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When Meg Whitaker's father decides to sell the family's lobster-fishing business to her high school nemesis, she sets out to prove she should inherit it instead. Though she's never had any interest in running the small fleet--or even getting on a boat due to her persistent seasickness--she can't stand to see Oliver Ross take over. Not when he ruined her dreams for a scienc When Meg Whitaker's father decides to sell the family's lobster-fishing business to her high school nemesis, she sets out to prove she should inherit it instead. Though she's never had any interest in running the small fleet--or even getting on a boat due to her persistent seasickness--she can't stand to see Oliver Ross take over. Not when he ruined her dreams for a science scholarship and an Ivy League education ten years ago. Oliver isn't proud of what he did back then. Angry and broken by his father walking out on his family, he lashed out at Meg--an innocent bystander. But owning a respected fishing fleet on Prince Edward Island is the opportunity of a lifetime, and he's not about to walk away just because Meg wants him to. Meg's father has the perfect solution: Oliver and Meg must work the business together, and at the end of the season, he'll decide who gets it. Along the way, they may discover that their stories are more similar than they thought . . . and their dreams aren't what they expected. Bestselling author Liz Johnson invites you back to Prince Edward Island for a brand-new series about family, forgiveness, and the kind of love that heals all wounds.


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When Meg Whitaker's father decides to sell the family's lobster-fishing business to her high school nemesis, she sets out to prove she should inherit it instead. Though she's never had any interest in running the small fleet--or even getting on a boat due to her persistent seasickness--she can't stand to see Oliver Ross take over. Not when he ruined her dreams for a scienc When Meg Whitaker's father decides to sell the family's lobster-fishing business to her high school nemesis, she sets out to prove she should inherit it instead. Though she's never had any interest in running the small fleet--or even getting on a boat due to her persistent seasickness--she can't stand to see Oliver Ross take over. Not when he ruined her dreams for a science scholarship and an Ivy League education ten years ago. Oliver isn't proud of what he did back then. Angry and broken by his father walking out on his family, he lashed out at Meg--an innocent bystander. But owning a respected fishing fleet on Prince Edward Island is the opportunity of a lifetime, and he's not about to walk away just because Meg wants him to. Meg's father has the perfect solution: Oliver and Meg must work the business together, and at the end of the season, he'll decide who gets it. Along the way, they may discover that their stories are more similar than they thought . . . and their dreams aren't what they expected. Bestselling author Liz Johnson invites you back to Prince Edward Island for a brand-new series about family, forgiveness, and the kind of love that heals all wounds.

30 review for Beyond the Tides

  1. 4 out of 5

    Melissa (LifeFullyBooked)

    Another truly enjoyable and delightful book from Liz Johnson! Beyond the Tides is the first book in her new Prince Edward Island Shores series and I can't wait to read other installments in the series. At first, I wasn't sure I was going to like a book centered on lobster fishing. It certainly didn't sound like a compelling premise for a romance novel. However, I am happy to admit that I was wrong! This is an "enemies to lovers" novel. Meg Whitaker's father has a lobster fishing business, but whe Another truly enjoyable and delightful book from Liz Johnson! Beyond the Tides is the first book in her new Prince Edward Island Shores series and I can't wait to read other installments in the series. At first, I wasn't sure I was going to like a book centered on lobster fishing. It certainly didn't sound like a compelling premise for a romance novel. However, I am happy to admit that I was wrong! This is an "enemies to lovers" novel. Meg Whitaker's father has a lobster fishing business, but when Meg's mom gets ill, her dad decides to retire and sell to Oliver Ross, a man that Meg has been angry with for years due to his actions when they were in high school. Although Meg is a teacher and loves her job, she just can't let her father sell to her sworn enemy and decides that she wants to go into the business herself. Her father proposes a deal: the two of them work the boat this season and he will make his choice when it's over. As the two are forced to work together, they learn a great deal about each other and learn that things aren't always as they seem on the surface. Although this is a romance novel at its core, it's also a story about grief and forgiveness. I really loved this line when Meg goes in to talk with her pastor about the grief she is feeling about her mother's illness. "...sometimes in the midst of the worst pain, it's hard to hear the truth. Sometimes when the pain is too loud, all we can hear is the person crying with us. And that sounds a lot like love." Beyond the Tides has a gentle faith thread that will uplift readers, and the sweet romance should appeal to anyone looking for heartwarming relationship development. Push past any resistance to the lobster fishing subject matter and you'll find yourself reading an engaging, entertaining book with humor and heart. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kristina Hall

    Characters: Both Oliver and Meg were realistic, well-developed characters who had flaws to overcome. I enjoyed seeing them both learn to sacrifice for each other and watching Meg get over her grudge toward Oliver. Language: Clean. Moral: The main moral of this book was forgiveness. This was shown through Meg’s need to forgive Oliver for ruining her plans a decade before the book started. Plot: Even though this contemporary romance didn’t contain a villain, I still found it entertaining. Good charac Characters: Both Oliver and Meg were realistic, well-developed characters who had flaws to overcome. I enjoyed seeing them both learn to sacrifice for each other and watching Meg get over her grudge toward Oliver. Language: Clean. Moral: The main moral of this book was forgiveness. This was shown through Meg’s need to forgive Oliver for ruining her plans a decade before the book started. Plot: Even though this contemporary romance didn’t contain a villain, I still found it entertaining. Good character development, interesting family relationships, accurate emotions, and well-integrated details of lobster fishing kept this plot moving. Romance: Clean but a little too described for a non-romantic like me, especially that long kissing scene and the part where Oliver rubbed cream on Meg’s sore shoulders and upper back. Writing: I really enjoyed Liz Johnson’s writing style. It allowed the story to flow, and I could easily follow what was going on. Overall: This is probably my favorite Liz Johnson book so far, and I’m looking forward to reading the others in the series. I’d recommend Beyond the Tides to readers who like Christian fiction and contemporary romance.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Deanne Patterson

