Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Melody Carlson: Riptide Rumors

By Kelly Bridgewater

About the Book:
Title: Riptide Rumors
Author: Melody Carlson
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publication Date: February 15, 2019

If the Tide Doesn't Change, Who Will Pay the Price?

As autumn of 1916 descends upon the once-peaceful town of Sunset Cove, Anna McDowell has great hopes that the excitement of the summer will be over, now that a few of the key players in the rum-running ring have been arrested. But with a daring jailbreak getting the town in a dither again, she knows that the danger hasn't passed for anyone in her coastal hometown.

With a mayoral election keeping tensions high and the authorities busy searching for those behind the jailbreak, Anna has plenty to keep the newspaper busy. But when her sixteen-year-old daughter begins making noises about leaving high school and abandoning dreams of college, Anna realizes that prohibition isn t the only thing she needs to be worrying about.

How deep does the root of corruption run in their town? As she digs deeper, Anna is forced to put the concerns of her own heart on hold in an effort to save some of the people dearest to her.

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My Thoughts:

Riptide Rumors is the second book in the Shady Oak Cove series by Melody Carlson. It was nice to see reoccurring characters as their lives move forward. Anne is still a strong heroine, but in this book, we are reading more about Katy, her daughter, as she begins to spread her wings and prepare to own and take care of her own dress shop. The plot had a little bit of mystery and numerous twists with romance for Anne and Katy. While I was invested in the plot and the goings on in the character's lives, the romance could have been taken out, but I'm sure it needs to be there to round out the story. I really can't wait to see what happens between Anne and Dr. Daniel. There romance has been blooming since the beginning of the series, and I can't wait to see it come to reality. Overall, Riptide Rumors is an okay story if you read the first story, Harbored Secrets, but would I pick up the story by itself, probably not. It was just okay. Not really original or unpredictable. 

I received a complimentary copy of Riptide Rumors by Melody Carlson through Celebrate Lit tours, but the opinions stated are all my own.

My Rating:   3.5 out of 5 stars

Purchase: Riptide Rumors

About the Author:

Melody Carlson
From Amazon
 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 novels range from serious issues like schizophrenia (Finding Alice) to lighter topics like house-flipping (A Mile in My Flip-Flops) but most of the inspiration behind her fiction comes right out of real life. Her young adult novels (Diary of a Teenage Girl, TrueColors 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 Romantic Time'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. To find out more about Melody Carlson, visit her website at

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