Tuesday, August 21, 2018

As the Tide Comes In

As the Tide Comes In
Cindy Woodsmall &
Erin Woodsmall
ISBN: 978-0735291010
August 2018/352 pages/$14.99

A New York Times best-selling author releases her first southern novel, a Steel Magnolias-meets-Sweet Home Alabama story set on St. Simons Island.

When an unthinkable loss sends Tara Abbott's life spiraling out of control, she journeys from North Carolina to Georgia's St. Simons Island. Although confused and scared, she hopes to find answers about her past - her life before the years of foster care and raising her two half-brothers as a young adult. Will she find steady ground on the island, surrounded by an eccentric-but-kindhearted group of older women called The Glynn Girls and a determined firefighter? Or will the truth splinter what's left of her identity into pieces?

Read an excerpt.


Cindy Woodsmall is the New York Times and CBA best-selling author of eighteen works of fiction. She’s been featured in national media outlets such as ABC’s Nightline and the Wall Street Journal. Cindy has won numerous awards and has been finalist for the prestigious Christy, Rita, and Carol Awards. Cindy and her husband reside near the foothills of the North Georgia Mountains in Flowery Branch, GA.

Erin Woodsmall is a writer, musician, wife, and mom of three. She has edited, brainstormed, and researched books with Cindy for almost a decade.

Find out more about Cindy and Erin at www.cindywoodsmall.com.


Cindy Woodsmall steps away from her trademark Amish genre in this tale set deep in the South. This is a tale to read with tissues nearby as Tara's journey is heart-wrenching. I ached for the losses she experienced throughout her life, especially those which caused her to flee to St. Simon's Island. I will admit that I had a hard time connecting with parts of this story. The Glynn Girls were a bit much for me, as were some of Tara's intermittent bouts of confusion. I also found Gavin's determination and endeavors to sell parts of a home he had not legally taken posession of to be rather far-fetched. However, I became more connected to the characters in the last third of the novel and was pleased with the resolution. Overall, I recommend As the Tide Comes In for fans of Woodsmall and Southern fiction.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book free from WaterBrook/Multnomah Publishing. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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