About the Book:
Book: Book, Chapter, & Vows
Author: Chautona Havig
Genre: Christian Contemporary Romance
Release date: July 26, 2022
Falling in love with Benjamin wasn’t in the plan, but Mallory finds she’s all but lost her head and her heart after two and a half years of banter, memories, and now shared books.
But when her ex-fiance (does it count if it was just for a few hours?) shows up right in the middle of a writing project with Benjamin, the guy manages to ruin her happiness… again.
Benjamin has been keeping one tiny part of him back from Mallory–just the one thing that’ll repel her for good.
So when the ex-boyfriend-slash-fiance shows up, and things look serious again, he takes a giant step back and prays he can keep his heart intact in the process.
They’re clearly meant for each other. God obviously has a plan. So what’s it going to take for Mallory and Benjamin to work things out and get those vows made?
This Breakers Head novel is Chautona Havig’s final book in the Independence Islands Series featuring five islands, six authors, and a boatload of happily-ever-afters.
Have I ever enjoyed the trip through the Independence Islands with Mallory! I have loved every one of these books, getting to know Mallory and her many friends. Each book in the series has focused on a different couple, but Mallory has always been an important character, and Benjamin has come into the story more and more with each book. When I finished Finding a Memory, I wanted to read the next installment right away—but it took time for Book, Chapter, and Vows to be written. Finally, the wait is over and I have been able to learn the truth about the mystery Benjamin and Mallory discovered in the last chapter of that book. Whew!
By now, two and a half years on, Mallory’s mobile book store and coffee shop is doing fairly well. She has been able to get Benjamin to read a lot of books, and they can talk in her love language now. They are working together on a writing project to preserve memories of Uncle Bud (one of my all-time favorite book characters!), and she is loving the romantic relationship that has been developing. And then… someone shows up. Mallory does not want to see her ex-fiance again, and now he is pushing his way into her life.
Benjamin has a secret he has been keeping from Mallory. He was about to tell her, but then Trevor shows up. How can he bear to give Mallory the space to decide between them—but he knows he needs to. And, he still hasn’t told her his secret; it will surely push her away and end things between them. Meanwhile, there is that secret they discovered about Uncle Bud to unravel. Can they still work together enough to solve the mystery?
Oh, I loved this story. I stayed up a bit too late a couple of nights to finish this book because I loved it so much. It’s a very satisfying end to Chautona’s Independence Islands series. I greatly enjoyed the frequent references to books throughout this story, including Things We Didn’t Say, which was a book I loved last year. I also loved watching Benjamin and Mallory trying to work out their differences, and seeing Lyla from Dual Power of Convenience again. What a fun story!
About the Author:
USA Today Bestselling author of Aggie and Past Forward series, 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.
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It Happened AGAIN!
I remember the first book I had trouble finishing. Beneath the Cloak. It was the last book of the Wynnewood series, and I was dying to reveal the big secret that had been a big part of the story line. I spent hours writing very few words. Someone asked if I had writer’s block, but I didn’t. I knew every word I wanted to put on that page, but I kept procrastinating.
For weeks. We’re talking long, agonizing weeks.
Finally, I realized a significant part of why I hadn’t finished was because I didn’t want to. I didn’t want the series to end. Say goodbye to beloved characters? Agony, okay? I wanted to spend the rest of my life in Wynnewood seeing what happened with all the characters and all the things that would happen.
I just wanted to write a bunch of other books, too. What can I say? It’s a thing.
So, as I dove into writing the book I’ve been dying to write since I penned the opening scene of Christmas on Breakers Point, you’d think I’d have been prepared for the inevitable. I mean, it’s happened with several other series since that first time, so… yeah. All ready to combat the problem, right? Not hardly.
To be fair, I was also coming off being very sick, my mother being even sicker, so being crazy behind on everything. I mean, that had a lot to do with it taking so long to get going on it. But once I did, I’d type like crazy and then ignore it for a day or two before the story demanded more telling.
Then, just as I neared the big scene of Book, Chapter, & Vows… I went nuts on doing everything but finishing that book. No joke. I did. Sigh. Again, you think I’d learn.
After much soul searching and even more wailing at God about the cruelty of it all (I was in a dramatic mood, okay?), the solution came to me. Okay, God smacked me upside the head with a 2×4 of memories on how I solved every other, “don’t wanna finish this series” crisis.
See, way back with Wynnewood, the only thing that got me to the finish line was a promise I made to myself. “It doesn’t have to end here. You can write more if you want to. There’s nothing to say you can do ‘Wynnewood, the Later Years’ or something like that.”
Just that one promise to myself that I didn’t have to say goodbye was all it took for me to get back on that trusty old Toshiba laptop and pound out those last few chapters.
And here I was again, not ready to say goodbye to a series—to these islands that feel so crazy real to me. I didn’t want to say goodbye to the characters and their quirky ways. Would you?
Now… you’re going to laugh at me. Go ahead. I mean, I did. See here’s the deal. I didn’t have to make that promise to myself again. “What?” you say? “What do you mean?”
Yeah. I don’t have to say goodbye to the characters or the islands. Why? Because we have another island series coming, the Suamalie Islands, and Mallory is going to visit those islands.
If that isn’t enough for me, I have another series all planned for the Independence Islands, too! Yeah. That. I mean, what was I not thinking?
As soon as I thought of that, I was able to get in there, get the last few scenes written and pass it off to the fabulous Christy for her editorial magic. As for me, I think I’m going to go play around just a little bit with one of the Josie Parker Mysteries. I mean, why not?
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