Vanessa Hollister is planning a destination wedding in Destin, Florida. Her fiancé, Ted, wants to combine a medical convention with getting married. Vanessa's not happy about that but concedes that that's what they'll do. Ted asks her to go down to Destin and begin making arrangements. The problem for her is that's where she married Logan Hollister. In trying to convince herself she has moved on since there divorce eight years ago, she decides to make the trip, never expecting to run into Logan. Logan is a storm chaser. Loves the thrill of it, but an accident this past year has caused him to question his judgement. Logan returns to Florida, with his team, to see his parents and take a break before he announces his big decision. Being there in Destin is a stark reminder of how badly he failed Vanessa. When a hurricane blows in, Logan and Vanessa are thrown together once again and the long suppressed feelings begin to stir. Forced to confront their past, will they accept that they made a big mistake all those years ago or will they find that God just might be giving them a second chance at love?
Wow, wow, wow! This is definitely on my favorites list. It's not really a lighthearted story as the cover might imply, but more of a deep soul-searching type. Vanessa and Logan are such complex characters and you just feel a connection with both of them right away that grows with each passing page. I must say that Logan was the consummate tortured hero. I absolutely fell in love with him. He’s strong, tender, romantic, all the things I adore in a leading man. However, he’s far from perfect. Vanessa is someone I really liked. She had and inner strength that kept her going but it wasn’t overpowering. I appreciated how the story switched between present-day and back to when and where it all started, so you see how their relationship develops and what happened between them. There were so many poignant moments throughout the story that I was flagging pages left and right. I absolutely loved the dialog between Logan and Vanessa and the romantic tension was superb! There were also things happening with Logan's team members and Logan's sister that could be potential future stories. The faith element woven throughout felt very natural. Logan and Vanessa were both believers, but they questioned (as we all do) why God sometimes seems silent. The whole story is amazing but the ending is one that will live on in my mind for quite some time. This has a prime place on my 'keeper' shelf and is one I definitely want to read again. In fact, I have already gone back and re-read several of my favorite spots (which were many)! I encourage you to read the "Conversation with the author" at the end. She gives you some interesting insights concerning the story. Crazy Little Thing Called Love was breathtaking and one I HIGHLY recommend! Well done Beth K. Vogt!
*This complimentary copy was provided by Howard Books through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
A few of my many favorite quotes:
“You know how people say God will never give us more than we can handle?” “Yes - I’ve heard that all my life from my mother.” “My grandmother says that’s not true. That we do face things we can’t handle – and that’s when we’re supposed to realize how much we need God – his strength, his peace, his wisdom.
“God knows what He’s doing, even when life doesn’t make sense to us.”
“So you’re beautiful and smart, huh?” Another breeze caused strands of Vanessa’s hair to tangle in front of her face, and Logan brushed them back with his fingers. Traced the outline of her jaw before he dipped his head and kissed her. The faint taste of salt tinged their lips, and he forgot all about being careful, taking it slow. He pulled her to him, pressing his body against hers, even as her arms wrapped around his waist and then slipped up over his back, pulling him closer.
For more information about this book or other books by Beth K. Vogt, I encourage you to visit her website at http://www.bethvogt.com/.