Loving Grace

by April Smith

Genres: Children & Young Adult, Fiction, Young Adult

ISBN: 9781620206195

224 pages

Price: $15.99

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Grace Summer lands herself in a melon load of trouble when she becomes torn between the boy of her dreams and the boy almost next door.

As the newly-crowned Watermelon Queen, Grace is thrust into the spotlight, meets the dreamy Warren Hartley, and continues trying to get over an accident that rocked her world. Mix in working with Beau Baron who Grace happens to fight with just about as much as breathing and the metaphorical sparks fly.

Like most things in life, Grace must learn to take the good with the bad. While the good is the handsome and fun Warren Hartley, the bad is Beau Baron—or at least being around his annoying and rude self way more than she would like. For Beau, Grace is nothing more than aggravating and an irritating reminder of events from the past.

Tensions soar as Grace and Beau fight to love themselves and maybe, just maybe, each other..

Loving Grace is a refreshingly sweet story with a focus on friendship, God, and being true to yourself.


This was a great book! I loved the adventures of Grace and her watermelon family. It’s an easy and fun read.
Kristy Cardinal
Illiana Watermelon Promotion’s Coordinator, 2000-2008
Past Illiana Watermelon Queen 1998
Present member of Illiana Watermelon Association and National Watermelon Association

As a former National Watermelon Queen, I loved reminiscing about my year and vicariously living through Grace. I couldn’t put the book down!
Maggie Bailey
2010 National Watermelon Queen

April Smith provides a captivating romance novel of the tragedy of life and the misplaced trust of the heart that seeks love. The heroin (Grace) finds true love and her first kiss in the only place she had not looked—right before her eyes.
Barb Helm
Miss Indiana Board Member and Field Director


April Smith grew up spending summers working on her best friend’s family watermelon farm and she was one of those watermelon queens she writes about. She has her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s Degree in the Art of Teaching.