Andrea Grigg – A Simple Mistake

7 – 11 January
is introducing
(Wombat books 1 April 2012)
by
Andrea Grigg

About the Author:
Andrea Grigg grew up in Auckland, New Zealand, but has lived most of her life in Australia. She lives with her husband on Queensland’s Gold Coast, where they have raised their three adult children – two daughters and a son. If she isn’t teaching ten-year-olds, being a domestic executive or socialising, Andrea can be found in her cave, writing stories.
Short Book Description:
When Nick and Lainey meet again after 10 years so much has changed. Nick is now a famous celebrity and Lainey is the girl he left behind. As a member of a highly successful band and with an emerging acting career Nick can have any girl he wants. Now he wants Lainey back.
They had been so close when growing up, but after Nick left to seek fame and fortune, Lainey had never heard from him again. Now she has moved on from what she felt for Nick as a teenager. Or has she?
After discovering what kept them apart for so long, they tentatively rekindle their past romance. The feelings are just as strong as before but can Lainey accept Nick’s lack of faith? And can their new relationship survive Lainey’s secret?
Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Amanda’s Review:

I really enjoyed this book. The cover has a fresh summery appeal to it for starters. This novel showed how one simple error can change the course of a person’s life. But is it for better, or is it for worse? You will have to read it to find out.

The thing that stood out to me most about A Simple Mistake, was Andrea’s portrayal of the Christian walk. It gives an honest view of our daily struggles, temptations and decisions we make based on faith, that aren’t always easy or painless. Andrea showed how God wants to be part of our everyday life, without sounding preachy or pushy.

Aside from this, the storyline was great and kept me up reading past my bedtime for a number of nights. I loved the chemistry between Nick and Lainey, that kept drawing them back together. The romantic side of me was very satisfied. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a great contemporary romance.

Andrea Grigg – Insight

Rather than offer Andrea Grigg a standard interview, I asked her to share part of her life with us – either a story about how she met her partner, a story about how she became a Christian, or a story of heritage from her family’s past. Andrea offered to share an interesting story about her heritage. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

The Old Conundrum …

I’ve heard it said that our ‘core worldview’, the one that influences our thinking and attitude towards life, is formed by the time we are two years old. Add in a bit of ‘nature versus nurture’ and you’ve got an interesting discussion on the table.

 I’ve always known I was adopted, and it definitely has affected my core worldview. But as to the other? Well, you be the judge.

 I used to go the library with my Dad, every Friday night. I’d select around ten books, and whenever possible, one of them was to do with the Vikings. Fiction or non-fiction, it didn’t matter.

 Fast forward several years. I’m at my friends’ house for dinner, along with a medical student and two Japanese doctors he’s brought over for a good Kiwi meal. One is a plastic surgeon, and the other a cosmetologist. Both these men are staring at me, and I’m becoming uncomfortable. After all, I’m only twenty.

 Finally, one says, ‘I believe your ancestors come from Scandinavia.’

‘Sorry,’ I say, ‘but I have no idea. I’m adopted.’

‘Ah,’ says the other, ‘but we can tell by your bone structure. You are definitely from Scandinavia.’

 Fast forward another sixteen years, when, at the age of thirty-six, I track down my birth family. I’m one of seven siblings no less – all with the same parents, and all adopted out. And where is our paternal grandfather from? Denmark.

 So … nature or nurture? Chicken or egg? One thing I do know is that our times and places are in God’s hands. That sums up my worldview nicely, thanks.

Thanks Andrea, for sharing this story with us. I reviewed Andrea’s novel A Simple Mistake last week. You can read it here, along with more information about Andrea Grigg. What can we look forward to next from Andrea?

I have several books on the go, including the sequel to A Simple Mistake. Can’t guarantee which one I’ll finish first, but I plan to have one completed by the end of the year. I have a feeling it might be the one entitled No Angel … but then again, no promises!

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Andrea Grigg – A Simple Mistake

From the Back Cover:

When teenage sweethearts Nick and Lainey meet again after more than a decade, so much has changed. Nick is now a famous celebrity and Lainey is the girl he left behind. As a member of a highly successful band and with an emerging acting career, Nick can have any girl he wants. Now he wants Lainey back.

Despite Nick’s promise to keep in touch when he left to seek fame and fortune, Lainey never heard from him. Now that so much time has passed, she has moved on from what she felt. Or has she?

After discovering what kept them apart for so long, they tentatively rekindle their past romance. The feelings are just as strong as before but can Lainey accept Nick’s lack of faith? And can their new relationship survive Lainey’s secret?

Amanda’s Review:

I really enjoyed this book. The cover has a fresh summery appeal to it for starters. This novel showed how one simple error can change the course of a person’s life. But is it for better, or is it for worse? You will have to read it to find out.

The thing that stood out to me most about A Simple Mistake, was Andrea’s portrayal of the Christian walk. It gives an honest view of our daily struggles, temptations and decisions we make based on faith, that aren’t always easy or painless. Andrea showed how God wants to be part of our everyday life, without sounding preachy or pushy.

Aside from this, the storyline was great and kept me up reading past my bedtime for a number of nights. I loved the chemistry between Nick and Lainey, that kept drawing them back together. The romantic side of me was very satisfied. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a great contemporary romance.

About the Author:

Andrea Grigg grew up in Auckland, New Zealand, but has lived more than half her life in Australia. She lives with her husband on Queensland’s Gold Coast, where they have raised their three adult children – two daughters and a son. If she isn’t teaching ten-year-olds, being a domestic executive or socialising, Andrea can be found in her cave, writing stories.

 Andrea Grigg lives with her husband on Queensland’s Gold Coast, where they have raised their three adult children – two daughters and a son. If she isn’t teaching ten-year-olds, being a domestic executive or socialising, Andrea can be found in her cave, writing stories.

You can also find Andrea Grigg at: http://www.andreagrigg.com/

Come back next week when Andrea will share a story from her own life with us! Looking forward to it. 🙂