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On a Summer Tide

(Three Sisters Island #1)

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  1,282 ratings  ·  309 reviews
Sometimes love hurts--and sometimes it can heal in the most unexpected way.

Camden Grayson loves her challenging career, but the rest of her life could use some improvement. "Moving on" is Cam's mantra. But there's a difference, her two sisters insist, between one who moves on . . . and one who keeps moving.

Cam's full-throttle life skids to a stop when her father buys a rem
Paperback, 320 pages
Published April 30th 2019 by Fleming H. Revell Company (first published April 2019)
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On a Summer Tide

Suzanne Woods Fisher

ON A SUMMER TIDE is not the first book I've read by Suzanne Woods Fisher and it won't be the last. She has a way of grabbing her readers and she never lets us go and now I'm kicking myself for not making time to read all of her books! ON A SUMMER TIDE is the first book In the Three Sisters Island series. Camden Grayson thinks her father has lost his mind after he buys an island off the coast of Maine. It is the island where he met his wife, at a summer camp. H
Andrea Cox
FTC Disclosure: Revell Reads gave me a complimentary copy of this book. A positive review was not required. These are my honest opinions.

What a lovely way to kick off the Three Sisters Island series! This book was a breath of fresh air that raised the stakes of the plot in every chapter. It’s definitely one to learn from, if you’re a writer.

The ensemble cast was superb. Some I hated, plenty I loved, and many surprised me. I loved the idea of sisters struggling to figure out how their lives fit t
This is a delightful book with a unique setting and plot. Bostonian Paul Grayson has bought an island off the coast of Maine and his three daughters and young grandson begrudgingly follow him there. His late wife wanted to return to the island where they met and fell in love at summer camp but never got a chance before they she passed away. These very different sisters have some issues to overcome to get on with their lives and need to communicate within the family dynamics to face the past, thi ...more
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After a bout of laryngitis, sports announcer Paul Grayson is left without his distinctive voice. In a drastic career move, he decides to buy a summer camp on an island off Maine, sight unseen. The camp held special memories for him because it was where he first laid eyes on his future wife. But his three now grown daughters are less enchanted, especially after they see the rundown and deplorable condition of the camp. Even Cam’s young adopted son Cooper is anxious about the state of things. But ...more
May 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What an interesting story. I really felt as if I was on Three Sisters Island and experiencing the quirky characters and inconveniences of island life in far northern Maine.

While this story does have its focus on the oldest sister, Camden, I enjoyed that her father and two sisters also had many sections of the book written from their points of view. It was interesting to see how each individual person viewed the family dynamics and their place in the family, while also reading about how others vi
Aug 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Eeeeppp!!! I'm all starry-eyed over this new series by Suzanne Woods Fisher! I'm an ardent fan of her Amish novels and did wonder if a straight contemporary would have the same pizzazz -- and, boy, does it ever!!!!

An island in Maine is the perfect setting for this author's trademark community-with-quirks world building. From the Never Late Ferry (no schedule = never late) to the sketchy wi-fi service to the wary locals --- well, I'm a tad shy of giddy over all the eccentricities that bring touch
Jun 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2019
I read very little Amish Fiction but won a Suzanne Woods Fisher novel which motivated me to read that entire Amish Fiction series. I completely enjoyed it. When I learned she had a contemporary fiction novel releasing, I was eager to read it.

Cam, Maddie and Blaine are more apart than together. Their widowed father Paul sells the family home and buys a fixer upper former summer camp on an island. His hope is that the change in scenery and pace will bring them closer and make them all more content
Deanne Patterson
While I've been reading this author's Amish books for years and enjoying them immensely it was great to change up the pace and read a contemporary by her. She made the transition with ease too. This book was just as good as her Amish books. Three sisters who have very different personalities and don't always get along the best are totally taken off guard when their aging father buys an island. Thinking he's lost his marbles they aren't sure how to proceed with this discovery of his purchase. In ...more
Chatting About
Great story that will fill you full of emotions with the great characterizations. There is sweet romance, inspirational moments, and most of all, that feel-good feeling you get from watching characters learn and grow. A satisfying ending left me wanting to read the next story in this series very soon!
Vannetta Chapman
What a refreshing read! From page one, I was captivated by both the characters and the setting. The story line was original, and the plot was plain fun to watch unfold. Definitely looking forward to finding the next in the series, which I suppose is really the ultimate compliment to an author.

