My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Source: Received copy to review via Netgalley
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Book Description: Elizabeth Shaw is the preeminent, and only, wedding planner at the historic beach resort on Jekyll Island. 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.
My thoughts: I enjoyed Tidal Patterns. It follows two characters who have experienced loss who do not know if they are ready to enter the world of making new relationships. There is an immediate attraction for both of them, but they are hesitant to act on their feelings.
Lizzie wants a new position at the Island resort she works at. She is good at her job and is qualified for the promotion. She also needs it to fulfill the stipulations in her parent's will. Mark is asked to apply for the position. He is unsure that it is something that he wants to do. In this case, the job gets in the way of a budding friendship and romantic relationship.
I liked the characters. Both had a lot to give, but because of previous hurts were afraid to extend themselves. The relationship seems to progress slowly, but in reality, it is a very short time period. A lot of the building of their feelings takes place while they are talking to friends.
I felt that situations in the background were not fully resolved. You have an idea of why Lizzie is denied a raise, but it is left a little vague. The state of the will and Lizzie's decisions left me wondering about what the consequences will be. Those were a few questions that I was left with and maybe there will be a book in the future that will answer them.
Overall, this is an enjoyable book. I found it to be clean with kissing. There is one scene where Lizzie is drunk that is funny.