Sweet Melody (A Seabrook Romance)

Sweet Melody (A Seabrook Romance)

by Heidi McCahan

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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.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940156591961
Publisher: Snug Corner Cove Press
Publication date: 08/06/2019
Series: A Seabrook Romance
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 242,024
File size: 321 KB

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Sweet Melody (A Seabrook Romance) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Ourpugs 10 days ago
Sweet Melody Lindsay owns a shop that sweets and coffee. The book starts out with her barista gets hurt on her first day. So now she can only serve regular coffee, nothing fancy. She will have to find someone else. Rhett comes back to town where his dad lives. He happens to be a barista and a singer. There is a lot of conflict with his dad. This is such a cute story. I love watching fancy coffee being made when they show it on TV. Lindsay was determined to make her business work. The characters were so much fun to read about. I received a complimentary copy of the book from Prism book tours. This book review is my own opinion.
Phyllis_H 10 days ago
A tasty treat Sweet Melody is delightful and filled with romance. Lindsay was still reeling from the destruction of her parents' dream closely followed by their death. Feeling compelled to have her bakery succeed to preserve their legacy, she did all that she could. One problem after another seemed to impede her progress. Rhett felt rejection from his father ever since his mother died when he was a young boy. He never felt he was good enough and did feel like he was constantly being compared unfavorably with his stepbrother, Adam. Broken, yet determined to win his father's respect and favor, he took on a barista position at Lindsay's bakery. Rhett's heart struggled to choose between pleasing his father and pursuing his growing attraction to Lindsay. This just sounds wrong but I enjoyed seeing his dilemma and how torn he was! When reading about his feelings of rejection and inadequacy, I felt like I was experiencing them myself! Lindsay's grief and frustration as things appeared to fall apart around her were equally real. Her devastation when she found out who Rhett was, though she didn't give him a chance to explain, made me sad for her. While I knew some of the things were going to happen, after all, they really had to, there were surprises along the way and I didn't expect everything to work out just like it did. Rhett's overture to win Lindsay back made me want to cheer! Sweet Melody was very enjoyable. I recommend it to anyone who enjoys sweet romantic fiction. Read my review of Sweet Melody by Heidi McCahan at AmongTheReads.net I was given a copy of this book. I was not required to give a favorable review nor was any money received for this review. All comments and opinions are my own.
ibjoy1953 10 days ago
MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK  Sweet Melody describes this book so well. Singer/songwriter Rhett Foster didn’t really want to make coffee for a living but since it was the only part time job he could fine, he had no choice. And Rhett was just the person Lindsay needed. And he was good eye candy to boot. This was my first book by author Heidi McCahan, and I really enjoyed this story. The blend of characters throughout the story developed very well as they told their story. Of course there are always some unlikable characters, which this story has, but they sure made the story much more interesting. Rhett and Lindsay both had dreams and goals they were striving for, but life was certainly not being pleasant to them. Rhett wanted to make his dad proud at least once, and Lindsay wanted to keep her parents’ honor and dreams alive. I did enjoy the bakery talk and that dreaded food truck was a hoot. But fixing it up shows the love and caring of special friends in Lindsay’s life, though the good feelings didn’t last so long. Thanks to Rhett. Then secrets started coming to the surface, causing a lot of heartbreak. And this is where I’ll stop because it will ruin it for you. I do love the ending, and how the author pulls everything together so smoothly and gives readers the perfect ending to the story. A copy of this book was given to me by the author or publisher. I am not required to write a positive review. The opinions here in this review are totally mine alone. I am disclosing this with my review in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.  
WovenFromWords 11 days ago
I found Sweet Melody to be such a heartwarming read. The chemistry between Rhett and Lindsay was so charming and vibrant throughout the entire book. I also enjoyed the overall theme of resilience in the face of deep personal struggle. Both Rhett and Lindsay endured crushing loss and immense obstacles, yet the overall theme of God having your back through joys and sorrows rang clear from beginning to end. The pace of the novel was also steady, it kept me turning the pages until the conclusion. I also loved the scenery of the shore town of Seabrook. I would enjoy visiting such a quaint community in my summer travels!
