#bookreview: The Returning Tide by Liz Fenwick

The Returning Tide Book CoverFormat: Paperback
Publisher: Orion Books
Published: 23rd March 2017
Pages: 400 Pages

The Blurb
Two sisters and one betrayal that will carry across generations…

In wartime Cornwall, 1943, a story between two sisters begins – the story of Adele and Amelia, and the heart-breaking betrayal that will divide them forever. Decades later, the efforts of one reckless act still echo – but how long will it be until their past returns?

The Returning Tide will sweep you away to the beautiful Cornish coast, full of secrets and mystery, and will be loved by fans of Kate Morton and Rachel Hore.

Purchase the book: Amazon UK | Book Depository


The Review

A tale of two sisters – Adele and Amelia – become part of the war effort in 1943. So used to being together, the separation from one another brings difficulties for the sisters. They are given the job as Wrens (part of the Women’s Royal Naval Service) which sees them haunted by the Second World War in later years, but what act from their past changes their lives forever?

Not only do you learn about the war, you are also part of the present day where Lara (a relation of Adele’s) discovers moments from her family history. She finds out about Adele’s placement in Portland in America, as well as, her life in Cornwall. I bet it was a great experience for Lara to learn more about her ancestry, but also, unlocking the hidden truths about why Adele and Amelia suffered the way they did.

Liz does a fantastic job at transporting you to different locations just through her words. Cornwall places an important role and because it’s somewhere I’ve never been it was great to read about it. It’s always a place I’d love to visit giving that it’s landscape is beautiful and family and friends have always praised their visits. To me, the location felt like it was included to add a moment of calm from the otherwise emotional and sad story. I’m sure the intention was merely for location, but I just felt like the place would naturally calm the characters down in a moment of madness. How random am I? ha ha.

The Returning Tide is an emotional story that will most definitely play with your heart strings and make you feel lucky for what you have! Also, learning that the book is based on real events close to Liz’s heart makes it even more emotional and heartfelt.


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