Two friends-turned-lovers learn to give each other and their marriage a second chance.
Therapist Olivia Chan can’t wait to escape it all—a failed marriage, a struggling practice, and her son Micah’s recent health scare. The Hawaiian getaway she planned, however, gets rained on—quite literally—by a tropical storm and the unexpected arrival of her estranged husband Matthew, who’s determined to win her back.
Forced to confront the past, will Olivia and Matt learn to love again? The fear of rejection is great, but God’s grace is greater. With the help of their son’s prayers, this marriage might just weather life’s storms and come out for the better.
*Fans of split-time romance will enjoy this story that takes place in two timelines and highlights how decisions from the past can affect the future.
I enjoyed reading Tropical Kiss or Miss, a split time romance novella set in the Bay Area, California, and Hawaii. Olivia is a marriage therapist who’s separated from her husband, Matt. He’s a journalist who was Olivia’s brother’s best friend when they first met. Matt is a workaholic with a history of prioritizing work over family.
The split time story structure unpacks the stages of Olivia and Matt’s relationship from first meeting through to the present day. Olivia is a massive fan of the tv series, Lost, which was filmed in Hawaii where her brother now lives. I recommend Tropical Kiss or Miss to contemporary romance readers who like split time married couple romances with redemption and forgiveness themes and a relevant faith element in the story.