i have enjoyed most, if not all of Carolyn Miller’s historical romances so as a reader who likes most genres I was delighted to learn that she has ventured into contemporary fiction as well. Regaining Mercy, a novel in Celebrate Lit’s Independence Island series, highlights a new developing romance on Elnora Island. Mindy is a young, single mother whose number one priority is to provide for her four-year-old son Jon who is unlike other children his age. Back on the island after a failed appearance on a reality TV show, Mindy struggles with a lack of confidence and a poor self image. Friends Tina and Dermott attempt to help Mindy in every possible way and also to encourage her but she often suspects their motives.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, especially some of its characters. Tina was a true friend,   a gem of a person I’d love to have as my own friend.  And Dermott – he’s the kind of guy a woman like Mindy needs in their life – someone to build them up and who stands by their side no matter what. Mindy’s son Jon was precious and I loved reading about some of the breakthroughs in his communication with Mindy.

Regaining Mercy also has an important lesson that we need to learn as Christians. How much damage do we do to hurting people who are doing the best they can when we judge them and say unkind things about them? How many have we discouraged from a relationship with Christ by our own actions? Mindy was fortunate to have friends who did not give up on her but showed her the love and acceptance she needed.

Regaining Mercy is an excellent book that I am glad I had the opportunity to read. I highly recommend it.

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.


Book:  Regaining Mercy

Author: Carolyn Miller

Genre: Christian Contemporary Romance

Release date: June 29, 2021

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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.


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.


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!





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