On a Summer Tide (Three Sisters Island Book #1)

On a Summer Tide (Three Sisters Island Book #1)

by Suzanne Woods Fisher

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Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781493417803
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/30/2019
Series: Three Sisters Island , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 31,774
File size: 10 MB

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.
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 ww.suzannewoodsfisher.com and follow Suzanne on Facebook @SuzanneWoodsFisherAuthor and Twitter @suzannewfisher.

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On a Summer Tide 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 58 reviews.
Meg Bucher 5 months ago
“On A Summer Tide,” Suzanne Woods Fisher We are placed purposefully in this life, and so tells the story of a love with the power to heal. “On A Summer Tide,” by Suzanne Woods Fisher, triggers tears and laughter, as the story of widower Paul Grayson unfolds. To bring his family closer together, he moves them to an island. Out place and away from home, the average pressures of family life are intensified in all directions. The first in this fictional series, there are many tangible lessons to apply to anyone’s everyday life. How big is our faith, and how much does it affect our lives? Is prayer really that powerful? The life applications within the story are intriguing and the feelings this family faces are relatable. “Mom always told us that life would surprise us with important choices, and our true character would emerge in how we responded,” causes me to pause and reflect on my own daughters and what advice I’ve strung through their lives along the way would stick long after I’m gone. “Planning doesn’t make the wedding. And the wedding doesn’t make the marriage. The marriage is what we live with, day in and day out.” The realtime feel of this verse stopped me in my tracks as I read! In a fictional story, Fisher has been able to deliver rich wisdom and spiritual counsel with the utmost reliability and grace. I recommend this book to all who like a great story with richly developed characters. I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
poochiepepper 7 months ago
I am so looking forward to the next book in this series. I like the Amish books a lot but I love this one. 3 sister, a dad and new beginnings. Can't wait to see where this series takes me. Fun and endearing!!
vics49548 10 months ago
Right away I’m going to say I am so looking forward to book two in this series! I thoroughly enjoyed this book and can’t wait to see what happens next on Three Sisters Island. It can go in so many directions. Author Suzanne Woods Fisher had great descriptions of the island. So much so that I’d love to visit. Her characters are not only well-developed but down right delightful. I mean, who doesn’t love a scruffy, lumberjack style teacher who understands what a true education is? This family has some issues but their love for each other is apparent. And they willingly sacrifice much. If you’re looking for a fun, quirky read with serious undertones then I suggest this book. I received a complimentary copy of this book but was not required to leave a review.
SouthernGalLovestoRead More than 1 year ago
When one of my favorite authors decides to make a considerable shift in genre or style of writing, I always feel just a tiny bit of uncertainty. I have enjoyed every Amish book that Suzanne Woods Fisher has written but wondered what was coming in her first venture into contemporary women's fiction. Well, I think her swap of horses in midstream went very well. (You'll need to check out a recent blog post by Suzanne to fully understand that statement.) On a Summer Tide is a fantastic start to her Three Sisters Island series, set on a small island just off the coast of Maine. As you would expect from Suzanne Woods Fisher, her characters draw you into their lives from page one. You learn a lot about the Grayson family dynamics and potential difficulties from the very beginning, and the characters continue to develop all throughout the story. The setting on Three Sisters Island is presented in such detail that it is easy to believe your are visiting the area in person. The major elements of this story are resolved by the end by the book, but there are plenty of paths that can lead seamlessly into the next installments for the series. I highly recommend On a Summer Tide to anyone who is already a fan of Suzanne Woods Fisher's Amish stories or anyone who enjoys great contemporary inspirational stories. Thanks to Celebrate Lit for providing me with a copy of this book. I am happy to share my own thoughts in this review.
