TRIXI'S REVIEW of AT LIGHTHOUSE POINT:
“Three Sisters Island is a special place because of the very things you call backward. On this island, time slows down. It gives folks a little space in their life to think and reflect, and to treasure how precious their life is. (Peg to Cam) ~pg 282”
It was with great anticipation that I read the last installment of the Three Sisters Island series by Suzanne Woods Fisher! I've been waiting so long for Blaine's story; she was the one I was really rooting for from the very start. Younger sister to two sometimes overbearing sisters Cam and Maddie, she has struggled to find her place not only in the family, but in life. When the author peeled those layers back that made Blaine who she was, oh my heart, it broke for her! I'm so glad that God sent her an angel in the form of her friend Jean-Paul from Paris. He was exactly what she needed at the lowest point of her life.
“Jean-Paul had given her the best gift in the world—he'd helped Blaine believe she was worthy of love, care, and respect. ~pg77”
Jean-Paul, how can I describe him? It's as if he was the very essence of what God is; loving, gentle, patient, encouraging, kind, but so much more too. It's as if he can see right to the heart of a person and know the exact things to say that make a difference. I think we all need our own Jean-Paul in our lives reminding us of the heart of God and His infinite love for us. What encouraged me the most as a reader and reminded me of a truth I need to practice more is this line here:
“We trust God to do his work. His work. His time. Our work ezz to pray...and release. ~pg 85
Let's not forget Artie, Blaine's long-time best friend and confidant....and the one she's been in love with forever. Something happened between them when she went to Paris and can't figure out what it is. When she comes back to Three Sisters Island two years after she left, the change in him is shocking. Not only is he a full-fledged doctor for the Maine islands, but he has given her the cold shoulder. Of course you know I was rooting for them all along too, because in my mind, they belonged together! If only they would just stop to listen to each other, they could work out what went wrong and finally have the happily-ever-after that I wanted to see. It was frustratingly funny to watch these two....but that blissful sigh in the end was so worth it.
I hope you've had a chance to read all three of these books, because really, once you start you won't want to miss a minute of the Grayson family. They tend to get under your skin and embed themselves in your heart. Sure each book can stand alone, but I think a reader will have a richer, better understanding if they read from the first one. Each of these characters have to work through some tough things, but Fisher shows that through their faith and reliance on God, leaning on each other, and strong friendships they can overcome anything. Sometimes God takes our dreams, sifts them, and makes new ones even better than we can think or imagine! That is exactly what happened and I loved watching each one unfold and change.
“Most things work out in the end if you leave them in God's hands and don't try to meddle. 'Pray and release'”. (Jean-Paul) pg284”
*I received a complimentary copy from Revell and was not obligated to leave a favorable review. *
PAULA'S REVIEW of AT LIGHTHOUSE POINT:
This is the third book in the Three Sisters Island series. What I liked about this series is that it continues the story of the Grayson family. It drops you back into their lives and conveys the feeling of a growing and developing family but no one is left out.
Ms. Fisher has woven many lessons into this eloquent story. Each member of the clan is taught something by God. Paul, the dad, learns to listen.”Don’t waste your words, save them for what is truly important.” Cam learns to respect her limitations. Maddie learns that peace comes from giving all her worries to God. Blaine learns: “when friendship blossoms into romance, it’s the best of all.” And they all learn that :”Most things work out in the end if you leave them in a God’s hands and don’t try to meddle: Pray and Release.”
This book had it all: family, friendship, fitting into a community, funny moments, faith and forgiveness. Very realistically portrayed with even a few tense, exciting times.
This series is one I will come back to.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the Revell Reads Blogger Program. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*
As old wounds are opened, Blaine starts to wonder if she made a mistake by coming home. Little by little, she must let go of one dream to discover a new one, opening her heart to a purpose and a future she had never imagined.
Bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher invites you back to the coast of Maine for a story that reminds you to release what doesn't matter and cling to what does: faith, family, and friendships.
PAULA'S REVIEWS OF Books One and Two in the Three Sisters Island Series
All books are 5 stars and a strong faith thread. The series is available as a set or standalone for purchase.
ON A SUMMER TIDE: Book One
What a delightful setting and cast of characters. This story had me ready to pack for a stay on Three Sisters Island to enjoy the scenery and help renovate MOOSE MANOR, the grand old Victorian house.
Being one of three sisters myself, I enjoyed the banter between Cam, Maddie and Blaine. Such a rich story of family, making new friends, taking new directions; a rekindling of faith and a twist that I couldn’t imagine. It had me reminiscing about my upbringing with memories of past friends and vacation trips in the summer to my grandparents house.
This was a wonderful story that has me wanting to go on to the next book very soon.
*I read this ebook through Amazon Prime Reading. All opinions are my own.*
ON A COASTAL BREEZE: Book Two
Book two of Three Sisters Island takes us back to Maine to see more of the Grayson family and the residents of this small island. The new preacher makes a grand entrance- by parachute and shocks Maddie. This book continues to peel back the personalities of the three sisters, Cam, Maddie and Blaine. I like that way the author does not leave anyone out. Cam is focused on a project but should her focus be on something closer to home? Maddie analyzes everyone else but should she take her own advice? Blaine cannot settle on any one thing and yearns to find herself. It seems everyone is trying hard to listen to God’s voice as he prods them to maturity. But are they really hearing Him?
Ms. Fisher paints a beautiful picture of the island and puts you right in the scene, especially the fierce thunderstorm and the skydiving trip.
Cannot wait to read the final book . I want to visit again. (note: she did!)
*I borrowed this book from the public library. All opinions are my own.*