Summer by the Tides by Denise Hunter | Book Review

From the Publisher

From the bestselling author of The Convenient Groom (now a beloved Hallmark Original movie) comes a heartfelt story of family secrets, forgiveness, and unexpected romance.

Following a painful betrayal, Maddy Monroe’s love life is a wreck, and her restaurant career is in shambles. When her grandmother goes missing, she and her estranged sisters converge at the family beach house in Sea Haven, North Carolina. Being with uptight Nora and free-spirited Emma at the place where their family broke apart is a struggle, and undercurrents of jealousy and resentment threaten to pull the sisters under. In the midst of the storm, sparks begin to fly between Maddy and Gram’s maddening neighbor, Connor Sullivan.

As the sisters pack up the family belongings, memories of idyllic, slow-paced summers are resurrected. But long-buried secrets also come to light as Maddy discovers that all was not as it appeared that last summer in Sea Haven—nor today in the seemingly perfect lives of her sisters.

As family tensions rise and Connor causes tumult in Maddy’s heart, the sisters must find a way to accept each other for the women they’ve become before the bitterness of the past destroys their hope for a future.

My Review

Denise Hunter’s Summer By The Tides is the perfect combination of idyllic beach read and page turner,  guaranteed to captivate and satisfy. Although there are a host of characters mentioned in the first few pages, once the dust settles, most of the focus is on Maddy and her two older sisters Emma and Nora, who all leave their regular lives behind to rescue their grandmother, only to find that she has orchestrated the reunion they wouldn’t agree to otherwise. And of course the neighbor – Connor Sullivan – also plays an active part. He’s the one who makes the initial report and gets the sisters to return to Sea Haven, so he functions as a protagonist, love interest and all-around good guy.

Through a series of flashback chapters, the author brings us back through time to observe the family twenty years before, showing the reader a glimpse into the breakdown of the relationship between the sisters, as well as what would need to be overcome in order to fix things. The dual timeline was handled well and interspersed at just the right spots to fuel the narrative. And as the novel progresses and the family secrets, both past and present, get spilled, it provides good drama but also a great opportunity to reveal who each person can become.

While Summer By The Tides is Christian fiction and the characters mention their faith in God, none of them start off being perfect witnesses of their beliefs so the novel also provides great examples of the character arcs that comes from surrender and being willing to be divinely led.

Book Details

  • Title: Summer By The Tides
  • Author: Denise Hunter
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • Publication Date: May 21, 2019
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Note:  I received a complimentary Advanced reader Copy in order to complete this review. However, all opinions expressed above are my own and I have not otherwise been compensated. Thank you to TLC Book Tours and Thomas Nelson Publishers for the opportunity to read and share my thoughts about this delightful book.

3 Comments Add yours

  1. Sara Strand says:

    Denise Hunter is always the first author that comes to mind when I think about Hallmark movies, her stories seem completely perfect to be turned into movies and I wish we’d get more! Thank you for being on this tour! Sara @ TLC Book Tours


    1. Run Wright says:

      I agreed. I could definitely visualize the movie while I was reading. Thanks for reading.


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