Tuesday, February 5, 2013

BLOG TOUR: Tide Ever Rising by Mandi Tucker Slack

e-ARC provided by publisher in return for an honest review.
All opinions expressed here are solely my own. 


Kadence Reynold’s favorite pastime is exploring old ghost towns. When she and her sister, Maysha stumble across an old journal and cheap pendant hidden in the depths of a crumbling foundation near Eureka, Utah, their world is suddenly turned upside down. Immediately, strange dreams and premonitions begin to haunt “Kadie” as she learns more about the keeper of the journal, Charlotte Clark. Kadie sets out on a journey to learn more about Charlotte and her family, and she and Maysha travel to Bremerton, Washington, where they discover Charlotte's still living twin sister, Adelaide and her family.


Mandi Tucker Slack grew up in Orangeville, UT, where her father worked as a coal miner for eighteen years. In 1987 the coal mines shut down for a time and her father joined the U.S. Army. They were stationed in Hanau, Germany, and she had the opportunity to explore Europe. Mandi’s family returned to Utah in 1992, and they settled in Orangeville once again, where she attended and completed High School. She then attended the College of Eastern Utah, where she studied Geology. Eventually Mandi changed her major and moved on to Utah State University while she completed a degree in Special Education. She then married her best friend, Charles Slack. They have three children, with one on the way, 6 chickens, and a lizard (sometimes several lizards).Their family loves to spend time together. They enjoy 4-wheeling, camping, and especially rock hounding. Her house is littered with rocks and fossils. As a child Mandi spent many weekends with her parents and sister exploring abandoned mining towns and searching for relics among the brick ruins. Her adventures with her family are often the inspiration for her stories. Mandi is also the author of romantic/ suspense title, The Alias, available at a bookstore near you. Contact her via email at: mandislack@gmail.com





Ghosts, secrets, and tragedies from the past all come into play when Kadence finds an old journal hiding in the floor of a house in a ghost town.  Inexplicably, she finds herself unable to get the journal and it's owner, Charlotte, out of her mind.  She convinces her sister, Maysha, to go with her on a trip to find the Charlotte's sister and finds herself searching for answers with Charlotte's family.  I really enjoyed this book.  While there were a surprising number of grammatical errors, I did enjoy the characters, setting, and plot. I wanted to hop on a plane and go visit Washington.

I found Kadence an appealing and sympathetic character as she struggled with her feelings about the journal as well as her rather jerklike fiance and his controlling mother.  Maysha, her sister,  provides just the right amount of humor, to balance out the suspense.  Zaza, Logan's daughter (Logan is the grand-nephew of Charlotte), is also a fun character. I love great child characters in my adult reads. I just wanted to hug her. Overall, an enjoyable and fascinating read. Maybe it's the history buff in me, but the idea of finding an old journal connected to a mystery is one I love and the book did not disappoint. If you enjoy clean, romantic suspense, I recommend this one.

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