The Rising Tides Inn on Cape Harriet is an idyllic spot for a family vacation. Not only is it surrounded by a spectacular view, the owners (Pete and Zadie) are overzealous in their job to make sure guests have the best stay possible – not even to start on the delicious variety of food provided. It is decided by Mary Bloom’s family that the Inn will be the perfect spot to celebrate her upcoming 60th birthday. Joining Mary are her three daughters: controlling Iris along with her children and husband, pushover Hyacinth, and free spirit Poppy. Immediately it’s obvious the daughters have some serious issues with each other. Will the sisters be able to put aside their differences to help give their mother a birthday to remember, or will their secrets break their family apart?
I devoured this book almost as quickly as one of Zadie’s famous crab puffs! I was a little confused at the beginning with the prologue, but after reading the entire book it made perfect sense and tied the book together nicely. I was worried reading the book from some many perspectives things would get confusing, but each character had their own unique voice that made reading it very easy. I identified most with Iris and Mary, both mothers wanting the best for their children. Also as another reviewer stated, there should be recipes included at the end of the book because my mouth was watering at some of the food descriptions! Roma Brooks is an author to keep an eye on, and I am looking forward to reading more of her work!