Tidal Patterns by Rachelle Paige
Publisher & Release: Self-published, April 12, 2016
Time and setting: Present Day, Georgia
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Chick Lit
Length: 180 pages
Heat Level: 1 Sweet Heart
Rating: 4 Gold Crowns
Elizabeth Shaw is the preeminent, and only, wedding planner at the historic beach resort on an island off the Georgia coast. She's sure she'll land the newly created role overseeing all major events. Then she’ll get a raise and won't be forced to leave.
Mark Edwards doesn't need any more stress. He's ready to slow down and enjoy the tiny seaside town he calls home. His boss pushes him to apply for the new management position and he agrees. After a decade in catering, he's sure he can do the events job without any trouble.
Neither counted on the other getting in the way.
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This is a new to me author. I received an offer from Ms. Paige to read Tidal Patterns in exchange for an honest review. The book description sounded interested, so I accepted. This was an enjoyable read.
The book starts out at a fast clip, and the pacing was steady throughout the book. I enjoyed both characters and the friendship that grew between them. I loved the heroine’s friend, Rose. She is feisty and down to earth.
Lizzie is a likeable character. She is a woman on a mission and is willing to work incredibly hard to achieve her goals. She has a loving relationship with her brother and is a dedicated friend. She certainly likes Mark, but for me, what they have is friendship.
I also liked Mark’s character, but I did not fall in love with him. When he takes the job, knowing it is not what he truly wants to do, bothered me. Then he takes advantage of Lizzie’s work ethic. It was so obvious his heart was not in the job. Now, I did like his dog Scooter a lot, and he added a sweet component to the story.
Unfortunately, I did not feel a lot of chemistry between Lizzie and Mark, partly because what I read was a bit superficial. I never truly bonded with either character to the point I fell in love with them. I think they were better friends than lovers.
This is a sweet, sometimes funny story with interesting characters. The book is well-written, and even though I did not love it, I did enjoy Tidal Patterns and would probably read other books by Ms. Paige. Happy reading!