As the Tide Comes In (B&N Exclusive Edition)

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by Cindy Woodsmall, Erin Woodsmall

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ISBN-13: 9780525652977
Publisher: The Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/21/2018
Edition description: B&N Exclusive Edition
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 111,882
Product dimensions: 8.10(w) x 5.50(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

CINDY WOODSMALL is a New York Times and CBA best-selling author of eighteen works of fiction and a non-fiction book. Coverage of Cindy's writing has been featured on ABC Nightline and the front page of the Wall Street Journal. She lives outside Atlanta with her husband, just a short distance from her two sons and grandchildren.

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As the Tide Comes In (B&N Exclusive Edition) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
PatGMoore 9 months ago
No matter what genre' Cindy writes she will touch your heart and emotions. I've been a fan for several years and she never disappoints. Wonderful characters, some are a little zany or eccentric but completely loveable. This book will have you in tears, have you laughing at the Glynn Girls. Of these four Mamas, only one is our hero's mother. Tara has lost everything that she loves and goes to St. Simon's Island. There she encounters the Four Mamas, or better known as the Glynn Girls. Friendship, confusion, mayhem and a couple of practical jokers. Is that romance in the air?' Come and join these amazing characters for a heartwarming read. I preordered this book through a local bookstore. No one solicited my review and all opinions are my lown. I loved this book and highly recommend it and anything else by Cindy Woodsmall.
caribougirl 10 months ago
This was a beautiful story of a girl who discovered love. As a foster child, Tara had known abandonment from her mother. Through a series of circumstances, she ended up becoming a "mother" of sorts to her half brothers. After tragedy strikes, she loses all sense of who she is. She proceeds on a trip that had been planned and because of a head injury, struggles with confusion and depression. Through the help of a new friend, though, she learns that she is a vessel of love and sees how love had covered her in all things in her past and in her future. She learns about her heritage and finds a new family and obtains a new purpose. One thing I enjoyed about this book was the characters and how they developed. Tara had a deep strength about her. The Glynn girls were super quirky and fun, but real. Their friendships were deep and strong, but they also found they needed healing. Gavin was the consummate hero. One thing I didn't enjoy was the sudden changes. I generally love books with varying viewpoints, but this one seemed a bit "jerky" at times and it took a few moments to re-gather my bearings. All in all, though, this was a good character-driven story with a great deal of growth and a feel-good ending. Special thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for my ecopy of this book. I was not required to write a review. All thoughts and opinions contained herein are my own.
Becky6 More than 1 year ago
I’ve never read anything from Cindy Woodsmall and daughter-in-law Erin Woodsmall before. I’ve heard so many amazing things about “As the Tide Comes In” that I knew I needed to read this one. I was not disappointed. If you’re looking for a book that realistically tackles the topics of grief and trauma then this is for you. Filled with heartache, there will be moments that you’ll want tissues, that is impossible to put down. The authors have a talent for describing what the emotions of her characters without making her readers feel boggled down and drained. What is even more special about this read is that it’s filled with hope. I also loved that Tara finds herself traveling to St. Simon’s Island, Georgia and touring all of the landmark sights as if I were physically there. Clark is that swoon-worthy firefighter and the Glynn Girls feel like your mothers. I enjoyed this a lot and I cannot wait to check out their books in the future. Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review, which I have given. I was not required to write a positive review and have not been compensated for it in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.
Becky6 More than 1 year ago
I’ve never read anything from Cindy Woodsmall and daughter-in-law Erin Woodsmall before. I’ve heard so many amazing things about “As the Tide Comes In” that I knew I needed to read this one. I was not disappointed. If you’re looking for a book that realistically tackles the topics of grief and trauma then this is for you. Filled with heartache, there will be moments that you’ll want tissues, that is impossible to put down. The authors have a talent for describing what the emotions of her characters without making her readers feel boggled down and drained. What is even more special about this read is that it’s filled with hope. I also loved that Tara finds herself traveling to St. Simon’s Island, Georgia and touring all of the landmark sights as if I were physically there. Clark is that swoon-worthy firefighter and the Glynn Girls feel like your mothers. I enjoyed this a lot and I cannot wait to check out their books in the future. Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review, which I have given. I was not required to write a positive review and have not been compensated for it in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.
