Liz Johnson has a new series! The first book has been released and it is set on Prince Edward Island! It is her second series set in this location. It is a modern day story. It is Christian fiction with a spiritual message. It takes place toward the end of summer into the fall. I enjoyed the first PEI series very much and am glad she is writing in this setting again. This one is the PEI Shores series and the first book is entitled Beyond the Tides. It is a great read for me for this time of year as we were sweltering in the southwestern United States. LOL
We get an inside look at the lobster fishing industry in this story. Our protagonist, Meg Whitaker,has come home to help her father care for her mother and has been working in the local school system. Her father is a fisherman who owns a boat and a license but has decided to step down and sell the business to one of his crew members. Meg is livid as she realizes that the family business will be sold to, as the story describes him, Meg’s “arch nemesis.” She makes the choice to step down from her teaching job to learn about this industry to try to keep the business in the family and prevent Oliver (the arch nemesis) from getting his hands on it.
Oliver Ross is one of three brothers raised by a single mother. His father deserted their family when they were in their teen years. He has worked for Meg’s father for the last 5 years and has proven himself reliable and hardworking. Some people in the community still cast judgment on him and his family based on his father’s horrible reputation but the family has survived despite those judgments.
Meg’s protests to her father brought her father to the conclusion that Meg and Oliver would have to work together for the current fishing season. Mr. Whitaker would decide at the end of the season who would take over the business. Meg begrudgingly accepts this and despite her severe sea sickness and utter contempt for early mornings she shows up day after day to learn the business and work with someone she dislikes. The questions she would face ahead would determine her future… Can Meg and Oliver actually work together for 8 weeks? Would they be able to work past the obstacles to give her father a successful fishing season? Would Meg make her father proud and prove she is worthy of running this business? How in the world would God work all of this out?
What I Thought…
I enjoyed this book very much! I learned things about the fishing business I did not know and enjoyed the beautiful descriptions of the area. Liz Johnson has a way of laying out a scene that makes you feel like you are there. Her characters are realistic and flawed and that is part of the charm of her stories. We are given the chance to relate to the struggles and triumphs of her characters. There is, of course, always romance and the characters encounter God in some way that deepens their faith in these stories. This is another success for Johnson in my opinion.
The coming books in the series will tell more of the story of the three brothers. We met Oliver in this one and we will begin to understand more about his family and the lives of the other two young men overcoming the struggle of a father who walked out on them. I cannot wait for book 2!
Learn more about Liz Johnson on her website
Some books by Liz Johnson that I reviewed
The Red Door Inn (PEI)
Where Two Hearts Meet (PEI)
On Love’s Gentle Shore (PEI)
A Glitter of Gold (Georgia Coast Series)
A Dazzle of Diamonds (Georgia Coast Series)
I had the privilege of serving on the Book Tour Team from Revell Publishers for this lovely read. I was sent the book at no cost to me but was asked to read and give my COMPLETELY HONEST opinion on my experience with it. I really loved this page turner and look forward to more in this series soon.