Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Review (+Tour GIVEAWAY): Focus on Love

On Tour with Prism Book Tours

Focus On Love
(The Wardrobe Dinner Theater #2)
by Candee Fick
Inspirational Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 192 pages
February 13th 2018 by Bling! Romance

Free-spirited Elizabeth Foster turned her back on her father's photography business to pursue musical theater, but a career on the stage remains second to a career behind the camera. The possibility of a one-show contract means she's a few weeks from unemployment forcing her home, and her dreams of pursuing professional photography reemerge. With photography and theater opportunities unfolding before her, Elizabeth faces her biggest challenge yet—listening to her heart.

Meanwhile, sought-after photographer Ryan Callahan has put his career on hold to help his sister's family, but the promise of a bigger assignment could lure him away so he can begin building a family of his own. With professional opportunities and personal obligations pulling at him, Ryan faces his toughest challenge—balancing family, relationships, and work.

If given the choice, what dreams would develop for Elizabeth and Ryan? And will they learn to trust each other enough to focus on love?

Other Books in the Series

Dance Over Me
(The Wardrobe Dinner Theater #1)
by Candee Fick
Inspirational Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 268 pages
September 2016 by Bling! Romance

Danielle Lefontaine, a fledgling actress raised to the lullaby of Broadway, searches for her long-lost brother and her place on the stage, but a jealous cast member and numerous fruitless leads threaten to drop the curtain on her dreams and shine a spotlight on her longing for a place to belong. 

Meanwhile, Alex Sheridan is living his dream except for someone to share it with. When Dani dances into his life, he hopes he’s found the missing piece to his heart but fears the bright lights of the stage could steal her away. Will the rhythm of dancing feet usher in their deepest desires or leave them stranded in the wings?


My Thoughts

Focus on Love is the first book I’ve read by Candee Fick and I really enjoyed it. Set in the Wardrobe Dinner Theater world of Colorado, we meet Liz and her two roommates, Dani and Gloria. Dani’s story was told in the previous book, Dance Over Me (which I’m eager to read), and Focus on Love is Liz’s story, which stands alone.

Liz and Ryan are great leading characters, with talents that compliment and bring out the best in each other. I loved how caring and supportive Ryan was about his family – sister Cheryl and her children. He also helped Liz to rediscover her creative side, with such a “laser-targed focus on her subjects that her camera almost became a natural extension of her imagination.” And it was so enjoyable to see Liz’s spiritual growth away from the legalistic and controlling religion of her family. I’d like to see more of this thread developed in a future story.

There was so much that I liked about this story … that Liz and Ryan’s relationship began with friendship, without the usual misunderstanding and quarrels that we usually see. The photographic theme was very well developed. I enjoy looking at beautiful photography and felt drawn right into the work of Ryan and Liz. And best of all was Ryan’s faith that he shared with Liz – and her response as she opened up to the God of love.

The ending felt a little rushed, but hopefully we’ll see more of Liz and Ryan in the next book. Focus on Love is a sweet and entertaining read that I thoroughly enjoyed.


I was provided a copy of this book through Prism Book Tours. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

About the Author

Candee Fick is a multi-published author in both fiction and non-fiction. She is also the wife of a high school football coach and the mother of three children, including a daughter with a rare genetic syndrome. 

When not busy with her day job, writing, or coaching other authors, she can be found cheering on the home team at sporting events, exploring the great Colorado outdoors, indulging in dark chocolate, and savoring happily-ever-after endings through a good book.

Tour Giveaway

There are two specific prizes below for this tour. You can also find another release celebration giveaway here.

-- 1ST PRIZE: 1 winner will receive autographed copies of Catch of a Lifetime, Dance Over Me and Focus On Love, as well as a $25 Shutterfly gift card

-- 2ND PRIZE: 1 winner will receive an autographed copy of Focus On Love
US only

Ends February 28th


  1. Thank you so much for hosting me today as part of the tour! I also truly appreciate your honest review. It's always nice to see that other people like my characters as much as I do. :-) Happy Valentine's Day!

  2. The book covers have a lot of depth as if you could go in deep and get lost in the pages.

  3. This looks really good--I'd love to read it.

  4. These books look great! Thanks for sharing about them.