On a Summer Tide

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 31 May 2019

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A family learning how to live again after suffering a loss.  Three sisters each trying to find the way to move on...to cope.  A father who is trying to bring the family together.
I couldn't put the book down.  As the book progressed you see the sister's growth and their acceptance of their differences.  

The book is based in Maine.  Lovely place.  I visited Maine a few years ago.  This story brought me back to that wonderful vacation.  I highly recommend visiting.  Maybe we can make a reservation at Camp Kicking Moose.

I received this free to review from Celebrate Lit.
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Perfect book to start out your summer reading! This story starts out with a father buying an island summer camp. The camp has special memories of his deceased wife but has fallen into disrepair. Paul (the father) hopes the camp will bring his three daughters together once again.
This was the best read for me to usher in the summer season. The setting is an island off the coast of Maine and the description is perfect. I could almost smell the sweet balsam scent mingling in with the ocean's salt air. 
Suzanne Woods Fisher has developed characters that make their way into your heart! From a handful of quirky islanders to Paul's sometimes misguided daughters, this novel takes you along for the ride. I am beyond thrilled that this is going to be a series! I truly am looking forward to book two.
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Camden dad buys part of an island off the coast of Maine. He wants to make the island more presentable. More than that he wants to use it for a place for a kids camp. Will he be able to make it work?

They have quite a family. Camden has an adopted son from her best friend, then there are the other two sisters. I would have liked to have more from Cooper which was her son. Maybe there will be in future books. 

Reading this book made me want to find out more about Maine. Would be nice to visit there someday. 

I received a complimentary copy of the book from the publisher through Celebrate Lit. I was not required to write a positive review. This is my own opinion.
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Suzanne Woods Fisher is one of my must-read authors and after reading her latest novel, "On a Summer Tide," she would have become one if she had not already been!  This is the start to a brand-new series, Three Sisters Island, and it is a contemporary romance series focusing on three estranged sisters and their father hoping to bring them back together. 
Cam, Maddie and Blaine are called together at their childhood home as their father has something to tell them.  None of the three sisters expected what the news was, that their childhood home has been sold and he has bought an island that has a camp where he and his late wife met.  However, it needs much work and the island is on verge of bankruptcy.  As the sisters are thrown other surprises and twists and turns in their own life, the three gather together on the island where life becomes even more unexpected.  The three sisters meet the locals, and learn some things including a wise statement that is shared by Peg: "You either get better or bitter by what life throws you."
I really enjoyed this start to the series and am eager for book #2 to come out!  These three sisters immediately drew me into their lives and I found myself laughing and hurting with them throughout the story.  Their interactions are so real as families can be tough, can be messy, but in the end they are family and when people are involved, it can be messy and crazy, but also love and hope can shine through.  And on a final note, I absolutely love this cover, so beautiful and a perfect depiction of the story.
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I loved this book!  A great read that is a cross between the Gilmore Girls and a Hallmark movie.  Once you start reading you won't want to stop reading.  This book is a page turner and you will hate to reach the end... you want it to keep going.  After their mother dies, Camden Grayson and her two sister's have to assist their dad with a cottage he has purchased on a small island in Maine.  The daughters are not positive with their dad's adventure and spend the summer on the island to change his mind.  The adventure takes you on a summer story of how they meet locals, learn about each other and realize a new outlook on life.

I loved this story and can't wait for the next chapter.  If you want a wonderful summer read, this is the book for you.  You will not be able to stop reading this book and will be sad when you are done.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell Books. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255, "Guides Concerning the Use of Testimonials and Endorsements in Advertising.
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Three estranged sisters.. a dad desperate to reunite them... an island with the power to heal them all... On a Summer Tide reminds me greatly of a mystery romance that will keep you turning page after page to figure out just what will happen next. If you haven't read anything by Suzanne Woods Fisher, this is the perfect book to begin with.
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Family dynamics can be very complicated. The dynamics of the Grayson family are no different. The family is somewhat dysfunctional. As is often the case, Mom was the one who held the family together while Dad worked long hours and traveled a lot. Now that Mom is gone and Dad cannot continue his career due to health issues, things are changing. Dad makes major decisions without consulting his daughters, Cam, Maddie, and Blaine which causes the daughters to question his sanity. The daughters are all jealous of some feature of each sister’s life which creates some interesting conversations. Meanwhile they are all trying to raise Cooper, the daughter of Cam’s best friend who died in a tragic fire which also claimed their mother and that Blaine witnessed.

