in this post: sweet melody
Happy February – official (according to me) KissingBooks month! And welcome to another Love Stories giveaway post! This LOVE STORIES giveaway series is thusly named for two reasons – first, because I love stories and second, because I love Love Stories.
Throughout the entire month of February, I’ll be spotlighting swoony Christian fiction & ‘clean read’ romances. Three cheers for KissingBooks!!! So… grab a fan or two, your trusty fainting couch, and maybe a freezer just to be safe and start making your KissingBooks tbr list! Oh… and did I mention there are GIVEAWAYS with EACH POST in this series??!! (Because authors are awesome!)
Today’s first book is Sweet Melody by Heidi McCahan – plus the author’s 7 favorite book boyfriends!
SERIES: Seabrook #1
GENRE: Inspirational Contemporary Romance
PUBLISHER: Snug Corner Cove Press
RELEASE DATE: August 6, 2019
When a struggling bakery owner is rescued by a wannabe songwriter with hidden culinary talents, they discover they can make sweet harmony … if they can only learn to work together.
Rhett Foster longs to change the world with his music, yet he can’t even finish writing one song. Battered by a string of failures and disillusioned, he returns home to Portland, Oregon. While he desperately wants to create a chart-topping hit, his dad mandates a new mission: move to coastal vacation hotspot Seabrook, Washington and expand the family’s successful restaurant chain.
In danger of destroying her late parents’ legacy if she doesn’t diversify her menu, Lindsay Carmichael will try anything to save her bakery. But with a tiny budget and an injured employee who can’t work, she has no choice but to sink the last of her savings into buying a dilapidated food truck and hiring Rhett as a part-time barista. What she doesn’t know is that the handsome songwriter has a secret … one that could destroy her business and her heart.
Seven Favorite Book Boyfriends in Christian Fiction
by Heidi McCahan, author of Sweet Melody
When I was nine years old, my best friend’s family opened a Christian bookstore in their garage. I begged my mother to buy a copy of Janette Oke’s Love Comes Softly. She agreed and as I read the story of Clark and Marty on the Canadian frontier, my affection for novels written from a Christian worldview blossomed.
I grew up in rural Alaska, a place known for both its breathtaking scenery and significant absence of sunlight. Sadly, that natural phenomenon undergirds a tremendous amount of spiritual darkness. I’m grateful for books that introduced me to the possibility of something more outside our small community and inspired me to dream big dreams. More importantly, Christian fiction illuminated the darkness. These novels reminded me of the truth of God’s love my parents and grandparents had faithfully instilled in my sister and me.
The publishing industry has changed a lot since I first read Love Comes Softly. One thing that remains true: these stories endeavor to reflect the love God has for each of His children. While we expect a satisfactory conclusion and a happily ever after when we read Christian romance, it’s the redemptive story arc and the hope infused within the pages that keeps me reading this genre.
In this month that’s all about love, I feel it’s only fitting we celebrate the book boyfriends and the happiness they bring to our reading lives. In the interest of brevity, I’ve narrowed my list of favorites to seven.
Falling Like Snowflakes (A Summer Harbor Novel) by Denise Hunter
Beau Callahan made such an impact on me as a reader that when I drive past our local Christmas tree farm every holiday season, I’m not ashamed to admit I imagine he’s there—selling Christmas trees, falling in love with Eden and keeping his brothers in line. His commitment to his family and his desire to protect Eden and her son make Beau one of my all-time favorite heroes.
A New Shade of Summer (Love in Lenox) by Nicole Deese
Davis is a veterinarian, a single dad with a slightly rebellious middle schooler, and the heroine’s polar opposite. I felt tremendous empathy for Davis, which made it easy to root for him. While his best friend Shep has nothing to do with the romance in this novel, their friendship and guy banter is so great. I’m a huge fan of Nicole’s writing and the romance that unfolds between Davis and Callie is delightful.
The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck by Bethany Turner
From the minute Ben and Sarah collide in the hallway of Mercy Point Church, I was #TeamBenForever. Bethany has a knack for creating unique, well-developed characters and Ben strode onto the page fully alive and easy to love.
The Rancher’s Unexpected Baby (Colorado Grooms) by Jill Lynn
Gage is bummed about his failed marriage, blind-sided by his role as guardian of a friend’s infant and definitely not interested in a relationship with his friend Emma. I love a friends-to- happily ever after story! Gage can’t possibly resist Emma, especially when she cares for baby Hudson so well and patiently waits for Gage to come to his senses. Such a fun book!
Wyatt (The Montana Marshalls) by Susan May Warren
I almost feel guilty choosing one of Susan May Warren’s heroes as my favorite. It feels so unfair to all the other Marshall brothers (and the Christiansens too). And yet, I must say that Wyatt currently maintains his reign as super swooniest. He’s wounded, his past mistakes haunt him, yet his relentless pursuit of Coco is amazing.
If for Any Reason by Courtney Walsh
This is a new release and to be honest I’m not even finished reading it yet, but that doesn’t matter because Hollis McGuire is a former professional baseball player (swoon!) and a single dad (swoon again!) and he drives a Jeep (swoon one more time!)
Needless to say he is an instant favorite book boyfriend.
A Love Like Ours (A Porter Family Novel) Becky Wade
Becky has created several heroes whom I adore, yet Jake remains my favorite. He’s struggling with PTSD, emotionally unavailable and determined to keep everyone at a distance. I love a romance featuring characters who were childhood friends. Lyndie’s ability to break through Jake’s walls is fantastic and their relationship blossoms in a way that makes you sigh with delight at the conclusion.
Thanks for the opportunity to hear all about my favorite book boyfriends. Leave a comment and tell me which heroes in Christian fiction you adore.
Heidi McCahan is offering a 20 ounce insulated tumbler, an autographed paperback of Sweet Melody, a bookmark and a chocolate bar from Moonstruck chocolate to one of my readers! (US only) This giveaway is subject to Reading Is My SuperPower’s giveaway policies which can be found here. Enter via the Rafflecopter form below.
What about you? What interests you most about Sweet Melody? Which heroes in Christian fiction do you adore?