My Thoughts - : A Season at the Grand Author: Sherri Wilson Johnson
About the Book
Book: A Season at the Grand
Author: Sherri Wilson Johnson
Genre: Christian Historical Romance
Release date: May 9, 2023
Can the perfect picture reveal the truth before it’s too late?
Photographer Amelia Harris has had enough of her aunts’ meddling matchmaking. So when The Photographic Times commissions her to spend the summer on Mobile Bay taking portraits of the elite and capturing nature for penny postcards, Amelia happily accepts. But this job is not as simple as it appears, and Amelia must defend against naysayers if she’s to ever gain respect in a man’s world. And that doesn’t leave any room for romance.
Point Clear Resort General Manager Titus Overton never wanted the position he inherited when his cousin passed away. If it were up to him, he would be traveling with the Audubon Society to far-off places, enjoying the solitude of nature instead of providing relaxation for his guests. And now he has to deal with the big-city photographer stomping her way through sand dunes that house the migratory birds nesting there. But when she reveals an admiration for his feathered friends, it reawakens a longing in his heart he’d buried after the death of his fiancé.
When threats arise against Amelia and the other resort guests, Titus knows he must step in to help. But she insists they trust God for deliverance. How can he turn to a God who took away his first beloved?
As the danger closes in, he must find the courage to overcome his past before someone gets hurt—especially the woman he’s come to love.
Sherri Wilson Johnson is an Inspirational Romance novelist, graphic designer and lover of all things book related. She’s always been a sucker for a good love story—whether it’s real life or fiction (both historical and contemporary). Completing her first novel at the age of eighteen, and later burning the only copy in the fireplace, she continued learning the craft of writing and now writes Contemporary Romantic Suspense and Historical Romance with a splash of suspense and/or mystery. When not writing, she’s usually assisting other publishing professionals or helping authors realize their dreams of becoming published. Sherri and her husband are empty-nesters and live in Georgia with their two dogs. She loves spending time with family, vacationing at the beach, curling up with a good book or working on her current work-in-progress. She dreams of a second home on some beach somewhere some day, where she can plot and write romantically suspenseful novels.
More from Sherri
A Season at the Grand is set in Point Clear, Alabama on Mobile Bay, because it is one of my favorite vacation spots. I adore sitting on the dock and watching dolphins while birds of all types fly overhead. I am always inspired by the ocean, and many stories have come out of my time in the Mobile Bay area.
Point Clear is also the setting of my novella, Bayside Betrayal, which also involves the Grand Hotel but under a fictitious name. Bayside Betrayal is the launching story of my Jeopardized Reunions series, which is a series filled with contemporary reunion romantic suspense stories. Why am I telling you about this series? Well, book five, which I am writing now, holds a special attachment to A Season at the Grand because one of the characters is a descendent of the couple in the story. I’m so attached to this setting that I think I may have to keep writing stories set there for years to come. I hope you’ll check out A Season at the Grand and my other books too.
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A Season At The Grand is written by Sherri Wilson Johnson. This is part of the Romance at the Gilded Age Resorts series. The series is written by multiple authors and is tied together with the Gilded age setting. This story brings us to Point Clear, Alabama in 1905. I live in Alabama so I was excited to see a story set here.
The author did a great job on bringing history to life. I went and looked up the Grand Hotel and saw their history on it. With this story we see Amelia who is there to take photographs for The Photographic Times. She needed to escape home because her aunts are worried she will become a spinster. She has a comical meeting with the General Manager Titus Overton and they get off to a rocky start.
Titus feels like he has been missing out on something. He’s angry at God since the death of his fiancé. He doesn’t want to manage the resort. He would rather be bird watching. When he meets Amelia there are some walls that crumble. That includes his anger toward God.
There are some patrons that only want to cause trouble and Titus finds himself teeing to eliminate the threat. Amelia is in their sites and Titus wants to keep her safe.
I loved getting to know these characters. While this is a quick read the author packs in a wonderful story that draws you in immediately.
Thank you to the author, publisher and Celebrate Lit for allowing me to read a copy of this book. All thoughts are my own.