Sunday, August 1, 2021

Book Review with a Giveaway: Regaining Mercy by Carolyn Miller



About the Book

Book:  Regaining Mercy

Author: Carolyn Miller

Genre: Christian Contemporary Romance

Release date: June 29, 2021

A mom ready to do anything for her son. A man determined to win the woman he loves.

Going on Love at First Glance had seemed like such a good idea. She didn’t care about finding Mr. Right. No, Mindy Murray chose the reality TV show for more mercenary reasons.  A mom’s gotta do what a mom’s gotta do when it comes to feeding her son.

When Mindy returns to Elnora, the girl from the “wrong side of the island” just wants a chance to rebuild her reputation. Too bad the folks at church don’t practice what the preacher preaches.

Enter Dermott Reilly. The interim boss at Greener Gardens has always had a soft spot for Mindy and her son, but with his new responsibilities, an important garden competition, and a few other concerns, he finds it difficult to prove himself to her.

A tropical storm and a missing child prove that sometimes grace appears in the most unusual ways.

Regaining Mercy concludes the Elnora Island romances 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

Things couldn't get worse for Mindy.  Her difficult past, and choices she had made continued to beat her down.

But Dermott Reilly stepped in to defend and encourage her, and that was a turning point for her.  Handsome, strong, and a man of integrity, he kept showing up.  

Mindy did her best to take care of her young son, but found that she needed to depend on the Lord and the help of others.  She slowly began adding people to her circle that could encourage her, and that prompted her to believe in herself and utilize her skills and experiences to make dreams come true for herself and others.

This was a fun story to read.  There was plenty of heartbreak, joy, and excitement throughout.  I recommend this latest book from the Independence Islands series for readers of contemporary fiction and Christian romance.  It's a great beach- or anytime- read!

I received an e-ARC of this book from the author, through Celebrate Lit, for review purposes.  The thoughts expressed here 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

Have you ever wondered what might happen if a failed TV reality star was to return home to her narrow minded community? What if she’s been tarred and feathered with disgrace?

In our world of insta-fame, selfies and fakebook, I find it fascinating that so many people are entranced by so-called reality TV, with its editing and narratives and shiny-eyed hopefuls chasing money, love and dreams. But what if it doesn’t work out? What happens next? How do you resume ‘normal life’ when you’ve been living in a very artificial world?

I enjoy writing fiction that is grounded in reality, with realistic, flawed characters who are on a God journey to find faith and freedom. My contemporary and historical novels often see characters struggle with the choices they’ve made (don’t we all?), which is exactly what single mom Mindy is dealing with.

Combine Mindy’s challenges with those faced by gardening expert, Dermott, a man whose stone wall building skills are better than his way with women, or his inability to hide his attraction to his former co-worker’s younger sister.

Regaining Mercy encourages us to see ourselves as God does, to not let the labels of the past to shape our future. Along the way, readers will enjoy the honest portrayals of family, friendship and faith.

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. Want to see what’s growing in my garden? Check out my website – and you might even see some of my husband’s famous stone walls!

If you enjoy stories of hope, heart and humor, then you’ll be sure to enjoy this novel about a prodigal and the patient gardener who helps her find God’s mercy – and renewed hope for her heart.

Happy reading!


Blog Stops

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Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, July 24
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Simple Harvest Reads, July 29 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)
Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, July 30
Lis Loves Reading, July 30
A Modern Day Fairy Tale, July 31
Kayem Reads, July 31
Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, August 1
Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, August 1
Cultivating Us, August 1
Gina Holder, Author and Blogger, August 2 (Author Interview)
Daysong Reflections, August 2
Happily Managing a Household of Boys, August 3
Blossoms and Blessings, August 3
Joanne Markey, August 3


To celebrate her tour, Carolyn is giving away the grand prize package of a $50 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.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks so much Kathy for sharing your lovely review. So glad you enjoyed!