Contemporary Romance Book Review: Reclaiming Hope

About the Book

Title: Reclaiming Hope 

Series: Independence Islands (Book 18) 

Author: Carolyn Miller 

Genre: Contemporary Christian Romance 

Publisher: Celebrate Lit Publishing 

Release Date: December 7, 2021

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Publisher's Book Description

“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 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.”

My Review

Reclaiming Hope: Hooper Island, by Carolyn Miller, is the eighteenth book in the multi-author Independence Islands series. With a story that takes place primarily on a small Atlantic Island off the coast of Georgia, this novel is a contemporary love story full of faith and new beginnings. A varied cast of characters and relevant themes make this novel genuinely special and memorable.  

A talented writer, Ms. Miller consistently writes stories that are emotionally stirring and meaningful with characters who are authentically vulnerable. In this novel, as the characters struggle with insecurities and difficult decisions, they turn to their faith for direction and purpose. As the realities and responsibilities of family and friends add layers of pressure and expectations, the characters endeavor to pursue right choices, honesty, and hope. And it is through these characters and their unfolding story that the themes of purpose, faith, and trust are explored.  

Reclaiming Hope is an enjoyable novel that offers an uplifting story full of hope and second chances. It is an engaging novel that is both touching and entertaining. An appealing story from beginning to end, I am happy to recommend it.   

*I was given a copy of this book by the publisher/author and CelebrateLit. A review was not required. The review I have written is voluntary and contains opinions that are entirely my own.

About the Author: Carolyn Miller

Carolyn Miller is an Australian author of inspirational romance, particularly that of the Regency era, and loves drawing readers into fictional worlds where flawed people can grow in faith, hope and love through stories that show the truth of God’s grace in our lives.

Click here to visit Carolyn Miller's website. 

More from Carolyn 

For Reclaiming Hope, my next book in the Independence Islands series, I was thrilled to finally turn the spotlight onto Callie Steele, whose sassy attitude and words of wisdom in earlier books have made a mark on the other employees at Greener Gardens – and has already endeared her to readers who have been begging to read Callie’s story. 

Callie needed a special someone who could help this hyper-organized checklist-loving woman see that there is more to life than meeting a deadline. Enter Kai Brody, a super-chilled and laidback surfer whose enviable travels around the world broaden Callie’s horizons, and watch sparks fly. I consider Reclaiming Hope to be one of my most humorous books yet, as these two trade banter as opposites who attract – but can they last? 

And yet Reclaiming Hope isn’t merely froth and sea-foam, bigger questions concerning family, identity and whether God’s plans can be considered good when people are forced to live with the consequences of poor choices. I really enjoy writing fiction like this, fiction that is grounded in truth, with realistic, flawed characters who are on God journeys to find faith, freedom, and hope. 

I’m so glad people are really enjoying my new contemporary books, where I can bring my love of gardens (& my horticulturalist hubby’s expertise!) to a new audience. 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 workaholic and the broken surfer as together they find renewed hope for their hearts. 

Happy reading! 



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.

Click here to enter the giveaway. 

Blog Stops

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Gina Holder, Author and Blogger, January 23 (Author Interview) 

For Him and My Family, January 24 

Daysong Reflections, January 25 

Aryn the Libraryan, January 26 

Lots of Helpers, January 26 

deb’s Book Review, January 27 

Blogging With Carol, January 27 

Simple Harvest Reads, January 28 (Guest Review from Donna Cline) 

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A Modern Day Fairy Tale, January 31 (Spotlight) 

Lis Loves Reading, January 31 

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She Lives To Read, February 1 

Kayem Reads, February 2 

Splashes of Joy, February 3 

Connect in Fiction, February 3 


  1. I liked your review, thank you for sharing

  2. Thanks so much for sharing your lovely review Elisabeth - I’m so happy you enjoyed Callie and Kai’s story xx

  3. I'm always excited to read another book in this series! Thanks for sharing!


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