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In the summer of 1917, US troops join the allied forces in the Great War. Back in Sunset Cove, Oregon, other battles wage. Anna McDowell continues to fight old fashioned stereotypes as she runs a newspaper committed to truth. Despite opposition, she’s determined to expose ongoing rum-running and prohibition lawlessness. Adding to Anna’s frustrations, her good friend Dr. D In the summer of 1917, US troops join the allied forces in the Great War. Back in Sunset Cove, Oregon, other battles wage. Anna McDowell continues to fight old fashioned stereotypes as she runs a newspaper committed to truth. Despite opposition, she’s determined to expose ongoing rum-running and prohibition lawlessness. Adding to Anna’s frustrations, her good friend Dr. Daniel seems to run hot and cold. He loves Oregon, and maybe Anna too, but he’s pulled by his East Coast family responsibilities. Even the lure of a new modern Sunset Cove hospital doesn’t seem enough to keep him in Sunset Cove. Meanwhile, Anna’s strong-willed daughter Katy continues to develop her dress shop by inviting family friend Sarah Rose to help out. But the woman’s presence tests the small town’s tolerance. And Anna’s concern that her daughter is growing up too fast is confirmed when Katy’s romantic life takes an unexpected turn, which Anna fears is influenced by the pressure of a devastating war that is not only changing the entire world but Sunset Cove as well.


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In the summer of 1917, US troops join the allied forces in the Great War. Back in Sunset Cove, Oregon, other battles wage. Anna McDowell continues to fight old fashioned stereotypes as she runs a newspaper committed to truth. Despite opposition, she’s determined to expose ongoing rum-running and prohibition lawlessness. Adding to Anna’s frustrations, her good friend Dr. D In the summer of 1917, US troops join the allied forces in the Great War. Back in Sunset Cove, Oregon, other battles wage. Anna McDowell continues to fight old fashioned stereotypes as she runs a newspaper committed to truth. Despite opposition, she’s determined to expose ongoing rum-running and prohibition lawlessness. Adding to Anna’s frustrations, her good friend Dr. Daniel seems to run hot and cold. He loves Oregon, and maybe Anna too, but he’s pulled by his East Coast family responsibilities. Even the lure of a new modern Sunset Cove hospital doesn’t seem enough to keep him in Sunset Cove. Meanwhile, Anna’s strong-willed daughter Katy continues to develop her dress shop by inviting family friend Sarah Rose to help out. But the woman’s presence tests the small town’s tolerance. And Anna’s concern that her daughter is growing up too fast is confirmed when Katy’s romantic life takes an unexpected turn, which Anna fears is influenced by the pressure of a devastating war that is not only changing the entire world but Sunset Cove as well.

30 review for Surf Smugglers

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jeanie

    I was delighted to return to Sunset Cove, Oregon for this 3rd in The Legacy of Sunset Cove series by Melody Carlson. Reading about the McDowell Family and their friends is like going to spend time with old friends! This time, Anna McDowell, her daughter Katy, and parents Mac and Lucille face the days of the US passing the Selective Service Act as the US enters The Great War in Europe as well as ongoing home front challenges. The characters are three-dimensional, the plot captured and held my att I was delighted to return to Sunset Cove, Oregon for this 3rd in The Legacy of Sunset Cove series by Melody Carlson. Reading about the McDowell Family and their friends is like going to spend time with old friends! This time, Anna McDowell, her daughter Katy, and parents Mac and Lucille face the days of the US passing the Selective Service Act as the US enters The Great War in Europe as well as ongoing home front challenges. The characters are three-dimensional, the plot captured and held my attention throughout, and I really like the historical aspects included. Mac and Lucille had been divorced since Anna was a child and her mother left without explanation to her. Lucille is back in Sunset Cove and lives near Mac. Anna was estranged from Mac since he didn’t want her to marry at age 17; he had never met his granddaughter Katy. Anna grew up with printer’s ink in her blood from her much younger days of working for her father at the family newspaper, and when living in Portland, became the first female editor on the staff of the Oregonian. This had served her well, as she could step in for Mac due to health challenges that brought her home to visit and perhaps make peace. The changing times bring many trials to Anna, her 17-year-old daughter Katy, and the woman who had been like a second mother to Katy when she was growing up in Portland. Not understanding why Sarah Rose might be uncomfortable, Katy invited Sarah to come to Sunset Cove and work for her in the dress shop she and her grandmother are partners in. Sarah Rose is a woman of color and would be the only non-white resident in Sunset Cove should she accept the offer. The last time a person of color lived in Sunset Cove, Big Ben, who had worked for Mac, was found murdered. The early 1900’s in the US is an era that I am not very familiar with, but in this series the author demonstrates it so well through the McDowell family that I am interested in learning more. The challenges faced include many of the young men enlisting in the army, how African Americans were treated and the laws that failed to protect them, Prohibition and illegal booze running, establishing a well-equipped hospital, and changes to supplies and necessities due to the war. I appreciate that there are spiritual lessons that may resonate with many readers as they certainly did with me. Anna, her family, and many of their friends are Christians who live out their faith even as they continually learn through day-to-day circumstances. I appreciate how Anna is willing to look at herself when challenged on attitudes and make changes when necessary. I highly recommend this novel and the series to fans of the author and those who appreciate well-written Women’s Christian historical fiction enhanced with people of faith, romance, grace, and second chances. I so hope there will be more in this series! From a thankful heart: I received a copy of this from Celebrate Lit and the publisher, and this is my honest review.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Julia

