Book Review: Surrender Bay

9 Jul

Samantha Owen’s estranged stepfather has died, leaving her his cottage in Nantucket–a place she left years ago, never planning to return. As a single mom, Samantha can’t afford to pass up on a financial windfall like ocean-front property. So she travels home to fix up the house and sell it . . . never suspecting that Landon Reed still lives two doors down.

A heart-tugging tale of shattered trust and enduring love all in a romantic, seaside setting.


Denise Hunter lives in Indiana with her husband Kevin and their three sons. In 1996, Denise began her first book, a Christian romance novel, writing while her children napped. Two years later it was published, and she’s been writing ever since. Her books often contain a strong romantic element, and her husband Kevin says he provides all her romantic material, but Denise insists a good imagination helps too!

My Impressions:

If you are looking for a good romance novel with a strong faith message, look no farther than Surrender Bay by Denise Hunter.  Set on Nantucket Island, it is also a great book for your summer getaway, even if it is just the backyard or porch.  Samantha Owens returns to her childhood home with her eleven year old daughter to clean out her step-father’s house.  The proceeds from the sale of the cottage will allow Samantha to pay off bills and give her daughter all she needs to have a good life.  But the memories of abandonment and bad choices become all too real as Samantha struggles to keep her heart untouched and her goals in place.

I found myself thinking about the story of Hosea and Gomer while turning the pages of Surrender Bay.  While the situations are different, this is a story of unconditional love — a gift we just have to accept, not work to deserve.  And while God is not mentioned by the characters, His fingerprints are all over the story.  I think this would be a great book for those who don’t know or understand the love God has for us.  It is a great book to open that discussion.  My book club will be discussing Surrender Bay on Friday evening, and I anticipate some wonderful conversations concerning the story line, the characters and God’s nature.  If you have read Surrender Bay, please leave me a comment I can share with my group.  And if you have not read it, click HERE to see how you can win a copy of the book.

Highly Recommended.

(I purchased Surrender Bay for discussion with my book club.  All opinions are mine alone.)

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