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Turning Tide

(The Legacy of Sunset Cove #4)

4.58  ·  Rating details ·  40 ratings  ·  31 reviews
As the Great War rages on, Sunset Cove continues to feel its impact. Running the small town newspaper, Anna McDowell cant escape the grim reports from the other side of the world, but home-front challenges abound as well. Dr. Daniel is serving the wounded on the front lines. And Katy, expecting her first child, with her husband in the trenches, tries to support the war ...more
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Published February 15th 2020 by WhiteFire Publishing (first published February 2020)
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Mar 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Turning Tide by Melody Carlson is the fourth novel in The Legacy of Sunset Cove series. Life continues at home while the men are off fighting in the Great War. Anna McDowell gets the daily reports off the wire for the Sunset Times, the family newspaper. Annas fiancé, Dr. Daniel Hollister, is serving on the front lines helping wounded soldiers. Annas daughter, Katy is pregnant with her first child. Her husband, Jim is a soldier in the trenches while she keeps busy with her dress shop, the Red ...more
Mar 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review, celebrate-lit
The fourth and final book in the Legacy of Sunset Cove series by Melody Carlson, Turning Tide lives up to its name and proves to be my favorite installment. Whereas Surf Smugglers left off with a bit of a somber feeling but with burgeoning love and relationships, Turning Tide truly does turn things upside down. Reality comes crashing in, and once again Carlson draws readers into an atmosphere that is at once both cozy and overwhelming.

This book was a very apropos read right now because of its
Tressa (Wishful Endings)
TURNING TIDE is a story set in this cozy small town while the Great War is waging and the people back home are dealing with trying to survive everyday life, many of them without their loved ones who are fighting in the war. Most of it shows the factual lives of these characters with a few climatic moments, interesting tidbits of historical facts, and some heartbreaking realities. There are also plenty of poignant moments of wisdom and faith. Definitely recommended to fans of the series, ...more
Maureen Timerman
Mar 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
This is my fourth visit to Sunset Cove, and am hoping it won't be the last!
Now if you are picking up this series for the first time, there is a lot of back information provided, and you should be able to continue the story.
As the story opens most of our female characters have their loved ones either in or on the way to fight in the Great War, and we experience life with them gone.
While we deal with WWI I could see the affects of all of our previous wars had on our young men, and yet from here
Mar 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Turning Tide by Melody Carlson is a marvellous Christian historical novel and part of the Legacy Of Sunset Cove series. It can be read as a stand-alone but I would recommend reading the previous novels first.
The action is set in 1917 as America is entering World War I. I enjoyed catching up with familiar faces. Some characters are already at the Front, others are draft dodgers and others are excluded from serving but wish this were not the case. Its just hard to stand by and watch.
Women on the
Chris Unwin
Feb 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
I was excited to get notification there was a new book in this series. This could well be the last of the series as it tied up loose ends but yet it left you wanting more. As the book open WWI is still raging and the characters are still either in their cozy little lives or off fighting in Europe. The author, I think, did a good job historically in reminding us of the times and problems faced during those years. Clean series. PG read
Jeanette Fallon
Mar 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
My great grandfather served in the British Army during WW1.  He suffered injuries in France.  He was sent home to recuperate but shortly thereafter he returned to fight.  He lost his life in Egypt in 1917 from dysentery.  His name is on the War Monument in the town square in Maulden, England.  This monument is to remember the men who didn't return.  I thought of him while reading this book.  How can I not?  I think of how he felt saying goodbye to his wife and children to return to the front.  ...more
Mar 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This exciting fourth novel in The Legacy of Sunset Cove series is the best! This riveting Christian historical novel can be read as part of the series or a standalone. I am very thankful I read this series by this gifted storyteller. The McDowell family and their friends are engaging and very well-defined. While faith and prayer are priorities in their lives, this novel is in no way preachy. The historical period is shared in a fascinating manner that held my attention throughout.

The United
Mar 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: celebrate-lit
My Thoughts on Turning Tide:
I have loved this series and was excited to see what happened in this the last book of the series. Actually I really hope to see a new series come out that focuses on Lucy as she ages and then into the next war. It would be a great piece I think. Id also love to see what the book Jim writes has in it!

