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.
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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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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.
This is a story of love, relationships and faith. When Paul loses his wife and his career, he sells the family home in pursuit of his dream of purchasing the island where he met his wife and to reunite his three daughters who have moved on to live separate lives. The book excels in the cast of characters who reside on 3 sisters island and the described pace of life afforded the community. I loved the author’s description of the island, complete with wildlife and tide pools as well as the one house schoolteacher, Seth, who teaches from the heart. I am happy that this is the first part of a collection, and look forward to reading more about life on 3 sisters in the books to come. I’d rate this lovely read 3.5/5 stars.
On a Summer Tide is the first in a new series titled Three Sisters Island. It was a great introduction to the main characters: three sisters and their father as well as many minor characters that are really major characters because without them, it wouldn’t be a community or a story. I love that we will get to discover more about the other sisters in the other books, but this book was focused on telling us the “behind the scenes” dynamics in the family as well as focusing on Cam, the eldest daughter. I also have three children, spaced apart as these girls are, and it was really neat to see how the dynamics affected them from the sibling level because I only see it from the parent view. I loved the Scriptural/biblical themes surrounding the book. I loved the depth of the characters and one thing Pegg said really struck me: “Would you want to be judged today by your 19-year-old choices?” While I’m not 19 anymore, I have a child who is, and it was a great reminder that young adulthood is the time for mistakes, figuring out who you are, and as parents staying close by (without judgment) but encouragement and support when needed. I love when fiction gives me gentle reminders in my relationships. I received a copy of this book from the publisher and was under no obligation to post a review. All opinions were strictly my own.
A fractured family slowly comes together under circumstances that could only have been set in motion by a loving Creator. The Grayson family's story shows us the backside of their embroidered lives, but readers are blessed to be able to see the beauty created on the front side as this part of their story draws to a close, and to a new beginning. While readers will be reading along enjoying this author's use of the rhythm of tension and ease, drawing near and drifting apart, and lifting up and letting down, they will experience a small and a large aha moment in the last quarter of the story when they least expect it. This book will be a great vacation or staycation read. I am grateful to have received a copy of On a Summer Tide from Revell via NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion. I was under no obligation to provide a positive review and received no monetary compensation.
This story was a slow start for me. The three grown selfish sisters who bickered constantly and were incredibly disrespectful to their father almost had me putting the story aside. Forever. But, I have loved every book I've read by the author, Suzanne Woods Fisher, so I plugged on, and am so glad I did. Paul met his wife at camp as teens, and he had promised her they'd go back. But, his busy job kept him on the road more than at home and they just never went back. Now, his wife is deceased, and Paul has a health issue that has forced him to retire. Now, he has purchased the island in Maine where the summer camp is in hopes to bring his family together. The girls are appalled and question if he is losing his mind. Paul hopes to reopen the camp for summer kids. Unfortunately, he made the purchase sight unseen, and is appalled once he and his daughters arrive there. The locals are resistant to the newcomers for the most part. Cam is educated and married to her job. She is a mover and shaker, and a list maker. She is also the mother to Cooper, whom she adopted after his birth mother's death. Maggie, is always ready to analyze everyone and give out free, and usually unwanted advice. Blaine is the forever college student who can't seem to decide on a career path. As fate would have it, all three girls suddenly, and unexpectedly find themselves available to their dad for the summer. Cam has a totally different idea about the camp and cabins which her dad jumps on board with. Will they be able to pull this off in time? Will Paul's daughters stop bickering and become loving towards each other? I loved Cooper! Between losing his mother so tragically at such an early age, and being hovered over to the point of crippling him, he has had a rough childhood thus far. Also loved Peg Legg! What a delightful character! Then, there's Seth, the school teacher with the different, but very effective methods of teaching. I ended up loving the story! I was given a free copy of this to read by the publisher, Revell and Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.
ON A SUMMER TIDE. Suzanne Woods..Fisher I would suggest with reading the details of the characters, giving one the age and where each is at in life as this story unfolds. Children now as grown adults do tend to associated memories with the house, and town they grew up in. Even more so, with their mother gone. I like how the writer, tried to soften the blow, of him telling the three girls. He bought an island. A little one. Part of one. As though that would help. The reaction came and stopped with he brought an island. Then the why’s. A humorous story of how each fills in to why, then the association and memories of their camping trips. Did the name of the island translation have anything to why he bought that specific island. Life changes for all, new memories were formed, as they came together to rebuild the place, and being together. Different, looking into a family life, as changes come. Like a set of dominos, they didn’t fall but became stronger with this change. Given ARC for my voluntary review and my honest opinion by Net Galley and Revell.
I loved this beautifully-written novel with the subtle touches of humor scattered throughout. Suzanne Woods Fisher has been one of my favorite authors for years. The writing was phenomenal and definitely why Suzanne Woods Fisher holds the title of my most-owned author. Fisher's writing is light but also serious. It is contemporary with historical influences. Pam was my favorite character. She holds different beliefs than most of her neighbors due to seeing the need for renovation. She is a very strong supporting character who really pushes Blaine to become her own person, while also influencing those around her. Cam was an enigma to me. She was very different in her actions and emotions. It was a bit difficult for me to like her, especially at first, but her character really blossomed later. I have to say that Blaine was by far my favorite of the three sisters. At the beginning of the novel, she is very lost and floating through life while living in the shadow of her older sisters. As the novel progresses, she discovers her interests and passions, igniting a change on the island. The setting perfectly matched the mood of the story and it was interesting to read about Acadia National Park. Personal Rating: 4.5 Stars Content Rating: 4.5 Stars *I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.