Suzanne Fisher masterfully crafted the story line with many small conflicts which keep the story moving forward in a way to keep readers engaged. She also includes a couple of unexpected plot turns which may surprise some readers.

I appreciate how some of the characters exhibit a strong Christian faith and share that faith with those who do not have a strong faith. Readers will connect to the characters and want to read more when the book ends.

On a Summer Tide is book one in the Three Sisters Island series. I can’t wait to read the other titles in this series.

I would not hesitate to add On a Summer Tide to my K-12 Christian School library. It would be placed on the secondary side of the library.

I want to thank Celebrate Lit Tours for the complimentary copy of On a Summer Tide.
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Cam, Maddie and Blaine are more apart than together.  Their widowed father Paul sells the family home and buys a fixer upper former summer camp on an island.  His hope is that the change in scenery and pace will bring them closer and make them all more content.  The island includes some charming and not so charming characters.

Cam's story is the focus of On a Summer Tide, which is the first in a series.  She is driven toward success and has a hard time to relating to those with different goals.  It was lovely to see how the slower pace of island life altered her.  I look forward to Maddie and Blaine's stories in the future novels.
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This book was my first experience with this author, and I truly enjoyed her style and storytelling ability. As I finished this book I not only look forward to the next in this series, but to also read more books by her. She captured my attention right from the beginning and I felt like I had been transported to Maine right alongside the Grayson family. The story is told through multiple points of view from the various family members, however this flowed well and it was easy to follow. 

Each character felt unique, the sisters may have their own lives going on and have issues to work through but they are forced to work together to help their father restore his new property. While they were reluctant to come to the island at first they discover more than they could imagine. In the end they are able to come together and achieve the common goal. 

One of my favourite parts was the fight between the sisters that turned into an honest and heartfelt discussion. This moment helped them understand one another and made their relationship stronger in the end. 

The romance was subtle but I enjoyed watching it build and found myself cheering for them. I look forward to reconnecting with these characters in future books.
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Paul Greyson has called his three daughters to come listen to news about the future. Cam, Maddie and Blaine arrive, and find out their dad sold the house and bought part ownership of an island off the coast of Maine. He bought a rundown summer camp, where he had met the girls' mother, and also became 51% owner of the island at the same time. Really enjoyed this story, and liked how each of the girls (young women) grew and became stronger as the summer progressed. I have not read others by this author, but will eagerly look forward to more. Hard to put this one down, and one I highly recommend.
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On A Summer Tide is the first book in a new series by one of my favorite authors.  I relate to this story as I have two sisters.  This book is very well written and believable.   The setting comes to life on the pages and the characters  will become friends.  I will be waiting anxiously  for the next installment.  Thank you to netgalley and Revel for the gift of the arc.  The opinions are solely my own.
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This has to be my favorite story from this author. It is easy to fall in love with the Grayson family as the author brings them to life. Each member has a gift that they have not used to their potential. After a tragedy that shakes the family to its core, Paul Grayson announces to his three daughters he has sold the house. While they are trying grasp that , he also tells them he has bought a place  off the coast of Maine. The camp he purchased has sweet memories for him. It is not exactly booming with business and the camp is so rundown that I would be afraid to stay one night there. 

It is no surprise that his daughters' think he is crazy, had a stroke or just getting senile. I was very intrigued by the problem he had with his voice. He seems to have become hoarse overtime and never gained his strong baritone voice back. I am hoping in the next book we find out more about his condition. 

I  won't go into many details, because the story is written so well, you must read it for yourself.  I loved his daughters' and how each one was trying to find their niche in life. One of their problems is not  being honest and open with each other. Place close attention to the name change of the island as you read the story of a family in need of healing.

There are some great local people on the island that was interesting to get to know. I have to say my favorite character is Peg. She has been around the island forever and is the first to welcome the family to the island. Poor Peg can't cook yet she has a diner that barely stays afloat. She has asked God to help revitalize the island and boy does he answer her prayer. Not everyone is happy to see the Graysons' especially the self appointed mayor. He is a very snotty, mean person who struts around the island like he is king. 

