Summer by the Tides
From the bestselling author of The Convenient Groom (now a beloved Hallmark Original movie) comes a heartfelt story of family secrets, forgiveness, and unexpected romance.Following a painful betrayal, Maddy Monroe's love life is a wreck, and her restaurant career is in shambles. When her grandmother goes missing, she and her estranged sisters converge at the family beach house in Sea Haven, North Carolina. Being with uptight Nora and free-spirited Emma at the place where their family broke apart is a struggle, and undercurrents of jealousy and resentment threaten to pull the sisters under. In the midst of the storm, sparks begin to fly between Maddy and Gram's maddening neighbor, Connor Murphy.As the sisters pack up the family belongings, memories of idyllic, slow-paced summers are resurrected. But long-buried secrets also come to light as Maddy discovers that all was not as it appeared that last summer in Sea Haven--nor today in the seemingly perfect lives of her sisters.As family tensions rise and Connor causes tumult in Maddy's heart, the sisters must find a way to accept each other for the women they've become before the bitterness of the past destroys their hope for a future.

Summer by the Tides Details

TitleSummer by the Tides
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMay 21st, 2019
PublisherThomas Nelson
ISBN-139780785222705
Rating
GenreFiction, Romance, Christian, Contemporary, Christian Fiction

Summer by the Tides Review

  • Colleen
    January 1, 1970
    Hunter just keeps getting better and better! This book was my favorite to date. Full of unique and compelling characters and swoon worthy romance, this novel will have a prominent place on my keeper shelf.
  • Jen.
    January 1, 1970
    .If you’re looking for the perfect beach read, look no further than Summer by the Tides!Denise Hunter writes in a smooth, easy-going style that keeps the pages turning! The plot unfolded very naturally. Though they may have started off on the wrong foot, Connor and Maddy’s relationship blossomed into something completely adorable!Summer by the Tides is a sweet story filled with family, faith and forgiveness. I really enjoyed it!I happily recommend this book to fans of romance novels with a Chris .If you’re looking for the perfect beach read, look no further than Summer by the Tides!Denise Hunter writes in a smooth, easy-going style that keeps the pages turning! The plot unfolded very naturally. Though they may have started off on the wrong foot, Connor and Maddy’s relationship blossomed into something completely adorable!Summer by the Tides is a sweet story filled with family, faith and forgiveness. I really enjoyed it!I happily recommend this book to fans of romance novels with a Christian world view. I’m so glad to have read this charming story! I look forward to more books from Denise Hunter!Summer by the Tides releases on May 21, 2019. Preorder your copy today!https://jengalaxy4.wordpress.com/I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson Publishers through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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  • Emilee
    January 1, 1970
    Denise Hunter consistently puts out amazing love stories. She is one of my favorite authors. Her books have everything I love in a novel; sweet romance, easy to follow plot and heartwarming messages. Summer by the Tides is set at the beach. Oh! How I love a beach vacation. The warm breezes and the sound of the waves made me feel like I was right there digging my toes in the warm sand. The romance is well done but I especially enjoyed the dynamics of the sisters and how they were able to renew an Denise Hunter consistently puts out amazing love stories. She is one of my favorite authors. Her books have everything I love in a novel; sweet romance, easy to follow plot and heartwarming messages. Summer by the Tides is set at the beach. Oh! How I love a beach vacation. The warm breezes and the sound of the waves made me feel like I was right there digging my toes in the warm sand. The romance is well done but I especially enjoyed the dynamics of the sisters and how they were able to renew and strengthen their relationships. I recommend Summer by the Tides to all my Goodreads friends who love romance! It was so good! I would love a sequel!
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  • Susan Snodgrass
    January 1, 1970
    'She'd left God in the dust quite some time ago.'Maddy is left reeling from an especially vicious betrayal, both professional and emotional when she is called back to her grandmother's house in Sea Haven, NC. It seems her grandmother is missing and no one has any clue as to where she is. Her grandmother's neighbor, Connor Sullivan, has called Maddy and her two sisters, Emma and Nora and when they converge on the old house, emotions run rampant between Emma and Nora from old hurts and betrayals. 'She'd left God in the dust quite some time ago.'Maddy is left reeling from an especially vicious betrayal, both professional and emotional when she is called back to her grandmother's house in Sea Haven, NC. It seems her grandmother is missing and no one has any clue as to where she is. Her grandmother's neighbor, Connor Sullivan, has called Maddy and her two sisters, Emma and Nora and when they converge on the old house, emotions run rampant between Emma and Nora from old hurts and betrayals. The sisters get busy packing up family belongings in their grandmother's home, and recall the good times they had their each summer as children. But there are many secrets in this family, secrets and betrayals that threaten their hearts. Tensions are high as jealousy, resentment and pain come against this family. Will they ever be able to put aside the past and be close again? Or will they just give in to defeat and go their separate ways?Meanwhile, Connor Sullivan is beginning to have feelings for Maddy as she is for him. But Maddy is bound and determined never to love again after her most recent break up. After all, if you hide your heart, it can't get hurt. Right? Maybe not. Denise Hunter has long been a favorite of mine and I never fail to enjoy her books. She knows how to dig right into the reader's heart and pull them into the story completely. Even her secondary characters are meaningful and good to know. She weaves the spiritual theme throughout this story, while capturing the complete emotional make up of her characters. This one moved me deeply and I found myself crying several times. Well done! I highly recommend Summer By The Tides.*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson Publishers through Net Galley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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  • Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader
    January 1, 1970
    Oh Maddy and Connor. I loved this book from page one until the last page. I always hate to start a book by Hunter because I know that I'm going to read it in one sitting then have to wait for ever for her next book. You are going to love this book of love, forgiveness and family. I HIGHLY recommend this 5 star book!
