Sometimes love hurtsand 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 keeps 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 islanda 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, along with the localsand one in particular. Seth Walker, the scruffy island schoolteacher harbors more than a few surprises.
With On a Summer Tide, bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher begins a brand-new contemporary romance series that is sure to delight her fans and draw new ones.
About the Author
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. Learn more at www.suzannewoodsfisher.com and follow Suzanne on Facebook @SuzanneWoodsFisherAuthor and Twitter @suzannewfisher.
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Camden Grayson took the turn into her dad's driveway a little fast. She was never late to anything — except when it came to family events. Like this one. She threw the car into park, grabbed the key, and instead of jumping out, she leaned back against the headrest, squeezed her eyes shut, and took in a deep breath. Just one minute. Give me just one minute of peace.
Instead, her cell phone chirped a text. She groaned, then glanced at it.
WHERE ARE YOU?
Her sister always texted in full caps, her version of acceptable shouting.
Cam blew out an angry breath as she pushed open the car door.
From the yard across the street came the happy shrieks of children playing and a dog barking, but she focused on her dad's front door, the landscaping, the new trim on the windows, anything but that house across the street. Three years later and she still couldn't bring herself to look at it, with its floodgate of pain.
The front door was unlocked. She hurried inside to the living room, where her dad and sisters were waiting. "Sorry! I know I'm late, and I can't stay long. I left Cooper with my neighbor."
Dad disspelled her frenetic arrival with a friendly wave. "Not a problem," he said in his scratchy voice. "I haven't gotten started yet."
Cam exchanged a puzzled look with Maddie, then they both turned to Blaine. Their youngest sister's chin was tucked to her chest as she texted rapidly on her phone with both thumbs. Typical Blaine. Was I like that when I was nineteen? No, Cam decided. She had no time to be.
A week ago, Dad had asked all three girls to come to the house on Sunday afternoon. He gave no explanation, only that he'd tell them everything then. As Cam sat down on the edge of the sofa, she glanced at her dad, wondering what to expect. He seemed more rested than he had on her last visit home — was it in January? — his face wasn't as lined or careworn. In fact, she realized, he wasn't bad looking for a man of his age, fit and trim, with graying hair.
"Girls, I have an announcement."
Cam leaned forward, bracing herself for serious news. Her dad had seen one specialist after the other, trying to get his voice back in working order. Over Christmas, he'd had a severe case of laryngitis and his vocal cords had never recovered. His normal speaking voice wasn't much more than a hoarse whisper. Maddie had already given them a list of dreaded possibilities: nodules, tumors, cancer.
"Blaine, put away your phone. On silent, please."
They all watched and waited as she finished her text, sent it, and put her phone in her purse.
Dad's eyebrows lifted as he inhaled a deep breath and let it out. "I sold the house."
Cam, Maddie, and Blaine looked at each other, then back at their father. That was the last thing Cam had expected. This house? Their childhood home, filled with sentiment. And stuff. And memories of Mom.
He wasn't finished. "And ... I bought an island."
Cam exchanged panicked looks with Maddie and Blaine.
No. He didn't. Dad sat there beaming.
"Dad," Maddie said, "do you think you had a seizure? Or maybe a stroke?"
"Not to my knowledge."
"Hold it," Blaine said, now fully attentive. "You did what?"
"I bought an island. A little one. Part of one, actually. Not the whole thing. It's off the coast of Maine."
"You bought an island," Cam said in a flat tone.
Blaine grinned. "He's pulling our leg." She laughed. "Just one? Why not a bunch of islands? I think there's over three thousand off the coast of Maine."
"Just one. It's the place where your mother and I met as camp counselors, back in the day. Camp Kicking Moose."
He wasn't kidding. Cam glanced at Blaine and watched her smile fade. "Why, Dad? Why?"
"Because it's time for a change."
Maddie's mouth dropped open in an O. "I knew it." She looked at her sisters and covered her face with her hands. "Dad is dying."
"Whoa! Not dying! Not even close."
Cam squeezed her hands together, trying to stay calm. "Dad, what did the specialist say? What's wrong with your voice?"
"He had nothing new to say. Just like all the others. There's nothing he could figure out and nothing he could do to help. I promise. That's all." He slapped his hands on his knees. "But it was a fortuitous meeting. That specialist was the very one who told me about this island. The village — and that's a pretty nice word for it, more like a hodgepodge of buildings, plus the campground — well, the village is nearly bankrupt."
Blaine peered at him. "Were you under anesthesia when this doctor sold you the island? That might be grounds for malpractice."
"I was fully cognizant when I bought the island. And just to be clear, I bought the island from the camp owners, not from the doctor, who had no personal interest in the island. It only came up in conversation because I recognized a picture in his office. He went to camp there as a kid. When he told me it was up for sale, I couldn't resist calling the owners to find out more. When I heard the price they were asking, I snatched it up." He snapped his fingers. "Bargain-basement price."
Maddie gave a woeful shake of her head. "This is all about turning sixty, isn't it? You missed your midlife crisis in your forties, so you're having it now."
