About the Book
Book: Island Charm
Author: Audrey Wick
Genre: Christian Contemporary Beach Read
Release date: May 14, 2021
An imposter in paradise.
When Anna Worthington’s twin sister gets jilted by her fiancé, Anna steps in with a plan for a girls’ Key West getaway instead of a honeymoon trip. Yet when her twin has her own crisis of commitment and doesn’t board the plane, Anna finds herself on a romantic getaway that she’s forced to navigate alone.
A vacation romance with an expiration date.
Gunnar Lockhart, whose specialty is island tourism, is the perfect match for helping Anna complete her vacation bucket list, but time together forges a connection more personal than either anticipate. As they make island memories, Anna has to untangle her mixed emotions. Are her feelings toward Gunnar real? Or like her sister’s wedding day, has this connection been doomed from the start?
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About the Author
Audrey Wick is a full-time English professor at Blinn College and author of women’s fiction/romance. Her writing has also appeared in college textbooks, and she is a guest blog columnist with Writer’s Digest. Wick believes the secret to happiness includes lifelong learning and good stories. But travel and coffee help. She has journeyed to over twenty countries—and sipped coffee at every one. See photos on her website audreywick.com and follow her on Twitter and Instagram @WickWrites.
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“The Importance of Setting in Fiction Writing”
My favorite element in writing a novel is setting. Making places come alive through storytelling brings special joy, and I’m fortunate to be able to do that in the pages of Island Charm.
Island Charm is my first beach-read, a standalone contemporary novel set in Key West. Key West is a small island in the Florida Keys, an archipelago that stretches west from the southern peninsula of Florida. The Keys dangle into the Gulf of Mexico like a string of island pearls. Key West is the last on the strand.
I first experienced Key West in the summer, but years later, I traveled back in winter. Whether its July or January, Key West is beautiful anytime of year. What I like best about the island is its walkability. It’s roughly four miles long and one mile across, making it easy to explore on foot. The boardwalk, docks, piers, and public beaches means there is plenty to experience. Fantastic views stretch in all directions.
Additionally, the island has an impressive literary history. Authors including Ernest Hemingway, Tennessee Williams, Elizabeth Bishop, Shel Silverstein, Philip Burton, Judy Blume, and Meg Cabot have all called the island their home at one time or another. It’s easy to see why my heroine, Anna, is so taken with the scenery, just like these writers. I hope readers will be as well!
Follow Anna as she explores Key West in Island Charm. Thanks for traveling with me through the pages, and I hope readers enjoy their time on the island.
Island Charm is written by Audrey Wick. This is the first book that I have read by this author and it will not be the last. First and foremost I love anything that reminds me of the sunshine and the beach. This is a book that will leave you smiling. This is a book about a woman, who is finding herself. Anna, whose twin gets ditched before her wedding convinces her to go on the honeymoon together and have a good time. However, Anna is then ditched by her sister, and she finds herself heading to Key West by herself. (This is something that I would totally be ok with if it happened to me....)
Gunnar is the local island tour guide. He has fallen in love with the island and is very gifted in his tours. He has a great amount of patience. He is patient with the tourists and with his friend Jack, who has dementia (and one of my favorite characters) I loved the chemistry between Gunnar and Anna. It's so real feeling and swoon worthy.
This is a sweet romance easy read. I found myself smiling and chuckling throughout the whole book. I loved the characters, the story line and hope to see more from this author in the future. The author and her descriptions of the island will make you feel like you are there.
I received a copy of this book through the Celebrate Lit blogging program, all thoughts are my own.
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To celebrate her tour, Audrey is giving away the grand prize package of a CD that includes a digital copy of Island Charm as well as multiple full-length novels also published by Pelican Book Group!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.