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  • Stephanie
    January 1, 1970
    I received a copy of this title via NetGalley. It does not impact my review.Summer by the Tides is one of my new favorite Denise Hunter novels. A perfect blend of family, faith, and romance, it was everything I hope for when picking up one of Hunter’s books.Maddy loses her job and her boyfriend all at the same time so there is nothing holding her back from going to look in on her grandmother when she gets a call from her concerned neighbor. The concerned neighbor also called Maddy’s two estrange I received a copy of this title via NetGalley. It does not impact my review.Summer by the Tides is one of my new favorite Denise Hunter novels. A perfect blend of family, faith, and romance, it was everything I hope for when picking up one of Hunter’s books.Maddy loses her job and her boyfriend all at the same time so there is nothing holding her back from going to look in on her grandmother when she gets a call from her concerned neighbor. The concerned neighbor also called Maddy’s two estranged sisters, Nora and Emma. Nora and Emma had a falling out twenty years prior and are both still holding grudges. It makes things really uncomfortable when they all show up at their grandmother’s and then decide to stay there to help fix the place up. All the characters were pretty likable, though sometimes frustrating. The secrets that are discovered during their stay were not anything surprising – except there was an extra twist on one that I wasn’t expecting.I really liked the concerned neighbor, Connor. He was such a sweet and stand-up guy. I loved his relationship with his sisters. I really shipped his growing relationship with Maddy, too. He was exactly the kind of guy that Maddy needed and he was extremely patient with her skittishness. Things did get just a little too cheesy at times when it came to the romance, but I’ll take sappy over graphic any day.Overall, I really enjoyed Summer by the Tides. It was a cute, quick read that I flew right through. I liked the message of faith and trusting in God and felt it was incorporated really well into the characters’ lives and didn’t come off as preachy. I liked seeing Maddy and her sisters work through their issues and discover family secrets. I liked that reconciliation was shown as a process and small steps and not just a magical fix where everything is all of a sudden fine. I definitely recommend this one to Denise Hunter fans.Overall Rating (out of 5): 4 Stars
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  • Denise Hershberger
    January 1, 1970
    This was a beautiful book. I feel like it was the perfect combination of inspirational romance and women's fiction. Hunter's depth in all of the relationships was amazing whether they were the sisters, romantic relationships, or just family in general. I was truly amazed at how many feelings there were throughout. I found myself close to tears, laughing, and swooning at various points.One aspect I especially liked was how important honest communication was especially between Connor and Maddy. It This was a beautiful book. I feel like it was the perfect combination of inspirational romance and women's fiction. Hunter's depth in all of the relationships was amazing whether they were the sisters, romantic relationships, or just family in general. I was truly amazed at how many feelings there were throughout. I found myself close to tears, laughing, and swooning at various points.One aspect I especially liked was how important honest communication was especially between Connor and Maddy. It would have been so easy for them to gloss over the important conversations, but they didn't and it made the story that much deeper. Of course, I liked it when they stopped talking and communicated on other ways too!The family dynamics of three siblings separated by many years was very interesting. My husband and his siblings are that way. I saw many similarities from his life. It gave the book a unique spin. I also really appreciated how forgiveness was the theme throughout. It is a common theme in Christian and inspirational fiction, but I never felt like it was the same old story. I liked the new perspective.I enjoyed all aspects of this book but I'm still swooning from the romance. Hunter is a master of her craft!I received an advanced copy of the book from the publisher and NetGalley. This is my honest review.
