I have many weaknesses when it comes to heroes. The most current, though, is for the good guy. I mean, bad boys are fun and all, but I find myself looking for the guy next door more and more often. There’s enough drama going on around. Need a break. A story wit someone like Jeff feels right.
The Magic Ingredient (A Bar Harbor Holiday Novel) by Lindy Miller releases today in the Adult, Contemporary, Romance genre.
The end of summer is approaching, but even at the height of Bar Harbor’s tourist season, Eve Silver is having a hard time keeping enough dough in the bank to sustain the family bakery. Her only hope of paying past due bills is to win the catering bid for the town’s upcoming Harvest Happening festival. Otherwise, it’ll be lights out for Mount Desserts by Christmas.
Widower Jeff Perry is moving with his twelve-year-old daughter, Candy, from Manhattan to Maine with one goal: starting over. When sparks fly between Jeff and Eve as the town readies for the annual harvest festival, Candy wishes she had a love potion to help her dad fall in love again.
Will Eve be able to save Mount Desserts—and open her heart to Jeff—by the most bewitching night of the year?
It’ll take a lot of love, a little bit of luck … and just a pinch of magic.
AUTHOR BIO:Lindy Miller is an author of feel-good love stories that are full of sweet moments and happy endings. She believes the best time to fall in love is during the holidays, preferably over a cup of warm tea or a delicious vegan pastry – two things she can’t get enough of.
A free spirit, Lindy loves to travel and has a soft spot for Bar Harbor, Maine though she grew up at home in the South. She is married to her childhood sweetheart and bakes as often as she can for her husband, son, and pets – especially her golden retriever, Finn, who has a tendency to show up in her stories (and her Instagram!)
Lindy is represented by Gandolfo Helin & Fountain Literary Management and supported by Smith Publicity.
Member Romantic Novelist Association (RNA).
We know the hero wants to start over, is (possibly) a city boy, and has a daughter. Can you tell us more about him?
Oh yes, let’s talk about Jeff!
When we first meet Jeff in The Magic Ingredient, he is a widower still grieving the loss of his late wife and just trying to make it as father of a teenage daughter. He’s floundering a bit for direction—unanchored and wholly unprepared for life as a single dad—and he’s decided that the best way of moving on is to start over—leaving his old life in New York City behind and building something new in small-town Maine. A handyman by trade, Jeff understands the wisdom that sometimes broken things can be repaired, and sometimes you’re better off just starting from scratch. What he hasn’t quite grasped yet, though, is that fixing things around the house—or Eve’s dessert shop—isn’t the same as fixing matters of the heart. Grief, loss, and being ready to love again aren’t things you can take a screwdriver to! Luckily (although usually much to his chagrin) Jeff’s new life also comes with Bapo, his late wife’s dad, who’s moved himself in and is fully prepared and willing to be a little voice of reason on his shoulder.
Jeff is one of those characters that’s sweet and well-intentioned, but sometimes really needs a good shove in the right direction. He’s so focused on ‘fixing’—navigating his daughter’s teenage angst and the loss of her mother, worrying over Bapo’s blood sugar, helping Eve’s failing business—that he overlooks the fact that he could also use a little work. Actually, Jeff’s not all that unlike Frozen’s Kristoff—he’s a bit of a ‘fixer upper’!
What I love most about Jeff, though, is that he consistently sees the good in other people, even if he can’t see it in himself. He does his best, even when he doesn’t think it’s nearly good enough, and he never stops trying.
This post is part of a Tour. You can find the schedule here (http://xpressobooktours.com/2020/07/28/tour-sign-up-the-magic-ingredient-by-lindy-miller/).
Giveaway:Tour-wide giveaway (INT)
- $20 Amazon gift card