Friday, August 5, 2022

Celebrate Lit Blog Tour: Rebuilding Hearts by Carolyn Miller

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.


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I have been enjoying the Independence Islands series. I have read several of the books. One thing I especially like is that each book in the series is written by a variety of authors, and they all read well as Stand Alone Books. Rebuilding Hearts by Carolyn Miller is Book 25 in the Independence Islands series of Books and Book 6 in the Sparrow Island series.  I am always anxiously awaiting new books in the series. 

Tim Franklin has lived on Sparrow Island for a few years. He is a quiet guy and he LOVES Horticulture. He survived a Bank Robbery a few years ago, but still suffers Trauma from the event. Bella Dwyer has always had a LOVE for books and reading. She recently moved to Sparrow Island to take the job of Librarian at the tiny library in town. Bella runs into Tim on the island and remembers him from the Bank Robbery and she feels that there are modern-day heroes because of his actions that day. Bella is smitten by Tim, but she currently has a boyfriend. Bella admits that her boyfriend, Chad, doesn't make her feel safe and he recently has been non-committal and also not responding to her calls. She decides she wants out of that relationship and breaks it off. She is hopeful that Tim will also have interest in her as she does in him. Will there be a relationship between Tim and Bella? Will the pair come out of their "Shells" and give each other a chance?

WOW, such a fun-loving book and another great addition to the Independence Island series! Bella and Tim are wonderful characters in this book and I LOVE how both are a bit shy and both have interests that are of studious nature. Bella was wonderfully shocked to see Tim on Sparrow Island and she was excited also. Bella is courageous in making the decision to be happy in life and dumps her non attentive boyfriend. I enjoyed this book from beginning to end and it was so intriguing that I stayed glued to the book! The story is one of second chances, trust, and faith. FANTASTIC BOOK!

Carolyn Miller lives 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 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.

Happy reading!


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To celebrate her tour, Carolyn is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon gift card and a copy of the book!!

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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Stormy Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

Congratulations on your release of Rebuilding Hearts, Carolyn, I enjoyed following the tour and learning about your book, which sounds like my kind of romance! Good luck with your book and I hope the tour was a success! Thanks for sharing it with me! Thanks, Happily Managing a Household of Boys, for sharing your review! Have a fantastic day!

marisela zuniga said... Best Blogger Tips

I enjoyed your review, the book sounds great

Debbie P said... Best Blogger Tips

This sounds like a good read. Thank you for your thoughts.

Bea LaRocca said... Best Blogger Tips

I love the cover and synopsis! Thank you for sharing your lovely review of Rebuilding Hearts, this sounds like a wonderful story that I will enjoy reading

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you so much Kendra, for sharing your lovely review! I’m so happy you enjoyed reading this book!

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