A bed and breakfast on the beach, on a tropical island is the setting for this fantastic story. Our widowed B&B operator just sent her son off to college and is trying to find a new normal. In comes the hurting widow professor from Albuquerque, looking for a project and a place to heal.
I love the way their friendship grows. Be sure to read all the way to the bottom and comment before entering the giveaway.
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About the Book
Book: Room for Love
Author: Marguerite Martin Gray
Genre: Christian Contemporary Romance
Release Date: July 25, 2023
God gave her peace then; maybe He’ll do it again.
When Amy Lee’s son heads off to college, the bed and breakfast owner finds life even lonelier and emptier than she had after losing her husband. She needs something to occupy her mind and heart while she reinvents her life again. What more could she ask for than an after-school program for local children and a renewed interest in painting?
Then the arrival of a professor of archeology shakes her world and makes her yearn for the way things were only a few short months ago.
Still grieving the loss of his beloved wife, and ignoring the warnings and protests of his grown children, Professor Walker Standish escapes on a six-month sabbatical. His heart, barely beating these past months, jerks to life again when he finds more than a room at a B & B.
Where an ocean meets the shore, love has room for one more.
Take a trip to the Suamalie Islands where palm trees sway, the sand and sea pulse with life, and the people will steal your heart.
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“He had no plans to make lasting friendships. He had some of those at home. Anyway, the more people he cared about, the more losses he would face.”
This leads very nicely into themes of contentment. Both Amy and Walker struggle some with contentment. They were content, until their friendship bigins to grow into something more. They focus on the obstacles to becoming a couple, and wonder if the prospect of togetherness is worth the certainty of upheaval this will cost.
“She could always find another project, but busyness, as she knew from experience, would not give her permanent stability. The adjustment must attach to her inner being, her spiritual connection to life. Peace, I leave with you. Peace, not busyness. Contentment, not perfection.”
Also, I could almost taste the food, so be sure to have a snack handy!
The ending was great! And then there was one more scene that had me literally moan because I’ll have to wait months to witness the drama that’s about to hit the fan!
I received a copy of the book from Celebrate Lit and chose to review it here. All thoughts are my own.
About the Author
Marguerite Martin Gray is the author of Hold Me Close, Surround Me, and Bring Me Near– Revolutionary Faith Books One, Two and Three. Besides researching her historical novels, she enjoys studying history and writing fiction. An avid traveler and reader, she teaches French and has degrees in French, Spanish, and Journalism from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, and a MA in English from Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas. Marguerite is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Abilene Writers Guild, Daughters of the American Revolution, South Carolina Historical Society, and Preservation Society of Charleston. She currently lives in North Louisiana with her husband and Cleo, her cat. Her two adult children keep her up to date and young.
More from Marguerite
I am so excited about being a part of this series. I have read all of the previous books and love having the collection on my shelf. I feel like I am traveling around my “home” with my characters, seeing all of the other islands and making new friends. Room for Love takes place on Alexandre Island just south of Laumua where the capitol and government are situated.
My husband and I traveled to Maui, experiencing the culture, food, sites, climate—the whole deal. My bucket list includes Bora Bora, but I couldn’t get my husband to splurge for a trip before writing this book. Yet, I have a hope to travel there one day.
For now, I’m relying on my experiences and research. The salty air and ocean offered awesome snorkeling and diving opportunities with the sea turtles and colorful fish. The humpback whales entertained us with their majestic beauty. Lorikeets and tropical birds serenaded from flowering treetops and sweet-smelling bushes and flowers.
Curvy roads in a convertible led us to cascading waterfalls and volcanoes. Many hours found us strolling on the beach or resting in hammocks. Needless to say, a week was not long enough.
I envisioned Alexandre Island as a perfect place for a B & B. We run three Airbnbs in Louisiana and really try to stay in others across the world when we can. Amy Lee, my heroine who owns the B & B, adds a wonderful breakfast and special authentic meals. On the property in an old barn, she, her staff, and friends offer an after-school program for local children.
Although tourism is a major source of island income, I realize and appreciate that the islanders have their own lives. I ask many questions of my characters to obtain a reality check about life on an exotic island. A little side note: I am a French teacher and have a strong love for the language, history, and culture surrounding these fictional islands.
I hope you enjoy the journey on all of the islands. Welcome to Alexandre.
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