PrincessGlor More than 1 year ago
This was a charming book. Even though the sad aspects were a little overwhelming at times, I enjoyed this story from start to finish. The "Mamas" characters reminded me a bit of "The Divine Secrets Of The Ya-Ya Sisterhood, with their wacky but intensely loyal decades old friendship. That was a favorite part of the book for me as that is one of my all-time favorite movies. I literally read this book in one evening without hardly putting it down, and that is rare for me to read a book like that. Great message throughout the book and a good and believable ending that didn't feel rushed. The only reason I knocked it down to 4 stars (maybe a 4.5 honestly) was because the tragedies of the book made my heart hurt. All in all, a pretty great book that will likely make it on to my keeper shelf. I was provided this book through NetGalley. I was not required to post a positive review. All thoughts are my own.
Carol-Kelley More than 1 year ago
4 1/2 stars! As the Tide Comes In by Cindy Woodsmall is not her usual book as it is not Amish but I really enjoyed it. Romance. Great quirky characters. A mystery to discover about her past. A beautiful island and a hunky fireman. I hope she writes more southern fiction. I also enjoy her Amish fiction. I received this book from NetGalley. All opinions are my own.
hplady More than 1 year ago
The latest book by Cindy Woodsmall and her daughter Erin is different than Cindy’s usual stories revolving around life among the Amish; however, it is no less potent in its emotional ride and its character development. I have read all of Cindy’s books and I really enjoyed this one. The story follows Tara Abbott, a young lady who gave up her life to raise her two half brothers. In doing so, she found more love than she dreamed was possible. When tragedy strikes, Tara is unsure how to move forward. Although she was injured in the tragedy, she decides to go to St. Simon’s island, where she was already planning a trip to before her world shattered. However, once there, she is disoriented and lost due to the medication and head trauma she suffered. She ends up at the house where Gavin is working, stripping the house down to try and sell it to raise needed cash. After a series of mishaps, including barb wire on a fence, a town ghost, and the loss of her phone and credit cards, Tara starts to put the pieces of her life back together. With the help of her two best friends, Gavin, and his four moms, The Glynn Girls, Tara will find a way to put one foot forward and discover how she can best honor the ones she lost. This story is gripping and heart-warming and sad and happy and poignant and silly and beautifully written. I love books that show people rising above what has happened to them to become who they were meant to be, with God’s help. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys the same. I received a free copy of this story from NetGalley for my honest review. All opinions are my own.
MI_Reader More than 1 year ago
What an interesting book! I don't think I have read anything like it before. The storyline of indescribable grief and how it can affect a person was intriguing to say the least. Tara was written as a well-rounded character and her story pulled me along as a read. I really appreciated how the many different storylines all came together in a real, believable way. The descriptions in the book made me feel like I was in the south and in North Carolina and Georgia. If you're looking for a emotional story full of depth, this one's for you. I received a copy of this book from the publisher for my honest opinion. All thoughts are my own.
jacksonmomLV More than 1 year ago
I've heard that grief is the price you pay for loving so much. Tara certainly found that to be true as she works through the sudden loss of her half-brothers. Spiritually, physically, and emotionally she finds herself spinning, spiraling to a place where she has difficulty finding her bearings. She encounters God, Gavin, and the Glynn Girls, and bit by bit, her mysterious past starts making sense - maybe more than her present or future. My favorite part of this book was the end of chapter 32 where Tara has her "God moment." She spends the night alone in her late grandmother's art studio, pouring out all her tears and "whys" to God. She senses His message to her is "Look for love, not loss," and she begins to see her childhood and the pain of her abandonment in a different light. Rather than resenting the mother who disappointed her, she instead sees the benefits of each foster home and friendship. She realizes she would never have met her half-brothers or had the joy of raising them if her grandmother had found her before she died. "The longer she basked in this God moment, the more she saw His great effort to bring vessels of love into her life." And the more determined she becomes to be that kind of vessel herself. What a wonderful scene of transparent honesty! It made me wonder about some of my own complaints, and confess my earthbound views of life at times. This book has a predictable ending, but the winding path getting there is anything but. "As the Tide Comes In" is a love story with substance and purpose. Some parts are a bit more mystical than I am personally comfortable with, but it is a keeper I will enjoy reading again. I received an uncorrected proof of this book from the author, but was not required to post a review.
