Release Date: March 20, 2018
Genre: Christian Fiction, Young Adult Romance
Grace Summer lands herself in a melon load of trouble when she becomes torn between the boy of her dreams and the boy almost next door.
As the newly crowned Watermelon Queen, she is thrust into the spotlight, meets the dreamy Warren Hartley, and continues trying to get over an accident that rocked her world. Mix in working with Beau Baron who Grace happens to fight with just about as much as breathing and the metaphorical sparks fly.
Like most things in life, Grace must learn to take the good with the bad. While the good is the handsome and fun Warren Hartley, the bad is Beau Baron — or at least being around his annoying and rude self way more than she would like. For Beau, Grace is nothing more than aggravating and an irritating reminder from the night of the accident.
Tensions soar as Grace and Beau fight to love themselves and maybe, just maybe, each other.
This was a cute story about romance and watermelons with a serious element as Grace was grieving and having a hard time dealing with it. There was a fun love/hate relationship with the boy next door story line and also a secondary romance happening between his brother and another girl, which was also amusing. I liked the strong faith element as prayer was important to Grace; I especially liked how she turned to God when she was feeling heartbroken toward the beginning of the story. It seemed like those moments tapered off near the end of the story, though there was a scene where she was in church and she realized she couldn't find happiness in another person, only in God and remembering what He did for her. I thought she was a little naive to believe Warren, especially when everyone was warning her about him. She should have at least tried to find out more about him. Sometimes she made questionable choices but then I also liked that she wasn't too perfect. I liked the amusing aspects to the story and I liked Grace and Beau a lot. Beau also talked about his faith; he seemed like such a great guy with how he tried to protect Grace and in how he respected her. It was interesting to learn more about the watermelon industry but sometimes it got a little detailed. I would recommend this story if you like young adult light romance.
I received an ebook copy of this book from JustRead Publicity. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
April Smith grew up spending summers working on her best friend ’ s family watermelon farm and she was one of those watermelon queens she writes about. She has her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education and a Master ’ s Degree in the Art of Teaching.
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