Book Spotlight (and a Giveaway!): Love on a Whim by Suzanne Woods Fisher

Posted May 6, 2024 by meezcarrie in Christian, contemporary, giveaway, romance, Suzanne Woods Fisher, women's fiction / 38 Comments

Love on a Whim excerpt

Love on a Whim by Suzanne Woods FisherLOVE ON A WHIM by Suzanne Woods Fisher
Cape Cod Creamery #3
GENRE: Contemporary Romance/Women’s Fiction (Christian)
RELEASE DATE: May 7, 2024
PAGES: 304

Brynn Haywood’s impulsive marriage to a man she’d known less than 24 hours leaves her with deep regret. She flees to Cape Cod, finding refuge with her loyal friend, Dawn Dixon. As Brynn grapples with her emotions, Dawn acts swiftly, eager to help secure a lawyer for her through her mother Marnie’s good friend, Lincoln Hayes. However, Lincoln’s preoccupation with his daughter’s lavish wedding brings unexpected challenges.

The arrival of Lincoln’s estranged son, Bear Hayes, stirs the waters further. Alarmed by his father’s extravagant generosity toward the Dixon family, Bear ignites friction between Marnie and Lincoln. As the wedding day arrives, Lincoln vanishes–and an unwelcome guest makes a surprise appearance.

Bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher delights with this sweet story of love, family, and the unpredictability of life.


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When Dawn picked Brynn up at the airport, it was obvious something was seriously wrong. Brynn always looked like she’d stepped right out of Vogue magazine, even on a sleepy Sunday morning in a college dorm. She sent her blue jeans to the dry cleaners. She leather-conditioned her purse and shoes. And her personal grooming was impeccable: French-manicured nails; long, straight dark hair, cut every six weeks; bangs trimmed every three weeks; makeup perfectly applied. Even the wings on her eyeliner looked professional.

But this girl? She was unrecognizable as the Brynn whom Dawn had roomed with all through college and into their midtwenties. Brynn had no makeup on, or if she did, it had been washed away with tears. Her hair was pulled into a messy bun, and it wasn’t the stylish kind of messy. Her socks were mismatched, her T-shirt had a coffee stain, and her beautiful dark doe eyes were puffy and red.

Dawn couldn’t imagine what had happened to her. Brynn was a civil engineer who worked with tough construction types. Somehow, as small and slender and feminine as she was, she’d always been able to handle them well. No one dared to push her around or hit on her. But looking at her, Dawn worried that someone had hurt her, had taken advantage of her, and that worry made her stomach turn over. Then flip back. Brynn was one of Dawn’s most beloved persons in the world. She was the sister she’d never had. Brynn’s parents had divorced, several times, and were absent more than present. Since the age of eighteen, she’d spent every holiday with the Dixons. If anyone had laid a hand on her, Dawn would hunt him down and—

Hold it. She was letting her imagination run wild with dreadful possibilities. Dawn didn’t see any bruises, any signs of physical injury. Still . . . something terrible had happened to Brynn.

Earlier, on the drive to the airport, Dawn had promised herself that she would let Brynn talk when she was good and ready. So as hard as it was to stay silent, Dawn held her tongue. She hugged Brynn, opened the car door to help her in, put her suitcase in the back, and drove away from the small Hyannis airport—all done wordlessly.

In Yarmouth, as Dawn flipped on the blinker to turn onto Highway 6, Brynn finally spoke. “Could we go to the beach first? I don’t think I can face anyone right now. Especially your mom.”

Dawn flashed her a sympathetic smile. “You bet.” She knew of a quiet beach in Chatham that wouldn’t be overrun with children and dogs. July was the most crowded time on the Cape and today was a picture-perfect day. The population of Chatham swelled fourfold in the summer. Good for an ice cream shop, not so good if you were trying to find a quiet spot on the beach to sob your eyes out.

Dawn knew all about that. A few years ago, she’d come to Cape Cod to nurse a broken heart. Her fiancé, Kevin, had broken off their engagement just weeks before the wedding. Dawn had felt the same desperate longing to sit on a beach and watch the waves come in, to absorb the tranquil sounds of the ocean. Vast and mysterious, yet calming and soothing. Time healed her heartbreak, aided by her mother’s impetuous purchase of a run-down ice cream shop. And somehow, both time plus the dire needs of the ice cream shop brought Kevin back into her life. Two years later, they had worked through their problems and were happily married. So happily that they’d been trying to start a family.