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  • Shelby
    January 1, 1970
    Maddy’s life was exactly how she wanted it. She’s assistant manager at a well-known restaurant in Charlotte, with a promotion coming her way any second. Her and her boyfriend slash coworker, Nick, have been going out for 6-months and things have been going well. But then everything crashes when she discovers her boyfriend kissing their boss and discussing taking the promotion for himself. So she leaves without a word, losing both her job and her boyfriend in an instant. So when she gets a call f Maddy’s life was exactly how she wanted it. She’s assistant manager at a well-known restaurant in Charlotte, with a promotion coming her way any second. Her and her boyfriend slash coworker, Nick, have been going out for 6-months and things have been going well. But then everything crashes when she discovers her boyfriend kissing their boss and discussing taking the promotion for himself. So she leaves without a word, losing both her job and her boyfriend in an instant. So when she gets a call from her Gram’s neighbor, Connor, that Gram disappeared from her home, Maddy thinks now is a good time to get out of town and see what her Gram has been up to in Seahaven. As it turns out, Connor called not just Maddy, but her two older sisters, Nora and Emma, to help track down their Gram. When they all get there, they’re in quite a shock to discover all 3 of them are there together. 20-years ago, a riff was formed between Nora and Emma and now even two decades later, things haven’t resolved. Their Gram has been wanting them to come clear out her beach house for years, but the granddaughters never agree to visiting together. So now that they’re there, they feel now’s a good a time as ever to get the job done. They hear from Gram and all is well, so they agree to sticking around until she returns to clean and fix up her home. But doing so without any disagreements will be a challenge. Maddy is determined to be peace-keeper and keep Nora and Emma from biting each other’s heads off. Gram’s neighbor, Connor, is a widower and the owner of both the marina and a local restaurant, Sullivan’s Landing. When his restaurant manager has a family emergency, she leaves unexpectedly, leaving Connor in a pinch. He soon discovers that Maddy is a restaurant manager and begs for help at the Landing. Maddy’s gotten the impression that Connor is a sleezy ladies man, just like Nick. But even though she isn’t so sure about Connor, she agrees to work at the Landing. She doesn’t have a job anyway, so she has nothing to lose. The more time her and her sisters spend together, the more Maddy realizes they all are tackling their own problems back home. None of them have a picture perfect life, even if one or all of the want to appear that they do. And Maddy also realizes that Connor is not the player that she originally thought. He’s actually kind, funny and just as damaged as she is. She misjudged him from day one and to make it up to him, she not only apologizes, but strikes up a friendship with Connor. Maddy quickly learns that Connor is harboring romantic feelings for her and she’s fighting an inner battle of whether or not she should let herself have feeling for him back. She was burned by another man only a couple months previously and Maddy isn’t sure she’s ready to open her heart up again so quickly. But Maddy remembers that Connor has experienced a world of heartbreak himself and may understand her situation more than she realizes. Will Maddy admit to herself and Connor that she’s fallen head over heels or will she go back to Charlotte, leaving Connor as just another summer memory?Summer by the Tides is Denise Hunter’s newest small-town romance novel. This time, the story’s set in the coastal town of Seahaven. Denise has done it yet again—she always gets me wrapped up in the characters, making me feel attached to each of them. I thoroughly enjoy Denise’s writing style, and Summer by the Tides is no exception. I’m not sure if this is a standalone or the start of a new series, but I wouldn’t mind seeing more of these characters, especially in the sunny town of Seahaven. A perfect summer, beach read, Summer by the Tides is another winner from Denise Hunter—4/5 stars. Thank you to NetGalley, Thomas Nelson and Denise Hunter for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Brittany
    January 1, 1970
    If you are looking for a great summer beach story, Summer by the Tides is one I can definitely recommend. The two main characters, Maddy Monroe and Connor Sullivan, were ones I instantly cared about.This book has it all: great beach scenery, strained relationships between three sisters, issues that must be resolved, a hint of mystery regarding the grandmother’s whereabouts, a heroine who has a problem with trust, and a handsome widower who really needs a happily-ever-after. There is truly a wond If you are looking for a great summer beach story, Summer by the Tides is one I can definitely recommend. The two main characters, Maddy Monroe and Connor Sullivan, were ones I instantly cared about.This book has it all: great beach scenery, strained relationships between three sisters, issues that must be resolved, a hint of mystery regarding the grandmother’s whereabouts, a heroine who has a problem with trust, and a handsome widower who really needs a happily-ever-after. There is truly a wonderful balance of all of these issues within the pages.I enjoyed the flashbacks that appeared throughout the book, highlighting how and when things went wrong for this family. And the romance that was woven into the present day timeline was just perfect. I was really rooting for Connor and Maddy to have a future together. I highly recommend it!I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.You can read this review on my blog:https://brittreadsfiction.wordpress.c...
