Book Review and Giveaway: Footprints on Her Heart

About the Book

Book: Footprints on Her Heart

Author: Tabitha Bouldin

Genre: Christian Contemporary Romance

Release date: November 23, 2021


He’s saving the world, one animal at a time.

Trent Raines’ opinion, happily ever after has four paws and doggy breath. He spends his days isolated at the shelter, taking care of animals. Especially now that romance seems to be spreading across the islands faster than fleas in summer.

She lives a safe life behind the camera lens.

Kara Parker’s job at the animal shelter keeps her too busy to worry about romance. Sure, the boss is cute and all, but her introverted nature is perfectly happy as a photographer and website designer, thank you very much.

Even a quick trip to the mainland to retrieve a truckful of animals won’t change their minds.

Or so they think.

As Trent comes to understand Kara, he discovers there’s more than meets the eye in his quiet employee. Together, they plan a Christmas adoption festival that’s certain to empty the animal shelter in record time. Until a blast from Trent’s past puts all the animals in danger.

Sure, Trent and Kara are fine on their own, but they’re even better together.

What will it take for these soulmates conquer their fears and rescue the animals before it’s too late?

Footprints on Her Heart continues the Hooper Island stories of the Independence Islands Series featuring five islands, six authors, and a boatload of happily-ever-afters.

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My thoughts

I absolutely love Tabitha’s voice. I love her books and this one is no exception. This beautiful story can be read as a standalone, without any knowledge of the previous book – but Book 2, Stealing the First Mate, was excellent so I highly recommend you pick that one up as well.

Footprints on her Heart weaves together the journey of two beautiful characters who don’t think they deserve each other, nor do they think they deserve God’s love. I appreciated the strong spiritual themes woven throughout with the perfect blend of romance and tension.

Also, it amazes me every time, when I read a novel where one of the characters is a photographer, how well writers can capture the art of photography. It comes as no surprise since Tabitha is a photographer as well. But there was such beauty in her descriptions of Kara as she photographs various things throughout the novel. The descriptions were spot on and painted a detailed picture of the surroundings. I think my favorite was the wedding scene. where she is photographing 2 of their friends who are marrying.

I haven’t read that many novels which center around animals. I loved it. And honestly, all of Tabitha’s books involve animals in some way or another. In Book 1, the main character is a dog groomer, so there are lots of dog shenanigans happening. But even in Book 2, she manages to throw in pelicans, dogs, and horses. It’s so fun!

In Footprints on Her Heart, Trent is a dog shelter owner, so if you love dogs, I almost guarantee you’ll love this beautiful story. He cares about dogs as much as he comes to care about Kara. This is a wonderful contemporary Christian romance I highly recommend.

Independent Island series note:

All of the authors have done a superb job of creating books that can be enjoyed whether you’ve read zero, one or ten of the other books. The connections comes from the settings of all of the different Independence Islands.

However, all of the books under the same author have recurring characters and it is enjoyable to read those together. If you’re interested in this story, check out the rest of Tabitha’s Independence Island books to dive deeper into all her characters’ stories. Be sure to read her author’s note below.

Independent Island books by Tabitha Bouldin

About the Author


Tabitha Bouldin has a bachelor’s degree in creative writing/English from Southern New Hampshire University. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and has been writing since 2015. When she’s not homeschooling her kids, you’ll find her curled up with a book. Tabitha’s genre of choice is Contemporary Christian Romance which she describes as: Adventure with heart.

More from Tabitha

I love animals. Always have. I was the kid who always brought home the injured animals and tried to make them better. I am the adult who feels guilty for walking by a hungry cat without feeding it.

When I write, those animal-loving tendencies come out. My characters will rescue animals, care for them, and love them unconditionally. My contributions to the Independence Islands are no different. When it began, I knew I needed a pet groomer, and the animal shelter developed from Mel’s love of animals. That’s when Trent showed up.

Trent walked onto the page as Mel’s partner in founding the animal shelter, Forever Pals, but I didn’t know he wanted his story told until several months after I started writing the series. I tried putting him off, but Trent was having none of that. He’s a bit overzealous and ready to share his love story with you, even if he’d rather I didn’t tell you about his troubled past.

The more I dove into Trent’s story, the more I realized he’s the kind of guy you’d call in the middle of the night when a stray dog shows up in your backyard. He doesn’t care. He’d upend his entire life to care for the animals, and he loves each one instantly, no questions asked. People…not so much.

I had the best time writing this story. Footprints on Her Heart is one of those books that I fell in love with from the very beginning. The story put itself on the page, all I had to do was be the engine and let it come to life. Those are my favorite. I wish every book came as easily as Footprints. Even though that isn’t the case, I’ll always hold this one as a dear friend. Kara and Trent make such a cute couple that I think they need to make an appearance in every island book I write from here on out.


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