I love reading books where the characters spend a lot of time outdoors doing fun and cool activities. Being a sports fan, many outdoor summer sports are near the top of my love-to-read list. Cycling, swimming, hiking…the list could go on if I included everything I love about the outdoors. I love stories set at the beach, on the farm, and the cowboys and cowgirls on the ranch. I love the small town settings where the town is like a character, and we experience nature with the characters in the surrounding region.
Winter outdoor activities (and anything to do with snow) also makes my list. It’s fun in real life to stay safe and warm inside a log cabin, curled up with a great book. In a story, we don’t feel the cold or risk frost bite if we’re stranded outdoors in a blizzard or exploring the Alaskan wilderness.
Water sports, boating, and fishing are super fun to read, especially when the story is set near a lake, river, or the ocean. There are no bugs to worry about, or wild animals to watch out for, or seasickness to manage. Sunburn that could lead to skin cancer is not a concern from my armchair unless, of course, I’m reading outdoors in the sun.
Experiencing fictional adventures with characters we love can have many advantages over real life. Travel is expensive, and we can jump onboard the fictional billionaire’s private jet and fly anywhere in the world. Of course, it’s not the same as actually being there and visiting international locations. But, sometimes it’s the next best thing if I’m absorbed in the story world and feel like I’m really experiencing life with the characters. Those are the stories I love the best.
In a few weeks I’m releasing a new book that introduces readers to a fictional small town called Trinity Lakes. Never Find Another You is the first book in the multi-author series, and my hero and heroine love the outdoors. Joel is an Aussie who loves sports and is a tiler by trade. Hannah grew up in Trinity Lakes and runs the community rowing club. Hannah and Joel share a love for kayaking and rowing, and they spend a lot of their leisure time outdoors. I loved writing Joel and Hannah’s romance story, and journeying with them in a variety of new-to-me outdoor settings in the Pacific North West.
Here’s the Book Description for Never Find Another You:
Her heart belongs in Trinity Lakes.
Hannah Gilbertson has deep roots in her small East Washington home town, including a lake named after her family. Sporty and hard working, she loves running the rowing club and supporting the town’s water recreation tourism. She’s determined to avoid dating and becoming entangled in her mother’s matchmaking schemes, and she wants to prove to her successful father that she’s worthy of carrying on his legacy.
Joel Manning left behind his life in Sydney, Australia, and a broken heart, to start over in Trinity Lakes. A tiler by trade, he’s embarking on a year long working vacation adventure, and he’s not looking for love.
The handsome Aussie captures Hannah’s interest when she hires him to do repair work at her rowing club. Joel is drawn to the beautiful American, and values spending time with her. Their shared faith and love for kayaking lays the foundation for their friendship to become something more.
A shocking secret combined with family upheaval leads to more questions than answers, and threatens to push Joel and Hannah apart to faraway shores. Can their love overcome the miles between them?
A fish out of water, opposites attract, small town contemporary Christian romance. Visit Trinity Lakes and meet the fun and quirky characters who value family, faith, and happily-ever-after.
Trinity Lakes Romances:
Book 4: (Debut author – cover reveal and pre-order coming soon!)
Never Find Another You is releasing on February 21. I’m giving away a copy to a reader who comments on this post – ebook (worldwide) or paperback (USA and Australian mailing addresses only).
The giveaway will close on Friday, February 17, 2023 and the winner announced in the Sunday Edition.
Questions for you: Do you like reading contemporary Christian romance (CCR) books with characters who love the outdoors? Can you recommend any CCR books or series with a large part of the story taking place outdoors? I’d love to hear your thoughts.