When Anna Worthington’s twin sister gets jilted by her fiancé, Anna steps in with a plan for a girls’ Key West getaway instead of a honeymoon trip. Yet when her twin has her own crisis of commitment and doesn’t board the plane, Anna finds herself on a romantic getaway that she’s forced to navigate alone.
A vacation romance with an expiration date.
Gunnar Lockhart, whose specialty is island tourism, is the perfect match for helping Anna complete her vacation bucket list, but time together forges a connection more personal than either anticipate. As they make island memories, Anna has to untangle her mixed emotions. Are her feelings toward Gunnar real? Or like her sister’s wedding day, has this connection been doomed from the start?
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I had a bit of trouble getting hooked into the story at the beginning but I soon wanted to find out what happens. This story completely reminds me of a hallmark movie. It’s a sweet love story that you want to sit down and enjoy. It’s lighthearted. Audrey Wick does a great job painting a picture of the area. I haven’t been to Key West and now I need to visit. I loved the descriptions of the beach and town. Ever since Anna ate Key Lime pie, I’ve been thinking I must eat Key Lime pie now. 🙂 I really liked Anna. She was thrust into this adventure and made the best of it. She was fun to get to know! I liked how Gunner was sweet and caring to everyone around him. I especially enjoyed learning about how jewelry was made. It was really cool to see all that went into making and creating unique pieces.
If you love a good hallmark movie, you’ll enjoy this book. It’s a good book to sit down on a hot summer day and relax. I recommend this to my family and friends.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.
About the Author
Audrey Wick is a full-time English professor at Blinn College and author of women’s fiction/romance. Her writing has also appeared in college textbooks, and she is a guest blog columnist with Writer’s Digest. Wick believes the secret to happiness includes lifelong learning and good stories. But travel and coffee help. She has journeyed to over twenty countries—and sipped coffee at every one. See photos on her website audreywick.com and follow her on Twitter and Instagram @WickWrites.
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“The Importance of Setting in Fiction Writing”
My favorite element in writing a novel is setting. Making places come alive through storytelling brings special joy, and I’m fortunate to be able to do that in the pages of Island Charm.
Island Charm is my first beach-read, a standalone contemporary novel set in Key West. Key West is a small island in the Florida Keys, an archipelago that stretches west from the southern peninsula of Florida. The Keys dangle into the Gulf of Mexico like a string of island pearls. Key West is the last on the strand.
I first experienced Key West in the summer, but years later, I traveled back in winter. Whether its July or January, Key West is beautiful anytime of year. What I like best about the island is its walkability. It’s roughly four miles long and one mile across, making it easy to explore on foot. The boardwalk, docks, piers, and public beaches means there is plenty to experience. Fantastic views stretch in all directions.
Additionally, the island has an impressive literary history. Authors including Ernest Hemingway, Tennessee Williams, Elizabeth Bishop, Shel Silverstein, Philip Burton, Judy Blume, and Meg Cabot have all called the island their home at one time or another. It’s easy to see why my heroine, Anna, is so taken with the scenery, just like these writers. I hope readers will be as well!
Follow Anna as she explores Key West in Island Charm. Thanks for traveling with me through the pages, and I hope readers enjoy their time on the island.
To celebrate her tour, Audrey is giving away the grand prize package of a CD that includes a digital copy of Island Charm as well as multiple full-length novels also published by Pelican Book Group!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click HERE to enter.
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Becca, thank you for the feature and for your recommendation! Glad you were able to enjoy ISLAND CHARM. And, don’t forget, there is a free recipe for key lime pie in the back of the book. Hope you are able to give it a try in your home kitchen. Enjoy!