Restoring Fairhaven is my first book by Carolyn Miller and the final book in the first set of Independence Islands books set on Merriweather Island. As with the other books, I appreciated the fact that it’s a beach read without being overly beachy. In fact, there’s a serious lack of the typical exotic beach location that you’d expect from a beach read. These books are about ordinary people living their everyday lives with the ocean for a backdrop.
If you’ve hesitated to pick them up because they’re beach reads (aka. fluff and nonsense) then you’re in for a pleasant surprise because they’re not that at all. Not that I don’t enjoy a bit of fluff and nonsense every once in a while, but if that’s not your cup of tea, then this book—these books—are perfect for you.
Restoring Fairhaven caught my interest from the very start, there were aspects of the story that kept me guessing until the very end, I enjoyed the characters—main and side—and will definitely be reading Ms. Miller’s next contribution to the series.
Like I said, this was my first Carolyn Miller book, and knowing she’s a fellow Aussie I read it with that little tidbit in mind. The book is set in the US, and I only came across one tiny nuance of cultural difference that—I hesitate to guess—most people probably wouldn’t pick up. Apart from that one instance, the book sounded no different to the other books in the series that are written by Americans. Which was good and sad at the same time. I was hoping for more of an Aussie influence.
I requested a copy of this book to review. The opinions expressed here are my own.
(And for the curious: the Aussieness I spotted was the position of the word ‘yeah’ in a sentence. I’ve not met an American yet who puts yeah at the end of the sentence/phrase/thought, but that placement is common in Australia, and I’m trying to incorporate it into my current book which is set in Australia. There are exceptions to any rule, yeah. In my experience, though, it’s an Aussie thing. 😉)