BrittanyMc 11 days ago
I really enjoyed this romantic story! Now, this is one of those situations where sometimes I wanted to talk some sense into the hero, Rhett Foster. He could have saved a lot of heartache between himself and Lindsay Carmichael if he had spoken up about who his family was earlier in the book. However, the fact that he didn’t, led to some great conflict and confrontation eventually. I really did love the way the attraction and romance brewed between these main characters (pun intended, as the hero was the barista). Both Lindsay and Rhett were hurt in multiple ways in the past and carry their own insecurities, ensuring that falling in love would not be something easily achievable between these two. I really enjoyed this book and the community that was introduced in it. I look forward to returning to Seabrook and reading future stories set there. (4.5 stars) I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
Nicnac63 14 days ago
I had so much fun reading this sweet story! Though Sweet Melody is light and fun, it still carries plenty of substance. For whatever reason, I enjoy reading stories that involve bakeries. I also love coastal settings. Well, this story fills both those slots! Seabrook is a breathtaking backdrop and I feel as if I’ve been there. Lyndsay is so easy to sympathize with and Rhett is a wonderful character as well. The story has just enough tension, and a satisfying conclusion. I enjoy so many genres, and sweet contemporaries are growing closer to the top of the list. This is the first book I’ve read by Heidi McCahan, and I plan to seek out more of her work. Her writing style is easy to read, and her characters are well developed. Source: I received a complimentary copy of this book as part of Prism Book Tours. Opinions expressed are completely my own.
PianoLady831 15 days ago
Sweet Melody is the first book of what I hope develops into a series set in idyllic Seabrook, Washington. On the one hand, the plot is a familiar one – girl meets boy, attraction and friendship soon grow into something more, but certain facts are held back that could crush any chance for a positive outcome – yet the skill and execution of author Heidi McCahan elevates the story to so much more. It’s a fun, heartwarming, emotionally engaging read with compelling spiritual truths gently woven in. I was hooked from the beginning and enjoyed every minute spent with these characters. One striking thing about this book is the beautiful backdrop of Seabrook, Washington – a peaceful, idyllic setting that becomes a tourist hotspot during certain seasons. It’s the perfect location and community for the story of Lindsay and Rhett, and I think readers will fall under its spell – maybe even visit there if ever in the area. Rhett and Lindsay are appealing, relatable lead characters, both with past situations that make them not quite ready for a relationship. This story blends the careers of baking/food truck with music/song writing, and they were totally believable. I longed for Lindsay to succeed with her business and for Rhett to finally be able to write the song on his heart. I didn’t even mind waiting for things to come crashing down when Rhett’s family secret was revealed, the author’s writing was that good. Past experiences had given both Rhett and Lindsay reasons to question the goodness of God, which touches most of our lives at times. Communication, forgiveness, restoration and redemption play key parts in the story. Whether mistakenly or not, Rhett felt that what he had to offer would never be enough for his Dad. Everyone needs someone like Rhett’s friend, Jae, in their lives – a friend who can speak truth in gentle ways. Jae reminds Rhett that God doesn’t see failure when He looks at us, and that He uses circumstances to teach important truths. Jae’s words – that his life was “everything I never knew I wanted” – especially spoke to me. As I said earlier, I do hope for more Seabrook stories because the story of two secondary characters begs to be told – that of Catherine and Micah. Catherine, a close friend who helps Lindsay in her bakery, is a successful author who just happens to have a politician father with presidential aspirations. Micah obviously cares about her, but past issues or addictions make him feel unsuited and unworthy. Now there’s a story to be told! Sweet Melody is “a cut above” within the contemporary romance genre. A recommended read and an author I want to follow. I received a copy of this book through Prism Book Tours. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.
amybooksy 15 days ago
Sweet Melody is an enjoyable read. I loved Lindsay right from the start and admired her strength, bravery and determination. Rhett was, also, a character I enjoyed. The two had been through so much through their life. It was great to see how they learned to forgive and having second chances. Such a beautiful romance with a beautiful setting. I am giving Sweet Melody four and a half stars. I recommend it for readers who enjoy a sweet, clean and light romance with inspiration and faith. I received this book from the publisher. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.
Andrea_C 17 days ago
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.
