Monday, June 18, 2018

Review + Tour GIVEAWAY: A Vast and Gracious Tide by Lisa Carter

A Vast and Gracious Tide Blog and Review Tour

Welcome to the blog tour and giveaway for A Vast and Gracious Tide by Lisa Carter, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!


a vast and gracious tide Title: A Vast and Gracious Tide  
Author: Lisa Carter  
Publisher: Gilead  
Release Date: June 12, 2018
Genre: Inspirational Romantic Suspense  

A wounded veteran and the police chief's daughter must work together to bring a killer to justice

Caden Wallis lost friends, his girlfriend, and even his leg to the ravages of war. He arrives on the Outer Banks broken and still reeling, struggling to make peace with his new life.

McKenna Dockery has been stuck in limbo since her fiancé died three years ago. Now, when the handsome yet heartbroken Caden arrives at her doorstep, she starts to wonder if there may be hope for her heart after all . . .

But no sooner do they meet than a man is found murdered on McKenna's property--and Caden is the prime suspect. The two must learn to trust each other, or no one will be safe in the tangled web of conspiracy, greed, and deceit lurking in the tidal marshlands of the Outer Banks.  


Rich in characterization and setting, A Vast and Gracious Tide is an emotionally moving story and I loved it. Lisa Carter’s writing is impressive, and I wasn’t ready to leave these characters upon reaching the last page.

Romantic suspense isn’t my favorite genre, so I was hesitant to commit at first, but the bottom line is that I love southern fiction and couldn’t resist the appeal of North Carolina’s Outer Banks. Honestly, I don’t know when I’ve been more immersed in a setting – beaches, lighthouse, salt marshes, and islands – both fictional and real. The setting is an integral part of the story, literally becoming a major character.

"Reflection of Hatteras"
by William Mangum
A Vast and Gracious Tide has that perfect blend of romance, suspense, and relationship drama, giving readers time to get to really know the characters. Both Caden and McKenna are realistically flawed and so very appealing. Both had suffered loss and become emotionally paralyzed as a result. For McKenna, Caden “was an unforeseen ripple in her otherwise uneventful world.” I loved McKenna’s drive to rescue things. Her impression of Caden was that “he held his feelings tight inside himself as if he expected to have to pay for each one. Perhaps he already had.” McKenna and Caden share a great chemistry.

McKenna’s dad and grandmother, Lovey, are wonderful secondary characters. Lovey is full of southern charm and mannerisms, but with an inner strength and no hesitancy in telling it like it is. What a message in her words to Caden! “Life is precious. God gave you back yours, and I don’t like to see His gifts wasted.” The suspense builds, and it was interesting how historical detail and events of the past entered in.

And finally, A Vast and Gracious Tide is a story that blesses readers spiritually. I knew I was in for a spiritual treat when I turned to the first page and read the words of the beloved Welsh tune, Here Is Love, God’s love song to us. There’s so much to reflect upon and rejoice over in this story – sacrifice, acceptance of loss and embracing the abundance of life that remains, coming home, God’s love and grace – as vast as deep as the ocean.

Highly recommended.

I received a copy of this book through Just Read Publicity. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.



Award-winning author Lisa Carter describes her Southern suspense novels as “sweet tea with a slice of murder.” She is the bestselling author of seven romantic suspense novels, four historical novellas, and a contemporary Coast Guard series. Lisa enjoys traveling to romantic locales and researching her next exotic adventure. A native North Carolinian, she has strong opinions on barbecue and ACC basketball.

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AVGT giveaway

Don't miss your chance to enter this great giveaway prize pack! One winner (US only) will receive:

-- Print copy of A Vast and Gracious Tide by Lisa Carter
-- Sea glass jewelry set (see here)
-- Framed print of Psalm 93:4 (see here)

$65 value

Giveaway will run from midnight June 18, 2018 through 11:59pm July 2, 2018. It is subject to the policies found here.  

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  1. Thank you for being part of the book tour for "A Vast and Gracious Tide" by Lisa Carter. I will look forward to reading your review.

    Everything I have read about this book leads me to believe that I would love the opportunity to explore it's pages.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

  2. Great review! Such a good book and awesome prize package! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  3. This is the type of stories I like. How God heals our emotional pain and changes us in ways we would never imagine.

  4. Thank you for your review on "A Vast and Gracious Tide" by Lisa Carter and for being part of the blog tour hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours.

    I'd love the opportunity to read this amazing sounding book.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

  5. Enjoying reading the blogs! rose blackard (at) gmail(dot)com

  6. Here is Love is one of my very favorite hymns & I loved this aspect of the story too! Thanks, Carole :)

  7. I tried to enter via the Raffle Copter Giveaway and it didn't let me. I thought you would want to know.
    Janet E.

  8. Thanks for your honest review. Suspense isn't usually my first choice either but I do like to throw one in every once in awhile.

  9. Wonderful review, Carole! Sounds like a must read!