Smile for Me: Multiracial Summer Love in the Bahamas... A Christian Romance Novel

Georgia Press LLC
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She is laid back.
He is uptight.
Never the twain shall…kiss?

A deadline-driven workaholic assistant school principal who meticulously plans his schedule months in advance meets an easygoing art teacher and studio potter with no sense of time, living her life as the seasons come and go. When they cross paths again at the Summer by the Sea Day Camp sponsored by his church in Nassau, Bahamas, how can they get along if they cannot see eye to eye?

From USA Today bestselling author Jan Thompson comes SMILE FOR ME, book 1 in the Vacation Sweethearts collection of wholesome, sweet and inspirational Christian romance novels set in some of Jan’s favorite vacation places around the world.

A spin-off of Jan’s Savannah Sweethearts series, these Vacation Sweethearts novels begin with SMILE FOR ME, Byron and Tina and their summer romance in the Bahamas.

Tina MacFarland is laid back…

“Come to the Bahamas, they said. It will be fun, they said. Well, arriving in Nassau, I feel I could be okay if Byron’s not around. I made it! I’m here! That’s good enough for me, but apparently it’s not good enough for Mr. Uptight. Why does he bother me so? I don’t need his approval—Oh yes, I do. As a volunteer art teacher at the day camp, I have to answer to Byron for four weeks. Well, thank God it’s only for four weeks. And then I’m outta here, and he’ll be out of my hair. Surely I can last through day camp. What could possibly go wrong in a month? Nothing I can think of…”
—Tina MacFarland, Potter, Ceramic Artist, Art Teacher, Volunteer at the Summer by the Sea Day Camp in the Bahamas

Byron Moss is uptight…

“This is what I’ve always wanted, right? Then why does this assistant headmaster position hem me in? I feel constricted, restricted, afflicted. I fear I have taken a wrong turn in my career. What is God’s will for my life? And what does Tina think about—Tina? What does she have anything to do with my career decisions?”
—Byron Moss, Assistant Headmaster, Chapel by the Sea Christian School in the Bahamas

Never the twain shall…kiss?

Ah, Byron and Tina. How would they navigate the super-conservative work environment where office romance is frowned upon? Can they change the old rules? Or will the old rules change them? Let’s find out in the Caribbean, where the waters are blue, skies are pretty, and hearts are warm…

VACATION SWEETHEARTS

The Vacation Sweethearts novels are a spin-off of Jan Thompson’s Savannah Sweethearts series.

• Book 1: Smile for Me
• Book 2: Reach for Me
• Book 3: Wait for Me
• Book 4: Look for Me
• Book 5: Cheer for Me

SAVANNAH SWEETHEARTS

Savannah Sweethearts is a collection of clean and wholesome, sweet and inspirational contemporary Christian romances set on the beaches of Tybee Island and in the city of Savannah, Georgia.

• Book 1: Know You More
• Book 2: Tell You Soon
• Book 3: Draw You Near
• Book 4: Cherish You So
• Book 5: Walk You There
• Book 6: Love You Always
• Book 7: Kiss You Now
• Book 8: Find You Again
• Book 9: Wish You Joy
• Book 10: Call You Home

SEASIDE CHAPEL

A sister series to Savannah Sweethearts, Seaside Chapel chronicles the lives of Seaside Chapel churchgoers on the beach town of St. Simon’s Island, Georgia.

• Book 1: Share with Me
• Book 2: Step with Me
• Book 3: Sing with Me



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Book 2
He has left his homeland to protect his family.
She has fled her hometown to abandon hers.

At a remote mountaintop retreat, an optimistic triple amputee veteran meets a pessimistic beauty in the valleys of their lives.

REACH FOR ME is book 2 in USA Today bestselling author Jan Thompson’s Vacation Sweetheartscollection of contemporary Christian romance novels celebrating the immeasurable grace and undeserved mercy of God. These Vacation Sweethearts novels are a spin-off of Jan’s inspirational Savannah Sweethearts series.

In his valley of determination…

Highly decorated for his heroism in fighting terrorism on behalf of his grateful nation, Keenan has given enough to his country. Yet, his enemies are going after him and his former team members as an act of personal vengeance. To protect his family, Keenan leads a trail away from Britain. Off the grid, he is incognito at a remote resort in the mountains of Tennessee. While waiting for his storm to pass, he meets an American girl who is hiding for a different reason in the same misty mountains…

In her valley of discouragement…

Bearing the burden of a mistake-riddled life, prodigal adopted daughter Phoebe Pace has nowhere else to go. She finds solace in the Great Smoky Mountains, living in quiet regret. What is she going to do with her new neighbor encroaching in her private personal space? Why is he so friendly toward her? So delightful to be with? So charming? So inquisitive…? Just when Phoebe begins to think that she might open up her heart to Keenan, the ex-soldier’s unfinished business pulls her into a crisis she has never experienced before, and danger comes knocking…on the wrong door.

VACATION SWEETHEARTS

The Vacation Sweethearts novels are a spin-off of Jan Thompson’s Savannah Sweethearts series.

Book 1: Smile for Me

Book 2: Reach for Me

Book 3: Wait for Me

Book 4: Look for Me

Book 0 (Prequel): Cheer for Me

Book 2
A thirty-something restaurateur barters with his sister’s friend to be his summer rent-a-girlfriend so that he can win back his ex-fiancée and business partner who is now seeing another man.STEP WITH ME is book 2 in USA Today bestselling author Jan Thompson’s Seaside Chapel collection of novels blending inspirational women's fiction with contemporary Christian romance to celebrate the grace of God and hope in Jesus Christ.

The Desperate
“It’s past time for Talia to make the right decision. I don’t want to wait forever. I want a big wedding, a long honeymoon, and a house full of kids. What? Why can’t I nudge her in the right direction? Yeah, I know she’s already dumped me and moved on with whatshisname, but an ex can dream, can’t I?” — Sebastian Langston, owner of Saffron on Jekyll restaurant and Sage Café on St. Simon’s Island

The Dreamer
“He says all I have to do is go out with him to be visible enough for her. He gets her back, I find my brother, and I go to grad school. A win-win. Yeah, he’s cute and has a kind heart. And she doesn’t deserve him. Oh, did I just say that?” — Emmeline O’Hanlon, harpist and music librarian of the Sea Islands Symphony Orchestra

The Duet
So it begins, this ill-advised scheme to drive his commitment-phobic ex-fiancée to the altar. Sebastian thinks his plan-on-a-whim would succeed because it has to. He will turn thirty-four next September and he wants to be a father by the following summer, preferably to a passel of Talia’s future children.

The short-term business agreement would only last one summer. Emmeline needs Sebastian’s funding to search for her long lost brother, and he is enlisting one of the top private investigators in the region to find him. All she has to do is smile and make Talia jealous. A piece of cake, right?

As they keep up the ruse, Emmeline’s ethereal harp starts to sound like siren songs that distract Sebastian from his goals. Pretty soon, he’s rowing away from his well-planned goals…


SEASIDE CHAPEL

Enjoy the music of the orchestra and hymns of the church, as well as follow the lives of the residents of this southern coastal town where the past and present intersect…

Book 1: Share with Me

Book 2: Step with Me

Book 3: Sing with Me

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Publisher
Georgia Press LLC
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Published on
Apr 5, 2017
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Pages
288
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ISBN
9781944188122
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Christian / Romance
Fiction / Romance / Multicultural & Interracial
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