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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In My Opinion
I always find it interesting, and a little bit divine, when a book I’m reading aligns with what’s happening in my life right now. And in Turning Tide, the fourth and final book in Melody Carlson’s The Legacy of Sunset Cove series definitely contains some similarities to what American’s are currently dealing with. More on that in a bit.
Life in Sunset Cove isn’t 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 get tough. Anna and Katy have overcome a lot with the help of their friends and family, now they face challenges many others are struggling with as well.
While the story starts out somewhat slow with a lot of the daily life details, things definitely pick up near the halfway point of the book. Carlson doesn’t downplay the horrors of the war, including the losses of life and the mental status of the men who return home different and distant. And then there’s the Spanish flu pandemic and the quarantine requirements which many are experiencing right now with COVID-19.
Almost everything is wrapped up, though I did feel like the final reunion was rushed and would have enjoyed more development there. Overall, Turning Tide is a satisfying ending to this series.
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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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Dianne Casey says
Sounds like a great historical series. Looking forward to reading.
Rita Wray says
I liked the review.
Thanks for sharing your thoughts about the book.