The Returning Tide by Liz Fenwick




Two sisters and one betrayal that will carry across generations.

In wartime Cornwall, 1943, a story between two sisters begin – the story of Adele and Amelia, and the heartbreaking betrayal that will divide them forever. Decades later, the efforts of one reckless act still echo – but how long will it be until their past returns?


The Returning Tide is a heartbreaking story about love, loss, betrayal and regrets.

Twin sisters Amelia and Adele have always been close. Until one day, one of the sisters commits the ultimate betrayal.

And that is probably the shortest breakdown about a book, ever! But I can’t say much more because it would give the entire plot away.

This is an emotional read and while the sisters and their story may be fiction, some key events are actually based on historical research and there’s something really striking about having a place as beautiful as Cornwall connected to something as horrible as a war. It’s clear a lot of research has gone into this book and the author knows what she’s talking about.

Liz Fenwick has a beautifully descriptive writing style which truly captivated me. However, I feel like I would have enjoyed the story far more if it had just been from Adele’s point of view, past and present. I didn’t really have a need for Lara’s chapters, although I do understand the motivation behind them. But I ended up speed-reading those, because I wanted to get back to Adele and the mystery, even if that in itself was somewhat predictable. Overall, while I did enjoy some parts of it, I’m not sure if this was the right book for me.

The Silent Tide was published on March 23rd.

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  3 comments for “The Returning Tide by Liz Fenwick

  1. April 27, 2017 at 1:00 pm

    Loved your honest and comprehensive review! I mean, sometimes it’s hard to find the words to express why it did not fully work for us! I like the title of this book but I probably wouldn’t read it 🙂


  2. April 27, 2017 at 1:53 pm

    Completely agree with you Dee! I really wanted to love this book but I also found Lara’s parts distracting and I skimmed those. A bit predictable overall and just not quite what I expected. Wrong book wrong time for me as well


  3. April 27, 2017 at 7:47 pm

    I really liked this one, but I can see yours and Renee’s points. It was maybe a bit predictable, although I don’t know why I didn0’t expect the last part of the mystery.


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