Readers who can’t get enough of Tracey Bateman’s hilarious mom-lit will love this final installment in her Claire trilogy. I Love Claire continues the story of quirky romance writer Claire Everett, whose real-life drama inches her closer toward wedded bliss with fiancé Greg. Yet a few obstacles stand in the way of their path to the altar.
First of all, there’s a slight snafu with the Hawaiian honeymoon plans. Greg’s new schedule as interim church pastor may prevent him from having time off to travel. Then Claire discovers the most gorgeous wedding gown ever created, which fits her like a glove, yet the price tag renders the dress way beyond her reach. To add to her sagging spirits, Claire’s writing career is on the skids, and she’s been dropped by her long-time agent. She passes her time watching Oprah, Dr. Phil, and other therapeutic TV shows.
Enter Ollie, a 200-pound mastiff needing to be walked. Through a surprise encounter with elderly dog-owner Miss Lou, Claire devises a plan to earn her the extra cash she needs to snag the dress of her dreams. Then along comes Miss Lou’s rich and charming single son, Jerry, who can’t keep his eyes off Claire. Will he extinguish the passion Claire feels for her perfect Christian fiancé, Greg?
Like Batemen’s other novels, the humor and snappy dialogue make I Love Claire a page-turner. In addition to her financial woes and pre-wedding jitters, Claire’s four kids keep her living on the edge. Through it all, God’s constant presence reminds Claire that He’s in control.
Tracey Bateman’s novels offer the perfect escape for readers, like a box of scrumptious chocolates to be savored one by one. The only problem with her books is that you laugh out loud so much, you have to keep answering the question, “What’s so funny?”
Leave it to Tracey; she’s done it again. – Heather Ivester, Christian Book Previews.com
Lovable and quirky Claire Everett finally snagged a man, but how will she pay for the wedding when her writing career hits a snag of its own?
She was busy enough as a novelist and mother of four, but after Claire Everett finds the wedding dress of her dreams complete with a nightmarish price tag, she kicks it into overdrive to find a way to afford the heavenly gown. She soon discovers that walking dogs and doing odd jobs are a piece of cake compared to fending off her client's drop-dead gorgeous son and dealing with her kids' antics. When her magical honeymoon plans crumble into dust, she has to wonder what disaster lies in store for the Big Day.