Sarah Crawford wants more from life than to attend the wedding of her ex-fiancée.
An unexpected inheritance in South Carolina comes at the perfect time, just as Sarah is willing to use any excuse to get out of town.
When she meets potential business partner Jared Benton and discovers that a house is part of the inheritance, she is sure that God has been preparing her for this time through a recurring dream.
But will a dream about an antebellum mansion, many rooms to be explored, and a man with dark brown eyes give her the confidence to take a leap of faith, leaving friends, family, and her job behind?
SERIES: Southern Breeze #1
GENRE: Inspirational Southern Romance
PUBLISHER: Mantle Rock Publishing
RELEASE DATE: April 3, 2017
“When you don’t know what to do next, just do the next right thing.”
Carolina Dream, the debut novel from Regina Rudd Merrick, is sweet and romantic and full of tenderly personal faith. The South Carolina setting complements the story like a low southern drawl on a handsome guy, and the plot itself is endearing as well as entertaining.
Sarah Crawford is a sweetie with a heart of gold and deep emotions. When she leaves Kentucky to head to South Carolina – to claim a surprise inheritance – she has no idea just how much her life is going to change.
Which brings us to Jared Benton, her new business partner, a man with strong faith and a compassionate spirit. He’s handsome, sure, but it’s when his eyes light up at the sight of Sarah that he’s the most irresistible.
“He saw into her soul that day, and ever since, she had drawn him gently, never realizing that she had a tender power about her that held him captive…”
And thank heaven for Ollie the dog! If it wasn’t for the faithful pooch’s need to run on the beach, poor Sarah and Jared might not have had any time alone for things like smooching and falling in love 😉
The tie-in with Sarah’s dreams is a really unique element to the story, and through this comes a spot-on perspective on Psalm 37:4 – “Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.” The importance that both Sarah and Jared put on personal prayer and seeking God’s wisdom is refreshing and encouraging.
Bottom Line: Regina Rudd Merrick’s debut novel, Carolina Dream, is a sweetly wonderful story! The romance is exquisite, and the characters are people who feel like friends. Love for Jesus – the author’s and the characters’ – is evident in every word, not in a “preachy” way but just a gentle fact of life. I’m already looking forward to catching up with everyone in the next Southern Breeze book.
(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)
My Rating: 4 stars / Love it!
KissingBook Level: 3 / May forget to breathe on occasion
(Ok… now that I’ve taken off my reviewer hat, can I just say how EXCITED I was to type “by Regina Rudd Merrick” in my title line?? I’ve known Regina for about 10 years or so, and it makes me giddy to feature her as a PUBLISHED AUTHOR!! Yay!!)
Regina Rudd Merrick is a wife of 33 years, a mother of two grown-up girls, a public library director, and a church musician. But most of all, she is a proud believer in Jesus Christ, her Savior. She says she has been blessed beyond measure. She’s a Kentucky girl – raised in the Jackson Purchase, and now lives in the Pennyroyal – and she met her husband at church before she has any memory of being at church.
Carolina Dream is her first published work of fiction.
I’m so excited about Regina’s debut novel that I want to give away a copy! (Ebook only, open Internationally except where prohibited by law). Giveaway is subject to Reading Is My SuperPower’s giveaway policies which can be read on the Disclosure page. Enter via the Rafflecopter form below.
What about you? What’s a dream that you have for your life?