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ABOUT THE BOOK (278 pages):  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.


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. She loves to write about Christians who struggle through their lives, dealing with sin and receiving God’s grace. Elizabeth lives in the suburbs of Washington D.C. with her husband and their two incredibly active little boys. She invites you to interact with her at her website or on Facebook:

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I was looking forward to reading Elizabeth Maddrey's A Splash of Substance. Although this is a very sweet read and a good book for anyone wanting a simple romantic  story, I found the storyline a bit slow not only in the beginning, but also throughout the plot. Some of the dialogue could have been shortened and not as repetitious. I did wish for more emotion in the characters and for a little more in depth plot in the political scenes. To me it needed to explain more on why Jackson resigned. The abrupt change in the Senator was a little odd to read. Even if it was a little more foreshadowing at the beginning of her true nature that would have been good.

And although I appreciate the stance of those who want to have sustainable living and apply it to their life, the thick layering of that viewpoint wore thin.

The faith element was sporadic at times and when it came about, seemed preachy.

Elizabeth Maddrey did a good job with this story and told it in a very contemporary and sweet way. The love between Jackson and Paige developed naturally and the ultimate reunion between the two at the end had a romantic twist.

**I received this book through in exchange of an honest and complete review.**

SPLASH OF SUBSTANCE is an enjoyable story of two earnest, well-intentioned young people who find the truth in the famous line, “The course of true love never did run smooth”.  Misunderstandings, hurt and disillusionment seem to have ended this sweet romance before it even had a chance to put down roots and grow.  The characters are Christians by profession and lifestyle, and their idealism about politics and relationships are a reflection of this world view.  Both are lovable and klutzy about dating, and the reader can’t help but hope that love will conquer all in the end.  I learned a lot about sustainable eating and the discussions about Christians and their role in the political system gave me plenty of “food for thought”.  I happily recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good story well written and a great cast of characters.  I  left reviews on Goodreads, Amazon and B&N..DS didn't have it.

     "A Splash of Substance," by Elizabeth Maddery is an easy reading contemporary Christian romance, with a few twists and turns. The main characters are as different as night and day, and yet, when they meet, sparks fly.
Jackson Trent works on Capitol Hill. He wants to change the world, change national policy, make laws work better for the people. He is also a handsome man with a steady job, a football player and a Christian. With all those things going for him, what could go wrong?

      Enter Paige Jackson, save the earth, don't create waste, live gently, and whatever you do, don't waste your time voting! Your vote won't count anyway, one person, one vote, can't change anything, right? Paige owns a catering company and grows as much of her own food as possible. She has roommate troubles, financial troubles and parent troubles.

      When these two enter into a tentative relationship they both learn from each other. Until Paige feels that Jackson has wronged her, and she refuses to listen to his side of things. Since she refuses to take his phone calls how can they ever work things out? I guess you will have to read the book to find out.

      A Splash of Substance taught me a few things about the foods we eat and about being involved in politics. I like the values these characters have, and that when Jackson faces a tough problem he turned to his pastor for advice. I also liked that the story was kept clean. I received this book from The Book Club Network in exchange for my review. This review is posted at Amazon, Goodreads, Barnes & Noble and Facebook.

Paige Jackson, owner of the Taste and See Catering, holds a different view of how food should be used to feed mankind.  The philosophy for her company is “sustainability” – which means use every part of the food item.


When she is asked to cater a political fund-raiser with steaks, she insists that the entire cow be prepared in various ways as appetizers and main course.  How was she to know this one event would change her life.  Both good and bad came of it including Jackson Trent.


This was an interesting book to read.  It brought out how “dirty politics” can affect many lives.


I received this free book from Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review.  I will also post it on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

This is a short, riveting read. I started and finished this in 1 hour, couldn't put it down. I love that the book talks about sustainability which is rarely discussed in Christian fiction. The story flowed, the plot was sensible yet somewhat suspenseful and kept me turning pages to see the final outcome.  I found the characters believable, thought they were fleshed out nicely and they seemed like "real" people. I will look for other things written by Ms. Maddrey.  I received a complimentary copy of this book but it in no way influenced my review.  This is an enjoyable, relaxing read. 

“A Splash of Substance” is a fun and witty contemporary romance that also delves into some pretty serious issues such as sustainable food and behind-the-scenes political manipulation. When Paige Jackson accepts a catering job for a senator’s fundraiser, she must work with Jackson Trent to plan it. Although both are Christians, each of them have such different ideas about what God has called them to do that they have very little common ground. Since this book is a romance, it is obvious that the pair will find a way to cross the divide between them. The misunderstandings, political intrigue, and even some scandal make the journey quite an adventure.

I found “A Splash of Substance” to be well written and a joy to read. The characters were realistic and endearing and I enjoyed reading about their romantic journey.  I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys contemporary Christian romance and look forward to this author’s future novels.

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Paige Jackson is a great chef and decides to branch out on her own, instead of working along side her dad in his restaurant. She opens a catering business that buys local , sustainable items and believes in using every part with no waste. Have you ever had beef tongue ? Paige believes that it can be a very good menu item if made the right way.

Jackson Trent has a very demanding job working for Senator Carson. He has a deep passion for his faith and tries to weave his beliefs into the political field. He seems to have his job under control , until the Senator assigns him the task of finding a caterer for a fundraiser. After several attempts for Jackson to find someone , the Senator steps in and tells Jackson she wants Paige's company to do the catering . He has his doubts about Paige but after a meal she prepares , he is pleasantly surprised at how great the food is. Will this be the boost Paige needs to help get her name out there? Can she become successful while still maintaining her strict beliefs of sustainable foods?

