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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In My Opinion
Book two in T. I. Lowe’s Carolina Coast series will have you smiling at times, sighing at times, and hurting for the heroine at others. I actually read Driftwood Dreams first but now I’m going to have to go back and read Opal’s story because she’s quite the secondary character in this book.
August Bradford is a hero I can get behind. This guy knows what he wants and sets out to obtain it. Yet, he’s patient and cares for his family and friends. He’s doesn’t run over people to get to his goal.
The art scenes in this book are wonderful and original, and just like Josie, drew me right in. There is healing in creativity, and August uses that to draw Josie out of her colorless world.
If you can’t get to the beach right now, Driftwood Dreams is a great escape that will whisk you away for a few hours.
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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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T.I. Lowe says
Thank you for hosting me today! And for your kind review. Glad you enjoyed the book!
Thanks for hosting and introducing me to a new author!
Debbie P says
This sounds like a terrific read!
Suzie Waltner says
It’s a good one!
Natalya Lakhno says
Thank you for sharing!
I did read Beach Haven, and need to get my hands of this book!
Caryl Kane says
Wonderful review, Suzie! I enjoy Tonya’s stories. I’m looking forward to reading this series. Thank you for hosting.
Paula Shreckhise says
I just won the first book! This would be a great addition!
Suzie Waltner says
Oh, love that you won the first book. Those are always the best surprises, aren’t they?