Book Review Joy Palmer
Book Review

Weddings, Willows and Revised Expectations

I read V. Joy Palmer’s first book and loved it, so naturally, when I saw that there was a second book, (pretty cover and all) I just HAD to get my hands on a copy! I am so thankful for it too.

I caught up with the author and asked her some questions about the book, the cover and the message behind the book. You can find that Q & A here.



Yes, this is a lovely romantic book, but I was particularly intrigued by Apryl and Courtney’s relationship. I thoroughly enjoyed watching these sisters grow and develop. Then there was dear Chace. Sometimes I wanted to shake some sense into him, but in all, he was totally loveable in his broken kind of way. So there were times I thought he needed hug therapy. V. Joy Palmer weaves a compelling story of healing, grace and the search for truth. I enjoyed catching up with some other beloved characters from Palmer’s first book,  Love Lace and Minor Alterations. (Miles and Izzie). I love Joy Palmer’s voice and the little bits of adorkableness she puts into her characters. This book had me laughing out loud on occasion, thankful that I was at home and not somewhere public where people would look at me weird. This was a delightful read, sweet, yet serious.

I received a copy from the publisher, my opinion is my own.


Seventeen years after being orphaned, Apryl Burns and her twin sister Courtney have their own expectations for life. While Courtney continues to shine at everything, Apryl holds fast to the mantra that as long as her potato chip stash remains intact, then she’ll be fine.

But when their beloved grandmother ends up injured and unable to manage her struggling antique store, Courtney makes it their mission to revamp the business and save what’s left of their family’s legacy. Despite rampant doubts in her abilities, Apryl finds herself trapped under the weight of family loyalty as they transition to a wedding venue decorating service. Soon she’s forced to ask (translation: blackmail) their grandmother’s renter/handyman, Chance McFarland, for help, an arrangement that is made even worse by the fact that Chance is her former (ahem, and current) crush.

Chance knows a few dozen things about family loyalty, which is why he begrudgingly agrees to Apryl’s insane plan. While Apryl claims they’re archenemies, the girl Chance only glimpsed in their teens starts to emerge, stealing what remains of his heart.

But expectations are a powerful thing. Amidst the glamorous weddings and swaying willows, can those old expectations be revised into something new?


Joy Palmer is the author of Love, Lace, and Minor Alterations and a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. She is also an avid blogger and co-founder of Snack Time Devotions. In her spare time, Joy is an unprofessional chocolate connoisseur/binger, and she loves acting crazy and drinking coffee with the teens she mentors. When Joy isn’t urging the elves that live in her computer to write, she’s hanging out with her husband, their adorable baby girl, and their socially awkward pets.

Author of Love, Lace, and Minor Alterations and Weddings, Willows, and Revised Expectations!
Titles are available from WhiteFire Publishing and online retailers!
Co-founder and co-author of the popular devotional blog, Snack Time Devotions!
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Melony Teague is a freelance writer who believes everyone has a story to tell.  As co-author of As the Ink Flows, she loves to inspire and motivate others through her written words. She writes Contemporary Romance with a dash of humor. Member of ACFW. Melony was born in South Africa and now lives in Toronto with her husband, their two teenagers, and two cats.

Melony Teague is a Freelance Writer and Columnist who lives in Richmond Hill, Ontario. The Biographer for Portraits of Giving (2014-2016), Aurora Sports Hall of Fame (2015 -2017) and teaches seniors in her community how to write their personal story.