Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Monday, May 20, 2019

Review: "On a Summer Tide" by Suzanne Woods Fisher

Suzanne Woods Fisher is my favorite writer of Amish fiction (hers is the only Amish fiction I'll read after getting burned out on the genre) ... so when I heard she had written a contemporary non-Amish romance, I was certainly intrigued!

Sometimes love hurts--and sometimes it can heal in the most unexpected way.

Camden Grayson loves her challenging career, but the rest of her life could use some improvement. "Moving on" is Cam's mantra. But there's a difference, her two sisters insist, between one who moves on . . . and one who keeps moving. 

Cam's full-throttle life skids to a stop when her father buys a remote island off the coast of Maine. Paul Grayson has a dream to breathe new life into the island--a dream that includes reuniting his estranged daughters. Certain Dad has lost his mind, the three sisters rush to the island. To Cam's surprise, the slow pace of island life appeals to her, along with the locals--and one in particular. Seth Walker, the scruffy island schoolteacher harbors more than a few surprises. 

With On a Summer Tide, bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher begins a brand-new contemporary romance series that is sure to delight her fans and draw new ones.

On a Summer Tide is a promising start to Fisher's new series about a family who moves to a small island off the coast of Maine. Sisters Cam, Maddie, and Blaine have never been close, but after their father Paul sells their family home and purchases a summer camp on a remote island, they unite in their worry for him and desire to help him get the camp running.

This book is largely oldest sister Cam's story. Single mom Cam has no intention of staying on Three Sisters Island, but she soon realizes her son Cooper, who struggles with anxiety and compulsive behavior, is more comfortable there than anywhere else. And then she meets Seth, the island's school teacher, who challenges her to open her heart to faith and love.

The story is told from four perspectives: Cam's, Maddie's, Blaine's, and Paul's. Some of these characters I liked a whole lot; others not so much. I do think that by the time the series reaches its conclusion, Maddie will have won me over, but I didn't care for her much in this book. But Blaine I loved, and I can't wait to read more of her story!

Every so often throughout the book, there would be a flashback to Cam's past. I didn't enjoy these flashbacks at all; I felt like they just served to pull me out of the story. But otherwise, I really enjoyed this first look at the Grayson family, and I look forward to continuing their story. 4 stars.

Buy the book.
Read my reviews of Fisher's Mending Fences (4 stars); The Bishop's Family series: The Imposter (5 stars), The Quieting (5 stars), and The Devoted (5 stars); Inn at Eagle Hill series: The Letters (3-1/2 stars), The Calling (5 stars), The Rescue (novella: 4-1/2 stars), The Revealing (5 stars); her Stoney Ridge Seasons series: The Haven (4-1/2 stars), The Lesson (4-1/2 stars); her Christmas books: A Lancaster County Christmas and Christmas at Rose Hill Farm (4-1/2 stars), and her Amish Beginnings novel: Anna's Crossing (4-1/2 stars).

Suzanne Woods Fisher is an award-winning, bestselling author of more than thirty books, including Mending Fences, as well as the Nantucket Legacy, Amish Beginnings, The Bishop's Family, and The Inn at Eagle Hill series, among other novels. She is also the author of several nonfiction books about the Amish, including Amish Peace and The Heart of the Amish. She lives in California. Learn more at and follow Suzanne on Facebook @SuzanneWoodsFisherAuthor and Twitter @suzannewfisher

Review: "Rise of the Mystics" by Ted Dekker

Rise of the Mystics continues Rachelle Matthews' story ... a story that really began with Black oh so many years ago.

Review: "The 49th Mystic" by Ted Dekker

I first "met" Ted Dekker in 2004 when my college roommate gave me a copy of Black, the first book in the Circle Trilogy (which later became a four-book series, but I prefer to think of it as just the three books).

For a while, I read everything Dekker wrote, and the twist endings he's a master of still awe me (hello, Skin and Three!), but after a while his books became a little too much for me. Boneman's Daughters was the final straw, and I drifted away from his writing. But a couple years ago, I heard about A.D. 30 and A.D. 33, biblical fiction set during Jesus' ministry. I really enjoyed both of those books, which made me more inclined to check out the Beyond the Circle series, of which The 49th Mystic is the first.

Friday, May 17, 2019

Review: "Sweet on You" by Becky Wade

Seven years ago, I picked up a little book called My Stubborn Heart by an author I'd never heard of. I loved it, and I couldn't shut up about it. I lent it to anyone who asked me for a book recommendation, I named it my favorite book of the year, and I eagerly awaited news of the author's next book.

Ever since then, I've read everything Becky Wade has written. When my sister talks about her, she calls her "your girl Becky Wade" ... because I definitely haven't kept my love for her books quiet!

For the last two years—ever since I read book one of the Bradford Sisters series—I've been anticipating Britt Bradford's story. And now, it's finally here!

Monday, May 13, 2019

Review: "Her Oklahoma Rancher" by Brenda Minton

A couple weeks ago, I reviewed Rescuing His Secret Child as part of TLC Book Tours' Love Inspired tour. Today, I'm back with another Love Inspired title, Her Oklahoma Rancher.

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Review: "Moments We Forget" by Beth K. Vogt

Earlier this week, I (finally) read Beth K. Vogt's excellent Things I Never Told You. It had been on my TBR shelf for nearly a year, but with the upcoming release of Moments We Forget (and the looming deadline for this review), I finally picked it up. I was captivated. I loved the introduction to the Thatcher sisters, and I was so glad to be able to move right into this book once I finished Things I Never Told You. (Also, you didn't miss it—I haven't posted that review yet. Coming soon, I promise!)