cover image On a Summer Tide

On a Summer Tide

Suzanne Woods Fisher. Revell, $14.99 trade paper (320p) ISBN 978-0-8007-3498-5

Fisher (Mending Fences) delivers a refreshing story about reconnecting with family and discovering one’s purpose in life. After Paul Grayson’s wife dies, the retired sports announcer attempts to reconnect with his three daughters and his faith by selling his home and buying a dilapidated summer camp on an island off the coast of Maine. The time spent on Three Sisters Island proves to be exactly what each woman needs to make big decisions about their lives. Twenty-eight year-old Cam, the oldest, is a v-p at a renewable energy startup but is struggles with her rowdy seven-year-old son, Cooper. Cam is surprised when being on the island relaxes him, and the pair become closer as they explore. Twenty-four-year-old Madison has just gotten engaged and is supposed to be starting her counseling career, but she is questioning both her work and relationship. And 19-year-old Blaine has just been kicked out of junior college for not choosing a major or career path. For all three, the island adventure throws their lives into a chaotic but productive upheaval. As they try to get their father’s dream of redoing his camp (and simultaneously rousing the sleepy island community) completed, they each gain clarity about their future. In this quiet story of a family gathering after years apart, Fisher creates a vibrant cast of charming, plucky characters set on redefining themselves. (May)