Wednesday, June 5, 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.

Genre: Christian Fiction Romance

Release Date: April 30, 2019

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).

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To celebrate her tour, Suzanne is giving away a grand prize of a $50 Amazon gift card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

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

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Also, some of the links in this post are affiliate links; this means if you click the link and purchase an item, I will receive a small commission. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."


  1. This does sound like a really good book to read, especially during summer!

  2. Great review! I'm glad the characters are intriguing enough to want to continue in the series.

    1. Thanks, Chanel! I do look forward to the rest of the series :-)

  3. It is! Thanks for stopping by!

  4. You're welcome! Thanks for stopping by!

  5. Wonderful review! This book sounds like one not to miss.

    1. Thanks, Caryl! Hope you get to read and enjoy it!


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