Title: Tidewater Summer
Author: Jo Huddleston
Publisher: Forget Me Not Romances
“Rose, I won’t hurt you. All I’m offering is comfort. Let me help you,” Rose is told in Jo Huddleston’s novel, Tidewater Summer.
~ What ~
At two-hundred-and-thirty-two pages, this paperback book targets those who enjoy clean Christian romance set in the 1950s. With only referring to profane words spoken, topics of alcoholism, physical abuse, and kissing may not be appropriate for immature readers. The end of the book includes a note from the author and her biography.
In this fictional story based mainly on Silver Island in South Carolina, twenty-nine-year-old Rose Marie Henley flees to the quaint seaside village after breaking off a wedding engagement to Walter for almost strangling her to death when he was drunk. Staying at her great aunt’s beach house for the summer to mend, she wears off any attraction to men, especially when she meets handyman Frank Sutton.
As Frank falls in love with the broken and confused girl, Rose has to deal with the past to move on in the future when it comes to romance. When a crisis arises involving Walter, she learns what true love is.
~ Why ~
The Southern charm of the small ocean island is described in detail and expressive, making the reader wish she or he could sit in an Adirondack chair and watch the waves. When dealing with an alcoholic who abuses his fiance, the book handles it well without going into too much graphic detail. Praying to God for guidance is referred to throughout the pages.
~ Why Not ~
Those who do not like Southern romance stories may shy away from the story of a hurt and fearful woman finding true love on a South Carolina island. At times, Rose is depicted weak, indecisive, and vulnerable while the stereotypical villain is characterized as evil and the protagonist who tends to manipulate her appears flawless.
~ Who ~
Author Huddleston has written several traditionally- and self- published books, articles, and short stories. Focusing on sweet Southern historical romances, she is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers.
~ Wish ~
I wish the book ended right after the resolution between Rose and her past as I felt the last fourth of it was unneeded and expected. I prefer all pronouns of God capitalized for reverence.
~ Want ~
If you like Southern romance stories involving the 1950s, this may be a good read for you, but I was disappointed in the predictable and anticlimactic ending.
Thanks to the Book Club Network and author for this complimentary book that I am freely evaluating.
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