On a Summer Tide

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While I've been reading this author's Amish books for years and enjoying them immensely it was great to change up the pace and read a contemporary by her. She made the transition with ease too. This book was just as good as her Amish books. Three sisters who have very different personalities and don't always get along the best are totally taken off guard when their aging father buys an island. Thinking he's lost his marbles they aren't sure how to proceed with this discovery of his purchase. In a way the book has a melancholy ring to it because this is where the father met his wife back when they were young and she has since passed away.
The daughters are all adults and have different things going on in their lives, important things and we see how they try to assimilate themselves to life on the island. It works better for some than others. 
The island lifers sure don't make things easy for these newcomers, can they really trust them?
From the descriptions in the book I can picture myself there with this family and it sounds so peaceful. This is just what I need to get away from it all. Some of the island regulars are a bit quirky but very endearing characters, especially Peg. What a dear she is. I also enjoyed seeing how the sisters started getting along better and I look forward to seeing their character development in future books in this series. Can't wait to read the next book in this series. 
Published April 30th 2019 by Fleming H. Revell Company .
I was given a complimentary copy of this book. Thank you.
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I loved this new story by Suzanne. At first I wasn't sure I'd like it. 
I loved the characters and feel like I have made friends with them.
The house sounds like the house with the same colors in our Tates Creek area in my it's a one level house. Ugly as sin!
The coon cat is my favorite. I laughed until I cried because anyone that owns a cat knows what they do lol!!
Peg Legg ( love the nickname) can't cook worth a hoot and I never met anyone who can ruin coffee or biscuits. I love her personality. 
She's a stranger but the first time you meet her it's like you've known her all your life.
I think however the sisters are over dramatic. Some of the things especially Maddie can blow things out of proportion. But, then again we all can.
I loved Paul's enthusiasm about the Island.  But he's in for a total surprise where that's concerned. 
All in all I always enjoy the author's stories but her Amish stories will remain my favorite.
I strongly recommend this book. I received this book from the publisher with no compensations received and all opinions are my own
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On a Summer Tide by Suzanne Woods Fisher is the first book in Three Sisters Island series.  Paul Grayson has purchased part of Three Sisters Island in Maine which shocks his three daughters.  Paul does not like how the girls have drifted apart since their mother passed away unexpectedly.  Camden Grayson is the eldest daughter who is successful in the business world plus is raising her adopted son, Cooper Grayson.  Paul arrives on the island and understands why it was sold as is.  He needs to find a way to turn the island into a visitor destination, and he is hoping his daughters will assist him.  An unexpected turn of events allows Camden to spend time on the island.  She discovers a different, slower way of life and untapped potential.  Camden enrolls Cooper in the island school and meets schoolteacher, Seth Walker.  Seth has a unique way of teaching his students and his rugged charm appeals to Camden.  What does the future hold for the Grayson family?  You will have to read On a Summer Tide to find out.

