Book Review: The Cove by Julie L. Spencer

The Cove

Title: The Cove

Author: Julie L. Spencer

Series: None

Released: December 9, 2014


Book Description:

You can’t choose your consequences . .

Olympic swimmer Gail Pedersen is a selfish overachiever who’s used to getting her own way. She finds herself in not only a love triangle, but a love quadrangle with three very different men. She knows she has to choose, but which one will steal her heart?

Patrick – the love of her childhood who knows her history and loves her anyway, but is gone for two years serving as a missionary.

Stephan – a rich college guy who sweeps her off her feet.

Todd – the man who is everyone’s best friend and offers Gail comfort and support.

Gail doesn’t want to hurt any of them, but the more she tries to fix the situation they’re in, the worse it gets. Determined, Gail finally makes a decision that will change their lives forever, but her choice leaves unexpected consequences. Can they overcome tragedy and repair broken friendships? Or will each of them spend the rest of their lives without love?


This was not at all what I was expecting and I should probably wait a day or two to process this story before writing a review.

I read the first 3 chapters of The Cove and decided to mark this as a “did not finish”.

Typically I don’t read summaries prior to reading books because they are too full of spoilers. However after three chapters I was ready to quit so I broke down and read the book summary. After skimming the summary I “knew” exactly where this was going and decided it wasn’t worth my time.

I “knew” who Gail was going to end up with from page one and was just not really into reading a story of a shallow girl with a 3 way love triangle/quadrilateral. My to read list is endless and I didn’t want to waste time on a cookie cutter LDS novel.

Thankfully I ended up giving this a second chance.

There were no reviews on Goodreads so I jumped over to Amazon to see if there were any reviews there. There were and they were all 4 & 5 star reviews. Initially I assumed this must be one of those books where just the author’s friends and family had read and rated the book highly due to a plea from the author. However there were a couple reviews that caught my eye, specifically one that described this as a “cautionary tale”. I thought I might be missing something and decided I should read a little further just to be sure.

So I read a couple more chapters… And then I couldn’t put the book down.

This story did not play out how I thought it would. At all.

This wasn’t cookie cutter. Half way through once again I totally “knew” where this was headed and once again I was total wrong. This wasn’t typically Mormon fiction. The characters didn’t acts how they were “supposed to”.

It’s rare that a book surprises me but this one did. All my predictions for how this story would go turned out to be wrong. Some very unexpected twists and turns kept me turning the pages.

Admittedly there were a few moments (especially near the end) where I had to suspend my disbelief due to the implausibility of how things played out. By the time I closed the book I was satisfied.

4 stars

Rating: 4 Stars

Content: Clean (a mild swear word and some mature content but nothing graphic and I would let my teen read this)

Source: Ebook Review Copy

LDS Fiction – Although the author tries to work in some information for those who aren’t members of the Mormon church I’m not sure someone not intimately familiar with LDS teaching and doctrines would get this book.



  1. I do not read religious fiction, and am not religious, but a lot of the story line sounds good. Plus, Patrick is my husband’s name! haha

    You did a great job with this review.