    Surf Smugglers by Melody Carlson is a fantastic historical romance and the third book in the Legacy Of Sunset Cove series but can be read as a stand-alone. I loved returning to familiar faces. The year is 1917 and the war that was far away overseas has finally caught up with the American people as the draft is introduced. It is a difficult time waving young men off to war. The patriotic American spirit is alive for all to see. There is a strong female camaraderie running throughout the Surf Smugglers by Melody Carlson is a fantastic historical romance and the third book in the Legacy Of Sunset Cove series but can be read as a stand-alone. I loved returning to familiar faces. The year is 1917 and the war that was far away overseas has finally caught up with the American people as the draft is introduced. It is a difficult time waving young men off to war. The patriotic American spirit is alive for all to see. There is a strong female camaraderie running throughout the novel. There are huge hearts who see the plight of others. Brave, forward thinking modern women are not afraid to rock the status quo. Family is important. “Family… some we are born with and some we gather along the way.” What a beautiful image. Racial prejudice was rife in the twentieth century America. “Do you think we’ll ever live in a world where people aren’t judged by exteriors?” Many are open hearted but some still judge people by the colour of their skin and not the content of their character. Forgiveness, trust and new beginnings are major themes. Those associated with the rum runners threaten the stability of a community. Life was hard. The First World War was never far from the thoughts of the people. Instead of worrying, we should pray. “Whenever you get worried for him, you need to realise that’s just a reminder to pray.” This is a lovely idea that we would be wise to all adopt. Surf Smugglers was another wonderful offering from Melody Carlson. I look forward to the subsequent books in the series. I received this book for free. A favourable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kristina

    Surf Smugglers by Melody Carlson is the third novel The Legacy of Sunset Cove series. This series needs to be read in order as each book builds upon the previous one. It is May of 1917 in Sunset Cove, Oregon where Anna McDowell is the editor-in-chief of Sunset Times. Her father, Mac is doing recovering nicely from his stroke and Anna’s daughter, Katy is busy with Kathleen’s Dress Shop. Katy is still dating Jim Stafford, a newspaper reporter and second in command at the Sunset Times. Katy has inv Surf Smugglers by Melody Carlson is the third novel The Legacy of Sunset Cove series. This series needs to be read in order as each book builds upon the previous one. It is May of 1917 in Sunset Cove, Oregon where Anna McDowell is the editor-in-chief of Sunset Times. Her father, Mac is doing recovering nicely from his stroke and Anna’s daughter, Katy is busy with Kathleen’s Dress Shop. Katy is still dating Jim Stafford, a newspaper reporter and second in command at the Sunset Times. Katy has invited Sarah Rose Lewis, her childhood caretaker, to come to Sunset Cove when she learns of the difficulty the woman is experiencing in Portland. Katy has a big heart, but she failed to take into consideration that Sarah Rose will be the only woman of color in their town. Anna does not want Sarah Rose hurt by small minded people. Dr. Daniel Hollister is upset over losing a patient and learns that his father is ill. Anna believes the town needs its own hospital and wonders if she can rally the support needed for the project. I thought Surf Smugglers was well-written and it proceeded at a thoughtful pace. I have enjoyed this series with its heartwarming characters from multiple generations which provides different perspectives. I like the dialogue between the characters as well as the interactions. The author captured the time period with references to events taking place at that time as well as the clothing, conveyances and attitudes. The Conscription Act has been passed, war is waging in Europe, Woodrow Wilson is president, the change in clothing styles, women’s right to vote, and prohibition are all included in Surf Smugglers. Local men will be heading off to war and one woman makes an impulsive decision. I am eager to read the final book in The Legacy of Sunset Cove series to find out what happens next in Sunset Cove. They have endured so much in their little town, but now their men are off at war and those at home must hope they will return safely. Hope and forgiveness are two of the themes present in the story. Surf Smugglers is a lovely historical novel with illegal hooch, express enlistment, hasty nuptials, fluctuating fashions, and worried women.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Phyllis

