in this post: This Wandering Heart
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 next book is This Wandering Heart by Janine Rosche – plus the author shares 4 Must-Haves for Romance On the Road!
THIS WANDERING HEART
SERIES: Madison River Romance #1
GENRE: Inspirational Contemporary Romance
PUBLISHER: Berkley Books
RELEASE DATE: May 5, 2020
In the first entry in the Madison River Romance series, Keira Knudsen gets the traveling opportunity of a lifetime, but when she reunites with her first love, Robbie, she learns that even a wandering heart needs a home….
No one in the quaint town of West Yellowstone, Montana knows that unassuming geography teacher Keira Knudsen moonlights as sensational travel blogger Kat Wanderfull. No one, that is, except for her first love, Robbie Matthews, who has just discovered the woman he is falling for online is the same one that broke his heart five years ago.
But Robbie has another problem: the mother of his daughter, Anabelle, has resurfaced after a three-year absence determined to rip Anabelle away from him. Robbie needs a steady paycheck for a chance at custody, and now, on the eve of a grand adventure that could give Keira a chance to flee her old, troubled life once and for all, she is in need of assistance.
With so much broken trust between them, Keira and Robbie must keep an arms-length away to make this partnership work. But the more time they spend together, exploring majestic places and sharing new experiences, the closer they get–until their secrets and dreams threaten to cost them everything.
4 Must-Haves for Romance On the Road
by Janine Rosche, author of This Wandering Heart
As Robbie and Keira learn in This Wandering Heart, sometimes the best place to fall in love is between two mile markers. Whether you’re getting to know someone better or trying for a fresh connection after a couple of decades together, a road trip is an excellent way to experience a novel-worthy kiss scene of your own. Here are four must-haves to kickstart your on-the-road romance.
- An Intriguing Destination.
Imagining where to go is half the fun of a road trip. Find a map, atlas, app, or globe and start dreaming with your significant other (or keep it a surprise!). It might be somewhere off the map or a popular attraction. It can be fun, educational, thought-provoking, or deeply personal. You may choose a specific destination or a more whimsical jaunt, such as chasing the setting sun. When you think about it, there is no shortage of amazing places to visit. Here are some ideas for road trip destinations:
- A national or state park
- A lake, river, or ocean
- A cultural heritage site
- A famous restaurant
- A battlefield or historic site
- A landmark (ie. Clark Gable’s Birthplace)
- A weird museum (The International Banana Museum anyone?)
- A Great Playlist
Music is useful on a road trip for several reasons. First, it can determine the mood for your trip. While Celine’s My Heart Will Go On is an awesome song, it probably isn’t the best for a trip to South Dakota’s Wall Drug (hey, they offer free ice water!). Second, music choices tell you a lot about the person sitting to your left or right. On our first road trip in 2000, my husband learned that my favorite song is Marie Osmond’s 1980 hit Meet Me in Montana, and yet, he married me anyway. Finally, it lets you hear your companion’s singalong voice. Do you really want to hear that falsetto for the next fifty years?
I’ve compiled the perfect road trip playlist to match my upcoming release, The Wandering Heart. Check it out here: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/158G1T5C0yIy5ZaKH1RCmq
- Dynamic Conversation
My husband is not a talker. I am. If left to our own tendencies, he won’t speak at all, and I’ll cover all the reasons The Monkees were better than The Beatles. To avoid that, here are some questions to spark some conversation:
- If you could live the life of any fictional character, who would you choose?
- What is your favorite family tradition?
- If you could open one business anywhere without fear of failure, what would it be and where?
- You can magically place one novel in every home in your country. Which one would you choose?
- What is your earliest memory?
- What poster was on your childhood bedroom wall? (Mine—shocker—was The Monkees)
- If you had a million dollars, what would you buy?
- Would you rather win a Grammy, Oscar, Nobel Peace Prize, or the presidency?
- If you could bring back any extinct animal, what would it be?
- You get stranded on a desert island and can only bring one character from *Winnie the Pooh with you for company. Who would you choose? *Could also use Saved by the Bell, Marvel Universe, The Golden Girls, or you know, The Monkees
- Picnic Basket
The last essential item for a fantastic road trip for two is a picnic set like the one I’m giving away along with an advance reader copy of my novel, This Wandering Heart. Is there anything better than spreading out a blanket and taking in the sights while eating a picnic lunch? Afterward, take a nap in the sunshine or do some cloud-watching. Who knows? You might even land a kiss or two!
With these four things, your romantic road trip is sure to be one Robbie and Keira would approve of!
Prone to wander, Janine Rosche finds as much comfort on the open road as she does at home. This longing to chase adventure, behold splendor, and experience redemption is woven into each of her rustic romance novels in the Madison River Romance series. When she isn’t writing or traveling, she teaches family life education courses to college students, takes too many pictures of her sleeping dogs, and embarrasses her four children and husband with boy band serenades.
Janine Rosche is offering a print copy of This Wandering Heart + a VonShef Geo Picnic Backpack to one of my readers! (US only. Void 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.
What about you? What interests you most about This Wandering Heart by Janine Rosche? What’s your fave kind of music (or specific songs) to listen to on a road trip?