Highly recommend.
Carole Jarvis
Reviewed at The Power of Words:

Suzanne Woods Fisher is a masterful storyteller, skilled at creating characters so real that they could live in my community. On a Summer Tide takes us into the realm of contemporary fiction, and while the genre might be different from Fisher’s popular Amish fiction, her ability to explore complex characters and relationships doesn’t change. I was caught up from the first page and loved every minute spent in reading this story.

I’ve always bee
I should become the next Sherlock Holmes......or maybe I have read one too many books. Either way I saw something coming from a mile away even when there were no hints what so ever!

This book was truly a masterpiece. The theme of forgiveness really stuck out to me and I loved it!! Both as a Believer and just the person I am, forgiveness is a HUGE thing in my life. Forgiveness to me is one of the most important things in life, so I was super happy to see that theme weaved into this story. Also the
Jen. (JenGalaxy4 Christian Book Reviews)
This book is crazy good! On a Summer Tide is such a treat!!

A little bit rugged, a little bit beachy, a little bit stuck in time (no wi-fi?!?), the setting of Three Sisters Island is incredibly charming!!

I adored the characters! The Grayson family is super easy to connect with. The island locals are an animated bunch! One of my favorite events in the story was when the entire town came together for a meeting. I was laughing out loud – such a fun scene!

I was completely stunned by a plot twist an
Jen. (JenGalaxy4 Christian Book Reviews)
Originally posted in 2019
This book is crazy good! On a Summer Tide is such a treat!!

A little bit rugged, a little bit beachy, a little bit stuck in time (no wi-fi?!?), the setting of Three Sisters Island is incredibly charming!!

I adored the characters! The Grayson family is super easy to connect with. The island locals are an animated bunch! One of my favorite events in the story was when the entire town came together for a meeting. I was laughing out loud – such a fun scene!

I was completely s
Mar 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
A refreshing and charming contemporary novel, On A Summer Tide brings together a story of family bonds broken and now given the space to heal, a dream unrealised and now given time to grow, and the sparks of a new romance all set against the gorgeous backdrop of coastal Maine. On A Summer Tide is funny, surprising and a joy to read.

Three sisters, with not much in common, their own separate lives and constant conflict hanging over them, are forced to work together when their father buys a summer
A book I was actually quite surprised by last year and which I managed to somehow forget to review...I’m odd like that, I suppose. I requested the book to review on total impulse (partly because of the gorgeous cover) and was surprised to be completely absorbed in the family’s issues. It turned out to be one of the better contemporary novels I’ve read and one that had some actual meat in it instead of just a feel-good story. It explores threads of what it means to truly be family and what the bo ...more
Debbie Maskus
The beauty of an island off the coast of Maine provides the main story in On a Summer Tide. The story centers on a widower and his three grown daughters and a grandson. The father has sold the family home after the death of his wife and purchased an island and requests his family to help restore the island’s buildings. Each member of the family struggles with internal problems, but the characters never develop, and remain flat throughout the story. Emotions begin, but never heighten.
May 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The beginning was snoozyish and slow, but Suzanne really delivered it in the middle and the end! Very charming tale. RTC.
Maureen Timerman
Apr 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
I enjoyed this read, and it kept me page turning along with a few chuckles.
This is a family with a strong bond, but since the death of their wife/mother, they have been missing their glue. When their Dad buys an island in Maine, they think he has dementia.
You will quickly become involved in these three sister’s lives and their Dad, and surprises abound and most of it wrapped up in love of God and family.
I can’t wait for the next book in this series!

I received this book through Celebrate Lit, and
Nora St Laurent
Aug 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first novel in the Three Sisters Island series where the author introduces all three sisters who are at very different stages in life. Any closeness they had died along with their mother. Their dad has called a family meeting, the girls expected this would be the time their father told them some bad medical news about his voice, but nothing could have prepared them for the words that came out of their father’s mouth. “Girls I have an announcement.” Paul Grayson took a breath and blur ...more
Shirley Chapel
Mar 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Shirley by: Amazon Prime
I haven't read a book by Suzanne Woods Fisher in a while. On a Summer Tide had me asking myself why I hadn't. This book completely drew me in like a magnet. I loved the characters that made up this story. Three Sisters, each with their own emotional issues, getting on each other's nerves, refusing to openly discuss their late mother and avoiding each other as much as possible. A father that spent most of their growing up years working a job that took him away from home most the time. The book ha ...more
Abigail Harris
Look at that beautiful cover! Isn't it gorgeous?

