About the Book
Book: Finding Harmony
Authors: Alyssa Roat and Hope Bolinger
Genre: Sweet Contemporary Romance
Release date: July 5, 2022
Can two people-pleasing musicians win the grand prize, or will they be forced to give up music for good?
Newly hired worship leader Elijah Peterson can’t seem to catch a break with his church’s congregation. With conflicting demands from congregants, he struggles to find a way to make everyone happy, especially Don, a man who’s rumored to have driven out the last worship leader.
Music teacher Olivia “Liv” Wilson says yes to everything—piano lessons, church volunteering, extra shifts—all while struggling to help pay her dad’s medical bills. As jobs fall through, she’s hit with even worse news—with bills piling up, they could lose her childhood home.
When their meddling roommates force Elijah and Liv into a cooking class together, the two come up with a plan. They’ll enter an indie songwriting competition—with a cash prize that could be enough to save Liv’s house. And maybe if Elijah can win, his musical family and congregation will finally take him seriously.
But winning the competition might mean losing themselves in the process. Can they find a way to strike harmony between writing songs they love and songs the audience wants to hear?
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About the Authors
Hope Bolinger and Alyssa Roat are the authors of nearly twenty books both independently and co-authored. They have worked in a wide variety of roles within the publishing industry as agents, editors, writers, journalists, and publicists. When not writing, Hope is a theater nerd who loves to hike, and Alyssa is a history nerd and game enthusiast. Both are proud cat moms. You can learn more about them on social media @hopekbolinger and @alyssawrote.
More from Alyssa
In college, Hope and I (Alyssa) didn’t know the word “no.” After all, our professors, advisors, and chapel speakers all told us, “Say yes to every opportunity. Volunteer for everything. If you don’t do it now, it will be too late. Your career will fail. You won’t please God. Etc. Etc.”
So we followed that advice, and we well-nigh burned ourselves out. Faced with a litany of health issues caused by overworking, we realized after college that maybe we had taken things too far. So we began to work on unlearning this mindset.
To this day, we have to call each other and ask, “Is it okay if I turn down this unpaid opportunity? If I don’t have time for this volunteer work? Will people be mad at me?”
We channeled a lot of this people-pleasing into Finding Harmony. As we recovered from overworking ourselves, our characters Elijah and Liv learned that they didn’t need to do everything. As we fell back in love with writing for the sake of the art, not for the A+, our characters discovered how to remain true to their music.
We hope you enjoy reading Finding Harmony as much as we enjoyed writing it—and we encourage you to follow God’s call on your life, regardless of expectations.
I enjoyed reading this book that focuses on worship music and trying to please everyone. The authors really capture what it is like being a worship leader. It is hard to please everyone but in this case there is a man who seems to dictate what should be played and other things related to the service. With the threat of not tithing this man has crippled any songs that Elijah has planned during worship service. I was a bit taken back that a pastor would allow this kind of control over worship service just because the man was a very good tither. Elijah is frustrated with the events yet wants to do what God has called him to.
Liv is at her wits end trying to make money teaching music, giving piano lessons and trying to pay her dad’s medical bills. She has a special gift when it comes to music and there may be a chance to win big at a contest. I liked how Liv and Elijah had similar interests and join together to help each other out. It is very obvious that both of them are people pleasers which find them having a hard time saying no to others. They are so busy trying to please others, that they start to lose themselves. Will they take a step back and let God direct their path?
There is a struggle going on with both main characters that the authors explore. I wonder how many of us are people pleasers? It is easy to fall into that trap when you don’t want to let people down. Elijah is losing himself during worship because he feels like he has to do what a certain man in the congregation wants or he withholds his tithe. Liz is saying yes to everyone but drifting away from her dream. “If God gave you a passion, it isn’t a waste of time.” That statement can set each of these characters free. It can also release us from guilt when we say no to things we aren’t called to do.
Through the trials we go through God shines His glory and restores what the enemy tries to destroy. I loved how the story is a reminder that sometimes it is okay to say no. We need to keep our focus on what God has called us to do. The ending of this story is beautiful and ends with harmony for all.
I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.
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To celebrate her tour, Hope and Alyssa are giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon gift card and Picture Imperfect and Finding Harmony, in preferred format (paperback U.S. only)!!
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Thank you for sharing your review of Finding Harmony, this sounds like a lovely story and I am looking forward to reading it myselfReplyDelete
This sounds like a great read.ReplyDelete
Thanks for sharing, this sounds like a book that I would enjoy readingReplyDelete
This sounds like such a great book with some interesting subjects included in the story.ReplyDelete
Finding Harmony sounds like a fabulous romance for me to read and enjoy and I can't wait to get started! Thanks for sharing it with me! Thanks for sharing your review, Texas Book-aholic! Have a splendid day!ReplyDelete