About the Book
Book: Turning Tide
Author: Melody Carlson
Genre: Historical Fiction
Release Date: Feb 15, 2020
As the Great War rages on, Sunset Cove continues to feel its impact. Running the small town newspaper, Anna McDowell can’t 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 effort with her Red Cross club. Even as the war winds down the costs are high—and Sunset Cove is not spared.
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Guest Review from Donna Cline
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 thought about this book:
By the time you get to the fourth book in a series you feel like you are visiting old friends and this is no exception. I love to read about strong women and this book is full of them. Anna is still a brave and inspirational woman, and I was thrilled with how Carlson allowed Katy to mature. Katy begins the story as the pregnant wife of a deployed serviceman and a successful business owner. I was very interested in how what we now call PTSD was discussed and treated as shell shock.My heart ached at the losses in the book, but was thrilled at the new life and joy that was found. I thoroughly enjoyed this series and although this is the end of Sunset Cove, I look forward to whatever Carlson decides to write about next.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Celebrate Lit, this in no way influenced my review. All opinions are my own.
About the Author
Melody Carlson has written more than 200 books (with sales around 6.5 million) for teens, women, and children. That’s a lot of books, but mostly she considers herself a “storyteller.” Her young adult novels (Diary of a Teenage Girl, True Colors etc.) appeal to teenage girls around the world. Her annual Christmas novellas become more popular each year. She’s won a number of awards (including RT’s Career Achievement Award, the Rita, and the Gold medallion) and some of her books have been optioned for film/TV. Carlson has two grown sons and makes her home in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and yellow Lab dog.
More from Melody
Writing about the WW1 era has definitely been a good history lesson for me. Prohibition laws in Oregon (and rum-runners breaking them) combined with a massive war that changed the world and a global epidemic is worth paying attention to. Especially since history sometimes repeats itself. The early 20th century had a lot going on—much that seems nearly forgotten. I’m glad to see the movie 1917 is doing well—and we plan to see it this week. Although I’m not a fan of gruesome war movies, this era continues to intrigue me. Even as I wrapped up my Sunset Cove series with Turning Tide I was left wondering . . . what’s next? But isn’t that the beauty of story?
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