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As the Tide Comes In

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A New York Times best-selling novelist shares a "Steel Magnolias meets Sweet Home Alabama" story of four lifelong friends in the Deep South who cross paths with a young homeless woman.

Raised in foster care in Asheville, North Carolina, Tara Abbott has been rearing her two younger half-brothers since she turned eighteen. When the young men, Sean and Nicholas, are lost to a
Paperback, 352 pages
Published August 21st 2018 by Waterbrook Press
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Maureen Timerman
Jun 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
The author has given us a story of hope and survival, but with my heart in my throat, this is a story of life and faith in God.
There is so much heart ache here, and yet I found I didn’t want to put the book down, it kept drawing me in. I found my emotions at a fever pitch, and wanting to be able to change the past. In the end, you will find yourself holding your love one’s closer.
Is it a coincidence that Tara ends up on St. Simon’s Island, and I loved the way the author’s mind worked to bring he
Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader
Jul 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
As with all of Woodsmalls books this one was a winner. I loved the characters and I hated to see the book come to an end.
I hope that you will pick up a copy of this 4 star book and enjoy this one this summer.
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.
Jul 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Tara faces a tragic loss that alters her life. She is unable to grasp the finality of the situation and struggles to accept the loss. I liked this book because of the strong role models. The Glynn girls provided some humor throughout the book. The four women each plays the role of mama to the handsome firefighter Gavin. The novel touches on ghosts, romantic interests, foster care, mountain climbing, business dealings, heartbreak and shows how God works in the lives o
In a poignantly written story, Woodsmall tells the story of a young woman who has had more bumps and bruises in her young life than anyone deserves yet still stands tall and proud. At 18, Tara ages out of foster care and find out that her grandmother is dying. She steps up and agrees to raise her two half-brothers when tragedy strikes again 12 years later. With major brain trauma that affects her memory, all Tara can remember is that she was supposed to go to St. Simons Island Georgia for some r ...more
Aug 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As the Tide Comes In is the newest Christian novel by Cindy Woodsmall. Tara Abbott lives in Sylva, Georgia where she has raised her two stepbrothers since she was eighteen years old. Sean and Darryl will be heading off to college in the fall and the three of them are going to visit St. Simons Island during the summer. While Tara is out running in the woods, a devastating tornado strikes. Tara loses both of her siblings and suffers a head injury. While in the hospital, Tara has a dream where the ...more
Bravo! Cindy Woodsmall and her daughter-in-law, Erin, make a fabulous team. This book digresses from Cindy Woodsmall's Amish fiction. Woodsmall fans need not fear, insightful spiritual truths are woven into this heartbreaking story of loss. It seems that Tara cannot find a break. As a young child, she is put into foster care. Just as she is ready to enter the world of adulthood on her own two feet, when at the age of 18 she takes on the responsibility of raising two half-brothers. A tragedy send ...more
As the Tide Comes In is an emotional story of a young lady who grew up in the foster system after her mom left her alone, thinking that no one loved her other than her two best friends from the last foster family. Just after high school graduation, at age eighteen, Tara Abbott is contacted by a older lady who is the paternal grandmother of two young boys who are Tara's half brothers by her mother. The grandmother is dying and is asking Tara to take on the boys' to raise them. Unselfishly, she ag ...more
Becky Van Daniker
I’ve never read anything from Cindy Woodsmall and daughter-in-law Erin Woodsmall before. I’ve heard so many amazing things about “As the Tide Comes In” that I knew I needed to read this one. I was not disappointed.

If you’re looking for a book that realistically tackles the topics of grief and trauma then this is for you. Filled with heartache, there will be moments that you’ll want tissues, that is impossible to put down. The authors have a talent for describing what the emotions of her characte
Oct 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This took a long time for me to get through. It's a well-thought out plot but just a bit too much of the side characters and not enough Tara and Gavin. The setting on the island is lovely, very dreamy. Tara's grief is handled well. It seems to be very realistic.
Aug 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
AS THE TIDE COMES IN is the second book in Ms. Woodsmalls' contemporary series (the first was The Gift of Christmas Past and fans will want to read that one first to get Elliot's story. )

Tara is a foster child, who gave up her dreams of college when her two half-brothers needed a guardian. She was eighteen, but the state left them alone since she stayed under-radar and she raised her half-brothers until they graduated high school.