    Very well researched and realistic book. Beautifully emotional,faith filled start to what promises to be an exciting,best selling series. Our main character, Meg is dealing with an unresolved issue from childhood when this person is suddenly not only thrust into her life again unexpectedly but her father is considering selling the family business to him. Meg and Oliver both try to prove their worthiness to take over the business. Meg's father is dealing with his own sadness as his wive's illness Very well researched and realistic book. Beautifully emotional,faith filled start to what promises to be an exciting,best selling series. Our main character, Meg is dealing with an unresolved issue from childhood when this person is suddenly not only thrust into her life again unexpectedly but her father is considering selling the family business to him. Meg and Oliver both try to prove their worthiness to take over the business. Meg's father is dealing with his own sadness as his wive's illness becomes worse and is draining her. She is trying to preserve the family legacy by taking over the family lobster business but with her father giving all his time and attention to her mother will she learn to trust and lean on Oliver or will past bad memories hold her back? Absolutely excellent book just wish I didn't have to wait so long for the next book in the series. Published August 3rd 2021 I was given a complimentary copy of this book. Thank you. All opinions expressed are my own.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Gloria

    This is a fresh story about relationships between family and acquaintances during life changes and challenges. In the quaint fishing village of Victoria on Prince Edward Island, Meg Whitaker and Oliver Ross have been estranged since high school when Oliver kicked and destroyed Meg's science project. Why, she never knew but she hasn't been able stand to be around him since. She is teaching high school physics and he is working on her dad Walt's fishing fleet harvesting lobsters. Walt decides to o This is a fresh story about relationships between family and acquaintances during life changes and challenges. In the quaint fishing village of Victoria on Prince Edward Island, Meg Whitaker and Oliver Ross have been estranged since high school when Oliver kicked and destroyed Meg's science project. Why, she never knew but she hasn't been able stand to be around him since. She is teaching high school physics and he is working on her dad Walt's fishing fleet harvesting lobsters. Walt decides to offer to sell the fleet and license to Oliver to spend time with Meg's mom who is very ill. Meg doesn't want the family legacy to go to Oliver so the two begin working together on the boat to compete for the right to it along with deckhand Kyle. When obstacles and sabotage occur, things change as Oliver and Meg work together to find out who is trying to stop them. May be someone who hates Oliver's dad who left town and stole from another boat owner or someone who just hates the Ross family. Or someone else wants the fleet. Maybe they broke an unspoken rule among fisherman. This emotional story revolves around living while alive, dealing with forgiveness, and figuring out what is important in life. There is a twist to who is sabotaging the boat, not to be missed. Highly recommended. I received a complimentary ARC from Revell Publishing and NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are mine only.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader

    I am such a fan of Johnson's. This was a fast fun summer romance. I love it when it works out and everything comes together like its suppose to . If you love summer beach reads with romance and great characters then this is the book to put in your beach bag. The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own. I am such a fan of Johnson's. This was a fast fun summer romance. I love it when it works out and everything comes together like its suppose to . If you love summer beach reads with romance and great characters then this is the book to put in your beach bag. The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Susan Snodgrass

    'Winning over Meg Whitaker was his challenge. He didn't need her to like him. He just needed her to stop hating him.' Liz Johnson begins a new series with this book and if this book is any indication, it's going to be a great series! Meg Whitaker's mother is ill and her dad decides to sell his Prince Edward Island lobster fishing business license. To the one man she cannot abide. The man who hurt her more than any other. The man she has held a grudge against for over ten years. 'Yeah, he knew a t 'Winning over Meg Whitaker was his challenge. He didn't need her to like him. He just needed her to stop hating him.' Liz Johnson begins a new series with this book and if this book is any indication, it's going to be a great series! Meg Whitaker's mother is ill and her dad decides to sell his Prince Edward Island lobster fishing business license. To the one man she cannot abide. The man who hurt her more than any other. The man she has held a grudge against for over ten years. 'Yeah, he knew a thing or two about shields and armor and how they didn't work.' Oliver Ross has worked for Meg's dad on the fishing boat for many years and jumps at the chance to buy the license. Meg's parents have always believed in Oliver. Oliver's life has not been a pleasant one and he has hidden from others the pain he has endured. Now Meg doesn't want him to have the fishing license. She wants it herself, even though she hates fishing and has motion sickness. This is a very good book. With a great spiritual theme here about grudges. They hurt. Both the one holding the grudge and the one the grudge is held against. And they never end well. Never. I was hooked here from the first page and and thoroughly enjoyed every minute. I've been a fan of Johnson's a long time and each book solidifies my decision to be a fan. I loved Oliver's character so much. I loved Meg's, too, and her parents and other secondary characters, but Oliver's heart was such a wonderful thing. Honestly, the guy is a great book hero. I recommend this one so much. My thanks to Revell Books for a copy of this book. I was not expected to leave a positive review and the opinion here is expressly my own.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Brittany

    I really enjoyed this enemies to more story. It was surprising to me, at first, that Meg was so determined to fight for the family business when she never had any desire to run it previously. I knew that she didn’t want Oliver to have it, however, the trouble required to take over the business herself seemed like way more than she would truly be willing to do. Yet, she was determined and I loved seeing the interactions between Oliver and Meg move from frustration to friendship to more. Meg had a I really enjoyed this enemies to more story. It was surprising to me, at first, that Meg was so determined to fight for the family business when she never had any desire to run it previously. I knew that she didn’t want Oliver to have it, however, the trouble required to take over the business herself seemed like way more than she would truly be willing to do. Yet, she was determined and I loved seeing the interactions between Oliver and Meg move from frustration to friendship to more. Meg had a lot to deal with emotionally throughout the entire novel. Surprisingly, Oliver was the one who helped her learn to walk through the grief she was experiencing with her mother’s illness. He also helped her realize how to make the most of her time with her mom. Oliver was a wonderfully written hero. He had a messy and painful childhood and he carried guilt regarding some other events in the past. But his heart really was one of the biggest around. The care and understanding he showed toward Meg was beautiful. They made a great couple! I am looking to read more of this series in the future. I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own. You can read this review on my blog: https://brittreadsfiction.wordpress.c...

