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Christmas by the Sea: A Surf's Up Novella (Free Short Read and Sampler) Kindle Edition
Each Surf’s Up novella takes the reader to a beach locale, weaving romance and adventure into a soul-soothing journey of hope.
Parker McIntyre is late evacuating Galveston Island prior to a hurricane, despite advisement from local Texas authorities. When Parker becomes trapped in rising floodwaters, he is going to drown if help doesn’t arrive soon. Fearing death and questioning his faith, he thinks about the young son he’ll be leaving behind.
Alexandria Hanson is on her way off the island to escape the immediate storm threat, but she spots a person trapped in the water. Alex—as she’s called by friends and family— isn’t adventuresome by nature. Helping the man is going to require great personal risk, but she can’t leave him to die.
As Alex joins Parker in the murky Gulf waters, a dangerous situation becomes even more serious as they wait to be rescued. With only each other to lean on, they attempt to quell their fears by praying together and sharing stories.
If Parker and Alex leave the island alive, will they have a chance to explore their feelings during the holiday season? Or will the opportunity be lost forever?
SEE OTHER STORIES IN THIS COLLECTION: A Tide Worth Turning, Message In A Bottle, and The Shell Collector's Daughter.
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FOUR SURF'S UP NOVELLAS
A Tide Worth Turning is a smart beach read for any season. Mixing fun romance and mystery, this story transports the reader from historic Galveston, Texas to the beaches of Australia. Travel along with bestselling author, Beth Wiseman, for another great hit!"
~Kelly Long -- Zebra Books Bestseller, Kensington Publishers
About the Author
- ASIN : B01M4OTX3P
- Publisher : Elizabeth Wiseman Mackey; 1st edition (November 4, 2016)
- Publication date : November 4, 2016
- Language : English
- File size : 6949 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 108 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #18,392 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Parker McIntyre was trapped, shoved up against a concrete pillar and somehow unable to get his leg free of whatever was crushing it. The water was creeping up his chest as darkness began to encroach. He figured he was going to die here. He thought about his 4 year old son and began to pray.
At the last moment, he saw a person come to his aid. Alex Hansen had been to the hospital to visit her father. She knew he had very little time left. By the time she headed home, this unusual hurricane in November was whipping up serious strength. Then she saw someone out in the water. The head was barely visible in the gloom. She immediately called for help dialing 911. Then she plunged into the deepening water. She hoped she could get to him in time!
It was a struggle, but Alex had Parker's head above water by the time rescue units were there to help. The men took Parker to the hospital, and Alex to her friend's home. After that, she tried to find him, but couldn't. She figured she was not supposed to see him again. The same was true for Parker. Parker wanted to find Alex again to thank her for saving his life. But without her last name, he didn't know how to find her.
As I mentioned before, this is such a great short read. It only took me a few hours to read it, but it was well worth it. I know this is part of a series by Beth Wiseman, but I haven't read any of the other stories in the series. It stands alone very well. It is packed full of action and I could barely put the book down once I started reading it.
My favorite part is the ending, which I'm not going to tell you about. You are just going to have to read this for yourself. My only regret was that the story wasn't longer and more developed. But this short story has convinced me to seek out this author and try reading some of her other books.
Have not read any books by this author and know I will seek them out for the future as I really enjoyed the read.
Seems to lifelike to me as the Galveston area just went through a cat 5 hurricane and left devastation to many for many months.
Book starts out with Parker and he's late leaving the island after evacuation is announced. He gets caught up and his leg is trapped under the rising water. He prays to God that he gets to see his son again and he hopes his deceased wife will be his guardian angel.
Book also follows Alexandria who's just leaving the area and notices the man and leaves her car, calls 911 for help and attempts to help him. Her father is not doing well and she knows it won't be long til he passes away.
She gets to him but is not able to free him and he tells her to go and don't look back as the last attempt for him to breathe has come and gone. EMT's do arrive in time but she's not able to accompany him to the hospital. Love that she stayed with him til he was free and she kept his mind off his troubles by talking about his family.
He also keeps her mind off things as she describes the Christmas holiday and eating fish tacos with her dad along the beach.
Story is so much like real life it is scary. She knows she will never see him again and him her as they don't even know each others last names.
Can't wait to read more from this author. Other books and excerpts are included at the end along with author bio information.
Received this review copy via Amazon from Story Cartel and this is my honest review.
There is a mandatory evacuation
in Galveston, TX. People are trying to flee the imminent threat of the storm, including lead female character Alexandria (or Alex) Hanson and Parker McIntyre. As Alex is driving to escape to safety, she spits an another person struggling in the rising flood waters. Instead of continuing on her journey, Alex feels a ping of sadness and sympathy for for the person, whom we soon learn is Parker. Parker is trapped and cannot get out of the floodwaters, so Alex risks her life to go to him and try to free him; when she realises how badly he is trapped and that she cannot free him on her own, she chooses to stay with until help arrives or the raging waters takes the two into the afterlife.
I admire Parker and Alex. Neither chose to give up. Parker fought to stay alive and Alex risked her own life as well to help this stranger. I recommend this story. Being brief as it is, it is perfect for bedtime, waiting at the doctors, dentists, your lunch break or any time. Go ahead - read.
For the most part, this story was a well-written. There was some head hopping, and the book is very short. I also wished the two main characters were together more in the book. Most of it is spent apart trying to find each other.