I really enjoyed this story! It was refreshing to read a contemporary novel by Suzanne Woods Fisher! I loved the whole family and Peg! I definitely can’t wait to read more from this series! I’m looking forward to seeing how their stories continue. I think there were some good messages in this book. I would recommend this. I was given a complimentary copy of this ebook from the author, but was not required to write a review. The thoughts and comments are my own.
“I’m calling it Three Sisters Island … Because someday, my dear daughters, it’ll all be yours,” Paul Grayson declares in Suzanne Woods Fisher’s novel, On a Summer Tide. ~ What ~ The first in the Three Sisters Island series, this three-hundred-and-eight-page paperback targets those who enjoy contemporary Christian fiction regarding family interactions. Using slang words such as darn and heck, topics of premarital sex, injury, and death may not be appropriate for immature readers. Using the English Standard Version of the Holy Bible, the beginning has a cast of characters while the ending includes a dessert recipe, excerpts from another book by the author, thirteen discussion questions, acknowledgments, biography, and advertisements. In this current-day story set in Maine, a widowed father decides to sell the family home and buy a summer camp on a remote island. To the dismay of his three daughters who think he has onset dementia, the man talks all of them into helping him get the dilapidated camp up and running. The eldest daughter is a workaholic and loves her job but must come to terms with the quirkiness of her adopted son while the middle daughter tends to be overbearing when it involves her vocation of counseling. The youngest, a college student at a pivotal point in life, is trying to figure out what to do next. As each woman sees the beauty and simplicity of the island, they understand what is important, even if they have to sacrifice what they thought they wanted. ~ Why ~ This is a cute read about how three different women approach life, love, family, and, most importantly, God. I loved reading about the island and its eclectic residents. I felt I was walking the streets with the girls, seeing the beautiful views, and taking in the sights and sounds of the island. ~ Why Not ~ Those who do not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ may not appreciate the Christian undertones that include Scripture and praying to God. Others may not like a predictable romance with most everything being worked out too perfectly. I found some of the characters stereotypical. ~ Wish ~ Since this is the first in the series, there are a lot of incomplete holes in what happens to the family. I prefer all pronouns of God capitalized for reference. ~ Want ~ If you like a contemporary Christian read about family dynamics and love, this novel nicely occupies your time for several hours of relaxation. Thanks to Baker Publishing for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review. #OnaSummerTide #SuzanneWoodsFisher #Suzannewfisher
On a Summer Tide is a heartwarming,refreshing contemporary read that focuses around faith and family, and grief and healing. The first book in Suzanne Woods Fisher's Three Sisters Island series, this beautiful story tells of familial drama, troublesome relationships, and the promise of a new romance,all set against the backdrop of an idyllic setting of a small, coastal island in Maine. At the beginning of the story, Paul Grayson's three daughters don't appear to have much in common, and their relationship isn't in the greatest of places. At each other's throats more often than not, Cam, Maddie and Blaine have had years to perfect the troublesome relationship they currently have based around jealousies, insecurities and past hurts. Cam's the oldest, and a bit of a workaholic. She's always dreamed of having a big career, and she's finally accomplished her goal. However, achieving her dreams has meant that she's been unable to be the mother her adopted son Cooper needs, and he's developed behavioral challenges as a result. Middle sister Maddie has spent years working towards her psychology degrees, and she now tends to look at the world in terms of theories, and diagnoses; often causing a further wedge with her sisters. Youngest sister Blaine has had a hard time figuring out exactly what it is she wants out of life, and her sister's don't understand how she can keep wasting her potential. While these three sisters may not have much in the way of a close relationship, they're all in agreement that their father buying a falling apart island is one of the craziest ideas they've ever heard. While they don't share their father's excitement of the purchase; they all insist on accompanying him to find out just what he's gotten himself into, and it's even worse than they'd expected. The camp he purchased the island for is in shambles, the town's dying, with very few businesses left, and there isn't even any wifi or cell reception. The more time they spend on the island though, the more its charms start to work on them. Soon Cam is noticing a huge change in Cooper, Maddie is smitten with small town living, and Blaine's finally finding a purpose for her life. As each woman learns to let go, and to learn to follow God's direction for their lives, changes come about they never could have expected, and their relationship grows in the process. I'm so happy that this is only the first book in the series, as while I loved all the groundwork and background information we're given in this one, I really can't wait to read more about the sisters, and where their story goes from here. From start to finish I found myself enthralled with this beautiful story, and all the drama unfolding within it. This is my first experience with a Suzanne Woods Fisher novel, and I can guarantee it won't be my last. I always appreciate when an author can successfully tackle the complex relationship that tends to exist between sisters, and Suzanne Woods Fisher has definitely done so in On a Summer Tide. This one will be highly recommended by me, and I love that the author chose to include a recipe of one of the many baked goods that Blaine makes during the course of the story. Such a small thing, but something I always enjoy when it's included! Thanks so much to Revell and NetGalley for the opportunity to advance read this! I received a complimentary copy of this novel from the publisher (Revell) via NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
This book has everything that I love: A family that sticks together through difficult times; characters that have their own strong personalities and hold their place well in the storyline; a gorgeous setting that adds interest and helps drive the story; and a plot that is absorbing and heartwarming. I love Suzanne Woods Fisher’s Amish and historical novels, and reading this contemporary Christian fiction book written by her was a delight. This is really not a “romance” novel, although one of the characters does have a love interest in the story. It’s more about coming together as a family; finding peace after tragedy; and trusting God for purpose and direction. I loved this first book in the series about Three Sisters Island, and look forward to the next book in this series. I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.