Betwixt Two Hearts
post written by Emma Filbrun
Title: Betwixt Two Hearts
Author: Amanda Tru, Cathe Swanson, Kari Trumbo, Alana Terry, Carol Moncado, Chautona Havig
Series: Crossroads Collection 4
Major Themes: Romance, Valentine’s Day
Synopsis: Six interconnected stories center around an online matchmaking service.
I’ve been enjoying the Crossroads Collections ever since the first one was published a few years ago. It’s fun to read all the stories and see how they are tied together. This collection has six books in it, instead of the five that were in each of the previous three collections. I thoroughly enjoyed most of them.
This time, the story that tied the entire collection together appears at the beginning, rather than the end. Betwixt Two Hearts describes the online matchmaking site that the entire collection centers around, and sets the stage for all the other stories. As they work together on building the website and setting people up with dates, Camden and Bailey struggle for control of the business—and for the first time in her life, Bailey learns Who God is and what real love is. I really appreciated the way Camden explained God to her.
I knew I would enjoy The Swedehearts Glory Quilt; I have loved all of Cathe Swanson’s books. Sure enough, this was a good one. I was slightly confused by some of the switches between characters, but after several chapters I had everyone straightened out. It was interesting to watch Eleanor figuring her life out and learning to be honest. I also enjoyed seeing mentions of the Jesus people, since I have family connections to that movement.
Whole Latte Love was a story I didn’t enjoy so much. I prefer stories in which the romance plays a lesser role. It was nice to watch Drew and Addie learning to know themselves and what they wanted, but that’s about all I got out of the story. I really did not appreciate the detailed kissing scene at the end.
I had a very hard time putting down Seoul Refuge. It was my favorite story in the collection. Each chapter told part of Caroline’s story, then switched to her husband Drisklay’s point of view as he tried to solve a murder case while she was on a missions trip to Korea. It was very easy to keep track of who was speaking, and I loved the way both characters were challenged and changed during the story.
Guardian of Her Heart was another so-so book, in my opinion. It was basically just a man-meets-woman-and-they-fall-in-love story—not my favorite, There was a detailed kissing scene in chapter 7.
I enjoyed Random Acts of Shyness, partly because I had heard so much about it for a long time, and partly because it was a delightful story. Heath had a major problem in the coping mechanism he had taught himself to use when in awkward social situations. Was it possible to find a girl who could overlook his problem and see the real Heath? I enjoyed the journey to find the answer!
I received a free ecopy of this book from the authors and chose to write a review.