A Review: A Splash of Substance: A Story of Assumptions and Expectations

A Review: A Splash of Substance

A Story of Assumptions and Expectations


The Book, A Splash of Substance:

She doesn't vote. He works for a Senator. Is it a recipe for love or disaster? Paige Jackson has always stayed out of politics, leaving it to God to govern the world. She has enough on her plate as the owner of a catering company founded on convictions to buy local, sustainable fare. Jackson Trent works on Capitol Hill for Senator Carson, putting his beliefs in action to help shape national policy. Hoping to find high-end clients to keep her business afloat, Paige bids on a contract to cater the Senator’s next fundraiser. Shake-ups in the Senator’s staff leave Jackson grudgingly in charge of the event. After Paige is chosen as caterer, she and Jackson must work together despite opposing beliefs on how God calls Christians to participate in government. As Paige introduces Jackson to sustainable fare, it’s not just the food that piques his interest. When Senator Carson becomes front-page news in Washington, Paige is sucked into the whirlwind of scandal. Can Jackson convince Paige he wasn't complicit and win her back or has politics burned his chance at love?
Book One in a new series of Contemporary Christian Romance from Elizabeth Maddrey, A Splash of Substance is a heartwarming romance that also provides readers a chance to consider their views on the civic responsibility of Christians and sustainable living in the suburbs.

* * * * The Review, A Splash of Substance:

Winning Senator Carson’s fundraiser contract’s the best thing that could happen for Paige Jackson…until she ends up in the papers. The budding relationship with the senator’s assistant crumbles into dust and her reputation—and her new business quickly follows. Her world turns upside down, but to her dismay, her parents are there to pick up the pieces. She moves on…broken and lonely.

When Jackson Trent meets Paige, he’s never the same again. Just when they discover their attraction for each other, betrayal by the senator reduces his chance for a relationship with Paige to ashes. After his job disappears into disappointment and disillusionment, he struggles to find direction and purpose, and Paige refuses to answer his calls.

A story of assumptions and expectations, Elizabeth Maddrey takes Christians where we don’t want to go, but need to be as civil servants and children of God. What do we do (or don’t do) for our principles? Our faith? Are we content to continue about our daily lives unheedful of the consequences of our actions or inaction? And in the end, consider…how can we put a “splash of substance” back into the world?

This was a well-written, contemporary book which addressed authentic, modern issues. It was a pleasant, easy read, and I give it four stars.




Elizabeth Maddrey’s giving away a copy of her book! Comment below for your chance to win.

(One commenter will win one copy (paperback or digital – winner’s choice) of A Splash of Substance by random draw on 5/3/15.)


The Author, Elizabeth Maddrey:

Elizabeth Maddrey
Elizabeth Maddrey began writing stories as soon as she could form the letters properly and has never looked back. Though her practical nature and love of math and organization steered her into computer science for college and graduate school, she has always had one or more stories in progress to occupy her free time. When she isn't writing, Elizabeth is a voracious consumer of books and has mastered the art of reading while undertaking just about any other activity. Elizabeth lives in the suburbs of Washington D.C. with her husband and their two incredibly active little boys.
Disclaimer: This book was gifted to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.


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