Turning Tide by Melody Carlson: Book Review
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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As usual, Melody Carlson does a great job of writing a book I love to read. Turning Tide seems to tie up all the loose ends from the series while also having a punch and history all its own.
The turmoil and angst portrayed throughout the series is still prevalent, with Katy learning how to navigate life as a married woman and war weighing on everyone’s mind. It’s always interesting to see how characters develop through a series, and Katy has been one of my favorites.
Sunset Cove feels like a place I’d like to see, with people who have joined together in a fierce fight for survival in a world gone mad. Some will make poor choices and some will become heroes. Melody Carlson shows both with equal intensity.
I can’t go into detail without spoilers, but there are some intense themes and moments presented in Turning Tide that you don’t want to miss.
The action does seem somewhat slower in Turning Tide, and the ending almost hurried as everything was wrapped up, but I’ve come to love these characters, so maybe I simply wasn’t ready to let them go.
I requested a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. I was not required to leave a positive review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
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?