The book takes a dark turn there, and what follows is rather trau
Jul 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love the setting and the characters in the book. I was sadden by part of the story but found myself rooting for Gavin and Tara. A story about finding out who you are, having faith, and learning to love.
I was unsure if I would like reading this book but took a chance. I found at times it was hard to follow and other times I wanted to keep reading.
Jul 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As the Tide Comes In, by Cindy and Erin Woodsmall is an amazing heart touching story. Tara grew up in the foster care system and is now a mature adult. She recently was introduced to her half brothers and eventually raised them to wonderful, responsible young men. The brothers plan a trip to St. Simons Island to try to help Tara find out about her biological family. When tragedy strikes, she decides to go on the trip anyways.
I just love this story. The writing is so clear it is easy to imagine b
Jul 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As the Tide Comes In is the newest release by Cindy Woodsmall and Erin Woodsmall. I have loved Cindy's Amish book and was not sure how I would like a co-authored contemporary novel. Well, I have to say I was not disappointed. How exciting that the setting is the beautiful St Simons Island. I was hooked from the beginning. I could not predict what would happen next with Tara. Such a wonderful story of hope and faith.

I give As the Tide Comes In four and a half stars and highly recommend it.

I recei
Jun 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
I've heard that grief is the price you pay for loving so much. Tara certainly found that to be true as she works through the sudden loss of her half-brothers. Spiritually, physically, and emotionally she finds herself spinning, spiraling to a place where she has difficulty finding her bearings. She encounters God, Gavin, and the Glynn Girls, and bit by bit, her mysterious past starts making sense - maybe more than her present or future.

My favorite part of this book was the end of chapter 32 whe
In Cindy and Erin's Woodsmall's As the Tide Comes In, this emotional, heart-warming and tear-jerking Christian romance novel would make you shed tears and blow your nose a few times throughout the novel. For Tara Abbott, she lived in a foster care system and never knew much about her parents or grandparents. At age eighteen, her grandmother asked her to take care of her two younger half-brothers since she was dying from cancer. After she almost refused her, one look at them had sent her heart so ...more
Adrienne Servis
Aug 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cindy Woodsmall does a wonderful job of enticing you into the story line and become the characters. I enjoyed reading about a young woman who really didn't know who she was and then finds out she was really loved. How the Lord took care of her and helped her to become someone strong and reliable. This is a story that takes you from failure to success and brings in the aspect of living life to the fullest. I would highly recommend this book.
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As the Tide Comes In was a powerful and emotional book! I enjoyed the themes of friendship, love, faith, and healing that were present throughout the story. The story is about Tara who was injured and lost her loved ones during a tornado. She travels to St. Simons Island and becomes disoriented there due to her injuries. Tara finds herself involved with four women there who have been close friends for most of their lives. The women, along with one of their sons, assist Tara in her rec
Aug 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In As the Tide Comes In, Cindy Woodsmall’s newest novel she co-authors with Erin Woodsmall, we meet Tara Abbott. Tara’s life has been full of heartache and loss growing up in the foster system in North Carolina. When she has a bright future ahead of her, the 18-year-old makes a life changing decision that changes the course of her future.
Flash forward, 12 years and tragedy strikes again, this time taking away the two people that means the most to her in all the world. Recovering from a brain in
Jul 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This review is going to be a bit more emotionally driven than most.

This is a novel about loss and grief and the effects that grief has on us. It’s also a beautiful story of love and restoration.

This book was a timely read for me, as I just suffered a major loss in my life. Reading this book, I identified so much with Tara and the grief
she experienced. I found her emotions and reactions to be very realistic and true. Though the circumstances and details of her loss di
Julie D.
Jul 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story will have your emotions all over the place! One minute you're sad, the next happy with anticipation of what could happen next. It's a story of redemption and how God's love can carry us through even the toughest situations.

Tara has had a rough time of it - being raised in the foster care system - and feeling she must be self sufficient. Enter her two half brothers who will change her life in profound ways. She loves her brothers deeply and cares for them just like a mother. She finall
Vicky Sluiter
Aug 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book kept me fascinated from the first page. Typically author Cindy Woodsmall writes Amish fiction, and that’s how I know her works. However she shows herself more than capable of branching out with As the Tide Comes In. Well written, I hope we see more from the south.

