Friday, March 20, 2020

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About the Book

Book:  Turning Tide
Author: Melody Carlson
Genre:  Historical Fiction
Release Date: Feb 15, 2020
Turning TideAs 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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I don’t like goodbyes at all. I try to avoid them if I can. But here we are at the end of a series that has captured the heart and soul of The Great War. We have come to know the characters over a period of time. I feel like I’m saying goodbye to a family member. The author has accomplished writing a series that will live long in my heart. Every detail the author has shared about the war   has brought realism , heartache and hope.
It won’t be easy to say goodbye to Anna as she maneuvers the newspaper with updates for the community. Her charm and love has carried me through a wonderful journey of triumphs and tragedies in her life. I enjoyed being there as she matured, raised a daughter and overcame obstacles that others would find hopeless. Katy is such a joy to read about and I loved following her as she grew into a gracious young woman. The author takes us through the war with honesty and explores what happens when a soldier comes home to adjust to civilian life. 
There is talk in the story about the spread of influenza and how devastating it was for the town. This story really shows the true horrors of war, sickness and overcoming tragedies. I am pleased with the ending and after putting this off for so long, I say goodbye to my friends in Sunset Cove. You have given me hope, laughs, and above all a place I found encouragement and unconditional love. 
I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion. 

About the Author

author photo Melody Carlson (1)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?

Blog Stops

The Avid Reader, March 16
By The Book, March 19
Wishful Endings, March 19
Betti Mace, March 21
Remembrancy, March 21
Mary Hake, March 22
Artistic Nobody, March 25 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)
Older & Smarter?, March 26
SPLASHES of Joy, March 28
Vicky Sluiter, March 28
Pause for Tales, March 29


To celebrate her tour, Melody is giving away the grand prize package of a complete set of The Legacy of Sunset Cove series!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.


  1. I enjoy reading historical fiction because I always learn something new about the subject being featured in the book. Would like to read more about WWI.

  2. Wonderful review, Deana! Thank you for participating in the tour.