Hello, reader friends! In honor of new release Beach Haven, we are chatting and celebrating this heartfelt coastal contemporary romance with author T.I. Lowe!
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 twelve 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.
What inspired you to write Beach Haven?
T: The Bible verse shared at the beginning of the book sums it up. “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ says the Lord. ‘They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope’” (Jeremiah 29:11). Storms in life can come in and make such a mess that this promise can get overlooked.
Haven means “refuge,” so I was inspired to write a story centered around finding our haven in God during these storms, seeking his refuge and redemption in the aftermath. Readers will see this physically manifested through a hurricane and spiritually demonstrated through Lincoln’s redemption of faith.
B: The two-fold storm really hit home for me!
What role does faith play in this story?
T: Life is a gift from God, even when we perceive it to be in ruins and past repair. During a confrontation with Lincoln, Opal points this out to him by checking his pulse. She tells him, “Each pulse you have is another chance. Another opportunity. . . . You’re a living breathing miracle. Your life is a gift from God and yet you’ve just wasted eighty-eight chances to appreciate that in the last minute.”
B: Opal is wise beyond her years!
What was the most difficult part of writing this story?
T: When I create a character with such an altruistic background as Lincoln’s military career, my goal is to pay my respects and to honor them. I’m always a little nervous about getting that right and mindful of how it will be perceived.
B: Lincoln’s struggles tugged at my heartstrings. Thank you to all of our servicemen and women (and families) for the many sacrifices made on our nation’s behalf!
As an author, what did you particularly enjoy about writing this story?
T: The most enjoyable part of this story was introducing the Knitting Club, a geriatric group of busybodies. Opal has this thought in the book: “It was said that the Knitting Club came over on the Mayflower and somehow found the fountain of youth upon landing.” These feisty broads are the comic relief of the story with interesting dashes of wisdom thrown into the mix. They are big fans of mischief and meddling.
B: Oh, what a colorful crew!
In what ways do you hope this story connects with contemporary Christian women?
T: By the time the contemporary Christian woman makes it to the last page of this story, my hope is that she will have a renewed confidence to be the individual God created her to be. We are not intended to be cookie-cutter humans.
B: Amen to that! Thank you for chatting with us, Tonya!
about the book
Beach Haven by T.I. Lowe (The Carolina Coast book 1)
Free-spirited Opal Gilbert seems to have everything she needs to keep living a happy life in Sunset Cove as she refurbishes vintage furniture to sell at her funky ocean-side boutique, Bless This Mess. Until Lincoln Cole, a new-to-town ex-Marine nursing deep wounds and harboring hurts he can’t seem to shake, wanders into her shop. Opal knows a person in need when she sees one and offers Lincoln a job in her workshop. But the brooding former soldier has no interest in Opal’s offer. Thanks but no thanks.
But then a hurricane strikes, damaging Bless This Mess. Feeling guilty for how he treated Opal, Lincoln decides to help her repair the store. And soon it becomes clear Opal wants to restore not only her business, but also help Lincoln find restoration. As much as Lincoln tries to keep her at arm’s length, Opal’s well-meaning meddling begins to heal his wounds . . . and capture his heart almost before he realizes it.
T.I. Lowe gently probes the heart with authenticity, hope, and humor. Biblical truths and lavish agape love bolster an engaging plot filled with quirky, wounded, and completely endearing characters.
Opal’s apparent unapologetically bold quirkiness and radical open-heartedness are simply enchanting. She is admirably comfortable in her own skin and undeterred by the prospect of hard work.
Lincoln’s brokenness and hurt are rivaled only by his stubbornness and dare I say well-crafted physique. He is a wounded warrior plagued by regrets and shattered dreams.
Quintessential coastal town Sunset Cove is an irresistible setting for this heartwarming and masterfully delivered story. I highly recommend Beach Haven by T.I. Lowe and eagerly anticipate enjoying the remaining Carolina Coast novels.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was under no obligation to post a review. Additionally, as a co-owner of JustRead Publicity Tours, I received compensation from the publisher and/or author to coordinate a promotional tour for this title. The opinions expressed are my own.
Thanks to the generosity of the publisher, a print copy of Beach Haven by T.I. Lowe will be sent to one fortunate Faithfully Bookish reader friend!
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I can’t wait to read the rest of the Carolina Coast series!
Are you adding Beach Haven by T.I. Lowe to your tbr, reader friends?