Review of: Beyond the Tides by Liz Johnson
Beyond the Tides (Prince Edward Island Shores)
Liz Johnson. Revell, $15.99 (336p) ISBN 978-0-8007-3737-5
From the author of the Georgia Coast Romances comes the first in a new series of faith-filled, heartwarming romances. Beyond the Tides features Meg Whitaker, a schoolteacher coping with her mother’s progressive illness [p. 17-21, 31-37, e.g.]. Meg’s father, Walt, is the owner of a lobster fishing boat but needs to sell it in order to care for his dying wife [p. 9-11]. Meg is horrified when he tells her that he has decided to sell the family fishing business to her arch-nemesis, Oliver Ross, who ruined her science fair project in high school and destroyed her hopes of getting into an Ivy League college [p. 41]. She proposes that he sell it to her instead, even though she never wanted it [p. 16, 35]. Walt decides to require that Meg and Oliver work together on the boat over the summer and that at the end, he will determine which of them to give the company to [p. 29]. Over the course of the ensuing months, the former enemies develop an unlikely friendship as they learn more about each other, find forgiveness [p. 207-213 e.g.], and fall in love [p. 296, 308-309]. The clever ending is especially charming, and readers will look forward to the next installment in this new series. [August 2021].