I’m so happy to be on Love Romance Reads. Your site is lovely. I feel like I’ve been waiting forever to share my newest release, Story of Us. It is the final book in the Love Unexpected Series and was the story that practically wrote itself. Declan and Sophia’s challenges, attraction, and desire to weather storms together felt more natural than in any other story I’ve written.
Declan James figured he’d be a bachelor for the rest of his life and was perfectly fine with that. But when Sophia Strombi—a friend’s younger sister—comes back to Brockton Point, everything Declan was once sure of is up in the air. The only thing he knows for certain right now is that Sophia is a woman who could make him forget all of his rules.
I enjoy writing stories that focus not just on families and friendships, but ones that explore the characters’ feelings about their own sense of belonging within their circle. So often, we are harder on ourselves than anyone else is. For Sophia, coming home meant facing a lot of things, including leaving Brockton Point at eighteen and choosing not to be part of her family’s pizzeria business. Though she thinks the path she took made her the person she is today, it’s still hard—in fiction and in life—to feel like we’ve let people down or not lived up to their expectations.
Declan didn’t have the same sense of familial obligations but he’s got some struggles of his own. Content with a life of serial dating, he’s more shocked than anyone else that he’s started to crave a home, a wife, a family—a future with someone. When Sophia walks back into his life, he doesn’t know why she’s the one. Simply that, she is.
I tried this for another blog and was so happy with it that I want to share here as well. I’m working on two baseball books for Entangled’s Bliss line so I have baseball on the brain. Below are Declan and Sophia’s Rookie Cards.
** Photos courtesy of Pinterest and my dreams that if Story of Us was ever made into a movie, Mr. Chris Hemsworth would play Declan and the lovely Monica Bellucci would be Sophia. **
The Story of Us
Declan James has been Brockton Point’s most ineligible bachelor—happy with his short-term relationships and focusing on his business. But now that his closest friends have found their happily-ever-afters, he can’t help but wonder what that might be like. And then Sophia Strombi shows up on his doorstep.
Sophia’s life is—well there’s no other word for it—a mess. She’s grateful to have some work at her brother’s best friend’s bar, and a place to stay. Since she’s working hard to get her life back on track, she’s desperately trying to ignore the fact her boss makes her heart pound in a good way. Wait—no. That’s not good at all.
Besides, she has a huge secret she’s keeping from everyone—one that’s a life-changer.
Each book in the Love Unexpected series is STANDALONE:
* Let It Be Me
* Never Expected You
* Story of Us
Jody Holford lives in British Columbia with her husband and two daughters. She's a huge fan of Rainbow Rowell, Nora Roberts, Jill Shalvis, and Emily Giffen. She's unintentionally funny and rarely on time for anything. She loves books, Converse shoes, and diet Pepsi, in no particular order. When she has to go out into the real world, she’s a teacher. She writes multiple genres but her favourite is romance because she’s a big fan of love and finding happily ever after. Probably because she’s lucky enough to have both.