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Review of Riptide Rumors

Riptide Rumors

About the Book

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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Having read the first book in this series, I was looking forward to reading this second book set in 1916.  Anna, her daughter, Daniel, and all the other characters in this story bring the book to life. Prohibition, a jailbreak, a dress shop opening and more add to the storyline.  The characters are believable and the dialogue makes this book interesting to read.

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With running a newspaper, Anna sets out to expose the truth about what is going on in her community.  Melody Carlson truly brings life to the story.  She combines family, dreams,   danger, and intrigue in a way that makes it impossible to put the book down.  A few new characters join the cast of characters in this story.  Some I liked, others I did not like.

I loved watching Anna’s daughter Katy find her way and explore the possibilities of graduating early from high school and opening a dress shop with her grandmother, her best friend, and her best friend’s mother.  While some questions are answered in this book, I still feel there is a long way to go and hope to read more books in this series in the future.

I definitely recommend this book.  I received a copy of this book for my fair and honest review.

About the Author

author photo Melody Carlson

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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I am a wife and homeschooling mother of 4. I am a Christian who firmly believes that Jesus Christ died for my sins. We are a military family who just relocated from Pennsylvania to Texas. I enjoy Bible journaling, reading, crocheting, scrapbooking and quilting. I am beginning to attempt art journaling.

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