Deana0326 More than 1 year ago
This has to be my favorite story from this author. It is easy to fall in love with the Grayson family as the author brings them to life. Each member has a gift that they have not used to their potential. After a tragedy that shakes the family to its core, Paul Grayson announces to his three daughters he has sold the house. While they are trying grasp that , he also tells them he has bought a place off the coast of Maine. The camp he purchased has sweet memories for him. It is not exactly booming with business and the camp is so rundown that I would be afraid to stay one night there. It is no surprise that his daughters' think he is crazy, had a stroke or just getting senile. I was very intrigued by the problem he had with his voice. He seems to have become hoarse overtime and never gained his strong baritone voice back. I am hoping in the next book we find out more about his condition. I won't go into many details, because the story is written so well, you must read it for yourself. I loved his daughters' and how each one was trying to find their niche in life. One of their problems is not being honest and open with each other. Place close attention to the name change of the island as you read the story of a family in need of healing. There are some great local people on the island that was interesting to get to know. I have to say my favorite character is Peg. She has been around the island forever and is the first to welcome the family to the island. Poor Peg can't cook yet she has a diner that barely stays afloat. She has asked God to help revitalize the island and boy does he answer her prayer. Not everyone is happy to see the Graysons' especially the self appointed mayor. He is a very snotty, mean person who struts around the island like he is king. The story center around a family that decides to take on a big task to fulfill a dream. I loved how the author writes with deep emotion and shows the struggles each person goes through. There is a faith element in the book that I thought was just the right amount to emphasize how we need to look to Him for guidance and strength. The three sisters are different but still looking for a bond to form between each other. I can say without a doubt this will be a story that will touch your soul and find you praying for your own family to become stronger in faith and closer to each other. There is a special boy in the story that captured my heart. He is a smart boy but desperate for stability. With each page I read , I found myself wanting to live on the island and embrace the beautiful scenery that makes the island so inviting. There is a mystery brewing about why the lobsters have disappeared from the island that was very intriguing. Don't miss this story about a family that struggles to share their feelings and how an island brought them back together. I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.
Ourpugs More than 1 year ago
On a Summer Tide Camden dad buys part of a island off the coast of Maine. He wants to make the island more presentable. More than that he wants to use it for a place for a kids camp. Will he be able to make it work? They have quite a family. Camden has a adopted son from her best friend, then there is the other two sisters. I would of liked to had more from Cooper which was her son. Maybe there will be in future books. Reading this book made me want to find out more about Maine. Would be nice to visit there someday. I received a complimentary copy of the book from the publisher through Celebrate Lit. I was not required to write an positive review. This is my own opinion.
NKBookReviewer More than 1 year ago
Suzanne Woods Fisher is a masterful storyteller regardless of the genre she writes. On a Summer Tide is a Christian contemporary romance that begins a new series. It is a book about family, especially sisters. Anyone with a sister knows that relationship is like no other. It is about hope, reconciliation, forgiveness, and honesty. This is a captivating, inspiring Christian fiction that is extraordinarily beautiful. Ms. Fisher has a unique writing style. All of her character have personalities and stay true to them throughout the book. There is no flip flopping. Her storyline has been well researched and is authentic in every way - from surroundings to people to language. I felt as though I opened the book and stepped onto a small Maine island with a new family. With her superior writing, the author had me invested immediately. The characters felt realistic and soon began transferring their feelings to me. They were are easy to engage with and the pages flew by. There is a lot of baggage that each sister carries and my heart went out to them. Their father was adorable. The Christian message was touching and true to life. This is a book that grabs readers with its genuineness. It gives many things to ponder after reading it. The romance is sweet but light. It’s there, but it isn’t a major part. This is more of a family relationship book. I loved it! I highly recommend this to anyone that enjoys contemporary fiction. Author Fisher has a mesmerizing way of tell a tale. This one was so hard to put down until I had finished it. I rated it 5 out of 5 stars. A copy was provided by Celebrate Lit, but I was under no obligation to provide a review. These are my own, honest thoughts.
ARS8 More than 1 year ago
I am so ready for summer time and author Fisher’s latest book certainly put me in the mood for quite walks along the beach. This was a sweet read about a father, three sisters, one grandson, and an island that is in desperate need of revitalization. Due to an unusual case of laryngitis, Paul Grayson has been unable to return to his career as a sportscaster. So unbeknownst to his three grown daughters, he sells their childhood home and buys an island, the same one where he met their late mother years ago. This was a quite a shock to all three of them and Paul secretly hopes that this project will bring them all back together to the close knit family his wife always dreamed of. We get quite a bit of story from all three sisters viewpoints as well as their father’s and I really think that helped round out the story. All three sisters couldn’t have been more different, and they each have their own preconceived ideas of each other and the way life should be lived. All have some sort of issues that they are trying to fix, ignore, or run away from and all three are as stubborn as can be. As the story progressed, however, the island and its people begin take hold of each of them in different and surprising ways. From a restaurant lady who can’t cook to the island’s very attractive school teacher, to the home itself. I really enjoyed watching as each daughter used her God given gifts and talents to work on bettering the camp and their relationships. I look forward to more of their stories as the series continues. I received a copy of this novel from the publisher. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.
