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The Wishing Tide

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  1,336 ratings  ·  126 reviews
From the acclaimed author of The Secrets She Carried comes a novel about the pull of the past and the power of love. As offseason begins on the Outer Banks, a storm makes landfall, and three unlikely strangers are drawn together…

Five years ago, Lane Kramer moved to Starry Point, North Carolina, certain the quaint island village was the place to start anew. Now the owner of
Paperback, 416 pages
Published September 2nd 2014 by NAL
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Barbara Davis So sorry I missed your question earlier, Paula. The Wishing Tide does in fact have mystery elements in it, with plenty of twists and turns. If you lik…moreSo sorry I missed your question earlier, Paula. The Wishing Tide does in fact have mystery elements in it, with plenty of twists and turns. If you like trying to figure out where a story is going you should enjoy Tide! Thanks so much for the question, and happy reading! :) (less)

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Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews

Mary, Lane, and Michael. Three marvelous and completely different characters when put together make the pages of THE WISHING TIDE come alive.

Lane owns a Bed & Breakfast, Mary is homeless, and Michael is the mysterious, unwanted guest who arrives during a storm for what appears to be for more than no other place to stay for the night.

All three characters blend together with things in common that they don't know about, and they fill the pages of THE WISHING TIDE with a splendid, beautifully told s
Jul 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: want-to-re-read
I cannot even begin to tell you how phenomenal this book was. Davis writes hauntingly beautiful prose...I was enraptured from the moment I began reading it. She sucks the reader in, making them continuously wonder what she's going to tell them next. This is part ghost story, part love story, and part story of family and friendship.

The three main characters bring so many different things to the story. They have all been through a lot in their lives. Take Lane for example. This is what her life lo
Aug 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I would have given this book more stars if I could. I could not put it down. I became so involved in the story that I've been reading all day. ...more
Oct 23, 2018 rated it it was ok
Another book that started out well and went steadily downhill over time. That's been the running theme in the books I've read this year, it seems. The whole setup was weird to begin with -- I don't care if Lane was running a B&B or not, it's just too much to swallow that she'd allow a complete stranger to move in for the entire winter while she's there with him alone, especially when that stranger turns out to be a complete jerk like Michael (ugh, I wanted to smack him so many times). (view spoi ...more
Gloria ~ mzglorybe
Oct 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
If we could, I would give this 3.5 stars if possible. It kept my interest but wasn't something I couldn't wait to get back to. Even so, I did enjoy the read. This is a novel with 3 main characters, Lane, an Inn-Keeper, a homeless woman, Mary, and Michael, a guest at the Inn. Each one is broken in their own way, dealing with familial relationships, and the failures they have felt at the effort to reconcile the emotions/behavior that have affected their lives in the aftermath they endured at the t ...more
Sep 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a lovely story set in North Carolina in a fictional island village called Starry Point. Five years previously Lane Kramer left a failed marriage in Chicago and ended up in The Outer Banks, opening a bed and breakfast called The Cloister.

As the story begins, a tropical storm is moving into the area and Lane has just closed the business down for the winter. Nevertheless, when an English professor traveling from Vermont, Michael Forrester, appears at the door, she can hardly turn him away.

Viviane Crystal
Sep 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Lane Kramer escaped from a devastatingly bad marriage, loss of a child, and the manipulations of her family! Her wounds are deep but her strength formidable as she finally settles in Starry Point, North Carolina where she starts afresh by renovating and running a bed and breakfast inn on the beach. It’s a quaint home resembling a castle more than a home and yet Lane has made into a cozy, welcoming home that appeals to every visitor. It’s now the end of the season and Lane’s anticipating time to ...more
Katherine Jones
Sep 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
I love this kind of novel, the kind set in a lovely location, featuring a bit of mystery, a lot of romance, and all twined together with beautiful prose.

I also like discovering appealing female leads, and this was one of the most winsome I've seen in recent novels. In Lane Kramer, the author has walked the fine line between giving her main character enough problems to lend a growth edge, while also imbuing her with enough goodness to make her extremely likable. I think it's the combination of h
Mary Beth
Jul 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was an enjoyable read overall. The writing was good and the setting was lovely. I don't generally read romance, but this book was not as much of a romance as I was expecting (a good thing-from my perspective)
This book involved 3 main characters;two were written from a third person perspective and one from a first person perspective. I enjoyed the first person perspective writing much more than the third. Some sections from the third person perspective spent more time than I though was nece
Lisa Rosen
Jun 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Barbara Davis’ second novel, The Wishing Tide, is an atmospheric beach read—literally—set on North Carolina’s Outer Banks. I received an advance copy, & my summer reading is off to a juicy, romantic start.
Lane Kramer, Michael Forrester, & a ragtag old woman named Mary are on a collision course with a hurricane in tiny beach town of Starry Point, and when the three come together, none of their lives will ever be the same again.
Davis has woven a complex story of wounded humans trying to hide away
Carol Boyer
Jul 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful book that swept me in by the first few pages describing the waves of the ocean, off Starry Point, North Carolina, ebbing to and fro, gave the feeling of being right there. Lane becomes the owner of the Cloister House a bed and breakfast seaside inn. Her adventures with Crazy Mary who inhabits the shoreline and the visitor Michael who was came to weather the storm is captivating. Many secrets are uncovered as the relationships take place and the mystery unravels to find a happy ever-a ...more
Aug 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A haunting and magical book that stays with you long after you've finished reading it and leaves you believing that there are some happily ever after's that are worth fighting for. ...more
Sep 03, 2014 rated it really liked it

3.5 stars
Aug 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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The Wishing Tide by Barbara Davis is a story about life, love, mistakes, forgiveness and fighting for what one wants.

