Love Stories GIVEAWAY: How to Stir A Baker’s Heart

Posted February 9, 2020 by meezcarrie in Author Interview, Candice Sue Patterson, Christian, contemporary, giveaway, Love Stories 2020, romance / 40 Comments

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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 How to Stir a Baker’s Heart by Candice Sue Patterson + the author shares her favorite love story authors!

Cadence of Acadia #2
GENRE: Inspirational Contemporary Romance
PUBLISHER: White Rose Publishing
RELEASE DATE: April 5, 2019
PAGES: 249

Certified mental health therapist Olivia Hudson has spiraled into a dark depression her own training can’t pull her out of. Since Olivia can’t return to her practice when she can’t even help herself, she moves to Stone Harbor, Maine, to heal and help her dementia-ridden grandmother run her once-famous bakery.

Blake Hartford is living his dream of farming blueberries and restoring a Victorian farmhouse on his coastal property, while his beloved community withers away under a rocky economy. Blake joins the town board to help revamp things and boost the much-needed tourism that can turn his community around.

After a misunderstanding with the bakery owner’s granddaughter and the town board’s suggestion they lead the tourism project together, life in Stone Harbor gets a little bit sweeter. But when the truth of Olivia’s past comes to light, Blake is forced to confront his own.

How to Stir a Baker’s Heart is a story of healing and forgiveness, proving God can mend our brokenness and soften even the hardest of hearts.


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Some readers enjoy multiple genres to explore many different experiences. I am not that reader, though I’m secretly jealous of them. Unless I’m reading a devotional or researching nonfiction for a book I’m about to write, I’m reading clean or Christian Fiction romance. These can include “love stories” as well, because I’m fascinated by love and the different kinds and the different circumstances in which it blooms. It’s the reason I write romance. While I’m a fan of many, MANY romance authors, here are a few of my favorites I’d like to share with you today.

Denise Hunter. Almost ten years ago, while feeding my infant son a bottle, I picked up a Denise Hunter book that was given to me, and I’ve been a fan ever since. In fact, Denise’s writing inspired me to finally write that book I’d dreamed of writing ever since I was a kid. In her biography, she mentioned writing during her kids’ naptimes and the proverbial light bulb blazed inside my brain (at the time I was a stay-at-home mom). I sat down, wrote that book, and six published books later, I’m still writing. And still a fan of Denise. Check out her books at

Elizabeth Camden. Her books are sooooo good. Elizabeth writes historical romance with rich details and true accounts, and I always step away from her stories both entertained and enlightened. My absolute favorite stories of hers are “Beyond All Dreams” and “With Every Breath.” For more on Elizabeth, visit her website at

Charles Martin. This author writes what I would call “love stories.” His books are not always a romance between a man and woman. Sometimes his plots revolve around two individuals from different generations who are forced to rely on each other, forming a love and friendship and also a newfound love for themselves. Sometimes his plots revolve around estranged family members who find their way back to each other. No matter what the plot, Charles Martin’s writing and story crafting ability is astounding, and I highly recommend his books. Find out more at 

Becky Wade. This author is excellent at writing a swoony romance. The characters are always fascinating and loveable (especially the heroes), and Becky’s writing style is punchy and enjoyed by readers of all ages. If you’ve never read a Becky Wade book, I always recommend starting with “My Stubborn Heart.” However, you can start with any of them and become an instant fan. Learn more about Becky’s books at

Ruth Logan Herne. Cowboy romance. Can I get a sigh? Ruth knows how to hook a reader with a great cowboy hero. With deeply tangled plots and plenty of sweet moments too, Ruth is my go-to when I need a trip west. Check out all of her books at

Kimberly Krey. Kimberly writes indie romance that “keeps it clean without losing the steam.” Her plots tend to stay on the lighter, flirty side of things. Her books will take you anywhere from a ranch to a reality tv set to a military hero. If you’re looking for a new author, see her book titles at

Deeanne Gist. Deeanne writes historical romance with so much romantic tension it oozes off the pages. Her storylines are unique and gripping, and I’ve read several of her books twice. My favorites are “Love on the Line” and “Fair Play.” Visit her website at for more titles.

I hope you’re already of fan of these authors or soon will be. If you’re looking for other sweet love stories, let me leave you with a couple of more suggestions. “Little Women” by Louisa May Alcott, a love story of family and living life to its fullest, and “A Seal Called Andre” by Harry Goodridge, a story of “his love for all animals but especially one seal called Andre.”

I’d love to hear who your favorite romance authors are or the titles of your favorite romance books. I’m always looking for new books to add to my to-read list. Drop me a line in the comments!

Candice Sue Patterson studied at the Institute of Children’s Literature and is an active member of American Christian Fiction Writers. She lives in Indiana with her husband and three sons in a restored farmhouse overtaken by books. When she’s not tending to her chickens, watching her kids play sports, or helping children discover a love for reading as an elementary librarian, she’s working on a new story. Candice writes Modern Vintage Romance—where the past and present collide with faith. She is represented by Linda S. Glaz of Hartline Literary Agency. Learn more at her website at

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Candice Sue Patterson is offering a copy (print or ebook) of How to Stir a Baker’s Heart to one of my readers! (US only for print, ebook open internationally except where prohibited by law or logistics.) This giveaway is subject to Reading Is My SuperPower’s giveaway policies which can be found here. Enter via the Rafflecopter form below.

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What about you? What interests you most about How to Stir a Baker’s Heart? Who are some of your favorite love story authors?

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40 responses to “Love Stories GIVEAWAY: How to Stir A Baker’s Heart

  1. Lynette

    I also love Kimberly Krey, Denise Hunter, and Becky Wade. This is a new-to-me author, and this book looks like a good read.

  2. Marti

    Candice is a GREAT author. I think I’ve read every one of her books and they never disappoint. She’s not even from Maine as I am, but she’s able to replicate the flavor of life here so well. I’m sure this story is another love story that hits the ball out of the park. I also like Sarah Sundin, Wanda Sue Thomas, and Charles Martin.

  3. Bernice Kennedy

    I like reading love stories of healing and forgiveness. I read such a variety of romance authors I am drawing a blank on names except for Denise Hunter, Sandra Brown and Nicholas Sparks.

  4. Anne

    Captivating and wonderful story. Many wonderful romance authors who books I enjoy and read avidly. Barbara O’Neal, Susan Mallory, Debbie Macomber, Susan Wiggs, JoJo Moyes, and many more.

  5. Carolyn Tye

    I am interested in reading about the healing of this book. My favorite romance authors include Beth Vogt, Becky Wade, Kristi Hunter and Elizabeth Camden.

  6. Patty

    Melissa Tagg is an author who has been around for a while, but I just recently read several of her novellas, sweet little love stories!
    Another relatively recent discovery is Sally Britton. She writes clean regency romances that I love!

  7. Arletta

    Candice Sue is a new to me author but I love bakery/foodie books so this one sounds like one I’d enjoy. If you also like foodie books then I recommend Sugar by Kimberly Stuart and The Saturday Night Supper Club series by Carla Laureano. I would say Mary Jane Hathaway’s Jane Austen Takes the South series and Katherine Reay’s books are tops on my list of favourite authors/stories.


    Interested in learning what caused Olivia’s depression. Strange premise for a story… sending someone n a deep depression to take care of someone suffering from dementia! The blueberry farm and Victorian farmhouse sound absolutely delightful!

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