    More adventure on the Oregon Coast It seems there aren't as many books about the time surrounding World War I as there are for World War II. And of those, fewer that take place here in the United States. I enjoyed seeing this coastal town in Oregon at the beginning of our involvement in the Great War. In Surf Smugglers, the town continued to have problems with rum running and it was dealt with a little. Bigger issues were prejudice, lack of adequate medical care when more t More adventure on the Oregon Coast It seems there aren't as many books about the time surrounding World War I as there are for World War II. And of those, fewer that take place here in the United States. I enjoyed seeing this coastal town in Oregon at the beginning of our involvement in the Great War. In Surf Smugglers, the town continued to have problems with rum running and it was dealt with a little. Bigger issues were prejudice, lack of adequate medical care when more than just a doctor was needed, and the entry of the US into the war resulting in the implementation of the draft. Katy's complete lack of prejudice towards Sarah Rose and her obliviousness to the fact that people had prejudices was refreshing. I liked Katy's fierce love for the woman who had helped raise her and how protective she was. The concept of standing up for what is right and calling attention to it can occasionally have the opposite effect from the one you are expecting was intriguing. Anna's editorial on the evils of rum-running and the one on prejudice had the best of intentions. And received some less-than-favorable results. The undercurrent of faith throughout the story is more along the lines of what is found in "Inspirational" fiction instead of the more overt way it usually appears in Christian fiction. The story was good, though it felt like it was lacking depth. Scenes that could have been charged with emotion or filled with action weren't. I did feel for the characters in their various predicaments but found myself checking to see how much further I had until I was finished. I did realize before I read this that I went from Harbor Secrets, the first in this series, to this one, book 3. While there is an assumption that you know the background, I didn't feel lost having not read the second book. I do recommend, however, that you start with the first before reading this one. If you enjoy historical fiction and would like to learn more about what life was like on the Oregon Coast during this time, this could be a fun read for you. Read my full review at Among the Reads I was given a copy of this book. I was not required to give a favorable review nor was any money received for this review. All comments and opinions are my own."

  5. 4 out of 5

    Carol Keen

    This is book three of this series. I loved how it tied in, but can be alone if it must. Personally, I think this one needs to be read in the order of the series. Bootlegging, Doctors/Medical care, prejudice, war, and forgiveness are all included in this book. Anna had some major things to deal with in this book. Katy's relationships are also blooming and so many shifts and changes are happening in the lives of this town and these characters, well the world too! While I liked this story, it didn' This is book three of this series. I loved how it tied in, but can be alone if it must. Personally, I think this one needs to be read in the order of the series. Bootlegging, Doctors/Medical care, prejudice, war, and forgiveness are all included in this book. Anna had some major things to deal with in this book. Katy's relationships are also blooming and so many shifts and changes are happening in the lives of this town and these characters, well the world too! While I liked this story, it didn't hold up as strongly a the other two in the series for me. I can't decide if it's because I wanted more of certain aspects, or if I'm just worn out with repeated themes of prejudice. Celebrate Lit provided my copy of this book. This review is left freely and contains my thoughts about this book.

