Roseanna M. White has penned yet another fascinating historical fiction tale in her book Yesterday’s Tides. This dual timeline story is set mainly on Ocracoke Island, North Carolina, during WWI and WWII and is populated with many intriguing characters. With obvious deep historical research, White made these perilous times come alive for me and gave me a desire to visit this location. I enjoyed meeting Louisa and Remington, Evie and Sterling, and all the various people in their lives. The two intertwining stories were well-written and kept me turning the pages. I will admit to a little bit of confusion during the first part of the book when there were so many different characters to keep straight and two different timelines, however, I soon sorted it out and thoroughly enjoyed the tale.
Brimming with adventure, intrigue, history, romance, and inspiration, this is a riveting story that historical fiction lovers will find enjoyable. It was such fun to meet up again with characters from some of White’s previous books which she was able to work into this story. I highly recommend her books to those who enjoy clean, wholesome, and beautifully written historical fiction.
*I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from Bethany House Publishers. All opinions are my own. 4.5 stars
In two world wars, intelligence and counterintelligence, prejudice, and self-sacrifice collide across two generations
In 1942, Evie Farrow is used to life on Ocracoke Island, where every day is the same--until the German U-boats haunting their waters begin to wreak havoc. And when special agent Sterling Bertrand is washed ashore at Evie's inn, her life is turned upside down. While Sterling's injuries keep him inn-bound for weeks, making him even more anxious about the SS officer he's tracking, he becomes increasingly intrigued by Evie, who seems to be hiding secrets of her own.
Decades earlier, in 1914, Englishman Remington Culbreth arrives at the Ocracoke Inn for the summer, never expecting to fall in love with Louisa Adair, the innkeeper's daughter. But when war breaks out in Europe, their relationship is put in jeopardy and may not survive what lies ahead for them.
As the ripples from the Great War rock Evie and Sterling's lives in World War II, it seems yesterday's tides may sweep them all into danger again today.