The story center around a family that decides to take on a big task to fulfill a dream. I loved how the author writes with deep emotion and shows the struggles each person goes through. There is a faith element in the book that I thought was just the right amount to emphasize how we need to look to Him for guidance and strength.   The three sisters are different but still looking for a bond to form between each other. I can say without a doubt this will be a story that will touch your soul and find you praying for your own family to become stronger in faith and closer to each other.

 There is a special boy in the story that captured my heart. He is a smart boy but desperate for stability. With each page I read , I found myself wanting to live on the island and embrace the  beautiful scenery that makes the island so inviting. There is a mystery brewing about why the lobsters have disappeared from the island that was very intriguing. Don't miss this story about a family that struggles to share their feelings and how an island brought them back together. 

I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.
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I have long contended that the Amish and historical novels written by Suzanne Woods Fisher could take place in any setting or time period — the characters and their circumstances are true-to-life and relevant for all times and places. Her newest novel, On A Summer Tide, proves me right! 😉 This contemporary novel set on small Three Sisters Island off the coast of Maine shares many of the good things of her previous novels without the bonnets or buggies. (Although electricity seems to be optional on the remote island!) With her signature humor and easy style, Fisher has created a highly readable book that I just could not put down.

Paul Grayson has a plan to fulfill his and his deceased wife’s dreams for retirement and in the process bring his three daughters together again. His daughters Cam, Maddie, and Blaine think he is suffering from an age-related mental lapse. He is pushing 60! They have no clue about what is going on with their father or with their own lives either. Together the family, including Cam’s adopted son, not only survive, but thrive as they settle into new ways of thinking and doing things. On A Summer Tide has the best of family drama with realistic family dynamics at play. All of the main characters discover truths about themselves — especially in light of their gifts and talents — that seemingly go against what they have always believed. A budding romance, a new opportunity, and a closed door all promise different roads for the characters to follow. Quirky secondary characters and details of life in coastal Maine create a unique and colorful backdrop to the novel. Faith plays an important part in island life, but it too is naturally developed, never preachy. There is plenty of story left to be told after the last page is turned, promising more reading fun in the future. I am really looking forward to  a return visit to Three Sister’s Island and the Grayson family.

Recommended. 

Audience: adults.

(Thanks to Celebrate Lit for a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)
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First off, On a Summer Tide had a beautiful opening. If you have sisters, you'll connect right away with Cam, Blaine, and Maddie. While their approaches to life differ, and sometimes they don't even seem to like each other, the sister bond always wins in the end. After their mother's death, they drifted apart since she was the glue holding them together. Now, they barely tolerate one another.

I enjoyed the contradictory personalities of the sisters, typical oldest, middle, and youngest syndromes and the way they were expressed really brought perspective and depth to the book. I'm the youngest of three, older brother and sister, so I connected with Blaine despite On a Summer Tide being Cam's story. I loved Cam and Maddie, but I wanted to whack them with a wooden spoon a couple times.

Favorite part of the book: when Blaine accuses Maddie of always taking Cam's side. I had that exact experience with my brother when I was fifteen.

Here's the skinny:

Cam...oldest child, type A personality, knows everything, has a great job but can't see past the nose on her face

Maddie...middle child, training to be a counselor, tries to 'fix' everyone by giving them a label, pushover

Blaine...youngest, has no clue what she wants to be when she grows up, terrified of moving on after her mother's death

With a remote island setting, this is a perfect vacation read. If you happen to live on an island, I guess you can read it anytime you want, you're sure to fall in love with sand and water all over again. 

The romance was nice, a steady building that felt neither rushed nor too slow. But I can't get past the sibling relationships. So much good stuff there. If you're not crazy about romance, you'll probably be okay here since there's more going on than just Cam and Seth. I can't wait for the rest of the series.

