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Excerpt from BEACH WEDDING WEEKEND by Rachel Magee

You’re invited to a sunny beach town for a witty, heartwarming romance.


When Brody broke up with Paige and went to Europe, he suggested that someday, they’d pick up right where they left off. A hopeless romantic, she believed him.

But when they meet again, Brody’s dating a gorgeous actress.

They’re all going to attend the same wedding, and Paige plans to win Brody back. She even enlists her best friend’s brother, Aiden, to pretend to date her and make her ex jealous. A breezy, charming restaurant owner, Aiden actually avoids serious relationships, but as a fake boyfriend, he’s perfect.

As old friends and exes take part in wedding preparations and enjoy the beauty of the Florida coast, they begin to see themselves—and each other—in a new light.

This summer romance includes a free Hallmark original recipe for BBQ Brisket Tacos with Sunshine Slaw.

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In the author's words . . .

I think my favorite thing about this book are the characters. I love Paige. She’s a hopeless romantic wedding planner who has big plans for her own happily ever after. Just like her carefully planned weddings, life doesn’t always go according to her perfect checklists, but she always rolls with the punches with a smile and an optimistic spirit.

And Aiden? He’s the kind of hero you instantly fall in love with. From the second he strolls into the wedding (late, of course) with his charming grin and witty come-backs, I think you will be smitten.

Plus, I loved getting to write a story set at a beautiful beach!

Bonus: There is a recipe included in the book! You can get it at the Hallmark Publishing website.

Enjoy a sneak peek from Beach Wedding Weekend

by Rachel Magee

Ciera leaned across her to fill Gram in. “Paige’s ex-boyfriend is back in town and he brought an actress with him.” She snagged the fork from Paige and pulled the cake in front of herself.

Gram nodded as if considering the situation. “And how much of a looker is this new girl?” Ciera shot Aiden a worried look. Paige appreciated her friend trying to spare her feelings, but it wasn’t a secret. Anyone with eyes could see what kind of beauty they were dealing with. Paige looked right at Gram and gave her the most honest answer she could think of. “She could launch a thousand ships.”

“She’s very pretty,” Ciera added. Aiden gave Paige’s shoulders an encouraging squeeze.

“I see.” Gram twisted her mouth to the side in thought. “This reminds me of the time when Lorissa’s ex-husband returned with a supermodel who was as dumb as a box of rocks.” Gram often lacked a filter. Whatever thought ran through her head came out of her mouth, which Paige loved. It was always entertaining and so different from anything she’d grown up with.

“Are these real friends or soap opera friends?” Aiden asked. Until Paige met Gram, she was unaware soap operas still existed. Apparently they did. And Gram still watched them with diligence.

Gram gave Aiden a stern look. “Soap opera friends are real friends, dear.” She turned to Paige. Her weathered hand wrapped around Paige’s. The warm, maternal gesture was like a hug to her broken heart. “Did you love him?”

Visions of their year together paraded through her mind. Happy memories of sweet moments when the word forever sparkled with anticipation.

Paige let out a sigh. “Yeah.”

Sympathy flashed across Gram’s face. “Do you still love him?” Her voice was a little quieter this time, a little more personal. Which seemed appropriate since the question felt personal.

Sure, her heart had broken when he left, which dampened love’s euphoric glow, but hope had managed to keep some of the spark alive. In the back of her mind, even on her loneliest days, she clung to the image of him coming back. Someday they could pick up right where they left off, share life together, grow old together. That was love, right?

“I think so,” she said.

Gram squeezed her hand, her voice returning to its normal cheerful tone. “Then do what Lorissa did.” Confusion fluttered through her. Gram’s sage advice was coming from a soap opera character? “What did she do?”

“She gave him the ole’ one-two.” Gram let go of Paige’s hand and held her fists in front of her face, jabbing the air in dainty punches. “You have to fight for love.”

“Fight for love?” Paige asked. “It’s your life, kiddo. You gotta go after what you want.” She punched the air again.

Aiden chuckled from behind her and massaged her shoulders. “Easy there, Sugar Ray.”

Gram waved him off. “I do Sit Fit every morning. I’m as healthy as a cow.”

Aiden’s eyes narrowed. “It’s ‘as healthy as a horse,’ Gram.”

“Pshaw. At my age it’s ridiculous to think I could run as much as a horse. But a cow who stands around and eats all day? That’s more realistic. Now, shoo and get me some of that chocolate oozy cake. I need to talk to Paige.”

End of Excerpt

Copyright © by Rachel Magee

Learn more by visiting the publisher's website. BEACH WEEKEND WEDDING released from Hallmark Publishing May 15, 2019.

"Beach Wedding Weekend will charm you with it's perfectly crafted words and endearing cast of characters, it's captivating and so good for the heart!" —Reds Romance Reviews

"The characters are funny and relatable while the beach setting is pure magic. You will definitely be swooning by the end of this book!" —5 Star Amazon Review

Meet the Author

Rachel wrote her first novel when she was twelve and entered it into a contest for young author/illustrators. Unfortunately, the judges weren’t impressed with her stick figures. So she dropped the dream of becoming a world famous illustrator and stuck to spinning stories. When she’s not busy working on her latest book, she loves to travel with her family and friends. By far, her favorite destination is the beach, which tends to work its way into most of her stories. Between vacations, you can find her at home in The Woodlands, TX with her wonderful husband, their two adventurous kids and a couple of spirited pets, all of whom share Rachel’s love of the ocean. Well, except the cat and dog. They’re both afraid of water. Find out more about what Rachel has been up to at rachelmageebooks.com.

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Beach Wedding Weekend by Rachel Magee

Genre: Sweet Contemporary Romance

Type: Novel

Heat Level: 1

Language Level: 1

Violence Level: 1

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