Monday, August 1, 2022

Celebrate Lit Blog Tour: Finding Harmony by Alyssa Roat and Hope Bolinger

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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I really enjoy a good Christian Romance book. Finding Harmony by Alyssa Roat & Hope Bolinger is Book 2 in the Roseville Romances series. I had the pleasure of reading the first book in this series and I was excited to read this book. 

Elijah Peterson is the Worship Leader at his church. He was just recently hired at this church and he is finding it hard to please the Congregation with the Worship songs he chooses. Olivia Wilson is a local Music Teacher who likes to be very involved in many activities, including Volunteering at Church, Piano Lessons and so much more. She is also a caregiver to her Dad who has medical issues. Liv is devasted to find out that they may be in trouble of losing their home due to mounting bills. Elijah and Liv are convinced by their roommates to join a Cooking Class. They begin spending more time together and decide to help each other out. The pair decide to enter a Song Writing Contest that has a Cash Prize. If they win, the Cash prize would help Olivia help save their home and Elijah would get more respect and recognization for the naysayers about his music career. Will Elijah and Olivia succeed in their goal of winning the Song Writing Competition? Will they both find fulfillment for those own selves in their endeavor? Will there be a Romance between the pair?

WOW, this second book really grabbed my attention from the very beginning! I was hurting for Elijah as he has to navigate his new job and the congregation isn't pleased with his choice of music. Olivia is a strong woman who wants to help others and has a busy life due to being so involved. The Friendship between Elijah and Olivia is very special and I love how the friendship slowly grew into a romantic relationship. The book did not seem to be predictable and I LOVE that!  The Authors really bring the characters to life and I couldn't put the book down as I was so interested in the outcome.  The Christian theme I am seeing throughout the book is that God doesn't want us to focus on Pleasing Others(People Pleasing). I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a clean Christian Romance book. GREAT BOOK!


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.

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For Him and My Family, July 24

For the Love of Literature, July 25 (Author Interview)

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Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, July 28

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Splashes of Joy, July 31 (Author Interview)

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, August 1

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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)!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

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Rita Wray said... Best Blogger Tips

Sounds like a great story.

Debbie P said... Best Blogger Tips

This sounds like a really great book.

Emma said... Best Blogger Tips

I can't imagine working with someone else to write a book! It's fun when authors can surprise me.

Stormy Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

Finding Harmony sounds like a wonderful read for and I like the cover! Thanks for sharing it with me! Thanks for sharing your review, Happily Managing a Household of Boys! Have a terrific day!

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