Monday, May 25, 2020

Review: "On a Coastal Breeze" by Suzanne Woods Fisher

I love series that focus on families, especially when they combine romance with family drama. Suzanne Woods Fisher's Three Sisters Island series does just that!

For Madison Grayson, life is good. Newly licensed as a marriage and family therapist, she can't wait to start her practice. Despite the unfortunate shortage of eligible bachelors on the island--they're all too young, too old, or too weird--Maddie feels like she's finally found her sweet spot. Not even one panic attack in the last year. Not one.

And then Ricky O'Shea drops in. Literally. Floating down from the pure blue sky, the one man in the world she hoped never to see again--the one who'd been her archnemesis from kindergarten through her senior dance--parachutes into town, landing on Boon Dock, canopy draping behind him like a superhero. Ricky O'Shea. Now Pastor Rick, the new minister on Three Sisters Island.

Time to panic.

With wit and a bit of whimsy, bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher invites you back to Three Sisters Island where family, forgiveness, and a second chance at love await.

On a Coastal Breeze, the second book in the Three Sisters Island series, focuses on middle Grayson sister Maddie. Interestingly, I didn't like Maddie at all in book one, but I absolutely loved her in this book!

I loved watching Maddie's relationships grow—with her sisters, with her clients, and, yes, with Rick. Maddie and Rick have a complicated relationship that ends up being really satisfying, and I enjoyed its progression (thought I wouldn't have complained about a little more romance).

The novel contains flashbacks to various times in Maddie's growing up years; I thought they really added to the story and helped me to understand Maddie, for the most part. However, there is one flashback scene that I found to be a bit confusing, as it seemed so out of character for Maddie; I understand that it's easy to get swept up in the moment and make regrettable decisions, but, while it provided quite the twist, it didn't strike me as authentic. Also, the scene was written in such a way—to be sensitive to readers, I'm sure—that I wasn't entirely sure what had happened until I read it a couple times. That quibble aside, I really loved this story!

While Maddie is the clear focus of the novel, sections are told from her sisters' and her father's perspectives. It was nice to catch up with Cam and Blaine—though both made me want to shake some sense into them at times! The parts that were least interesting to me were the sections from Paul's perspective, but, if the preview to the next book is any indication, his story is about to get much more interesting!

I enjoyed this return trip to Three Sisters Island, and I can't wait for Blaine's story! 4 stars.

Buy the book (affiliate link).
Read my review of On a Summer Tide (4 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

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."

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