1. Summer by the Tides
    Summer by the Tides
    Denise Hunter
    Thomas Nelson / 2019 / Trade Paperback
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  1. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    An inspirational emotional story about three sisters, and a delightful romance.
    July 8, 2019
    Tressa @ Wishful Endings
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    SUMMER BY THE TIDES is a highly anticipated release for Christian romance fans. Hunter does an excellent job with her fully-fleshed, complex characters and a story that will pull on readers' hearts from beginning to end.

    I knew after the first chapter that this story was going to be quite an emotional ride. The story mostly focuses on Maddy and Connor and the romance that develops between them (with plenty of chemistry and swoon-worthy moments), but it's about so much more than that. It's about fear, mistakes, forgiveness, and family. Maddy is stuck in the middle of her two older and estranged sisters. With all three of them staying at their grandmother's beach house where all the trouble started, they end up rehashing old grudges. The hope is that somehow they can find reconciliation, but it's a long ways off.

    I really liked these characters, particularly Connor. He easily won me over and was the bright spot in all the mess. The other sisters had so many issues and fears and it was hard sometimes to always feel empathy for them when they were acting so childish and giving in to anger and fear so easily. A lot of it was hypocritical too - they were so judgmental of each other but not willing to change themselves. I particularly had issues with Emma (did she ever think that maybe her sister saved her from a cheater and terrible husband - and she's remarried, but can't seem to focus on that instead of her past?), and with Maddy who was so afraid and in denial that she was always sabotaging herself. I think the story felt heavy and more dramatic with these sisters than what I was expecting, which made it feel a tad overdone. Thank goodness for Connor and for the girls' grandma. I really enjoyed the romance and the inspirational aspects that lightened the story and brought some good introspective moments.

    In the end, was it what I wished for? I enjoyed this book, particularly the romantic storyline, and am looking forward to more from this author.

    Content: Some innuendo and references to affairs, but clean.

    Source: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher through JustReadTours, which did not require a positive review nor affect my review in any way.
  2. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    Sweet Summer Romance
    June 29, 2019
    stephanne2
    Quality: 4
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    A sweet romance from Denise Hunter, what a surprise--NOT! I've read all of Hunter's books and have yet to be disappointed. Summer by the Tides was a fun, beach-friendly read and I'm grateful for the opportunity to review it!

    Two things I love about Hunter's books are a) character development and b) setting. I love it when books have the ability to transport me to a new place. This one just made me want to curl up in a hammock somewhere with a view of the Marina. The big takeaway in this novel, however, was the family of characters that took center stage in this story.

    Maddy and Connor's romance was one of the sweetest I've read in a long time. I loved the dialogue between them and the way their relationship developed felt truly genuine. I especially enjoyed their dialogue! But Summer by the Tides was so much more than the romance, as it incorporated a redemption storyline between three sisters, two of which carried years of heartache, betrayal, guilt, and resentment.

    Naturally, there was a HEA ending, but it didn't come easily for any of them--something I appreciate in the romances I read, as it's more true-to-life.

    Ready for the next Hunter book!!!
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Must See Summer Read!
    June 26, 2019
    Randi
    If there was one book I was looking forward to reading this summer, Denise Hunter's 'Summer By The Tides' was certainly it! I know you're not supposed to judge a book by it's cover, but if we did, the cover of this one certainly says, 'perfect summer read', right? Beyond the cover though, I have read a few other books by Denise Hunter (and watched the Hallmark Channel Christmas movie based upon one of them), and loved each one. I had high expectations that this one would be every bit as wonderful as those had been.

    And honestly, it did NOT disappoint. In fact, I would say it exceeded my expectations and is my favorite by this author that I have had the chance to read so far! I absolutely loved it. The quote on the cover by bestselling author Sherryl Woods stated simply, "A perfect blend of romance and women's fiction."

    That's such a simple statement, but truly I could think of no better way to sum it up. Let's start with the romance. I love these romantic leads that Denise Hunter created--- both hurt before in different ways and both apprehensive when it comes to falling in love again. But like in all good romances, sometimes love has other ideas. I loved watching this relationship develop through the back and forth of fears and doubts, showing that it is okay to take a chance on love again.

    Beyond the romance, it was also a really fantastic family story. Talk about family drama--- this family is FULL of it! You get a pretty good idea from the start what caused the rift in the family to start with, but I was continually shocked with the secrets revealed throughout the story. It might just make you feel better about the drama in your own family. I could NOT put it down, anxious to know what was going to happen next. It was entertaining to read, but it was also a great story of forgiveness, family and the toll that secrets can take. Truly, a great read all around.

    Now, I'm not going to give away any spoilers, but trust me when I say this is one summer read that you do NOT want to miss!

    **I received a complimentary copy of this book for consideration. All thoughts are 100% my own.
  4. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Summer by the Tides
    June 24, 2019
    rkfall
    I found Summer by the Tides by Denise Hunter to be a great summer read to start the days of June off with. There are some sisters that get pulled together because their Grandmother comes up missing and that's where the story begins. It twists and turns and there's rejoicing and sadness and there is great description of what living on the water can bring to a person. It makes me want to buy a beach house. Life is too short to live with division. As much as it depends upon you, live peaceably with all men. Forgiveness and breaking generational habits are themes as well.

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
  5. Raleigh, NC
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Perfect beach read - another winner from Ms. Hunter
    June 18, 2019
    Carol Gehringer
    Raleigh, NC
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Best-selling author Denise Hunter presents contemporary fiction with a twist a beach read that despite its setting, is more than just a beach read, combining the elements of family drama with romance and second chances.

    In Summer by The Tides, Maddy and her estranged sisters arrive at their grandmother's North Carolina cottage, but their grandmother isn't there. Emma, Nora, and Maddy haven't seen each other for twenty years. Being together in Gram's summer cottage and trying to sort out memories from the past, secrets that drove them apart, while waiting for news about their grandmother's disappearance stresses their already-strained relationships. Why is the neighbor Conner Sullivan so interested in Gram's whereabouts? Can they move past their hurts to accept one another as adults and rebuild a relationship with each other?

    Denise Hunter is known for her contemporary romance novels, with flawed characters her readers come to care about. Her storylines are complex and her character development is excellent. By the end of her novel, one feels as if a relationship has been built with the characters. Summer by The Tidesis no exception. The faith element is light, and the relationship drama is well-written and realistic. The novel's overall themes are betrayal, fractured family and romantic relationships permeate the story.
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