Welcome aboard the Title Wave, a bookshop that sails from Island to Island. Ezra is in for quite the ride, between her dad’s wedding, her startup floating bookstore, and having ‘him’ return to the islands, avoid her, then need her help.
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About the Book
Book: The Title Wave
Author: Chautona Havig
Genre: Christian Contemporary Romance
Release date: April 25, 2023
All he wants to do is help people, but local women want to help themselves… to him!
When Henri Tupuola returned to Suamalie to open his holistic mental health clinic, he had no idea what he was getting into. After ten years in Australia getting his degree and practical experience under his mentor, the locals had all but forgotten the quiet “boy” who had always made them feel like he could see right through them.
Not anymore! The ladies of Lafoina are eager to meet the island’s therapist and spend hours staring deeply into his eyes on their weekly dates… ahem, sessions.
Desperate for relief, he hightails it down to The Title Wave and begs Ezra to order him a couple dozen copies of his own book. Yes, author copies would be cheaper, but he needs these things fast. Maybe if he hands out his book like an old-time quack handed out pills, the ladies will get the hint and leave him alone.
But when he tells his troubles to Ezra (who’s the therapist now?), and she jokes at how much her father would love to have people flocking to his “sessions” so to speak, Henri gets an idea that could save his sanity… if only Ezra will agree.
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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Okay, Hilarious. I carried my kindle around while I did my laundry, I just couldn’t stop reading. I read so fast I forgot to highlight quotes for you. I’ll probably have to make the sacrifice and read it again 🤣
Between the drama of opening a counseling practice on some pretty remote tropical islands as a handsome single guy, and the hazards of opening a floating bookshop that parks at marinas as a small single lady, and the busybody matchmakers, you never know what’s going to happen next.
Throw in a surfer dude with a purse dog, sit back, and watch the action!
This story gets really deep (occupational hazard of counseling, I guess) and still manages to be very funny and sweet and romantic.
I received a copy of the book from CelebrateLit, and chose to review it here. All Thoughts are my own.
*Ezra is a Missionary Kid. Some of my favorite Missionary stories can be found here.
About the Author
USA Today Bestselling author Chautona Havig lives in an oxymoron, escapes into imaginary worlds that look startlingly similar to ours and writes the stories that emerge. An irrepressible optimist, Chautona sees everything through a kaleidoscope of It’s a Wonderful Life sprinkled with fairy tales. Find her at chautona.com and say howdy—if you can remember how to spell her name.
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It happens with every book—probably for every author. What “it” is… that’s always different. Sometimes it’s the moment you realize that your character has morphed into someone you didn’t intend for him to. Other times it might be that you discovered a huge plot hole in your mystery and there’s no way any of it would have happened (not that I’ve ever had to deal with that or anything). It could be that your characters don’t have chemistry (and that doesn’t have to be romance—friends should have it!). Let’s face it. Lots of things can derail a book.
And if you don’t lay some new track fast (think Gromit in A Grand Day Out laying tracks as fast as he can as the toy train hurtles him after the penguin), your story could end up as the biggest trainwreck this side of… wherever they have bad train wrecks.
Or in my case, sink the book boat.
So there was blithely typing my first chapter when I realized something was wrong with my premise for The Title Wave. See, I had a plan. This would be a fake-dating romance. A local therapist needs a fake girlfriend to get the women to quit hitting on him when he was supposed to be helping them with their problems. Reasonable right?
Yeah. There’s all kinds of problems with this… starting with the fact that I don’t actually enjoy FAST romances… and I wanted them together—like totally committed—by the end of the book. OOPS! Not only that, but come on. Fake boyfriend/girlfriend? Ezra is an MK. This girl isn’t going to want to live a deception like that. She’s got a sensitive conscience, thanks to close ties with the Holy Spirit Who indwells her. She’s not going to do that.
But I needed her to.
I have this group of ladies who read everything as I write it. Most have been with me for over ten years! So, when I realized my book was in serious trouble (as in drowning before it really got out to sea!), I went to them and told them what I wanted/needed to happen and why it wasn’t going to work.
Guess what? They came through for me (as they always do—love you, Escapeables!). After just a bit of tossing out ideas and lobbing them back and forth, things fell into place.
Yes, Henri will approach Ezra with the idea.
Yes, Ezra will have a fake boyfriend.
And yes, being the romance it is… they WILL be committed by the end and without irritating myself with a bunch of insta-love.
Somehow. Since I’m writing this before it all plays out, we’ll both have to see just how that all works out. Join me for a cruise through love-tossed waters?
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To celebrate her tour, Chautona is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon gift card and a copy of the book!!
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Thank you for sharing your wonderful review of The Title Wave, this sounds like a story that I will enjoy reading myself
I loved this book, too! Some of those quotes–hilarious! I looked up the one about being “gruntled” to share with my teenage son who loves words.