Book Review & Bonus Content: No Chance Meeting

No Chance Meeting

Summary of No Chance Meeting

Alex has been a different person since she lost her brother to the war in Afghanistan. Somewhere along the way, her relationship with God grew cold, and she can’t find anything that makes life worth living. The weariness almost causes her to do the unthinkable, but God has other plans.

Just before Alex follows through with a plan to end her life, she meets Riley Conrad. He seems to sense something is wrong, and his invitation to breakfast saves her life. When he turns out to be a Christian, and his interest in her continues, Alex wonders if there is a way out of the fog she’s been living in.


My Thoughts on No Chance Meeting

When Jaye announced that she was veering away from the Ilyon Chronicles (temporarily) to release a contemporary book under a different pen name, I was skeptical. In fact, I almost passed on the book entirely. I’m glad I decided to give it a chance.

No Chance Meeting is refreshingly pure, even when compared to other Christian books, and lacks many of the tropes typical of its genre. I should have expected no less from Jaye!

No Chance Meeting QuoteWhen I first started reading, I feared the story wouldn’t hold my attention. However, Alex and Riley soon grew to be familiar and lovable, and before I long, I found the pages passing quickly.

This is a relaxing read about recovering faith, valuing life, and learning to cherish family. If you’re an adrenaline junkie when it comes to fiction, this might not be the book for you. However, if you are in the mood to curl up with a cup of tea and make a few new friends within the pages of a book, you’ll definitely enjoy No Chance Meeting.

Romantic content is limited to several kisses and some PG teasing.

Bonus Content from No Chance Meeting

As part of the book launch blog tour, Jaye has shared the following bonus content from the book!

In one scene in No Chance Meeting, Alex tells Mindy that she put chicken in the oven for chicken salad sandwiches. I have always loved chicken salad sandwiches. Below you will find my family’s favorite recipe. ~Jaye Elliot

Chicken Salad Sandwiches

2 ½ cups cubed cooked chicken breast

2/3 cup of dried cherries or fresh chopped grapes

1/3 cup chopped celery

1/3 cup chopped apple

1/3 cup chopped pecans, toasted

½ cup mayonnaise

4 teaspoons buttermilk

½ teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon pepper

Roast pecans in a 350 degree oven for a couple of minutes, watching carefully. In a large bowl, combine chicken, cherries/grapes, celery, apple, and pecans. In another bowl, combine the mayonnaise, buttermilk, salt, and pepper. Add to chicken mixture and mix well. Serve on your favorite rolls or croissants.

What would you say to someone questioning their reason for being alive? What do you value about your parents and siblings? Do you have a favorite family recipe?

Patriotic Musings on the 4th of July

A few weeks ago, a new friend asked me a question, and I started my answer with something along the lines of, “Well, you know how we’re patriotic about our country?” As the first generation of her family to be born in the USA, her quick answer was, “No, not really. Mostly I hear people talking about how much they hate different things.”

Patriotic Musings (1)

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Book Review: Traitor’s Masque

What if Cinderella had a lot to learn about being kind, no particular interest in a royal ball, and no fairy godmother? Enter the world of Trystan Embrie Colbourne. Once the admittedly spoiled daughter of a wealthy nobleman, she now lives in physical comfort but under the spiteful rule of her resentful stepmother. Her primary joy is the freedom of secret horseback rides while her family sleeps. It’s on one such ride that she crosses paths with a young man who becomes what she might dare to call a friend.

Traitor's Masque

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Book Review: Walk in Grace Journal

Do you want to spend time studying God’s word but either don’t know how or have trouble staying focused? I hear two frequent struggles from young Christian women in my peer group.

  1. “I want to go deeper than just reading the Bible, but I’m not sure how.”
  2. “I struggle to make time for studying my Bible and when I do sit down, I can’t focus.”

If you resonate with either of these statements, or just want a fun new resource, let me introduce you to a tool that might help.

Walk in Grace

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Series Review: If I Run

When Casey Cox finds her best friend stabbed to death, she doesn’t try to defend her innocence. She runs. Her decision creates an explosion of media interest, questions, and confusion. It looks like she is fleeing justice. Will anyone realize she’s fighting to stay one step ahead of injustice?

If I Run

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Book Review: Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus

What happens when a happy Muslim upbringing meets western culture and Christian friendship? Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus is the story of an American born Muslim who loves his family and faith but, through seeking to defend his religion to others, dares to question.


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Book Review: October

How well do we know the people around us? What lies beneath the surface? How much is real and how much is the mask that we present the world? How much “mask” is okay–even necessary?

October Graphic

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2018 Reading List

*List updated with links to reviews for books read. Last updated 5/18/18

Christmas has past and the New Year is almost upon us. This week is a popular time for reflection, goal setting, and resolution making. Are you a New Year’s Resolution person? I’m not. However, one of my favorite bloggers has been talking a lot about her process of evaluating the past year and planning for the coming year. (The conversation about planning has been on Instagram story, not her blog.) Her process and enthusiasm for it inspired me to at least spend some time planning for 2018 in the hopes of being more productive in certain areas (like reading and, therefore, blogging). My goal? Read at least two books a month. How to achieve that goal? Make a book list of bloggable books to make it easier to pick. 

2018 Reading List

Photo by Kimberly Farmer on Unsplash

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