When this book arrived I immediately delved into it. Recently I had to pick it up again though because it has an eery parallel to our lives right now. They had the
Mar 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
I always enjoy books by Melody Carlson whether one of her annual Christmas novellas, a contemporary or historical, or even one of her young adult novels. This author has a talent for pulling her readers right into the story as well as the lives of her characters. Her books always contain a message of faith, sometimes subtle and other times in your face. I often wish her young adult books had been around when I was raising a teenage daughter. Turning Tide is the fourth book in Carlsons historical ...more
Ibjoy1953 Hannabass
Mar 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing

Though Turning the Tide is the conclusion to The Legacy of Sunset Cove Series, it is the first book Ive read of the series, and I was able to pick up and understand the story fine. Though it would probably be better reading all four books in order.  The people of Sunset Cove continue to survive daily as they await daily news from the war. So many of their loved ones and friends are fighting, one thing is always on their minds, who will come home alive and who will not.

Randi Sampson
Mar 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Turning Tide is book number four in Melody Carlson's historical fiction series- The Legacy at Sunset Cove. I must admit that I had not read the previous books in the series, and while it is fine to read as a standalone, I imagine it is much better to read the series as a whole. Much background information is given, but I still must admit that it was a bit hard for me to keep up with who each of the many characters were, and their relationships to one another. Likewise, it took me longer to ...more
Ruth Hill
Mar 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated and all opinions are 100 percent mine.

First of all, this is a clean, Christian historical romance, and there is nothing offensive in this book at all. Also, the Christian message is there, but it is never preachy. The writing style is easy to read, and the characters are well-developed. Even though this is the fourth book in a series (something I only just realized), I never felt confused or lost.
Mar 18, 2020 rated it liked it
Here it is--the fourth and final installment of this Sunset Cove series.

In this series, I've learned a lot about small town living, and what the day to day life might have been like back during those Great War days. I found it interesting and even educational.

I enjoyed seeing the conclusion for all these characters I've come to know and enjoy.

Anna and Katy are my two favorites. Seeing their lives develop, grow, their relationships change, all of this has been quite the read.

What was it like,
Deana Dick
Mar 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I dont like goodbyes at all. I try to avoid them if I can. But here we are at the end of a series that has captured the heart and soul of The Great War. We have come to know the characters over a period of time. I feel like Im saying goodbye to a family member. The author has accomplished writing a series that will live long in my heart. Every detail the author has shared about the war has brought realism , heartache and hope.
It wont be easy to say goodbye to Anna as she maneuvers the newspaper
Kendra Neal
Mar 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
All good things must come to an end. Turning Tide by Melody Carlson is the 4th and Final book in the Legacy of Sunset Cove Series. I have read a couple of the books in the series, and though each book can be read individually, reading the entire series will really give you a sense of the WONDERFUL characters and happenings in Sunset Cove.

We go back to Sunset Cove during the World War I Era. Anna McDowell, the Editor of the local Newspaper, has to report on the Grim War news. She is also aware
Donna C
Mar 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
What I think you should know:
Turning Tide is the fourth book and final in the Legacy of Sunset Cove Series by Melody Carlson. This series is best read in order as the books do not give enough information about past events to be standalones. Carlson picks up the story after Surf Smugglers and if you have not read the previous books you will be lost.

What you might need to know:
Turning Tide takes place during The Great War, the story includes loss, PTSD and briefly mentions the Spanish Flu.

What I
Mar 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The author has returned us to Sunset Cove and to the lives of the characters we have come to love. It is 1917 and the Great War has brought sorrow and devastation in Europe. Unfortunately the small town of Sunset Cove, Oregon is not immune to that sorrow. Both Katy and Ellen have husbands in the trenches and Annas fiancé, Daniel, is a doctor on the front lines. With babies being born, the young mothers are wondering if their daddies will ever get to hold them.

Between those evading the draft, the
Suzie Waltner
Mar 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
I always find it interesting, and a little bit divine, when a book Im reading aligns with whats happening in my life right now. And in Turning Tide, the fourth and final book in Melody Carlsons The Legacy of Sunset Cove series definitely contains some similarities to what Americans are currently dealing with. More on that in a bit.

Life in Sunset Cove isnt always idyllic, especially with so many of their men fighting in the first World War, but the community knows how to pull together when times
Tabitha Bouldin
Mar 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
As usual, Melody Carlson does a great job of writing a book I love to read. Turning Tide seems to tie up all the loose ends from the series while also having a punch and history all its own.

The turmoil and angst portrayed throughout the series is still prevalent, with Katy learning how to navigate life as a married woman and war weighing on everyones mind. Its always interesting to see how characters develop through a series, and Katy has been one of my favorites.

