Wily Grandma Has A Trick Up Her Sleeve in Denise Hunter’s ‘Summer by the Tides’ [REVIEW]


In Denise Hunters Summer by the Tides, one woman hopes her family can finally make amends. (Photo by Malcolm Peacey, Flickr)

A family divided. Three sisters who can’t see eye to eye. One sassy old lady determined to let bygones be bygones. Will her granddaughters ever reunite and bury the past? Find out in Denise Hunter’s new novel, Summer by the Tides.  


Thomas Nelson

Maddy Monroe and her siblings, Emma and Nora, have been estranged since the summer when everything fell apart. Maddy was 12 years old at the time. Now in her 20s, her life is in chaos. The promotion she worked so hard for was given to her boyfriend (who, by the way, works at the same restaurant), and then he has the gall to dump her to date their boss. Talk about adding insult to injury!

Meanwhile, Emma is separated from her husband and Nora refuses to talk about why her credit card is declined. Maddy knows something is amiss, but Emma and Nora can barely be civil to one another since an argument they had years ago. Needless to say, “fractured” doesn’t begin to describe this family’s problems. However, the girls’ grandmother has an idea as to how to reconcile her family once and for all.

When Gram goes missing, Conner Murphy, the matriarch’s next door neighbor, calls each granddaughter for help. As most of us know, where family is involved emotions run high and are bound to create misunderstandings and mayhem galore.

In Summer by the Tides, Ms. Hunter richly describes her characters in a way that makes them both relatable and endearing. She also shares some valuable life lessons and teaches us that sometimes we need to examine a situation from another perspective in order to comprehend the choices made by another. Somewhere in between history and perception lies the truth… and hopefully a compassionate, forgiving heart.

Don’t miss Summer by the Tides! It is the perfect summer novel, one packed with heart, humor, and atonement. Readers won’t soon forget it.

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Denise Hunter

Denise Hunter


Denise Hunter is the internationally published bestselling author of more than 25 books, including A December Bride and The Convenient Groom, which have been adapted into original Hallmark Channel movies.

She has won the Holt Medallion Award, the Reader’s Choice Award, the Carol Award, the Foreword Book of the Year Award, and is a RITA finalist.

When Denise isn’t orchestrating love lives on the written page, she enjoys traveling with her family, drinking green tea, and playing drums.

Denise makes her home in Indiana where she and her husband are rapidly approaching an empty nest. You can learn more about her through her website DeniseHunterBooks.com or by visiting her on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

By Denise Hunter
320 pp. Thomas Nelson. $15.99

TLC Book Tours Tour HostPurchase Summer by the Tides at one of these fine online retailers: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, IndieBound, and Powell’s.

Summer by the Tides is brought to you in association with TLC Book Tours.

About Heather Fink
Heather Fink is a writer, bibliophile and award-winning librarian who loves to introduce the next generation of readers to the wonderful world of books. She currently resides in Texas.

One Response to Wily Grandma Has A Trick Up Her Sleeve in Denise Hunter’s ‘Summer by the Tides’ [REVIEW]

  1. Sara Strand says:

    Oh jeez… my vacation book list just went up by one. Looks like I won’t be taking a leg in the driving. Darn. Thanks for being on this tour! Sara @ TLC Book Tours

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