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Wednesday, August 30, 2023

About the Book

Book: Room for Love

Author: Marguerite Martin Gray

Genre: Christian Contemporary Romance

Release Date: July 25, 2023

God gave her peace then; maybe He’ll do it again.

When Amy Lee’s son heads off to college, the bed and breakfast owner finds life even lonelier and emptier than she had after losing her husband. She needs something to occupy her mind and heart while she reinvents her life again. What more could she ask for than an after-school program for local children and a renewed interest in painting?

Then the arrival of a professor of archeology shakes her world and makes her yearn for the way things were only a few short months ago.

Still grieving the loss of his beloved wife, and ignoring the warnings and protests of his grown children, Professor Walker Standish escapes on a six-month sabbatical. His heart, barely beating these past months, jerks to life again when he finds more than a room at a B & B.

 Where an ocean meets the shore, love has room for one more.

Take a trip to the Suamalie Islands where palm trees sway, the sand and sea pulse with life, and the people will steal your heart.


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About the Author

Marguerite Martin Gray is the author of Hold Me Close, Surround Me, and Bring Me Near– Revolutionary Faith Books One, Two and Three. Besides researching her historical novels, she enjoys studying history and writing fiction. An avid traveler and reader, she teaches French and has degrees in French, Spanish, and Journalism from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, and a MA in English from Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas. Marguerite is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Abilene Writers Guild, Daughters of the American Revolution, South Carolina Historical Society, and Preservation Society of Charleston. She currently lives in North Louisiana with her husband and Cleo, her cat. Her two adult children keep her up to date and young.



More from Marguerite

I am so excited about being a part of this series. I have read all of the previous books and love having the collection on my shelf. I feel like I am traveling around my “home” with my characters, seeing all of the other islands and making new friends. Room for Love takes place on Alexandre Island just south of Laumua where the capitol and government are situated.

My husband and I traveled to Maui, experiencing the culture, food, sites, climate—the whole deal. My bucket list includes Bora Bora, but I couldn’t get my husband to splurge for a trip before writing this book. Yet, I have a hope to travel there one day.

For now, I’m relying on my experiences and research. The salty air and ocean offered awesome snorkeling and diving opportunities with the sea turtles and colorful fish. The humpback whales entertained us with their majestic beauty. Lorikeets and tropical birds serenaded from flowering treetops and sweet-smelling bushes and flowers.

Curvy roads in a convertible led us to cascading waterfalls and volcanoes. Many hours found us strolling on the beach or resting in hammocks. Needless to say, a week was not long enough.

I envisioned Alexandre Island as a perfect place for a B & B. We run three Airbnbs in Louisiana and really try to stay in others across the world when we can. Amy Lee, my heroine who owns the B & B, adds a wonderful breakfast and special authentic meals. On the property in an old barn, she, her staff, and friends offer an after-school program for local children.

Although tourism is a major source of island income, I realize and appreciate that the islanders have their own lives. I ask many questions of my characters to obtain a reality check about life on an exotic island. A little side note: I am a French teacher and have a strong love for the language, history, and culture surrounding these fictional islands.

I hope you enjoy the journey on all of the islands. Welcome to Alexandre.


Amy finds herself an empty nester after her son leaves for college. It has just been her and her son for a long time since the death of her husband. Now she is alone running a B&B figuring out what to do next. It is hard to see your child go off on their own, but Amy is proud of how her son has turned out. Now she must decide how to make her life full again and be happy with God’s plan for her life . Get ready for a fun adventure as we visit the beautiful Suamalie Islands. I know Amy is going to have an adventure and I can’t wait to follow her. 

Walker Standish is ready for a break from teaching and has decided to treat himself to some relaxation and exploring on the Suamalie Islands. He is still struggling with the tragic loss of his wife and finds himself wanting to move forward but isn’t quite ready to let go. Maybe this vacation will help him with his grief. I can just imagine the breathtaking view of the  islands and the rich history it has. You can sense that Walker is not looking for lasting friendships while on the island. He doesn’t want any attachments so he won’t have to experience loss. 

Six months is a long time to be on the island but in this time Walker is hoping to discover hidden history and maybe find interesting facts about the islands. Amy is intrigued by him but wants to keep her distance for now. I love the cute little ways they seemed to communicate with each other. Oh this is going to be a fun adventure and I can just feel the many ways these  two people will find just what God had planned for them. The excitement is felt throughout the story and I am right there with them. I’m spying from the sidelines and laughing as Any and Walker begin their journey. 

This is a sweet and clean story about two mature adults who find themselves starting to let their hearts open up to a new relationship. Exploring  the islands and becoming familiar with the food makes Walker come to appreciate his time in the tropical  paradise. The trip to explore the history of the  people were very intriguing and I loved how Walker and Amy began to sense that perhaps they could become more than friends. There is a nice faith thread throughout the story which guides our two main characters to seek God as they explore the future. I hope to see Any and Walker in another book in this series. 

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

Blog Stops

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Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, September 5

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Simple Harvest Reads, September 8 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

Susan K. Beatty, Author, September 9 (Author Interview)

Karen Baney Reviews, September 9

Splashes of Joy , September 10

For Him and My Family, September 11

She Lives To Read, September 12

Back Porch Reads, September 13 (Author Interview)


To celebrate her tour, Marguerite is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 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. Thank you so much Deana. I'm glad you enjoyed Amy and Walker's story.

  2. Sounds like a book I will enjoy reading.

  3. I especially like how Amy's and Walker's relationship progresses gradually over time.

  4. This looks like an enjoyable novel to read.

  5. Thank You for the review.

  6. Thank you for sharing your review of Room for Love, I love the cover and synopsis and I am looking forward to reading this wonderful story myself

  7. Do prefer to write in the morning or later in the day?