Reclaiming Hope Blog Tour with Celebrate Lit

Reclaiming Hope

About the Book


Book: Reclaiming Hope

Author: Carolyn Miller

Genre: Christian Contemporary Romance

Release date: December 7, 2021

Callie Steele might be a bit… focused on work, but despite what her employers say, she enjoys her well-ordered, productive life.

When she’s sent to meet the owners of an estate requiring post-hurricane landscaping, Callie meets their son, Kai Brody, a super-chilled pro surfer, who is as opposite from her as they come. Though initially smitten, Callie knows a relationship with Kai is a bad idea—a very bad idea.

Kai, however, can’t help but be intrigued by someone who challenges him to make something of his life again. He’s determined to pursue her, if she’ll give him half a chance.

The more time they spend together, negotiating the challenges of work, illness, and family, the more their opposing outlooks clash and connect. What do these unlikely friends really want from life?  Is it best to focus on work or recreation?

As Kai and Callie answers from the Lord, they also must consider if such complete opposites have enough in common to make a relationship last.

Reclaiming Hope concludes the Hooper Island stories 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.

Click here to get your copy!

About the Author


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.

More from Carolyn

For Reclaiming Hope, my next book in the Independence Islands series, I was thrilled to finally turn the spotlight onto Callie Steele, whose sassy attitude and words of wisdom in earlier books have made a mark on the other employees at Greener Gardens – and has already endeared her to readers who have been begging to read Callie’s story.

Callie needed a special someone who could help this hyper-organized checklist-loving woman see that there is more to life than meeting a deadline. Enter Kai Brody, a super-chilled and laidback surfer whose enviable travels around the world broaden Callie’s horizons, and watch sparks fly. I consider Reclaiming Hope to be one of my most humorous books yet, as these two trade banter as opposites who attract – but can they last?

And yet Reclaiming Hope isn’t merely froth and sea-foam, bigger questions concerning family, identity and whether God’s plans can be considered good when people are forced to live with the consequences of poor choices. I really enjoy writing fiction like this, fiction that is grounded in truth, with realistic, flawed characters who are on God journeys to find faith, freedom, and hope.

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. Check out my website to see what’s growing in my garden here in my corner of Australia.

If you enjoy stories of hope, heart and humor, then you’ll be sure to enjoy this novel about a workaholic and the broken surfer as together they find renewed hope for their hearts.

Happy reading!


Interview with Carolyn

  • When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

Ooh, I think I first realized I wanted to be a writer when I was watching the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics and was intrigued by an Australian female athlete holding hands with an American male athlete, and I wondered what was their story. How could two elite athletes from opposite ends of the world meet, let alone sustain a relationship? When I couldn’t find out who they were, I wrote ‘their’ story, and I had so much fun doing this that I realized I wanted to continue writing. I’m so excited that this original story of mine, Love on Ice, is now releasing to the world on January 27!

  • Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?

I find inspiration everywhere, from watching the news, to overhearing parts of conversations, to seeing people at events, to seeing places or settings that I think are intriguing and make me want to know more. Every person’s life has been woven together by many, many stories, so there’s always something interesting to uncover and to explore in this world. My brand new romance series is based on ice hockey players who are Christians, and how they negotiate their Christian walk in the public eye and the difficulties this can bring, especially when relationships and romance are brought into the mix. Reclaiming Hope is an opposites attract story, and I loved pairing an uptight list-obsessed heroine with a laid-back surfer type dude, who I might have based on an Australian surfer called Mick Fanning (and some of Mick’s adventures in real life may have made their way into Kai’s story).

  • What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

I love to read. I love to watch films. I enjoy music, and I’m trying to get fitter this year (she says, tucking into a sugar-laden berry slice!).

  • As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?

For a long time I wanted to become an architect, before realising a lot of maths was involved in that. I think being an author was among a long list of other things, including a doctor, a missionary, a teacher. I love what I do now. And it’s awesome to think that God can use my fiction to speak truth to people, too.

  • What project are you working on now, and how do we find your books?

I’m about to send off my fifth instalment in the independence Island series, Refining Josie, but my focus for the next few months is my new hockey series, which says six books releasing over the next few months, including Love on Ice which is releasing just in time for this year’s Winter Olympics. I hope readers will check it out!

You find my books at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Book Depository, etc

And I’d love to say g’day to you via my website | facebook | pinterest | twitter | instagram | amazon

Blog Stops

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, January 21

Blossoms and Blessings, January 21

lakesidelivingsite, January 22

Texas Book-aholic, January 22

Inklings and notions, January 23

Gina Holder, Author and Blogger, January 23 (Author Interview)

For Him and My Family, January 24

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, January 24

Daysong Reflections, January 25

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, January 25

Aryn the Libraryan, January 26

Lots of Helpers, January 26

deb’s Book Review, January 27

Blogging With Carol, January 27

Locks, Hooks and Books, January 28

Simple Harvest Reads, January 28 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, January 29

Older & Smarter?, January 29

Mypreciousbitsandmusings, January 30

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, January 30

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, January 31 (Spotlight)

Lis Loves Reading, January 31

SusanLovesBooks, January 31

She Lives To Read, February 1

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, February 1

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, February 2

Kayem Reads, February 2

Splashes of Joy, February 3

Connect in Fiction, February 3


To celebrate her tour, Carolyn 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.

18 thoughts on “Reclaiming Hope Blog Tour with Celebrate Lit

  1. Alicia Haney says:

    This sounds like a great read, Thank you so much for sharing about it. I love the book cover. Have a great week and stay safe.


  2. Crystal says:

    This book looks and sounds like a real good read & winner. Boy would I love to read & review the book in print format. Love books like this.
    Look forward to getting to know the author and their books.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Sue says:

    This book sounds like it would be a very great read! I liked your interview to get to know you and why you write. Thank you for the contest. Have a blessed day.


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