Book Reviews of Summer by the Tides by Denise Hunter and On a Summer Tide by Suzanne Woods Fisher

About: One of Southern Living’s “25 Beach Reads Perfect for Summer”

“A perfect blend of romance and women’s fiction.” —SHERRYL WOODS, #1 New York Times bestselling author

A Summer of Low Tides Could Expose Years of Family Secrets

When her grandmother goes missing from the family beach house, Maddy and her estranged sisters converge in Sea Haven, North Carolina. Being with uptight Nora and free-spirited Emma in the home where their family broke apart is a struggle Maddy is not in the mood to face, especially since she’s recovering from her ex-boyfriend’s betrayal.

As the sisters wait for word of their grandmother, they begin to pack up the family belongings—and unpack memories of the idyllic summers of their childhood. But with those memories come long-buried secrets, and Maddy discovers that all was not as it appeared that last summer in Sea Haven. Meanwhile, Gram’s neighbor, Connor Sullivan, seems overly interested in Gram’s whereabouts. Maddy is drawn in by his quick smile and steady gaze in spite of herself.

Undercurrents of jealousy and resentment threaten to pull the family under again, maybe for good this time. As tensions rise, the sisters must find a way to accept each other for the women they’ve become—and Maddy must decide if falling in love again is worth the potential heartbreak.

“I have never read a romance by Denise Hunter that didn’t sweep me away into a happily ever after. Treat yourself!” —Robin Lee Hatcher, bestselling author of Who I Am With You

“Denise Hunter once again proves she’s the queen of romantic drama. Summer by the Tides is both a perfect beach romance and a dramatic story of second chances as sisters unravel secrets that have torn them apart for years. This novel is Hunter at the top of her game. If you like Robyn Carr, you’ll love Denise Hunter.  I couldn’t put it down!” —Colleen Coble, USA Today bestselling author of the Lavender Tides series

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My Review of Summer By The Tides

Genre: Romance, Contemporary, fiction.

My Rating: 2 and 1/2 stars.

My Recommendation: 16-18 up, Warnings below.

My Favorite Character/s: Pffff, I don’t know . . . I loved Connor and his story was so heartbreaking. He was my favorite I suppose. Like I liked him a lot but I felt that the ending ruined the whole story because it was so fast paced.

My Verse for Connor is James 1:6 But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. (King James Version.)

My Thoughts: I enjoyed the beginning of this book but I didn’t like it for long since there was so much cheating . . . I’m pretty sure that there were only two guys of all of the ten guys that had ever been in the sisters and their grandmother’s life that had been faithful to their girlfriend/wife. It took so much enjoyment from the story. I so badly wanted to like this story but I just couldn’t.

Warnings: A lot of things . . . Mentions of divorce, cheating, and a man being married to two women at once. Ugh, why do ‘Christian romances’ have so much trash?

I received an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review and am truly happy to provide it — all the thoughts are my own.

 

On a Summer Tide (Three Sisters Island #1)

About: When her father buys an island off the coast of Maine with the hope of breathing new life into it, Camden Grayson thinks he’s lost his mind. An unexpected event sends Cam to his rescue, and she discovers the island has its own way of living . . . and loving.

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Look at that beautiful cover! Isn’t it gorgeous?
My Review of On A Summer Tide

Genre: Romance, Contemporary, fiction.

My Rating: 5 stars.

My Recommendation: 16-17 up, Warnings below.

My Favorite Character/s: Cooper, he’s such a sweet little boy that has had a hard time since his mother died. I loved reading about him and seeing how he grew in the book.

My Verse for Cooper is Matthew 18:3

And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. (King James Version.)

My Thoughts: I almost didn’t try this book because I read a book by the author last year that I didn’t even finish, though I thought this one sounded wonderful. And it was! The whole story was really good and the characters developed well throughout the book. I loved this book and it may be my favorite summer read ever! As I said before I almost didn’t read it but I’m glad now that I did and if you like romance this book may be perfect for you though I suggest if you’re younger then 16 you not read it or have a family member/trusted friend read it.

Warnings: A child is born out of wedlock, and cheating.

I received an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review and am truly happy to provide it — all the thoughts are my own.

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Spoilers!!!

All right, you may be wondering why I did these reviews together . . . And that would be because of all of the similarities.

In each book there are . . .

  1. Maddie/Maddy
  2. Three sisters.
  3. The sisters rush to help parent/grandparent.
  4. The sisters are estranged.
  5. One sister is cheated on by her boyfriend/husband.
  6. One sister falls in love with a local guy.
  7. One sister breaks up with said local guy in the last few chapters then gets back together with him before the last page.
  8. One sister has a son/daughter.
  9. The titles are almost the same.
  10. Beaches are in both books.
  11. Both covers have sunny skies.
  12. Flashbacks to one of the sisters’ childhood.
  13. The couples go boating together.
  14. The sisters that fall in love with the local guy are mistaken in thinking the local guy is dating someone else.
  15. Taking romantic walks on the beach and pier.
  16. And one of the sisters loses their jobs.
  17. A parent died suddenly.

Just to clarify each of those things happens in each of the books I just reviewed.

For all of the similarties, I’m amazed at how much more I enjoyed On A Summer Tide and how it was so much better.

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