A Shore Thing: Otter Bay Series #2   -     By: Julie Carobini
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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?

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 400
Vendor: B&H Books
Publication Date: 2010
Dimensions: 8.40 X 5.50 X 1.03 (inches)
ISBN: 0805448756
ISBN-13: 9780805448757
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Series: Otter Bay

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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?

Author Bio

Julie Carobini writes seaside novels filled with faith, flip flops and waves of grace. Books in her acclaimed Otter Bay series include Sweet Waters and A Shore Thing. Julie and her husband Dan have three children and live on California’s central coast.


From the start, the reader will be transported to the tiny town of Otter Bay. Callie and Gage show a love for God’s creations, which grows into a sweet romance. There is a lot of depth in this romance. Callie is known as the justice seeker for the community, working behind the scenes on many different causes. When a beloved property is to be developed, she springs into action attempting to stop the architect, Gage Mitchell, and the company who hired him. As Callie and Gage continue their showdown they realize how much they have in common. But will the cause keep them apart? - Reviewed By: Angie Howatt, Romantic Times Book Reviews


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

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  1. Marksville,LA
    Age: Under 18
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Funny, true, and a very "shore" thing!
    July 7, 2012
    Age: Under 18
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    First of all I'm 14 and I don't think 30 is old like this woman but whatever. Anyway, I love this hilarious, true, and endearing book. I'm a fan 4-ever!!!
  2. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    August 14, 2010
    Edna Tollison
    Callie Duflay is a young woman who enjoys working as assistant camp director, and enjoys being involved in local causes. While walking the beach one day, Callie discovers that the Kitteridges are selling Otter Bay and it's being marked for development. She can't believe they would sell it, as they had promised the property to the town. Since then, the otters have returned and were rebuilding their lives. Callie decides she should do something about it, and starts a group to try to stop the development. For Gage the developer, everything is riding on this job and Callie could ruin it all for him. Callie believes she is doing the right thing, and so is Gage. But as time goes on, will they discover what the right thing really is?"A Shore Thing" is a beautiful book about family, friendship, love, commitment, keeping promises, faith, and hope. It has some very good messages behind it, making it not only entertaining, but a book with values that gives you something you can take away with you long after you've finished.This book was furnished by Nordskog Publishing for review.
  3. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    July 16, 2010
    Christy Lockstein
    A Shore Thing by Julie Carobini is an Otter Bay novel following up to Sweet Waters. Callie Duflay has earned a reputation as always fighting for some cause or another. Her family is frustrated by her refusal to settle down and live a normal life instead of working as assistant camp director at a local Christian camp. When she discovers that a section of beautiful shore land is going to be developed into condominiums, she starts a protest group to stop the destruction to the beautiful natural area, but she finds that she may have jumped the gun when she talks to the owner and finds out the truth behind the property's sale. Throw in handsome Gage Mitchell, the architect for the project who creates sparks with Callie every time they meet, and you have a recipe for star-crossed romance. Gage is a likable hero with strong faith and the desire to build green buildings, but he seems to throw back his head and laugh a lot. Callie's desire to do right leads her into plenty of trouble, but she has to learn to accept that God's will may not be what she wants. Gage and Callie are a natural couple, but at times the story seemed a bit stilted, with a bit too much of heads being thrown back in laughter. It's still a sweet romantic read perfect for the beach.
  4. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    July 3, 2010
    Cafe Lily Book Reviews
    Combine an unwanted stray dog, a warm sandy beach and two people trying to ignore their attraction to each other and you end up with a fantastic recipe for a summer romance! A Shore Thing is a perfect summer time read for lovers of Christian fiction / romance. This story revolves around Callie Duflay, a 30 something single woman who throws herself head first into her volunteer work and her position as an assistant camp director. Callie is an Otter Bay native and is furious when she finds out that an architect has plans to turn her beloved pristine shoreline into a large multi-use development. Architect, Gage Mitchell, is a handsome, single man who makes Callies heart race, even though hes technically the enemy.When Callie rallies other angry members of her community, they nominate her as president of their group Save Our Shores. As Callie begins to prepare to fight for Otter Bay and stop the development, she discovers that her feelings for Gage keep getting in the way. Gage and Callie find themselves meeting up time and time again with opposing views, and both are determined to win the fight for Otter Bay. Callie is tenacious and has sentimental ties to the shoreline she grew up with and is unwavering in her protective feelings of her hometown. Gage has everything riding on the development of Otter Bay, including his personal livelihood. Sparks fly in more ways than one as the two slowly begin to realize that they may have more in common than they originally thought. Gage and Callie begin to discover that the development deal may not be on the up and up, and the future of Otter Bay becomes even more uncertain.This is a clean, well-written story with affirmations of faith in God, trusting Him with your future and the importance of family.
  5. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    June 23, 2010
    Cindy Loven
    Callie Dufflay is a cause fighter. She is always fighting for some cause or another. She has deep convictions about right and wrong, about taking care of our planet and she stands and acts on those convictions. A deep faith also drives her to do the right thing. She is on a mission to help save a piece of property in her small village that borders a marine sanctuary. Gage Mitchell, is starting over. His last boss was so dirty and crooked, he knew it was time to begin a company of his own. Choosing the small town of Otter Bay, and a new project that looked like it would be a real money maker, he is finally feeling like things are going his way. His sister and nephew have come to live with him, after her husband was sent to prison, Gage is happy to be able to have them with him. This project/mission is really stretching Callie. Not only is she suddenly all in the news, her family is not happy about it. And this new guy in town Gage, she seems to constantly be running into him. She knows that there is some underhanded dealing going on with this property, but her promise to the owners, keeps her silent. Will Otter Bay have a new development? Will the Kitteridge family be robbed of their property? What will happen to Otter Bay?This book was so fun to read, I never knew what Callie would be up to next. I could relate to her anguish over trying to help someone who is being swindled, while trying to keep their confidential secret. This book is definitely a book to read this summer. I loved it from cover to cover. 400 pages US$14.99 5 starsThis book was provided for review purposes only
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Author: Julie Carobini
Located in: California Central Coast
Submitted: July 29, 2010

