If the Tide Turns

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Pub Date 26 Mar 2024 | Archive Date 02 Apr 2024

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Set during the Golden Age of Pirates and the shadowy aftermath of the Salem witch trials, this vivid literary debut is an alchemical blend of high-seas adventure, star-crossed longing, the captivating real life of pirate Sam Bellamy, and timeless questions about social justice and freedom, stirred into the emotionally satisfying tale of a young woman’s determination to charter her own course . . . 

1715, Eastham, Massachusetts: As the daughter of a wealthy family, Maria Brown has a secure future mapped out for her, yet it is not the future she wants. Young, headstrong, and restless, Maria has no desire to marry the aging, mean-spirited John Hallett, regardless of his fortune and her parents’ wishes. As for what Maria does want—only one person has ever asked her that question.

Samuel Bellamy, an orphaned sailor searching for work, meets Maria by chance, enthralling her with talk of far-flung places and blasphemous ideals. But neither is free from the social order into which they were born. When Sam is banished from Maria’s parents’ home after asking for her hand, he vows to return a wealthy man, and Maria promises to keep the faith until then.


Sam is drawn into piracy and discovers a brotherhood more equal and fulfilling than any on land, despite its dangers. Beguiled by the chance to both fight for justice and make a fortune to bring home to Maria, Sam is torn between duty to his crew and his desire to return. Maria is determined to stay strong in her conviction in Sam, but as rumors swirl and her position in Eastham turns perilous, Maria is forced into an impossible decision.


In parallel journeys—deeply individual, though inseparably bound—Sam and Maria must confront the questions: What are the limits of change and the price of true freedom? And where does treasure really lie?

Set during the Golden Age of Pirates and the shadowy aftermath of the Salem witch trials, this vivid literary debut is an alchemical blend of high-seas adventure, star-crossed longing, the...


Advance Praise

Praise for If the Tide Turns by Rachel Rueckert

"Rachel Rueckert's If the Tide Turns is a stunning, unapologetic story of two young people caught up in unfair circumstances in 18th century New England, who nevertheless remain determined to forge their own paths and unswerving in their devotion to one another. Meticulously researched and gorgeously written, this historical novel inspired by true events is a gripping tale of piracy, love, and most of all, the costs (and joys) of self-determination." —Rosalyn Eves, author of Beyond the Mapped Stars

"Rachel Rueckert delivers a sweeping adventure perfectly seasoned with a lyrical love story that grabs you from the beginning and doesn’t let go. Her scintillating writing weaves a tale that stays with you long after you finish." —Janna MacGregor, author of Dear Future Husband and The Widow Rules series

"If the Tide Turns weaves together two fascinating worlds in a page-turning story of love, friendship, and self-discovery. It transports the reader to the time of witch trials and piracy, shrugging off popular caricatures and exploring real-life people—the hardships they faced and the hope that sustained them. A stirring and luminous read!" —Amanda Skenandore, author of The Nurse's Secret

"A delicious debut awash in lore and amazing historical detail, as wild and characteristically unpredictable as the sea that gives it life. Rachel Rueckert is a writer to be reckoned with. Maria and Sam's romantic travails grab you like a riptide and won't let go!" —V. S. Alexander, author of The Novelist from Berlin

“A vivid page-turner with forbidden romance, pirates, and adventure upon the open sea. The human spirit can be bent and beaten, but it will not break in either Maria or Sam.”—Ashleigh Howland, Wellesley Books (Wellesley, MA)

“Both a swashbuckling adventure and a great love story.” —Douglas Beaty, Baltimore County Public Library (Baltimore, MD)

Praise for If the Tide Turns by Rachel Rueckert

"Rachel Rueckert's If the Tide Turns is a stunning, unapologetic story of two young people caught up in unfair circumstances in 18th century New...


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