SUMMER BY THE TIDES, the
newest offering by one of my favorite authors, Denise Hunter, is a
charmer! When we meet Maddy Monroe she has had a very bad day!
She caught Nick, her boyfriend of six months, kissing Evangeline,
owner of Pirouette, the posh restaurant Maddy works at as assistant
manager. Her life is Pirouette and she has been expecting a promotion
to manager, but she overhears Nick telling Evangeline Maddy is not the
right manager for Pirouette, and that he wants the job. Evangeline gives
him the job and Maddy leaves with a broken heart. At home, she
unplugs her phone, climbs into bed, and eats a package of Oreo
cookies. When she looks at her phone, she sees five missed messages
from her grandmother's neighbor, Connor Sullivan, who tells Maddy her
gram is missing, and he needs her help. Maddy immediately drives to
the beachside town of Sea Haven, to see if she can help find her
grandmother. Her meeting with Connor Sullivan is unpleasant.
Convinced he is a beach bum and a ladies man, she is cold and
sarcastic to him. They work together with the police to try and find
gram. When both of her estranged sisters, Nora and Emma, arrive,
things get out of hand. Gram calls in a few days from Boise where she
is attending her 65th high school reunion. Did she plan this to get the
three sisters together? She is funny, shrewd, and a matchmaker!
Denise Hunter is no stranger to me and I love the way she tells a story.
Always unforgettable characters, a quiet spiritual message interwoven
into the theme, set in a romantic locale... I never fail to "fall" for the
heroes of her books, and Connor Sullivan is no exception. Is it his
silver-blue eyes, the cleft in his chin, the scruffy look, the quiet way he
listens... or is it all of the above? As they get to know each other, they
begin to tell each other their secrets and hurts and something warm
and wonderful begins to blossom. Can Maddy trust this swoon-worthy
man? Connor is a hard worker, owns the marina as well as The
Landings, the local "in" spot for eating great food. Additionally, he has
helped Maddy's grandmother with repairs on her house and has figured
out how to get along with both of her sisters, and Pippy, their sweet,
furry ball of devotion.
Sisterhood is also a big part of this story. A betrayal by Nora to her
sister, Emma, has never been forgotten or forgiven. As a huge
hurricane comes ashore, everyone is gathered close together, and
secrets are shared. I was swept away by the inspirational messages
that brought forgiveness and fresh starts. It was the granting and then
accepting the forgiveness that brought about the long-overdue love of
Nora and Emma and what a sweet surprise ending. I loved SUMMER BY THE TIDES and you will,
too. Thank you for another winner, Denise Hunter!
A Summer of Low Tides Could Expose Years of Family
When her grandmother goes missing from the family beach
house, Maddy and her estranged sisters converge in Sea
Haven, North Carolina. Being with uptight Nora and
free-spirited Emma in the home where their family broke
apart is a struggle Maddy is not in the mood to face,
especially since she’s recovering from her ex-boyfriend’s
As the sisters wait for word of their grandmother, they
begin to pack up the family belongings—and unpack memories
of the idyllic summers of their childhood. But with those
memories come long-buried secrets, and Maddy discovers that
all was not as it appeared that last summer in Sea Haven.
Meanwhile, Gram’s neighbor, Connor Sullivan, seems overly
interested in Gram’s whereabouts. Maddy is drawn in by his
quick smile and steady gaze in spite of herself.
Undercurrents of jealousy and resentment threaten to pull
the family under again, maybe for good this time. As
tensions rise, the sisters must find a way to accept each
other for the women they’ve become—and Maddy must decide if
falling in love again is worth the potential heartbreak.