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Summer by the Tides

4.43  ·  Rating details ·  143 ratings  ·  112 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, 320 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.
Apr 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
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!
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
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
Feb 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: chick-lit, 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
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
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 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2019
"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
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
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 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
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
Susan K
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
Nicole Cook
May 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Summer by the Tides is the perfect summer beach read! Denise Hunter is a favorite author of many contemporary romance readers because of her swoon-worthy characters, her captivating storylines, and her ability to weave the characters’ faith seamlessly into her novels. Summer by the Tides focuses on the estrangement between the Monroe sisters, but there is still plenty of romance in the novel that fans of Denise Hunter will love. This is a story of forgiveness, new beginnings, and finding true lo ...more
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
I've been looking forward to this book for so long! I was excited to finally get to sit down and enjoy it. Denise Hunter is one of my go-to authors and I'm always watching for her next book.

The coastal setting of this book was magic to me. I'm in desperate need of some summer beach time and this story made that desire even stronger.

There are some strong family dynamics happening in this book. Maddy and her sisters have drifted apart. They really have no idea what is happening in each other's l
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
A very romantic read, with the characters going from enemies, or disliking one another, to lovers, a trope I adore and which is very well done in “Summer by the Tides”. The animosity between Maddy and Connor (stronger from Maddy) was so palpable in the beginning and the heroine’s wariness so ingrained and instantaneous that I was absolutely enraptured by the
Donna (More Than a Review)
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
Just as Maddy Monroe's life is falling apart, her grandmother's neighbor calls to let her know that she is missing. Maddy takes off from Charlotte, North Carolina to travel to the North Carolina coast and the town of Sea Haven. Connor Sullivan couldn't reach Maddy right away so he also contacted her sisters, Nora and Emma. Things are very tense at the house on the beach, not just because Gram is missing but because Nora and Emma have been estranged for twenty years, since Nora stole Emma's fianc ...more
Misty Wilson
Jan 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a heartwarming read! I wish I could give it 10 stars. Summer by the Tides brings out all the emotions- shock, sadness, and joy. Maddy, Nora, and Emma are brought to SeaHaven by their grandma’s neighbor, Conner Sullivan, when it appears Gram is missing. You quickly learn the sisters are harboring secrets not only about their pasts, but about their present lives. As the summer progresses, Maddy soon realizes she has projected past hurts onto Conner and he is not the person she made him out to ...more
Apr 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When I read Denise Hunter’s first book about 20 years ago, I thought here is an author who is going to go places! It’s been a great pleasure following her on her journey. Her books are always heartwarming and a nice place to go for some quiet time. The challenges she guides her characters through are amazing. I’m looking forward to 20 more years of amazing stories! I’ve loved that Hallmark has picked up a couple of her books!!!

Thanks to the publisher who allowed me to enjoy this story before the
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh my. What a wonderful read this book was! Denise has done it again. This is a story about estranged sisters and the road to reconciliation and forgiveness and each sister has their own issues to deal with.. This is also a story about a man who will discover hope again. All the main characters were great. The romance between Maddy & Conner (the heroine & the hero) was also super sweet. I love the dynamics of a broken family relationships in this story. It felt more layered in addition t ...more
Diane Perry
Feb 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This is the ideal beach read. A quick, fun read with drama, humor and some beach love. Maddie, Nora, and Emma are three sisters that are harbouring some major grudges. They end up at their Grandmother's beach home after she is reported missing by a neighbor. These three have some serious issues. Great characters and very enjoyable.
Mar 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed Summer by the Tides. I give it a well deserved five plus stars. I highly recommend it . Readers will love it.
Emily P
May 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Denise Hunter has written a layered, multi-generational summer read that will draw you in! "Summer by the Tides" introduces Maddy Monroe, a woman whose life is in the middle of many changes. When her Grandmother goes missing, she and her sisters descend on their beach house in Sea Haven, NC to try and locate her.

The complicated sister relationships are an interesting component of the book, as the reader gets to see the internal struggles of Maddy, Nora and Emma, as well as finding out exactly w
Pam Graber
May 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have yet to pick up a Denise Hunter book that didn't suck me in, make me love her characters, and keep me up WAY too late trying to finish it. Summer By the Tides is no exception! This story of three sisters, thrown together by their love and concern for their grandmother, has some seriously gut-wrenching moments.

When Maddy Monroe is betrayed by her boyfriend, she loses both her love interest and her job. Receiving word that her grandmother has disappeared gives her something to concentrate on
May 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What can I say about Denise Hunter's writing. Her books are sooo great, they make movies out of them. It is because of Denise that I became obsessed with the Smitten series and could not wait to read the next one. Her new book Summer By The Tides is a work of art. It is a very sweet love story about second love . Both Maddy and Connor were in love before, at least she thought she was. Both were suffering from broken hearts. Conner because his wife had died and Maddy due to betrayal and deceit. N ...more
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Denise Hunter is the award-winning author of more than 30 novels, including "The Convenient Groom" and "A December Bride", which have been made into Hallmark movies.

Denise writes heartwarming, small-town romances. 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.

Denise and her husband live in Indiana,

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