Cam wanted to scream. Her sister Maddie had just completed graduate work for a master's degree in marriage and family therapy, and although she had never been married nor had children, she considered herself adept at diagnosing others.
Oblivious, Maddie carried on. "It's a textbook case. Human beings can't miss stages of development. They'll circle back until it's dealt with." She paused, as if watching the effect of her words on everyone.
Dad's hands were clasped together on his lap. Cam saw them tighten involuntarily with Maddie's assessment. "I'm only fifty-nine. And no, this is not a delayed midlife crisis. This is something your mother and I had always wanted to do. Planned to do.
Blaine lifted her palms in disbelief. "You and Mom wanted to own an island? That's news to me."
"The camp part, that we had talked about. You know how much we loved that camp. Everybody loves summer camp."
"Not me," Blaine said. "I hated it."
No surprise there. Blaine hated everything.
Maddie looked at each one of them. "I think we should talk about Mom. We never do. You all pretend like it was a blip on the radar. Like it was no big deal. And now look what's happened."
Cam actually flinched. Maddie was wrong. It was a big deal, but talking wasn't going to help.
Maddie steepled her fingers together. "So then, Dad, this is some kind of unfulfilled obligation for Mom. A fulfillment issue."
Dad wagged a finger in the air. "Not an issue, Maddie. No issues here."
Acting all counselor-y, Maddie leaned forward and looked gravely at each one of them. "Talking about it, just saying a few words, is often enough to help."
Oh boy. Here we go. Cam checked her watch. Cooper had warned her not to be late. Ever since he'd received a wristwatch for his seventh birthday, he'd become a taskmaster of time. "For now, let's stay focused on Dad's crisis."
"Not a crisis," Dad said.
Cam carried on. "So let's review the facts. You bought an island to run a summer camp."
He clapped his hands. "Yes! I want to breathe new life into this island."
"Delusional," Maddie said, resting her cheek in her hand. "Or perhaps premature dementia."
"Facts. Let's stay with the facts. Dad, you're a smart fellow. You've always drilled due diligence into us. So, what is the reason this island is bankrupt?"
"Thank you, Cam, for your vote of confidence."
"Confidence?" He sat there looking pleased as punch with himself. Did he not understand how serious this was? "I'm not giving you a vote of confidence, Dad. I'm right there with Maddie. I'm worried you're losing it."
Dad frowned. "Not losing anything." He tapped his forehead. "It's all still here. As for why this island needs our help. It has a declining population. All the young people have left for greener pastures."
"There might be a good reason for that." Cam tried to keep her voice calm and reasonable.
"Yes, but that's going to change."
"I have big plans for this island. Big plans. And girls, you're part of this project."
All three girls jumped out of their seats, interrupting each other with objections. "No way!" "Not a chance." "I'm not moving to a deserted island!"
"Girls, calm down! Calm down and sit down."
Slowly, they eased back into their chairs, eyeing him suspiciously.
"I told you that I have big plans. Good plans. This will be a great thing for each one of you, I promise. All good."
Cam folded her arms across her chest. "You can't expect us to uproot our lives to help you run a summer camp."
"Hold on. I understand that. You've each got your own interests.
Cam, you've got your career on track."
"More than just on track, Dad. Did you not read that Wall Street Journal article I forwarded you? Everyone wants our technology. You can't believe the buyout offers the CEO is getting." She lifted a finger in the air. "Not to worry! Evan's promised everyone the company won't be sold. He says he can't be bought."
Dad shifted in his seat. "And Maddie is trying to find an internship."
Maddie nodded vigorously. "Lots of options brewing."
"Anything nailed down yet?" Cam said.
"Not quite yet." Maddie stiffened her back at Cam's question. "Close, though. And of course there's Tre to consider."
As if on cue, everyone groaned. "You're still with Tre?" Blaine said.
Maddie frowned. "Of course we're still together. What's wrong with Tre?"
"Oh, where to start?" Blaine said. "Maybe ... his name."
"There's nothing wrong with his name. Thompson Robinson Smith the Third. I think it's dignified."
"When I first met him," Blaine said, "I figured Tre was a nick- name for a guy who regretted getting stuck with three last names. But oh no! It's for the Third."
This time Dad reined in the conversation from departing farther down a bunny trail. "Blaine, you've got a college major to settle on."
"Narrowing it down, Dad."
"Art history or women's studies. Maybe ornithology."
That stopped the conversation, right there. Dad sighed. His voice was fading to a whisper. "What happened to majoring in business? A good, solid foundation."
Cam let out a hoot. "That was eight majors ago. Maybe ten."
Blaine scowled at her, then turned to their father. "I've crossed off a business major from the list. I can't support capitalism."
Dad's eyebrows shot up. "You can't support capitalism? But you'll let me pay for your college tuition, room and board?"
Cam raised a hand. "Let's hold that conversation for another day. I have to pick up Cooper soon and you know how he gets when I'm late."
"About Cooper," Maddie said. "Cam, we need to talk."
