Joint Venture by Elizabeth Maddrey Copyright and reprinted with author’s permission:
Friends. Business Partners. Lovers
Laura Willis is busy planning her wedding to Ryan when she catches him cheating. Again. This time with her best friend. She throws her fist, and her ring, in his face and immerses herself in work at Brenda’s House of Hair. But the salon is awash in drama too as Brenda cuts corners and goes on a rampage.
Laura’s coworker hairstylist, Matt Stephenson, is searching for other employment options and a new place to live. Deciding to take a risk, he determines to open his own salon and invites Laura to partner with him. Can their friendship survive the undertaking or will this joint venture be more than either of them bargained for?
my point of view:
This book is actually a prequel to the Grant Us Grace series, and I highly recommend reading it! It takes place several years before the other books, but gives a great background for the whole series. The other books in the series have been great, I still have one book left to read, but the Joint Venture characters are in the other books I have already read, so I absolutely loved reading this prequel.
I feel so lucky to have found Elizabeth Maddrey, her books are definitely faith based, and have great, heart felt romance in them, but she is also not afraid to write about topics that are difficult for most people.
There is a lot of pain and insecurity when it comes to being cheated on. A person feels like It must be their fault, even if it is not, when their significant other strays outside of the relationship. This can cause someone to keep trying to exam themselves to figure out where they “went wrong” and can really mess with your head and heart, believe me, I am speaking from experience here.
Laura and Matt are great characters and I loved them from the very first! It’s great to start a book where you like both the hero and heroine right away and can root for them to come together. There are many Christian fiction romances where one (or both) of the main characters must struggle through a lack of faith situation, but that is not the case in Joint Venture. Both Matt and Laura are firmly secure in their trust of God, which is refreshing for a novel in this genre.
Laura has a lot of issues to deal with besides a cheating ex fiancé, she has a meddling and somewhat manipulative mother (I can so relate) plus a new business she is starting from the ground up. So when she starts to have feelings for her best friend and new business partner, it really throws her for a loop.
Elizabeth Maddrey takes us all on a woderful journey of healing, dealing and forgiveness. I, for one, take away a feeling of being a better person for having read this book!
About the author:
Elizabeth Maddrey is a semi-reformed computer geek and homeschooling mother of two who loves a good happily ever after.
She began writing stories as soon as she could form the letters properly and has never looked back. Though her practical nature and love of computers, math, and organization steered her into computer science at Wheaton College, she always had one or more stories in progress to occupy her free time. This continued through a Master’s program in Software Engineering, several years in the computer industry, teaching programming at the college level, and a Ph.D. in Computer Technology in Education. When she isn’t writing, Elizabeth is a voracious consumer of books and has mastered the art of reading while undertaking just about any other activity.
She lives in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. with her husband and their two incredibly active little boys.
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