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Tidal Shift [Kindle Edition]

Dora Heldt , Jamie Lee Searle
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)

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Book Description

To Christine, her Aunt Inge and Uncle Walter are reliable fixtures in the family, dependable and destined to be together forever. So when she spies Inge in the company of a man who is most certainly not her husband, life as Christine knows it takes a turn for the unexpected. Suddenly, what began as a blissful vacation with her gorgeous boyfriend on her native island of Sylt has morphed into a family drama of epic proportions—and a rude wake-up call for Christine. Because compared to the newfound passion with which sixtysomething Inge is tackling each day, Christine’s supposedly fabulous life seems downright dull. Christine decides it’s time to make some drastic changes…but will she ruin the great life she already has in the process?


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About the Author

Dora Heldt was born in 1961 on the North Sea island of Sylt. She was trained as a bookseller and has worked in publishing since 1992. Her novel Chaperoned was one of Germany’s bestselling titles of 2008, spending sixty-one weeks on the bestseller list. Heldt is also the author of Life After Forty and Inseparable. She lives today in Hamburg, Germany.


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  • File Size: 572 KB
  • Print Length: 392 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1611090202
  • Publisher: AmazonCrossing (May 28, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004LP2I2S
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,390 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The new adventures of Old Christine May 17, 2013
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This is the fourth book about Christine, as it turns out, but not having read the others does not detract from this book. The author manages to fill us in on her past without getting bogged down in all the details. The Island of Sylt off the coast of Germany, sounds like a place I'd like to visit, and is the birthplace of the author, so she's an expert on the subject.
Christine and her boyfriend arrive on the island for a two week vacation and immediately get drawn into the crazy, mysterious drama that is her aunt and the rest of the family. I was a little mystified as to why Christine, in her forties, was so involved in all that was going on, when her aunt pretty much said, "I'm fine, leave me to my business, no worries." But, therein lies the story of course, and it's entertaining, particularly with a supporting cast of Christine's parents, uncle, and an over-the-top redhead who has befriended Aunt Inge. An enjoyable read.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this author's books! April 18, 2013
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This is the second story I've read about Christine. We met Christine in Chaperoned and in that one she ended up with a boyfriend at the end. It was a hilarious story and this one is great too. Christine is taking her new boyfriend to her parents for a week so he can see the whole family isn't a bunch of nuts (like it appears they are in the book Chaperoned). The insanity seems to run thru her father's side, because in this one his sister is acting out of character and everyone thinks she has left her husband of many years and taken up with a much younger man. All the old gang from Chaperoned is here and it is one funny story with everyone getting the wrong idea all the time. Christine is worried that she will lose her new hunk of a boyfriend after being amongst this bunch of nuts. Very funny. Not as much romance as you'd think, more of a story of a crazy family.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Can't stop reading!!! April 11, 2013
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Christine's escapes continue, this time with her new boyfriend Johann. They are planning to go on vacation but I don't think a restful one was in the cards! When they arrive in Sylt, she thinks she sees a woman that looks like her Aunt Inge. However the lady isn't with the right uncle! Wait, but it is Aunt Inge. And trouble is brewing!

You will laugh out loud throughout this whole book, but there is a serious note to it. But not so serious you can't enjoy the family once again. Especially Heinz!! You also get a warm fuzzy feeling between Heinz and Christine! I love it.

Dora Heldt is such a master storyteller! I absolutely love Christine and all the gang and I can't wait until we meet up again!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spend Some Captivating Time on the German North Sea March 31, 2013
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This book is funny. Quick to read, full of dialogue and amusing characters. It details again the life of it's heroine, Christine, spending a couple weeks on the North Sea with her kooky family and her boyfriend, Johann.

Obsessed with the unexpected appearance of her aunt sans uncle, she fears the old lady's up to no good, perhaps a fling and or divorce beckons. She spys on her while at the same time dealing with her family and trying to decide about love and if it fits into her life.

Written by Dora Heldt, born on the island of Sylt(she mentions in the novel how to pronounce it. Sounds cold up there to me.) who is quite a descriptive and human nature intuitive writer, I found the read interesting from page one.

The author understands human foibles. Something we can all relate to, and laugh at; moreover, the translation done by Jamie Lee Searle comes across smooth without a bump and no distraction. There are German names, but the world that Ms. Heldt writes about is something that's universal no matter where one lives, especially when dealing with families. It offers both the sentiment and frustration to the members. And watching the frustrations and the quirks of Christine's relationships is immensely satisfying.

