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May 2, 2019

Summer by the Tides {Denise Hunter}

summer by the tides denise hunter
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 Murphy.

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 Thoughts:
I can't think of a Denise Hunter book I have ever read that I did not enjoy. Her way with words and where she takes her characters are so enjoyable and refreshing.

In this book, we head to the beach where three estranged sisters have been summoned after their grandmother has gone missing. Was she really missing, or did she run away in hopes all the sisters would land in her home together? That's just one little element about Grams that made me love her so much.

The sisters quickly meet Connor, the hunky next door neighbor, and he becomes an important part of the story that will play out over the summer for this family.

During flashbacks, we go back twenty years to learn the reason these sisters seem to dislike each other so much. That summer twenty years ago is gut-wrenching and brings to light so much heartache.

But as with every sweet story, we have the opportunity to see God at work in the life of every person in this book. We get to see revelations of people we thought we knew, we get to see guards come down around hard hearts, and we get to see people fall in love exactly the way God had planned.

I loved this book for so many reasons and know you will want it on your reading list.

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