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Monday, January 18, 2021


About the Book

Book: Restoring Fairhaven

Author: Carolyn Miller

Genre: Christian Contemporary Romance

Love hurts, or so the songs say, so who wants it?

Taking on her ailing father’s gardening business on Merriweather Island, Samantha Green only wants to escape her ex and to make her father proud.

But Sam gets more than she bargained for when Greener Gardens accepts the job of restoring the gardens of a reclusive writer, Max Fairhaven, whose historical novels about romance and unrequited love litter bookstore shelves and movie marquees all over the world.

Max much prefers the fictional world to the real, and the gardening girl’s interruptions means he’s driven from his writing cave far too often for his liking.

How’s he supposed to craft stories with her distracting him all the time?

Things change when he learns something of Sam’s family challenges, and his admiration slowly kindles. With his secretary’s goading, he’s forced to confront the past, while facing the fact that he needs to change in order to avoid a lonely future.

Gentle pruning and a whole lot of banter forges a friendship between this not-so-Southern belle landscaper and the half-British author. But is their budding attraction enough to grow into a flourishing happily-ever-after?

Restoring Fairhaven is the final “Merriweather book,” but don’t forget to embark on a tour of the next island in this 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.


Click here to get your copy!


About the Author

Carolyn Miller lives in the beautiful Southern Highlands of New South Wales, Australia, with her husband and four children. Together with her husband she has pastored a church for ten years, and worked as a public high school English and Learning and Support teacher. 
A longtime lover of romance, especially that of Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer’s Regency era, Carolyn holds a BA in English Literature, and loves drawing readers into fictional worlds that show the truth of God’s grace in our lives. Her Regency novels include The Elusive Miss Ellison, The Captivating Lady Charlotte, The Dishonorable Miss DeLancey, Winning Miss Winthrop, Miss Serena’s Secret, The Making of Mrs. Hale, A Hero for Miss Hatherleigh, Underestimating Miss Cecilia, and Misleading Miss Verity, all available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Book Depository, Koorong, etc Her contemporary novels include Restoring Fairhaven and Regaining Mercy, as part of the Independence Islands series.

More from Carolyn

I’m a long time lover of gardens, plants, flowers and trees! I’m married to a horticulturalist, who once upon a time worked at Lyme Park, the site of Mr. Darcy’s magnificent Pemberley from the 1995 production of Pride and Prejudice, and who has also worked at Kew Gardens in England.

Some of my garden and plant highlights include visiting Blarney Castle’s Poison Garden in Ireland, New Zealand’s Hamilton Gardens, Dunrobin Castle in Scotland, Frederik Meijer Gardens in Michigan, the redwoods of Yosemite, California, Butchart Gardens in Victoria Island, Canada, and Jardin Botanique in Montreal, Canada.


I love to post pictures of flowers and trees on Instagram (  and have included pictures of some of these places at my website ( I have incorporated some of the gardens and plants in a number of my historical novels, including the gorgeous gardens at a castle in Scotland where I set Misleading Miss Verity.


I’m so excited to be introducing readers to my new contemporary books, where I can bring some of my love of gardens (& my hubby’s expertise!) to a new audience. Restoring Fairhaven sees readers introduced to a range of gardening experts who together will bring the gardens of the Independence Islands back to life.

If you’re someone who has enjoyed The Secret Garden, or Becky Wade’s My Stubborn Heart, you’ll be sure to enjoy this story of a reclusive writer and the gardening guru sent to restore his gardens – and his heart.

Happy reading!



I really enjoyed this book and thought the characters were fun to get to know. Sam is someone who  is unselfish, very focused and has a big heart. Her faith shines throughout the story and is evident in her everyday life. Giving up everything to run your dad’s company is a big decision. Sam never hesitates and she dives right in. I did like learning about landscape and how hard it is to satisfy customers. There is a lot put on her and the stress of her dad’s illness does take a toll on her at times. What I liked was when she felt discouraged she turned to God for strength. 

Max was hard to get a read on at first. He was stern, not friendly and stayed to himself. Oh how I loved that he was a famous author. Can you imagine being in the home of your most beloved author? It was funny that Sam didn’t even know who he was and was not impressed when she found out. It took sone time for Sam to break down the emotional walks Max had. When Max  opens up to Sam, thst was a turning point in their relationship. 

I really liked Max’s assistant and would love to see her get her own story. Hint. Hint. She is dedicated to her job and pretty sneaky about playing match maker. Oh no I won’t say much more. There is one little part in the story that I didn’t quite understand why it was put  in. The mystery surrounding the calls Sam gets just didn’t seem to fit the storyline. While it was a nice distraction from the romance, I would have preferred  it not be in the story. 

I thought the story was good and I read it in a few hours. The theme of forgiveness, trust and letting go of the past was well defined and showed strength and faith during stressful times. I’m excited to read the next installment in the series.

I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.

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Christian Chick’s Thoughts, January 28

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Godly Book Reviews, January 28

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, January 29

Daysong Reflections, January 29


To celebrate her tour, Carolyn is giving away the grand prize package of a $50 Amazon prize and a paperback 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. Hi Deana - I’m glad you enjoyed reading Restoring Fairhaven! Thanks for sharing your thoughts! And, I hope you’re pleased to hear that yes, Callie does get her own story (I’m editing it just this week)!

    1. So excited to know Callie is getting her own story

  2. Carolyn, thank you for sharing your personal nature photos. With so many of us being unable to travel for a variety of reasons, it’s a refreshing change of pace to see the world so tranquil. Even if it’s only from a distance, it’s nice to see such beauty exists in the world.

    1. Oh, I’m so glad you enjoyed them Amy! It’s important to remember that beauty does exist and to (literally) stop and smell the roses xx

  3. Thank you for sharing your lovely review and the book and author details, this sounds like a wonderful read

  4. This sounds good! I'd love to read the whole series.

  5. Thanks for sharing the wonderful review, I'm loving this series and look forward to many more!

  6. I need a beach read right about now!

  7. Good morning and thank you for the book description and giveaway.   I appreciate both of them.