Trying . . . without success . . . for six months. She hadn’t found the right moment to tell Kevin that she’d made an appointment with a fertility specialist. Her mom had trouble conceiving, and she’d always had a dread that infertility might be a problem for her too. Because of that niggling fear, she didn’t want to let any more precious time slip away.

Brynn sniffed, wiping her nose with her sleeve (soooo unlike her), and Dawn rummaged one hand through her purse to find a tissue packet to hand to her. When she saw the sign for Harwich, she exited onto Pleasant Lake Avenue, then drove along Queen Anne Road to 137, turning onto Route 28, until she reached Forest Beach Road in South Chatham. The road ended at the beach, facing Nantucket Sound. A lovely, overlooked spot.

Most people assumed that Cape Cod beaches were one long sandy strip, one wide ribbon. Just the opposite. The beaches were narrow strands, separated from each other by inlets, ponds, bays, jutting dunes covered in wild roses. More like a chunky necklace than a wide ribbon.

Dawn parked the car along the side of the lane, and the two walked down to the beach. She let Brynn decide where to plop down. A few people clustered on the beach but no children, no leashless dogs, and the tide was heading out. About a third of the way down, Brynn dropped to her knees. Dawn followed her lead, then crossed her legs, settled into the sand, and patiently waited. She breathed in the salt-scented air, watched the waves as they crashed, admired a bobbing sailboat in the distance, looked at the seagulls circling overhead, noticed the angle of the sun, and counted a few puffy clouds floating in the sky. Waiting, waiting, waiting for Brynn to start opening up. Dawn had never been good at waiting. She lasted a full two minutes before turning to Brynn. “Okay, spill it. What in the world happened to you?”

Eyes squeezed shut, Brynn tensed up, and suddenly, the dam broke. Big, choking sobs. Shoulder-shaking gasps. Struggling breaths. Dawn rubbed her back in circles and let her cry it out. In between sobs, Brynn mumbled something.

“You did what?” Too harsh. Dawn had triggered another crying jag.

When that jag ebbed, Brynn repeated herself, more clearly.

Dawn’s mind could hardly grasp what Brynn was trying to tell her. She leaned back, elbows digging into the sand, gobsmacked. “You got married . . . to a stranger?”

Suzanne Woods Fisher, Love on a Whim
Revell, a division of
Baker Publishing Group, © 2024. Used by permission.

Suzanne Woods Fisher

Suzanne Woods Fisher is the award-winning, bestselling author of more than forty books, including The Sweet Life, The Secret to Happiness, and Love on a Whim, as well as many beloved contemporary romance and Amish romance series. She is also the author of several nonfiction books about the Amish, including Amish Peace and Amish Proverbs. She lives in California. Learn more at

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38 responses to “Book Spotlight (and a Giveaway!): Love on a Whim by Suzanne Woods Fisher

  1. The book cover and excerpt from the book makes me want to read the book. Love books like this and this one looks and sounds like a great read and looks and sounds like a best seller.
    I really look forward to reading this book and the author’s other books.

  2. Elizabeth Litton

    I’ve read the first two books in the series, so I can’t wait to continue. (Also, the covers in this series are divine!) 😀

  3. MS Barb

    I like Suzanne’s books! I’m curious about why someone would marry a stranger & then run away!

  4. Megan

    It sounds like a fun book! I’ve kind of gotten tired of reading Christian Amish fiction, so this series appeals! After reading about this book, I put the previous 2 on hold at my local library–and already have a hold on this one when they get it in (but there are at least a dozen people ahead of me in line for it!)

  5. Kay Garrett

    Love Suzanne Woods Fisher’s book and have been waiting with great anticipation for the opportunity to read LOVE ON A WHIM. On my TBR list already. 🙂 The excerpt just makes me want to keep reading.

  6. Judi Imperato

    This book sounds so good, I would love to read it. Thank you for the giveaway.

  7. Roxanne C.

    The excerpt sure is an attention-grabber. I’d love to see how the author weaves together the many different threads of this story.

  8. Joe Titone

    Looks like a very interesting read! The details make me want it to be my next read.

  9. Nancy

    I would like to read Love on a Whim by Suzanne Woods Fisher because it sounds like a charming story.

  10. Donna Graham

    It sounds like an interesting situation. At least I waited 1 mo to get engaged and we got married in the 3rd mo of our of meeting. We didn’t need to. 50 yrs later still together.

  11. Perrianne Askew

    I’ve read and thoroughly enjoyed several of her books, so you can’t go wrong here. I like the idea of an impulsive marriage. It’s not a troupe that I see very often, so it sounds very interesting to me. I know that I won’t be disappointed!

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