Wardwell weaves a story of hope, starting over, faith, and romance in her installment of the Independence Island series. With relatable characters, delicious food, and a beautiful setting, readers are not going to leave this island any time soon. Word to the wise – do not read this book while hungry!


Beth is someone that we can all relate to at some point in our life, as she has doubts about God’s (and Gram’s) plans for her on the island. Wardwell touches on something here – we’ve all at one point or another doubted God in our lives. To me, this is the highlight of the entire story because it’s something we can learn from, gather inspiration from, and be encouraged by. Beth had a lot of trials – all thanks to a pesky mayor and devious woman (whom quite honestly kind of grew on me as the story went on, I’m surprised to say!). She still kept going though, and that’s what we can learn from.


Enter Mr. Swoony aka Scott. Just an all-around nice guy. Almost too-perfect, and yet flawed at the same time. I can’t explain it really, except to say that Wardwell did a fabulous job in writing his character. He was there to help, and while he certainly had an interest in Beth, he wasn’t pushy about it, and I feel like other men in his position would be. Scott is someone I could see myself hanging out with and just simply having a good time. And if Beth’s food is going to be there, well bring it on. I can’t tell you how many of the lunch specials made my mouth water. Let me say this again – do not read this book when hungry.


Scrumptious Independence not only lives up to its name, it is a sweet and clean romance story that readers will devour.  This just may be my favorite book by Wardwell to date, and there’s some tough competition! I highly recommend this book to contemporary romance fans.


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