B & H Publishing
The story of environmental activist, Callie Duflay, and eco-friendly architect, Gage Mitchell, in Julie Carobini’s novel, A Shore Thing is a testament to the fact that if opposites attract then similar people are bound to repel. When Callie learns that her beloved Otter Bay shore is in danger of becoming a large development, her headstrong personality makes her a leading figure in the Save our Shores (S.O.S.) cause. Although she is a seasoned activist, this time she may have met her match in every sense of the word. Her opponent, the struggling architect, Gage, has his own equally valid reasons for supporting sustainable architecture amidst God’s creation.
The book is written in first person, alternating between the perspectives of Callie and Gage. Both characters have specific qualities that define who they are and what they stand for. As an independent, 30-year-old assistant camp director, Callie is accustomed to breaking the social norms of society and even her own family. With a stray dog as her only companion, she will stop at nothing to protect the land she loves. On the other hand, Gage is an even-tempered, diligent worker trying to do his job to the best of his ability so he can fulfill his lifelong dream of opening an eco-conscious firm.
Despite their differences, both Callie and Gage are interested in preserving nature and utilizing the environment -- as God instructed mankind to do in Genesis. The theme of A Shore Thing is well summarized by Genesis 1:26: “Then God said, ‘Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let him rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth , and over all the creatures that move along the ground.’”
Although they have very different opinions about how to rule over God’s creation, Callie and Gage share many of the same beliefs and ideals. One similarity that continually ties these two characters together is their faith in God and their love for His creation. Throughout the book, Carobini emphasizes the power of prayer, the necessity of trusting God, and the helpful reminder that first impressions are not always correct.
Overall, the characters are well-developed and the plotline is convincing. However, as someone who is not typically involved in environmental issues, I had a hard time staying interested in the story and relating to the characters’ motives. Therefore, I would recommend this book to Christian women who enjoy romance novels from an eco-friendly perspective. – Kara Hackett, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
Callie Duflay just isn’t like the rest of her family. While they’ve built white collar lives, she prefers getting her hands dirty by working with children and local California causes. When Callie learns that a beloved piece of untouched property in her town of Otter Bay may soon be developed, she confronts the architect assigned to the project.Gage Mitchell may be an easygoing, eco-friendly professional, but he’s not about to back off this job no matter how cute Callie or her pet pooch, Moondoggy, may be. His reasons and hers are noble—both have a heart for protecting God’s creation, and the truth is these two would be perfect for each other outside of this face-off. But will they ever figure that out?