On a Summer Tide is the first book in the charming new Three Sisters Island series. The book contains believable, frustrating and lovable characters.  Camden, Maddie and Blaine are Paul Grayson’s three daughters who act like typical siblings (lots of bickering).  The girls have not been as close since their mother passed away and Paul wants to find a way to fix it.  I thought On a Summer Tide was well-written as are all of Suzanne Wood Fisher’s novels.  This story, though, is refreshingly different.  It moves along at a good pace and has smooth transitions.  While the focus of the story is on Camden, we interact with Paul, Blaine, Maddie, and the townspeople as well.  The town contains a variety of quirky characters with my favorite being Peg Legg who owns the Lunch Counter and General Store on the island.  She provides plenty of levity and I enjoyed the interactions between her and Paul.  There are inserts that take readers back into Camden’s growing up years.  We see how the past influenced her life choices.  In addition, we get to see how her mother passed away and how Camden came to raise Cooper.  I found On a Summer Tide to be a compelling story.   The book touches on serious topics in a gentle way so that the story never feels heavy or depressing.  There is a touch of romance that is sweet.  I like the discussions of faith and the island’s church services.  There are two phrases from On a Summer Tide that I want to share with you.  The first is “one man’s insanity is another man’s genius” and “life is full of simple miracles if you just open your eyes to them”.  I look forward to the next book in the Three Sisters Island series.  You will find yourself drawn into On a Summer Tide and not want to put it down.  Do not miss out on this entertaining and thoughtful new novel by Suzanne Woods Fisher.
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Three sisters: Camden, Maddie, Blaine. They have different life, thoughts, likes. Their future plans are a bit foggy, incertain.
"Every decision comes with a cost" : this is a say their mother use to tell them. In fact, life is full of decision, sometimes good, sometimes difficult.
In the book there are other interesting life topics to think about: Nature, workhaolic, trust, lies, friendship.
Reading the story you can laugh, cry, love the characters, dream.  I recommend it, enjoy.
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Suzanne Woods Fisher has proven that she can cross genres and do a great job with her latest story, "On a Summer Tide". I adored the story and the people and can't wait to read more about the Grayson family. The story follows three sisters, Cam, Maddie, and Blaine, along with their father Paul, as their life throws some unexpected changes their way. When Paul decides to buy a camp on a tiny island off the coast of Maine and sell the family home, the girls are floored. They wonder if he has lost his mind, gone senile, or if he is just having a mid-life crisis. But Paul sees it as an opportunity to get his family all together so they can really be a family, something that has been lacking since his wife died in an accident. Cam is the brilliant child who plans everything and always knows what she wants and how to get it.She has been raising her best friend's son, Cooper, whom she adopted after her friend died suddenly. Maddie is fresh from college with her degree in family counseling, and she is determined to "fix" her own family. However, she has some issues of her own that need sorting as well. Blaine is the youngest and she seems to have a hard time making decisions and deciding what she wants out of life. When the three of them join their father on the island, will they build each other up or tear each other apart? This story, which focuses on family and love and second chances, touched me in many ways. One of the lines, "How'd you like to be defined by your nineteen year old self for the rest of your life?" really resonated with me. Each of us, at nineteen, has so much to learn. But with the love of family and friends, we can grow into the people God created us to be. I would highly recommend this book! I loved it! And, again, can't wait for book two! Go out right now and get the book! You won't be disappointed! 
I received a free copy of this story from NetGalley for my honest review. All opinions are my own.
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On a Summer Tide is a fantastic inspirational romance.  I enjoyed the plot, characters and setting.  I will be impatiently waiting for the next book in this series.
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On a Summer Tide, the first in the Three Sisters Island series by Suzanne Woods Fisher, is a heart-warming story with a glorious setting. You may be familiar with Suzanne's many Amish and historical novels. Her contemporary romance is delightful and full of charm. The beautiful Maine coast is the perfect backdrop for this story of reconciliation and discovery. Paul Grayson wants his daughters back in the fold, to do that he buys an island. That alone made the story appealing to me. They work together to rebuild the camp he holds dear to his heart. Each of the three sisters brings a different personality to the table, as is the case with sisters. There are some surprises along with the restoration. I plan to keep this book and reread it when the next ones in the series are published. This a perfect summer read. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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Suzanne Woods Fisher switched writing genres without a problem when she wrote On a Summer Tide.  Within the first few pages, she had me hooked and I wondered how this story would end.  Touching on so many subjects, love, mystery, grieve, romance, family dynamics, and most of all God, it was just very hard to put down.  

They were described so well, I loved reading about each and every one of the characters.  If I had to pick a favorite though Peg was it.  Her down to earth style and the way she  got right to the heart of the matter, always made me smile.  


I love this true to life family and I hope we can hear more about them in the future.  

Oh yes, I can't wait to try the recipe at the end.  The grand kids will love it!   

A great great read!  

This book was given to me by Netgalley.  All opinions are my own.
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On a Summer Tide by Suzanne Woods Fisher is an interesting story of three sisters and their dad.  We have some family drama and a sweet romance. We get to know the quirks of each sister but this book was specifically Cam’s story.  Cam is a very successful business person who has a son with some challenges.  I loved how she could see the potential in things. The book goes back and reveals Cam and her best friend Libby’s story.
Maggie is training to be a counselor and doles out advice to everyone even though she cannot seem to see her own issues. The girl takes risk adverse to a whole new level. It will be interesting to see what her redeeming qualities and strengths are. 
Blaine is the baby of the family and is having trouble deciding what to do with her live. However she does have skills in the kitchen. 
Some of the best lessons from the book I thought were delivered through their dad and his reflections on life.  
Suzanne created characters that we care about and want to know what happens to them; even the secondary characters like Peg. 
I really hope they lighthouse is in one of the future books! 

