About the Book
Book: Driftwood Dreams
Author: T.I. Lowe
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: June 1, 2020
Josie Slater has allowed the circumstances anchoring her in Sunset Cove to become a life sentence. Since her mother’s death years before, she’s spent most of her waking hours helping her dad run the Driftwood Diner. As her best friends, Opal and Sophia, make their dreams come true, Josie watches her own art school aspirations drift on by. But when a French-speaking Southern gentleman from her past moves back from Europe, Josie is launched into a tizzy of what-ifs and I-sure-do-hope-sos.
August Bradford left Sunset Cove six years ago to sow some life oats and conquer his ambitious career goals. Finally ready to lay down some roots, the successful artist is back in town and determined to win Josie’s heart. When he enlists Josie’s help in the preparations for a children’s art camp, Josie finds herself unleashing her artistic side in a way she hasn’t since before her mother’s death. August hopes to convince Josie to paint a life with him, but the problem is convincing her to let go of her apprehensions and give him—and her dreams—a fair chance.
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Guest Review from Donna Cline
What I think you should know:
Driftwood Dreams is a contemporary Christian Fiction by T.I Lowe. It is the second book in the Carolina Coast Series. While it *could* be read as a standalone I highly recommend that you read Beach Haven, the first book in the series prior to reading this as it will give you a better understanding of the background characters in the story.
What you might need to know:
Josie lost her Mom to a brain aneurysm, her sudden death left Josie with anxiety and depression.
August was abandoned and abused as a child.
What I think about this book:
Driftwood Dreams was one of those sneaky books for me, I started it and next thing I knew I had finished it without even realizing it. I loved every minute of it! Having read the prior book in the series I had an understanding of the dynamics of the town and its colorful residents. Lowe did such an amazing job writing this book that many times I felt like I was a part of the town, she has a way of bringing the story to life. Josie was endearing and frustrating all at the same time, I enjoyed getting to know her more and understand her need to fix everyone, even if it keeps her from living her own dreams. August was everything I want my sons to grow up to be, faithful, tinder, trustworthy, romantic. My only question was if he was so determined that she was the one for him, why did he stay gone for so long? This story was just the escape that I needed right now, Lowe did a beautiful job of showing how life may bring you unexpected hardships and your dreams may have to be put on hold, but if you hold on to them and nurture them your dreams never die.
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
Tonya “T.I.” Lowe is a native of coastal South Carolina. She attended Coastal Carolina University and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, where she majored in Psychology but excelled in Creative Writing. In 2014, Tonya independently published her first novel, Lulu’s Café, which quickly became a bestseller. Now the author of 12 published novels with hundreds of thousands of copies sold, she knows she’s just getting started and has many more stories to tell. She resides near Myrtle Beach with her family.
Read an Excerpt
Josie’s reverie came to a screeching halt as the screen door squeaked open and ushered in not only a briny breeze, but also a vision from her past.
With a pronounced air of confidence, August Bradford walked over to the counter and halted in front of a dazed Josie. Her heart jolted at the sight of him, something only this man could elicit. He spoke—or at least his lips moved—but she couldn’t hear anything over the roar suddenly residing in her eardrums.
The Knitting Club’s table kicked up in volume, sounding like a bunch of hens clucking away, but there was no focusing on what they were clucking about either. She knew the answer anyway and had a feeling their timing wasn’t coincidental. All Josie could do was just stand there and stare, as if looking into his silvery-blue eyes had turned her to stone. With a hint of purple near the center, those uniquely hued eyes were made to belong to an artist such as August Bradford. The thick fringe of black eyelashes only emphasized their beauty. It was enough to spawn jealousy in Josie, her own fair lashes barely visible, but it didn’t. It only tempted her to stand there and stare unabashedly. Mouth agape, that’s exactly what she did.
“Are you okay?” A throaty voice penetrated the roar in her ears as a hand waved in front of her face.
Oh, my . . . that voice . . .
The words simply wouldn’t come—only pitiful squeaks of breaths escaped—so Josie did the only thing to come to mind. She hightailed it into the kitchen.
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