Thursday, June 24, 2021

Celebrate Lit Blog Tour: Island Charm by Audrey Wick

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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Contemporary Christian Fiction books are a favorite Genre of mine. I also enjoy books with a scenery of the Beach and Vacations. Island Charm by Audrey Wick brings the 2 together and I was intrigued to read the novel. 

Anna Worthington is trying to encourage and cheer up her twin sister, when her twin sister's fiance calls off the wedding. Anna decides they need a vacation instead of a honeymoon and head to Key West. Anna ends up on vacation by herself when her Sister doesn't board the plane and stays back to work through some emotions. Anna meets Gunnar Lockhart, who becomes her "tour guide" on the Island. They are touring the Island and Anna is fulfilling some "Bucket List" items and they begin to draw closer to each other. They are enjoying each other's company, but Anna is also feeling lots of emotions. She isn't sure if her feelings for Gunnar are real, at the same time she wants them to be real. Will Anna work through emotions and give Gunnar a chance? How does Gunnar handle the time of Anna being cautious in love? 

I really enjoyed this book. Anna didn't let being alone on Vacation deter her from having fun. She was probably more determined to have fun. Gunnar is an amazingly sweet and kind gentleman. He really knows the Island and shares his knowledge with Anna. I really like that they took their friendship/relationship slow going. I must say that it took me a couple of chapters to really get into the storyline, but once I did there was no stopping me! GREAT book! A Fun Summer Beach Read! 



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 and follow her on Twitter and Instagram @WickWrites.


More from Audrey

 “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.

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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.

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Audrey said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you so much, Kendra, for your feature of ISLAND CHARM! So glad that you were able to find your stride in reading this novel. I appreciate you doing so, and I especially appreciate your kind comments about Anna and Gunnar. Read on! :-)

Carol Cox said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you! These books are awesome!!!!

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