Book Reviews

A Great End-of-the-Summer Read for Contemporary Romance Fans

When Meg Whitaker’s father decides to sell the family’s lobster-fishing business to her high school nemesis, she sets out to prove she should inherit it instead. Though she’s never had any interest in running the small fleet–or even getting on a boat due to her persistent seasickness–she can’t stand to see Oliver Ross take over. Not when he ruined her dreams for a science scholarship and an Ivy League education ten years ago.

Oliver isn’t proud of what he did back then. Angry and broken by his father walking out on his family, he lashed out at Meg–an innocent bystander. But owning a respected fishing fleet on Prince Edward Island is the opportunity of a lifetime, and he’s not about to walk away just because Meg wants him to.

Meg’s father has the perfect solution: Oliver and Meg must work the business together, and at the end of the season, he’ll decide who gets it. Along the way, they may discover that their stories are more similar than they thought . . . and their dreams aren’t what they expected.

Bestselling author Liz Johnson invites you back to Prince Edward Island for a brand-new series about family, forgiveness, and the kind of love that heals all wounds.

My Thoughts:

I have long since fallen in love with Johnson’s easy writing. There’s a comfort here as if I’ve lived in this place before. Needless to say, she’s on my auto-read list, meaning, I don’t wait to find out what the story is about before I attempt to read it. Beyond the Tides was certainly a no-regrets read.

But sometimes it’s hard to pinpoint exactly why a book is a favorite.

There’s a cozy setting. A memorable trip to PEI. Both rank high in my opinion.

I’m not familiar with lobster fishing but Johnson handles the subject like a pro, weaving in details without it feelings clunky or out of place.

The spiritual thread seemed light at first, but once the characters were ready to wrestle with God, everything came together very beautifully.

And the family! I’m already invested in the Ross brothers. I do recommend reading this series in order because book one sets up book two so perfectly that I wish I didn’t have to wait a year to read it. The story has a proper conclusion for the main characters but it introduces a prodigal son who has suddenly returned home. Definitely the makings of a great follow-up story!

But then there are the main characters themselves. Oliver and Meg are both broken and looking for love and acceptance. Their chemistry was spot on the entire time, making for a very enjoyable read.

Rating and Recommendations: I’m giving it 5 stars and recommending it to those who enjoy Christian Contemporary Romance or a visit to Prince Edward Island.

~ I received a copy from Bethany House. I was not compensated for this review or required to give a favorable one. All thoughts are my own.

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