Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Review of Sweet Melody by Heidi McCahan

On Tour with Prism Book Tours

Welcome to the book tour for  Sweet Melody by Heidi McCahan! I fell in love with this book, and I think you'll enjoy it, too. I have my full review below. And stay tuned for an interview with the author over at my site at Candrel's Crafts, Cooks, and Characters later this week. Check out the rest of the tour, as well, and be sure to enter the great giveaway!

Sweet Melody

(Seabrook Romance #1)
By Heidi McCahan
Christian Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 242 Pages
August 1st 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.

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**My thoughts**
I was drawn to this book description right off the bat because it combines two of my favorite storylines - a bakery and a musician. I don't know why, but I love the stories that take place in bakeries or some kind of food place, because they make me feel all warm and cozy inside. And musicians, well, I've been dating them and hanging out with them since I was in high school. So that part is a given. And I'm not sure that I have ever seen this combination before.

I immediately fell in love with both characters. Lindsay is the kind of girl who would be a close friend, because she is smart, determined, loyal, and knows how to bake. Rhett is dreamy as a business-savvy, creative, intelligent musician who makes a mean cup of coffee. They're both damaged from their past and are working hard to find a sense of self while stumbling ahead to achieve their biggest dreams in life. Lindsay lost both of her parents some years ago in a car accident. She strives to bring about her own twist on their former diner days with her own bakery and hopefully a unique bakery and coffee food truck. I related to this so well. And then Rhett has always dreamed of being a musician, and has the talent to do so, and wants to prove to his father that it isn't a waste of time. He and his father and his father's second family have been fairly estranged for awhile, or at least have had a horribly rocky relationship. 

The heat between them hits as soon as Rhett first demonstrates his prowess on the evil espresso machine. They just seem to fit together perfectly, both from the desire to achieve their dreams and to prove their worth to themselves and to their parents. Their personal skills balance each other out and help them work together to be even more creative and successful. There's just one little secret from Rhett's present that echoes a trauma in Lindsay's past, and it threatens to destroy the harmony they are creating.

Watching the two of them grow together just made me feel happy inside. I may or may not have had misty eyes toward the end of the book. I want to be able to peek in on them later on, and have a feeling we'll be able to, as this is just the first book in the series. And I have a good guess as to who will be the focus in the second book. I'll be watching for it!

I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

About the Author

Heidi secretly dreamed of writing a book for most of her childhood, but a particularly painful rejection letter in middle school convinced her to tuck that dream away. Instead, she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Sports Medicine from Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington and a Master’s Degree in Athletic Training from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. After a brief career as a Certified Athletic Trainer, Heidi married her husband Steve, then she dusted off her big dream of becoming a published author and launched her first contemporary romance into the world in 2014. A huge fan of coffee, dark chocolate, and happily ever after, Heidi currently lives in North Carolina with Steve, three active boys and one amazing Goldendoodle.

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  1. Thank you so much for being a part of this tour! I'm happy to hear you loved Sweet Melody.