Review and Giveaway Secret Beach Boyfriend

by | Oct 28, 2020 | Uncategorized | 16 comments

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About the Book

Book: Secret Beach Boyfriend

Author: Kari Trumbo

Genre: Christian Contemporary Romance

Release Date: September 29 , 2020

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She met Rafe on the beach when she was just five and it seemed like fate tied them together. When a chance encounter returns him to the islands twenty years later, Annie finds her beach friend has grown up and now needs her help.

Damaged and scarred from a past that still hasn’t healed, Annie needs help of her own. True to character, Rafe comes up with a perfect solution, but a temporary island romance does not fit into his agenda at all.

Will an offer to be her secret boyfriend give her heart a second chance? How can it turn into something more and prove there’s power in prayer and that love can triumph over a painful past?

He was Annie’s hero long ago, but can the man he has become save her now?

Secret Beach Boyfriend is the third “Merriweather book” in a new series featuring five islands, six authors, and a boatload of happily-ever-afters.

The Independence Island Series: beach reads aren’t just for summer anymore.

Click here to get your copy!

My Review

Back on Merriweather Island the day-to-day jobs and tasks of living continue. I love this series because previous characters appear, and their characters deepen as the island life draws more growth and characters. With a few glimpses into the reality of past, and present, hurts and pains, Annie confronts her own misgivings and misunderstandings by helping Rafe reconnect with his parents. Their plans do not take into consideration that their own lives could beg for change too.

These characters carry the burdens of the past. Don’t we all? We allow situations and circumstances from childhood to determine our motives, anxieties, hopes, and failures. That is human nature. But what if in the adult version, we confront the issues and settle the events in their proper place—the past—and move to a fuller, controllable life. It might take counseling, a good friend, a death, or any confrontational episode to persuade us to see the possibility of a better self.

About the Author

Kari Trumbo

Kari Trumbo is a bestselling author of Christian historical and contemporary romance novels. Her books are known for characters who feel real, settings you could move to, and faith woven between the pages. She makes her home in central Minnesota with her husband of over twenty years, two daughters, two sons, and never enough time.

More from Kari

Have you ever hunted for seashells on the beach?

This sweet story actually starts twenty years before the moment you open the front cover. Years before, on a solitary beach, a little boy comforts a girl he finds crying by offering to help her find seashells. He doesn’t know why she’s crying, just that he can help. Even though he knows his mother will be angry with him.

You see, Rafe (that’s the little boy) has a mother who has minor OCD and doesn’t let him go on the beach. But when Annie (that’s the little girl) is obviously heartbroken, he can’t leave her sitting there and not do anything. At that moment, a hero is born.

It’s the little things that make a hero. That moment in time when he made a choice to put Annie above his own discomfort created a past for them both, an anchor they could both look back on. It was pivotal enough for them both that they remembered it years later. Rafe, because he hid the shells and cherished the one time he got to collect them. Annie, because she was going through something no child of five should have to. His kindness was a glimmer of hope.

Fast forward twenty years and these two meet again, but don’t realize right away they are the people they’ve been thinking about on-and-off for most of their lives. Interestingly enough, that part of my story is true. I had a friend I met at a local beach when I was too young to recall names or anything else of great significance other than the feeling that it was the best day ever. She made me her best buddy for the day, and that stuck with me.

When I think of this story beyond the printed page, where Annie and Rafe live on in my mind, I have to wonder if shells will continue to be a theme in their lives.

Blog Stops

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, October 26

Locks, Hooks and Books, October 27

deb’s Book Review, October 27

Connect in Fiction, October 28

lakesidelivingsite, October 28

Artistic Nobody, October 29 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)

Godly Book Reviews, October 29

Ashley’s Bookshelf, October 30

Adventures of a Travelers Wife, October 30

Livin’ Lit, October 30

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, October 31

Life, love, writing, October 31

Sara Jane Jacobs, November 1

Batya’s Bits, November 1

Daysong Reflections, November 2

The Meanderings of a Bookworm, November 2

Blossoms and Blessings, November 3

Where Crisis & Christ Collide, November 3

Simple Harvest Reads, November 4 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

Splashes of Joy, November 4


To celebrate her tour, Kari is giving away the grand prize package of a $50 Amazon gift card and a copy of the book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

Be sure to leave your comments here on my blog!


  1. Liz

    Great blog post- love finding new (to me) authors

  2. tailwagglers

    Great blog post- love finding new (to me) authors

  3. Kari Trumbo

    Thank you so much for your thoughts on Secret Beach Boyfriend. I’m so glad you enjoyed it.

  4. megan allen

    I used to love looking for seashells when I was a little girl. Of course I live in Kentucky so it was only once a year during our summer vacation but it was my favorite thing to do! Happy release and I cant wait to read it!

  5. Linda Dreher

    This book sounds like a great read. I love all books that are set at the beach. You’re right, beach books are not only for summer.

  6. Katie Gray

    This book sounds lovely! How interesting to read a series written by multiple authors. The theme is interesting and intriguing to find out what new lives they can build together.

  7. simplysuzanne2015

    I really like the looks of this book, and it sounds very interesting.

  8. Lelia “ Lucy” Reynolds

    I have this on my wish list. Blessings

  9. Roxanne C.

    Marguerite’s review brings up the fact that almost everyone has unresolved issues from childhood. Reading Annie’s and Rafe’s journey to healing will be edifying.

  10. Crystal

    Secret Beach sounds like a great read. Would love to read and review it in print format. Love book cover and excerpt. Book looks somewhat romantic.

  11. conniepsaunders

    Thanks for being a part of this tour!

  12. carylkane

    Wonderful review, Marguerite! This book sounds like a fun read. Thank you for sharing.

  13. Emma

    This sounds good! I’ve enjoyed at least one other book in this series.

  14. Melissa Wenger

    I’ve been looking forward to this series!

  15. James Robert

    Thanks for sharing your great  book and for the giveaway too.


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