#Review “Searching for Steven” by Jessica Redland

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4/5 Stars!

Sarah Peterson wrote out her life plan when she was fourteen-years-old, complete with a description of her husband-to-be, where he’d propose, and the ring he’d give her.

Fast forward four years, and a birthday celebration which included too much alcohol lands Sarah in front of clairvoyant, Madame Louisa.

Though tipsy, Sarah is able to connect to the psychic, who’s spot on about things which have happened to the young college student.

Among other things, Madame Louisa predicts when Sarah finds The One he will be named Steven.

The session is recorded, and the tape promptly goes missing after that night. Despite some in-depth searching, the tape is never found… until Sarah is packing for a life-changing move twelve years later.

Hearing the prediction again about her future mate leads Sarah to obsess over finding Steven. She makes several missteps and a few whooping mistakes all while searching for her The One.

One of those mistakes was her treatment of Nick, all-around nice guy whom Sarah clicked with instantly. She had feelings for him but continued to talk herself out of anything happening between—no matter how much she wants it to—because his name isn’t Steven. But he was SO sweet, despite his own past heartbreak. I just wanted to give the guy a hug!

Another mistake was Andy, her long-term college boyfriend who turned into an asshat and chose his high-flying career over Sarah. Now he’s back apologizing and professing his love. Dumb-dumb Sarah is falling for it because she always believed they’d end up back together. Oh, and his middle name is Steven. Meh.

Were it not for a stellar cast of supporting characters, I probably would have pushed Sarah off an overhang in Whitsborough Bay.

Most people want the happily-ever-after, but it was all Sarah could focus on most of the time, and it led to bad decisions. She’d admit her goofs and gaffes, but it didn’t stop her from rushing right out and doing it again.

To be fair, events in her youth helped shaped Sarah’s psyche and I understood that. She also wanted a marriage identical to the one her parents shared. But she was more starry-eyed teen instead of mature thirty-year-old woman.

However, she had good taste in friends.

Loved Elise, Sarah’s best friend since primary, and Clare, her friend since college. Both obviously knew her very well and tried to give advice and support and be there for Sarah when she needed them. They also didn’t care for each other and their scenes together are full of sniping sarcasm and biting wit and too much fun!

Auntie Kay, what a sweetheart! Her backstory was heartbreaking, but it didn’t stop her from being a warm, loving and giving person.

Searching for Steven is a light, fun read many will enjoy regardless of preferred genre. Take a trip to Whitsborough Bay and stop into Minty’s for a pint!

Enjoy!

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coverWhat if you already know your future… but not the path to take you there?

When Sarah Peterson accepts her Auntie Kay’s unexpected offer to take over her florist’s shop, she’s prepared for a change of job, home and lifestyle. What she isn’t prepared for is the discovery of a scarily accurate clairvoyant reading that’s been missing for twelve years. All her predictions have come true, except one: she’s about to meet the man of her dreams. Oh, and his name is Steven. Suddenly Stevens are everywhere. Could it be the window cleaner, the rep, the manager of the coffee shop, or any of the men she’s met online? On top of that, she finds herself quite attracted to a handsome web designer, but his name isn’t even Steven… During this unusual search, will Sarah find her destiny?

 

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