Courage Caroline

A Romance Novel

Fiction - Chick Lit
267 Pages
Reviewed on 03/19/2021
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Reviewed by Edith Wairimu for Readers' Favorite

Courage Caroline: A Romance Novel by Heather Lenz is a suspenseful, captivating novel that follows Caroline as she navigates her complicated love life and establishes the values important to her in a relationship. For some time, Caroline’s world has been about balancing her demanding work schedule and taking time to spend with her loving grandmother, Melody, who has been ill for a while. Through mutual friends, Caroline meets Jolan, a charming, easy-going, handsome man, who inspires her to adopt a slower pace. On a visit to New York with him, Caroline unexpectedly meets Jonathan. Though he is equally good-looking, Jonathan displays a sense of thoughtfulness, calmness, and wisdom. Caroline struggles with her emotions between the two men as other complex events unfold in her life.

When reading Courage Caroline, I was constantly engaged. The novel is filled with many surprising scenes and revelations. Caroline is drawn to the two men for different reasons. Her potential future with each man could face challenges, an element in the story that adds to its suspense. Caroline’s genuineness is compared to the pretentiousness of some of the antagonists in the novel. Her grandmother is playful, fun, and loving. Despite her illness, she does not hold her granddaughter back and encourages Caroline to pursue her happiness. The settings in the novel also add to the scenes. New York’s busy and lively scene sets a suitable background for the changes that occur in Caroline’s life. While in the city, Caroline yearns for California’s leisurely pace, which is where she is from. Courage Caroline by Heather Lenz is a wonderful chick lit novel that readers will enjoy.

Vincent Dublado

Courage Caroline by Heather Lenz is a romantic novel that demonstrates how love cannot thrive in a heart with no courage. Like everyone else, Caroline dreams big and though she still lives with her grandmother, she proudly tells people that she works for Badass Branding because creating her own branding business is what drives her. Creating her own business has made her shun the outside world and has limited her to picking up her coffee at the local café, owned by a couple named Annie and Dan. She helps their mini Bundt cake and café business to grow through her branding knowledge. This leads her to meet Jolan who starts to inch his way into her life in his own thoughtful and sweet ways. As her business grows, Jolan invites her to New York. The stars seem to be aligning for Caroline, and she is about to discover what the Big Apple has in store for her.

There is something about Courage Caroline that has a soothing effect as you read along. Heather Lenz is very good at writing about people’s dreams, hopes, and aspirations, and what could possibly go wrong. The element of Murphy’s Law works effectively in her scenarios. When you become invested in Caroline as the protagonist, you feel happy for her success, and you want everything to fall into place for her. But life is unfair, and it is on life’s uncertainty that this story hinges to give you a deep feeling of sympathy and remind you that we are all fallible human beings. If you crave the comfort of a heartwarming romance novel, this is a book that you will not be able to put down.

Pikasho Deka

Courage Caroline is a romance novel built on the premise of self-discovery. Author Heather Lenz's emotional ride follows the journey of a woman named Caroline as she deals with heartbreak and loss and finds friendship and love in the most unlikeliest of places. Raised by her grandmother Melody, Caroline is a fiercely independent woman who owns a business consultancy company named Badass Branding. One day, her friend Jolan introduces her to the world of yoga. Soon, they get an opportunity to travel to New York and teach yoga in a New York studio. Roaming in New York, Caroline meets a man named Jonathan, who falls head over heels for her. Caroline must now choose between Jolan and Jonathan, all the while trying to grow her burgeoning career.

Courage Caroline is a well-told story of a modern woman trying to balance her love life and career and finding her true self and contentment in the journey. Heather Lenz brilliantly portrays the deep insecurities and anguish inside Caroline, making her a relatable and sympathetic character and an intriguing read. The narrative deftly explores the relationship between Caroline and her grandmother, laying a strong foundation for Caroline's character. Caroline draws her inner strength from the love she shares with her grandmother, and Lenz manages to convey it in a very subtle and graceful manner. I enjoyed Courage Caroline very much and highly recommend it. I think most women would find it appealing.

Susan Sewell

When a young woman agrees to step out of her comfort zone and teach a yoga class in a prominent studio in New York City, her life changes in remarkable ways in the inspiring chick lit novel Courage Caroline (A Romance Novel) by Heather Lenz. For nearly a decade, Caroline put all her energy and time into building her branding business, so she doesn't have to answer to anyone. When Jolan, a prospective customer, proposes that he give her a free lifetime of yoga classes for her help, Caroline warily accepts. Unexpectedly, the result of their agreement opens new doors for her personally and career-wise. Soon Jolan persuades Caroline into taking a teaching yoga course, then later coerces her to join him in New York City while he teaches at a high-end studio. However, before they make it to the studio and a few minutes before his first class, Jolan abandons Caroline and his obligation to teach for his ex-girlfriend. Having never taught a yoga class before, Caroline is nervous about teaching, especially in such a prestigious establishment. Alone in a big city and entirely out of her comfort zone, can Caroline meet the unexpected challenges? Will she ever be the same?

Courage Caroline (A Romance Novel) by Heather Lenz is a charming and inspirational chick-lit novel. Set between the California coast and New York City, it is a transfixing story of personal growth and romance. The personable characters, a riveting plot, and a provocative storyline create a stunning and captivating tale. It is an extraordinary feel-good story in which the heroine meets and overcomes the obstacles and challenges. With her courage and personal strength, Caroline's character is an inspiring testament to how your life can open up by shoving aside your fears and stepping out of your comfort zone. It is a phenomenal novel that will enchant everyone who loves a good, clean romance.

Michelle Stanley

Courage Caroline is a chick lit novel by Heather Lenz. Providing her favorite cafe with a branding package in exchange for free coffee and pastries reduces expenses, but Caroline hopes her new branding business will soon be successful. She’s attracted to yoga instructor Jolan who offers her free lessons for a branding package. They become good friends and her beloved Gran adores him. When Caroline accompanies Jolan on a yoga assignment to New York, he disappears for a week, leaving her to teach his classes. She meets Johnathan at a restaurant and the two begin dating. Although puzzled by Jolan’s odd behavior, self-conscious Caroline finds comfort and renewed confidence teaching yoga and expanding her branding business. Jolan returns with an unexpected surprise and Caroline knows she has a serious decision to make about the men in her life.

“One act of courage can change your life.” Heather Lenz has written a delightful chick lit story about a warm, compassionate woman who is skilled and confident in making business deals, but feels insecure with men she’s attracted to. I am very fond of Caroline and her grandmother, who provides a lot of humour throughout the story. Jolan is so well mannered and charming. I didn’t know yoga could be so interesting or beneficial to one’s well-being, so I’m thinking of making it a hobby after reading this book. The yoga scenes in the park are nice too. Courage Caroline is a light-hearted read by Heather Lenz that will please readers who like romance novels.