Thursday, March 17, 2022

Blog Tour and Giveaway: Blended Lives by Melissa Wardwell

About the Book

Book: Blended Lives

Author: Melissa Wardwell

Genre: Christian Contemporary Romance

Release date: February 22, 2022

Wedding bells are ringing on the islands, but more than romance is in the air.

Seth Mikels experienced a fulfilling marriage with his wife until her sudden death left him alone to raise their two daughters. As they approach their teens, it’s obvious that they need a woman’s influence. He’s not looking for love, but he could use the partnership of a wife. Between his handyman business and playing Mr. Mom, time is fading fast.

Sarah Reid has spent the last four years caught in the middle of one island drama after another. Following the most recent fiasco, she hopes to find refuge on Sparrow Island with her two little boys. Climbing bills and a dwindling bank account leaves her no choice but to sell out and move to the mainland. Enter Seth’s handyman skills and an unexpected romance.

With Beth and Scott planning their own Merriweather wedding (complete with a Momzilla), will wedding bells ring out on Sparrow, too?

Read the next Sparrow Island novel in the Independence Islands Series featuring five islands, six authors, and a boatload of happily-ever-afters.

The Independence Islands Series: beach reads aren’t just for summer anymore.


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About the Author

Melissa Wardwell doesn’t mind alternating between the world of writing and the reality of being a mother, but she would rather sit with a good book or a good friend and a cup of coffee.

When she isn’t penning works of fiction, she is busy reviewing books for her blog, Back Porch Reads.

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I want to thank you for taking the time to follow this tour. This book was written during one of the most difficult times in my life but, as Beth said, God has turned the mourning into gladness. We are never promised the next breath we breathe or the freedoms that we enjoy, but He does promise that will be with us through every change in our lives.


Sarah and Seth’s stories are tragic and unimaginable for many. They have been brought to the lowest points in their lives but must continue to move on for their children.


Writing this story helped me work through some of my own struggles. Some areas of my life were burning to the ground and I found myself looking for answers as to how to pick up the pieces. Instead, God taught me some pretty important lessons.

I learned to be a woman who spoke clear and true. I learned to show the people around me how much I love them and appreciate them. I learned that only God could fix those broken pieces of our lives and stitch them back together. And lastly, I learned of the beauty of friendship and how important it is in our daily lives. Even though I am glad that journey is over, I will forever cherish the lessons.


I think Gram summed it up nicely for me though.


“When we blend our lives with others, whether in marriage or friendships, we open the door to carry each other’s burdens in life. God gives us certain friendships to help us through tough times to teach us how to be a shoulder for others.”


Fiction is a reflection of reality, so expect some  of the lessons I learned to be reflected in Blended Lives as Sarah and Seth figure out how to navigate the changes I put them through.

Blog Stops


To celebrate her tour, Melissa is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon gift card and a copy of the book!!

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

My Review

Blended Lives is Melissa Wardwell’s contribution to the Sparrow Island portion of the Independence Islands series. I have enjoyed previous works from this author and this one is no different. I loved the beautiful island setting and getting to know Seth and Sara. Sara is a character I can personally relate with and understand her heartache and pain. I adored the second chance at love theme of the story. Such a great way to spend a rainy afternoon.

I am giving Blended Lives four and a half stars. I recommend it for readers who enjoy reading quick, sweet, and clean romantic fiction. I look forward to reading the next installment from the Sparrow Island part of the Independence Islands series, Kari Trumbo’s Sweet Rivals. 

I received a digital copy of Blended Lives from the publisher, but was not required to write a positive review. This review is one hundred percent my own honest opinion. 


  1. thank you so much for your review. What a fun cover. I would love to read this.

  2. Blended Lives sounds like an interesting romance for me to read and enjoy! Thanks for sharing it with me! Thanks for sharing your review, Locks, Hooks and Books! Have a great day!

  3. Thank you for sharing your wonderful review!

  4. Blended families, blended lives, have many challenges and obstacles to overcome as they meld together. This book sounds very realistic.

  5. I love the cover and synopsis, Blended Lives sounds like a wonderful story. Thank you for sharing your review of this book

  6. It sounds like a really interesting book. Thank you for sharing.