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  • Madison
    January 1, 1970
    Summer By The Tides is a delightful, easy to read, easy to enjoy romance. There have been many Christian contemporary titles published recently that feature broken sisterly relationships and the slow mending of these bonds, but Summer By The Tides is by far my favourite. Touching on some tough and thoughtful tones, it remains a lighthearted, sunshine filled and feel good story of love, family and fresh starts.The day Maddy Monroe discovers her boyfriend is a lying cheater and that she has lost t Summer By The Tides is a delightful, easy to read, easy to enjoy romance. There have been many Christian contemporary titles published recently that feature broken sisterly relationships and the slow mending of these bonds, but Summer By The Tides is by far my favourite. Touching on some tough and thoughtful tones, it remains a lighthearted, sunshine filled and feel good story of love, family and fresh starts.The day Maddy Monroe discovers her boyfriend is a lying cheater and that she has lost the promotion at work, she gets a phone call saying her grandmother has gone missing. It’s easy to jump in the car and return to her childhood summer house on the beach, harder to face her two sisters and the memories of what tore her family apart all those years ago. With the help of her grandmother’s neighbour, Connor, Maddy and her sisters search for their missing grandmother and get the house in order, sifting through memories and facing the secrets of the past. While the synopsis for Summer By The Tides focuses on Maddy’s relationships with her sisters, the story is actually centred around the blooming romance between Maddy and Connor and Maddy’s own experiences with and beliefs about love. I really enjoyed the sweet romance that Connor and Maddy share. They certainly don’t start out as a perfect couple. Maddy is quick to judge Connor and it’s hard for Connor to see past Maddy’s harsh and judgmental facade. As they start to work together, though, they both have to re-evaluate their initial impressions and they find they actually make a pretty great couple. Both have their reasons for shying away from a relationship, Connor lost his young wife and Maddy has plenty of reason to be distrustful of men. They have their bumps and ups and downs, but their connection is hard to ignore. I loved the little moments they shared over food (Maddy’s world) or sailing (Connor’s domain). Very sweet.Maddy’s sisters and the family as a whole have experienced some tough relationship breakdowns. Maddy ends up playing referee a lot of the time and carries her own guilt from what transpired all those summers ago. The chance to live together, work together gives the sisters the time to work through some of that painful history, current hardships and the guilt and anger that has kept them captive. Yet, Summer By The Tides retains a lighthearted and warm story, making it the perfect summer (or anytime) beach (or anywhere) read. The publishers provided an advanced readers copy of this book for reviewing purposes. All opinions are my own.Find more reviews, reading age guides, content advisory, and recommendations on my blog Madison's Library
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  • MJSH
    January 1, 1970
    "It's not the how, Maddy. It's the Who."Denise Hunter has an amazing ability to grab hold of your heart and imagination no matter what topic or setting she writes about. This newest release has three sisters converging on their grandmother's seaside cottage in North Carolina while they search for their grandmother who has gone MIA, and all three are broken, hurting, and insecure. There is plenty of backstory to the tension that suffocates the sisters and, though this is not a suspense novel, the "It's not the how, Maddy. It's the Who."Denise Hunter has an amazing ability to grab hold of your heart and imagination no matter what topic or setting she writes about. This newest release has three sisters converging on their grandmother's seaside cottage in North Carolina while they search for their grandmother who has gone MIA, and all three are broken, hurting, and insecure. There is plenty of backstory to the tension that suffocates the sisters and, though this is not a suspense novel, the pieces of the backstory that slowly come together via flashbacks had me turning the pages with anticipation. The dialogue is fun and lively, the characters are deeply layered and multi-faceted and so lovable, and the writing is easy to read. If you are a fan of contemporary romance, you will love this book.Maddy, our heroine who has been hurt by her ex-boyfriend, is jobless, direction-less, and hopeless as she tries to figure out what happened to her grandmother. She's fun, creative, and motivated but wary of strangers and doesn't trust easily. She's also the peacemaker within the sisters and the strained relationship of her older two sisters makes things even worse as they all worry about their grandmother. Connor, the swoon-worthy neighbor next door, has also seen his share of pain and hurt and chooses to bury himself in work and helping those around him. He's the one who calls the sisters together when he realizes that his elderly neighbor is missing and he and Maddy get off on the wrong foot from the beginning. But as they spend more time together, Connor's overwhelming charm, honesty, loyalty, compassion, and steadfastness help Maddy re-evaluate her first impression. The encouraging theme of granting and accepting forgiveness as well as overcoming fear with love is prominent in the story.Don't miss this awesome summer read! I am hoping for a Hallmark movie from this book....I received a copy of the book from Thomas Nelson and via Celebrate Lit Tours and was under no obligation to post a positive review. All comments and opinions are solely my own.
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  • Darla Damron
    January 1, 1970
    A really fun and good book to read about family problems, forgiveness and a little romance mixed in. Once again the author did not disappoint with some secrets to figure out as well.
  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    Denise Hunter does it again by writing a great summer romance! This will be a great book to read at the beach this summer (or anytime or anywhere). In this latest release by Ms. Hunter, we learn about a set of sisters- Maddy, Nora, and Emma who have a struggling relationship with each other. Both the three of them love their grandmother. Each receive a phone call that she is missing so they all arrive to discover where their grandmother could be. The phone call was from their grandmother’s neigh Denise Hunter does it again by writing a great summer romance! This will be a great book to read at the beach this summer (or anytime or anywhere). In this latest release by Ms. Hunter, we learn about a set of sisters- Maddy, Nora, and Emma who have a struggling relationship with each other. Both the three of them love their grandmother. Each receive a phone call that she is missing so they all arrive to discover where their grandmother could be. The phone call was from their grandmother’s neighbor, Connor. Connor tries to help the girls, but has problems of his own. Together, they work on restoring the beach house and going through their grandmother’s belongings. During their cleaning, they discover things that they never knew. During their time together at the beach house, they must learn to live together in harmony. Can they overcome the hurts of the past? As always Ms. Hunter writes another fantastic romantic book! This book examines old hurts, forgiveness, and how to move past the past. I highly recommend this book! You will not be disappointed!***I was given a free electronic copy of this book from the publisher for an honest review. This is my honest opinion. Even though I received this copy free, I have purchased her books before.
