top of page
  • N. N. Light

Secondhand Hearts by Kathryn Hills is a Stress Busting Festival pick #romance #beachread #giveaway

Title: Secondhand Hearts – A Last Chance Beach Novella

Author: Kathryn Hills

Genre: Sweet Contemporary Romance/Beach Reads

Book Blurb:

Life takes you down many winding paths. Will theirs lead to love on Last Chance Beach?

Tasked with convincing her beloved grandmother to move back to the mainland, Kat Worthington returns to Last Chance Beach. This vacation island paradise is filled with cherished memories, and the thought of relocating her loved one weighs heavy on Kat’s heart. Is the alternative to uproot her life, stay on the island, and help run Gran’s charming B&B and antique shop?

Handsome neighbor, Ben Hadley, sure hopes it is. He and his playful pup are doing their best to upend Kat’s plans. Will their efforts convince her to stay?

Or will it require some of Gran’s special island magic?


“Look at that… Didn’t even break the pot.” Gran gave her a sassy little wink. “You’ve always been one for divine timing, Kitty.”


“Yup, I knew I had a matching teapot to the set that came in yesterday.” Gran stood a little straighter and squared her chin. “Besides, I’m not alone. Ben is here.”

“Who the heck is Ben?”

“That’d be me.” A deep, male voice came from behind, startling Kat. Spinning with a gasp, her eyes widened when connecting with six feet plus of drop-dead gorgeous, dark-haired man. He met her stare full-on without so much as a hint of humility, and he nodded a curt greeting.

“Haddie Marshall, are you up to your old tricks again?” Ben brushed past Kat. “I told you to wait and I’d look with you.”

“Well, I didn’t want you fussing. I know you’re busy.”

“Excuse me,” Kat interrupted, not bothering to disguise the irritation in her voice. “Who are you, and why would you allow my seventy-seven-year-old grandmother to climb to the scorching top of a barn and up a ladder for a teapot?”

The man stared at her in silence. One dark brow cocked in obvious annoyance.

“Ben Hadley…meet my first grandbaby, Kitty Worthington,” Gran announced with a proud smile.

“It’s Kat, Gran. Or Katrina,” she grumbled. “No one has called me Kitty since the fifth grade.”

“Oh, shush, child. You’ll always be Kitty to me and Grandpa Mike.” The elderly woman’s smile fell away. She took a wobbly step forward to hand Ben the box. “Be a love and take this down for me. I think I’d better hang on extra tight to the railing after all this excitement.”

“I’ll take the box,” Kat snapped. “You help my grandmother back to the house, where we can turn on some air conditioning.”

Buy Links (including Goodreads and BookBub):

What’s your favorite way to combat stress?

I love being home in my own special place with my family and pets. It’s my haven. I can rest, read, whip up some comfort food, garden, or just hang out in the sunshine.

Why is your featured book a stress busting read?

It’s a sweet, short, contemporary romance filled with feel-good moments. My stressed-out heroine returns to the place she’s always loved. A handsome neighbor has a very funny dog that brings them together. There’s also Gran (Haddie Marshall) a legacy character on Last Chance Beach. Gran is always there to share her kindness, warmth, and wisdom – and a great meal or sweet tea – offering just what everyone needs. Happily-ever-after guaranteed!

This was my first-ever short, sweet, romance, and I penned it just as the pandemic was hitting the USA hard. I took a stress-busting break from writing paranormal/fantasy romance by creating this sweet love story, and I never looked back. It gave me the spark I needed to grow and try writing for new-to-me genres within romance.

Giveaway –

One lucky reader will win a $75 Amazon US or Canada gift card

Open internationally. You must have a valid Amazon US or Amazon CA account to win.

Runs May 1 – 31, 2023.

Drawing will be held on June 1, 2023.

Author Biography:

KATHRYN HILLS...Best-selling romance author, ghost hunter, dog lover, and iced coffee addict. She’s hauntingly romantic unless she’s writing sweet! From graveyards to country inns, get ready to explore spooky mysteries and have some sexy fun!

Find Kathryn Hills Online

9 comentários

Piroska B
Piroska B
26 de mai. de 2023

I combat stress by writing.


Membro desconhecido
22 de mai. de 2023

I combat stress with meditation.


Linda Gawthrop
Linda Gawthrop
22 de mai. de 2023

I usually combat stress with exercise - taking a walk outside.


02 de mai. de 2023

Mostly I combat stress with reading it’s an escape from real life, and sometimes I do yoga or meditating.

02 de mai. de 2023
Respondendo a

Great choices! 😊


N. N. Light
N. N. Light
01 de mai. de 2023

Thank you, Kathryn, for sharing your book in our Stress Busting Book Festival!

bottom of page