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Summer by the Tides by Denise Hunter

summer by the tides  When Maddy learns her grandmother is missing from her beach house Maddy and her sisters arrive right away. The last time the siblings have been together was years ago, a summer that tore the family apart. Being back in the beach house opens old wounds and long buried secrets. Where is grandma? What secrets has she been keeping?

I am a big fan of Denise Hunter and I really enjoyed this story. The ties of family, secrets, sisters, second chances, love…. there was all of it. I read it in the autumn but it would make a perfect beach read. Denise Hunter has a way of writing real people with real lives. She makes me feel as if I am living right there with them and I love that.


*I received this book free from The Fiction Guild and Thomas Nelson in exchange for my honest review. What I have expressed are entirely my own thoughts and I was not compensated in any monetary way*

Parental Guidance Rating- PG for adult situations

My Star Rating- ***

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Honeysuckle Dreams

honeysuckle dreams    Brady Collins has already gone through enough. His ex-wife has passed away, leaving Brady with Sam, his baby son, and a business to juggle. His friend, Hope, helps out when she can. Brady loves his son and cannot imagine his life without him. And then he receives news that is devastating.

Sam’s maternal grandparents are filing for custody and as things stand, they have a better chance of custody than Brady does. The biggest tip the attorney offers- get married. Show the judge he is hard working, he is a family man, he is serious about being a father. Hope is willing to step up to the plate, but can their shared love for Sam be enough?

Welcome back in the world of Denise Hunter. Beautiful descriptions of scenery, the amazing personalities of the characters, the displays of selfless love. It was a very enjoyable read and I look forward to more from Ms. Hunter.


*I received this book free from Thomas Nelson and The Fiction Guild in exchange for my honest review. What I have expressed are entirely my own thoughts and I was not compensated in any way.*

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Sweetbriar Cottage

sweetbriar cottage    Finding out their divorce was never finalized is not what Noah nor Josephine want to hear. They have not been on speaking terms and had hoped to keep it that way. Both want this very annoying mistake taken care of as soon as possible. And it should have this second time around, if not for the snowstorm of the decade that leaves them stranded together in Noah’s house. Stuck inside his house forces them to face each other, and the past they have been trying to walk away from makes its way into the present. Can they open up and finally heal their wounds or are they too deep?

Denise Hunter has written an exceptional story. A raw, gritty, real story. My heart ached for Josephine. I understood her on a very personal level. This story has a place in my heart now. It touches on subjects that are never fun but are heard about all too often these days. I cannot thank Ms. Hunter enough for sharing this story with us.

*I received this book free from Thomas Nelson and The Fiction Guild in exchange for my honest review. What I have shared are entirely my own thoughts. Also, I was not compensated in any monetary way.*

My star rating- *****

Parental Guidance- PG13 due to intense scenes and topic

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Blue Ridge Sunrise

821bfa81ccb32d19b77d46fb71d3a6c5    Zoe never planned to return to Copper Creek, but life has different plans. When her grandmother dies, Zoe returns home for the funeral and plans to leave right after. And then she is told she has inherited her grandmother’s orchard. Zoe’s world is turned upside down. She has a daughter to raise, an abusive boyfriend to face, and a man from her past whose heart she broke. Will this move to the orchard be the best choice or one more part of her daily nightmare?

This story was very engaging. It kept me hooked. Denise Hunter, as some of you may know, is one of my favorite authors and there is a reason for it. Her stories are real. They are sweet, tender, soul-searching. They are forgiving. This one is no different.

*I received this book free from Thomas Nelson and The Fiction Guild in exchange for my honest review. What I have expressed are entirely my own thoughts and I have not been compensated in any financial way*


Parental Guidance- PG13 for adult situations (abusive relationship)

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Just a Kiss book review

1d6f33229112506b7aef32cc985d7e17    Seeing the love of his life fall for his brother had been hard enough to send Riley to enlist as a marine. Beau and Paige are no longer together and it all seems to be time to tell Paige how he feels. And then he is hit with a IED that leaves him an amputee. He feels he is no longer worthy of Paige’s attention.

Paige is more than ready to help her best friend recover and as time goes by her feelings for him go deeper than that of friendship. But what if he does not feel the same way? Although she wants him to know how she feels, is telling him worth the risk?

As always, Denise Hunter strikes gold again. This story is easy to follow but did not lose my interest by being too slow or predictable. The characters were also easy to connect with. All in all it is a very enjoyable, entertaining story. I liked that is has a side story as well. In regards to the main story, it can be read as a standalone. However, to fully grasp the picture of the side story I do recommend reading the Summer Harbor series in order.

*I received this book free for my honest review from Thomas Nelson and Fiction Guild. What I have shared about the book are entirely my own thoughts.*