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  • Karen
    January 1, 1970
    I can't think of a Denise Hunter book I have ever read that I did not enjoy. Her way with words and where she takes her characters are so enjoyable and refreshing.In this book, we head to the beach where three estranged sisters have been summoned after their grandmother has gone missing. Was she really missing, or did she run away in hopes all the sisters would land in her home together? That's just one little element about Grams that made me love her so much.The sisters quickly meet Connor, the I can't think of a Denise Hunter book I have ever read that I did not enjoy. Her way with words and where she takes her characters are so enjoyable and refreshing.In this book, we head to the beach where three estranged sisters have been summoned after their grandmother has gone missing. Was she really missing, or did she run away in hopes all the sisters would land in her home together? That's just one little element about Grams that made me love her so much.The sisters quickly meet Connor, the hunky next door neighbor, and he becomes an important part of the story that will play out over the summer for this family.During flashbacks, we go back twenty years to learn the reason these sisters seem to dislike each other so much. That summer twenty years ago is gut-wrenching and brings to light so much heartache.But as with every sweet story, we have the opportunity to see God at work in the life of every person in this book. We get to see revelations of people we thought we knew, we get to see guards come down around hard hearts, and we get to see people fall in love exactly the way God had planned.I loved this book for so many reasons and know you will want it on your reading list. *I received a NetGally copy of this book*
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  • Susan K
    January 1, 1970
    Romance, clean; mild Christian faith elements4.5 for me as a reader. Rounded up, this deserves to be widely read. Gorgeous small town, family story with a sweet, heartfelt romance. This is by far my favorite book of Denise Hunter's. She captures the misunderstandings, hurts, hearts, and moments of this family to a 'T'. The characters, setting, and the story line were honest, real, hurting, and genuine. This was a perfect read for me. With the Christian setting, so many novels deal with drastical Romance, clean; mild Christian faith elements4.5 for me as a reader. Rounded up, this deserves to be widely read. Gorgeous small town, family story with a sweet, heartfelt romance. This is by far my favorite book of Denise Hunter's. She captures the misunderstandings, hurts, hearts, and moments of this family to a 'T'. The characters, setting, and the story line were honest, real, hurting, and genuine. This was a perfect read for me. With the Christian setting, so many novels deal with drastically fallen characters that have to redeem themselves, and while I get that story line, this is a novel of forgiveness and healing without the awfulness and consequences of a deep sin. (I am not judging, just commenting). This was truly every day life at its lowest, complex, but salvageable state. The problems were there, they weren't easy to fix or forgive, but they lived, they loved, and as they tried to muddle through, they were able to see the light of hope and peace through their efforts and returning to faith as well. The Christian faith elements were sweet, gentle and honest. Loved how they were included in this novel. Along with all of this, Maddy and Connor's story, their hearts was a lovely gorgeous read. It was 'real' in the most honest sense and the characters just bled, hoped, hurt, and loved through this story. Highly recommend if you love a good romance with some forgiveness and growth in it. Perfect read for me. Again, my favorite of everything I have read of Denise Hunters'.I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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  • Andrea
    January 1, 1970
    “Low tide exposed the good and the bad, she supposed.”If you need a spring break or beach read, look no further (well, unless you need more than one book). You will absolutely love this story, and it’s one of those that will stay with you (I finished it a couple of days ago and I can’t bring myself to start a new one yet). It has mysteries (yes, more than just the one you’ll know about from the synopsis), family secrets, twists and turns that you really won’t see coming, a beach setting (you wil “Low tide exposed the good and the bad, she supposed.”If you need a spring break or beach read, look no further (well, unless you need more than one book). You will absolutely love this story, and it’s one of those that will stay with you (I finished it a couple of days ago and I can’t bring myself to start a new one yet). It has mysteries (yes, more than just the one you’ll know about from the synopsis), family secrets, twists and turns that you really won’t see coming, a beach setting (you will FEEL the breeze—she’s that good), well-developed, likeable characters that you’ll care about, and, of course, a beautiful love story. Maddy is such a likeable character, and you’ll pull for her through the whole story (along with her sisters and other characters as well). The beach town is almost a minor character, and her descriptions of the setting are just glorious. This book is around 300 pages—not a short book—and I still wanted more! Denise Hunter has become one of my favorite authors. There’s no need for me to read the back of the book—if she writes it, I’ll read it. I was so sad to read the last page, and I’m also sad that this is a stand-alone novel because I would happily read a book about every character that appears in this story . . . but no worries—whatever she writes next is sure to be excellent. I highly recommend this book and this author.
