- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Gilead Publishing (June 12, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1683700945
- ISBN-13: 978-1683700944
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 49 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #288,200 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Lisa Carter is the best-selling author of seven romantic suspense novels, four historical novellas, and a contemporary Coast Guard series. Her book Under a Turquoise Sky won the 2015 Carol Award for Romantic Suspense. Blending Southern and Native American fiction, she likes to describe her suspense novels as "sweet tea with a slice of murder." Lisa enjoys traveling to romantic locales and researching her next exotic adventure. When not writing, she loves spending time with her family and teaching writing workshops. A native North Carolinian, she has strong opinions on barbecue and ACC basketball. Visit her online at www.lisacarterauthor.com.
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". . despite the ocean breezes, white sand, and gorgeous sunsets, death had come ashore."
McKenna Dockery looked death in the face twice in just one day; once as she gazed upon the countenance of a life-weary soldier and then again as she stumbled upon a water-bloated corpse bobbing along the shoreline of Hatteras Island. Neither were pretty, but at least one of them had a future, if he would just choose to take it.
Caden Willis arrives on Hatteras Island with just one goal; deliver the blanket to M. Dockery and then walk off the end of the pier; literally and figuratively. He could never have imagined how one chance encounter with a lovely seaside dancer would change his course of navigation. She just wouldn't let him go. As Caden cautiously approaches life as an islander, he is accused of being involved in a dangerous string of crimes, which many believe to be the handiwork of a international drug cartel. He certainly can't leave McKenna now, can he?
There were so many parts of this story that were easy to love, and then there were places where the reader, characters, and story line subtly diverged . . . . .. but it by no means ruined anything for, "Here is love, vast as the ocean, Lovingkindness as the flood, When the Prince of Life our Ransom, Shed for us His precious blood."
The setting of Hatteras Island is one that's familiar, and I enjoyed the references to other landmarks like the lighthouse and Ocracoke ferry, even though the town of Tuckahoe is fictional. I could see it all in my mind's eye and feel the breeze off the ocean.
The characters of McKenna and Caden could not have been more realistic and believable. McKenna the eternal optimist, "She staked her life and heart on the fulfillment of that which she had yet to see. Choosing, despite the void, to trust while her dreams remained unfulfilled." And Caden the pessimist who had endured so much hardship growing up he expected nothing from life, "..he couldn't afford hope. He wouldn't survive it's loss. Because that's what always happened. In the end, hope left."
The chemistry between these two was so strong it felt like it was charged with an electrical current! One of my favorite lines, "That boy looks at you like you're a bowl of ice cream on a July day and he'd like to eat you with a spoon." Whew, only one of many intense moments!
The secondary characters of Earlene and Lovey, strong southern women, are as compelling as those of McKenna and Caden, and that's saying something as those two were hard to top. In fact, the entire cast of characters had such well-defined personalities, it felt as if they were all real people I had only to drive down to the Outer Banks to meet. Such vivid portrayals Carter has drawn!
As much as I enjoyed the setting and loved the characters, the mystery and suspense of the storyline was fantastic! It was like riding out a hurricane with all the nervousness and fear that goes with that. I don't know when I have read a romantic suspense that was as enthralling or as exciting as this book was! I was on the edge of my seat and holding my breath quite a few times.
The inspirational thread that reminds us all that God is the one who mends broken hearts and brings us to our true home in Him was very emotional and touching.
I can't recommend A Vast and Gracious Tide enough. This book has made my favorite list of 2018 and is one I won't soon forget. I appreciate Lisa Carter's terrific storytelling and Gilead Publishing for making a copy available for review.
Lisa Carter has done a superb job in this contemporary inspirational novel. I could hardly put it down. It’s an exciting story of romance and suspense with well-drawn characters in a lovely North Carolina Outer Banks beach/island setting. In addition to thrilling suspense and warm romance, this tale opens your heart and understanding for our wounded military heroes as few novels I've read do. The hero's epiphany illustrates that a relationship with Jesus Christ—personally discovering His vast and gracious tide—can bring a war-torn hero or anyone else who doesn’t know Him, amazing healing, inside and out, and from suicide plans to a happy new beginning. I warmly recommend A Vast and Gracious Tide and give it five stars without hesitation.
Elva Cobb Martin
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