Jessica is a screenwriting groupie, cohost of the StoryNerds vlog and podcasts, and her favorite place to be—apart from Mum and Dad’s back deck—is a theme park. She has traveled North America and Australia, and samples her favorite pasta wherever she goes—but the best (so far) is still the place around the corner from her corporate day job as a training developer. She loves watching sitcoms with her housemates and being a leader in a new church plant.

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