Carlson, Melody. Riptide Rumors. Cumberland, MD: WhiteFire Publishing, 2019.
Back Cover Copy:
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.
Riptide Rumors continues the story started in Harbor Secrets.
Riptide Rumors is book two in The Legacy of Sunset Cover series by Melody Carlson. While I did read book one, Harbor Secrets, and many of the characters are the same, I think you could probably read book two without reading book one first – although I think you will want to read them in order.
Melody Carlson continues the character development she started in book one. Some of the mysteries introduced in Harbor Secrets are solved in Riptide Rumors and a few new ones creep into the plot. Romance is also part of the plot – some started in book one are developing nicely in book two. Other romances are started – some between characters you never would have expected in book one. Readers will be surprised by some of the actions of the characters and thankful for the outcome. In this title Melody presents some “opposing viewpoints” to prohibition and not just from law breakers. I appreciate the balanced approach to what was a difficult issue.
Melody is a prolific author and her books are always well-done and enjoyable to read. I look forward to reading book three Surf Smugglers later this summer.
I enjoyed Riptide Rumors and would not hesitate to place it in my K-12 Christian School library. This is a great young adult read. `
I want to thank Melody Carlson and Celebrate Lit for the complimentary e-copy of Riptide Rumors.
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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