by Tracey Bateman

January 2007
ISBN: 978-0-446-69607-4
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Claire Everett and her fiancé, Greg, have finally set the wedding date and planned a big two-week honeymoon to Hawaii. Claire is all set to have the wedding of her dreams. If only she’d done it right the first time. Greg is in Bible School studying to be a pastor, and Claire has finally talked herself into believing that, yes, she can be a pastor’s wife. Maybe.

The doubts surface again when Greg announces that instead of the planned honeymoon to Hawaii, they’ll be filling in for four months as pastor at a small church in southwestern Missouri. Claire is not okay with this, but if she must give up the Hawaiian suntan, then she will have a fantastic wedding dress—if only that dress didn’t cost $5,000.

When an elderly woman calls, mistaking her for a dog-walker, Claire finds herself with a slightly less than conventional job for a bestselling author with no publisher, not to mention, no agent. But dog-walking is the way to the dress of her dreams. If only everything else didn’t start falling apart. And what’s with this hunky man who’s suddenly appeared in her life?

I Love Claire is the third and final book in the Claire Everett series. I recommend reading the books is order as they tie into each other. Claire is a realistic woman, dealing with teenagers who think they know best, yet trying to juggle a romance and find herself when everything she’s worked for has gone down the drain.

The writing draws us instantly into the story, and we can relate completely with the characters, and almost feel the cold drizzle as Claire walks dogs in the rain. The faith message is expertly woven in and not preachy. Discussion questions are included at the end of the book, making it ideal for book clubs. Don’t miss I Love Claire.

Reviewed in January 2007 by Laura.

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