"Nope. Nope." She waved her hand impatiently. "Nothing to talk about." She turned her attention to Dad before Maddie could launch more psychobabble. "Your point is an excellent one. We all have our own lives. We can't drop everything and rush to this island. This is your venture. Not ours."
"Unless you are dying," Maddie said, brow furrowed with concern.
"Not dying! I just want to make an offer to each one of you that might entice you to move to the island."
"Entice away," Blaine said. "I'm all ears."
Dad pointed at her. "You, young lady, will have to graduate from college before any incentives are offered."
Blaine's mouth dropped. "So I'm exempt from this ... this ... venture?"
"Partially. For now."
"Like always! I'm never treated like an adult!"
Cam patted Blaine on her shoulder. "That's because you're not one."
"Fine," Blaine mumbled, sulky. She picked up her purse and stood. "Then can I leave?"
"No," Dad said. "I want you all to be a part of this story." Blaine let out a moan and collapsed against the sofa like a rag doll. Everyone ignored her.
"The island needs some new businesses. Cam, that's where you come in with business plans."
"Nope. Not happening."
"And Maddie, I'm sure the island church is desperate for a counselor. You can get your hours in to get certified."
Maddie hesitated, just long enough for Cam to look at her with suspicion. "What about all those brewing opportunities?"
Dad kept going. "Blaine, here's where you come in. Short term, that is. Come summer, I want your help running the camp."
"I don't like kids."
Dad let that pass. "And here's the best part. Because I own the island — well, actually, 51 percent of the island — I get to call it what I want."
Now everyone's curiosity was piqued. Blaine tipped her head. "What's wrong with the name it has?"
"Too hard to pronounce, so most don't bother. Its official name is Niswi Nummissis."
"Dad!" Blaine said. "You can't march in, throw your money around, and steal the heritage of an island. That's such typical white male entitlement. Everyone will despise you."
"I've thought of that, Blaine," Dad said in a rasp. His voice was grinding down so that all three girls had to lean forward to hear him. "But I'm keeping the meaning of the name, just translating it to English. Part of its new beginning."
"So wrong," Blaine said sadly. "So, so wrong."
"Aren't you even interested in knowing what it means?" He had a smile on his face like a cat that swallowed the canary.
Maddie took the bait. "What does it mean?"
"Niswi Nummissis is Algonquian for Three Sisters." His grin spread from ear to ear. "I'm calling it Three Sisters Island." Then, scarcely audible now, he said, "Because someday, my dear daughters, it'll all be yours."
The three sisters exchanged a look. They rarely agreed on anything, but on this topic, they shared the same thought. At the exact same moment, in such perfect unison it seemed they had rehearsed it, they shouted, "Count me out!"
* * *
That went well, Paul Grayson thought cheerily to himself as he watched his three daughters drive off. Better than expected, anyway. He sat in his too-quiet home and sipped some tea with honey. Fifteen minutes of talking was about all he could muster. His voice was scoured down to a scratch.
Aside from his weary voice, he felt pretty darn good. In fact, he hadn't felt this interested in the future since long before his wife, Corinna, had passed away. It was terrifying, what he was doing, and that might be why it felt so right. It was good to feel alive again.
Maddie thought he was having a delayed midlife crisis, but what she didn't realize was that this — retiring and doing something entirely out of the box — was what he and Corinna had dreamed of doing their entire lives. She also didn't realize that he was doing it much later than he should have. He'd always thought they'd have plenty of time for this, for being together. But he'd discovered the hard way that time ran out.
This loss of his normal speaking voice, as frustrating as it was, had brought him a gift. Ironic for a man who spent his life on radio as a sports announcer. The spoken word had always come easily for him. He'd been blessed with a memorable voice, a deep baritone that emerged in adolescence and quickly gained him a foothold with the popular crowd in high school. Sounding like somebody's father, he would call in to the school's attendance office to excuse one friend or another from classes. The school receptionist never caught on. Paul was a very popular guy.
During college, he worked summers at Camp Kicking Moose. Part of his job was to make announcements over the loud speaker. During his last summer there, a cute college girl named Corinna Kent came on kitchen staff, and by summer's end, Paul knew she was the one for him. Years later, Corinna told him that she'd fallen in love with his voice, booming out the day's activities in that rich deep baritone, before she ever laid eyes on him.
That voice got him his first job out of college as a radio sports announcer, working for minor league baseball teams. One job led to another, then to the majors, and suddenly he was at the point where he needed an agent to negotiate his annual contracts. In a way, he stumbled into a successful career. And in the same way, he stumbled right out of it. He was now a radio man without a voice. Not much of one, anyway.
He'd loved his career, much too much. He was on the road more than he was home. Corinna half teased that he loved radio more than he loved her and the girls. It wasn't true, but radio came in a close second. Today, the way Cam's eyes lit up as she told him about her company, it reminded him of himself. Cam had always been the daughter most like him. Focused, driven, competitive. It worried him in a vague way.
Why was that?
