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An aspiring food journalist and a grumpy cameraman take to the California coast for the biggest foodie event of the year in this sweet third novel in Tif Marcelo’s charming and romantic Journey to the Heart series.

Online food blogger Victoria Aquino has spent years doing social media for True North and Paraiso Retreats, and she’s ready to take her blog and writing to the next level. But after she was catfished and suffered a heartbreak, she’s clamoring for change. She auditions for and accepts a food host opportunity: covering the Labor Day holiday BBQ festivals along the California coast. For eight days, she’ll travel with a producer and a camera and sound person, in a vintage—and rickety—RV, and she’ll get her very first byline as a video journalist. The only catch? She can’t stand BBQ.

And the cameraman also auditioned for the job.

Joel Silva is a cameraman with his own past and big dreams of his own, and when he finds out that the job he auditioned for went to Victoria—a woman he’d gotten to know covering Paraiso Retreats, and someone he later slept with—he’s understandably furious and curious. Joel knows the BBQ circuit like the back of his hand, and he now has to help Victoria do her job amidst their growing attraction.

When the producer picks up on their push/pull vibe and increases the ante to feature both in front of the camera with the best host taking the next cross-country feature, the two have to decide: is their blossoming romance something that should be left to fizzle along with BBQ season? Or is it the beginning of something even more delicious?

About The Author

Franchesca Cole

Tif Marcelo is a veteran army nurse and holds a BS in ursing and a Master’s in public administration. She believes and writes about the strength of families, the endurance of friendship, heartfelt romances, and is inspired daily by her own military hero husband and four children. She is also the author of Once Upon a Sunset, The Key to Happily Ever After, and the Journey to the Heart series.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Pocket Star (December 11, 2017)
  • Length: 367 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781501169502

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Raves and Reviews


"From its fun road trip, foodie setting to the good guy hero, this is a sexy, adorable, and heartfelt read."

– USA Today bestselling author Kate Meader


"I loved that the author made the heroine a Filipino American, who has a strong sense of culture... the interaction of Bryn Aquino and Mitchell Dunford was sweet and adorable."

– Four Chicks Flipping Pages

"East in Paradise was such a delightful novel full of heart, humor, family ties, food, and swoons. I had a smile on my face the entire time I was reading this book!"

– Mrs. Leif's Two Fangs About It

"Overall, this was a GREAT read... I definitely look forward to seeing where the series goes next."

– Smitten with Reading

Praise for NORTH TO YOU

"Debut author Marcelo does a great job... Lovers of food trucks and San Francisco will especially get a kick out of this fun contemporary romance."

– Library Journal

"A wonderful debut by Tif Marcelo! I love second chance love stories and when Drew and Camille cross paths again, you get a perfect sweet swoony romance with a bit of forbidden love."

– USA Today Bestselling Author Sidney Halston

Debut author? Check. A heroine who owns a food truck? Check. A hero who is a super good guy and gets a second chance at wooing his girl? CHECK.... Definitely give this one a try."

– Smexy Books

"Say hello to the cutest foodie romance you'll ever read."

– The Daydreaming Bookworm

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