The Engagement Plot

I was invited by NetGalley to read and review the pre-publication proof copy of The Engagement Plot, the second full-length novel by Krista Phillips. It will keep you laughing. It’s a quick and easy read that lovers of romance novels will cherish. I have never liked reality TV. Still, I loved this book about two people from The Price of Love, a sappy reality TV program — one of those in which a bachelor has to choose a bride from a group of women competing for his attention.

Kindergarten teacher, Hanna Knight’s, best friend entered her as a contestant without her knowledge. The bachelor in the show was William “Will” Preston, CEO of a well-known company that needed the publicity. Will and Hanna actually did fall in love during the filming of the show, but Will messed up royally in an interview with the host. Social media and entertainment TV programs ran with a false story that ruined Hanna’s reputation, and destroyed their relationship.
 
Hanna was a true Christian, and it was her refusal to compromise her standards for the show, along with her compassion and honesty that attracted Will. Although hysterically funny in all the right places, the book deals with some very real issues:  many people who believe themselves to be Christians jumped at the chance to criticize Hanna, and wrote hateful social media posts both to Hanna and about her. Others sent hateful letters. A rival for Will’s job convinced him to go on the TV show, then set him up by inventing some creative accounting that cost Will his job.
 
Where is the plot mentioned in the title? Well, Hanna and Will agreed to pretend to be engaged to quieten down the press and social media. How did it work out? Read the book and find out. This is Christian romance at its best. If you enjoy a good romance novel, you will love it.
 
What Makes This Book Reviewer Grumpy?

There were far too many errors in this manuscript that should have been caught by the editor, including numerous instances of no space between the end of one sentence and the beginning of the next sentence, and also no space between some words. The phrase “…one in the same….” should have been “…one and the same….”

Then there were the usual things, but far more of them. All of these things, too, should have been caught by a good editor:
  • frequently using “was” when “were” should have been used;
  • many, many split infinitives;
  • beginning multiple sentences with the conjunctions “and” and “but”;
  • using “loaned” instead of “lent”;
  • frequently using “bring” and “brought” when the appropriate words are “take” and “took”;
  • ending sentences with prepositions:  example, “…the hotel he’d booked a room at….”;
  • saying “try and…” instead of “try to…”;
  • confusing when to say “me” and when to say “I”: for example, “…from Harrison and I….” should be “…from Harrison and me….”; 
  • “spoonfuls” should have been “spoonsful”.


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