Road Trip Reads Giveaway (Maryland): The Beach Reads Bookshop by Lee Tobin McClain

Posted June 2, 2023 by meezcarrie in Author Interview, contemporary, giveaway, Lee Tobin McClain, Road Trip Reads Giveaway 2023, romance / 62 Comments

today’s book: The Beach Reads Bookshop by Lee Tobin McClain

This week we kicked off the summer-long Road Trip Reads Giveaway where we will be visiting all 50 states on the pages of recently released books. Because road trips are always better with friends – and books – right? So grab your fave snacks, a cold soda or bottled water, an upbeat playlist and let’s head to…

today’s stop: Maryland


April 2023 The Beach Reads BookshopTHE BEACH READS BOOKSHOP by Lee Tobin McClain
Hometown Brothers #3
GENRE: Contemporary Romance (Clean & Wholesome)
RELEASE DATE: April 25, 2023
PAGES: 314

From New York Times bestselling author Lee Tobin McClain comes a book-about-books story about a billionaire businessman and sudden father who reopens a run-down bookshop on a Chesapeake Bay island with the woman caring for his child.

Running a bookstore on a quaint Chesapeake island is exactly the life Deena Clark would have chosen for herself. But helping billionaire businessman Luis Dominguez figure out fatherhood is part of the package. Can bonding over books and one little girl help them open their hearts to each other?


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by Lee Tobin McClain, author of The Beach Reads Bookshop

Hi everyone! I’m so happy to participate in this Road Trip Reads giveaway. The Beach Reads Bookshop is set in Maryland, and I have taken some glorious trips to the Chesapeake Bay to research the books (there’s actually a trilogy—The Forever Farmhouse, The Bluebird Bakery, and The Beach Reads Bookshop).

Come along and join the tour!

First up: food! Maryland is known for fresh crab and for a wonderful dessert called Smith Island Cake. I highly recommend both! And both appear in my Hometown Brothers trilogy.


Another important aspect of Maryland life is boating. The Beach Reads Bookshop and the rest of the trilogy take place on a fictional island in the Chesapeake Bay, accessible only by boat. I enjoyed looking at all types of boats as I did my research. Here’s a secret, though: I tend to get seasick, so most of my boat research is done close to shore.


Maryland, and the Chesapeake Bay, are home to some of the most glorious sunsets on the planet, as well as plenty of sparsely-populated areas where it’s safe to build a bonfire.

The area is rich in history. I recommend spending an afternoon at the museum devoted to Harriet Tubman and her courageous life.

It’s also interesting, though sad, to look at the many old cemeteries on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Like the rest of the area, especially the islands, significant ground is lost every year to erosion and rising waters.

Maryland is a place for love, too! If you visit Easton during the Christmas season, make sure to take a romantic carriage ride.

Thanks for visiting Maryland with me! Please visit my website,, or join my newsletter for more news, photos, and giveaways.

Lee Tobin McClain is the New York Times bestselling author of more than thirty novels. A professor-turned-writer, she finds inspiration in her beautiful and brilliant daughter, her goofy goldendoodle, and her aptly named cat, Trouble. Learn more about her books at

Lee Tobin McClain is offering a print copy of The Beach Reads Bookshop 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.

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What about you? What makes you want to read The Beach Reads Bookshop by Lee Tobin McClain? Have you ever visited Maryland?

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62 responses to “Road Trip Reads Giveaway (Maryland): The Beach Reads Bookshop by Lee Tobin McClain

  1. Ruth Jarrett

    The book sounds very interesting, that I would enjoy reading. I have visited Maryland several times.

  2. Diana Hardt

    I have never been to Maryland. It sounds like a really interesting book. Thank you for sharing.

  3. Regina

    Seeing a book with something about books in the title automatically draws me in. 🙂

  4. Sandy Avery

    The story sounds interesting and I love the Maryland setting.

    I haven’t visited Maryland but it looks beautiful!

  5. Suzanne Sellner

    This sounds like a sweet story. The fact that it involves books too is a draw.

  6. Julie Pripps

    I haven’t yet been to Maryland, but books are a fun way to travel! This sounds like a good read1

  7. Roxanne C.

    A bookstore on an island is an interesting prospect. Lee Tobin McClain is a great author.

  8. Martha

    I would like to read The Beach Reads Bookshop. I enjoy stores set in small stores. I have never been to Maryland, but it looks like ther are interesting things to see and do.

  9. Tandi Cortez

    I have never been to Maryland! Looks amazing! The book looks like an interesting read and I love the cover!

  10. Maryann

    I like the setting. I have never been to Maryland but my husband has cousins who moved there.

  11. Brent Dotson

    Entering this for my wife; she specifically dislikes books that are too sexualized, so I think this book is right up her alley. She’s never been to Maryland, but I traveled through there on my way to DC when I was in the Marines.

  12. Kasi Walas

    What makes me want to read ‘The Beach Reads Bookshop’ by Lee Tobin McClain is the idea of a charming seaside bookstore setting that promises a feel-good, heartwarming story. The exploration of friendships, community, and the magic of books in this novel sounds utterly captivating. As for Maryland, I have not had the chance to visit yet, but it’s definitely on my list of places to see!

  13. Darlene Owen

    Sounds like a great book I would love to visit Chesapeake island, I have never visited Maryland.

  14. Karen

    I love the East Coast and the beach so this it is a book I am looking forward to reading this summer.

  15. Lelia “Lucy” Reynolds

    I’ve been to Ocean City, Deep Creek Lake and was in MD a few weeks ago for lunch with friends.

  16. Kaitlyn Walas

    Seems like a light-hearted, feel-good book with beach settings! Never been to Maryland but maybe I can experience it in the book instead!

  17. Betty Curran

    Overall it just sounds like a great book. I’ve always wanted to visit Maryland but the closest I’ve been is Washington, D.C.

  18. Hesper Fry

    “Beach Reads” drew me in. Now I am intrigued and would like to read this! Perfect for summer.

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