  8. 5 out of 5

    Melanie

    Liz Johnson has quickly become a favorite author of mine. Her contemporary novels are such delightful stories and Beyond the Tides was no different. I wasn't sure how I would enjoy a story featuring a lobster-fishing business, but it was SO good. From the opening chapter on, I was hooked and loved seeing the main characters interact. There were deep moments and also humorous ones. I liked how there was an unexpected twist in the story, as well. All in all, Beyond the Tides was a fantastic read a Liz Johnson has quickly become a favorite author of mine. Her contemporary novels are such delightful stories and Beyond the Tides was no different. I wasn't sure how I would enjoy a story featuring a lobster-fishing business, but it was SO good. From the opening chapter on, I was hooked and loved seeing the main characters interact. There were deep moments and also humorous ones. I liked how there was an unexpected twist in the story, as well. All in all, Beyond the Tides was a fantastic read and one I definitely recommend. Such a good summer read! *Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention/review it on my blog. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.*

  9. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    Absolutely delighted by the first novel in what promises to be another stellar series by Liz Johnson. This may be my favorite book written by the author to-date. It is an incredible story of the pain that comes with grief and loss that is triumphed by one of family, love and forgiveness. With a history of unresolved conflict, Oliver and Meg are thrown together to work the Whitaker fishing business for a season. Each is determined to prove their individual worthiness to take over the business at t Absolutely delighted by the first novel in what promises to be another stellar series by Liz Johnson. This may be my favorite book written by the author to-date. It is an incredible story of the pain that comes with grief and loss that is triumphed by one of family, love and forgiveness. With a history of unresolved conflict, Oliver and Meg are thrown together to work the Whitaker fishing business for a season. Each is determined to prove their individual worthiness to take over the business at the end of lobster season. However, they need to learn to work together as a team. Can their growing attraction survive the struggles from both within as well as outside the business? I loved the overarching theme of legacy, the one we inherit as well as the one we are forging. While this is definitely a romance, it is also a strong story of family, those we are born into as well as those we choose. Looking forward to reading Eli's story in the next novel in the series. I received an advanced review copy from the author/publisher and NetGalley. I was not required to write a review and the opinions expressed here are my own.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Paula Shreckhise

    Ms. Johnson takes us to beautiful Victoria by the Sea on Prince Edward Island. “The morning sun across the bay had a way of embracing the earth, welcoming the day with a gentle invitation into warmth and light.” She makes me want to take a trip to Prince Edward Island and enjoy the atmosphere. Meg Whitaker feels the weight of her mother’s illness and her dad’s decision to sell his fishing business. “Be strong—that was her job—carry the weight.” She is prickly in order to shield herself from the Ms. Johnson takes us to beautiful Victoria by the Sea on Prince Edward Island. “The morning sun across the bay had a way of embracing the earth, welcoming the day with a gentle invitation into warmth and light.” She makes me want to take a trip to Prince Edward Island and enjoy the atmosphere. Meg Whitaker feels the weight of her mother’s illness and her dad’s decision to sell his fishing business. “Be strong—that was her job—carry the weight.” She is prickly in order to shield herself from the pain. She wants to preserve the family legacy by taking over the business but she knows next to nothing about the hard work involved. To make matters worse, the person who sent her dreams crashing years ago is Oliver Ross; the person her dad has chosen take over the business. Meg and Oliver make a pact to get along for the sake of Meg’s parents. Dad gives them a trial of the next crabbing season, then he will choose who gets the business. They learn to work together and combat obstacles that crop up, getting good advice from Pastor Dell: “Sometimes in the midst of the worst pain, it’s hard to hear the truth. Sometimes when the pain is too loud, all we can hear is the person crying to us. And that sounds a lot like love.” In the end they find forgiveness: “That’s the thing about forgiveness—it’s a renewable resource.” *I received a complimentary copy of this book from Library Thing. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*

  11. 4 out of 5

    Chautona Havig

    I've been sitting here for ten minutes trying to put into words all that is this book, which is ridiculous. You can't do it. Why am I even trying? I could point out the rich description that always stops one word from being too much. I could even try to explain how Liz Johnson's amazing characterization left even the expected coming out in an unexpected way. Spiritual encouragement? Got it. A world that feels as if you've lived there all your life despite never having been there? Yep. Hope? Oh, y I've been sitting here for ten minutes trying to put into words all that is this book, which is ridiculous. You can't do it. Why am I even trying? I could point out the rich description that always stops one word from being too much. I could even try to explain how Liz Johnson's amazing characterization left even the expected coming out in an unexpected way. Spiritual encouragement? Got it. A world that feels as if you've lived there all your life despite never having been there? Yep. Hope? Oh, yeah. This book is chock full of beautiful hope even in the midst of hard, hard times. The love of a father and the joy of being loved by a good man pull one young woman out of her bitterness and push her past her comfort zone into the beauty that is forgiveness. It just takes some doing to get her there. Cannot wait for the next book.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Dana Michael

