Dreams never die, life just put them on hold.
I’m just going to put this out there now, I Love T.I. Lowe and this story is the perfect reason why. Southern charm and whit ooze off the pages as she opens the door to this quaint little community full of every day people. Some of the locals have left town to follow their dreams while others stay behind and put their dreams on a shelf.
Josie is this shy, unassuming woman who does everything for everyone and puts her needs on the back burner. She wants more but is clearly afraid to step out of the box she put herself in. I don’t know about you, but I know I have done that on many things. It’s what we mom’s do, right? When we do that, though, we forget what we are capable of. Like Josie did. The last paragraphs forced me to take a look at my own life to see what dreams I put away so that I could serve everyone else.
Then walks in Mr. McHottie, Austen, her blast from the past. He challenges her to take her dreams and goals off the shelf. To dust off her talents and see where things go. And maybe even take a chance on love. I love how he pushed her, just ever so slightly. His gentle patience is endearing. She pushes him back though. But if you love someone enough you fight for them, even if it is the person you are battling.
Honestly, there isn’t a thing wrong with this book. It is easy to read and easy to get lost in. I’d recommend tossing it in your beach bag next to your sunscreen and walk to the beach and get lost for a bit. Or at least pretend you’re at the beach. Your nerves will thank you.
** I was given a copy of this book from the publisher through CelebrateLit publicity. The views expressed a purely my own. A favorable review was not required but freely given.
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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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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