Review: On a Summer Tide by Suzanne Woods Fisher

". . . life would surprise us with important choices, and our true character would emerge in how we responded." (76)

Title:  On as Summer Tide
Series: Three Sisters Island, Book 1
Author: Suzanne Woods Fisher
Publisher:  Revell
Release Date: April 30, 2019
Genre: Inspirational Contemporary Romance
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Sometimes love hurts--and sometimes it can heal in the most unexpected way.

Camden Grayson loves her challenging career, but the rest of her life could use some improvement. "Moving on" is Cam's mantra. But there's a difference, her two sisters insist, between one who moves on and one who just keeps on moving. 

Cam's full-throttle life skids to a stop when her father buys a remote island off the coast of Maine. Paul Grayson has a dream to breathe new life into the island--a dream that includes reuniting his estranged daughters. Certain Dad has lost his mind, the three sisters rush to the island. To Cam's surprise, the slow pace of island life appeals to her, and so do the locals. One in particular: Seth Walker, the scruffy island schoolteacher, who harbors more than a few surprises. 


There's something to love about a story that not only entertains, but captivates. Add in the learning factor, it's a winner. Suzanne Woods Fisher's On a Summer Tide presents a beautiful scenery in its settings, but also a perfect place to bring together an emotionally divided family. As new challenges await, so does new realization for the heart and soul.

"Our souls aren't a matter of commerce, we're a matter of faith. . . it's okay to start with a small faith. We've got a big God . . . (and) walking with God is, well, it's just the best thing we've got going for us." (219, 220, 273 - "and" is a personal emphasis & arrangement)

It took about three chapters to really get into the story premise and start to understand and resonate with each of the main characters of this series. Personally, stories with sisters - the different characters and development of each, and how they come together in understanding and love is a strong pull.  I'm happy to see a strong start in this first book of the Three Sisters Island series, and despite not having a particularly strong conflict, there were subtleties of personal issues woven throughout. With that, a thread of faith and familial love that bound and strengthen as the story progress.  In all, On a Summer Tide is charming and delightful with sweet romance, a cute child and his "village" of family and friends, and the love of a father for his three daughters. 

"It's easy to forget to look up and notice all that's going on around you. . . life is (was) full of simple miracles, if you just open(ed) your eyes to them." (155, 75 - personal arrangement (original text) )

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.

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Suzanne Woods Fisher is an award-winning, bestselling author of more than thirty books, including Mending Fences, as well as the Nantucket Legacy, Amish Beginnings, The Bishop's Family, and The Inn at Eagle Hill series, among other novels. She is also the author of several nonfiction books about the Amish, including Amish Peace and The Heart of the Amish. She lives in California. 

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