I received this book from Netgalley. I was not required to write a positive review.
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Following the death of his wife, Paul Grayson sold their house and bought the island where they first met at a summer camp. But his three daughters think he's gone crazy - and that's even before they get there and see what a mess everything is in! Cammie, the eldest of the three, is bringing up the son of her best friend, who died in the same fire that killed her mother - but his anxiety problems are becoming a serious issue, and she doesn't know how to be a mum. Immersed in her high-profile job, she has little time to spend with the boy, until events land her on the island for a while with him and her father and sisters. With unexpected time off work, she turns her organising skills to arranging things on the island, but Seth, the school-teacher, is somewhat of a distraction... Will this time together bring Paul's daughters together as he hopes, or drive them apart? And when a secret from Seth's past comes to light, will it destroy his hopes of a future?

With an interesting cast of characters (I particularly liked Seth - but Maddie would drive me nuts!), a picturesque setting, good writing, and a satisfying conclusion that still leaves provision for three (Paul clearly needs his own story too) sequels, I really enjoyed this book and hope to see more in the series soon. The clear portrayal of each girl's different strengths was good, and the mystery of the lobsters made for an interesting background issue. While I admit to having guessed the secret before it was even clear that there was a secret, it didn't detract from the storyline for me - I was just waiting with interest to see whether I was right and how it would come out. All in all, I would happily recommend the book and am looking forward to seeing the rest of the series. 4.5 stars.

Note that I received a complimentary copy of the book from NetGalley. I was not required to write a positive review and this is my considered opinion of the book.
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On a Summer Tide is a fiction novel written by Suzanne Woods Fisher. It is book one in the Three Sisters Island series.
Summary: The three Grayson sisters have problems. Cam buries herself in work, Maddie dispenses neurotic advice like candy (except candy is bad for you), and Blaine changes her college major every fifteen seconds. Each is completely absorbed in her own world.
That is, until their father sells the family home, and buys an island off the coast of Maine. 
The sisters go into overdrive insisting he has either lost his mind, or is going through a mid-life crisis. At the very least, he is ruining his life. 
The sisters are determined to intervene on their father’s behalf, but as they settle into island life, they might just be forced to examine the problems in their own lives too.
My Thoughts: I liked the premise of this book, but I think the author went a little too far in developing the sisters’ quirky personalities. I found them to be so annoying in the beginning, I almost didn’t want to keep reading. 
I was literally thinking just how terrible a job the parents did in raising kids that turned out so horribly self-absorbed. 
However, I stuck it out in hopes that they would mellow and change throughout the story, and they did. 
The book ended up being a decent read-it is well-written, has an interesting plot, and has some good messages throughout, but I really had to get past the rough beginning.
I don’t know that I would buy this one. Maybe one to just check out from the library?
I would like to thank Revell for providing me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my unbiased review. Thank you!
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First in a new series by one of my favorite authors

I really enjoyed On a Summer Tide.  The setting and characters were engaging and unique; I am looking forward to the next book in the series.  The spiritual aspects of the story were dealt with very sensitively and with a light touch, so those who are wary of 'Christian' fiction should not be put off at all.  I especially enjoyed the character of Cam, having been the workaholic type before my retirement.  Definitely a winner, read this book!

