Riptide Rumors by Melody Carlson

Small Town Living At Its Best

Riptide Rumors by Melody Carlson is a delightful Christian historical novel. It is the second book in the Legacy Of Sunset Cove series and continues where book one Harbor Secrets ended. It can be read as a stand- alone but I would recommend reading Harbor Secrets first.

With America on the brink of war in 1916, there is a patriotic feeling that counter balances the feeling of uncertainty. People are proud of their community and heritage. There are thoughts of signing up if war is declared.

The population of Sunset Cove is recovering from events in book one and still trying to come to terms with it. The rum runners are present as the prohibition laws still stand. Suspicion falls in the most surprizing places.

The characters are all delightfully drawn. There are some very modern and forward thinking women who contrast with those who would prefer traditional roles.

Once again amateur sleuthing is the order of the day as newspaper employees try to solve old and new crimes.

There are some delightful friendships within the novel. Small town living is charming and offers huge welcomes. “It always feels like family here.”

The major themes are of dreams and choices. We all have unique dreams. We are not clones of our parents and need to follow our dreams for our lives and not theirs.

Poor choices mean we must suffer the consequences. The good news is that “God can bring good out of our bad choices.”

I am really enjoying this Legacy Of Sunset Cove series and cannot wait for subsequent books. Please write quickly Melody Carlson as I want to see what happens to the residents of Sunset Cove as America enters the war in 1917.

I received this book for free. A favourable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.


Riptide Rumors

By Melody Carlson

The Legacy of Sunset Cove, Book 2

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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.

About the Author

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.

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