27 July 2019

Riptide Rumors | Book Review


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.

Publisher: WhiteFire Publishing
Release Date: February 15, 2019



Return to coastal Oregon as Anna McDowell’s story continues in Riptide Rumors, picking up soon after Harbor Secrets

Hoping life in Sunset Cove would settle down, unfortunately, has not been successful for Anna. In the aftermath of the previous book’s excitement, the town must deal with the drama of a jailbreak and the mayoral election—plus, of course, she has the newspaper and her daughter with which to contend. 

Overall, I enjoyed Riptide Rumors. It’s fun to revisit these characters, and the mystery Anna faces is on par with Harbor Secrets (interesting, but slow and predictable, at times). 


I received a complimentary copy of this book and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.


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, TrueColors, 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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