Publisher: Ambassador International
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.
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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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April Smith's debut Loving Grace is a sweet YA romance. I enjoyed how the novel centered around the watermelon world. It made me long for a nice slice of watermelon.
The story line was a quick and fun read. Ms. Smith creates great tension full of twists and turns that you don't see coming and keep you reading.
All of the characters were well developed which made you care about them and what happened to them.
My Bottom Line:
Loving Grace is a perfect book for teen girls who want clean romance. The story moves at a nice pace which keeps you reading. The world of watermelon farming and harvesting is both authentic and interesting. The romantic triangle that Grace finds herself in is one that I believe teen girls would relate to. I didn't come across anything that I would consider questionable for a teenager.
Besides the clean romance the spiritual thread is evident yet not overwhelming.
I highly recommend this book.
And just because it's one of my favorite songs, and I have fun memories of my teen girl's and I dancing around the house when it came on. I just have to include this video as part of my review. I nearly jumped up and started dancing when the song is mentioned in the book.
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Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.