A well written and fun novel.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars changes in different stages in our lives July 29, 2013
By Cynthia
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Our lives can change at any age and spouses do keep secrets from each other especially if one spouse always thinks he/she has the better idea. And of course with secrets there is always confusion. A very realistic read
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Its Personal July 5, 2013
By joyful
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Book appeals to me because of the main topic, a woman of a certain age going about increasing the life within her life, not "retiring." As she goes about - perhaps clumsily because after all she's never done this before - finding her way towards this goal, people around her walk their own path and in some ways find themselves. Only thing I would adjust a bit was that the book was a tad too wordy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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This book apparently was a huge bestseller in Germany - but it's hard to imagine it would gather that kind of popularity in the United States though it's pleasant enough. It doesn't really fit into a genre. It's not a thriller, not a romance, there's no sex and almost no violence. It's also not literary. There are no grand themes or issues. It doesn't explore society's ills and the characters face no moral or ethical dilemmas. It's just a bunch of mainly well-intentioned, average people bumbling around and getting confused, a kind of comedy of manners but the comedy is quite mild. Maybe, a slice of life - but the good life lived by affluent middle-class Germans.

The action, such as it is, takes place in a German holiday island called Sylt on the North Sea coast. Perhaps the mere name for Germans conjures images, like saying "Santa Monica" to Americans. It seems to be a place with sand dunes, beaches and fancy hotels and thatched cottages.

Here we meet Christine and her boyfriend Johann come to spend a couple of weeks of R&R with her family who live here. It becomes apparent that this book is the second or third in a series - though one quickly catches up. Christine and Johann live in different cities and see each other weekends. They are both in their mid-forties. Johann wants them to move in together but Christine isn't sure. We're also introduced to Inge, Christine's 64-year-old aunt, who has shown up apparently determined to make some changes to her life and shake up her 40-year marriage to the dull and cost-conscious Walter. And Inge's outrageous snobby friend Renate also appears to provide a source of unwitting comedy and social commentary.

Various mix-ups ensue and some fairly mundane issues are explored.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining read
Dora Heldt was a new author to me when I read CHAPERONED. I so enjoyed that book that I decided to read the other three novels she had written. Read more
Published 4 days ago by drm from California
2.0 out of 5 stars a comedy of errors
Take an aunt who is having a mid-life crisis, married to the most penny pinching man in the world, add in crazy relatives, an anal middle-aged niece who cannot commit to love and... Read more
Published 7 days ago by Stephen Kalman
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting story
Once I got into this book, I had a hard time putting it down. This is the first "ebook" that I have ever read, but it won't be the last. Read more
Published 14 days ago by Donna Zimmerman
5.0 out of 5 stars A Perfect Pick Up & Put Down Novel . . . .
How you read this novel may greatly determine how much you like it or not. I started reading it in my usual novel reading manner, which is straight through in one to three... Read more
Published 27 days ago by Sunday
3.0 out of 5 stars Would make a good Judi Dench type movie, but....
This book is whimsically comic without being terribly funny. I kept wishing I had some A-list Brit actors like Dame Judi and Bill Nighy to dramatize it for me, plus the gorgeous... Read more
Published 2 months ago by K. B. Fenner
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting twist on usual FL Keys mystery theme.
The protagonist was a real guy, with a soft side for his son. The plot was solid, with just enough twists to keep you reading to the last word.
Published 2 months ago by Carrollyn C. Cox
4.0 out of 5 stars good read
It was a good read. I enjoyed it. I hope to read more from the same author soon.
I would recommend to anyone who likes to read about life changes.
Published 2 months ago by Muriel Bilodeau
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh Christine!
This is the fourth book about Christine, I've actually only read one other but that doesn't keep me from loving this one. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Penguin Chick
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Book
I did enjoy this book, but it is my least favorite of Dora Heldt's books featuring Christine. There are the usual quirky characters with some mystery and romance, but the story... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Sheila B. Edney
3.0 out of 5 stars Drags some, but not a bad story
I'd never read anything by this author before, but reading the blurb on amazon vine led me to think it sounded interesting. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Lauri Crumley Coates
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Dora Heldt was born in 1961 on the North Sea island of Sylt in Germany, and she trained as a bookseller. She has worked as a sales representative for a major German publisher since 1992, and lives in Hamburg. Her novel VACATION WITH DAD was on the German bestseller list for 61 weeks. LIFE AFTER FORTY is her first book available in English. Author photo © Suzy Stöckl

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