Five brothers find love where they least expect it in the Resort to Love Series.
Oregon Coast – Christina Lovejoy finds herself honeymooning alone when she leaves her fiancé at the altar. Dave Lake prayed for a wife and has a bride show up at his bed and breakfast. When she agrees to stay on as his cook, will he be able to convince her not to run away from another chance at romance?
I love escaping into a story and exploring both familiar and unfamiliar places. During this season of closed borders and stay-at-home requirements for social distancing, I’m looking to arm chair travel via a contemporary Christian romance to international destinations.
In the fall of 2013, after attending the annual ACFW Conference, I stopped over in Oregon on my way home to Australia and visited my husband’s family. We explored the Oregon Coast, including the pretty coastal town of Seaside. I remember walking on the promenade and wondering why there was a swing set in the middle of the sand on the beach. At our Aussie beaches the swing set and playground are typically located in the grassed area of the park adjoining the beach.
I enjoyed reading Inspy Romance author Angela Ruth Strong’s romance novella set at the beach in Seaside. Christina is a runaway bride who goes on her honeymoon by herself at a Seaside Bed and Breakfast. She makes a grand entrance in her wedding dress and immediately creates chaos for Dave, the owner of the Bed and Breakfast.
Seaside is the perfect place for Christina to take stock of her life choices and seek God’s will. Dave falls hard and fast for Christina, but their growing friendship is complicated, and Christina has unfinished business with her jilted fiancé.
I appreciated the strong and organic faith element in the story, and liked how both Dave and Christina walked closely with the Lord. Their romance was fun and quirky and I wanted to see Dave win Christina’s heart.
I love this quote from the story:
“You knew in your head I was going to catch you,” he said in her ear, “but you didn’t feel safe in your heart until you’d experienced me catching you multiple times. It’s the same with God. The more we let Him catch us, the more our hearts trust Him.”Finding Love in Seaside, Oregon
The story includes beach soccer, which brought back fun memories from my younger years growing up on the northern beaches in Sydney, Australia. I enjoyed sports and played soccer, volleyball, cricket, and touch football on the sandy beaches with my church youth group. Including sports in a romance is always a winner for me as a reader, lol.
I recommend Finding Love in Seaside, Oregon, to readers who enjoy fun contemporary romance novellas with a strong faith element. This novella is also part of two series.
Angela Ruth Strong’s Resort to Love series includes the romance stories of Dave’s brothers that are set in different US states. We meet Sam, Dave’s baby brother, in Seaside. We can read Sam’s romance story set in Park City, Utah.
The Prologue (Christina’s wedding day before she runs away to Seaside) is included in Finding Love at the Oregon Coast: a multi-author series that includes the romance stories of Christina’s bridesmaids.