Lane Kramer has moved to Starry Point, North Carolina, to make a fresh start with her life. She has a failed marriage, a miscarriage and a meddling mother that she’s left behind. She has opened a bed and breakfast in Starry Point and she has been successful. During the winter months, when she has no custo
Bernie Brown
May 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Barbara Davis’s The Wishing Tide brings together three people who mistrust one another at first, but eventually find belonging because of each other. Lane’s bed and breakfast Cloister House is closing down for the off season when a hurricane hits the island of Starry Point and a traveler, Michael, takes refuge there only to end up spending the next few months. Lane is drawn to a mysterious resident of the town who rides a pink bike and hangs about on the dunes near Cloister House, and is known t ...more
Jul 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The wishing tide is a bittersweet story of facing your past in order to be able to move on with life. The main character Lane has spent the last 5 years of her life isolating herself out in South Caroline running a bed and breakfast. When she found herself divorced and trying to heal from a miscarriage it seemed like starting over was the best option for her. Until the fated night when Michael showed up at her door, determined to rent a room from her for the whole winter off season. This is wher ...more
Aug 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: My Lane
"The past is lost forever, a wasteland of all that could have been and never was, while the future stretches endlessly before us...Today, then, is what we have left—the here and the now—to make our wishes, and to fight for the life we want.”

Wonderful characters. Loved the setting-outer banks of NC and of course, wanted to be there, even in the storm.
Well written, the wording spoke to me. Little mystery, some twists and turns, some obvious to the reader before the main characters were aware; glad
Susan Swiderski
Sep 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Each of the three main characters in this book is running away from something: Lane is trying to put a miscarriage and the end of a bad marriage behind her by starting over in a new town; Michael is both trying to escape... and confront... the physical and emotional scars from his childhood; and Mary, dismissed by most people as a crazy bag lady, is so traumatized by the horrors of her past, she sometimes seeks to escape reality altogether. When these three characters cross paths in a small town ...more
Meghan Scheibe
Aug 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I received this book via Goodreads First Reads in exchange for an honest review.

Reading the back cover of The Wishing Tide after it arrived, I got the impression that the book, with it's North Carolina setting and story of love developing quickly between strangers, would be very Nicholas Sparks-esque. But after only a few chapters, the mystery entwined delicately and masterfully into the story line made this novel stand out from the crowd.

Barbara Davis has pulled off writing an incredibly captiv
Barbara White
May 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
THE WISHING TIDE was one of my favorite reads of 2014, one that has stayed with me even though I read it months ago. I have given many copies as gifts and will continue to do so. Why? Because it's a captivating, haunting novel with unforgettable characters such as Dirty Mary--the philosophical bag lady who is not what she seems. Set on a desolate, storm-tossed North Carolina barrier island lush with family secrets and ghost stories, THE WISHING TIDE is a story about fighting for the life you wan ...more
Aug 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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This book was really great. I loved it because is was so interesting and the story telling was really good. I liked that there was multiple points of views and how they all intertwined. Going in to the book expecting it to be all about a romance, I was pleasantly surprised that it wasn't insta-love. It felt real that Lane Michael argued and disagreed. The twists were something I definitely didn't expect, especially the first one. But they kept coming and each was more su
Normandie Fischer
Jul 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I've been a fan of Barbara's since her debut, and The Wishing Tide solidified her ranking as one of my favorite authors. I especially love her odd characters. Mary is a gem. She had me at Mary's opening lines: "Through my fault. Through my fault. Through my most grievous fault." And she kept me longing to chat with Mary, to walk to the beach and see what new gems would come from Mary's mouth.

It didn't hurt that she used the Carolina coast as a setting.
Jul 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one book I wish I could give more than 5 stars. It is a wonderful written story of flawed people coming together and finding their way back to life. It is a book that takes you on a roller coaster ride of twists and turns and the ending is one I didn't see coming. I certainly recommend this book for anyone the enjoys a good combination of romance and mystery and characters that tug at your heart. ...more
Aug 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Love the book! This was a free book from goodreads and I was very impressed.
Barbara Davis makes the discription of the Outerbanks of North Carlonia a place I want to visit.
This is a great story! The book is filled with mystery,love and hope! I would recommend The Wishing Tide by Barbara Davis to all.
Jun 07, 2016 rated it liked it
The opening pages of this story drew me in with an intense desire to read more, then it slowed down to a trickle. From there it increased but my interest fizzled out due the bizarre references to nun's and religion. I pushed on to read more hoping to find something in the stranger at Starry Point. The story died in its thrill factor and I eventually lost interest. ...more
Stacey Lechner
Oct 08, 2014 rated it liked it
Took a while to get into this one, but glad I kept with it as the payoff came with the resolution to the story. The story was a little choppy at the beginning, but finally gelled towards the second half of the book.
Jun 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
The setting helped make this book so beautiful. Lane opens her bed and breakfast in Starry Point, a place I can picture well. The story is beautifully written and I really did love how it unfolds beneath your eyes.
Nov 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I did really enjoy this story set in a small community along the beach including personable characters with all the complexities of relationships. This author did a convincing job describing mental health issues and made it consistently realistic for me as I am wary of a lot of fiction novels.
Jul 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Excellent story!! Barbara nailed it on this story!!
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