  6. 4 out of 5

    MJSH

    This is the third book in Melody Carlson’s The Legacy of Sunset Cove series and the three books should be read in order since the sequels start off immediately where the previous book ends. This book follows the lives of Anna and her daughter Katy as Anna continues on as the chief of the town’s newspaper and Katy works as the owner of a dress shop in the small Oregonian coastal town of Sunset Cove. Rum running in 1917 is still rampant in Sunset Cove as the country prepares to enter WWI and polit This is the third book in Melody Carlson’s The Legacy of Sunset Cove series and the three books should be read in order since the sequels start off immediately where the previous book ends. This book follows the lives of Anna and her daughter Katy as Anna continues on as the chief of the town’s newspaper and Katy works as the owner of a dress shop in the small Oregonian coastal town of Sunset Cove. Rum running in 1917 is still rampant in Sunset Cove as the country prepares to enter WWI and politics run hot. All the characters from the previous two books return to propel the plot forward and they stay true to character even as they mature. Anna and Katy both have romances that bloom and other social issues of the day like racism are addressed in the book. The plot moved a bit slowly for me this time around but those who enjoy historical fiction will surely enjoy this entire series. I received a copy of the book via Celebrate Lit Tours and was under no obligation to post a positive review. All comments and opinions are solely my own.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Chautona Havig

    Why I Recommend a Book That Wasn’t a Favorite When I read Harbor Secrets, I really enjoyed the time period, the storyline, and the characters. Those same things ring true for Surf Smugglers. However, my overall enjoyment of the book wasn’t as strong. There are two likely reasons for this. Either I needed to read the middle book, Riptide Rumors (which I intend to do, by the way… the hints I got about it from this book make me anxious to get to it), or the subject matter overpowere Why I Recommend a Book That Wasn’t a Favorite When I read Harbor Secrets, I really enjoyed the time period, the storyline, and the characters. Those same things ring true for Surf Smugglers. However, my overall enjoyment of the book wasn’t as strong. There are two likely reasons for this. Either I needed to read the middle book, Riptide Rumors (which I intend to do, by the way… the hints I got about it from this book make me anxious to get to it), or the subject matter overpowered the series. Okay, so there’s a strong possibility that both are true. However, I actually think the subject matter is to blame. In a series that deals with heavy topics like smuggling, domestic abuse, abandonment, and other powerfully dramatic issues, you wouldn’t think racial tensions, early feminism, and WWI would be too heavy. But they were. I firmly believe that this exact story, told with deep layers, and in a stand alone novel about similar but different characters, would have all of the strength and power of classic World War novels. However, constrained in this place and with these characters, with a lighter touch due to the rest of the series, Surf Smugglers didn’t pack the punch that it could have. And I think that’s also why the spiritual depth felt a little lacking. That said, compared to a lot of books marketed by Christian publishers, this one was much more spiritually encouraging. I appreciated that it was there and it was not preachy. So with all that, why do I recommend Surf Smugglers? Simple. The story is a nice one. It fits in the series and wraps things up. It doesn’t hold the same draw as some third books—that feeling that if this book is this amazing, then I’ve just got to read the first two. Rather, because the first (and I assume the second) were so good, and because this one deals with important historical events… Not to mention, this book wraps up some character and story arcs!!! Because of those, I think the reverse is true. The prior book(s) and much of what is included in this one make this book a recommended read. It’s just not my favorite of Melody Carlson’s books. I’m still not sorry I read the free review copy of Surf Smugglers I was sent, and I’ll be buying the middle book, still, as well as am looking forward to the last in the series. So, take that for what it’s worth. Looking forward to my next Melody Carlson book… just like I always do.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Tressa (Wishful Endings)