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  • Tracey
    January 1, 1970
    I've read almost two dozen Denise Hunter books and am a big fan of her writing. My favorites have been Dancing with Fireflies and The Goodbye Bride. These two are going to have to make room on the shelf for Summer of the Tides! This story checks all the boxes for great reading, warm sunny beach setting, complex family dynamics, relatable characters and a fantastic love story with sizzling chemistry.Maddy is the epitome of the "once burned, twice shy" idiom. Having just discovered her boyfriend's I've read almost two dozen Denise Hunter books and am a big fan of her writing. My favorites have been Dancing with Fireflies and The Goodbye Bride. These two are going to have to make room on the shelf for Summer of the Tides! This story checks all the boxes for great reading, warm sunny beach setting, complex family dynamics, relatable characters and a fantastic love story with sizzling chemistry.Maddy is the epitome of the "once burned, twice shy" idiom. Having just discovered her boyfriend's betrayal, she suspects every motive behind attractive neighbor Connor's helpfulness. Connor has suffered through his own hard times and become a stronger, more patient, faith-filled man because of it. Sisters Nora and Emma's complicated relationship provides a good deal of angst to the unfolding story of years past. Gram is nothing if not shockingly funny in her behavior and comments. With a hurricane brewing, I couldn't help but see it as a parallel to the storm the family was facing. Everyone has secrets they hold inside to keep from being hurt. I love how Denise dealt with the issues of fear, pain, judgement and loss, and overcoming them all through love and forgiveness.There are some great quotes in this book! Three of my favorites,*Little sister advice-"Do you really think you're going to find a single woman your age without a little baggage? You're toting around at least a carry-on yourself. We all have issues, you know. That's just life."*Self-sabotage-"You just make me feel so much, and I was afraid you'd break my heart. So I went ahead and broke it myself."*Grandma wisdom-"Love's not always easy, but it's worth it. You'll never find happiness if you let fear stand in the way of what you truly desire."I loved the epilogue and the way Hunter tied together all the details of their personal and professional lives. It's so satisfying I've reread those last few pages a good number of times. I don't know how she does it, but Hunter's writing gets better with each book. I hope this is a series and the next story we'll be reading will be Nora's!I received a complimentary copy of Summer by the Tides from Thomas Nelson through Netgalley. Opinions expressed in my review are completely my own.
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  • Nicole Cook
    January 1, 1970
    Summer by the Tides is the perfect summer beach read! Denise Hunter is a favorite author of many contemporary romance readers because of her swoon-worthy characters, her captivating storylines, and her ability to weave the characters’ faith seamlessly into her novels. Summer by the Tides focuses on the estrangement between the Monroe sisters, but there is still plenty of romance in the novel that fans of Denise Hunter will love. This is a story of forgiveness, new beginnings, and finding true lo Summer by the Tides is the perfect summer beach read! Denise Hunter is a favorite author of many contemporary romance readers because of her swoon-worthy characters, her captivating storylines, and her ability to weave the characters’ faith seamlessly into her novels. Summer by the Tides focuses on the estrangement between the Monroe sisters, but there is still plenty of romance in the novel that fans of Denise Hunter will love. This is a story of forgiveness, new beginnings, and finding true love. The three Monroe sisters (Maddy, Nora, and Emma) all rush to their grandmother’s beach house in Sea Haven, North Carolina after her neighbor Connor Sullivan calls and tells them that their grandmother is missing. Betrayal from long ago still haunts the estranged sisters as they work together to find their grandmother. Despite initially disliking each other, sparks begin to fly between Maddy and Connor, but Maddy is afraid of heartbreak and struggles to trust again. Connor Sullivan is not the typical hero of Denise Hunter’s, with his long golden hair often tied back and his scruffy face. Maddy initially thinks that Connor has the careless look of a beach bum, but he quickly finds his way into her heart. This handsome, swoon-worthy character will definitely find a place in readers’ hearts everywhere. New revelations and shocking family secrets come to light that the readers will not expect. Readers of women’s fiction, contemporary romance, and fans of authors such as Beth K. Vogt, Robin Lee Hatcher, and Becky Wade will love this highly recommended novel by Denise Hunter. For readers who have never read a Denise Hunter novel, this is the perfect opportunity! You will not be disappointed!I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson and was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine.
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  • Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
    January 1, 1970
    I've been looking forward to this book for so long! I was excited to finally get to sit down and enjoy it. Denise Hunter is one of my go-to authors and I'm always watching for her next book.The coastal setting of this book was magic to me. I'm in desperate need of some summer beach time and this story made that desire even stronger. There are some strong family dynamics happening in this book. Maddy and her sisters have drifted apart. They really have no idea what is happening in each other's l I've been looking forward to this book for so long! I was excited to finally get to sit down and enjoy it. Denise Hunter is one of my go-to authors and I'm always watching for her next book.The coastal setting of this book was magic to me. I'm in desperate need of some summer beach time and this story made that desire even stronger. There are some strong family dynamics happening in this book. Maddy and her sisters have drifted apart. They really have no idea what is happening in each other's lives and when they are thrown together it makes for some tense situations. The detailed backstory is revealed bit by bit, intertwining with current circumstances. It made for an excellent build up of emotions. I loved getting to know all the characters in such a personal way.Maddy is the youngest by quite a bit. She is the one trying to keep the peace between her warring sisters. Emotionally she has a lot on her plate. Poor Connor gets the brunt of Maddy's frustrations and betrayals in the beginning as he is misjudged and just a titch mistreated. Fortunately, he is a good, solid guy. He is honest and he is kind. I really loved him. Maddy eventually comes around to the knowledge of the kind of stand up guy he is and I loved when that shift started to happen. This book was full of emotion and conflict that came to rest in a very satisfying ending. I was all in and enjoyed every single page.Content: peril, kissing, Christian elements (talk of God, trusting in God)- I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Maria
    January 1, 1970
    I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.A very romantic read, with the characters going from enemies, or disliking one another, to lovers, a trope I adore and which is very well done in “Summer by the Tides”. The animosity between Maddy and Connor (stronger from Maddy) was so palpable in the beginning and the heroine’s wariness so ingrained and instantaneous that I was absolutely enraptured by the I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.A very romantic read, with the characters going from enemies, or disliking one another, to lovers, a trope I adore and which is very well done in “Summer by the Tides”. The animosity between Maddy and Connor (stronger from Maddy) was so palpable in the beginning and the heroine’s wariness so ingrained and instantaneous that I was absolutely enraptured by the story.I loved how sweet the slow-building romance is, the sensitivity about the characters distrust and fears of a romantic relationship and the way they both overcome their own misgivings with some mishaps along the way.I loved Connor, a fabulous Beta hero, beautifully characterized inside and out: calm, steady, sweet, private, with a world of grief behind those “enigmatic gray eyes”, a good listener. It was great to have his point of view. But our wounded hero is not perfect, and he seemed a bit preachy sometimes.I also liked that the main characters talk, there are no stupid complications or misunderstandings, and I found Maddy’s certainty about her former boyfriend refreshing.A beautiful setting and the subjects of forgiveness, trust and betrayal in a complex context of family secrets, unresolved feelings and childhood perceptions, a subtle humor delivering, for example, Maddy’s first impressions about Connor as a beach bum, made for a very enjoyable reading.