The story has much heart break but through it all we are reminded that God walks with us, even though we may not have answers for tragedy. And though the story line is sad, there is hope as well as laughter. I mean four older
Nyla Wilkerson
Jul 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Have you ever read a book that is hauntingly beautiful? It is emotional, unbelievable yet believable, and has a multitude of twists and turns in it. These types of books are ones that keep you reading and provide food for thought. As the Tide Comes In by authors Cindy Woodsmall and Erin Woodsmall is a Christian novel unlike any I have read. It is a contemporary Southern tale that softly took my hand to lead me into its story. Within a few pages its grip tightened until I was unable to turn loose ...more
Ruthie Nguyen
Jul 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tara Abbot was raised in the foster care system and as an adult took on the responsibility of raising her half-brothers. When the unthinkable happens, she decides to go North Carolina. More specifically, St. Simons Island. She finds herself confused and scared and in the care of women who identify themselves as the Glynn Girls and a determined firefighter.

First off, make sure you have lots of tissues handy. This book brings the onions like no other I’ve read in a long time. It reached down and n
Jul 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have read and enjoyed many of Cindy Woodsmall's books, and was pleased to be given an Advanced Reader's Copy from Waterbrook Multnomah. This review is strictly my own opinion. This story is written along with Erin Woodsmall.
After reading the first few chapters, I wasn't sure that I liked this story, but as the characters developed it was amazing to read about Tara Abbott's strength and tenacity in the midst of her loss and grief. She's an 18 year old who grew up in the foster system, learnin
Jul 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Are you looking for a good book? I have a recommendation for you! As the Tide Comes In is written by Cindy Woodsmall and her daughter-in-law Erin Woodsmall.

In the beginning of this book readers get to know Tara Abbott, a young girl who has had a beyond-difficult life growing up -- and then takes on a huge challenge for the good of others. The book continues and she experiences fulfillment and unimaginable tragedy. (I'm trying to not give you too much of the story!)

Following this tragedy, she sl
Jul 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 1/2 stars! As the Tide Comes In by Cindy Woodsmall is not her usual book as it is not Amish but I really enjoyed it. Romance. Great quirky characters. A mystery to discover about her past. A beautiful island and a hunky fireman. I hope she writes more southern fiction. I also enjoy her Amish fiction.

I received this book from NetGalley. All opinions are my own.
Oct 20, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

This novel was painful to read not because of the heartbreaking story of Tara who lost her two brothers in a fatal accident but because how disjointed the story is. The Glynn Girls reminded me of Steel Magnolias. Unfortunately, no more Cindy Woodsmall's novels for me...
Jalynn Patterson
**Disclosure**This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

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About the Book:

A New York Times best-selling author releases her first southern novel, a Steel Magnolias-meets-Sweet Home Alabama story set on St. Simons Island.

After losing two loved ones in a devastating tornado and suffering a head injury, Tara Abbott flees to St. Simons Island, where her disorientation causes the lines between imagination and re
Jul 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

A beautiful story that connects present to the past with joy and sadness. It has a mystery to it with a cast of colorful characters. The authors do a great job in telling the story so that it draws you into the story. It flowed easily and read quickly. I didn’t want to put it down. There is a strong faith and resilience in the main character, Tara. She overcomes adversity in childhood and adulthood. The setting,St. Simon’s Island, gives a background that ties into the title with the use of the o
Cheri Swalwell
Jul 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As the Tide Comes In by Cindy Woodsmall and Erin Woodsmall is a book that was hard for me to keep reading. I would put it down and then pick it back up because I so desperately had to find out what happened, but the authors wrote with such raw emotion that it was almost painful to read sometimes, in a good way. There was no preaching in the book, yet, it really fed my soul with the truths spread throughout concerning loss, love, friendship, and the overarching theme of how God never lets us go, ...more
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Cindy Woodsmall is a New York Times and CBA best-selling author who has written nineteen (and counting!) works of fiction and one of nonfiction. She and her dearest Old Order Amish friend, Miriam Flaud, coauthored the nonfiction, Plain Wisdom: An Invitation into an Amish Home and the Hearts of Two Women. Cindy's been featured on ABC Nightline and the front page of the Wall Street Journal, and has ...more