Maybe it was because when a career ended, like his did — like they all do, sooner or later — and you'd given up so much for it, what were you left with?(Continues…)
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I just finished reading On A Summer Tide, book one of a new series by Suzanne Woods Fisher called Three Sisters Island. Fans of Suzanne's are familiar with her popular books about the Amish. This book is a departure from that genre and highlights the author's talents for well written fiction. I enjoyed meeting the Graysons and learning, piece by piece through the chapters about their family dynamics and what gave each of them their individual outlooks on Three Sisters Island. Paul Grayson, patriarch of the family had thrown them all a curve ball when he asked them to clear their schedules to join him on the island. The journey was more than they bargained for and upon their arrival, the girls wondered if their father was going senile. Day by day, as they breathed new life into Camp Kicking Moose, new dreams surfaced for everyone. Perhaps there is magic in that ocean air filled with possibilities found with love, rekindled faith and a lot of listening. There are so many surprises in the story that it is hard to not to give it all away. I recommend this book without hesitation to those who like contemporary Christian fiction with a slight twist of mystery.
I loved this book and can't wait for the next one. I thought the characters were real with real problems and yet very likable. The storyline was great and taking place on an island in Maine was a treat! Didn't want to put it down.
(4 stars) - requires some patience but it pays off handsomely This is a lighthearted book that starts out slowly and builds slowly. I was starting to worry that it wasn't going to hold my interest & turn into a slog to the finish, but happily, about a fourth of the way in, it caught hold & began to pick up momentum so well that by the time I reached the end, I was ready for the next book in the series. It's as much a story of family healing as it is a romance, and I think that's why, at least in part, the beginning was hard to get into - I wasn't expecting that & found myself wondering when it was going to stop meandering thru each family members' situation & issues to focus on the development of the romantic relationship of Cam & Seth. Once it did so, and Cam started to actually connect with Cooper instead of just focusing on his physical care, it had me fully engaged to the end. The story takes a turn that readers might anticipate, which my brain had to stop & argue with, but after reflection decided that it *is* actually consistent with the Christian theme of God's Providential plan that the story illustrates. So, happily, once the story hits its stride, it succeeds quite well as both a wonderful family healing story AND romance. I definitely recommend it! Clean romance level: sweet kisses, references to a child born out of wedlock situation but no graphic details are given Religion: generic Christian discussions of God's Providential care and forgiveness organic to the story
On a Summer Tide by Suzanne Woods Fisher is a wonderful way to start off summer reading, or for that matter, any season of reading. I loved the story. As a result of a neglected promise, widowed Paul Grayson sold his family home, up and left the whirring fast-paced life of the city to buy, yes, buy! a quiet remote island. And not only does he have to contend with his three adult daughters and their reactions, but the locals are mighty leery of any newcomer, let alone this interloper who bought their island. There are plenty of quirky inhabitants on the island from Peg, the level headed owner of The Lunch Counter who can’t cook a lick, to the mayor, who likes to make an entrance and has no vision for the future, to the handsome Seth, who is an enigma wrapped up in mystery. Each of the three sisters has a unique personality and it’s captivating to get to know them as the story unfolds. So much fun is incorporated into the drama of this book and it all just draws the reader in and doesn’t let go until the end and still, this reader wanted more. Unexpected twists in the plot with some to make you smile and some to make you wonder, whoa, where’s that going to go? And of course, there’s a little romance in the girls’ lives. Would they find that the guys in their lives were the ones who would help them be their best selves or is there disappointment in store? What a great story…a story of family and community, of learning and maturing, of hope and healing. Could the fulfillment of that neglected promise be the beginning of a dream come true? This is one reader that is hoping there is a whole lot more to come from Three Sister Island. I received a complimentary copy of this book via CelebrateLit. A favorable review was not required and opinions are my own. This review is part of a CelebrateLit blog tour.
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 keeps 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, along with the locals—and one in particular. Seth Walker, the scruffy island schoolteacher harbors more than a few surprises. With On a Summer Tide, bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher begins a brand-new contemporary romance series that is sure to delight her fans and draw new ones. My Thoughts: This is a wonderful story about how family roles and events mold a person and their life. Welcome to a story that brings a family back together again, where they begin to see each other for who they are and what their abilities or gifting is; how they learn to work together and learn to love one another again. It is also a story about learning to forgive, that people do grow as they live their life; that people do learn from their mistakes. It is a story about being honest with one another. Suzanne Woods Fisher will does not disappoint in this novel. Once again she has spun a wonderful true to life tale. Living on a small island is quaint. I know, I come from a small island in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay; Smith Island. This novel reminds me so much of where I come from, no police, a small school, etc. and a small population. The author has spun a tale that makes the reader want to come to visit this place and take home some of the distinctiveness it gives the residents and visitors. Readers will enjoy this new series, I certainly look forward to more from Suzanne Woods Fisher!