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  • Donna (More Than a Review)
    January 1, 1970
    Summer by the Tides by Denise Hunter is part family drama and part sweet romance. Conner, the next door neighbor, calls all three sisters when their Grandmother is gone for several days. He is not aware that they are estranged. However it is unusual that each of the sisters doesn’t seem to mind staying to go through the house once they realize what has happened to the grandmother. Their reasons are revealed as the story progresses. I loved how Maddy got the wrong impression of Connor from the st Summer by the Tides by Denise Hunter is part family drama and part sweet romance. Conner, the next door neighbor, calls all three sisters when their Grandmother is gone for several days. He is not aware that they are estranged. However it is unusual that each of the sisters doesn’t seem to mind staying to go through the house once they realize what has happened to the grandmother. Their reasons are revealed as the story progresses. I loved how Maddy got the wrong impression of Connor from the start. That was a fun part of the story when she realizes how wrong she has been and apologizes. The grandmother takes a secondary role but she is entertaining and you will like her. Connor and his family dynamics were also a great addition to the story. Denise elicits all kinds of emotions from readers as the history of the sisters and their family is revealed. In addition, the women have to deal with their current issues. Denise packed this story full of drama and emotions. I received this book from Netgalley. I was not required to write a positive review.You can see my full review at More Than a Review dot com where I rate the level of sex, violence, language and drug/alcohol use in books.
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  • Gloria
    January 1, 1970
    Just as Maddy Monroe's life is falling apart, her grandmother's neighbor calls to let her know that she is missing. Maddy takes off from Charlotte, North Carolina to travel to the North Carolina coast and the town of Sea Haven. Connor Sullivan couldn't reach Maddy right away so he also contacted her sisters, Nora and Emma. Things are very tense at the house on the beach, not just because Gram is missing but because Nora and Emma have been estranged for twenty years, since Nora stole Emma's fianc Just as Maddy Monroe's life is falling apart, her grandmother's neighbor calls to let her know that she is missing. Maddy takes off from Charlotte, North Carolina to travel to the North Carolina coast and the town of Sea Haven. Connor Sullivan couldn't reach Maddy right away so he also contacted her sisters, Nora and Emma. Things are very tense at the house on the beach, not just because Gram is missing but because Nora and Emma have been estranged for twenty years, since Nora stole Emma's fiance. Thankfully, Gram called after a few days to let everyone know that she is okay. Apparently, she set everyone up to get them all together for some healing time. Like that was going to happen!Maddy doesn't have a job or boyfriend to go back to since he took her promotion she is in line for at the upscale restaurant and cheated with their boss to get it. But her sisters have lives back home. Why are they staying? Gram has been wanting them to get her house in order to sell so they decided to work on her house until she returns and as long as it takes.Life is full of surprises and this is certainly the case as all of the sisters are keeping their secrets from each other. Maddy makes a new friend with Connor as she helps him out at his marina restaurant. This is a deeply layered and touching story of healing, forgiveness, faith, new beginnings and romance. Throw in a hurricane to add some excitement. I received a complimentary ARC from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are mine only.
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  • Rebekah Millet
    January 1, 1970
    I love that this book was a stand-alone. I could pick it up and delve right in and know that I wouldn’t be missing anything from previous storylines. And there was just SO MUCH TO LOVE about this novel. The beach setting, the complicated relationship between the sisters, and the handsome neighbor with his own issues. The elements of faith were PERFECTION. Not preachy, but not lacking either. Denise Hunter is one of the few authors I trust with my precious reading time, and Summer by the Tides ha I love that this book was a stand-alone. I could pick it up and delve right in and know that I wouldn’t be missing anything from previous storylines. And there was just SO MUCH TO LOVE about this novel. The beach setting, the complicated relationship between the sisters, and the handsome neighbor with his own issues. The elements of faith were PERFECTION. Not preachy, but not lacking either. Denise Hunter is one of the few authors I trust with my precious reading time, and Summer by the Tides has taken the spot of her #1 book in my heart. The details in each scene were crafted masterfully, to where I felt like I was watching a movie. This was the perfect book to escape into.
