Book Review: The Courage to Love by Christina Tetreault

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The Courage to Change

When your life isn’t going exactly how you planned, you must have the courage to make changes. Mia and Sean – the main characters of this story – both stuggle with their lives being so different from their childhood plans. But when they meet, they slowly gain the courage to make some necessary changes. Can they gain the courage to love also though?

When Opposites Attract

Mia is a famous actress and has been since she was ten. She misses small town life though. In between movies, she decides to vacation at a bed and breakfast in small town North Salem, Massachusetts. When she meets Sean – the co-owner of the B&B – she is instantly attracted to him and the way he treats her like she’s a normal person. It’s exactly what she needs in her life.

Sean has wanted to expand his life from his small town upbringing in North Salem for as long as he can remember. However, he has sacrificed a lot for a family that needed him to be the man of the house. When Mia steps into his B&B though, he quickly realizes she isn’t the typical A-list celebrity that stays at his recently famous establishment. She’s a breath of fresh air with her advice and encouragement to open his life to new things.

Reviewer’s Thoughts

I have to admit, I’m a sucker for a romance set in a small town. It shows you that love can find you anywhere. This story was very sweet and a quick read perfect for a summer vacation. Mia and Sean are complete opposites, but it’s clear to see why they work. They balance each other out in ways they never thought possible. A lot of people have commented on Sean being an underdeveloped character. However, I think they are lacking perspective. Sean isn’t a totally boring character if you have been in his shoes in any way shape or form. If you can put yourself in his shoes and see what it’s like to feel shut out from a potentially great life because of other life obligations, you really see his arc. I actually became really attached to his character and I think if you see him from that perspective – which is also Mia’s perspective – you will too. All of these characters were well formed and really bring life to the setting and story.

One note I’d like to make is that this book had a lot of typos. I loved the story, but it really puts a damper on things when you start pinpointing typo after typo after typo. This book needed a lot of cosmetic editing that I feel like it didn’t get. The errors were rare in the beginning, but by time I’d reached the final 25% or so of the book, I kept stumbling on them in what seemed like every other paragraph.

Overall, this is a great story and there’s so much to be learnt from all the characters. I love that there were so many subplots that kept the story moving and I hope to find this pattern in the rest of Christina’s books as I progress in the series. Due to the major typos, I’m giving this book 4 out of 5 stars. I highly recommend this book to anyone 16+ who enjoys sweet contemporary romances.

 

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