Sunset Cove feels like a place I
Beckie Burnham
Mar 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Turning Tide may be set almost 100 years in the past while WWI was raging and the Spanish Flu threatened, but this historical novel from Melody Carlson is a timely book for modern readers. World events shape the small town of Sunset Cove, Oregon, as the realities of war and pandemic impact even this small and charming town. The characters readers have come to know in the previous books are not immune to hardship, sacrifice, and fear, but they face day-to-day events and the future with ...more
Connie Saunders
Mar 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There are so many reasons why I've loved the Legacy of Sunset Cove books by Melody Carlson and this fourth book may be my favorite. Carlson introduced us to some memorable characters in the first book and Turning Tide allows us to see how they've grown and changed during the years. Readers are entertained and enlightened as she continues to write about World War I, American society as it was during those years, and the Spanish Flu epidemic that ravaged the world in 1918. How ironic that many of ...more
Mar 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: clean-romance
There were several points in this well-written novel when I wondered if author Melody Carlson had even an inkling of what would be going on in our world as she released Turning Tide. There are several plot points which are mirrors of our society today - quarantines, social distancing (although it isnt called that in the book), stores closing, and groceries available for delivery or pick up only. It was a good reminder that Americans made it through the Spanish Flu of 1918/1919, they will make it ...more
Mar 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book really brings the situations during World War I to life. And with the Spanish flu going on at the same time, it sounds a bit too much like the current pandemic we face (but thats just a small part of the story). The characters seem very real and their authentic reactions sometimes tear at the heart. We observe their pain and their growth and their struggles and their successes. The setting is a small coastal town in Oregon, Sunset Cove, which is central to the whole series. I suggest ...more
Mar 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Turning Tide is the newest and fourth installment from Melody Carlsons series, The Legacy of Sunset Cove. I have loved the other books in this series and this one is among my favorite. Even though it is part of the series, I believe it can be read as a stand alone. However, I do recommend to reading the first three books first.

In Turning Tide, readers are brought back to the beautiful Sunset Cove during World War I. There were some scenes that had me on edge with some twists that I did not
Mar 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
"Turning Tide" by Melody Carlson is the fourth and final book in the "The Legacy of Sunset Cove ". I recommend reading the books in order because each book builds on each other. This book deals with WW1. It described great battles and ships that are sunk and the flu and death and the end of the war and PST. I think this in my favorite of the fourth but it is also the saddest of the four. The author does a good job of drawing readers into the story that we think of these characters as real ...more
Patti Pierce
Mar 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Continuing the story of the people in Sunset Cove, this fourth installment is definitely worth reading. I have enjoyed getting to know Anna, Dr. Daniel, Annas daughter, and the other residents. They seem to come alive through the pages of these stories. I found it timely to read about the Spanish Flu coming to the United States. I also found the reminders of what people endured both on the homefront and on the frontlines comes through the pages of this book.

I have enjoyed reading each of these
Vicky Sluiter
Mar 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Author Melody Carlson has a way of bringing history to life. With her excellent research its possible to learn new things and enjoy a story at the same time. I will admit reading this one was a challenge given the correlation between the flu epidemic (then) and the virus epidemic (now). Yet hope was prevalent then and prevailed, as it does now in 2020.

Well developed characters, danger, suspense, and romance gives this book something for everyone. I enjoy a fiction book that includes things that
Patti Whitson Stephenson She Lives to Read
I have enjoyed this series as its given us a hometown view of events that took place during the Great War. I appreciate the authors historical detail, and understand better how the war affected our country. Ive come to feel as if I have known the people of Sunset Cove.

In this final book of the series, there are several major storylines that are brought to a conclusion. We watch the families celebrate weddings and babies, and experience the sadness of tragedy and loss. Everything is not quite
Carol Keen
This is another super book in this series. The only bad part, this is the last book in the series. That's always bittersweet for me. Surviving the war, and keeping relationships together are the core of this book. Folks are praying and coping and it's both sad and uplifting. (Wounded Vets are something I'm very familiar with.) As the characters, we have come to love deal with life and death, and the Spanish flu, it drives points home more than usual as the world we know is affected by this ...more
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Melody Carlson is the award-winning author of over two hundred books, several of them Christmas novellas from Revell, including her much-loved and bestselling book, The Christmas Bus.

She also writes many teen books, including the Diary of a Teenage Girl series, the TrueColors series, and the Carter House Girls series.

Melody was nominated for a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award in the

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