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Wednesday, January 26, 2022
Flipping Hearts Kick-Off Package
About the Book
Book: Flipping Hearts
Author: Chautona Havig
Narrator: Christa DelSorbo
Genre: Christian Women’s Fiction
When a hurricane rips through Hooper Island, a tidal wave of TV crews follows and upsets the locals.
Brooks Crawforth agreed to volunteer crews helping to clean up and repair things on the island, not a whole home and garden series on the total renovation of several houses and a bit of cleanup on the side. He’s furious, and the show host is spitting nails at the person who blew it in the first place.
His and his father’s jobs are in jeopardy, the islanders are about to kill him, and that crazy show host blames him for her assistant’s last-minute, “you’ve-got-to-sign-this-now-or-we-can’t-come” contract.
One more thing. Did she have to be so cute?
He’s got even more trouble, though. Islanders are starting to blame Mallory Barrows for the invasion. Not only that, there are rumors of dismantling the association and allowing tourism on the islands. How’s he supposed to fix this mess?
They can’t stand each other, but if they can manage to flip off the enemy switch and flip on some cooperation, maybe their hearts’ll get flipped, too.
This “enemies to romance” novel introduces the next island in the Independence Islands Series featuring five islands, six authors, and a boatload of happily-ever-afters.
The Independence Islands Series: beach reads aren’t just for summer anymore.
If you are a fan of audio books, this is must to get. Christa is very gifted in reading books that make them come to life. I love how she uses her voice to illustrate emotions of the characters. The way she gives emphasis in areas that are important really keep my attention. Having this story as an audio makes it more exciting and a nice way to enjoy an already wonderful book. What I like about audios is that it reminds of something that was popular years ago. Families would gather around the radio and listen to their favorite shows as it was read alive . It was exciting to them because they could imagine what was going on by the way the actors read their scripts. Now we have gifted people who back books come to life by reading it for audiences who enjoy visualize what they hear.
I really wish that this series would continue forever because I love visiting the people and setting. They have become like family to me. It was interesting to have the story centered on a renovation television show. There are many of those type shows now and I have always wondered how they get the work done. I liked that the show was there to help the islanders recover from a storm that did a lot of damage.
The townspeople were not very happy about the television crew and it is not well received when it gets out that they have been deceived. I wonder why Brooks didn’t look over the contract better? Was he too busy or too trusting? It does open the door for a great conflict between Brooks and Bailey. Poor Brooks has the town upset with his decision and now has to deal with the woman in charge of the project.
I liked Bailey because she really had a heart to help others but everywhere she turned, opposition followed her. The mystery of who was sabotaging the project was ruining her reputation and if she didn’t find out who was behind it, it could be the end of her career. Bailey, you have your work cut out for you.
At first I was not connecting with the characters well and didn’t like the story but then nestled in the pages were two very important lessons I needed. It is very true that opposites attract. When I first met my husband we didn’t like each other at all. We argued a lot and said some pretty mean things to each other. I’m happy to say that after thirty-eight years together enemy to friends does work. Brooks and Bailey have this love/hate thing going and I enjoyed reading the banter between them. It was obvious that they liked each other but who was going to swallow their pride and admit it? When they spend more time together it gives them a chance to share their faith and help Bailey understand how God is there to be her guide. It is hard when everyone seems to be against you, but Bailey will need to trust God and allow Him to show her that she is worthy to be loved. I’m glad that I was reminded that God loves me even when my attitude is not good.
The other lesson was about grace. It is funny how we want grace when we mess up, but when someone else makes a mistake we are quick to want them punished. Finding out who was behind the sabotage didn’t surprise me, but the punishment did. I was all for wanting them to go to jail and be publicly humiliated. Now where was my grace? Well it disappeared as that ugly thing called revenge and judgmental attitude came out. Yes I am guilty of doing that in my own life but after reading this story I have had to ask God to forgive me. We may not think someone deserves grace, but God is in control not us. I think I have gotten stale in my walk with God and this story has given me a fresh outlook. Grace is something I have expected for myself but not others. I have a critical spirit and realize that I need to ask God to help me overcome this critical, jealous and woe is me attitude. Thank you Chautona for writing a story that I needed at this moment.
I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.
About the Author
Using story to connect readers with the Master Storyteller.
Chautona Havig lives in an oxymoron, escapes into imaginary worlds that look startlingly similar to ours, and writes the stories that emerge. An irrepressible optimist, Chautona sees everything through a kaleidoscope of It’s a Wonderful Life sprinkled with fairy tales. Find her at chautona.com and say howdy—if you can remember how to spell her name.
About the Narrator
Speaking Life into Story
Queen of the one-eyebrow quirk, Christa DelSorbo auditioned for the role of Tarzan’s mom and has the photos to prove she ended up as the only cast member in a literal cast. These days, they keep her stuck in a box with a ball on a stick and only feed her when she reads another chapter of another fabulous book. She loves every minute. Or so they tell her. *eyebrow slowly raises *