On a Summer Tide is a beautifully written story of a family who is struggling to pull together as time and a past tragedy are tugging them apart. The Graysons are far from perfect, but that’s what makes their story so real and heartwarming. The family dynamic is one of dysfunction--feelings kept hidden, worries pushed aside, and selfish decision making all make for chaos. But when Paul, the patriarch, takes a gamble on a small island struggling to survive, he hopes to restore more than the summer camp where he met his wife. He wants to mend his relationship with his daughters. The Grayson family story is woven deep within the individual stories of the three sisters: Cam, Maddie, and Blaine. While this book focuses more on Cam, giving us a deeper insight into her childhood, you will get to know all the Grayson women well by the end of the book. I loved the dynamic between the sisters. There are harsh words, doubts and even a tantrum or two, but underneath it all, they love each other and support each other. As they draw closer together, their story will make you laugh and cry. (Sometimes on the same page!) Cam’s relationship with Seth is slow-paced and sweet. I loved how he deeply cares for the nature of the island and how he is able to use that to share his faith with Cam. I enjoyed watching the Grayson family heal through their work on Three Sisters Island. I truly felt like I was part of the family as I cheered for their victories and cried over their sorrows. The setting was ridiculously beautiful and was painted perfectly. You will wish you could make reservations at Camp Kicking Moose! I would definitely recommend this book. It would be a great summer read--even better if you're on the beach. I was given a copy of this book through Celebrate Lit in exchange for my honest opinion. All opinions are my own.
If you've never read Suzanne Woods Fisher, this is the book to jumpstart your acquaintanceship (and likely a long friendship) with her books. She writes a lot of Amish book but does venture into other genres like historical fiction and contemporary. I discovered her books by reading the historical fiction series set on Nantucket Island and loved the series; this book is the first in a contemporary series set on an island off Maine called Three Sisters Island. Whether historical or contemporary, the author has a writing style that draws you into the heart of her characters and leaves you looking forward to the next book. If you're a fan of her writing, you will doubtless be pleased and satisfied with the tale of a widowed father making his late wife's wishes come true as he hopes to rebuild the family ties with and amongst his three independent daughters on a breath-taking island filled with God's beauty but also economic decline. Paul, a widowed and retired sports announcer, buys a large chunk of an island that holds dear memories for him and his late wife in hopes that he can revive the area and the island itself. Convinced that he needs to be coddled, his three daughters follow him to the island and their worlds turn upside down. Cam, the oldest, is your stereotypical first born who is bossy and driven in her determination towards the goal. Maddie, the middle one, is finishing up her training as a family counselor and wants everyone to be in touch with their feelings. Blaine, the youngest by quite a few years at nineteen, is a free spirit who still hasn't decided what she wants to do with her life. As the Grayson family actually spends time together, each are drawn to the island that helps them remember the good memories of their past and build new ones. The romantic thread in the story involves Cam and the island school teacher Seth, whose steadfast kindness and gentleness bring her adopted son Cooper out of his shell. But there is more! Intertwined within this sweet story of growing up and becoming a true family is a bit of mystery and some plot twists that definitely add excitement. I can't wait for the second installment in the series! Will the island go through a true revival? Will Maddie and Blaine find their one and only? Will Paul fall in love again? So many questions.... I received a copy of the book from Revell (Baker Publishing Group) via Celebrate Lit Tours and was under no obligation to post a positive review. All comments and opinions are solely my own.
This is an incredible look at bonds between sisters. The characters in this book are fantastic. They are all incredibly well developed and as varied as you will find in any group of people that you find in your own life. A number of the residents on Three Sisters Island when the Grayson family arrive have very differing quirks that kept me smiling at their antics. As the story progresses we quickly find that the three sisters are so set in their own way of living that they each believe that they have all the answers as to how things should be handled. This naturally has created huge rifts between them. I thoroughly enjoyed following their interactions and seeing how they grew and learned to build bridges back together. At the same time all of the Graysons are having to figure out how to be accepted by the islanders who don’t like outsiders. The problems that they encounter added another layer of interest for me. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. I was not required to give a positive review. All of the opinions expressed are my own. Disclaimer: *Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book for free in the hope that I would mention/review it on my blog. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and 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 Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.*
This was a wonderful beginning for a series. I did not want to put this book down. I loved all 3 sisters and their father. This story shows how different every person is even within a family. This family grows every day that they are on this island. I look forward to reading the next book in the series. I received a copy of this book from Revell for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
