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?
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.
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Guest Review from Donna Cline
What I think you should know
Secret Beach Boyfriend, a contemporary Christian romance by Kari Trumbo is the third book in the Independence Island Series. This book can be read as a standalone as it does not rely heavily on the previous books in the series to set the stage for the story or give background on the characters. This story is about Annie and Rafe, who grew up on Merriweather but because of life circumstances did not know each other.
What you might need:
Rafe’s Mother suffers from OCD, it impacts her family in many ways.
Annie’s father left the island when she was five and never came back or contacted her, this has shaped her whole life, the choices that she makes and her beliefs.
What I think about this book:
This was not a fluffy beach read, it was not a book that I could put away and forget about. Instead it was very hard hitting, it was a very emotional book about mental illness and what happens when it is not treated, the potential impact of divorce on children and the impact of secrets and lies. My heart ached for Annie, her lack of a father has caused her to live trapped in fear. Rafe was also heartbreaking, it was like he stepped off the Island and never looked back, yes he cared, but he never made an effort to be part of his parents lives. When he does come back he realizes that everything he gained may not be worth the sacrifices he made. The book also shows that secrets, even under the best of intentions can cause significant harm. Even with the very heavy topic in the book Trumbo was able to use it to share that God wants us to have a closer relationship with him. I look forward to getting to know Pen, Courtney, Jazzy and Mike in a future book.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Celebrate Lit, this in no way influenced my review. All opinions are my own.
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.
More from Kari
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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