FHlady More than 1 year ago
In a poignantly written story, Woodsmall tells the story of a young woman who has had more bumps and bruises in her young life than anyone deserves yet still stands tall and proud. At 18, Tara ages out of foster care and find out that her grandmother is dying. She steps up and agrees to raise her two half-brothers when tragedy strikes again 12 years later. With major brain trauma that affects her memory, all Tara can remember is that she was supposed to go to St. Simons Island Georgia for some reason. But after reaching there, her confusion and memory problems get even worse. Gavin, a local EMT, and his mom and the other Glynn Girls take Tara under their wing. This is Woodsmall's first non-Amish book and she definitely hit a home run. The emotions run high throughout the book as you follow Tara's ups and downs and her heartbreaking and God-threatening peace. The characters are so well created you feel like you are right there with them on the vividly painted St. Simon's Island. Wonderful spiritual content is woven perfectly throughout the story. The story just sucks you in from start to finish and fills you with a gamut of emotion from laughter to tears. If you like contemporary fiction with a light touch of romance, this is one you will definitely one to read. It made my 2018 favorites list. **I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher WaterBrook through NetGalley. Opinions are mine alone. I was not compensated for this review.
Abold24 More than 1 year ago
This is the first book that I have read by Ms. Woodsmall. The story is set mainly on St. Simons Island. The main character is Tara, who is a strong young woman. After having a difficult childhood, she perseveres to make something of herself. Then, after some difficult turn of events, she finds herself in St. Simons Island, where she encounters the Glynn Girls and Gavin. With their help, she discovers what she has been missing. This was a beautiful story that came together with a great ending. Throughout the book, the reader is wondering what will happen next and is not sure of what might occur. I highly recommend reading this book! I do not believe you will be disappointed. ***I was given a free electronic copy of this book from the publisher. This is my honest opinion. Even though I received this copy free, this is my own opinion.
tiggeruoSO More than 1 year ago
Tara feels like she has loved and loss and this time it's hitting her harder then anyone could have ever imagined. When she takes off to the one place her brothers planned on taking her and she seeks answers she wonders if she can find someone who may hold the key to her past and her future. Gavin and The Glynn Girls are a force to be messed with they love fiercely but they won't be messed with either. Can the ladies help Tara find her way or will they be more of a hindrance than help? I absolutely loved this book. First a warning it will pull at your heart strings so make sure you have a box of tissues close by. I loved how no matter what Tara was faced with she this fighting spirit in her even when she had nothing left. I loved how in this book that it wasn't this love story all wrapped up in this perfect bow but something worth fighting for. I loved, loved, loved The Glynn Girls they were so much fun and I loved how the authors included there story in her as well If we could all be lucky enough to have that kind of friendship. This is a good clean read that faces some tough subject but just an amazing read, you won't regret grabbing this book. I received an advance copy from the publisher. I was under no obligation to post a review and have given my honest opinion
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
As the Tide Comes In is the newest Christian novel by Cindy Woodsmall. Tara Abbott lives in Sylva, Georgia where she has raised her two stepbrothers since she was eighteen years old. Sean and Darryl will be heading off to college in the fall and the three of them are going to visit St. Simons Island during the summer. While Tara is out running in the woods, a devastating tornado strikes. Tara loses both of her siblings and suffers a head injury. While in the hospital, Tara has a dream where the boys tell her to go to St. Simons Island. Despite her friends concerns, Tara heads for the island. Unfortunately, Tara becomes confused, disoriented, and ill. She gets rescued by Gavin Burnside and his four mothers’, The Glynn Girls. Can they help Tara recover and find her place? Gavin and The Glynn Girls are having a tough time themselves. Gavin’s