    Tell us a little about yourself.  Sure! I write seaside novels filled with faith, flip flops and waves of grace, and I live with my family on California’s central coast. To date, I’ve written five novels plus hundreds of articles for all kinds of publications. In addition to mothering and writing, I enjoy jogging on the beach with our dog, Charlie (when my bum knee cooperates).

    What was your motivation behind this project?  I’m fascinated by my brother, Daniel Navarro’s, career as a certified green architect. He’s not ‘fringe’ in any way, and I started to think about how his work honors God. I became equally fascinated thinking about how a person in his position could be in direct conflict with someone of the same mind, but who approaches their beliefs in a different way. Enter Callie, an eco-friendly gal who loves God, children, and the open land of Otter Bay. I kept wondering how these two could find ‘common ground’ and that was the seed for the story.

    What do you hope folks will gain from this project?  First, I hope readers are entertained. I hope they get lost in the setting…that they draw in the scent of pine mixed with the ocean breeze, and sense the brisk wind licking their cheeks. But I also hope that readers perceive the bigger picture that God has in store for those who love and follow him. For our hero and heroine, Gage and Callie, giving up is hard to do. I hope A Shore Thing demonstrates that no matter what our particular will in a situation is, the only way to be truly wise is to build our lives on the rock (see Matthew 7:24).

    How were you personally impacted by working on this project?  Even as recently as today I’ve been reminded that, even though the Lord has given me a specific call, He’s still in charge. I can either surrender to him or walk in the wilderness for awhile until I get that straight. Callie has had to learn that too.

    Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists?  I still love Jan Karon’s Mitford series. I also read just about everything from authors Rene Gutteridge, Kristin Billerbeck, Jane Austen, and I appreciated Ray Bradbury in high school enough that I often think back on his writings now. On the tear-jerking side, Kathryn Cushman is a friend whose writing always makes me pause and ponder.

    Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know:  Just that God took all the lows and highs in my life and created something new with them. Believe me when I tell you that I had no plans of my own to write beach-themed novels one day. I just kept praying and writing and seeking until an idea popped into my head. I followed that idea, and now find myself writing my fifth novel filled with ‘waves of grace’, as I’ve come to think of these stories. Hope that offers encouragement to someone, somewhere!

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