On the spiritual front, it's midway for me. Suzanne Woods Fisher certainly knows how to toe the line between not enough and too much. I feel like Goldilocks right now, everything was juuuuussttt right.
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This is the first book in the Three Sisters Island Series. This is my first work by the author that I have read. Thank you to the publisher and to Net Galley for the opportunity.
 Paul and his three daughters are each trying to come to terms with the unexpected death of their mom . In the throes of grief he upends their lives and moves the family to a island to a home in disrepair.  They quickly become dysfunctional amid the disaster of their lives.  They are unwelcome by the locals and not trusted. No one wants anything to do with them. The have no Wi-Fi much to the chagrin of the daughters.  This leads to some humorous moments . They are all equally unhappy and through this unhappiness they build on their family as a unit again  of love . 
 The author writes quite  beautifully of how a family mired in grief of unexpected loss comes together to regain their lives together . 
A nice escape from life . My opinion is my own.
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If you are looking for a nice, light, Summer read then On a Summer Tide by Suzanne Woods Fisher is it. The characters are relatable and the faith aspect is nicely done. It will leave you with a smile on your face and anticipation for the next book in the series. I would recommend this novel to anyone who loves wholesome Christian fiction.

I was provided this book by the publisher. All opinions are my own.
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So to be frank, this book started out as just a tiny bit too quirky for me. The characters seemed uneven, and the supposedly modern young women (all 19+) used languaging that didn't seem to fit today's vernacular. But as the book unfolded and some mysteries were revealed (that I definitely did not see coming), I grew to love this story.

Sisters Cam, Madison, and Blaine are very different. Their father Paul, a sports broadcaster who's lost his voice (!) loves them but doesn't totally understand them. Their mother passed away a few years ago, and they won't talk about it - at least, not with each other. All three of the sisters are trying to figure out their place in the world, and they are all so different. They've realized since her passing that their mom was the glue - and they are all fumbling quite a bit.

Paul decides (on a whim, as far as the girls are concerned!) to buy a campground on a small island on the coast of Maine where he met their mother, fulfilling a life long dream. The sisters are sure that he's lost it but decide they should go with him to check it out, certain he needs to be saved from himself. They quickly discover things are in worse shape than they even imagined, but the community and lifestyle soon reveals they just may find everything they've ever needed - together.

I was provided a complimentary copy of this book by Revell Publishers in exchange for my honest review.
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I enjoyed this delightful novel about family relationships. Fisher did a good job of developing the personalities of the three sisters. They are women of strong character with lots of hurts between them. I sometimes wondered if it would ever be possible to resolve the tension among the sisters. Being with their father as he tries to restore a decrepit Maine camp turns out to be life changing for all of them. Blaine, for example, finds joy in cooking again, something she had not done since their mother had died.

Fisher deals with several serious themes in the story. A big one is honesty and telling the truth. Another major issue is forgiveness. It is explored within the context of a sensitive and well presented Christian message from the Bible.

The location of the Maine camp, on a small island near Acadia National Park, was fun. I really got a sense of the wonder of nature in the area. I enjoyed the snippets of humor here and there and there is even delicious recipe included. 

This novel is a good beginning to a new series. I enjoyed being involved in the lives of the Grayson sisters and will be looking out for the next story. 

I received a complimentary egalley of this book through Celebrate Lit. My comments are an independent and honest review.
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On a Summer Tide by Suzanne Woods Fisher is the 1st book in the Three Sisters Island series, and my first book by this author.  This book tells a beautiful story of Paul Grayson who sold the family home to buy an island off the coast of Maine.  Paul was a sports announcer who had laryngitis and his voice never full recovered.  Paul has three daughters.  The oldest is Camden, who is career driven with a son.   Maddie is the middle daughter who just graduated as a family counselor, but not yet licensed.  Blaine is the youngest who has attended several years of junior college, not sure what she wants to do with her life.  I disliked all the girls when the book started, but they slowly grew on me.  Glad I kept reading.  All three sisters ended up coming to Three Sister's island to help their dad rebuild it. Be prepared to be swept up in this story and these characters.  I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series.  Highly recommended.  

I reviewed a digital arc provided by NetGalley and the publisher.  Thank you.
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I enjoyed this read, and it kept me page turning along with a few chuckles.
This is a family with a strong bond, but since the death of their wife/mother, they have been missing their glue. When their Dad buys an island in Maine, they think he has dementia.
You will quickly become involved in these three sister’s lives and their Dad, and surprises abound and most of it wrapped up in love of God and family.
I can’t wait for the next book in this series!

I received this book through Celebrate Lit, and was not required to give a positive review.
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