father died leaving behind a mess for them to clean up. They have a balloon payment coming due and only one resource. While Gavin is reluctant to use it, they have no choice. Join Tara, Gavin, and The Glynn Girls on their journey in As the Tide Comes In. As the Tide Comes In is Cindy Woodsmall’s first non-Amish, full-length book and she did not disappoint with this heartfelt narrative. As the Tide Comes In is a well-written and engaging novel. The pace is steady throughout with smooth transitions as the point-of-view switches between characters. The author created realistic characters with Tara and Gavin who are going through true-to-life situations. I was delighted with the quirky The Glynn Girls. Julep, Luella, Sue Beth and Dell are the four ladies who make up The Glynn Girls. Julep is Gavin’s mother, but all four ladies helped to raise him (and still mother him). The four of them have a strong friendship that helps them get through the good and, most especially, the bad times. The Glynn Girls add levity and lightness to As the Tide Comes In. I especially enjoyed watching the romance bloom between Luella and Charles McKenzie. There are beautiful descriptions of the island and the vistas Tara experiences when she is rock climbing. As the Tide Comes In a story of hope, love, grief, heartbreak, joy and faith. It is important to never to lose sight of the fact that God is always with us. It is hard to remember when we are stricken with sadness, grief, or despair. We need to let ourselves mourn the loss of a loved one, but then it comes time to move forward with our lives (though we will never forget our loved one). We need to remember the happy times and find ways to help others. I found As the Tide Comes In to be an emotional, heartfelt novel. You will need to have a box of tissues nearby. There is some predictably to the story, but it did stop me from having a pleasurable reading experience. I am rating As the Tide Comes In 4 out of 5 stars (I liked it). You will not want to miss out on Cindy Woodsmall’s poignant novel As the Tide Comes In.
lelesurfer More than 1 year ago
A beautiful story with lots of emotions and challenges Cindy Woodsmall, New York Times best-selling author of Amish novels presents her first southern novel "As the tide comes in" together with her daughter-in-law Erin Woodsmall. It is a contemporary novel that treats the issues of grief, hope, and survival. It presents lots of emotions, twists and turns, and nicely developed believable characters. Tara Abbott has grown up in difficult circumstances and has multiple questions about life before she was placed in foster care. As a young adult of eighteen she accepted to raise her two half-brothers, Sean and Darryl, and put her own life-goals aside. After an unbelievable tragedy she arrives disoriented on St. Simons Island, Georgia. The lines between her imagination and the reality, her past and the present are obscure because her life is spinning out of control. She finally arrives in Sapphira's (Saffy) art studio, who was her grandmother, a fact that is unknown to her. Her time on St. Simons Island is a help to her and she learns to put a positive view on her past of abandonment and foster care through her talks with God and the people she encounters. The four Glynn Girls, Tulep, Sue Beth, Luella, Dell, are eccentric, kind-hearted, and provide humor on the island. Julep is Gavin's mother and the owner of a store in which she rents space to the other three Glynn Girls, but she is in danger of losing the store. All four of them act as mothers for Gavin. Gavin, a firefighter with a big heart, will inherit Saffy's house if the long-lost grand-daughter does not show up. He goes through the challenges of dismantling Saffy's house ahead of time because of the urgent need of funds only to find out just after the paperwork for the inheritance was finalized that the granddaughter was not so far away. "As the tide comes" in is the first novel by Cindy and Erin Woodsmall that I have read. Some of the actions and interactions, mainly of the Glynn Girls, turned the book into a long novel and could have been compressed, but nevertheless I highly recommend the novel to readers who are interested in the topic of grief and the dealing with it. This book was provided by the publisher through Netgalley free of charge. The reviewer was under no obligation to offer a positive review. #AsTheTideComesIn #NetGalley
