Title: Book, Chapter, and Vows
Author: Chautona Havig
Series: Breakers Head, book 1 (Independence Islands, book 25)
Major Themes: Romance
Synopsis: Mallory is sharing books with Benjamin, and writing a book with him, but when she keeps a secret, and he keeps another, they are headed for problems.
Have I ever enjoyed the trip through the Independence Islands with Mallory! I have loved every one of these books, getting to know Mallory and her many friends. Each book in the series has focused on a different couple, but Mallory has always been an important character, and Benjamin has come into the story more and more with each book. When I finished Finding a Memory, I wanted to read the next installment right away—but it took time for Book, Chapter, and Vows to be written. Finally, the wait is over and I have been able to learn the truth about the mystery Benjamin and Mallory discovered in the last chapter of that book. Whew!
By now, two and a half years on, Mallory’s mobile book store and coffee shop is doing fairly well. She has been able to get Benjamin to read a lot of books, and they can talk in her love language now. They are working together on a writing project to preserve memories of Uncle Bud (one of my all-time favorite book characters!), and she is loving the romantic relationship that has been developing. And then…someone shows up. Mallory does not want to see her ex-fiance again, and now he is pushing his way into her life.
Benjamin has a secret he has been keeping from Mallory. He was about to tell her, but then Trevor shows up. How can he bear to give Mallory the space to decide between them—but he knows he needs to. And, he still hasn’t told her his secret; it will surely push her away and end things between them. Meanwhile, there is that secret they discovered about Uncle Bud to unravel. Can they still work together enough to solve the mystery?
Oh, I loved this story. I stayed up a bit too late a couple of nights to finish this book because I loved it so much. It’s a very satisfying end to Chautona’s Independence Islands series. I greatly enjoyed the frequent references to books throughout this story, including Things We Didn’t Say, which was a book I loved last year. I also loved watching Benjamin and Mallory trying to work out their differences, and seeing Lyla from Dual Power of Convenience again. What a fun story!
I received a review copy of this book from the author, and these are my honest thoughts about it.
WARNING: There are a few references to an illegitimate baby and speculation as its father.
Reading Independently—Ages 15 and Above, Adults