Cookie Encounter by Michelle Connell – 4/5

Title: Cookie Encounter

Author: Michelle Connell

Purchase: Cookie Encounter on Amazon

Rating: 4/5

Synopsis:

“Where does the power to forgive someone come from? A tender story of love and forgiveness. Follow Natalie’s journey as she learns to forgive and then falls in love.

Natalie Alexander believes she is unworthy of a romantic relationship after a traumatic event back in college. After moving to southern Illinois, she can finally put the past behind her. But then she’s smitten with the handsome Nick Norton, who she meets over a platter of cookies. Unwittingly Natalie is drawn to Nick, but will she ever be able to reveal her secret? Can Natalie overcome her insecurities and can Nick help her see her inner beauty?”

“Cookie Encounter” is as cute as you’d expect any inspirational novel to be.  I particularly enjoyed how the main character was an author, because I was able to relate to her well.  She was also very self conscious, which seemed to make her a more realistic character when compared to other traditional romance heroines.

Michelle Connell’s writing is clear and crisp.  Her words flow freely, and she incorporates great descriptions into her writing.  As I was reading this novel, I couldn’t help but turn the page over and over again.  I am a sucker for romance, but I think that even those who aren’t as passionate about romance would enjoy this novel.  Her writing is artistic, and I could tell that she was trying to paint a picture with her words instead of just merely telling a story.  When I was reading her novel, I felt as though I were analyzing a beautiful oil painting in a well known museum.  She captured the flaws of the human experience well, while also incorporating hope and love, which are both things that humans tend to search for on a daily basis.  Because of these aspects, I would relate her novel to the genre of “literary fiction” instead of just romance since this novel is strong enough to stand on its own.  Her novel not only reads like a great beach read, but it reads like something that you would want to recommend to your friends.  I didn’t find her writing to be immature at all, which I sometimes find with romance novels, and I highly recommend her work for all age ranges, since it is not too mature for younger readers.

If you are looking for a light, fun romance that is filled with love and hope, then I highly suggest “Cookie Encounter”.  It is short and sweet, a novel that you won’t want to miss.  It would be great for those who have busy lives and need a shorter novel to conquer.

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