    Beyond The Tides begins a new series by Liz Johnson. She starts it with a swoon worthy hero and a strong heroine determined to keep a legacy alive. I loved it. I couldn't put it down. I fell in love with Oliver. I have to be honest though, I wasn't sure I was gonna be friends with Meg at the very beginning. but she quickly gained my support and I did root her on. There was a bit of a mystery too. However, my favorite part was the tenderness of Oliver and how Meg soon responded to how precious he Beyond The Tides begins a new series by Liz Johnson. She starts it with a swoon worthy hero and a strong heroine determined to keep a legacy alive. I loved it. I couldn't put it down. I fell in love with Oliver. I have to be honest though, I wasn't sure I was gonna be friends with Meg at the very beginning. but she quickly gained my support and I did root her on. There was a bit of a mystery too. However, my favorite part was the tenderness of Oliver and how Meg soon responded to how precious he was. It was a sweet and clean romance. It was perfect in my opinion and I look forward to Eli's story. *I was given a copy of this book by the publisher and this is my honest opinion

  13. 4 out of 5

    Sarita

    But we're promised storms in this life. We're also promised that our hope in God is an anchor in those storms. He'll hold us steady even in the wind and the waves. When I saw this cover - so stunning - it pulled me to this book which I probably would have only read in a few years. I'm so glad this cover introduced me to a story with a beautiful setting, hurting characters and families with lots of stories to still be told. Oliver Ross is probably one of my favourite male characters this year. He h But we're promised storms in this life. We're also promised that our hope in God is an anchor in those storms. He'll hold us steady even in the wind and the waves. When I saw this cover - so stunning - it pulled me to this book which I probably would have only read in a few years. I'm so glad this cover introduced me to a story with a beautiful setting, hurting characters and families with lots of stories to still be told. Oliver Ross is probably one of my favourite male characters this year. He had this inner strength from past troubles, but also still an adventurous, full of life spirit. His struggles to create a new legacy for him and his family was realistic and I hope to see more of him and reconciliations with members of his family. Meg Whitaker was stubborn, a bit on the selfish side and definitely in avoidance mode with her mom's health. She had a lot of growth as she learned about the fishing industry. The lesson she learned about forgiveness and holding grudges was just again a reminder that it always better to let things go. There was serious moments, a bit of lighter moments and some fun kissing scenes (probably not for everyone). I was surprised at one person's involvement with something, because until then, they seemed impartial and only provided gentle guidance. That's the thing about forgiveness - it's a renewable resource. The act of giving it fills you up to give it again. The more you practice forgiveness, the more you have to give. Looking forward to Eli's story next! *I received a complimentary copy from the publisher. expressed are my own.*

  14. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    A solid and lovely start to this new series featuring the Ross brothers. This first story focuses on Oliver and Meg. who have been enemies since high school. Their history and feud made for a good backstory and gave them a lot to overcome within the pages of the story. Their relationship and working through their past history moved at a realistic pace and made for a good and solid story. Meg is dealing with a lot in the book and Oliver is trying to overcome a lot from his past so they really wer A solid and lovely start to this new series featuring the Ross brothers. This first story focuses on Oliver and Meg. who have been enemies since high school. Their history and feud made for a good backstory and gave them a lot to overcome within the pages of the story. Their relationship and working through their past history moved at a realistic pace and made for a good and solid story. Meg is dealing with a lot in the book and Oliver is trying to overcome a lot from his past so they really were perfect for each other which was sweet. I also liked how the author laid the groundwork for the next book in the series which looks to feature Oliver's brother Eli. I am very much looking forward to that book and what is going in Eli's life that brings him back to Prince Edward Island. I received this book from the publisher and was not required to post a positive review. All thoughts are my own.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    Beyond the Tides by Liz Johnson os an excellent contemporary fiction that is the first book in what I expect will be an amazing series: Prince Edward Island Shores. This is the first book that I have read by this author and I was excited to start a new series with her. I have to say I am now a huge fan and look forward to the rest of the books in this series in the future. The author’s ability to describe this wonderful seaside town and its inhabitants is definitely impressive. The full character Beyond the Tides by Liz Johnson os an excellent contemporary fiction that is the first book in what I expect will be an amazing series: Prince Edward Island Shores. This is the first book that I have read by this author and I was excited to start a new series with her. I have to say I am now a huge fan and look forward to the rest of the books in this series in the future. The author’s ability to describe this wonderful seaside town and its inhabitants is definitely impressive. The full character cast, their backgrounds, and their interactions were realistic, complex, and easy to follow. I enjoyed the main characters of Meg Whitaker and Oliver Ross. Their inner struggles, their external issues, and their complicated relationship made for an excellent narrative. I enjoyed the way that they were able to eventually confront, work through, and overcome their pasts so that they could find forgiveness and a future. The fundamental concepts of family, love, loss, friendship, forgiveness, moving on, faith, and acceptance was perfectly addressed. I loved this book and can’t wait to see where this series goes. 5/5 stars Thank you NG and Revell for this wonderful arc and in return I am submitting my unbiased and voluntary review and opinion. I am posting this review to my GR and Bookbub accounts immediately and will post it to my Amazon, Instagram, and B&N accounts upon publication.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Tamara

    I didn't expect to like this book SO much, but I did, and I cannot wait to go back. It didn't matter that I have no idea about lobsters or fishing for that matter. Also, I was impressed with how realistic the author made this book. She made references that are very Canadian and if you're not Canadian it wouldn't make sense to anyone who isn't. It was small but made my reading pleasure that much better! I didn't expect to like this book SO much, but I did, and I cannot wait to go back. It didn't matter that I have no idea about lobsters or fishing for that matter. Also, I was impressed with how realistic the author made this book. She made references that are very Canadian and if you're not Canadian it wouldn't make sense to anyone who isn't. It was small but made my reading pleasure that much better!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Brooklyne E.

