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June 7, 2023

Indigo Isle by T.I. Lowe ~ a Review

by Susan Roberts

"Storms show up and there ain’t a thing we can do to stop them.”

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book cover of southern fiction novel Indigo Isle by T.I. Lowe
June 2023; Tyndale House; 978-1496465597
audio, ebook, print (384 pages); southern fiction

If you've read my reviews in the past, you know that Southern fiction is my favorite genre.  I went into this book thoroughly blind and was thrilled to read that the setting was coastal South Carolina. The descriptions of the beach had me wanting to pack my bags and travel to the SC beach.  Along with a beautiful setting, there were several fantastic characters and an interesting story about love and forgiveness.

Sonny is back in South Carolina for the first time in 15 years when she ran away from home while her family was at her high school graduation waiting for her to get her diploma.  She has had some, but very little communication with one of her sisters but hasn't talked to her parents or the other sister since she stole her parents' money and left town for Hollywood.  She didn't make it as an actress but is now one of the most sought-after location managers in Hollywood.  She's not only responsible for finding locations that match the script, but she has to rent the locations, make sure that the cast and crew are adequately housed plus hire all of the companies to will help out the film - catering, cars, etc.  Going back to SC reminds her of her family and all that she's missed but she isn't ready to take that first step back.  While she is scouting locations,  she boats to a small island that appears to be uninhabited but soon finds out that a recluse lives there - a man that the locals refer to as the Monster of Indigo Island.  When she approaches him about doing some of the film on his island, he chases her away.  As the stress of the film builds, she finds herself more drawn to the island and the man who lives there.  She learns that he is a NY Attorney who has lived alone on the island for several years as he works through grief.  A tropical storm keeps her on the island for a night and they both find out that they both have pain due to things that happened in their pasts.  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.  Will their friendship and understanding help them both to face their demons and find redemption from their pasts?

Both of the main characters were well-written and I especially liked Sonny.  We follow her through her stressful days and walk with her on Indigo Isle as she looks for peace in her life.  We hurt for her as she is trying to live her life as she struggles to return to her past and see her family again.  This is a beautiful look at two people who are in bad places in their lives and seek redemption and forgiveness from their past mistakes so that they can live in a future with no regrets.  It's s story of hanging on and letting go,  of redemption and reconciliation, and of a love that heals the deepest wounds

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Susan Roberts grew up in Michigan but loves the laid-back life at her home in the Piedmont area of North Carolina where she is two hours from the beach to the east and the mountains in the west.  She reads almost anything but her favorite genres are Southern Fiction and Historical Fiction.

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