Saturday, May 22, 2021

Book Blitz and Giveaway: The Spring Renews (Honey Cove #3) by Marie McGrath

Title: The Spring Renews
Series: Honey Cove #3
Author: Marie McGrath
Publisher: Creative James Media
Publication Date: May 18th 2021
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Romance

Never fall in love. It only breaks your heart.

Sophie Graham didn’t believe in love … not anymore. Ever since her father died, Sophie watched the pain her mother went through. Love was messy and not worth taking the risk.

When her mother starts dating again and things get serious, Sophie’s beliefs get called into question. Not to mention, she has to work at the movie theater with a boy she had almost kissed from a stupid dare. Pushed together by the manager, she has to spend more time with Drew than she had wanted to ever again.

Will she open her heart to love and the possibilities? Or will she bar her heart from everyone?

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I stared at the tractors pulling the wagons. Flowers dripped from their every surface, while different colored flower petals filled the tractor bed.

Mama stopped and stared. “Wanna take a ride?”

I sighed, only too aware this was inevitable. Mama loved hayrides, so why wouldn’t she want to do a spring-themed one?

We all nodded and hopped onto the step at the back of the wagon. I got on first, walked as far back as there was space then sat.

Mama sat next to me, followed by Rowan then Caleb.

The wagon lurched forward, knocking me into the boy next to me. “I’m so sorry,” I said as I regained my posture from the sudden movement. “I’m not usually clumsy; they just caught me off guard.”

The boy turned to face me, and my jaw slackened.

Drew chuckled. “Well, what a surprise. Fancy bumping into you here.”

My eyes widened. “I guess we’re destined to run into each other at every turn.”

Drew’s right eyebrow arched. “Destined, huh? Funny, I didn’t picture you as someone who believed in destiny.”

“I-I don’t. That’s just an expression.”

“Relax. I’m just messing with you.”

“I know.”

Drew looked around me to Mama. “How are the Grahams doing today?”

“We’re fine.”

At the mention of our last name, Mama turned. “Drew! How nice to see you. How are you?”

Drew smiled and proffered his hand over me. “I’m good, Mrs. Graham. It’s nice to see you.”

Mama blushed. “Please call me Faye. You know me well enough to call me by my first name. Mrs. Graham makes me feel old.”

“Faye it is.”

Mama looked around Drew. “Taking a ride by yourself?”

Drew nodded. “I figured it was a beautiful day, might as well.”

Mama smiled. “That is so true. Always can enjoy a wagon ride.” Mama’s eyes sparkled. “And you know, you could keep Sophie company. It has been so long since I’ve seen you two spend time together. Might even be nice.”

My eyebrows drew together, and I tried to subtly shake my head.

“Oh, I wouldn’t want to intrude,” Drew said. “Besides, she sees my face enough at the theater. Wouldn’t want to crowd her.”

“Nonsense. Sophie doesn’t think that, do you, Soph?”

I shook my head as I pinched the inside of my hand. “Of course not. I don’t mind at all.”

“See? It’s perfect. Besides, I couldn’t possibly look at your mother in the eyes at the next neighborhood gathering if I let you sit by yourself on this gorgeous day.”

Drew smiled. “That’s very thoughtful of you. Thank you.”

She nodded and nudged my elbow.

Clearly, Mama thought she was being subtle.

I faced Drew, who sat with his arms to his sides and his head tilted to one side. “I’m sorry about her. She … well, I have no idea.”

Drew chuckled. “It’s fine, Sophie. We’re good now, or at least I think we are?”

“Yeah. I mean, I think so too.”

“I’m glad. It’s nice to be able to be around you again.” He leaned into my arm then shifted back. “I’ve missed our friendship, you know.”

I smiled. “Me too.”

I did miss the friendship. It was easier before feelings were involved. I didn’t have to worry about what happened. Plus, of course, that was before my dad died.

The wagon lurched forward as we started around the path. “Do you remember that one time at Jenna’s where we had the whole trampoline soaked in the summer?”

Drew’s brows knitted and suddenly dropped. “You mean when Jenna got the idea to add soap?”

I giggled. “Yes! We were covered in soap suds in seconds.”

Drew chuckled. “It was a mess, and, if I recall, we all got in so much trouble.”

“Mm-hmm. She always got us in trouble.”

“That she did.”

Tables and people blurred past as we rode along. “Have you had a chance to explore?”

“Yep. A little bit of time.”

“Anything good?”

“Lots of neat booths. There are local craft makers who have set out their things. Cool handmade bracelets and such.”

“Yeah? I haven’t seen those yet.”

“Well, if you have time, I can show you … if you want. I know you used to like the braided cord bracelets.”

“You remember that?”

“Of course. That one summer, you had your whole arm covered. It was almost to your elbow.”

“What? Nuh-uh.”

He nodded. “Yes, it was. Like two inches were free of bracelets.”

I laughed. “I haven’t thought about that summer in such a long time.” It was the last summer my dad had been alive. We didn’t know it at the time that there would never be another barbeque for Fourth of July. Or that we wouldn’t make it to Christmas together.

I shook my head, hoping the thoughts would go with it.
Marie McGrath lives in a small rural town in Maryland. She hopes to inspire others with her stories. Her favorite genres to read are YA Romance and Contemporary Fiction. She loves the color turquoise, tigers, and listening to music.

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  1. How long was the writing process?

  2. The loss of a parent is so hard to deal with especially when your young but even when you are older it's heartbreaking.

  3. Looking forward to reading more about the Dare and about a possible budding relationship between Sophie and Drew!

  4. Nice cover. It sounds like a really interesting book. Thank you for sharing.

  5. David HollingsworthMay 24, 2021 at 5:21 PM

    This book looks like a really good one.

  6. Nice book cover and the book sounds interesting.

  7. Loved the excerpt. Left me wanting to read more

  8. My daughter would enjoy this book