Mar-J More than 1 year ago
“Life presents you with important choices. You can lash out, become bitter. Or draw closer to God, become better.” (Cam remembering her mother’s voice saying this. Page 81). I was immersed into this superlative story from the first page. Paul Grayson meeting with his three daughters shocked all of them when he said he sold their home and was relocating to a remote island where he had fallen in love with their mother at camp. On a Summer Tide presented many different personalities and views among the three sisters, Camden (Cam), Madison, and Blaine. I enjoyed the way Suzanne Woods Fisher crafted this story with detailed vivid scenes and flowing words that I felt I was in the midst of Niswi Nummissis Island which meant, Three Sisters Island that Paul changed the name to. Even the locales were not excited about the name change but they did like some of the new ideas he brought to life. Fisher brought family drama to life among the Grayson family in so many ways with some lovely results when they are joined forces. This story primarily focused on Camden (Cam) and her young adopted son Cooper. The locale residents added plenty of laughter, moments of tears, suspense, resilient, tenacity, cheering and renewed faith to the sisters and a deeper love. I appreciated the connection of one locale to Camden’s past. I look forward to reading this entire series as it is released to see how the Grayson family, especially Madison and Blaine, continue to move forward with their individual life as well as a family while residing on Three Sister Island. I was not required to write a review for this book but I must as it’s worth 5+++ stars. This new contemporary series by Susanne Woods Fisher brought life to this remote island in Fisher’s new series Three Sister Island. Fisher is one of my top favorite authors no matter the genre and she definitely produced a masterpiece with this first book in her latest series.
JLYoung More than 1 year ago
With great elegance and depth Suzanne Woods Fisher reels her readers into the lives of her characters invites them to join the family. From the very first few pages I had the feeling that I would love the story. Page after page I fell in love. I was so excited to see that this book is the first in a new series. I cannot wait for the next book! The setting... oh how I want to visit Maine. I think so many of us need remoteness... time away from the hecticness of life, time to reflect, time to find out who we really are. The small island sounds like a great place for that. I found myself wanting to take a trip to visit. The story flowed nicely. I didn't feel like it was disjointed or slow at all. Just the right balance of narration and dialogue. The characters are likeable and well written. I love the contemporary storyline. I'm so used to historical fiction from Ms. Fisher. It's a nice change. She shifts well. What a lovely story. I'm glad I got the chance to read it. Can't wait to read the others in the series. I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars. I received a copy from Celebrate Lit. I was under no compulsion to write a positive review. All thoughts are my own.
susanwalkergirl More than 1 year ago
A Great Read for Summer After reading the description of Suzanne Woods Fisher’s newest book On a Summer Tide, I wanted to read it. It seemed like just the right book to read for summer. When father Paul Grayson calls his daughters Cam, Maddie, and Blaine together for a family meeting he throws them for a loop when he announces that he sold the family’s home and bought an island. Not just any island, but the one where he met and fell in love with his wife Corinna while working at Camp Kicking Moose many years ago. While his daughters try to figure out if he’s going through a mid-life crisis or has premature dementia, Paul tells them his plans to breathe new life into the camp and island with their help. I absolutely loved reading On a Summer Tide. There was an interesting mix of characters with the sisters, very different from one another, and each family member is still dealing with the tragic death of their mother several years before. The girls are not close, but Paul and his wife had longed for a day when their daughters would enjoy one another and be a close-knit family. I could relate the Cam as the career driven woman that didn’t want anything to get in her way. But her son, 7-year-old Cooper, made that a little difficult at times. I struggled the most with Maddie because as a trained counselor, she acted she knew everything and was constantly diagnosing everyone in her path, but she didn’t seem to look within too much. Blaine seemed a bit flaky, but it was neat seeing her come into her own as she discovered where her talents and passions lay. It was fun and interesting to get to know the island’s local people. My favorite was Peg! She had a lot of wisdom and treated people with honesty, kindness, and fairness. Of course, I loved the school teacher Seth Walker. Who wouldn’t have loved to have had someone like Seth as their teacher growing up? He was kind and patient, not only with his students but also the Grayson girls and Cooper. Though their mother Corinna had died a few years before, her influence on her daughters and husband were profound and still impacting them today. I loved how little bits of Corrina’s wisdom and sayings were shared by each of the family members. There were profound thoughts from the characters and I underlined and starred a number things throughout the book. I don’t think you can read On a Summer Tide without doing some self-reflection or thinking about your own family. Faith was part of the storyline, but not so much the Gospel of Christ. But there is a beautiful redemption theme in the story. I loved reading On a Summer Tide by Suzanne Woods Fisher. Not only did I like the characters, I learned from them. The small island setting gave the novel a relaxed feel, so different than life in the big city. Three Sister Island was a place I’d like to visit. I’ve only read a few of Suzanne Woods Fisher’s novels, but I look forward to reading more of them. I highly recommend On a Summer Tide for your summertime (or anytime) reading! I would like to thank Revell Books for the opportunity to read On a Summer Tide in exchange for an honest review. I was under no obligation to give a favorable review.