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  • Misty Wilson
    January 1, 1970
    What a heartwarming read! I wish I could give it 10 stars. Summer by the Tides brings out all the emotions- shock, sadness, and joy. Maddy, Nora, and Emma are brought to SeaHaven by their grandma’s neighbor, Conner Sullivan, when it appears Gram is missing. You quickly learn the sisters are harboring secrets not only about their pasts, but about their present lives. As the summer progresses, Maddy soon realizes she has projected past hurts onto Conner and he is not the person she made him out to What a heartwarming read! I wish I could give it 10 stars. Summer by the Tides brings out all the emotions- shock, sadness, and joy. Maddy, Nora, and Emma are brought to SeaHaven by their grandma’s neighbor, Conner Sullivan, when it appears Gram is missing. You quickly learn the sisters are harboring secrets not only about their pasts, but about their present lives. As the summer progresses, Maddy soon realizes she has projected past hurts onto Conner and he is not the person she made him out to be. Conner is himself as a lot of hurt in his past but has learned to put his trust in God. It takes an approaching storm to make them all realize that secrets are best out in the open so healing can begin. This book accurately depicts how families can be torn apart and lives forever changed when things go unsaid or unforgiven. I found it very difficult to put down and hated for it to end.I was given a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. Opinions expressed are completely my own.
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  • Suzie Waltner
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 starsI am never disappointed with a book written by Denise Hunter. Seriously, how does she crank out winner after winner like she does?Summer by the Tides brings three sisters, who are not that close to each other, together at the North Carolina coast. Through their time cleaning out their grandmother’s home, secrets are shared, truths revealed, and relationships healed.I really enjoyed the sisters’ relationships in this one. All three of them are well-developed. You know from the get-go the 4.5 starsI am never disappointed with a book written by Denise Hunter. Seriously, how does she crank out winner after winner like she does?Summer by the Tides brings three sisters, who are not that close to each other, together at the North Carolina coast. Through their time cleaning out their grandmother’s home, secrets are shared, truths revealed, and relationships healed.I really enjoyed the sisters’ relationships in this one. All three of them are well-developed. You know from the get-go there’s tension and discord between them, but as more is revealed throughout the book, I found myself taking a side with one sister only to find some sympathy for the other as well.And of course, there’s Connor. He and Maddy may have a rough start, but boy, oh boy, does he make up for it.A perfect summer or beach read, Summer by the Tides will delight readers with it’s themes of family, faith, and forgiving the wrongs done you in the past.Disclosure statement:I receive complimentary books from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including NetGalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
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  • June
    January 1, 1970
    When I read Denise Hunter’s first book about 20 years ago, I thought here is an author who is going to go places! It’s been a great pleasure following her on her journey. Her books are always heartwarming and a nice place to go for some quiet time. The challenges she guides her characters through are amazing. I’m looking forward to 20 more years of amazing stories! I’ve loved that Hallmark has picked up a couple of her books!!!Thanks to the publisher who allowed me to enjoy this story before the When I read Denise Hunter’s first book about 20 years ago, I thought here is an author who is going to go places! It’s been a great pleasure following her on her journey. Her books are always heartwarming and a nice place to go for some quiet time. The challenges she guides her characters through are amazing. I’m looking forward to 20 more years of amazing stories! I’ve loved that Hallmark has picked up a couple of her books!!!Thanks to the publisher who allowed me to enjoy this story before the release date. This review is my honest opinion of this wonderful book!
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  • Cassandra
    January 1, 1970
    Oh my. What a wonderful read this book was! Denise has done it again. This is a story about estranged sisters and the road to reconciliation and forgiveness and each sister has their own issues to deal with.. This is also a story about a man who will discover hope again. All the main characters were great. The romance between Maddy & Conner (the heroine & the hero) was also super sweet. I love the dynamics of a broken family relationships in this story. It felt more layered in addition t Oh my. What a wonderful read this book was! Denise has done it again. This is a story about estranged sisters and the road to reconciliation and forgiveness and each sister has their own issues to deal with.. This is also a story about a man who will discover hope again. All the main characters were great. The romance between Maddy & Conner (the heroine & the hero) was also super sweet. I love the dynamics of a broken family relationships in this story. It felt more layered in addition to the romance. Hope this is a series. I definitely recommend this!I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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  • Melissa
    January 1, 1970
    Denise has penned a nearly perfect summer beach read in Summer By The Tides. A great blend of of romance and humor with a dash of mystery kept me intrigued by the book throughout. This story would make a GREAT Hallmark movie! A great summer read!I received this book from the author. I was not required to post a positive review. All thoughts are my own.
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  • A. Harrison
    January 1, 1970
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  • Diane Perry
    January 1, 1970
    I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This is the ideal beach read. A quick, fun read with drama, humor and some beach love. Maddie, Nora, and Emma are three sisters that are harbouring some major grudges. They end up at their Grandmother's beach home after she is reported missing by a neighbor. These three have some serious issues. Great characters and very enjoyable.
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