    After reading Prince Edward Island Dreams when I was younger and loving the trilogy, I was looking forward to another book by Liz Johnson. However, I may have set my expectations just a little too high. Despite some reasons for docking the star rating... this book was a light, fun, and a charming story about leaving the past in the past and savoring each moment as if it were your last. On a side note: I thought it was super cute that the author dedicated the book to her father. Meg's father in th After reading Prince Edward Island Dreams when I was younger and loving the trilogy, I was looking forward to another book by Liz Johnson. However, I may have set my expectations just a little too high. Despite some reasons for docking the star rating... this book was a light, fun, and a charming story about leaving the past in the past and savoring each moment as if it were your last. On a side note: I thought it was super cute that the author dedicated the book to her father. Meg's father in the book played an important roll and he may have been one of my favorite characters in this book. So naturally, I thought it was sweet for the author to dedicate the book to her dad. Okay, back to the review. The setting was fun, I love learning about new places and lobster fishing was a career I'd never read about in fiction before! I also really like the cover (all the blue!!!) Basically, this book felt like I was watching a Hallmark... this is a good thing and a bad thing. For contemporary fiction, I find it's hard to pull in the deep themes and descriptive writing style that I'm drawn to in historical fiction. That being said, this book had a good message but I just couldn't get into it very well. I think it's one of those books that would be great for a beach vacation, something to read when you're in the mood for a lighter story. Meg Whitaker. From the very first chapter, she wasn't my cup of tea. It's hard when you can't relate with the main characters and there was something about Meg that had me shaking my head. I wish her character would have grown towards the end. Her behavior was immature and her stubbornness made her come across as less intelligent than she was. I did appreciate it when she took some time to spend with her mom and that was sweet. As a reader, I could see she really wanted to do the right thing, but she got hung up on the slightest details and a silly high school dramafied past that she easily missed what really mattered (and what was right in front of her!) Oliver Ross. I really wanted to like this guy. His story had a lot more depth to it and I was interested to see how things turned out for his family. Also, middle kids unite! However, the more I saw how he carried himself, the more he lost my respect. Their romance was over the top and eye roll worthy at moments (hehe, back to the Hallmark vibe). It was just annoying to be honest. Side Characters. I liked the side characters in this book way more than the main characters! I loved how quirky Kyle was and how wise Meg's dad was. I also thought Mama Potts needed more of a spotlight cause her character rocked! And Violet was also a sweet character (that teaser chapter at the back got me excited about her own book!) Final thoughts: Other than the fact that the characters rubbed me the wrong way, and the plot was almost nonexistent, I did find this book to be a fun summer-y read and I could almost feel the salt water and hear the seagulls! I'd recommend this book if you are the type of reader to enjoy a contemporary romance with a fun tourist setting. *All thoughts are my own. Thank you Revell Reads for a complementary copy!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Courtney Clark

    In short, I LOVED Beyond the Tides! Tying together themes of forgiveness, dreams, legacy, and love, this realistic enemies-to-friends-to-romance had me rooting for Meg and Oliver to overcome their grudges and prickliness. In true Liz Johnson form, a heart-deep story unfolds in a setting as much a part of the story as the characters. I enjoyed returning to a different part of Prince Edward Island armchair-adventure style as I learned more about the culture, tradition, and lobster fishing. What an In short, I LOVED Beyond the Tides! Tying together themes of forgiveness, dreams, legacy, and love, this realistic enemies-to-friends-to-romance had me rooting for Meg and Oliver to overcome their grudges and prickliness. In true Liz Johnson form, a heart-deep story unfolds in a setting as much a part of the story as the characters. I enjoyed returning to a different part of Prince Edward Island armchair-adventure style as I learned more about the culture, tradition, and lobster fishing. What an eye-opening and interesting part that was! I am intrigued and impressed with the real-life determination of that profession. And as for the friendship and romance, plenty of bitterness and sparks overwhelm Meg and Oliver as they work through their new proximity AND some familial problems of the past and present. I loved how Oliver was understanding and determined to be there for Meg even when she was holding on to the past. And, as Meg realizes some lessons about joy and loss, Oliver’s past comes to light in a way that lends clarity to his motives — especially concerning his behavior as her “high school nemesis”. Their romance is paced perfectly with a few swoony moments in unexpected places (like boat decks!). I didn’t know how much I needed to read about a hero who looks like Adam Driver until Oliver Ross ;). I especially appreciated how the final relational conflict was resolved — it felt natural and realistic. Other little things I loved: Mama Potts and her pottery, wisdom, and muscle cream; Meg’s dad and their whole dynamic; sunrises on the water; Kyle and his coffee; Oliver’s attractive/strong hands and Meg’s fascination with them; fishing clothes shopping with Meg and Oliver. ;) I am ecstatic for the rest of the series and more of the Ross brothers in PEI! Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for the review copy. This is my honest review.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Faye

    In order to stop her father from selling the family business to her high school nemesis, Meg Whitaker decides to give it all up to learn the ropes working alongside the man who cost her her dreams. Set on the beautiful shores of Prince Edward Island, Meg and Oliver are fighting for the highly coveted lobster fishing license that has been in Meg's family for decades. But fighting for the same thing also mean working together, I liked the way that Oliver and Meg came to depend on each other, as wel In order to stop her father from selling the family business to her high school nemesis, Meg Whitaker decides to give it all up to learn the ropes working alongside the man who cost her her dreams. Set on the beautiful shores of Prince Edward Island, Meg and Oliver are fighting for the highly coveted lobster fishing license that has been in Meg's family for decades. But fighting for the same thing also mean working together, I liked the way that Oliver and Meg came to depend on each other, as well as how we get a deeper insight into Oliver's home life growing up. Oliver is a good man with a strong moral compass, and I admired his faith in letting go when he wanted most to hold on. Overall, an engaging read, with great emotional depth and well built characters that were easy to root for throughout. I really liked how this book doesn't shy away from digging into topics of faith, and I loved the progression of Oliver and Meg's friendship. Meg's father is a wonderful man, and I loved his imparted wisdom, as well as his love for Meg's mother. Excellent read from beginning to end! I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kelly-Ann ~ Sassy Bookish Mama

