Saturday, August 18, 2018

As the Tide Comes in

As the Tide Comes In: A Novel 

Paperback, ebook

August 21, 2018

by Cindy Woodsmall (Author), Erin Woodsmall (Author)

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: WaterBrook 
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735291010

New York Times best-selling author releases her first southern novel, a Steel Magnolias-meets-Sweet Home Alabama story set on St. Simons Island.

When an unthinkable loss sends Tara Abbott's life spiraling out of control, she journeys from North Carolina to Georgia's St. Simons Island. Although confused and scared, she hopes to find answers about her past - her life before the years of foster care and raising her two half-brothers as a young adult. 

Will she find steady ground on the island, surrounded by an eccentric-but-kindhearted group of older women called The Glynn Girls and a determined firefighter? Or will the truth splinter what's left of her identity into pieces?

My thoughts: AS THE TIDE COMES IN is the second book in Ms. Woodsmalls' contemporary series (the first was The Gift of Christmas Past and fans will want to read that one first to get Hadley's story. )

Tara is a foster child, who gave up her dreams of college when her two half-brothers needed a guardian. She was eighteen, but the state left them alone since she stayed under-radar and she raised her half-brothers until they graduated high school. 

The book takes a dark turn there, and what follows is rather traumatic, heartbreaking, heart-wrenching, tear-inducing. You will need to keep a box of tissues handy.  There are humorous moments when the tourists on St. Simon's Island believe Tara is a ghost, and the southern mamas who hover around firefighter Gavin are a hoot.  I figured out the direction the book was going to go, and kept reading to see if it'd get there. It has a sweet, satisfactory ending and is a good read. 

This is more women's fiction than romance, but there is a sweet romance included. Gavin is kind and patient with Tara, staying calm, which is something she needed. He is a doll. 

I was given a copy free. All opinions are my own. 

1 comment:

Marilyn R. said...

I've enjoyed other books by Cindy Woodsmall but I haven't read he Gift of Christmas Past or As the Tide Comes In. Thank you for sharing.

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