About Me I am a retired librarian and I now support books and authors through my reviews.

I have always loved to read and I was able to share that love through my work as a public librarian for 22 1/2 years. I now promote literacy by reading, and then writing reviews. I love to support authors by sharing my reviews with others!

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Regaining Mercy by Carolyn Miller: Review & Giveaway with Celebrate Lit


Regaining Mercy

Author: Carolyn Miller

Genre: Christian Contemporary Romance

Release date: June 29, 2021

A mom ready to do anything for her son. A man determined to win the woman he loves.

Going on Love at First Glance had seemed like such a good idea. She didn’t care about finding Mr. Right. No, Mindy Murray chose the reality TV show for more mercenary reasons.  A mom’s gotta do what a mom’s gotta do when it comes to feeding her son.

When Mindy returns to Elnora, the girl from the “wrong side of the island” just wants a chance to rebuild her reputation. Too bad the folks at church don’t practice what the preacher preaches.

Enter Dermott Reilly. The interim boss at Greener Gardens has always had a soft spot for Mindy and her son, but with his new responsibilities, an important garden competition, and a few other concerns, he finds it difficult to prove himself to her.

A tropical storm and a missing child prove that sometimes grace appears in the most unusual ways.

Regaining Mercy concludes the Elnora Island romances 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.


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Regaining Mercy begins with a scene that is all too familiar in today's society. An affluent church lady verbally attacks Mindy Murray because she is an unwed mother who has recently taken part in a reality television dating program. Her efforts to defend herself lead to her being dismissed from her job, and once again, Mindy experiences a feeling of failure and defeat. I felt so sorry for Mindy and I was so disgusted with this person who professed Christianity, but displayed no Christian qualities. Is it any wonder that Mindy questioned the faith that this woman confessed?

Carolyn Miller is the author of some of my favorite Regency romances, but this book proves her talent for writing contemporary fiction. Regaining Mercy touches on single parenting, financial struggles, children with social issues, and the pros and cons of social media. Gossip and judgement are major factors, but this is also a story of love, hope, and learning to trust again. Dermott Reilly is a dream hero and the answer to her prayers if...Mindy can overcome her insecurities. Mindy and Dermott are both in need of a second chance, but can they find it together?

Regaining Mercy is a heartwarming story and I recommend it to all who enjoy contemporary Christian romance.

I received a copy of this book from the author and Celebrate Lit. There was no expectation of a positive review. These are my own thoughts.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars 


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

Have you ever wondered what might happen if a failed TV reality star was to return home to her narrow minded community? What if she’s been tarred and feathered with disgrace?

In our world of insta-fame, selfies and fakebook, I find it fascinating that so many people are entranced by so-called reality TV, with its editing and narratives and shiny-eyed hopefuls chasing money, love and dreams. But what if it doesn’t work out? What happens next? How do you resume ‘normal life’ when you’ve been living in a very artificial world?

I enjoy writing fiction that is grounded in reality, with realistic, flawed characters who are on a God journey to find faith and freedom. My contemporary and historical novels often see characters struggle with the choices they’ve made (don’t we all?), which is exactly what single mom Mindy is dealing with.

Combine Mindy’s challenges with those faced by gardening expert, Dermott, a man whose stone wall building skills are better than his way with women, or his inability to hide his attraction to his former co-worker’s younger sister.

Regaining Mercy encourages us to see ourselves as God does, to not let the labels of the past to shape our future. Along the way, readers will enjoy the honest portrayals of family, friendship and faith.

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. Want to see what’s growing in my garden? Check out my website www.carolynmillerauthor.com – and you might even see some of my husband’s famous stone walls!

If you enjoy stories of hope, heart and humor, then you’ll be sure to enjoy this novel about a prodigal and the patient gardener who helps her find God’s mercy – and renewed hope for her heart.

Happy reading!


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To celebrate her tour, Carolyn is giving away the grand prize package of a $50 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.


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  1. This sounds like a book that I am really going to enjoy.

  2. Thanks so much Connie! So appreciate your lovely review xx

  3. Sounds like a wonderful story.


  4. This book sounds like a great read , it sounds very realistic and it could happen to any body. Thank you for sharing about it. Have a great week and stay safe. aliciabhaney(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

  5. This sounds like a must read, Thank you for sharing about it. Have a Great week and stay safe.

  6. This book sounds amazing! I’m really going to enjoy reading this.

  7. The storyline sounds captivating and I can’t even imagine how bad Mindy felt when she was verbally attacked and judged by the lady from church. I want to read more and find out how the story ends.

  8. This storyline sounds captivating and I can only imagine how Mindy felt when she was verbally attacked and judged by the lady from church. The excerpt makes me want to read more.

  9. The storyline sounds captivating and I can only imagine how Mindy felt when she was verbally attacked and judged by the lady from church. The excerpt makes me want to read more.

  10. This is a wonderful review, and I can imagine how Mindy feels. Looking forward to this story.

  11. Sounds like such a great book Thanks for sharing the wonderful review Connie!

  12. It sounds like a good romance. I like that she is a single mother. Thanks for the chance.

  13. Thanks for the review, it sounds like a great book.

  14. Sounds like a very interesting book.

  15. I am going to read this!It looks like a great romance.Thank you!

  16. Thanks for sharing this review of the book.

  17. Historical fiction is my usual genre, but Carolyn Miller is such a great writer...this new contemporary sounds perfect. Thank you for sharing your review!! πŸ˜πŸ“š