My Review of On A Summer Tide

Genre: Romance, Contemporary, fiction.

My Rating: 5 stars.

My Recommendation: 16-17 up, Warnings below.

My Favorite Character/s: Cooper, he's such a sweet little boy that has had a hard time since his mother died. I loved reading about him and seeing how he grew in the book.

My Verse for Cooper is Matthew 18:3

And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the
May 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

My thoughts: When Paul Grayson loses his voice and apparently his mind, he buys a remote island off the coast of Maine just to own the romantic summer camp where he met his beloved wife and fell in love.

The story is told in each of the daughters' point of view as well as the father's. I love his optimism and his sense of humor. I'm afraid I wouldn't be as gung-ho about the adventure as he is. I'd be having panic attacks like one of the sisters.

There are certainly a lot of colorful characters, de
Mar 22, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
On a Summer Tide is the first book in Suzanne Woods Fisher’s Three Sisters Island series. She tells the story of family, friendship, and new beginnings. Three adult sisters, all with various issues in their lives, come together when their father sells their family home and buys an island without their prior knowledge. This is an enjoyable story that is rich in faith, community, and a bit of romance. A well written novel recommended for fans of contemporary fiction.

“You can’t live other people’s
If you've never read Suzanne Woods Fisher, this is the book to jumpstart your acquaintanceship (and likely a long friendship) with her books. She writes a lot of Amish book but does venture into other genres like historical fiction and contemporary. I discovered her books by reading the historical fiction series set on Nantucket Island and loved the series; this book is the first in a contemporary series set on an island off Maine called Three Sisters Island. Whether historical or contemporary, ...more
On a Summer Tide by Suzanne Woods Fisher is the first book in Three Sisters Island series. Paul Grayson has purchased part of Three Sisters Island in Maine which shocks his three daughters. Paul does not like how the girls have drifted apart since their mother passed away unexpectedly. Camden Grayson is the eldest daughter who is successful in the business world plus is raising her adopted son, Cooper Grayson. Paul arrives on the island and understands why it was sold as is. He needs to find a w ...more
Cathy Cermele
May 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
In this charming novel the author introduces us to the Grayson family and a whole host of memorable characters in the first book in her Three Sisters Island series. As a longtime fan of Suzanne Woods Fisher I was pleased to see that she was writing contemporary fiction although I have absolutely loved every single one of her Amish fiction books that I have read.

I thought the premise of the book was really good but I have to admit that I would have been just as shocked as Cam, Madison and Blaine
Amber Delaina
May 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary
What better way for an author to dive-in to a new genre than to write a summer story set on a nearly-deserted island?

The setting was a mix between woodsy and beachy and I loved it! It gave off an eccentric feel and matched the islanders living there perfectly. The island life and locals were fun to read about, especially Pegg, and I felt for them since the island they loved was becoming deserted and empty. People were struggling to make a living and were leaving. But that’s where Paul’s charact
Jun 04, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Paul Grayson sells the family home and purchases most of an island near Mount Desert Island in Maine. He plans to call the island by its translated English name, Three Sisters Island. It's ironic because he reared three daughters who all face decisions in their own lives. The oldest Cam adopted her best friend's son. His struggle with socialization means she needs to find a new school for him to attend. She also faces job changes. Middle sister Maddie needs to find a counseling internship. She's ...more
Tressa (Wishful Endings)
4.5 Stars

ON A SUMMER TIDE is one of those stories that draws you in with its family dynamics, small-town island setting, and heart. With complex characters and an endearing plot, it's sure to delight readers from beginning to end.

I easily fell in love with these characters. The author did such a great job with their different POVs and how I always knew whose voice was whose. Camden was definitely my favorite, but she also was the main focal point of this story. I also loved the other two sisters
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Suzanne Woods Fisher is the bestselling, award winning author of fiction and non-fiction books about the Old Order Amish for Revell Books, host of the radio-show-turned-blog Amish Wisdom, a columnist for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazine.

Her interest in the Amish began with her grandfather, who was raised Plain. A theme in her books (her life!) is that you don’t have to “go Amish” to inc

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