today’s book: Indigo Isle by T.I. Lowe
Last week we kicked off the summer-long Road Trip Reads Giveaway where we will be visiting all 50 states on the pages of recently released books. Because road trips are always better with friends – and books – right? So grab your fave snacks, a cold soda or bottled water, an upbeat playlist and let’s head back to the beach!
today’s stop: South Carolina
INDIGO ISLE by T.I. Lowe
GENRE: Inspirational Contemporary Romantic Southern Fiction
PUBLISHER: Tyndale House
RELEASE DATE: June 6, 2023
“Storms show up and there ain’t a thing we can do to stop them.”
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.
Monster of Indigo Isle:
Five Similarities between Hudson Renfrow and the Beast
by T.I. Lowe, author of Indigo Isle
The Beast in Beauty and the Beast has always been my favorite hero because he’s not perfect. And there’s something about the mysterious and elusive air about him—it piques my curious side. So of course, I needed to create my own Beast, Southern style! Both heroes, the Beast and the Monster of Indigo Isle, have a lot of similarities and so I thought I’d share some with y’all!
- Both are flawed. Their exteriors don’t instantly scream “Prince Charming.” Even though Hudson hasn’t been magically turned into a beast, he has scars. But the closer readers look, the more they will discover Hudson’s cloaked charm. I dare readers not to swoon over him!
- Both are rude. Hudson doesn’t have much to say, but when he does, it’s normally delivered with a terse inflection. There’s no sugarcoating with either man, just tell-it-like-it-is brashness. You want to know what I like about this? You never have to guess where you stand with a hero like this. No unnecessary misunderstandings.
- Both are grumpy. Talk about mad-at-the-world attitudes, these two definitely have that in common. But the more we get to know these grouchy heroes, the more we realize their anger is directed mostly at themselves. They’ve made mistakes, lived with some harsh consequences, and struggle with forgiving themselves. I find that relatable and endearing.
- Both have a giant heart hidden behind their rough exteriors. Hudson’s heart still holds a good bit of passion, just simmering underneath the tender parts. One of his charming secrets is that he enjoys cooking for others. In the South, I do believe food is a love language. Hudson expresses his love through cooking. Even when he’s irritated at our leading lady Sonny, he still feeds her. Ain’t that so sweet? I think so—just don’t tell Hudson.
- Both may hide from the world, but these two heroes are unpretentious. The big appeal to this is you don’t have to keep second-guessing if they’re genuine. Hudson is who he is and makes no apologies. Sonny says he looks like a wild man but speaks with an educated air.
Bonus Book Scoop: My Monster of Indigo Isle shares a similarity with Beauty also. He’s a total bibliophile, but he’d adamantly deny it. If he’s not working around the island, Hudson has a book in his hand. Reading it and declaring he hates it at the same time. Such a grump!
So there you have it, a rude grump who has a love-hate relationship with books. Expresses love through understated acts of kindness instead of words. Would rather hide behind the walls he’s erected around himself, but will do all he can to protect someone who breaks through those barriers. The Monster of Indigo Isle may be flawed, but he’s so much more. Hope you discover all this when you read Indigo Isle!
Tyndale House is offering a print copy of Indigo Isle by T.I. Lowe 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.
What about you? What makes you want to read Indigo Isle by T.I. Lowe? Have you ever visited South Carolina?