ARS8 17 days ago
What a sweet love story this was. Lindsay is trying to stay afloat with her bakery and to expand into a food truck. She is having a lot of troubles keeping her dream alive and the dream of her parents. I felt for Lindsay as she takes her business very seriously, the negative reviews broke her heart and I like that she had enough spunk to pull herself together and try to fix the problems. Rhett is moving back to Oregon after his heart is broken and his song writing career didn't take off in Nashville. Stepping back into his family's business is not something he ever wanted to do, but Rhett wants to start anew and afresh. Then he meets and begins working for Lindsay, and they are attracted to each other almost from the moment their eyes meet. I liked how this story played out their romance. Both of them were wary of new love especially after each made some poor decisions in that category so even if the attraction was instant, their path to true love was a bit rocky. I liked the themes in this story especially sometimes our dreams are not the best reality for us. And in Rhett and Lindsay's case- they had something better waiting for them. Then there is their pasts which neither at first realize how much they intertwine and Rhett is on a mission from his father that may just derail Lindsay's long hoped for success. This had just the right amount of romantic tension and a story line that kept me glued to the pages. I look forward to more stories by author McCahan. I received a copy of this novel from the author. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.
SBMC 4 months ago
“It’s everything I never knew I wanted.” Another sweet and heart-searching book by Heidi McCahan. The author’s writing style, as always, is easy to read and the plot is well-paced and easy to follow. The main characters Rhett and Lindsay are both emotionally broken people but so lovable. Rhett, broken by the world’s and his father’s rejection of his music, becomes unwittingly involved in his step-brother and father’s scheme to expand the family’s restaurant business into a small resort town of Seabrook. Though battered down by the world, Rhett still holds on to his dream and even dares to fall in love with Lindsay though circumstances are not optimal. Lindsay is a baker in the resort town of Seabrook who is barely making ends meet but dreams of owning a food truck to offer baked goods. Burned by a previous relationship and still mourning the death of her parents, she’s bitter and insecure. Through their friendship and relationship, both Rhett and Lindsay learn about holding onto their dreams, letting go of their past hurts and mistakes, and granting and receiving forgiveness. If you enjoy a heart-warming contemporary romance, you will really enjoy this book. I received a copy of the book from the author and was under no obligation to post a positive review. All comments and opinions are solely my own.
MFurumasu 4 months ago
“We carry big dreams in our hearts for a reason. Sometimes we’re tempted to give up and try to wrestle the circumstances into submission, especially when it looks or feels like things aren’t headed in the right direction, but we each have our unique gifts. I believe we’re supposed to use them for a purpose. That’s the way God created us.” WOW, what a fantastic quote to have in this book! The sweet thing is, there are many more great quotes throughout this book! This was wise counsel given to Lindsay by her roommate as she was stressing over her business and how things were going. Lindsay is a sweet young woman who lives in a quaint tourist town on the coast of Washington state. She has dreamed of owning a bakery/coffee shop where people can come and hang out. She loves her town, yet soon finds things are a bit more difficult than she thought they’d be. Rhett is a songwriter whose family doesn’t support him. He has a difficult time breaking into the industry and must move back home. Unfortunately, his father has other plans for him, and he finds himself moving to this quaint vacation town called Seabrook, Washington. He must find a job and the only thing which fits him is being a barista at Lindsay’s bakery. Unbeknownst to both Lindsay and Rhett is the bad situation involving both their families. Okay, this book has so many fun things I can relate to! First, is the fact of the town. I LOVE coastal towns and all their charms. I actually looked up this town and found out it is real! I’m also from the Pacific North West and had never heard of this town. Now I have a new town to visit and maybe vacation at! Second, I was a barista for a few years and totally understood all that went into working as one! Oh, and I LOVE coffee! Then third, part of the time I was a barista was in a little coffee kiosk cart, like this truck Lindsay was trying to get to work. I could just visualize everything that was happening. Heidi McCahan has done a fantastic job portraying all the aspects of this adventure Lindsay and Rhett were on. The flow of the story was fun and whimsical. It brought sweet moments and warm fuzzies to my soul. I could smell the baked goods and almost taste the yumminess of them! This was a fun book to read and I highly recommend you pick it up! I received this book from the publisher for an honest review and all opinions are my own.