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Friday, February 12, 2010

Cup of Joe by Teri Wilson

Cup of Joe by Teri Wilson
Publisher: White Rose Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Inspirational
Length: Full (260 pages)
Heat: Sweet
Rating: 5 Books
Reviewed by Ivy

Goldie thinks she's prepared for the death of her doting Grandpa who's raised her since childhood. But after his passing, she finds herself curled up on the sofa watching television, feet clad in fuzzy slippers. She knows God has a new plan for her life, but she's simply too tired to figure out what it is. To make matters worse, sweet, shy coffee shop owner, Joe Montgomery, keeps showing up on her doorstep with morning coffee. When she tells him emphatically that she doesn't like coffee—never has and never will—he shows up with a dog instead! As she takes steps to start a new life, with her new puppy scampering playfully at her side, Goldie begins to realize a cup of Joe just might be what she's needed all along.

Author Teri Wilson had me from “Blast you Sponge Bob, blast you and your square pants, too!”

She has also written a delightful romance with an inspirational subplot. CUP OF JOE will have you pondering life and love long before you finish the book.

Goldie has surrounded herself with older people most of her life. Aching with the loss of her beloved grandfather (and unable to get out of her Sponge Bob pajamas and face the world), Goldie just can’t figure out why Joe the Coffee Guy keeps bringing her coffee from his coffee shop every morning. Then he brings her a puppy.

One of the most interesting aspects of this story for me was the undiluted character of Joe, our young hero smitten with an old friend’s granddaughter. His determination to win Goldie’s heart, and his commitment to take it slow, makes him very unique in the genre of romance. His tenderness for Goldie made me want to meet him. His love and respect for every living thing around him made me want to date him.

Goldie is a struggling heroine who hasn’t lost her sense of humor. Her tongue-in-cheek sarcasm for game shows, casseroles and even feelings of the heart, make Goldie a three-dimensional chuckle a chapter. Goldie is universal in her experiences, her fears, and even in her courage. I liked this young woman. I’d hang out with her in my pajama pants.

As the couple conquers a doggy obedience class together, their trust and affection grow and the reader is permitted peeks into the hearts of both characters. The story is a perfect example of when more than one point of view really works for a romance. The inspirational subplot is delicate and sincere, but not preachy. Joe even adores his sassy cashier with the body piercings, and so will you.

CUP OF JOE reads easily, is sweet and entertaining, and is just as relaxing as say, a cup of joe. Unique characters. Unique storylines. Unique writing. As far as the Inspirational genre is concerned, Ms. Wilson has the recipe.