As the Tide Comes In

Reviewed by:

Suzanne Smith, member of the library team at Berean Baptist Church, Portage, MI


As the Tide Comes In


Cindy Woodsmall & Erin Woodsmall



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352 pages


As the Tide Comes In is a break from Cindy Woodsmall’s Amish storytelling. She’s teamed up with her daughter-in-law Erin Woodsmall to bring us the story of Tara Abbott.

As a young child, Tara was brought up in the foster system, making a family out of strangers. As a young adult, she finds new hope in the family God has given her. She builds a good life from the shaky start she was given until an unthinkable tragedy strikes, leaving Tara completely disoriented. She flees the mountains of North Carolina to Georgia’s St. Simons Island to find answers about her past. She’s reeling and often confuses imagination with reality. Tara’s stubborn independence at a time when she is most definitely not in control puts her at risk.

She finds herself being watched over by a quirky group of older women called the Glynn Girls and a firefighter who had mistaken her for a ghost on the beach.

Tara’s journey through grief takes her on a path of self discovery. The book scripturally addresses why God allows bad things to happen and the comfort He provides.

This book is a journey of growth for this young woman and for the Glynn Girls as they are confronted and convicted over their own motivations and misunderstandings.

The book is a fast read and I enjoyed it, but be sure to keep the tissues close at hand!


5 out of 5

Suggested audience:

Fans of Cindy Woodsmall’s writing; fiction fans, particularly women

Christian impact:

The book scripturally addresses why God allows bad things to happen and the comfort He provides.

As the Tide Comes In

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