    I really enjoyed this book not only because it was set in one of my favorite locations, Prince Edward Island, but the storyline itself was lovely. Liz Johnson really captures the essence of the fishing industry in Prince Edward Island and made you feel like you were part of the community there. The characters were truly believable and relatable. I really enjoyed that the characters were both flawed and were not your typical hero and heroine. Although this story is a romance, for me it was more a I really enjoyed this book not only because it was set in one of my favorite locations, Prince Edward Island, but the storyline itself was lovely. Liz Johnson really captures the essence of the fishing industry in Prince Edward Island and made you feel like you were part of the community there. The characters were truly believable and relatable. I really enjoyed that the characters were both flawed and were not your typical hero and heroine. Although this story is a romance, for me it was more about forgiveness, dealing with grief and acceptance. Both Oliver and Meg have hurts from the past that they must come to forgive each other in order to have a future. I definitely had to have my tissues nearby as I got teary a few times while reading. The author does a great job at weaving a subtle faith element throughout the story. If you enjoy Christian Contemporary Romances this one will not disappoint. I now have to patiently wait for the next in the series and hopefully see a glimpse of these characters once more! I received a copy of this book from the publisher Revell. I was not required to post a positive review. All views expressed are only my honest opinion

  21. 4 out of 5

    MJSH

    "That's the thing about forgiveness - it's a renewable resource. The act of giving it fills you up to give it again. The more you practice forgiveness, the more you have to give." Liz Johnson's contemporary romance books are a must-read for me and this book, her newest, showcases exactly why. From the opening chapter, the characters and the plot are captivating and the plot has a nice smooth flow with easy-to-read writing. There is great humor peppered throughout the book that you won't be able t "That's the thing about forgiveness - it's a renewable resource. The act of giving it fills you up to give it again. The more you practice forgiveness, the more you have to give." Liz Johnson's contemporary romance books are a must-read for me and this book, her newest, showcases exactly why. From the opening chapter, the characters and the plot are captivating and the plot has a nice smooth flow with easy-to-read writing. There is great humor peppered throughout the book that you won't be able to help the wide grins and occasional laugh-out-loud moments. There is plenty of heartache and grief seen through Meg and her father as they care for a rapidly deteriorating loved one. Oliver has a difficult, painful, and shameful past to overcome but his gentle, tender, hard-working humility shows what God can do when we put ourselves at His feet. How brokenness can become redeemed and forgiveness can conquer fear really struck home through this book. And I learned quite a bit about lobstering in the beautiful Prince Edward Island. I can't wait for the next two books where we'll get to know Oliver's brothers better! I received the book from Baker Publishing Group via Interviews & Reviews and was under no obligation to post a positive comment. All opinions are solely my own.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Nicole Laverdure

    Lovely story of true love with a happy ending! Liz Johnson is a new author for me. I have to say that she is a very descriptive writer, job well done for describing PEI. I really enjoyed BEYOND THE TIDES, set in a small village in PEI, Canada Meg and Oliver have a complicated relationship due to the complexity of their personal problems. Both have a complicated past, so they must know how to face it and finally forgive, if they will live a more peaceful life. This story tells about family relatio Lovely story of true love with a happy ending! Liz Johnson is a new author for me. I have to say that she is a very descriptive writer, job well done for describing PEI. I really enjoyed BEYOND THE TIDES, set in a small village in PEI, Canada Meg and Oliver have a complicated relationship due to the complexity of their personal problems. Both have a complicated past, so they must know how to face it and finally forgive, if they will live a more peaceful life. This story tells about family relationships, forgiveness and hope. When Meg Whitaker's father decides to sell the family's lobster-fishing business to her high school nemesis, she sets out to prove she should inherit it instead. Oliver and Meg must work the business together, and at the end of the season, he'll decide who gets it, but Meg will do anything to get it. "I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell via NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own."

  23. 5 out of 5

    Robin Reynolds

    *received from the publisher and voluntarily reviewed* My first time reading Liz Johnson, and I’m so glad I “discovered” her! I love the enemies to lovers trope, and forced proximity. This is from Revell, a Christian publishing house, so there’s not actually any lovemaking, other than some kissing (which actually got a little steamy), but it still qualifies. Meg is a schoolteacher, but when her father announces he’s selling his lobster-fishing business to Oliver, she basically has a little fit an *received from the publisher and voluntarily reviewed* My first time reading Liz Johnson, and I’m so glad I “discovered” her! I love the enemies to lovers trope, and forced proximity. This is from Revell, a Christian publishing house, so there’s not actually any lovemaking, other than some kissing (which actually got a little steamy), but it still qualifies. Meg is a schoolteacher, but when her father announces he’s selling his lobster-fishing business to Oliver, she basically has a little fit and tells her father she wants the business. Even though she’s never had any interest in the business before. But Oliver is her sworn enemy, ever since he destroyed her science fair project back when they were in high school, ruining her chance at a scholarship. She insists the business is her legacy and should stay in the family, but more than that, she doesn’t want Oliver to have it. So dad’s idea – they can work the business together while he takes the season off to care for Meg’s ailing mother, and then at the end of the season he’ll decide who gets it. I can honestly tell you that if I were in Meg’s place, I think I would gladly let Oliver have the business rather than try to work it myself. But she is determined, no matter how hard it is, how early she has to get up, or how exhausted and sore she is at the end of the day. Despite not being able to relate to Meg and her drive to keep Oliver from buying the business, I really liked her. She’s strong, resilient, not to mention good at holding a grudge! And I loved Oliver. He’s worked so hard to overcome his absent father’s reputation as a thief, which some of the other lobstermen are quick to remind him of. Despite his actions as a teen and Meg’s subsequent hatred of him, Meg’s parents were always good to him, and Whitaker, as he calls her father, pretty much took Oliver under his wing, teaching him the lobster business. Emotions and tempers run high as Meg and Oliver squabble, and learn to work together, and slowly, reluctantly, come to respect each other and form the beginnings of friendship. Oliver is more responsible for that than Meg, making the greater effort in his desire to make her forgive him and like him. Meanwhile, Meg and her father are also dealing with her mother’s declining health, as they desperately search for a diagnosis and the hope of a cure. And here is one of the places where Oliver shone. He’s fond of Meg’s mother, and becomes instrumental in helping Meg cope, and helping her see the path she needs to take with her mother. While Meg and Oliver struggle to keep the business going on their own (well, and with help from Kyle, the deckhand, who’d I like to know more about), they deal with some sabotage, such as lines being cut and traps lost. The resolution to that plotline, the culprit, was quite a surprise, that actually made me laugh when they finally figured it out. The author’s descriptions of the boat and being on the water and toiling long days with the traps and the lobsters were vivid. I learned more about lobster fishing than I ever thought I’d want to know. I actually got curious about the traps and had to google lobster traps to see what they look like and learn more about how they work. All in all, this is a delightful story about perseverance, forgiveness, family and friendship, and of course, lobsters.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Candy

