Review and Giveaway Sweet Rivals

by | Apr 30, 2022 | Uncategorized | 11 comments

About the Book

Book: Sweet Rivals
Author: Kari Trumbo
Genre: Christian Contemporary Romance
Release date: March 29, 2022
Fay is about to lose her business…
…to the only guy she’s ever thought might be good for her.
Fay Ravven has spent years building a floral business on Mimosa Island. Too bad a chain florist has moved in right down the street. As her business wanes, she realizes her rival is none other than Corbin Lowel, the very man who swept her heart away at her friend’s wedding.
Corbin knows he’s not good enough for Fay. His friends remind him all the time that, as a florist, he’s not really man enough for anyone. That doesn’t stop him from stepping out of his comfort zone and going to Fay’s store to see if she remembers him. That’s when he discovers that his business is killing hers.
What are rivals to do when they can’t stop thinking about each other? Plan the flowers for someone else’s wedding, of course.
When Corbin and Fay must see each other and work together, will they dive through their pain and reach for the stars? Or will the roses be too prickly for two hurt hearts?
Read the next Sparrow Island novel in the Independence Islands Series featuring five islands, six authors, and a boatload of happily-ever-afters.
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My Review

Why do we try to fit everyone neatly into a box with the sides level and firm? No room for shifting or for differences. This novel challenges me to think outside the box. I’m trying to be slow to criticize or to question someone who is being what God purposed for his or her life.
I’ve read a few books lately that emphasize the joy that comes from accepting others, even myself, and seeing where God leads. Sweet Rivals continues the Independence Islands series, offering a glimpse into how God might see a difficult situation and work it for His good. But how long will it take Corbin or Fay to become Participants in His plan? How long do I usually take to bend to His will?
Bravo, Kari!

About the Author

Kari writes swoony heroes and places that become characters with detail and heart.
Her favorite place to write about is the place her heart lives, (even if she doesn’t) South Dakota.
Kari loves reading, listening to contemporary Christian music, singing when no one’s listening, and curling up near the wood stove when winter hits. She makes her home in central Minnesota, land of frigid toes and mosquitoes the size of compact cars, with her husband of over twenty years. They have two daughters, two sons, one cat, and one hungry wood stove.

More from Kari

Nudge from the Almighty or personal desire?
Sometimes what we should do is as clear as mud. When I first felt the call to write, I worried that it was a “me” thing. I worried that the nudge that I felt was for my own glory. It didn’t matter that I felt the desire to write Christian fiction. We can do all the things we think are right and still be in the wrong place according to God’s will.
When I literally felt captive to the idea of writing—like, I couldn’t move forward without doing something about it—then I finally considered that perhaps this was God’s will and not just me wanting something. But it took years of the Holy Spirit prodding me before I ever acted.
Fay is like that. She starts her flower business certain she is doing the will of God and it helps that she really wants it too. But she works so hard, putting in so many hours, that she forgets about why she started it and it becomes all work for her own glory. Her business.
Enter Corbin, a really sweet guy who is in the wrong place at the wrong time and is used by God to nudge Fay away from her idol and into a deeper relationship. He’s a rival flower shop owner, and the only guy she’s ever felt a connection to. Which makes for some pretty interesting dialogue for the two of them.
Fact is, none of us likes to hear that our desire—especially when we think we’re doing the right thing—is wrong. No one ever wants loving correction by a Heavenly Father who cares about us deeply. We’re supposed to get it right.
Fay has to find out if it’s her business that’s getting in the way of her relationship or if it’s really a heart issue. I hope you’ll enjoy finding out along with her.

Blog Stops

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, April 19
lakesidelivingsite, April 20
Texas Book-aholic, April 20
Inklings and notions, April 21
For Him and My Family, April 22
By the Book, April 22
deb’s Book Review, April 23
Blossoms and Blessings, April 23
The Christian Fiction Girl, April 24
Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, April 25
Library Lady’s Kid Lit, April 26
Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, April 26
She Lives To Read, April 27
Locks, Hooks and Books, April 27
Gina Holder, Author and Blogger, April 28 (Author Interview)
Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, April 29
Miriam Jacob, April 29
CarpeDiem, April 30
Connect in Fiction, April 30
Happily Managing a Household of Boys, May 1
Simple Harvest Reads, May 2 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)
Splashes of Joy, May 2
To celebrate her tour, Kari is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon gift card and a copy of the book!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.
Would you want to read this book?


  1. Rita Wray

    Sounds like a good book.

    • Marguerite

      Such a good book!

  2. Roxanne C.

    When we open, unpack the boxes, and give it all to God, then He can lead us to His plan which is always better… But it sure is a hard lesson to learn at times.

    • Marguerite

      A great insight!

  3. Crystal Stewart

    Book sounds and looks like a great read. The excerpt, cover, title and more make me want to read the book
    Would love to read & review this book and the author’s other books in print format

    • Marguerite

      I’ve loved the whole series.

  4. Lynn Brown

    It sounds like a sweet romance with a little bit of competition.

    • Marguerite

      Oh, yes. You nailed it.

  5. Bea LaRocca

    Thank you for sharing your review of Sweet Rivals, this sounds like a great story and I am looking forward to reading it

    • Marguerite

      Please read it! Very enjoyable.

  6. Caryl Kane

    Marguerite, Thank you for sharing your excellent review! Kari Trumbo is a fabulous author.


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