Reclaiming Hope: The Organizer Meets the Surfer

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Reclaiming Hope is the story I’ve been waiting months for. It’s fun, and funny, but it also gets wrapped around your heart pretty quickly. You want to defend both main characters, while also giving each one a piece of your mind once or twice.

Stretching and growing (and sharing what’s going on in your head and heart) isn’t always fun, but it’s worthwhile. Come see how Callie and Kai manage. Don’t forget to enter the giveaway, so you have a chance at a free copy of the book!

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About the Book

Book: Reclaiming Hope

Author: Carolyn Miller

Genre: Christian Contemporary Romance

Release date: December 7, 2021


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.

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My Review:

I’ve been looking forward to Callie’s story since Restoring Fairhaven, which was one of the best stories ever. And I wasn’t disappointed.

Callie is strong, and keeps an ordered, organized life. Managing things is her specialty. She’s skeptical of ever having a real relationship, so she’s filled her life with things she ‘can’ control, and tries to keep busy enough to feel satisfied. Something I can relate to, if for different reasons. I’m sure most of us can.

Being on crutches myself while reading a story about a surfer on crutches gave me extra empathy for him. I may have connected with him a little faster than I would have otherwise, but I really liked him. He was real with his struggles, and working through them. Yes, he was stubborn on wanting what he wanted, but he grew. That’s a big deal.

The one thing that bothered me, was a casual reference to the popular quote that “God never gives us more than we can cope with.” I’m sorry, but I disagree. I think there’s a big difference between being assured that God will give us a way of escape when tempted, and allowing stacks of difficult and even unbearable things. I won’t turn this into a theological debate, as it’s literally 3 sentences out of the book, but it is there.

1 Corinthians 10.13, NIV …God is faithful, He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.

I had to laugh at this next line, because it’s 100% relatable: “She had the cake, and he had a gluten-free brownie, which didn’t taste too bad, all things considered.”

Another one that had me laughing was “Callie nodded, pitifully glad for once that Miranda had the social grace of a porcupine.” Sometimes it is nice when someone else asks the question or makes the comment that you’d love to, but don’t think you should for whatever reason!

I received a copy of the book from #celebratelit and chose to review it here. All thoughts are my own.

About the Author


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.

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!



4 Comments on “Reclaiming Hope: The Organizer Meets the Surfer”

  1. Thanks so much for sharing your kind words. Callie is pretty fun, isn’t she? So glad you enjoyed x

    1. You’re welcome! And yes, she is! Not afraid to challenge Kai, but afraid of hoping to have a real future!

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