Tuesday, August 21, 2018

"As the Tide Comes In"

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A brand-new release TODAY from Cindy Woodsmall & Erin Woodsmall!  Cindy is well-known for the Amish novels she writes, but this is her very first Southern novel, hopefully the first of many!
“There was nothing but sand between her and the edge of the ocean, but that distance was the length of a football field. The ocean gently rolled onto the beach. Sunlight sparkled on the unceasing tiny ripples. Beyond the inlet the vastness of the water stretched way beyond her ability to see where it led or where it ended.”
~Excerpt from As the Tide Comes In

From splintered roots, she built an unexpected life.
Will an unshakable nightmare steal it all away?

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?
New York Times best-selling author Cindy Woodsmall releases her first southern novel, a Steel Magnolias-meets-Sweet Home Alabama story set on St. Simons Island.
Erin Woodsmall is a writer, musician, wife, and mom of three. She has edited, brainstormed, and researched books with Cindy for almost a decade. She has family roots in the Golden Isles of Georgia, and spent time every summer on St. Simons Island.
My Review:
I have been an avid reader of Cindy's books, and I have to say I am so happy she decided to write this novel, a new genre for her, as it is amazing!  Cindy and Erin definitely make a good team with writing as this story is so beautifully written!  Right away in the first chapter the reader is introduced to Tara and her roommates, who really are more than that but family, sisters, as they spent time together in the same foster home.  Tara and these other girls are taking care of themselves but barely out of high school and/or working on their GED, so really no more than kids themselves and pursuing dreams and trying to stay afloat.  Tara receives one short letter than puts a snare in her path, her path as she struggles to do what is right for all involved. 
This is such a touching story as it is a story of finding one's self, discovering one's roots, and deciding how this is all going to play together to determine one's future.  I work with at-risk children and some have been in and out of foster care and these children just tug at my heart and so immediately I was drawn into this story; it is hard to put down once you start reading!
*Thanks to the WaterBrook & Multnomah Launch Team for the complimentary copy of this book.*

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