Ms. Fisher usually writes Amish fiction, but this particular book is a contemporary romance, and I’m far from disappointed. I’ve been enjoying this book, “On A Summer Tide”, so very much. This a is contemporary romance base on an island in Southern Maine. I live close to Maine so I can imagine the beauty the island holds. We meet widower Paul Grayson and his three lovely daughters–Cam, Maddie, and Blaine– and his grandson Cooper. Paul Grayson’s in retirement and has his eyes set on the summer camp where he met is wife so many years ago. However, the idea does not settle well with the girls. Cam is the adoptive mother of Cooper and everything is business, business, business with her. She is trying to climb the corporate ladder and doesn’t have much time for anything else. Maddie is the bossy, up-and-coming therapist and is dealing with a surprise marriage proposal from her long time boyfriend, Tre. Maddie is not sure how to answer him and it feels like his mother is the one getting married. lol Then there is Blaine, the baby of the family. She has flunk out of college and she has no idea what direction she is headed in. The one thing they all agree on is that their dad has lost his mind buying the camp on a lonely island he calls Three Sister’s Island. Once there the girls and their father find out things are as they thought they were. There aren’t any stores, barely a restaurant, and there is absolutely no WiFi! The town is in shambles and needs a lot of economic help,as well. Cam and her father Paul come up with the idea that maybe they could revive the camp. However, the town’s people aren’t so welcoming, especially the town’s Mayor Baxtor Phinney. Then there’s the new school teacher, Seth Walker. He’s a rough character who looks like a lumberjack. He sees something in Cam Grayson that he doesn’t see in the other sisters. After a day at the school house to help with her son Cooper, Cam begins to feel something that she hasn’t felt in anyone else before. Something about him that just feels right, and its scaring Cam just a little. She needs to focus on what’s best for Cooper and her career. Is the island air getting to her or is there a spark between her and Seth Walker? Will she let work take away the best thing in her life, Cooper, from her? When she gets called over on an international trip what will her decision be, success or the love of her son? Is success more important to Cam or is helping a little struggling island more rewarding? Will the Grayson all find a way to make this island home or will they be run out of town by the Baxtor Phinney? The answer to all the questions are in the book. You are just going to have to get a copy to discover the answers for yourself. I really liked how the author went from character to character and switched the voices around. It made it feel like you could understand each individual. If you want a modern day clean contemporary romance, you got to get your hands on this series. I have really enjoyed. I was lucky enough to receive this book from Revell Publishing for my honest opinion. I was not really obligated to leave a review, but I love sharing the books I read.
My thoughts: When Paul Grayson loses his voice and apparently his mind, he buys a remote island off the coast of Maine just to own the romantic summer camp where he met his beloved wife and fell in love. The story is told in each of the daughters' point of view as well as the father's. I love his optimism and his sense of humor. I'm afraid I wouldn't be as gung-ho about the adventure as he is. I'd be having panic attacks like one of the sisters. There are certainly a lot of colorful characters, descriptive terms, and multiple personality types. I quickly grew to care for the characters, wanted to see them succeed, and I am anxious to read more of their story in subsequent books in the series. Fans of family drama (with a light touch of romance) will love ON A SUMMER TIDE, book one of The Three Sisters Island series. Ms. Fisher is talented in so many different time periods and settings, whether Amish, historical, Quaker, or contemporary, and readers will fall in love with her style. Grab a copy of ON A SUMMER TIDE today. The perfect summer read. I was given a copy free. All opinions are my own.
I love a book that captivates me from the very first sentence and this book absolutely did! I just couldn't put this book down! The story is about a dad who pursues his dream and buys an island where he has wonderful memories from his younger days when he met his late wife. His three daughters think he's having some kind of mid-life crisis and are questioning his decision, however, he has a reason for all this that involves getting his family closer Cam, the oldest daughter, is the main focus of this book, but each sister and the dad get their own voice in the story as well. We learn about their individual lives and see how the dynamics change as they go to the island to make new lives. It was captivating watching as they made their way with each other. This is a lovely story and I enjoyed so much seeing the growth in each of these people. The ups and downs and how their faith in God and each other grew. I can't wait for more books in this series and to enjoy another great read! I highly recommend this book and give it 5 stars. *This book was provided to me by Revell Reads. I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this book.
This is a charming debut to a new series by Suzanne Woods Fisher. I loved the setting of an island on Maine and the fun characters the Grayson family meets when Paul buys an island of all things. Paul's daughters: Cam, Maddie, and Blaine are stunned to find out their dad bought an island. This book is a good intro to the series, giving us Cam's story mainly while helping us to get to know the other characters as well. This book was not without surprises along the way and I loved seeing this family strengthen their bond which had become frayed over the last few years. Fans of Irene Hannon's Hope Harbor series or books by Becky Wade will enjoy this new series. I am looking forward to the next book in the series! I received this book from Revell as part of their RevellReads program. I was not required to post a positive review. All thoughts are my own.
I did not expect to like this book, the first in the author’s ‘Three Sisters Island’ series, as much as I did. Yes, each of the sisters grates on my nerves to some degree, but we all get on each other’s nerves from time to time, so I don’t hold that against the characters. The story is refreshing and revitalizing for the family and the fictitious island. It’s a major life change, so chaos ensues, but it’s a productive chaos; it also rouses the dwindling community. Throughout the story, the characters start bringing faith back into their present-day lives and pick up clarity toward their future. This quiet story features a cast of characters that I want to root for who are, despite their flaws, charming and determined. -- Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell Books. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions are expressly my own.
