I have somewhat mixed feelings about Secret Beach Boyfriend. On one hand I enjoyed reading it but on the other hand I found myself getting a bit aggravated with both the hero and heroine much too often. Overall I liked both Annie and Rafe but they each had some major issues. Annie’s father had left the island when she was five and she never saw him again. She was left with deep-seated feelings of abandonment and low self esteem and felt unworthy of marriage and was essentially afraid to leave the island. Rafe had grown up with a mother who had minor OCD and her fear had severely limited his childhood experiences. Rafe was a great guy who cared about others and was not afraid to show it. Unfortunately there were moments that he seemed very needy to me but perhaps that is a natural result of growing up as he did. Annie’s fear of leaving the island also seemed extreme to me.
The book is well written with vivid descriptions of its setting. The mostly serious content was relieved at times by a touch of humor and of course romance. Secrets are revealed that explained events that had a major impact on Annie’s life. It was fun spending time with the pair as they got to know each other and renewed a one day childhood friendship that neither had ever forgotten. Their plans to save the marriage of Rafe’s parents was entertaining at times and also served an unexpected purpose. I was happy to see that both Rafe, Annie and his parents were able to overcome things that were holding them back. I enjoyed meeting some of Annie’s friends. I am hoping that they have their own stories in other books of this series. There are lessons to be learned in Secret Beach Boyfriend and what better place than the beach to learn them.
I voluntarily reviewed a digital copy of this book provided by Celebrate Lit. A favorable review was not required. All views expressed are my own.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Book: Secret Beach Boyfriend
Author: Kari Trumbo
Genre: Christian Contemporary Romance
Release Date: September 29 , 2020
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She met Rafe on the beach when she was just five and it seemed like fate tied them together. When a chance encounter returns him to the islands twenty years later, Annie finds her beach friend has grown up and now needs her help.
Damaged and scarred from a past that still hasn’t healed, Annie needs help of her own. True to character, Rafe comes up with a perfect solution, but a temporary island romance does not fit into his agenda at all.
Will an offer to be her secret boyfriend give her heart a second chance? How can it turn into something more and prove there’s power in prayer and that love can triumph over a painful past?
He was Annie’s hero long ago, but can the man he has become save her now?
Secret Beach Boyfriend is the third “Merriweather book” in a new series featuring five islands, six authors, and a boatload of happily-ever-afters.
The Independence Island Series: beach reads aren’t just for summer anymore.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Kari Trumbo is a bestselling author of Christian historical and contemporary romance novels. Her books are known for characters who feel real, settings you could move to, and faith woven between the pages. She makes her home in central Minnesota with her husband of over twenty years, two daughters, two sons, and never enough time.
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Have you ever hunted for seashells on the beach?
This sweet story actually starts twenty years before the moment you open the front cover. Years before, on a solitary beach, a little boy comforts a girl he finds crying by offering to help her find seashells. He doesn’t know why she’s crying, just that he can help. Even though he knows his mother will be angry with him.
You see, Rafe (that’s the little boy) has a mother who has minor OCD and doesn’t let him go on the beach. But when Annie (that’s the little girl) is obviously heartbroken, he can’t leave her sitting there and not do anything. At that moment, a hero is born.
It’s the little things that make a hero. That moment in time when he made a choice to put Annie above his own discomfort created a past for them both, an anchor they could both look back on. It was pivotal enough for them both that they remembered it years later. Rafe, because he hid the shells and cherished the one time he got to collect them. Annie, because she was going through something no child of five should have to. His kindness was a glimmer of hope.
Fast forward twenty years and these two meet again, but don’t realize right away they are the people they’ve been thinking about on-and-off for most of their lives. Interestingly enough, that part of my story is true. I had a friend I met at a local beach when I was too young to recall names or anything else of great significance other than the feeling that it was the best day ever. She made me her best buddy for the day, and that stuck with me.
When I think of this story beyond the printed page, where Annie and Rafe live on in my mind, I have to wonder if shells will continue to be a theme in their lives.
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