Toes in the sand, an umbrella hat on my head, iced sweet tea beside me, and a good book in my hand makes for a perfect summer day’s vacation.
However, before making it to the beach, I started reading A Vast and Gracious Tide by Lisa Carter with a morning cup of hot tea. The book was so good, I couldn’t save it for the
My goal was to read a page or two to wet my appetite for my beach read. Those first pages were truly appetizers to a good story, interesting characters and multiple challenges to be solved. Reading every chance I could find, I read on until I was fully satisfied at the end of the story.
My hot tea grew cold that first morning as Lisa Carter introduces me to the Outer Banks of North Carolina and two challenged characters of brokenness, stubbornness, and providence. As tasty as my steamy French Vanilla tea with a splash of Almond milk was, I couldn’t reach for cup while reading the scene on the beach where Caden Wallis happens upon McKenna Dockery doing a ballerina lift on the water’s edge and lands as graceful as a butterfly. Before being caught watching her, Caden turns to quick and falls flat on his face. His prostheses tripped him. The tea grew cold but the story didn’t.
Grace and trust were the battles between the two main characters while the coastal community was pummeled with fires, drugs, and murders. Choices turn the tides on this romantic suspense to a real good read before digging my toes in the sand and sipping tea.
However, A Vast and Gracious Tide is a worthy re-read for as Psalm 34:18 says,
"The LORD is close to the Brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit."
May your summer be filled with a good read, lots of flavorful tea, and favor of Jesus Christ.