I received this book for free from Revell Publisher for an honest opinion. I have not read a book by Suzanne Woods Fisher that I didn't like. "On a Summer Tide" is a contemporary romance. It is the first installment of the "Three Sisters Island" series. We are taken to a small island off the coast of Maine. Paul Grayson, the father, and former sports broadcaster, buys a camp called Kicking Moose Camp. He spent many summers there as a teenager and young adult. He Corinna, his wife there. Sadly she passed away in an accident a few years before the story begins. The camp is located on a small island off the coast of Maine, He decides to sell his house causing his daughters -- Camden, Madison, and Blaine-- to be upset. Fischer does a wonderful job of telling the story of this family and all the emotions they are going through. She also had some fun quirky characters in the small town. For example, the good looking schoolteacher Seth Walker. The story is mainly told through the point of view of the eldest daughter Cam. She is a competitive businesswoman with a 7-year old adopted son, Cooper. Maddie is working on becoming a counselor, but lets anxiety and fear rule her. Then there is Blaine the youngest of the sisters. She is easily influenced and doesn't know where she wants to go in life. We also get to see a glimpse of Maddie and Blaine's lives too. Blaine is the youngest of the sisters. Each of these sisters is going through their own life struggles. The biggest problem with all the girls is they only think about themselves and doesn't look at the other people around them. Each sister shows growth. There is romance in the book, but it was clean. When it comes to faith in the book it was perfect. It wasn't preachy. It had a nice amount. "On a Summer Tide" is full relatable family struggles. It contains a lot of lessons such as overcoming grief; "pray more, say less", we can choose to remain bitter in life or grow closer to God and forgive. There are many themes in the book. Everything from grief, forgiveness, acceptance, family, and love. I couldn't help but fall in love with this family. I wish I could go to their island. Overall this is a great novel about family. I look forward to reading another book by Suzanne Wood Fisher because she has never let me down. Summer is now here and this would make a great beach read. "Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, provided this complimentary copy for my honest, unbiased review."
Look at that beautiful cover! Isn't it gorgeous? My Review of On A Summer Tide Genre: Romance, Contemporary, fiction. My Rating: 5 stars. My Recommendation: 16-17 up, Warnings below. My Favorite Character/s: Cooper, he's such a sweet little boy that has had a hard time since his mother died. I loved reading about him and seeing how he grew in the book. My Verse for Cooper is Matthew 18:3 And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. (King James Version.) My Thoughts: I almost didn't try this book because I read a book by the author last year that I didn't even finish it I thought this one sounded wonderful. And it was! The whole story was really good and the characters developed well throughout the book. I loved this book and it may be my favorite summer read ever! As I said before I almost didn't read it but I'm glad now that I did and if you like romance this book may be perfect for you though I suggest if you're younger then 16 you not read it or have a family member/trusted friend read it. Warnings: A child is born out of wedlock, and cheating. I received an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review and am truly happy to provide it -- all the thoughts are my own.
I have been a huge fan of this author since I started reading Christian Fiction books. I was excited to see something a little different from her. In this book, On A Summer Tide brings together a story of family bonds broken and now given the space to heal. Some of this story reminded me of my family and how broken it has been at times. I love the description of coastal Maine. It makes me want to visit. I have 3 sisters. We did not have a great childhood. We all lead very separate lives just like the ones in this book. - I loved the sisters in this book. The author did a great job in creating the characters. They were flawed. They were real. Intriguing storyline. Incredibly well written. I enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more. I received a copy of this book through the Revell Blogging program, all thoughts are my own.
When this book came up for review with the Revell Reads program, I jumped at the opportunity to read another one of Suzanne Woods Fisher's novels! This is the first installment in the author's contemporary romance 'Three Sisters Island' series. The story is set on a small island off of the coast of Maine. The father of the sisters in the story, Paul Grayson, has purchased Kicking Moose Camp, a rustic youth camp where he spent his summers as a teenager and young man, and the island on which it sits. The camp holds a special place in Paul's heart because it is where he met his late wife, Corinna, who died tragically in an accident a few years before the story begins. His three daughters, Camden, Madison, and Blaine, are shocked to learn their father has sold the family home and all of its contents in order to purchase the island--without saying a word to any of them. As you can imagine, this causes some major ruffled feathers and throws the family's dynamics into a tailspin for the majority of the book. The themes of forgiveness, acceptance, tolerance, grief, healing, family, and love flow together seamlessly throughout the story. The author has done an excellent job of describing the island and setting the scene for action. In fact, I would love to spend a summer there to explore the tide pools, beaches, ocean, and hillsides. The author has created a small town filled with quirky characters, each with her/his own role to play in the story. Some of the citizens are lovable and laughable while others are just plain irritating. There is some mystery and intrigue included in a sub-plot along with some elements of romance in a couple of other sub-plots. This story is well-paced and interesting with some action-filled scenes included. When I finished reading the last page of this book my first thought was -- I can't wait to visit Three Sisters Island again in the next installment of the series . . . Highly-recommended to fans of contemporary Christian fiction, Christian romance, clean romance, clean fiction, and family-saga fiction. Disclosure from blogger: I received a paperback copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for an honest review to be posted on my blog and on retailer sites and Goodreads. I received no compensation for my review or posts here or on any other site. # # # # #
On a Summer Tide begins Suzanne Woods Fisher new series, Three Sisters Island. Widowed Father, Paul Grayson shocks his three daughters by selling his home and buying an island! How will this event affect them all? I have to admit; I was not sure how I would like On a Summer Tide. I am not used to Miss Fisher writing contemporary novels that did not involve the Amish. After reading this, I realize that she is so talented, that she can write a fantastic novel in any genre she decides to. Within the first few pages, I was hooked and held my attention until the end. I enjoyed every single word. I highly recommend On a Summer Tide and am giving it a well deserved five plus stars. I can not wait to find out which Grayson sister will be featured in book two of the Three Sisters Island series. I received this book from the publisher. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.
