About the Book
Book: Mishaps off the Mainland
Author: Tabitha Bouldin
Genre: Christian fiction, contemporary romance
Release Date: November 24, 2020
All Mel wants is to run the business of her dreams.
Melody Carmichael’s mobile pet grooming business might sink before it can sail when a favorite pet escapes her care. Doggie escape-artist, Daphne, got a taste of freedom, and the Afghan hound refuses to be found.
Enter Zeke Solomon. Desperate to bring the dog home for his grandmother, Zeke steps in to save the day.
And working together with Zeke would be a snap—if he would just stop blaming Mel for Daphne making a break for it.
Zeke is desperate to prove himself worthy of the Solomon name and step out from his father’s shadow. With his father breathing down his neck and demanding he return to the company business, Zeke must decide whether confronting the man he admires most is worth the risk of alienation.
Everything’s falling apart, and Mel’s dream transforms into a nightmare. She thought this was what God wanted for her life, but can you blame her for second-guessing everything?
Was it all just a mistake?
Mishaps off the Mainland is the fifth “Merriweather book” in a new series featuring five islands, six authors, and a boatload of happily-ever-afters.
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About the Author
Tabitha Bouldin is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and an avid reader. When she’s not busy homeschooling her two boys, you’ll find her buried in a book.
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Why mobile pet grooming?
I get this question a lot when I bring up Mishaps off the Mainland.
I mean, I could have chosen any occupation as long as it could be mobile. Anything from a mobile doctor office to a bug specialist. The world was wide open for ideas.
After just completing a rather serious series, I wanted to write something lighter, funnier, but with that same depth and heart that I love to read. I also needed something that fit my character, and Mel had some pretty strong opinions right out of the gate.
You see, Mel is one of those characters who spoke to me right away. She loves animals. All animals but especially dogs. They’re her happy place. Mel is also a giver. She will drop everything to help someone else.
When I asked her what her dream job would be, she answered me faster than any character ever has. Pet groomer! (Yes, I talk to my characters.)
And I thought, why not a mobile pet groomer? She gets to spend all her time with animals (which is a bonus for me as the author), and Mel’s character traits can shine through her actions and reveal her giving heart.
Once the job was decided, I knew there needed to be some drama. What would be the underlying fear of a pet groomer? I didn’t want to injure an animal, so I went for what felt like second most traumatic, an escaped animal.
While Daphne’s escape is serious and causes Mel no end of sleepless nights, it also provides some comedic relief for Mel and Zeke while they work through their own personal battles. I like to think of Mishaps off the Mainland as a mixture of quirky fun and serious truth. The story was a joy to write, and I hope you fall in love with Mel and Zeke.
First things first. If you haven’t read the first books in this series, stop everything. Now go grab a copy of each one and binge read. Next read this story and you will find familiar characters scattered throughout each book. This has become one of my all time favorite series. Each story ties into the other in a unique way. Now lets delve into what I loved about this gem.
Mel is a delightful character with a big heart for animals. She won my heart with her compassion for dogs and the care she gives them. Her poor truck is another matter though. I have to say it really is a piece of junk held together by duct tape and love. She has poured everything into this business and it is not going well. What do you do when you lose a client and have to go confess to the owner? This is where I absolutely adored the connection between Mel and Miss Evelyn or Nana as she likes to be called. To me this is the meat of the entire story. She tells Nana that she doesn’t feel God anymore. I burst out crying and wanted to hug Mel. Nana with her grace listens to Mel and gives her exactly what she needed. What is that, you ask? Why a gentle nudge to allow God to work in Mel’s life.
Zeke is a man looking for direction. He escapes the mundane job his father has for him and comes to the island. He has a plan to open his own business but something is stopping him. I loved the encounter Zeke has with Mel. They hit it off right away or do they? They take snarky little jabs at each other but I wasn’t fooled. Zeke working with the youth is inspiring and I loved how he shows that they matter. He has a big heart. The escapades of Zeke and Mel trying to find an escaped dog is quite amusing. That dog is having the time of its life playing hide and seek.
The story is a wonderful journey as two people mend relationships. One will find their way back to God and the other will repair a relationship with a parent. It did get a little emotional as these two allow God to guide them to forgiveness and trust. I hated to see the story end because Mel and Zeke became like friends to me. Their journey was fun to read and the faith element in the story reminded me to trust God and not run from my problems.
“Too often we run when all we need do is stand still and wait.”
I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.
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