Sunday, May 31, 2020

Second Delightful Visit to Three Sisters Island -- On a Coastal Breeze

About the Book

Book:  On A Coastal Breeze
Author: Suzanne Woods Fisher
Genre:  Amish Romance
Release Date: May 5, 2020

For Madison Grayson, life is good. Newly licensed as a marriage and family therapist, she can’t wait to start her practice. Despite the unfortunate shortage of eligible bachelors on the island–they’re all too young, too old, or too weird–Maddie feels like she’s finally found her sweet spot. Not even one panic attack in the last year. Not one.

And then Ricky O’Shea drops in. Literally. Floating down from the pure blue sky, the one man in the world she hoped never to see again–the one who’d been her archnemesis from kindergarten through her senior dance–parachutes into town, landing on Boon Dock, canopy draping behind him like a superhero. Ricky O’Shea. Now Pastor Rick, the new minister on Three Sisters Island.

Time to panic.

With wit and a bit of whimsy, bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher invites you back to Three Sisters Island where family, forgiveness, and a second chance at love await.

Click here to get your copy!

My Thoughts

On a Coastal Breeze, a second visit to Three Sisters Island, is just as delightful as the first. Maybe even more so, because many of the residents are now old friends -- friends like the Grayson family, Peg Legg, Captain Ed, and others.

As Suzanne Woods Fisher showed in the first book of this series, On a Summer Tide, she has had no problem shifting to a new genre in addition to her great Amish stories. In either case, she masterfully develops characters who draw you into their lives and keep you interested as you read from one chapter to another, or from one book to another.

The Grayson family is full of character, drama, and a variety of group and individual struggles. The love, faith and hope that they share provide a backdrop for a very engaging story. The first book highlighted the oldest sister, Camden. This one especially features middle sister Madison as she begins her practice as a therapist and deals with fears and uncertainties of her own. But every member of the family plays an important role in the story. I am hoping that things are developing to help us learn more of youngest sister Blaine's story in another book yet to come.

Although, not a major part of the story, there is an interesting little element that I almost missed. Without giving any spoilers, I would recommend that you be sure to read the last discussion question at the end of the book so you don't miss this detail. I don't often pay careful attention to those questions, but maybe I should take more care to read them. This item really doesn't have a big impact on anything, but I enjoy seeing the special care and connections that an author throws in, sometimes just for fun.

If you are a fan of Suzanne Woods Fisher's writing or great inspirational fiction in general, you should really enjoy On a Coastal Breeze.

Thanks to Celebrate Lit for providing a copy of the book. I am happy to share my own thoughts in this review.

About the Author

Suzanne Woods Fisher is an award-winning, bestselling author of more than thirty books, including On a Summer Tide, as well as the Nantucket Legacy, Amish Beginnings, The Bishop’s Family, The Deacon’s Family, and The Inn at Eagle Hill series, among other novels. She is also the author of several nonfiction books about the Amish, including Amish Peace and Amish Proverbs. She lives in California. Learn more at and follow Suzanne on Facebook @SuzanneWoodsFisherAuthor and Twitter @suzannewfisher.

More from Suzanne

Dear Reader,

The minute you step off the ferry and onto Three Sisters Island, magic begins. Crisp ocean air acts like an elixir. Stress starts to evaporate, like a wisp of steam from a cup of hot tea. Happiness moves in, and you’ll feel more cheerful, more positive about the future.

And then there’s time! Somehow, there seems to be plenty of it.

Little things will catch your notice—finding seashells on the beach, watching waves crash against the rocks, gazing at the star-studded night sky.

Life just starts to slow down…and you wonder if you really want to ever leave Three Sisters Island.

Nor do you have to! That’s the beauty of books—they are the perfect escape. Always available, just waiting to be picked up. Always ready to transport you to a fresh and new state of mind.

On a Coastal Breeze is that kind of a read. The Grayson Family saga continues as they move to Three Sisters Island off the coast of Maine for a fresh start. Maddie Grayson takes center stage in this story. Life is finally coming together for Maddie. On the very day she opens her counseling practice, she spots a billowing skydiver. Parachuting in is Ricky O’ Shea—the one person on earth Maddie hoped she’d never see again. But Rick’s the new pastor for the island’s only church and he’s not about to leave. That’s when sparks start to fly.

Join me for a getaway by the sea that will leave you in a happy, relaxed, vacation-y state of mind…without leaving your home. Once you board the Never Late Ferry, even in your imagination, the island will take it from there.

Warmly, Suzanne

Blog Stops

By The Book, May 18
Artistic Nobody, May 19 (Guest Review from Marilyn Ridgway)
Betti Mace, May 20
Remembrancy, May 24
Mary Hake, May 27
Simple Harvest Reads, May 28 (Guest Review from Mindy Houng)
Bigreadersite, May 28
EmpowerMoms, May 30
Hallie Reads, May 31


To celebrate her tour, Suzanne is giving away a copy of her book to five winners!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

Saturday, May 30, 2020

Check me out on Instagram!

This is different from my usual posts. It is book related, but not a book review.

I'm a little slow (well, maybe a lot slow) getting on the bandwagon, but I have started an Instagram account and hope to also use that medium to get out the word about great books. The photo above is from my first original post.

So if you are interested in following me, check me out @southerngal74.

Monday, May 25, 2020

Hope and Healing -- Starfish Pier

A visit to Irene Hannon's fictional town of Hope Harbor is always filled with faith and hope and characters who are looking for those very things -- whether they know it or not! Starfish Pier, the 6th book in the series, is no exception. The characters in this story are dealing with some pretty heavy issues. The author masterfully develops their stories at just the right pace and with the perfect doses of love, faith, hope and healing to make for a beautiful story.

This entire series is a joy to read. The stories blend together as new people show up in town and interact with characters from previous books. Each story is fine as a stand-alone, but there is a real feeling of continuity and community that comes from reading them all. And of course, there are the constants of Charley, the wise taco man, and his seagull friends.

I have to say that one of my favorite lines in the whole book shows up in the Author's Note at the end:

     "Best news of all? There are more books in the queue!"

I don't know how many more visits that means to Hope Harbor, but I look forward to each and every one!

Thanks to Revell Reads for providing a copy of Starfish Pier. I am happy to share my own thoughts in this review.

About the Book

Opposites may attract--but can two very different people find lasting love?

A year ago, ex-Delta Force operator Steven Roark left the rigors of combat behind to run fishing charters in Hope Harbor, decompress, and talk some sense into his kid brother. Business is good--but making peace with his past is more challenging than he expected.

First-grade teacher Holly Miller leads a low-profile existence--until she's recruited to advocate for a cause that's dear to her heart. When she solicits Steven's assistance, sparks fly--especially after they find themselves on opposite sides of an issue that disrupts their placid seaside community.

As these two seemingly incompatible souls wrestle with their differences, might they discover more common ground than they expect--and a future filled with promise?

Come home to Hope Harbor--where hearts heal . . . and love blooms.

About the Author

Irene Hannon is the bestselling author of more than fifty novels, including Hope HarborSea Rose LaneSandpiper CovePelican Point, and Driftwood Bay, as well as the Code of Honor, Private Justice, and Men of Valor suspense series. Her books have been honored with three coveted RITA Awards from Romance Writers of America, and she is a member of that organization's elite Hall of Fame. Her many other awards include National Readers' Choice, Daphne du Maurier, Retailers' Choice, Booksellers' Best, Carols, and Reviewers' Choice from RT Book Reviews magazine, which also honored her with a Career Achievement award for her entire body of work. In addition, she is a two-time Christy Award finalist. Learn more at