Loving Grace by April Smith – Book Review, Preview

Posted June 11, 2018 by Phyllis Helton in Book Reviews /

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Watermelon. The search term returns lots of results talking about the numerous health benefits. Depending on which link you believe, there are 9 or 13 of these benefits. If you modify your search and look for watermelon recipes, a slew of sites and articles pop up, including one for watermelon cupcakes.

Watermelons are a staple of summer and evoke thoughts of country fairs, picnics with family, seed spitting contests, bright blue skies with lazy clouds drifting by. I wouldn’t be surprised if they fall into the category of “comfort food” for some.

What do watermelons make you think of?

Loving Grace by April Smith – Book Review, Preview

Loving Grace

by April Smith

Published by Ambassador International
Publication Date March 20, 2018
Genres: Young Adult, Christian Fiction, Clean Romance
Setting: Indiana Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 15-18
Written for: High-School/Young Adult, Adults, Middle School
Pages: 224


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.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.

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Loving Grace brings together all the best elements of a country summer. The cover fits the story so perfectly! It was very interesting to get a glimpse of the many aspects a melon grower’s life, including the various regional and national watermelon associations. I had never thought about these things before.

I have now read enough about pageants to now know that they are only partly about appearance. That was brought home so much more in this book than any others that I recall reading. It was so refreshing to not have the story full of catty girls doing everything they can to win. The emphasis was much more on the work involved in being the Watermelon Queen.

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I hesitate to mention this, but I do not like watermelon. Regardless, I certainly liked reading Loving Grace and highly recommend it for teens and adults alike.





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About April Smith

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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