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Publisher's Summary

She doesn't vote. He works for a Senator. Is it a recipe for romance or disaster?

Paige Jackson has always stayed out of politics, leaving it to God to govern the world. She has enough on her plate as the owner of a catering company founded on convictions to buy local, sustainable fare. Jackson Trent works on Capitol Hill for Senator Carson, putting his beliefs in action to help shape national policy.

Hoping to find high-end clients to keep her business afloat, Paige bids on a contract to cater the Senator's next fundraiser. Shake-ups in the Senator's staff leave Jackson grudgingly in charge of the event. After Paige is chosen as caterer, she and Jackson must work together despite opposing beliefs on how God calls Christians to participate in government. As Paige introduces Jackson to sustainable fare, it's not just the food that piques his interest.

When Senator Carson becomes front-page news in Washington, Paige is sucked into the whirlwind of scandal. Can Jackson convince Paige he wasn't complicit and win her back or has politics burned his chance at love?

Book one in a new series of contemporary Christian romance from Elizabeth Maddrey, A Splash of Substance is a heartwarming romance that also provides listeners a chance to consider their views on the civic responsibility of Christians and sustainable living in the suburbs.

©2015 Elizabeth Maddrey (P)2017 Elizabeth Maddrey

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A splash of substance

I can't say that I like the title of the book, but the story is good. Nice little romance with no sex, but it has plenty of great characters.

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This was sweet

*I listen to this as part of the Romance Package*
I was talking with my sister Mikayla about this book. I was telling her about one of the things that kept me from loving it and she placed her hand on my shoulder and said: "Sarah, that's called purple prose." Yes, my siblings teach me a lot.

What kept me from loving this book:
~ The purple prose all the time (weird imagery I mean lizards in your stomach? That makes me feel sick)
~ While I appreciated the issues address and it wasn't overhanded, I felt like it was forced and stilted at times.
~ There is a typical misunderstanding and the girl refuses to listen to any explanation. Honestly, I didn't feel like a great reason was given for why she didn't listen. I understood why she was upset, but I felt it didn't make sense why she wouldn't listen to any explanation at all.

Thinks I liked:
~ The characters had moral standards that they stuck too
~ The characters weren't kissing every other paragraph. In fact, they got to know each other before they kissed. I really appreciate that.
~ While I felt it was forced at times, I found the issues addressed in this book interesting. I don't agree with everything, but it isn't the same old things everyone talks about.
~ The characters deal with real life relationship, work, and life issues and try to do things in a godly way. Again, I didn't agree with everything, but I appreciated it.
~The banter between the guys in the story was my favorite!

The narrator did a great job.

Overall, I will read more by this author. I see a lot of potential and I'm guessing improvement will happen. I would recommend it to others for a light read.

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Enjoyable Christian Love Story

Enjoyable romance and political story. Showing that God's will not be overcome. Excellent choice for Christians looking for a great story.

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Sweet romance and creative professions!

Normally, I'm a small-town girl through and through but this story set in the hubbub of the DC area doesn't have that overwhelming lost in a crowd feeling. It is loaded with intimate relationships and authentic church community. Both the main characters have interesting professions that I enjoyed learning a bit more about and their relationship progressed in a natural way (bumpy but natural). I would definitely be interested in more stories from this series!

I listened to this book on audible and the quality of the narration was excellent!

I received a complimentary copy of this audiobook. The opinions expressed are my own.

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Love Triumphs over misunderstandings

I loved this book. The story was easy to follow and I felt like the characters were well developed. There was enough surprises to keep it interesting. I laughed and felt frustrated or excited along with the characters. Overall well done.

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The worst. Narration. I have ever. Heard in my. Life.

The story was not my cup. Of tea. Either. And I am not an uneducated. Person. I'm writing my review like this. For a. Reason. Because. Much of the book. Was narrated just like. This.

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