Book Review and Giveaway - Delicious Devotion Author: Melissa Wardwell On Tour with Celebrate Lit
About the Book
Book: Delicious Devotion
Author: Melissa Wardwell
Genre: Christian Contemporary Romance
Release date: August 30, 2022
Why do weddings do their best to ruin relationships? Friends, family—even the couple!
Beth Stevens didn’t come to the Independence Islands to find a guy, but thanks to her beloved Gram, she had a place to go and the skills to start a business she loves. Meeting Scott again and getting engaged was a bonus she only dreamed of.
Now, in the final weeks before their Christmas Eve wedding, she can’t imagine not having him in her life. They have endured one hurdle after another in their two-year relationship and have remained devoted through it all.
And then months of wedding planning begins to fall apart as one person continues to undermine Beth’s choices.
Scott has waited for this day to come but as he witnesses Beth unravel, he does everything he knows to do to protect and stand by her.
The question is, will things ever come together enough to get them both to the altar before it’s too late?
This Breakers Head novel is Melissa Wardwell’s final novel in the Independence Islands Series featuring five islands, six authors, and a boatload of happily-ever-afters.
The Independence Islands Series: beach reads aren’t just for summer anymore.
For five books I have tormented and teased readers. Some have even emailed me asking when they were going to see a wedding for Beth and Scott. Now I can say, this is your chance.
I cannot tell you how fun this book was to write. Every plot line, great or small, that I left hanging in the previous four books will come together here. I know some didn’t like it, and I’m sorry, but that was the way the characters told me their stories.
See, my books for The Independence Islands run together like that of a television series. Not every plot is resolved at the end of the season and the characters come back in the next season. We know someone is ill at the end of season four, but will they survive through season five? And if it involves legal issues, well those don’t resolve in a short amount of time, no matter what. Then, there is the slow burn romance. I mean, come on, not every romance is a flash in the pan. The good ones build over the span of months, or in Beth and Scott’s case, years.
Throughout this series, these characters have faced their demons while learning to trust God’s hand in their lives. They have lost and loved, married and buried, celebrated and cried all while searching for something more. I don’t know about you, but finishing Delicious Devotion was like saying good-bye to dear friends. Of course, the hardest was Gram’s final piece of wisdom to the bride and groom…
“Be vulnerable with each other, in every way. If you cannot be vulnerable and open with your spouse, then there is no trust in your foundations. When you pray together, pray openly. When you talk about those private things that only spouses talk about, be willing to listen to your spouse and act accordingly. Remember to keep everything stated in those moments of vulnerability between the two of you. No bed is big enough for three people.”
That lady was so smart.
Thank you for going on this journey of self-discovery and growth in faith. Beth was not the only one who went through some changes over the last two years. I’d like to think that she and I grew together as we processed loss, success, new friendships, and healing of old wounds.
If you stuck with it through all five of my contributions and loved every minute, then you are welcome. If you wanted to lay hands on my swiftly and repeatedly, I apologize. Stories like this have minds of their own.
I hope you will continue to follow me as I publish more books with the wonderful people at Celebrate Lit and integrate a couple of these characters in future books.
Grace and peace be with you all your days,
Delicious Devotion is written by Melissa Wardwell. This is book 26 of the Independence Island series. The series is written by multiple authors and are tied together by the Island theme. While they can all be read as stand alone, the characters make appearances in several books. I was super excited to see Beth and Scott again. This is the author's last book in the series and I am sad to see these conclusion of this series.
Beth and Scott are engaged to be married. Beth gets a little frazzled when stress comes her way. She always makes grilled cheese and tomato soup when she is stressed. I love how Scott always seemed to turn her frown upside down. There is a lot of family drama leading up to their wedding. Scott always made sure to show Beth how he was there for her. I love that they were a very God centered couple. Their faith is tested. Will they be able to withstand the pressure?
I have enjoyed the author's contributions to the series. I have been a fan of hers for several years so it's always a pleasure to read her work. Thank you to the author, publisher and Celebrate Lit for allowing me to read a copy of this book. All thoughts are my own.