Sunday, January 21, 2024

INDIGO ISLE by T. I. Lowe, Reviewed by Rebecca Maney

"I had sort of given in and accepted that I was nothing but a weed. A nobody pretending to be somebody . . . I think I am ready to take the weeds I've been growing and see what beauty can come out of them. But that's not going to happen if . . . "

Up until now, Sonny Bates' extensive travels as a Hollywood location scout had never drawn her close to home. Coming back to South Carolina brought her dangerously close to the place where terrible decisions had been made . . . choices that were still producing painful spirals in and out of self-deprecating behavior. As Sonny heads out into the open waters along Charleston's scenic coastline searching for the perfect barrier island, she happens upon something, and someone, altogether unexpected; the area's mysterious "Monster of Indigo Isle". Would God allow Sonny Bates a "take two"?  . . .

Make no mistake; this story illustrates just how painfully the "lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh, and the pride of life" steals and destroys. Thankfully, an equally strong message emerges from what remains, "I will search for my lost ones who have strayed away, and I will bring them home again." (Ezekiel 34:16)
Be prepared to experience a powerful, creative journey towards wholeness, the kind I have come to expect from this author whose characters, settings, and life lessons become parables, ones that readers will treasure, respect, cradle closely, remember fondly. 
*I purchased this book and was under no obligation to provide a positive review.

BackCover Blurb:
Sonny Bates left South Carolina fifteen years ago and never looked back. Now she’s a successful Hollywood location scout who travels the world, finding perfect places for movie shoots. Home is wherever she lands, and between her busy schedule and dealing with her boss’s demands, she has little time to think about the past . . . until her latest gig lands her a stone’s throw from everything she left behind.

Searching off the coast of Charleston for a secluded site to film a key scene, Sonny wanders onto a private barrier island and encounters its reclusive owner, known by locals as the Monster of Indigo Isle. What she finds is a man much more complex than the myth.

Once a successful New York attorney, Hudson Renfrow’s grief has exiled him to his island for several years. He spends his days alone, tending his fields of indigo, then making indigo dye—and he has no interest in serving the intrusive needs of a film company or yielding to Sonny’s determined curiosity. But when a hurricane makes landfall on the Carolina coast, stranding them together, an unlikely friendship forms between the two damaged souls. Soon the gruff exterior Hudson has long hidden behind crumbles—exposing the tender part of him that’s desperate for forgiveness and a second chance.

A story of hanging on and letting go, of redemption and reconciliation, and of a love that heals the deepest wounds, from the author of the breakout Southern fiction bestseller
Under the Magnolias.

Tyndale House Publishers, June 6, 2023
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