Book Recommendation – Reclaiming Hope by Carolyn Miller

Book Description:

Opposites attract—and repel. But which is more powerful?

Callie Steele might be a bit…focused on work, but despite what her employers say, she enjoys her well-ordered, productive life.

When she’s sent to meet the owners of an estate requiring post-hurricane landscaping, Callie meets their son, Kai Brody, a super-chilled pro surfer, who is as opposite from her as they come. Though initially smitten, Callie knows a relationship with Kai is a bad idea—a very bad idea.

Kai, however, can’t help but be intrigued by someone who challenges him to make something of his life again. He’s determined to pursue her, if she’ll give him half a chance.

The more time they spend together, negotiating the challenges of work, illness, and family, the more their opposing outlooks clash and connect. What do these unlikely friends really want from life? Is it best to focus on work or recreation?

As Kai and Callie seek answers from the Lord, they also must consider if such complete opposites have enough in common to make a relationship last.

Reclaiming Hope concludes the Hooper Island stories of 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.

Narelle’s Thoughts:

I enjoyed reading Reclaiming Hope and seeing Callie, one of my favorite characters in Restoring Fairhaven, finding love in her own romance story. This is the third book from Carolyn Miller in the Independence Islands multi-author series and the story is a standalone that’s connected to Carolyn’s earlier books. Callie now works for both Max (the author who owns Fairhaven) and Samantha (the owner of Greener Gardens) who were the main characters in Restoring Fairhaven and are now happily married.

Kai is a pro surfer who broke his leg and is recuperating at his parents’ vacation home on Hooper Island. He recently became a Christian and is at a crossroads regarding the future direction of his life and surfing career. The opening chapter of the book is hilarious and we see Callie standing up for herself and not being a pushover.

Callie puts together a quote with Dermott (the hero from Regaining Mercy) for Greener Gardens to fix the gardens of Kai’s parents’ vacation home that were damaged by a hurricane. Kai is interested in Callie, but he’s not the type of guy she’d normally be drawn to and consider dating. When Callie learns that Kai is a Christian, she realizes they have more in common than she’d initially thought. How can she refuse Kai’s requests to give him a ride to church?

A fun and sweet friends-to-more romance unfolds that’s put under pressure when a big secret from the past is revealed. I recommend Reclaiming Hope to readers who like fun contemporary romance reads with an island setting and a relevant faith element in the story.

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