Contemporary Romance Book Review: Rebuilding Hearts

About the Book

Title: Rebuilding Hearts: Sparrow Island 

Author: Caroline Miller 

Series: Independence Islands, Book 24 

Genre: Contemporary Christian Romance 

Publisher: Celebrate Lit Publishing 

Release Date: June 28, 2022 

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Publisher's Description

"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."

My Review

As the twenty-fourth book in the multi-author Independence Islands series, Rebuilding Hearts: Sparrow Island, by Carolyn Miller, is a charming story set primarily off the coast of Georgia on a small island in the Atlantic Ocean. This engaging novel is a contemporary love story full of friendships, faith, and second chances. A cast of several endearing characters, a compelling plot, and meaningful themes make this novel fun to read.  

Page after page, this novel is especially touching and emotionally impactful. The characters are authentically vulnerable, and when they the struggle with insecurities and difficult decisions, the story is very moving. Despite a painful past that complicates their future, the main characters persevere with resiliency and vulnerability. Frequently, they turn to their faith for direction, purpose, and hope. And as the story unfolds, themes such as trust and honesty strengthen the novel and make it quite uplifting.  

With a special talent for storytelling, Ms. Miller always crafts novels that are worthy and memorable. Rebuilding Hearts is truly an inspiring and entertaining book. From the first page to the last, it is a thoroughly enjoyable story, and I gladly 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: Caroline Miller

"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."

Click here to visit Carolyn Miller's website. 

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! 



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

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