When Paige and Trent meet, the author gives us subtle hints of perhaps a relationship that could develop. I liked the banter between the two characters and the determination that Paige has. It seems that all is well until a scandal involving the Senator brings changes to Jackson and Paige's lives. The author gives us a great political dilemma and takes both characters on a journey that could threaten their relationship.

Can Paige and Jackson find happiness? Will they rely on God in their darkest hour? I loved how the story builds slowly and then gives us an unforgettable journey of forgiveness, scandal, hope and direction. The author leaves you wanting more and I'm glad to know that the story continues in "A Pinch of Promise."
My review has also been posted on Librarything, Goodreads,Amazon,and my blog I was unable to find it on Deepershopping .

A Pinch of a Promise by Elizabeth Maddrey is a Christian romance book.  It is the second book in Taste of Romance series.  Rebecca Fischer is a physical therapist living in Washington, D.C.  Her latest patient is Ben Taylor (who hurt his ACL).  Rebecca is wondering if Ben will remember her.  Rebecca has changed since they met the summer after her freshman year of college.  They were both counselors at a summer camp in Colorado Springs.  Rebecca has changed her hair color and is using a different name.  Rebecca has worked hard to overcome her past and move forward (parent issues).  Why did Rebecca change her name (spoilers)?


Ben Taylor works with Bread of Heaven which is going to partner with the mission where Rebecca volunteers (and also donates money from her trust).  Ben is hoping to start a program to provide food to the people that need it in the D.C. area.  Ben has not had a serious relationship since Rebecca.  He is still in love with her.  Can Ben get Rebecca to trust him and tell him about her past?  Why is Rebecca unwilling to share her history with him?


A Pinch of Promise is well-written, but it is a very slow paced novel.  It just seemed to go on and on rehashing Rebecca’s issues over and over.  The end was very rushed.  It took so long to get to it and then boom!  I have to admit that I found this novel frustrating to read (took forever to get to the point, Rebecca kept pushing Ben away—repeatedly and she refused to talk about her past with Ben).  It has a lovely Christian theme and highlights the issue of hunger in America.  I give A Pinch of Promise 3 out of 5 stars.  I just did not enjoy A Pinch of Promise as much as Elizabeth Maddrey’s other books that I have read.  I felt that the novel could have easily been cut in half and it would not have changed the story. 


I received a complimentary copy of the novel from the author through The Book Club Network Inc.  The review and opinions expressed are my own.

I have posted my review on the following sites:  LibraryThing, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, BAM, Kobo, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest,, and my blog, The Avid Reader (  The book was not listed on Waterstones, Deeper Shopping, CBD, and GooglePlay.  Thank you for letting me read this book.

"A Pinch of Promise" is a Christian romance story that doesn't immediately capture your interest, but has your attention long enough to wonder what will happen with Ben Taylor  and Rebecca Fischer. Long lost love has the two remembering what happened at summer camp years ago. However, Rebecca isn't sure her heart is open to trusting a man, especially, Ben the one who broke it so many years ago. 

This book also deals with a core issue with Rebecca. Although she has difficulty trusting Ben, she doesn't have a relationship with her father. She does with her mother, but not her father, which directly relates to the way she views her Heavenly father. This book is more than a romance novel, but deals with Rebecca learning to trust God. I've said to much, so I will stop there! Go ahead and pick up this book for yourself and take a read! Thank you to the Book Club Network for providing me a copy of this book. 5 stars! 

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I posted my review on Amazon, Barnes&Noble and Goodreads. I could not find it on DeeperShopping.

What a fun, lighthearted romance with some politics and sustainable living thrown in!

“She doesn’t vote.  He works for a senator.  Is this a recipe for romance or disaster?”

I really enjoyed A Splash of Substance.  It takes in DC and the Virginia suburbs so I knew the area.  The characters are very “real”.  She struggles with having enough money, roommate difficulties, work, her parents, and how a Christian is to respond to these challenges.  He struggles with work and roommates and the question does what he is doing in politics really matter.  Both learn from the other, but will the differences be too much?

Not only was this a fun read (light clean romance), it was also enlightening and thought provoking – I have never really thought about where my food comes from although I have thought about the role of Christians in government. Both ideas were gently woven in the story and not preached. I recommend this book and look forward to reading the next in the series.  I received this book from in return for my honest opinion.

A Splash of Substance was a great book. It’s the first in the series so I’m looking forward to reading the rest in the series as well.  I like the way Ms. Maddrey writes - her characters are flawed and believable, her storyline is intriguing and I didn’t want to put it down.  It was a perfect book for giving me what I needed: A chance to relax, unwind and just enjoy a great smile at the end of a busy day.  Wonderful book - can’t wait to read more from this author.


I received this book for free from The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review.  I have posted my review on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads, and Deeper Shopping.  


This is the first book in this series. I liked Paige and Jackson from the second book and I was happy to read how their relationship started. One of the things I like with some Christian fiction is that the characters are not rushed into physical intimacy. The development of these characters was at just the right pace. They remind us that we all have issues that we need God to change in our lives.

I love the friendship among Jackson and his roommates. It is great to read about guys discussing something other than sports and video games. It was nice to see them speaking about God and their feelings. It did not lessen their manliness but increase it.

Paige is a woman on a mission that does not realize that God wants her on his mission. Her relationship with her mother is complicated and her new business is floundering. God does so many things to get her attention. In the midst of all this he sends a great guy in her life. God is always working in our lives to restore our relationship with him. I cannot wait to read the final book in the series. I was going to donate this book but I found that I could not part with it. I think reader will learn things about themselves and God.

I received this book for free from The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review. I also posted this review on Amazon, Barnes and Nobles, Goodreads, Deepershopper, etc.)”


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