About the Book
Book: Secret Beach Boyfriend
Author: Kari Trumbo
Genre: Christian Contemporary Romance
Release Date: September 29 , 2020
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?
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Annie grabbed my heart right away. She has believed since she was five years old that she was a mistake. Love never existed for her and she doesn’t believe in love at all. The hardest part for her is to accept the fact that God loves her. This story is a tender one with real life issues that the author uses to show readers how important family is. I could easily feel Annie’s pain as I grew up in a home where there was no love at all.
Rafe has come to help his parents mend their marriage. He has a big hurdle ahead of him. His mom has OCD and it has reached a point where she doesn’t leave the house, pushes her husband away and doesn’t do well with change. I don’t think Rafe knew how bad his mother had gotten but being around her now breaks his heart. I really liked how much he loves his parents and is willing to do anything to help them.
Rafe comes up with a plan to help save his parents marriage and gets Annie to help him. No I won’t give anything away, but I will say this is an emotional journey for several characters. Can Annie deal with her past and find love? Will Rafe’s mother get help and find her way back to happiness? The author does a great job of sharing God’s love in the story. Annie is searching for answers to the question, “Is love real?” Rafe asked Annie to keep a secret, but will that secret hurt others? Come join the author on a journey to healing reconciliation, secrets and God’s unconditional love.
“God’s only as distant as you make Him.”
I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.
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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