Tuesday, January 24, 2023

Yesterday's Tides By Roseanna M. White

Yesterday's Tides
by Roseanna M. White
Publisher: Bethany House
ISBN: 9780764240010

The cover of this book is what caught my attention. Isn't it stunning? Then, of course, knowing it's a Roseanna M. White book had me excited as well! As part of her launch team I received her book for review.

Summary:

In two world wars, intelligence and counterintelligence, prejudice, and self-sacrifice collide across two generations

In 1942, Evie Farrow is used to life on Ocracoke Island, where every day is the same--until the German U-boats haunting their waters begin to wreak havoc. And when special agent Sterling Bertrand is washed ashore at Evie's inn, her life is turned upside down. While Sterling's injuries keep him inn-bound for weeks, making him even more anxious about the SS officer he's tracking, he becomes increasingly intrigued by Evie, who seems to be hiding secrets of her own.

Decades earlier, in 1914, Englishman Remington Culbreth arrives at the Ocracoke Inn for the summer, never expecting to fall in love with Louisa Adair, the innkeeper's daughter. But when war breaks out in Europe, their relationship is put in jeopardy and may not survive what lies ahead for them.

As the ripples from the Great War rock Evie and Sterling's lives in World War II, it seems yesterday's tides may sweep them all into danger again today.


My Review:

Wow, I think I'm in love!

Yesterday's Tides was fanTASTIC! I've become a big fan of timeslip novels, and am usually a fan of one time period over another. Not so with this story. I loved both time lines equally!

First we meet Evie, who gives off the all-American young woman vibes in the 1940s. Her life seems the same every day but it's a life she's chosen. There seems to be a simplicity to her life as well. And then Sterling shows up, barely alive on her beach. He seems to be quite the special agent!

Then we meet Louisa in 1914. She's my kind of gal! She's more likely to pick up a "spanner" and fix an engine than sit around paining her nails. That summer one of her guests is Remington and she turns his world topsy-turvy just by being who she is!

For me, each storyline pulled me deeper and deeper in. The storylines are connected, but HOW? Are they connected in the way we hope? The author's writing kept dodging the answers and on more than one occasion I had to talk myself out of turning to the end for both timelines. Because of the unknown and not knowing how it could possibly all come together, I had a couple of very late nights reading.

There's intrigue, an awful mother-in-law, and characters from a number of other books that I adored by the author. I think this may have been my favorite part - seeing all of these familiar characters. You can 100% read this book as a standalone. There are just lots of "Easter eggs" for those of us who have read all of the other ones.

I almost forgot to mention that I think the author writes some of my favorite grandmas in her stories! Turns out there are a couple of great ones in this story as well. They give me something to aspire to as a somewhat new grandma!

I also have a deep appreciation of the author tackling the topic of mixed marriages which were looked down on for so many years. I felt like she handled it so well!

There were some surprising turn of events that happened throughout the story. Some had my heart racing and others had me FURIOUS! The author was able to pull out a LOT of emotions from me. I appreciated the author's inclusion of faith in her characters lives. They definitely relied on and turned to the Lord regularly. 

Hands down, I can't recommend this book enough. If you like reading WWI and WWII era stories, you do NOT want to miss this one!

About the Author:

Roseanna M. White(www.roseannamwhite.com) is a bestselling, Christy Award-nominated author who has long claimed that words are the air she breathes. She pens her novels beneath her Betsy Ross flag, with her Jane Austen action figure watching over her. When not writing fiction, she's homeschooling her two children, editing and designing, and pretending her house will clean itself. Roseanna is the author of numerous novels, ranging from biblical fiction to American-set romances to Edwardian British series. Roseanna lives with her family in West Virginia. Learn more at www.roseannamwhite.com.

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