Shopgirl152ny1 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this quirky story set on a charming southern isand. I have enjoyed every Cindy Woodsmall book I've read in the past and this was no exception! I loved Tara, who I met in the Woodsmalls' previous book together called "The Gift of Christmas Past." I was glad we got to know her better here as I really admired her for raising her half-brothers and for the person she became after all of the loss and hardship she'd endured from childhood. She seemed like a fun person in normal life, however for much of the book she's grieving and confused. I really felt for what she was going through. I also liked going on the journey with Tara as she tried to understand why God let the tragedy happen and what her purpose is now. There were some great spiritual truths to digest. Gavin was amazing as he was so understanding and patient as she tried to figure things out. He was another great character who really took care of the people he loved. A really cool element you don't see often in fiction is a glimpse into Heaven and that was a very cool part in this book. One thing I thought was odd was that Luella, one of the Glynn Girls, did ghost tours, yet apparently didn't really believe in ghosts. It just seemed like doing those would feed the whole misconception that ghosts are real. I did really like Luella because of her love of history and travel and for her humor. There were some sweet romantic moments for two couples. I would recommend this story if you're looking for a book with a little more meat to it, yet still has humor, romance and charm. I received a copy of this book from Waterbrook Multnomah. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.
Laundry_Whispers More than 1 year ago
Truth. I feel like the Ya-Yas took a field trip to Chinquapin Parish to hang out at Truvy's for the day and then they all hoped on over to St. Simon Island to chill with the Glynn Girls for the rest of the weekend. It's a legit thing, though part of me struggles to see any of those gals leaving Louisiana for this trip to Georgia. For all the gravy, it's about to get southern up in here. Truth. Filled with southern colloquialisms and a lot of Mama wisdom this book also brings a lot of depth and hurting and overcoming and faith with it. Trust me though, you don't have to be southern to get it, you just have to have an open heart and a willingness to faith life's hard moments with Tara. I can't imagine being in Tara's shoes, losing her brothers whom she chose to raise when she turned 18. Chose being the operative word here as she almost walked away. Almost. But she didn't. And it seems like they had an amazing life together. Tara without a history of her own, without a family, with nothing but two friends to call her own. And then two half-brothers who had a family who loved them, until they didn't. Life is messy people. There's a lot of spirituality in this book. A calling to take the vacation that had been planned by her brothers despite surgery and brain injury and her world being upside down. There was a rock that no one can explain how it was returned to her in the hospital. The calling to stay on St. Simeon Island despite everyone urging her to go back home. Cindy and Erin did an amazing job of weaving together a story of faith, grieving, and love. They did so with people I want to know and spend time with. People with multi-dimensional lives that weren't just centered around the trauma that Tara had gone through. The Glynn Girls business and finances and their own lives and happenings. Gavin and the boys at the fire station. Hadley and Elliot with their families and the family they had with Tara. Hobbies and careers and lives that are meant to be lived. Not just a focus on the theme of the story. I mean, doesn't everyone need four southern mamas? I loved this book. There are not enough words. I may have stayed up through the midnight hour to finish this book in one setting. I may have not been able to put it down. I am grateful that jammication allowed me the freedom to do that. However, love is not the word that comes to mind when writing this review. Hard. Frustrating. Elusive. Those words. It's frustratingly hard to find the elusive words to honestly convey my love of this book. It's also different as this is my first read by Cindy Woodsmall that steps away from her fictional root of the Amish. Totally not disappointed and can't wait to read more from both of the amazing Woodsmall women, Amish or not. I was provided a complimentary copy of this book by Waterbrook Press. I was not compensated for this review and all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. I was not required to write a positive review.