    This story was such a good reminder of the power of forgiveness. These two arch nemesis are about to be thrown together. How will they decide to work together and work through their issues. The story moves along at a good pace and kept my interest. I listened to the audio version and enjoyed the narrator.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Libby May

    I went into this ​book half unmotivated and uninspired and came out quite happy with it. THE CHARACTERS Meg and Oliver. So Meg I actually liked a bit… I usually don’t love female characters. Meg was ok. She was a distant sort of emotionally closed off character, but not to the point where it made me annoyed. ​Her arc in this story felt pretty realistic even if it was slightly cliche. Her relationship with her mom and dad was so cute. The way she handled the situation felt VERY real and relatable, I went into this ​book half unmotivated and uninspired and came out quite happy with it. THE CHARACTERS Meg and Oliver. So Meg I actually liked a bit… I usually don’t love female characters. Meg was ok. She was a distant sort of emotionally closed off character, but not to the point where it made me annoyed. ​Her arc in this story felt pretty realistic even if it was slightly cliche. Her relationship with her mom and dad was so cute. The way she handled the situation felt VERY real and relatable, and from Oliver’s prompting she did something super hard but very worth it. And I loved that the author took time in the story to bring those heartfelt moments in, even if they were not perfectly important in the main plot line of the story. They drew out the heart of Meg, which I appreciated. Oliver’s story was hard. ​His personality and heart was so clean cut and well portrayed but realistic too. This whole thing felt very real. Like it was happening across the states, but like it was a real account of something that happened. He seemed to be the static character in the book, not so much having a personality arc, even though his mindset and goal changed. I loved it. And then of course, their relationship to each there was sweet and crisp and warm and ​complicated. Somehow I didn’t get the feeling of a tension between them, which was nice because usually with characters that come into a story hating each other there’s a tension. Meg’s hated Oliver, but Oliver had moved past it for the most part and made himself someone new. Someone worth himself and his time and work. THE PLOT This story was a romance. That was the main drive of the story. It was well written and very cute. I liked their chemistry. The crabbing business and the water and the sunrises and the salt felt so real to me I loved going out and “working” with them. The descriptions were not overboard, and yet I really got a feel for what they were going through. Oliver’s conflict and Meg’s stubborn determination was a funny angle to see them both approach the same objective. ​ THE CONTENT For the most part, this book was clean. There was no language, no ​graphic violence (there was a scene where Oliver recalled his dad hurt his mom).
There was, however, some romantic content. In addition to two heated kisses, there was a near kiss, Oliver and Meg’s slept (together but in separate beds) on the boat to watch for a saboteur. Personally, I felt it was clean for the most part, but I would not recommend this book to anyone younger than 16 (if it were my sister, 18) simply because as I say in all my reviews, I don’t think romances should be read by younger ages. All in all I’d say its a 4 star for me. ​I’ll be keeping it on my shelf for now. Thank you to Revell and the author for providing a copy of Beyond the Tides for me. A positive review was not required and all opinions were my own!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Johnson

    Title: Beyond the Tides (Prince Edward Island Shores #1) Author: Liz Johnson Pages: 336 Year: 2021 Publisher: Revell My rating: 5 out of 5 stars Beyond the Tides tells a powerful tale where the main character Meg Whitaker’s life is about to take an abrupt turn. Meg has been teaching students and enjoying it on the island but now her father has made the decision to sell his fishing business to spend more time with his wife, who is in declining health. Meg, to this point, has no desire to take over the Title: Beyond the Tides (Prince Edward Island Shores #1) Author: Liz Johnson Pages: 336 Year: 2021 Publisher: Revell My rating: 5 out of 5 stars Beyond the Tides tells a powerful tale where the main character Meg Whitaker’s life is about to take an abrupt turn. Meg has been teaching students and enjoying it on the island but now her father has made the decision to sell his fishing business to spend more time with his wife, who is in declining health. Meg, to this point, has no desire to take over the lobster fishing business partly because being on the water makes her ill. However, when she learns who he is selling the business to, Meg doesn’t want the family business to go Oliver. Meg and Oliver have a past that is littered with pain and unforgiveness. When her dad has them work together before he makes the final decision as to who to sell to, Meg and Oliver once again become competitors. As I read the story, I was captivated by how the small community came together to support the family. There is also the aspect of the tightness of the fishing community and the written as well as unwritten rules regarding the fishing trade. Oliver’s family has been through the mill with a family history of pain and brokenness that we just get a small sampling of in this tale. While the story focuses on Meg and Oliver, Oliver has two other brothers and I get the sense that their stories may be told soon. By the end of the novel, I was encouraged by the themes of faith, redemption, forgiveness and hope that come across in the story. When you’re done reading the book, look for and enjoy Liz Johnson’s earlier stories as they are as intriguing as Beyond the Tides! Note: The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility

