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Summer by the Tides

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  1,788 ratings  ·  359 reviews
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 h
Paperback, 302 pages
Published May 21st 2019 by Thomas Nelson (first published May 2019)
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Jan 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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. (JenGalaxy4 Christian Book Reviews)
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
Mar 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Susan Snodgrass
Apr 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
'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.
Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader
Feb 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
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!
Jun 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Summer by the Tides is the perfect summer read! While it is an easy, beach read it also has a great storyline and I felt for the characters deeply.

I loved how each of the sisters had something they were going through that the others didn't know. There were some bitter feelings from the past and it made for tension which made the ending even better. I also loved the romance; Connor was a wonderful hero and it was sweet to see their relationship grow.

All in all, Summer by the Tides was a fantasti
Feb 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
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 ...more
Mar 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
Hallie Szott
Jul 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Take a trip to the beach with Denise Hunter’s newest release, Summer by the Tides. A coastal beach town, sisterly relationships in need of mending, and of course, sweet, sweet romance… This book has the makings of a delightful beach read, not to be skipped this summer.

Reeling from a betrayal that hurt both romantically and professionally, Maddie Monroe heads to Sea Haven, North Carolina when she hears (from the handsome neighbor, naturally) that her grandmother is missing. Little did she know, t
Apr 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
I wasn't sure what to expect from this novel, Denise tends to surprise me in some way with her writing. This was a easy breezy summer read. I enjoyed the sisters and their issues because-real life. I thought the romance could have been a little better written maybe not so obvious or predictable but otherwise this was a good read. The story line was fun and the setting made me want to go on vacation. Their is food mentioned in this book as well that made my mouth water. I would be curious to rea ...more
Karen R
Jun 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommend to any reader who likes a good family drama with romance. Set on the beautiful Carolina coast in a little beach town. Perfect setting for a summer romance.

A trio of estranged sisters is brought back to the last place they were together as a family, and the place that blew them apart.

Loved Conner. Great all around guy. I want to go sailing now and have picnics on deserted islands. This author is one of my favorites for contemporary Christian fiction.
4.5 stars
Jul 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Denise Hunter is one of my favorite authors and this book is one of her best! I totally adored the hero, Connor. He was a man's man with his piercing gray eyes, long wavy hair, great! But what really made him special was his great faith during tragedy, his care for the heroine's grandmother and how he sacrificed for others. Even though he and the heroine, Maddy, got off on the wrong foot, their undeniable attraction grew into great love. I also really enjoyed the story line between ...more
SUMMER BY THE TIDES is the story of Maddy Monroe who has just discovered her boyfriend is a liar and a cheater and that she has lost the promotion at work to him. Then she gets a phone call saying her grandmother has gone missing. Without thinking, she jumps in the car and returns to her childhood summer house on the beach. Now she has 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 neighbor, Connor, Maddy and her sis ...more
Denise Hershberger
May 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
Malia Saldaña
Sep 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Denis Hunter is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. I just love reading her books. Maddy and Connor are adorable together. I loved how Maddy’s family worked through their pain and mistakes. This is a perfect summer read,and it was so fun to read.
Aug 08, 2020 rated it liked it
Really torn about rating this. Probably 3-3 1/2 stars . I really enjoyed this book overall. I did find Maddy to be so irritating how she assumed so much about everyone and was so wrong every time! Like girl. Learn your lesson? I also feel there was a lot of melodrama towards the end. I found the other sisters more interesting than the main character and wish they got their own story! Overall, enjoyable book. But probably forgettable soon enough.
Apr 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
May 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"When I can't trust others and I can't trust myself, I can always trust God."

While there is a love story at the heart of this novel, it is surrounded by the complications and strife of family secrets. The romance is toe-curling, though it takes some time to get going....that Maddy is determined to be as ornery and wary and bitter as she can be. And she has a host of good reasons for building that prickly shell she's hiding her heart under. But, there comes a time when a girl has to let go and le
Carole Jarvis
Reviewed at The Power of Words:

With its North Carolina beach setting, Summer by the Tides couldn’t be more perfect for an entertaining summer read, but it is so much more! Denise Hunter excels at writing contemporary romances with complexity and depth. Summer by the Tides is a perfect blend of atmospheric setting, relationship drama, romance, and inspiration. While I’ve greatly enjoyed all of Hunter’s books, this is definitely a favorite.

The story opens as three sisters –
Darla Damron
May 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-paperback
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.
May 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"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
Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
Jessica Baker (A Baker's Perspective)
This is a beach read must for this year! Although, if you’re like me, and there are no beaches nearby, anywhere is good 🙂 It’s got something for everyone. Great location, cute puppy, romance, family relationships, betrayal, faith and forgiveness. Not to mention a cute grandmother that has a little sneaky side to her!

I know that Hunter is a masterful romance writer. It’s one of the reasons I like her books so much. But what really captured my attention in this novel was the relationship between t
May 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Mar 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“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
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Romance, clean; mild Christian faith elements
4.5 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
Jun 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent book, both in regards to the plot line and character development. I consider it Christian fiction, but it isn’t in-your-face type. The main character faces a series of challenges in her work life and especially her love life. She is not able to trust love, both as the result of being betrayed and also because of her parents’ relationship. She ends up meeting a really nice guy with his own set of baggage to carry. Add in her relationships with 2 messed up sisters. I loved it ...more
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Denise Hunter is the award-winning author of more than 35 novels, three of which have been adapted into Hallmark movies.

Denise writes heartwarming, small-town romances, peopled with layered characters who have real-life issues. Her readers enjoy the vicarious thrill of falling in love and the promise of a happily-ever-after sigh as they savor the final pages of her books.

In 1996, Denise began her

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