Julie12 More than 1 year ago
This story will have your emotions all over the place! One minute you're sad, the next happy with anticipation of what could happen next. It's a story of redemption and how God's love can carry us through even the toughest situations. Tara has had a rough time of it - being raised in the foster care system - and feeling she must be self sufficient. Enter her two half brothers who will change her life in profound ways. She loves her brothers deeply and cares for them just like a mother. She finally has a family that is hers. A horrible change of events turns Tara's life upside down and she has to learn who she is all over again and navigate her new situation with a head injury, which isn't easy. Things she knows to be true, aren't, and she has a very hard time navigating this new territory. However, God is guiding her - through her dear friends, her brothers, and the new people He has brought into her life. Everything is upside down in her life but we see how God uses the things that don't make sense. Everything comes full circle by the end of this book and all has become clear for Tara. She grieves her losses but rejoices in all she's gained. My only complaint about this book is that is seemed a bit too long and I felt like the author could have eliminated some of the long drawn-out processes. Having said that, I still enjoyed the book immensely. I give this book 4 out of 5 stars. *This book was provided to me for my honest review by WaterBrookMultnomah
SunnieReviews More than 1 year ago
This is the first non-Amish book that I have read from this author. I had not previously read anything from Erin Woodsmall, but this book was absolutely breath-taking. I had a hard time putting it down. So good. There is so much compassion and concern shown in this book. I loved the characters, the transitions and everything about this book! I received an ebook copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I was under no obligation to provide a positive review. All thoughts are my own.
poodlelover More than 1 year ago
Every emotion is experienced and felt in this well-written story of love and loss. It’s also a story of hope and redemption. After Tara Abbott’s life is changed dramatically she is looking to find the answers to her life before her years of foster care and taking on the responsibility of raising her two half-brothers. Can she find those truths on Georgia’s St. Simons Island? She meets the Glynn Girls who add a touch of humor and their ‘son’ firefighter, Gavin, adds stability. The authors describe him as a quiet, stalwart, gripping, patient, and tender man. All swoon-worthy qualities. The twists and turns Tara’s journey takes are heart-wrenching yet she is determined to fit the pieces of the puzzle of her life together. With Gavin and the Glynn Girls for support, will Tara find the answers? You will want to discover the answer to all of Tara’s questions, so don’t miss this inspirational story! I received a complimentary copy from the publisher. The opinions are my own.
SouthernGalLovestoRead More than 1 year ago
As the Tide Comes In is a beautiful contemporary story written by Cindy Woodsmall, together with her daughter-in-law Erin. While there is definitely a love story in this book, it is so much more than just your typical romance. There is a tremendous amount of loss, hurt, and uncertainty that has filled the life of Tara Abbott. But the beauty of faith, hope, and healing shines through in ways that cause her story to dig itself deep into the emotions of the reader. The entire cast of characters in this story is an over-the-top fantastic group of folks that I would love to have by my side if I found myself searching for answers as Tara was. Although this book is certainly a stand-alone novel, you may find yourself thinking, as I did, that you've run across some of these folks before. If you have read Cindy and Erin's first joint venture, The Gift of Christmas Past, you might remember Tara playing a minor role in the story of a couple of her foster sisters -- who in turn play into Tara's story here. I highly recommend As the Tide Comes In to readers of great inspirational fiction. Thanks to the WaterBrook & Multnomah Launch Team for providing a copy of the book. I am happy to share my own thoughts in this review.
irishniff More than 1 year ago
This is the first book by Cindy Woodsmall and Erin Woodsmall that I have read and I was delighted. This engrossing story dealt with grief and loss in a realistic but also uplifting way. The characters and their friendships kept me reading. This book could easily be used with young people to facilitate conversation about healthy relationships. I enjoyed the romance and humor, which was added in just the right amounts. Overall, I found the book very thought provoking, which always leaves me satisfied. I hope these writers consider a sequel as I would love to read more about these characters and their story. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher. All opinions in this review are my own.
