21 April 2023

Holding on to Hope | Excerpt + Giveaway

JustRead Publicity Tours


A fun road trip romance to the Grand Tetons!

Always the wedding planner, never the bride.

Hope Rodriguez loves planning weddings. There’s nothing more special than helping a bride become a princess for a day, but she’s not sure that’s her calling in life anymore. If only she had her own special someone. Her only current prospect leaves her with more questions than answers about where she falls in his list of priorities. Yet, when a lifelong friend asks her to plan a destination wedding across the country in only two weeks, she’ll have to figure out how to pull off the impossible…alone.

After being burned as a child and deserted by his family, Caleb Donnelly has an intimate relationship with pain. Despite all he’s endured, one ache refuses to leave him—the throbbing in his heart where Hope is concerned. So when Hope needs help with their friend’s wedding, he can’t stop himself from volunteering to travel two thousand miles to Jackson, Wyoming. As long as he keeps his feelings in check, he might not ruin their friendship. Because a beautiful woman like Hope could never love a scarred man like him.

When Hope and Caleb’s plans go up in flames, it’s their hearts that might never recover.

Grab your copy of Holding on to Hope… a Southern Contemporary Christian Romance novel from the Coastal Hearts Series.

Publisher: Southern Sun Press LLC
Release Date: April 1, 2023



Always the wedding planner, never the bride.

A familiar ache lodged in Hope’s core. Which was ridiculous. She loved arranging weddings—had been assisting with her mother’s event planning business most of her life. There was nothing more special than helping a bride become a princess for a day.

If only Michael had been able to take the weekend off and come to Florida with her, she’d have felt a little less…single. A little less alone.

She and Michael had been seeing each other for a few months now, and they’d gotten close. He was fun, affectionate, and so very attractive. She had feelings for him. She enjoyed kissing him. Okay, she relished kissing him. A lot. But she wasn’t quite certain where she ranked on his priority list. It seemed to her like a distant third behind his work, family, and a few other hobbies. In all fairness, this wedding had been short notice.

But not as short notice as Andrew’s.

He still stood there, that quirky look on his face while he prattled on to Caleb about why his fiancée had chosen Wyoming for their wedding. Something about loving nature and having vacationed there with her family as a child. But why in two weeks? Had they even applied for a marriage license? Found a venue? A caterer?


Janet W. Ferguson is a Christy Award finalist and the FHL Readers Choice Award winning author of realistic inspirational fiction. An avid reader, she loved books so much she found a job as a librarian so she could be around them all day. Then she turned that love of story into writing faith-filled novels with characters who feel like best friends. You’ll laugh and cry as the quirky heroes and heroines chase their happily ever after.

Janet and her husband live in Mississippi where they say y’all a lot, and she forces him to visit the beach as often as possible. They have two grown children, one really smart dog, and a cat that allows them to share the space.

Connect with Janet by visiting janetfergusonauthor.com to follow her on social media or subscribe to email newsletter updates.


(1) winner will receive a print copy of Holding on to Hope, a throw, a Hope rock & a Hope cross knickknack.

Full tour schedule linked below. The giveaway begins at midnight April 17, 2023 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on April 24, 2023. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.



  1. Sounds like a book I will enjoy.

  2. I can not wait to check this out.

  3. I like the excerpt as it gives the reader info about Kelsea's current relationship.

  4. Hallie, Thank you for hosting. I enjoy Janet Ferguson's novels.