In my last post, Eye of the Storm, I talked about a devastating personal storm that shook our family and how God was carrying us through. A few days after the post published, a burst of sunshine broke through the dark clouds–I received a contract for my debut novel How to Charm a Beekeeper’s Heart. I began this story in 2012 to enter in the ACFW First Impressions Contest, where it became a finalist. In 2014, while still struggling to get the wonderful yet flawed hero “just right,” the story won Seekerville’s Pitch Perfect Contest. After what feels like a hundred drafts and a few rejections later, I’m beyond thrilled to see this story go to print (and e-book). Though the book’s release date is still tentative, I couldn’t resist giving you all a sneak peek.
How to Charm a Beekeeper’s Heart takes place in the fictional town of Summerville, Maine, Mount Desert Island.
Beekeeper Huck Anderson is reunited with Arianne Winters when he inherits the building her bridal shop occupies.He’s prepared to evict his tenant so he can open a sporting goods store. Instead, a life-threatening injury sidelines Huck, and Arianne turns his plans upside-down. Now the key to the building isn’t the only thing Huck wants back.
This contemporary romance also includes a precocious four-year-old girl who will steal your heart, insight into the world of beekeeping, and plenty of nostalgia. Look for How to Charm a Beekeeper’s Heart, coming soon!
~Candice Sue Patterson is the author of Bright Copper Kettles and Silver White Winters. She lives on a hobby farm in Indiana with her husband and three sons in a restored farmhouse overtaken by books. When she’s not tending to her chickens, splitting wood, or decorating cakes, she’s working on a new story. Her debut novel How to Charm a Beekeeper’s Heart will release later this year from Pelican Book Group. Visit her website at www.candicesuepatterson.com.