It’s a different thing, being a pastor’s kid. My mom wasn’t a PK – she was an MK, missionary kid. I wasn’t either, but my parents were ministry directors at our church in various seasons. Everyone expects pastors to have it all together (and everyone sees when they don’t!). But the thing is, pastors are normal people. They have normal, broken lives, just like everyone else. They can (and do!) make the same mistakes. They can have the same parenting problems. Sometimes, it can be worse, because it is easy for a pastor, as the spiritual leader, to miss out on accountability and close friendships. And pastors’ kids? Everyone knows who you are. Sometimes it can feel like you can’t make any mistakes, or can’t share what your family is going through. Some parents handle this better than others! Even though I’ve been surrounded by pastors’ kids my whole life, Love and Other Mistakes introduced me to two pastors’ kids that will tug on your heart.
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Pastors’ Kids Are Supposed to Go Into Ministry, Right?
Natalie is the grown pastors’ kid that is supposed to go into ministry. It’s been her plan so long, it has never occurred to her that that might not be God’s plan…even though she’s not a fan of the public speaking that seems to go along with the job. She put her life on hold to take care of Dad, and after losing the job she didn’t really like anyways, she has the opportunity to get “back on track” with a ministry internship. That doesn’t pay enough to cover her expenses. So she reluctantly accepts a job as the nanny for her ex-fiance’s infant. Sounds like a great idea.
Pastors’ Kids See Everything that the World Isn’t Supposed to See
(but maybe should)
My lead pastor? He’s the same inside and out. One of the most authentic people I know. He makes mistakes – and he’s open about that. But 16-year-old Lili’s dad is the pastor, and he makes mistakes, too. Big ones. Church-splitting ones. And Lili seems to be the only one who knows. How do you reconcile that, Daddy?
Love and Other Mistakes is more than Romantic Comedy
Don’t get me wrong. The romance is there. (Not obnoxiously so.) The comedy is there. I laugh so hard reading this book. Natalie’s life…oh my. It’s like my track record of breaking dishes with my superior clumsiness. Except it’s not dishes that break in her life. It’s her life.
But seriously? These two pastors’ kids will tug on your heart. They will make you feel compassion for anyone felt stuck in a lie…or anyone who has been trying to live up to a dream that isn’t her own. I just wanted to put my arm around Lili and take her to Starbucks. And maybe introduce her to my Mpact Girls so she won’t feel so alone. This book was a little bit like that Mrs. Dash Southwest Chipotle seasoning: the right combination of spicy and sweet. And it might remind you that no matter what you’ve messed up in your life, be it love or other mistakes, it’s not over yet. There’s always a new day, a fresh start, and there’s nothing broken our God can’t redeem.
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About the Book
Book: Love and Other Mistakes
Author: Jessica Kate
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Release date: July 31, 2019
There’s a fine line between love and hate . . . And for the last seven years, Natalie Groves has hated Jeremy Walters.
Natalie Groves was meant for great things. But soon after her fiancé left, Natalie’s father was diagnosed with cancer. Suddenly her grand plans evaporated . . . and God felt very far away.
Fast-forward seven years, and an internship presents Natalie a chance at her destiny—but she needs a job to work around it. And the only offer available is worse than a life sentence. Her ex Jeremy, now back in town, is desperate for help with his infant son and troubled teenage niece, Lili. And Natalie may be just the one to help Jeremy . . . provided they don’t kill each other in the process.
When Jeremy and Natalie join forces, sparks fly. But will either of them get burned along the way?
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About the Author
Australian author Jessica Kate writes inspirational romances with wit, sass, and grit. Jessica is a screenwriting groupie, cohost of the StoryNerds vlog and podcasts, and her favorite place to be—apart from Mum and Dad’s back deck—is a theme park. She has traveled North America and Australia, and samples her favorite pasta wherever she goes—but the best (so far) is still the place around the corner from her corporate day job as a training developer. She loves watching sitcoms with her housemates and being a leader in a new church plant.
Jessica Kate brings rom-com fans a reminder that love has its own timing in her breakout novel, Love and Other Mistakes. Kate is best known in the book world as the cohost of StoryNerds, a vlog and podcast about all things books and pop culture, recorded from her home city of Toowoomba, Australia. Now, she’s carving her own place in the Christian fiction arena and helping to fill the rom-com genre gap with a novel full wit, sass, and grit.
More from Jessica
A romance that makes me laugh and snort my strawberry milkshake across the keyboard when I sneak in chapter at work – that’s just the best. My loftiest career aspiration is to create that experience for someone else. There can never be enough of those books in the universe, especially novels that include deep faith and emotion, as well. I adore love-hate romantic comedies like The Hating Game by Sally Thorne, and I spend my days dreaming up plotlines that force characters who hate each other to work together as a team. But, Natalie’s journey came from a real place for me—that feeling you’re missing out on your purpose and you don’t know how to fix it.
Read an excerpt at https://jessicakatewriting.com/books/love-and-other-mistakes/
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