Sweet Beginnings - Melissa McClone

Sweet Beginnings

By Melissa McClone

  • Release Date: 2018-05-14
  • Genre: Contemporary
Score: 5
From 13 Ratings


A little hope changes everything...

Artist Hope Ryan dreams of seeing her artwork displayed in top galleries again, but a devastating betrayal left her unable to paint as she once did. Instead, she settles for creating unique items for tourists and wedding couples in her hometown. Although Hope longs for more, she refuses to venture outside her comfort zone, fearing the heartbreak and disappointment of failing again.

Highly paid sportscaster Josh Cooper never overcame his bitterness after an injury on the football field sidelined him for good. Finding his solace in alcohol and women only made matters worse until he finally hit rock bottom. Now, he's looking for redemption. When he's asked to fly a wedding gown across the country for one of the victims of his wrongs, he doesn't hesitate.

Arriving in Indigo Bay, Josh finds himself captivated by the artist creating the wedding favors. He knows exactly what he wants—Hope—even though she deserves someone better. Can Josh prove he's more than a broken has-been? Or will he not only lose Hope but also lose himself?

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)
Book 4: Sweet Do-Over (Marley and Von)


  • Melissa McClone’s Sweet Beginnings

    By Carol M Smith
    What would you do if your present life was completely uprooted?? 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!!!
  • Perfect!!

    By 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!