Summer Plans and Other Disasters by Karin Beery {Book Review}

About the Book

Elementary school music teacher Callie Stevens thinks she’s finally figured out God’s plan for her life—she even made a list to keep her on track.

Moving in with her brother and reconnecting with her ex-boyfriend are at the top of the list. What’s not on the list is running into her childhood crush, Ryan. God wanted her to connect with Kyle, right?

Trying to figure out God’s plan is hard enough. But a dating-averse older brother, the young blonde who adores him, a pregnant best friend, and Callie’s continual mishaps make her wonder whether her best laid plans were truly God-inspired.

Now available from Elk Lake Publishing!

What I Thought About the Book

I go through patterns on the genre of Christian fiction I like to read. Lately I’ve been in Contemporary land so getting a chance to check out this, new to me, author sounded exciting.

Summer Plans and Other Disasters has that hint of the comedic that I’ve come to enjoy in Contemporary Christian Fiction. Callie has come back to town sure in the idea that God is calling her to reunite with her ex-boyfriend. She also has a crush on her brother’s best friend Ryan but has no idea that these feelings are reciprocated.

Callie is also completely accident prone which is where much of the comedy lies. Callie’s brother is also a nice touch. Not into expressing feelings and wanting things black and white. I would love a book with just his story. I really liked that Karin gave us the point of few of not just Callie but Ryan and even her brother Jack.

Some other things happening are Callie’s big brother having a small romantic situation of his own. I think this could’ve been it’s own book me thinks.

I read this book pretty fast. It was a fun read and nice and clean.

Peaked your interest? You can check out the first chapter of the book here >>> Summer Plans and Other Disasters Chapter 1


About the Author

Karin Beery wrote her first novel in 2007 to cope with her husband’s cancer diagnosis (no worries – he’s cancer free now!). With the support and encouragement of her family, she submitted that manuscript. That particular manuscript has not been published yet, but Summer Plans and Other Disasters, her first published book, releases in September 2018.

Karin writes contemporary and speculative fiction stories with a healthy dose of romance, but she’s also expanded her repertoire: she writes feature stories for the local paper, copy material for businesses, and blog posts for herself and others. She even edits (offering copy editing, fiction editing, and critiques through Write Now Editing Services) and teaches (she’s the Substantive Fiction Editing instructor for the PEN Institute and can be found around the country teaching writing and editing courses at conferences and at her local college).

When Karin’s not reading, writing, or editing, she enjoys cooking and baking. She plays the piano and sings (the key of E, please). She kayaks with her husband in the summer, watches football in the fall (Go Blue!), and enjoys Christmas lights all winter long. Shy but extroverted, Karin adores her nieces and nephew and loves spending time with her family.  Learn more about Karin at:

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I received this book free but the opinions are entirely my own.

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