lolly-pops More than 1 year ago
AS THE TIDE COMES IN is the second book in Ms. Woodsmalls' contemporary series (the first was The Gift of Christmas Past and fans will want to read that one first to get Hadley's story. ) Tara is a foster child, who gave up her dreams of college when her two half-brothers needed a guardian. She was eighteen, but the state left them alone since she stayed under-radar and she raised her half-brothers until they graduated high school. The book takes a dark turn there, and what follows is rather traumatic, heartbreaking, heart-wrenching, tear-inducing. You will need to keep a box of tissues handy. There are humorous moments when the tourists on St. Simon's Island believe Tara is a ghost, and the southern mamas who hover around firefighter Gavin are a hoot. I figured out the direction the book was going to go, and kept reading to see if it'd get there. It has a sweet, satisfactory ending and is a good read. This is more women's fiction than romance, but there is a sweet romance included. Gavin is kind and patient with Tara, staying calm, which is something she needed. He is a doll. I was given a copy free. All opinions are my own.
ganderson523 More than 1 year ago
As the Tide Comes In is an emotional story of a young lady who grew up in the foster system after her mom left her alone, thinking that no one loved her other than her two best friends from the last foster family. Just after high school graduation, at age eighteen, Tara Abbott is contacted by a older lady who is the paternal grandmother of two young boys who are Tara's half brothers by her mother. The grandmother is dying and is asking Tara to take on the boys' to raise them. Unselfishly, she agrees. At age thirty, both have graduated from high school with college on the horizon when a disaster hits, shattering Tara's life and causing a severe head injury to her. Soon after being released from the hospital, she decides to go on a trip that the boys had planned for her-to try to trace her roots. They had researched and had a lead that would take them to St. Simon's Island, Georgia in the Golden Isles near Brunswick. On a trip alone and still reeling from the head injury, Tara has a strange and emotional time on the island. But she did encounter people who would eventually watch out for her. This is the painful journey that involves grief, denial, illusions, overcoming so much pain but in the end-faith and learning to move forward, to find love and even her roots and someone who did love her all those years of being alone. I received a complimentary ARC of the book from WaterBrook Publishing through NetGalley for an honest review. Thoughts and opinions stated are mine only.
Christianfictionandmore More than 1 year ago
Tara Abbott had lived a hard life, abandoned by her addicted mother and placed in foster care at a young age with only a painting from someone she once called Nana, but no longer remembered, to link her to her past. As a high schooler she met her two younger half-brothers, but saw them only that one time with their paternal grandmother. While she loved her two best friends, her roommates that became like sisters while in foster care, Tara missed being loved by family, missed having roots. So when, after graduating high school, she learned that her brothers' grandmother was dying and that they were likely destined to be separated and placed in foster care, Tara felt compelled to raise them as her own in the mountains of North Carolina. Gavin Burnside, the man with four mamas, well one biological mama and her three best friends, is a firefighter with a problem. His dad had died in a fireworks accident that resulted in a personal injury lawsuit that caused the financial hole Gavin and his real mama found themselves in. There was only one possible way to pull themselves out, the dismantling and selling of an historical home on St. Simons Island, Georgia, an act that would have been legal if they'd only had a few more days to wait. Cindy and Erin Woodsmall make the most of the grandeur of the mountain and beach settings in this story. They have placed unique, lovable characters in each, and orchestrated a story line that plunges the readers into the depths of grief and raises them into the heights of victory. This book itself is a vessel of love. I highly recommend As the Tide Comes In. It is an equally great vacation read and rainy weekend read, and is equally filled with lighthearted goodness and deep, thoughtful lessons. I thank NetGalley and Waterbrook & Multnomah for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review. I was under no obligation to provide a positive review and received no monetary compensation.
ecclecticnurse More than 1 year ago
This was a good summer read for sitting by the pool. Cindy writes a predictable yet intriguing feel-good story that makes you want to drop everything and move to St. Simmons Island. With her vivid writing, you can feel the moist humidity and hear the nightly cicadas. In the pages of this book, you feel like the Glynn Girls are already family and your heart aches for Tara. I would recommend this book. I received an Advanced Readers Copy to read and review.