Thursday, January 15, 2015

Can’t Always Get What You Want by Chelsey Krause Review + Giveaway


Fans of Ruthie Knox, Rachel Gibson, and Molly O’Keefe will love this deeply romantic and uplifting debut novel about losing everything you thought you wanted—and getting exactly what you need.

Sophie Richards has been looking forward to a much-needed girls’ night out: a Rolling Stones tribute-band concert, a few drinks, a distraction from her grueling nursing shifts in acute care. But when her best friend bails, Sophie gets stuck with a blind date.

Although Brett Nicholson may be the hottest carpenter alive, and Sophie may technically be single, she isn’t exactly on the market. Six years ago she found The One. He was everything Sophie dreamed a man could be—and then she lost him. In an instant, her whole life changed, and she forgot all about happily ever after.

But as she gets to know Brett, Sophie starts to wonder about the future for the first time. With a broken heart still clouding her mind, jumping into a new relationship feels impossible. When she’s in his arms, walking away feels even harder. Now Sophie faces an impossible choice: living in the past or choosing love in the here and now.


I really enjoyed reading this book; it was fast and an easy read. Sophie has had a tragic event in her past that has made it hard for her to date and enjoy life. She works as a nurse with elderly people but doesn’t really enjoy it. Most nights are spent with her best friend Sam or a good book but she is just floating through life not really living it. A couple days before her and Sam are supposed to go to a concert for tribute band to the Rolling Stones, Sam has to back out but suggests having Sophie call a friend named Brett. Sophie, finally feeling that maybe its times to get back out there, decides to call Brett and give it a shot. Brett surprisingly accepts her offer and they decide to meet up at the concert; according to Sam it’s shocking since he hardly ever goes out himself. The night of the concert these two meet and its instant chemistry and after the concert is over they decide to meet up again. This is the start of their relationship but as time goes on, it gets harder for Sophie to let go of her past and focus on her future with Brett. As much as she loves being with Brett, it’s getting harder for her to accept he could be her future.  Once Sophie is confronted by her past and Brett finds out, she’ll have to decide if she wants to continue living in the past or let go and live in the future with Brett.


I was born and raised in Canada, and live with my husband and two children. I’ve been a nurse since 2009. An essay I wrote on intercultural nursing has been published in a nursing anthology.
I love thrift shops, repurposing old junk and learning new belly dance moves. I can’t decide if my favorite movie is either “Bridget Jones’ Diary” or “Fight Club.”
I’ve always wanted to be a writer and in the spring of 2013, I finally sat down and wrote my first book. Now that that’s done, I’m working on my second.
I believe that the best way to become a great writer is to read.

A lot.
And then read some more.
I absolutely love books and would live at the library if they’d let me.


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