05 March 2024

forever free | excerpt + giveaway

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about the book

Phoebe Sinclair combines her love of flowers and teaching to nurture a cut flower business on her grandfather’s land. She’s got her hands full growing the farm, growing her customer base, and dealing with her growing attraction to the aloof man who’s volunteered to help make her farming dream come true.

Can she focus on her main job, or will a pair of yearning eyes and a hurting heart divert her worthy goals?

Heath Daniels has resigned himself to a life of singleness as he watches his siblings couple up and set wedding dates. Tracking their happiness, however, is more difficult than he expected. A real struggle, in fact.

Feeling the old troubles creep back to tempt him—troubles from the bad time when he dropped out of college to explore less-than-noble pursuits—propels him to volunteer for manual labor that leaves him exhausted at the end of every day and out of trouble.

His additional hours of agri-business, however, lead to more struggles with an intriguing farmer. Does he have the strength to resist old temptations as well as a beautiful new one, too?

publisher: scrivenings press
release date: january 29, 2024

other books in the series


So, she knew it all. He’d never been this honest with anyone outside his family or therapy. Tremors quaked his body.

Phoebe tightened her grip on his hand. “Thank you for telling me, Heath. I don’t take this lightly, and I’ll keep it confidential.”

Nodding, he let out a pointed breath. His story was out, but safe. Gratefulness released his shoulders, eased his lungs.

“Dayna must have been a cool person for you to be interested in her.”

He stiffened. No more talk about her. He removed his hand from her touch. “Thanks for listening. Let’s get back.” He counted to ten before she released the break and turned the golf cart around. As it coasted to a stop at the shelter, his boot touched the ground for a quick getaway, but she grabbed his arm.

“Don’t you think she’d be upset knowing you feel this guilt about her? Don’t you think she’d wish you a happy life, free of panic attacks?”

Hot and cold pin pricks played havoc through his body. Fisting his hands, he flattened his mouth and spoke quietly, careful to mask the anger screaming for freedom. “Don’t think by knowing my story you have the right to share your thoughts. Or give advice.”

He pushed away from the cart, searching for something, anything to help him release the roiling emotions and the longing for a different way to assuage them.

about the author

Hope Toler Dougherty holds a Master’s degree in English and taught at East Carolina University and York Technical College. Her early novels are Irish Encounter, Mars…With Venus Rising, and Rescued Hearts. Her Forever series includes her latest, Forever Free, Forever Music, Forever Home, and the novella, "A Hatteras Surprise."

Connect with Hope by visiting hopetolerdougherty.com to follow her on social media and sign up for email updates.


(1) winner will win print copies of all 4 books in the Forever series, a $25 Amazon card, and a bookmark!

Full tour schedule linked below. The giveaway begins at midnight March 4, 2024 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on March 11, 2024. Winners 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.

tour schedule


  1. Sounds like a good story.

  2. Thank you for posting about Forever Free, it sounds like a book and series that I will enjoy reading

  3. Sounds like a book I would love.

  4. thank you for spotlighting Forever Free today! :)

  5. This looks awesome. Thanks for hosting this tour.

    1. Thank you for reading and commenting on the post!

  6. That excerpt leaves me with a lot of questions!

    1. Ha ha! I hope you get to read the book for all the answers!

  7. This sounds like a book I’d love to read!