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A little hope changes everything...

Hope Ryan dreams of seeing her work displayed in top galleries again, but after a devastating betrayal destroys her career, she spends her days creating unique items for tourists and wedding couples in her hometown of Indigo Bay. To keep her heart safe, Hope refuses to venture from her comfort zone, even if she longs for…more.

Sportscaster Josh Cooper never overcame his bitterness after a football injury sidelined him for good. Finding his solace in alcohol made matters worse until he finally hit rock bottom. Now, he wants to make amends. After flying cross-country as a favor to someone he's wronged, Josh's path to redemption leads him to Hope. 

Hope finds a kindred spirit in the former quarterback. Josh's journey to sobriety inspires her to take charge of her own life—something she's put off doing for far too long. But as their relationship straddles the line between friendship and romance, can Hope and Josh find the strength to overcome their pasts and build a life together? Or will the fear of repeating mistakes drive them apart? 

A Beach Brides/Indigo Bay Miniseries:
Book 1: Jenny (Jenny and Dare)
Book 2: Sweet Holiday Wishes (Lizzy and Mitch)
Book 3: Sweet Beginnings (Hope and Josh)

May 14
Cardinal Press, LLC
Draft2Digital, LLC

Customer Reviews

lettyramirez ,

Sweet Beginnings

Great story can’t wait to read the other ones.

Carol M Smith ,

Melissa McClone’s Sweet Beginnings

What would you do if your present life was completely
This thought provoking, uniquely written, sweet
romance with creative and interesting characters will
give you food for thought.
Two people whose lives have fallen apart meet
because of an upcoming wedding.
Josh Cooper is a sports commentator who is a recovering
alcoholic. His company placed him on leave of absence to
get his life together.
Josh had been a footfall star until he was badly injured.
Then his life fell totally apart. Fast women and plenty of
alcohol seemed to be he only release from the inability to
return to the football field. Commentating did not fill his
need to play. Then one day he realized he needed help.
Now he has gone almost a year with drinking.
Hope Ryan who now works at Indigo Bay Cottages Resort
was a talented artist. She lived in New York with her art
manager husband until she caught him cheating on her.
When she filed for divorce, her ex tore apart their
apartment and slashed all her paintings. She left that
life behind and returned to Indigo Bay to live with her
brother. She has not painted in over two years except
for ornaments, tourist and wedding items.
Josh and Hope meet in Indigo Bay at the resort. There
is undeniable chemistry between the two but Josh needs
to finish therapy.
They enjoy touring Indigo Bay then go their separate ways.
Their meeting was enough to rekindle the spark in Hope’s
artistic talents.
What will happen next???
This is a heartfelt, emotional read. It shows that everyone
needs to abandon their past problems to be able to move
into the future. With the right kinds of support available,
any one can succeed in finding bright future.
A Highly Recommended Read for all!!!

Jbean168 ,


I love Ms. McClone's stories! She always knows how to bring you into the world of her characters and their lives. This story is sweet, heartbreaking and a beautiful beginning. Josh is an alcoholic trying to work on his sobriety. Hope is an artist who has lost her confidence after a terrible marriage. Reading this story made me feel like a part of their story. Very real and relatable!

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