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(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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“There’s something about this beach—it will cure what ails you.” She moved past him and started down the stairs. “I joke all the time that the marketing people sneak out at night and inject a secret ingredient into the air. No one believes me, of course.”
“A complex hypothesis like that doesn’t get much support, huh? Shocking.”
She paused and fired a playful look over her shoulder. “Don’t mock me.”
He held up both palms and tried not to laugh. “No mockery here. I’m sure your top-secret injection theory is spot on.”
“You wait and see. Fifteen minutes in, and you’ll forget whatever was bothering you.” She pivoted and trotted down the next flight of stairs.
His smile faded. If only that were true.
He followed her the rest of the way down the stairs and out onto the sand. The tide was out—blue-gray waves crashed their foamy edges in this distance—leaving a broad expanse of beach for walking. Only a few people and their pets dotted the coast in either direction.
“C’mon.” She motioned for him to follow her as she worked her way around the pieces of sun-dried driftwood and muddy tide pools carved out by the elements. While sunbeams streamed through the mottled sky overhead, a steady wind blew, making him wish once again he’d remembered his jacket or a hoodie.
They walked in comfortable silence, the ocean on their left and the impressive bluffs supporting Seabrook’s oceanfront homes on their right. Dark green trees, slanted sideways from decades of enduring the brutal Pacific storms, clung stubbornly to the jagged faces of the cliffs. Lindsay was partly right. It might not be the air, but the raw, breathtaking beauty of the weather-beaten coastline that chased away the heartache.
“See?” She nudged him gently, as though reading his thoughts. “You’re already forgetting whatever was bothering you, right?”
“Not yet. Let’s keep walking.”
“Whatever. You don’t want to admit there’s something to my theory.”
“Perhaps.” What he didn’t want to admit was how much he liked being with her. Sure, the beach was beautiful, but he didn’t want to tell her he’d spent at least two weeks every summer at another beach a few hours south of here for most of his childhood. None of those trips ever made him feel the way he felt walking next to her right now.
Inspired. No, more like invincible.
That’s how he felt when Lindsay was beside him. And he wanted to hold on to that feeling. To cling to it. To bottle it up. Because her refusal to give up even when failure was nipping at her heels compelled him to keep trying too.
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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Ends September 18, 2019