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this read, and it kept me page turning along with a few chuckles. This is a family with a strong bond, but since the death of their wife/mother, they have been missing their glue. When their Dad buys an island in Maine, they think he has dementia. You will quickly become involved in these three sister’s lives and their Dad, and surprises abound and most of it wrapped up in love of God and family. I can’t wait for the next book in this series! I received this book through Celebrate Lit, and was not required to give a positive review.
5643437 More than 1 year ago
For quite a while I have enjoyed reading books by Suzanne Woods Fisher, so I was thrilled to have the opportunity to review On a Summer Tide. As someone who is estranged from her own sister, the message of this book resonated with me. I loved watching how the sisters and their relationships developed in the story. I also loved the idea of buying, restoring, and renovating a camp for both children and families. With a father who was obsessed with his job, I could relate to the girls’ thoughts about their father being gone while they were growing up. Cam’s obsession with her job and trying to juggle the care of Cooper, the son she received when her best friend died, pulled me into her story. From juggling teaching in a public school and trying to raise three children with the help of my husband, I cannot imagine trying to do it on my own. I really wanted Cam to wake up and put her son first as well as her family by helping to develop her father’s vision for the island. Maddie’s obsession with protecting Cooper among other things made her my least favorite character. I felt like she was causing many of the issues Cooper suffered from throughout the story. I also intensely disliked her “fiance” and his mother for trying to dictate their wedding plans. I felt like they were overbearing and irritating on many levels, even though they were not in the story that much. The so-called “quirks” of Cooper intrigued me. As a teacher and now a homeschool mom, I loved the approaches and methods Seth Walker used to teach the students. Those methods truly followed the ideas of Charlotte Mason to have students explore nature for themselves. Blaine’s abilities and skills in both organizing and in the kitchen helping Peg with the lunch counter brought a tremendous amount to the story. As the younger sister, I could relate to the reactions and responses she received from her sister. I have to say, I truly enjoyed reading this book and would highly recommend reading it. So check it out for yourself. I received a copy of this book for my fair and honest review.
Kathae More than 1 year ago
The daughters of the Grayson family were so disconnected from each other, and still hurting from their mother's death. They each had strong personalities, and different gifts and abilities, so it was unlikely to see the family mesh together. Love and concern for their father brought them together on the island he purchased,. It was a beautiful thing to see each girl finally find herself and let her talents be used to make progress in fulfilling their parents' dream. As well as loving the varied characters in this story, I also loved the descriptions of the island. I could certainly imagine the smells and sounds, as well as the beauty of the island as if I were there. The depths and differences in the characters and the themes of working together and transformation through faith made this a full-bodied story of hope. As a fan of this author, I'm pleased with the debut of this new contemporary series, and I recommend it to fans of contemporary fiction, women's fiction, and inspirational romance. I received a copy of this book form the publisher, Revell, through Celebrate Lit, for review purposes. The thoughts expressed here are my own.
LucyMR1 More than 1 year ago
I was pleasantly surprised at how well the author wrote this contemporary after being a wonder at Amish books. I loved how it delved into the family dynamics and personalities of three sisters and their father. I want to go visit them and help fix up the camp. Each sister is dealing with the loss of their mother and changes in their lives. I enjoyed the quirkinesses of Peg Legg and her disastrous cooking had me cracking up. I can picture her pigtails and hear her sassiness. This is a great read of relationships, forgiveness, faith, family, romance, and finding where God wants you. This is the first book in a new series and I look forward to reading more. You will feel like you visited Maine and watched the waves crash, visited the lighthouse, and tasted the salty air when you are finished. Make this your beach read for the summer. I won a copy of this from the author. The honest review and opinions are my own and were not required.
