2021 Carol Award Finalists (and a Giveaway!): Denise Hunter & Carolina Breeze

Posted September 4, 2021 by meezcarrie in 2021 Carol Awards, Author Interview, Christian, contemporary, Denise Hunter, giveaway, romance / 26 Comments

Hello once more for today! As you no doubt know by now, through September 11th (culminating with a list of winners), I have the privilege of chatting with all of the 2021 ACFW Carol Award Finalists! Today I’m continuing with Denise Hunter and her romance Carol Award finalist book Carolina Breeze! You can check out a list of all the finalists HERE and you can follow along with the posts HERE.

FYI – There will be 2-3 posts per day, many of which are offering a giveaway, so make sure you catch them all!

Bluebell Inn Romance #2
GENRE: Inspirational Contemporary Romance
PUBLISHER: Thomas Nelson
RELEASE DATE: May 19, 2020
PAGES: 338

A jilted bride. A struggling innkeeper. And a romantic mountain getaway that changes everything

Rising Hollywood star Mia Emerson is looking for a safe place to land in the wake of a public breakup and celebrity scandal, and she finds it in the lake town of Bluebell, North Carolina—the location of her canceled honeymoon. She wants nothing more than to hide and wait for the tabloids to die down.

Soon after her arrival at the Bluebell Inn, Mia meets Levi Bennett, who runs the inn along with his two younger sisters. Drawn to one another from the start, Mia trusts Levi to keep her location from the press, and Levi confides in Mia about the precarious financial state of the inn—a secret he’s been keeping from his sisters.

When Mia and Levi discover an old journal that hints at a rare diamond necklace hidden in the inn, they set off on a treasure hunt to find the long-lost heirloom. What they don’t expect to surface are feelings they thought were safely locked away. Mia and Levi must decide if falling in love again is too big a risk—or if it will uncover a treasure of its own instead.


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I asked the author…

What do you most want readers to take away from Carolina Breeze?

I’m so glad you asked! The heroine of Carolina Breeze is struggling to overcome the residual effects of her father’s abandonment. Her career in Hollywood has brought her success and accolades, but it hasn’t filled that empty place in her heart. As a result, Mia avoids and even sabotages relationships.

Unfortunately, Mia’s experience isn’t uncommon in today’s society. I hope that readers who’ve experienced abandonment can see themselves in Mia. I hope their eyes might be opened to the affect it could be having on their adult relationships. And my greatest desire is that they might find the courage to overcome their fear and learn to trust God with their future.

Denise Hunter is the internationally published bestselling author of forty novels, three of which have been adapted into Hallmark movies. She has appeared on the The 700 Club and won awards such as The Holt Medallion Award, The Carol Award, The Reader’s Choice Award, The Foreword Book of the Year Award, and is a RITA finalist.

Denise writes heartwarming, small-town love stories, peopled with layered characters who have real-life issues. Her readers enjoy the vicarious thrill of falling in love and the promise of a happily-ever-after sigh as they savor the final pages of her books.

In 1996, inspired by the death of her grandfather, Denise began her first book, writing while her children napped. Two years later it was published, and she’s been writing ever since. Her husband says he inspires all her romantic stories, but Denise insists a good imagination helps too!

When Denise isn’t orchestrating love lives on the written page, she enjoys traveling with her family, drinking chai lattes, hiking, and playing drums. Denise makes her home in Indiana where she and her husband raised three boys and are currently enjoying an empty nest and two beautiful granddaughters.

You can learn more about Denise through her website www.DeniseHunterBooks.com or by visiting her FaceBook page at https://www.facebook.com/authordenisehunter


Denise Hunter is offering a print copy of Carolina Breeze to one of my readers! (US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.) This giveaway is subject to Reading Is My SuperPower’s giveaway policies which can be found here. Enter via the Rafflecopter form below.

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What about you? What makes you want to read the romance Carol Award finalist Carolina Breeze by Denise Hunter? Or, if you’ve read it already, what did you love about it?

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26 responses to “2021 Carol Award Finalists (and a Giveaway!): Denise Hunter & Carolina Breeze

  1. This book sounds so good. My father left when I was 7. I have trouble with male relationships being loyal and staying around, because of that it’s best to not get too close otherwise it just hurts too much. Maybe this book can help. I always enjoy reading your work. Thank you 😊

  2. Perrianne Askew

    I always say that you can never go wrong with a Denise Hunter novel. She’s written so many books that I do have a hard time keeping up with them all, but they are always enjoyable.

  3. Jessica G

    What about you? What makes you want to read the romance Carol Award finalist Carolina Breeze by Denise Hunter? Or, if you’ve read it already, what did you love about it?

    The blurb about the book intrigues me! I think I’ve only read one of Denise Hunter’s books so far but it’s on my list to try to read them all. She wonderful!

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