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This story was a slow start for me. The three grown selfish sisters who bickered constantly and were incredibly disrespectful to their father almost had me putting the story aside. Forever. But, I have loved every book I've read by the author, Suzanne Woods Fisher, so I plugged on, and am so glad I did.
Paul met his wife at camp as teens, and he had promised her they'd go back. But, his busy job kept him on the road more than at home and they just never went back. Now, his wife is deceased, and Paul has a health issue that has forced him to retire. Now, he has purchased the island in Maine where the summer camp is in hopes to bring his family together. The girls are appalled and question if he is losing his mind.
Paul hopes to reopen the camp for summer kids. Unfortunately, he made the purchase sight unseen, and is appalled once he and his daughters arrive there. The locals are resistant to the newcomers for the most part.
Cam is educated and married to her job. She is a mover and shaker, and a list maker. She is also the mother to Cooper, whom she adopted after his birth mother's death.
Maggie, is always ready to analyze everyone and give out free, and usually unwanted advice.
Blaine is the forever college student who can't seem to decide on a career path.
As fate would have it, all three girls suddenly, and unexpectedly find themselves available to their dad for the summer.
Cam has a totally different idea about the camp and cabins which her dad jumps on board with.
Will they be able to pull this off in time? Will Paul's daughters stop bickering and become loving towards each other?
I loved Cooper! Between losing his mother so tragically at such an early age, and being hovered over to the point of crippling him, he has had a rough childhood thus far.
Also loved Peg Legg! What a delightful character!
Then, there's Seth, the school teacher with the different, but very effective methods of teaching.
I ended up loving the story!
I was given a free copy of this to read by the publisher, Revell and Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.
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The first book in the Three Sisters Island series.  The tale brings together the dysfunctional Grayson family.  Dad has bought an island in Maine. He is expecting his three daughters to come and help him make it great again.  I love how Suzanne Woods Fisher brings humor, empathy and mystery to this story. Each sister can only see as far as the nose on her face until they begin to work together.  When you add in the quirky town folk, watch out reader you are in for a roller coaster ride.  I cannot wait to read the future installments of this story to see where each character goes and grows.  I received a copy through Netgalley.  A positive review was not required.
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A contemporary family centered story with links to the past. The first book in the new Three Sisters Island series has some mystery, romance and faith, plus a bit of wry humor.  As the Grayson family lands on a remote island off the Maine coast and begins to tackle the property rehab, their family begins its own steps towards restoration.
“One thing I know for sure, you either get bitter or better by what life throws at you.”
The quirky island folk and the bit of mystery added a fun side to the otherwise serious issues this family faced. I enjoyed the pieces of backstory included that gave insight into each person's character. Little Cooper's story especially tugged at my heartstrings, and I cheered and cried along with Cam as she watched him overcome his anxieties. It was interesting to see how the sisters found a new equilibrium in the new setting, though it was a bumpy road getting there, mirroring the physical setting. The faith elements were encouraging and showed a genuineness that was refreshing.  I look forward to seeing where each sister goes from here in the next book.
Recommend to readers who enjoy character driven stories with some romance and faith.
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This book has everything that I love: A family that sticks together through difficult times; characters that have their own strong personalities and hold their place well in the storyline; a gorgeous setting that adds interest and helps drive the story; and a plot that is absorbing and heartwarming.  I love Suzanne Woods Fisher’s Amish and historical novels, and reading this contemporary Christian fiction book written by her was a delight.   This is really not a “romance” novel, although one of the characters does have a love interest in the story.  It’s more about coming together as a family; finding peace after tragedy; and trusting God for purpose and direction.  I loved this first book in the series about Three Sisters Island, and look forward to the next book in this series.

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A sweet story about a family torn apart by life itself coming together when their father purchases an island. Each of the three sisters are very different in personality, drive and ambition. I love the name of the island and the way the towns people stuck together. Faith was a big part of this story but not in an overpowering way. Forgiveness and finding your purpose was an encouraging message. Peg was my favorite character, a no nonsense, tell it like it is person. She had great wisdom. Highly recommended!
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Gorgeous cover! On a Summer Tide is a nice story about three sister's and a widowed father trying to move on with their lives. Over the course of the book they finally deal with their grief and past and are able to move forward. The story is a bit slow paced for my taste and a bit all over the place, but a nice story nonetheless.

I should note, there is very little romance in the book, this falls more under fiction than romance
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I am a huge fan of the Amish books by Suzanne Woods Fisher and now I’m a huge fan of her contemporary works. On a Summer Tide blew me away.

Direct quote “Planning doesn’t make the wedding. And the wedding doesn’t make the marriage. The marriage is what we live with, day in and day out.” Oh, how I wish engaged couples would read this book just for that quote. It is so true! Look beyond the glitz and glam of the ceremony and reception and look toward your future. Where do you want your marriage to be in ten, twenty years?

There is religion in this beautiful work of art but it is expressed serenely and at the most appropriate moments. It makes the reader sit back and reflect before moving on.

At the end of the book is a recipe for chocolate chip cookies using rice crispy cereal that I plan on making this weekend and a discussion guide. This book has just about everything in it.

I am looking forward to reading the next installment of The Three Sisters series.

I received a complimentary copy from Revell through NetGalley. Any and all opinions expressed in the above review are entirely my own.
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Suzanne Woods Fisher's new contemporary series begins with On a Summer Tide.  This tale opens with Paul Grayson announcing to his daughters Camden, Madison and Blaine that he just sold their family home in Boston and is moving to a remote island off the shores of Maine.  Paul's daughters are in shock.  This action is so out of left field that they are worried he may have dementia!

Maddie follows her father to Maine to check out his new property.  Both Maddie and her father feel like they have stepped back in time.  There are no modern day conveniences, like fast-food and cellular service!

Once Cam and Blaine join the investigation of this small island, you will see the family dynamics come out in force.  Past hurts and current complications soon become apparent, as these sisters work together to help their father settle into his new home!

Watch everyone leap into action after Cam creates a plan to restore the campground her father has purchased.  At the same time, these sisters each have life trials with which they are dealing.  You will learn very interesting information about the pasts of each member of the Grayson family by the end of this tale!
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