Book Review: Indigo Isle by T.I. Lowe

Posted June 12, 2023 by meezcarrie in Christian, contemporary, romance, T.I. Lowe / 12 Comments


INDIGO ISLE by T.I. Lowe
GENRE: Inspirational Contemporary Romantic Southern Fiction

PUBLISHER: Tyndale House
RELEASE DATE: June 6, 2023
PAGES: 370

“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.

 

T.I. Lowe’s writing voice is always a win with me, and Indigo Isle is no exception!

Mark my words, y’all… the next time I make a ‘Book Boyfriend’ t-shirt, Hudson Renfrow will be on it. Oh my heart. That man had me falling in love with him (on a purely fictional basis, you understand) almost from the very first meeting, and Sonny wasn’t far behind me. Forgive me in advance if I make no sense while talking about him because I’m still swooning over him. He’s all man, but he has a huge heart and loves to read (even though his journal hilariously declares that he hates all the books he reads) and shows his affection – and love – by cooking for others. And that right there is one of the reasons I fell so hard for him. Yes, he’s gruff. Yes, his gruffness often comes across as rudeness. (He has reasons though.) But no matter how much Sonny’s persistent presence irritates him, he still sits her down in his kitchen and quietly feeds her. And once his walls come down … well, you’ll need something to dry your eyes but you’ll also need a good fan to cool yourself off. And once he starts kissing… Lord, have mercy.

Ok, I’ve gushed over our hero enough (for the time being) – let’s discuss our heroine Sonny. She’s sassy and smart, and on social media at least she appears to be living the dream as a location scout. In reality, though, that dream turned into a nightmare long ago, and it’s a nightmare she feels stuck in thanks to choices she made as a teenager. In Sonny, we see a prodigal who doesn’t know how to come home – physically or spiritually – and a wounded heart who needs a long hug from someone who gives without taking. Getting a front row seat to her journey, watching the people that the author moves into her life for that long hug (Erlene! Vee! Hudson!), and being there as the chains came off really touched my heart. Not gonna lie, I cried for her more than once in Indigo Isle – and not always because I was sad. There were lots of happy tears in there too.

Bottom Line: I may never recover from the perfection that is Indigo Isle by T.I. Lowe, an ode to Beauty-and-the-Beast (there’s even a Gaston figure you’ll love to hate) and an reenactment of the prodigal child parable. It burrowed into my soul, and it’s one I’ll definitely be thinking about for a long time. I loved the juxtaposition of Hudson’s grump (oops, I’m back to him again) and Sonny’s sunshine from a romantic point of view, of course, but I also loved the way Lowe plays these two personalities off each other to get rid of any pretense between them. Because, only when we quit pretending, can we begin to heal. There is too much to love about this book to fit into one review (I know, you’re thinking I certainly tried, given its length lol) but just trust me on this – move Indigo Isle to the top of your TBR list.

(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)

My Rating: 5 stars / in a class by itself!

KissingBook Level: 4+ / have a fan and fainting couch close at hand

Reviewer’s Note: Readers of this blog may want to be aware that some subplots in this book may be triggering for people who have lost a child or experienced sexual abuse.

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T. I. Lowe is an ordinary country girl who loves to tell extraordinary stories. She is the author of nearly twenty published novels, including her recent bestselling and critically acclaimed novel, Under the Magnolias, and her debut breakout, Lulu’s Café. She lives with her husband and family in coastal South Carolina. Find her at tilowe.com or on Facebook (T.I.Lowe), Instagram (tilowe), and Twitter (@TiLowe).

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12 responses to “Book Review: Indigo Isle by T.I. Lowe

  1. Pam K.

    My book club read Under the Magnolias last month, which was my first T. I. Lowe book. I think I need to read more of her books, including Indigo Isle. Thanks for your recommendation.

  2. Suzanne Sellner

    I have a copy and will begin reading soon. I’ve loved every T. I. Lowe book that I’ve read!

  3. You just slay me with your reviews and descriptions! Ha! I love this line: “Mark my words, y’all… the next time I make a ‘Book Boyfriend’ t-shirt, Hudson Renfrow will be on it.” You don’t give many 5 stars. I gotta go buy it. And wait for a good weekend to read it!

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