  27. 4 out of 5

    Linda Klager

    Meg Whitaker's life was changing. Her father wanted to sell the lobster fishing business to her arch-enemy, Oliver Ross. Meg was a school teacher and loved her job, but she did not want Oliver to take over her family's legacy. She needed to decide; either to continue to teach or give that up to learn the lobster business. The big problem that Meg had was that she would get terribly seasick. Meg reluctantly gave up her teaching job. Her father said she needed to work with Oliver to learn the busine Meg Whitaker's life was changing. Her father wanted to sell the lobster fishing business to her arch-enemy, Oliver Ross. Meg was a school teacher and loved her job, but she did not want Oliver to take over her family's legacy. She needed to decide; either to continue to teach or give that up to learn the lobster business. The big problem that Meg had was that she would get terribly seasick. Meg reluctantly gave up her teaching job. Her father said she needed to work with Oliver to learn the business and her father would decide who he would sell the business to. There was another man by the name of Kyle who helped them each day. Oliver developed romantic feelings for Meg. Meg did not want to fall for Oliver. Years ago Oliver destroyed her robot and her chance to do big things in her life. That is why she despised Oliver. I loved the romance developing between Oliver and Meg. The author did a wonderful job describing the Prince Edward Island area and what a person needed to learn about the lobster business. Meg had a wonderful relationship with her parents and you will enjoy how much this family loved each other. "This book was provided courtesy of Revell through Interviews & Reviews."

  28. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    Prince Edward Island. What woman who grew up reading Anne of Green Gables hasn't dreamed of visiting this small Canadian province? Although Liz Johnson has several books set on PEI, this was the first time I was able to read one of them. This book centers around the lobster trade. Meg's father is ready to retire, especially with his wife's health failing. Though he has an agreement with Oliver Ross to purchase the business, Meg can't stand the thought of her family's legacy going into the hands o Prince Edward Island. What woman who grew up reading Anne of Green Gables hasn't dreamed of visiting this small Canadian province? Although Liz Johnson has several books set on PEI, this was the first time I was able to read one of them. This book centers around the lobster trade. Meg's father is ready to retire, especially with his wife's health failing. Though he has an agreement with Oliver Ross to purchase the business, Meg can't stand the thought of her family's legacy going into the hands of the nemesis from her teenage years. Oliver can't believe that his dreams finally have the chance to come true. Life hasn't been kind and he hasn't always made the best choices, but at last he is on track to build the life he wants for himself. Only Meg Whitaker and her outrage stand in the way. Can he find a way to convince her he's not the same boy he was all those years ago? I really wanted to like this book, but it just wasn't for me. Meg continually acted on impulse without any forethought, and she never won me over. The book also used some of my least favorite tropes. I believe many people would enjoy this story, but I kept being frustrated by the characters or plot twists. Please don't let my opinions stop you from reading this book if it sounds intriguing to you. Some of the things I disliked may be exactly what draws you in. I received my copy of the book from the publisher. All thoughts in this review are my own. This review originated at http://reviewsbyerin.dreamwidth.org

  29. 5 out of 5

    RebekahAshleigh

    Beyond the Tides is the first book in the Prince Edward Island Shores series. I really love the cover! It’s pretty and it portrays the story well. I honestly didn’t care much for the actual story though. I had a hard time getting through this book. I personally didn’t find it very engaging and I really didn’t care for the main characters. Meg kind of annoyed me. I thought 10 years was a long time to hold a grudge against someone. Oliver was an okay character. It took me a bit to like him and I n Beyond the Tides is the first book in the Prince Edward Island Shores series. I really love the cover! It’s pretty and it portrays the story well. I honestly didn’t care much for the actual story though. I had a hard time getting through this book. I personally didn’t find it very engaging and I really didn’t care for the main characters. Meg kind of annoyed me. I thought 10 years was a long time to hold a grudge against someone. Oliver was an okay character. It took me a bit to like him and I never fully did like Meg. I did feel bad for Meg with the whole situation with her mom. That part of the story was pretty sad. The romance was also a bit much in my opinion. The romantic aspects felt a little out of place since for most of the book Oliver and Meg didn’t get along. **Thank you Revell for the book in exchange for my honest review

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    Reading Beyond the Tides by Liz Johnson was such a lovely way to spend a summer’s day. The way Johnson was able to handle the enemies to lovers romance trope was refreshing because she didn’t include such an intense hatred that I have read in other books. There was hurt and betrayal, sure, but nothing that makes the book feel toxic… if that makes sense?! Her characters were very developed for a first in a series, and with Oliver’s two brothers she left the series open for their stories in future Reading Beyond the Tides by Liz Johnson was such a lovely way to spend a summer’s day. The way Johnson was able to handle the enemies to lovers romance trope was refreshing because she didn’t include such an intense hatred that I have read in other books. There was hurt and betrayal, sure, but nothing that makes the book feel toxic… if that makes sense?! Her characters were very developed for a first in a series, and with Oliver’s two brothers she left the series open for their stories in future books… and I’m very excited to see what happens to them. The family aspect for both Meg and Oliver was so wonderful to read about. Although both families have had troubles in the past and still are going through rough times, the way they band together and show their love for each other is inspiring. Add in the gorgeous waters and fantastic details of Prince Edward Island, along with a bit of a mystery, which I did not guess whodunnit, and Beyond the Tides is a book that I highly recommend.

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