About the Book
Book: Sweet Rivals
Author: Kari Trumbo
Genre: Christian Contemporary Romance
Release date: March 29, 2022
Fay is about to lose her business…
…to the only guy she’s ever thought might be good for her.
Fay Ravven has spent years building a floral business on Mimosa Island. Too bad a chain florist has moved in right down the street. As her business wanes, she realizes her rival is none other than Corbin Lowel, the very man who swept her heart away at her friend’s wedding.
Corbin knows he’s not good enough for Fay. His friends remind him all the time that, as a florist, he’s not really man enough for anyone. That doesn’t stop him from stepping out of his comfort zone and going to Fay’s store to see if she remembers him. That’s when he discovers that his business is killing hers.
What are rivals to do when they can’t stop thinking about each other? Plan the flowers for someone else’s wedding, of course.
When Corbin and Fay must see each other and work together, will they dive through their pain and reach for the stars? Or will the roses be too prickly for two hurt hearts?
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Sweet Rivals, by Kari Trumbo, is part of the “Independence Island” series’ “Sparrow Island” stories. I’ve been thoroughly enjoying the Independence series and the many authors who have written the various stories.
In Sweet Rivals, Trumbo addresses a number of issues. Bullies and apparent friends, I believe, was one of the most difficult topics she addressed, especially from a male standpoint. Corbin Lowel is a newcomer to the islands who is attempting to integrate and make friends. During this time, he meets three women who become friends with him. Now, Corbin isn’t your standard masculine hero as depicted in novels. He’s not a big guy with a lot of muscle, his interests involve a floral business, he’s very observant and he likes to dress nicely all the time. As a result, these women, one in particular, relentlessly tease and bully him.
I enjoyed how the narrative depicted the challenges and the difficulty inherent in finding new acquaintances, as well as how desperation or near-desperation may lead anyone, especially adults, to settle for less than their best.
Fay Ravven is a genuine friend. Many individuals would be hesitant or back away from communicating truth in love, as the Bible instructs. However, Fay believes that she should follow this rule.
Fay and Corbin are set on a journey of truth, friendship, advocacy and love. They encounter many hardships and hurdles conspiring against them, but they persevere.
Bertha, a surly, set-in-her-ways curmudgeon, I think was my favorite character in the book. She, too, needed a true friend and found one in Fay.
I received this book from Celebrate Lit. However, my review is voluntary, and all opinions are my own.
About the Author
Kari writes swoony heroes and places that become characters with detail and heart.
Her favorite place to write about is the place her heart lives, (even if she doesn’t) South Dakota.
Kari loves reading, listening to contemporary Christian music, singing when no one’s listening, and curling up near the wood stove when winter hits. She makes her home in central Minnesota, land of frigid toes and mosquitoes the size of compact cars, with her husband of over twenty years. They have two daughters, two sons, one cat, and one hungry wood stove.
More from Kari
Nudge from the Almighty or personal desire?
Sometimes what we should do is as clear as mud. When I first felt the call to write, I worried that it was a “me” thing. I worried that the nudge that I felt was for my own glory. It didn’t matter that I felt the desire to write Christian fiction. We can do all the things we think are right and still be in the wrong place according to God’s will.
When I literally felt captive to the idea of writing—like, I couldn’t move forward without doing something about it—then I finally considered that perhaps this was God’s will and not just me wanting something. But it took years of the Holy Spirit prodding me before I ever acted.
Fay is like that. She starts her flower business certain she is doing the will of God and it helps that she really wants it too. But she works so hard, putting in so many hours, that she forgets about why she started it and it becomes all work for her own glory. Her business.
Enter Corbin, a really sweet guy who is in the wrong place at the wrong time and is used by God to nudge Fay away from her idol and into a deeper relationship. He’s a rival flower shop owner, and the only guy she’s ever felt a connection to. Which makes for some pretty interesting dialogue for the two of them.
Fact is, none of us likes to hear that our desire—especially when we think we’re doing the right thing—is wrong. No one ever wants loving correction by a Heavenly Father who cares about us deeply. We’re supposed to get it right.
Fay has to find out if it’s her business that’s getting in the way of her relationship or if it’s really a heart issue. I hope you’ll enjoy finding out along with her.
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