By Jessica Kate
Christian Contemporary Romance
Paperback, Audiobook & ebook, 352 Pages
July 30th 2019 by Thomas Nelson
Jessica Kate’s hilarious, romantic debut novel proves that some mistakes—including love—are begging to be made again and again.
Natalie Groves once had big dreams. But soon after her fiancé, Jeremy Walters, inexplicably broke off their engagement and left town, her father was diagnosed with cancer. Now tasked with keeping her family afloat, Natalie’s grand plans have evaporated . . . and God feels very far away.
Fast-forward seven years, and Jeremy is back in Charlottesville with an infant son and years of regrets. When his niece, Lili, lands on his doorstep in need of a place to stay, Jeremy needs help—and fast.
An internship opening finally presents Natalie a chance at her dream job, but she needs a second income to work around it—and the only offer available is Jeremy’s. They could be the solutions to one another’s problems, provided they don’t kill each other in the process. When they join forces, sparks fly. But they both know there’s a thin line between love and hate . . . and that love will turn out to be the best decision—or the biggest mistake—of all.
Praise for the Book
“A stunning debut . . . This tale of love and redemption will stay with you long after you've closed the book. A must-read.” —Rachel Hauck, New York Times bestselling author of The Wedding Dress
“Witty. Charming. Heartfelt. I could go on and on about Jessica Kate’s debut novel. From its highly relatable characters to its pitch-perfect dialogue, Love and Other Mistakes is a delightful, romantic read filled with just the right amount of sass. I lost count of the number of times I laughed out loud as I watched Natalie and Jem navigate their relationships, careers, and faith. Definitely one of the most enjoyable books I've read lately, and I can't wait to see what’s next from Jessica Kate!” —Melissa Tagg, Carol Award–winning author of Now and Then and Always and the Walker Family series
“Love and Other Mistakes wraps a poignant and warm look at relationships within a smart, sly, and knowing comedic voice. Readers of Sally Thorne and Bethany Turner will be immediately at home with Natalie: an all-too-real heroine who balances whip-smart agency with an endearing vulnerability and whose intersection with long-lost Jeremy helps her forge a path to confidence and discover the woman she was always meant to be. Kate’s unputdownable debut recognizes that all human relationships—familial, friendship, romantic—are worth the keen eye and clever insight of her talented pen.” —Rachel McMillan, author of the Van Buren and DeLuca Mysteries
“If you’re looking for a story with sass on top of style, or a fresh voice pumped full of fun, you need to read Love and Other Mistakes. Then after you’ve enjoyed this—and I’m confident you will—make a date with whatever this exciting new author writes next!” —David Rawlings, author of The Baggage Handler
Australian author Jessica Kate is obsessed with sassy romances.
She packs her novels with love, hate, and everything in between—and then nerds out over her favorite books, movies and TV in the StoryNerds podcast. When she’s not writing or discussing fiction, she’s hunting the world for the greatest pasta in existence.
Her debut novel Love and Other Mistakes releases July 2019, while A Girl’s Guide to the Outback hits shelves in January 2020.
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1)What inspired you to first start writing this book?
The original seed of an idea was a story about a man and a woman who were raising a kid, but they weren’t a couple. From that I got the idea of Natalie nannying her ex-fiancé's son and it all grew from there!
I adore love/hate stories, so the idea of ex’s having to work together is one I find endlessly entertaining! :D
2) Is this story based off a real life the-one-that-got-away tale?
Nope! It has elements based on real life—most notably the emotional journeys and life lessons that Natalie and Lili (teenage niece of the hero Jem) both experienced. But the actual plot and Natalie and Jem’s situation was entirely fictional, and inspired by movies like The Proposal and Sweet Home Alabama.
3) How did you stay organized when writing? With post it notes, a pinned timeline, tons of edits?
While writing the early drafts, I just have general notes on the characters and direction of the story, and then I wing it from there.
But when I edit, I plot the whole story out on my office wall in sticky notes! I color code everything and attach all the changes to smaller notes and it could almost pass as a murder board. 😊
4) Did you get inspiration from watching romantic comedies or listening to love ballads while writing?
Rom coms, yes! Love ballads? Not so much BUT when I wrote a certain scene at the end of the book I did play Ed Sheeran’s ‘Thinking Of You’ on repeat until I had the whole scene done. 😊 😊 😊
Movies like Sweet Home Alabama, The Proposal, Two Weeks Notice and Set It Up are all the types of stories that really get me excited about rom coms!
5) What's your favorite quote from LOVE AND OTHER MISTAKES?
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It’s actually a scene between my hero Jem and his 16 year-old niece, Lili. I adore good dads and uncles in fiction, and always want to see more of them, so I had a lot of fun writing their dynamic.
6) If you could pick a celebrity that most closely resembles the main characters of the book, who would they be?
Oh, tough, I didn’t base them off any real people.
For Natalie – probably Jennifer Lawrence in sweats and on a bad hair day.
Jem—that’s a tough one. I originally had him as a red head, but when we loved red for the book cover, which meant the character on the cover had to have brown hair—so I changed it to brown with auburn highlights in the novel. But when I picture him, he’s still a total red head.
And I never had a celebrity in mind for him—though one day I did walk past someone on the street who looked just like my mental picture!
I don’t know—maybe Ryan Reynolds out of The Proposal but with reddish hair?
7) What's a simple recipe for your favorite summer beverage?
My grandmother’s punch! Dry ginger ale and tropical juice and passionfruit = YUM!