Monday, October 6, 2014

TIDE WILL TELL by Lesley Ann McDaniel

Marji Laine review.
I had no idea Tide Will Tell was book 2 of the three-book Islands of Intrigue - San Juans series until I finished the novel with a blissful sigh. It stands alone as a full story, both the suspense and the romance, which are equally riveting!

Kate Jennings has plans for a new life. One free of poverty, fear, and secrets. Well, maybe not free of secrets. But with money to secure her, who can possibly learn her trivial details or the more despicable events of her life?

Except that her new fiance, at least twenty years her senior, has disastrous secrets of his own, and rumors of truly hideous actions. Can Kate really consider a hermit-like life of luxury with only his company? She believes that's the life she wants, but the new security man, the paparazzi, and a few unexpected complications spoil her fantasy of happily-ever-after.

This story, while a strong romance, flourishes with constant tension. What seem to be imagined ravings of a fearful woman, become real threats. Sinister and terrorizing. Without giving too much away, a perplexing mystery with shades of Daphne du Maurier's, Rebecca, this story held me til the final page!

I love Kate. She's a survivor. A WAIF with a spine of iron. She thinks she needs rescuing. Relies on her new fiance for safety. Desperately needs people around her. But she grows through this story, revealing her true, whimsical personality and strength she never knew she had.

This plot is full of enticing conflict, not only because of the secrets, but also from the diverse values the different players entertain. In an ultra-luxurious atmosphere, of course material wealth is important to some. Kate's values include wealth, but only as a means to security. Others held honesty, family, truth, or ambition in high regard. All of these clashed through the story.

I loved this story. Makes me curious about the first book in this series, Unrelenting Tide, by Lynnette Bonner. There is also a promised third book, Deceptive Tide by Janalyn Voight to come in Summer, 2015!

Senior Reviewer: Marji Laine

Marji Laine is a collaborator in three novellas with short stories published in both books and magazines. A homeschooling mom or four, two of which are graduates, she is married to a wonderful business analyst who keeps her grounded in reality. Her blog, Faith Driven Fiction, posts reader and writer focused articles as well as analysis of popular movies with a Biblical World view. Find her at Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Goodreads, or Google+.


  1. Hi, Marji! Great review! Shades of "Rebecca," huh? Sensational novel. Loved the 1940 film starring Sir Laurence Olivier and Joan Fontaine. That allusion alone makes this book sound like a worthwhile read. I'll have to check this series out.

  2. Three books by three different authors in one series? Interesting. You got me at the REBECCA comparison, Marji. I like the "Islands of Intrigue."

  3. This book certainly gave that feel. (And I loved REBECCA!)

  4. Three books in a series by three different authors? That alone sounds intriguing!

    Thanks for the review. I'll keep an eye out for these.

    1. I know! After reading this one, I'm intrigued by the first and looking forward to the third one! What a clever arrangement!

  5. I read this book not long ago and definitely agree with you. It is very suspenseful and the final resolution of the story surprised me. I thought I had it figured out, only to find there was much more tangled up in this story. It was a fun read!


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