On a Summer Tide by Fisher, Suzanne WoodsOn a Summer Tide by Fisher, Suzanne Woods

On a Summer Tide

byFisher, Suzanne Woods

Paperback | April 30, 2019

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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. Sam 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.
Title:On a Summer TideFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:320 pages, 8.35 × 5.43 × 0.87 inShipping dimensions:8.35 × 5.43 × 0.87 inPublished:April 30, 2019Publisher:Baker Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:080073498X

ISBN - 13:9780800734985

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Beautiful Summer Escape “On a Summer Tide”, by Suzanne Woods Fisher is the first book I’ve read by this author.  Although this book is in the Contemporary Romance genre, I would consider the romance in this book to be a more secondary storyline.  The largest portion of “On a Summer Tide” is devoted to following the story of a father, his three grown daughters, and his grandson, as they struggle to reconnect after years of discord among their family following a terrible tragedy.   While the description above may sound very serious, “On a Summer Tide” is certainly not without humour.  Actually quite the contrary, as it is full of quirky characters sure to bring a smile to your face.  Perhaps the biggest moral of the story is the importance of family connections, and treating each other with respect, understanding, and compassion.   Another wonderful characteristic of “On a Summer Tide” is how it demonstrates the need to slow down and enjoy the time we’re given, rather than always rushing to finish our to-do list.  In fact, the pace of this book as a whole is gentle and meandering - until near the end when we’re given a shocking, I repeat, shocking surprise that I for one had no clue was coming.  This surprise is not particularly pleasant, and certainly not something I would recommend to younger readers, but it does open the door for a great reminder of redemption and forgiveness. I will certainly anticipate more stories about “Three Sisters Island”, hopefully a book for each sister.  Until then, I certainly enjoyed “On a Summer Tide” as a light read, ideal for summer and escaping to a beautiful island where a family will find healing, rest, and love. I received this book courtesy of Revell Publishing, in participation with a Revell Reads Blog Tour.  All opinions expressed in this review are my own.
Date published: 2019-07-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A great start to the series As I dove into the latest story from Suzanne Woods Fisher, I tried to put myself in the place of these characters and imagine how I would feel if my father suddenly told me he'd bought an Island and that he expected me and my siblings to join him in restoring it! Right then and there I knew I was going to be in for a delightful ride, and Fisher does not disappointment. Filled with drama of the best kind, moments of humour, and the type of romance that will leave a smile on your face, "On a Summer Tide" is thoroughly entertaining from beginning to end. Now, there were a few moments where I was annoyed by the interactions of the sisters, but it is entirely possible that this is because Fisher has so perfectly captured the sort of family drama that we can all find ourselves in the middle of. Each sister has a personal struggle to overcome in her own way, an element of which the reader will no doubt recognize in their own lives. But Fisher has done an excellent job at drawing this family together and forcing them to face what's been going wrong - and discover what's going right at the same time. As the story drew to a close, with a couple of twists thrown in for good measure just to keep me on my toes, I found myself wishing that I was truly able to join these characters as they worked to not only restore Camp Kicking Moose but to find the heart of their family at the same time. On a Summer Tide is a great start to the Three Sisters island Series, one that will capture the hearts of Suzanne Woods Fisher's ever growing fan base. I award this novel a solid rating of 4 out of 5 stars, and look forward to what lies in store for the residents of this remarkable island. (And as a side note, I truly challenge you to read this book without getting seriously hungry for every dish that Blaine whips up!) Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Date published: 2019-06-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from New Beginnings 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.
Date published: 2019-05-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A fun read full of family dynamics "One thing I know for sure, you either get bitter or better by what life throws at you." This is my takeaway quote from this book. And it is so true, but something I forget way too easily. This is a nice breezy summer read. Set on an island, the feel is warm and sunshiny. I mean what can go wrong on an island? But wait, there's the missing lobster, the painters who don't show up, the mayor who's a real character and then there's Peg, who you just have to love. But, none of these are the main characters, the three sisters who are here to help their dad out, to help restore a long-held dream. And, of course, there's romance. I mean it's a nice summer read after all, isn't that what you would expect? I will say this romance is fairly understated, things go wrong and things go very right, but not necessarily as you would guess. There's not a defined ending, but I'm guessing there are more books coming. There are three sisters after all and this book highlighted the older sister. I don't know for sure there are more books, but I would surely hope so, because there are many unanswered questions. There's a seven-year-old boy who has seen enough trauma in his life to last an adult and he's coping with string and what does that mean and how should it be handled? I hope I have given you enough clues to pique your interest and not so many as to make you go no way. I received this book from Revell and was not required to write a positive review.
Date published: 2019-05-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Don't miss this one! 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.
Date published: 2019-05-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Compelling novel 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.
Date published: 2019-05-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Vacation/Staycation Read 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.
Date published: 2019-05-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Start To The Series! 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! Final Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 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. I was not required to give a positive review.
Date published: 2019-04-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! On a Summer Tide by Suzanne Woods Fisher Let me just`say,this is a Great Book! After a LOT of starts and stops I managed to read the whole thing. It is set in modern times, about a father who sells their family home and buys a rundown island, in the hopes that he and his three grown daughters will come together to run a summer camp, and fix up the rest of the islands problems. A compelling story, because of my choppy reading, I've probably read this book three times total. I would sit down and re-read each page again and again. The book has wonderful characters who are well developed and you feel like you have stepped into their lives, to watch quietly by the wayside. You wish you could step in and give a character a big hug and have a cup of coffee, except if Peg made it! As I referred in the beginning, this is a wonderful book. Highly recommend. Suzanne Woods Fisher is more known to me, for her Amish or family living, Non-fiction. I don't have to worry about steamy sex scenes or the language being foul, or blasphemous; all throughout her books, or just sneaking one in on me. She has a good moral base and I know her books are good. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Library Thing and Revell, I was under no obligation to post a review. On a Summer Tide by Suzanne Woods Fisher
Date published: 2019-04-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Can Father Force Mending of Family Dynamics? Family dynamics can be really messy. I can’t imagine a father selling his home (the children are grown, or nearly so); buying an island in the state of dishabille; AND expecting all three daughters to move there improve it. Maybe Paul Grayson truly has lost his mind. Suzanne Woods Fisher writes about this widower’s family with three disconnected sisters in such a beautiful way that I found myself quickly mired in the quicksand of uncomfortable and dysfunctional family relationships. Each sister is delightful, yet shortsighted in her own way, which leads to a mess for them and an intriguing story for us, the readers. The island and its wildlife sound wonderful, yet there are drawbacks. Anybody not born there is a foreigner. No wi-fi. And a diner with a lady who can’t cook anything, let alone make coffee. I laughed and laughed over the silly antics until the tale wove back upon itself in a serious way that calls for tears. So many worthy quotes. “Mom always told us that life would surprise us with important choices, and our true character would emerge in how we responded.” “...life was full of simple miracles if you just opened your eyes to them.” “Life presents you with important choices. You can lash out, become bitter. Or draw closer to God, become better.” “...it’s never too late to learn to listen.” “We love each other, we tell each other the truth, and we keep working on things. That’s what families are all about.” Woods leaves just enough threads dangling that I am anxious for the next book in the series already. Good discussion questions follow, making this an excellent choice for book clubs. I received this complimentary book from the publisher and NetGalley. No positive review is required and all opinions are my own.
Date published: 2019-04-02