WishEnd More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars ON A SUMMER TIDE is one of those stories that draws you in with its family dynamics, small-town island setting, and heart. With complex characters and an endearing plot, it's sure to delight readers from beginning to end. I easily fell in love with these characters. The author did such a great job with their different POVs and how I always knew whose voice was whose. Camden was definitely my favorite, but she also was the main focal point of this story. I also loved the other two sisters and their father. Then there was Peg and Seth and Cooper, who all were easy to love as well. Just a great set of characters overall. I also loved the idea of the island and flipping the camp and cabins. I loved the island and all the scenery and how Seth expands both Cam's and Cooper's visions. The inspirational element was handled really well too. I felt it was weaved through these characters' lives in a very natural way. The romance was sweet and didn't overtake the story. I'm looking forward to seeing more romance in coming books in the series as everything wasn't all wrapped up for Cam or for her sisters. I'm also excited to see how the camp and island has evolved in the next book. If you can't tell, I was really invested in this story and loved it! The only thing I had issues with was I thought Maddie was over the top with her worries and anxieties, but also that her family followed and believed so many things she spouted off as well. I just felt like her family would at least be used to it and take her advice in stride more often than not, and definitely not encourage it. In the end, was it what I wished for? I thoroughly enjoyed reading this! There were moments when I laughed, when I wanted to cry, and sweet moments of faith and romance. This family and island have grown on me. I definitely recommend picking this story up and am looking forward to finding out what happens next to the Grayson family. Content: Clean Source: I received a complimentary copy from the tour host/NetGalley, which did not require a positive review nor affect my review in any way.
sandralb More than 1 year ago
I love reading Ms. Fischer's Amish books. It is one of my favorite reads. I was very excited to see she had a new book out and this one would be more contemporary. She is such a talented writer I knew I would not be disappointed. On A Summer Tide has everything you could want in a good story. It is full of love, family, faith and humor. You will genuinely care for her characters. Although the island and camp in Maine, that Paul Grayson has purchased, is not what he remembered from his collage days, it brings back wonderful memories. When the three sisters are called home for a very important meeting, the sale of their childhood home and this drastic move, is the last thing that they expected. The girls at first think maybe dad is dying, or suffering from dementia. Maybe even having a late mid-life crises. Ounce he explains to them this was a lifetime dream of his and their mothers, they are still not in on the idea. In the very first page of this novel you can see the dynamics of this family. With reluctance the girls all end up joining him in his great adventure. You will love some of the characters that live on the island. One of my favorites is Peg, a quirky middle aged owner of the diner/sundries store. She sounds quit the character with her red hair, always in short pick tails and a brightly colored head band. Life there is going to be a challenge for the Graysons. At least once or twice a day the island loses it's electric. There is no WiFi or cable, therefore no phone service, except at the dock. The big old house they are to move into is full of spiders, dust and some varmints. Not to mention the condition of the cabins. There is a faith thread woven throughout this book. The growth that each of the family members experiences is interesting and exciting. I can't wait to read the next book in this series. I want to revisit this charming family. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell Publishers through NetGalley. The opinions expressed in this review are my own.
BMace More than 1 year ago
One man’s insanity is another man’s genius - Joyce Carol Oates What an absolutely wonderful way to spend a day! This first book in the Three Sisters Island series just leaves me waiting for more. Paul Grayson purchased 51% of an island off the shore of Maine, hoping to bring his family together again. Meanwhile his daughters wonder whether he has totally lost it! Cam is a very successful businesswoman with a young son. Maddie has just graduated from college and is looking for a counseling position. Blaine just seems to find it impossible to make up her mind what she wants from life. The author has done a fabulous job of bringing out the differences in each daughter - can they possibly work together to help their father make a success of this new venture? Can the faith of their mother bring them back together again? The descriptions of this beautiful island made me wish I could visit it. Sure, it doesn’t shine like the city, but it has a charm all its own. I was entranced by the nature walks and wished it was possible to join in. The statement made by their dearly departed mother sums up just a little of what I want to take from this story. ‘Life presents you with important choices. You can lash out, become bitter, or draw closer to God, become better.’ I received this ARC through NetGalley and CelebrateLit. The impressions and opinions given are my own.
1ofjoy More than 1 year ago
Great story. Highly recommend.
PinkGranny More than 1 year ago
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.
MJEANS More than 1 year ago
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.
TheCompulsiveReader7 More than 1 year ago
(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
annelr More than 1 year ago
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.
maryannb1964 More than 1 year ago
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!
BlessedandBookish More than 1 year ago
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.