Book Review and Giveaway- Rebuilding Hearts Author: Carolyn Miller On Tour with Celebrate Lit
About the Book
Book: Rebuilding Hearts
Author: Carolyn Miller
Genre: Christian Contemporary Romance
Release date: June 28, 2022
Who knew a bank robbery could show a girl that good guys still exist?
Tim Franklin. Quiet, shy, almost incapable of speaking to a girl, and a budding horticulturist. Oh, and he survived a bank robbery five years ago, not to mention its resulting trauma.
Bookworm Bella Dwyer just wants to feel safe, and Tim’s actions during the robbery made her believe there might be guys who live up to her fictional heroes. Trouble is, a chance with Tim seems as remote as this year’s celebrity heartthrob.
Instead, she settled for a relationship with a guy who’s commitment-phobic.
So when Bella encounters Tim on tiny Sparrow Island, the challenges of her past and present collide, and she questions whether there really is a future with a man who can’t commit.
In a leap of faith, Bella dumps her boyfriend, even before shy-guy Tim can make a move. But in wanting to live by faith and conquer fear, has she made the right choice, or are her hopes for freedom and a future destined to fail?
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.
Carolyn Millerlives in the beautiful Southern Highlands of New South Wales, Australia, with her husband and four children. Together with her husband she has pastored a church for ten years, and worked as a public high school English and Learning and Support teacher. She loves reading, music, films, gardens, art, travel and international food, and really enjoy creating worlds where flawed people can grow in faith, hope and love. A longtime lover of romance, especially that of Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer’s Regency era, Carolyn holds a BA in English Literature, and loves drawing readers into fictional worlds that show the truth of God’s grace in our lives.
Her novels include The Elusive Miss Ellison, The Captivating Lady Charlotte, The Dishonorable Miss DeLancey, Winning Miss Winthrop, Miss Serena’s Secret, The Making of Mrs. Hale, A Hero for Miss Hatherleigh, and Underestimating Miss Cecilia, all available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Book Depository, Koorong, etc
More from Carolyn
Who doesn’t love to read a book about a bookworm?
Many avid readers I know love the idea of working in a library – so imagine working in a library on a tiny island! And then to encounter a handsome borrower of books with arms of Thor, well, it’d be like a fictional hero come to life. Except maybe this hero isn’t so fictional…
For Rebuilding Hearts, my next book in the Independence Islands series, I loved turning the spotlight onto Tim Franklin, Greener Gardens’ strong, silent employee with secret dreams, and exploring what happens when two opposites attract over a shared love of books and movies.
Rebuilding Hearts explores some bigger questions concerning family, identity and whether God’s plans can be considered good when things go wrong. I love writing fiction that’s grounded in truth, with realistic, flawed characters who are on God journeys to find faith, freedom, and love.
I’m so thankful people are enjoying my contemporary books, where I can share my love of gardens (& my horticulturalist hubby’s expertise!) to a new audience. Please check out my website www.carolynmillerauthor.com to see what’s growing in my garden here in my corner of Australia.
If you enjoy stories of hope, heart and humor, then you’ll be sure to enjoy this novel about a librarian and a Hemsworthy hero as together they find restoration for their hearts.
Rebuilding Hearts is written by Carolyn Miller. This book is part of the Independence Island Series. The series is written by multiple authors but they all tie together with the island theme. This book takes us back to Sparrow Island. The town has about 1000 residents.
Bella has moved to Sparrow Island recently. She’s taken a one day a week job as the town’s librarian. She also does genealogy on the side. Bella is a book worm and kind of shy. She’s renting a guest house from a lovely older lady, Betty. Betty reminded me of a southern mama. She knew everything about all the residents and felt she knew what was best for them. She’s a comical character.
Tim has lived on sparrow island for the last several years. He moved there after a bank robbery where he was injured. He really enjoys where his life is now. He enjoys his job at the Greener Garden. He seems to have an eye on perfect landscaping arrangements.
Then he meets Bella. Betty and others feel the two of them will be a good match and keep forcing them together. What Bella doesn’t remember at first is that she also was at the bank robbery and Tim saved her.
This is a sweet romance story that contains two characters that had good chemistry. Bella is attracted to Tim almost immediately. However there is the issue that needs to be taken care of. Her boyfriend Chad. She doesn’t feel like Chad is a good option for her after he continually dodges her calls and texts.
The book is well written. It has realistic characters. I loved all the side characters. I loved seeing characters that were introduced in previous books. Fear not, you won’t feel left behind if this is the first book you’ve read.
Thank you to the author, publisher and Celebrate Lit for allowing me to read a copy of this book. All thoughts are my own.