". . . life would surprise us with important choices, and our true character would emerge in how we responded." (76) 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.
What an interesting story. I really felt as if I was on Three Sisters Island and experiencing the quirky characters and inconveniences of island life in far northern Maine. While this story does have its focus on the oldest sister, Camden, I enjoyed that her father and two sisters also had many sections of the book written from their points of view. It was interesting to see how each individual person viewed the family dynamics and their place in the family, while also reading about how others viewed them. The romance was naturally built with a gentle progression that made sense for the story. I loved the various twists and turns that arose. These characters definitely have flaws and issues that have molded them into the people that they are in this book. It will be interesting to see how they grow and change emotionally in future novels. I enjoyed this story a lot. I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
I loved this book! This is a well written book and I was immediately drawn in from the first page. As Paul begins his journey to reinvent himself I could just picture it in my mind. He wants a closer relationship with his daughters, but he also wants them to connect and be closer. The author weaves words together that brings the characters and island to life for me. I must admit when I picked the book up I didn't want to put it down. This story centers around Camden, the eldest daughter, but I got to know each character as the story progressed. She is definitely a type A personality. Working in the corporate world has been her dream and she's living it, but it comes at a big cost. Her loyalty has always been her best and only friend, Libby. Libby leaves her with a big responsibility, Cooper, but is she up for it? I loved how she developed and grew as a person. I think the author touches on many elements in this book: faith, forgiveness, second chances, mystery, laughter, and love. I am looking forward to reading the second book in the series. This is definitely a book I would recommend to anyone. *I received this book from the publisher as part of their book bloggers program. I was not expected to write a positive review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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. You can see my full review at More Than a Review dot com where I rate the level of sex, violence, language and drug/alcohol use in books.
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.
Suzanne Woods Fisher steps away from her usual Amish and historic fiction genres with a contemporary romance, with a smidgen of suspense, in “On a Summer Tide.” Former sports broadcaster Paul Grayson is following the dream he and his late wife had — to purchase the summer camp they worked at as young adults. Located on a small island off the coast of Maine, purchasing Camp Kicking Moose allows Paul to own 51 percent of the island, which he renames Three Sisters Island, the actual translation of its original Native American name. The ironic thing to the island’s given name? Paul has three daughters — Cam, a focused, driven, competitive businesswoman with a 7-year-old adopted son, Cooper, who has several quirks of his own; Maddie, a champion worrier who lets fear and anxiety rule while she attempts to become a counselor; and 19-year-old Blaine, easily influenced and who can’t decide on a collegiate path for the life of her. As the family attempts to fix up the camp, they face all sorts of trials — from Pepto pink paint to a vomiting stray cat and unreliable island workers, as well as an island full of people looking for Paul to fix their problems, like where are the missing lobsters, and who’s going to fill Main Street’s potholes. “On a Summer Tide” is a sweet, funny, quirky story filled with inspirational moments, tales of growth and maturity, moments of suspense and intrigue, and lots of life lessons. As each of the sisters learn to grow beyond their own faults and insecurities (like Cam’s laser focus that can exclude those you care most about, Maddie’s overprotectiveness, and Blaine’s inability to move past the death of their mother), readers will grow along with them in their own journeys of life. Besides the absolutely lovable Grayson family, the author fills this novel with great supporting characters — the hunky schoolteacher Seth Walker; wise but not-so-good in the kitchen Peg Legg, the hilarious owner of the island’s Lunch Counter and General Store; a bird named Lola; and the dubious Phinney family, with the father as the island’s designated “mayor” and his ne’er-do-well sons. And the island itself plays an integral role in the feel of the novel. This story helps remind us of so many lessons — overcoming grief; dreams are contagious; the decisions we make can expose our true character (“Mom always told us that life would surprise us with important choices, and our true character would emerge in how we responded”); the impact of living on the treadmill of worry; sometimes we need to “pray more, say less”; we can choose to remain bitter in life, or grow closer to God; don’t miss the short-term while focusing on the long-term; we are never alone and there is always a bigger picture going on; the importance of having a “straightforward heart”; and the necessity to relinquish control at times. On a larger spiritual realm, this book pushes us to question whether prayer can make a difference, and whether we trust that God will work in our lives. It reminds us of Romans 8:28, and that God does have a purpose for each of us. “On a Summer Tide” will make you laugh, cry, smile with abandon, and just might melt your heart. I cannot wait for the next installment in the series. The end of this book doesn’t indicate when Book #2 will be out, but I’ll be watching for it! Five stars out of five. Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, provided this complimentary copy for my honest, unbiased review.