    3.5 Stars SURF SMUGGLERS is the third book in Carlson's series set in a cozy coastal Oregon town. Readers will enjoy finding out what is going on in these characters' lives as they face rum-running during prohibition, as the United States joins WWII, and as they search for their own happily-ever-afters. Recommended to inspirational and general historical fiction fans. I somehow missed the second book in this series after reading the first, but the author did a good job in c 3.5 Stars SURF SMUGGLERS is the third book in Carlson's series set in a cozy coastal Oregon town. Readers will enjoy finding out what is going on in these characters' lives as they face rum-running during prohibition, as the United States joins WWII, and as they search for their own happily-ever-afters. Recommended to inspirational and general historical fiction fans. I somehow missed the second book in this series after reading the first, but the author did a good job in catching readers up enough that I never felt lost in this story. I felt more invested in these characters after having read the first book even though they're more settled in this story. There are two point-of-views, one for Anna and another for her daughter Katy. It was interesting seeing their different perspectives on their town, current issues, the war, and romance. The romance is fairly low key and is not the main focus of this story, but does play an important role in it. The inspirational element is also light, more of just intertwined in who these characters are and the beliefs at the time, which make it a good series for general historical fiction readers as well. The story does have quite a bit going on, but reads at a leisure pace. It feels like reading a cozy mystery, but without the constant suspense. This series focuses on this family and how they deal with the issues they face. Rum-running is still happening as the story is set during prohibition, and some are suspected of joining in on that illegal activity. There is a dear friend who comes to town to stay who is the only African American there. This brings up issues of racism that shadows somewhat the movement going on in the country. There is the war and men leaving to serve and how that affects this family and town. Then these two woman are also trying to figure out how to be career women with their own dreams while somehow fitting in society's as well as their love interests' expectations. Through it all, family and friends support and help one another, with a bittersweet ending that leaves readers anticipating the next book. In the end, was it what I wished for? I enjoyed reading this. It definitely isn't a page turner, but it does engage your emotions and I am curious as to how things turn out for Anna, Katy, and their family and friends. Content: Clean Source: I received a complimentary copy from Celebrate Lit, which did not require a positive review nor affect it in any way.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Becky Van Daniker

    Melody Carlson has been one of my favorite authors since I was in high school. I was excited when I had the privilege of reading one of her newest books, Surf Smugglers. What I didn't realize until after I've started was that this is actually book three in the Legacy of Sunset Cove series. While the book does refer to events that occurred in the prior books, I never felt lost or confused. I enjoyed learning about Oregon history in 1917. The state was well before anyone else with the p Melody Carlson has been one of my favorite authors since I was in high school. I was excited when I had the privilege of reading one of her newest books, Surf Smugglers. What I didn't realize until after I've started was that this is actually book three in the Legacy of Sunset Cove series. While the book does refer to events that occurred in the prior books, I never felt lost or confused. I enjoyed learning about Oregon history in 1917. The state was well before anyone else with the prohibition, women's suffrage movement, amongst many other historical events. This story deals with heavy content such as abuse, smuggling, racial tensions, WWI, and many other topics. So it isn't a light read in that regard. I struggled with this one, but not because of the content. For one thing, I wanted to know the characters. I never felt like I could connect with them. They felt distant, two-dimensional, and unemotional. There were many events in the story where I should have felt some emotion but just didn't because of how it played out. There were also many instances that seemed to have been resolved too easily and quickly. I read about 56% of the book waiting for something to finally draw me in. There was also a spiritual message, though not overly preachy, was more encouraging or inspirational. I may have to give the first two books a chance and see if that changes my opinion. However, for now, this just wasn't for me. Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review, which I have given. I was not required to write a positive review and have not been compensated for it in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    Surf Smugglers is the third book in Melody Carlson's Legacy of Sunset Cove and it is wonderful. I am a big fan of Melody Carlson and Christian Historical Fiction so I was excited to have this opportunity. I didn't realize until I received this book that it was in fact the third book in the series. Melody Carlson is very inclusive in her writing and definitely didn't leave me lost because I hadn't read the first two books. Melody Carlson weaves a beautifully written story about our world in 1917 Surf Smugglers is the third book in Melody Carlson's Legacy of Sunset Cove and it is wonderful. I am a big fan of Melody Carlson and Christian Historical Fiction so I was excited to have this opportunity. I didn't realize until I received this book that it was in fact the third book in the series. Melody Carlson is very inclusive in her writing and definitely didn't leave me lost because I hadn't read the first two books. Melody Carlson weaves a beautifully written story about our world in 1917 especially Sunset Cove, Oregon, The Great War, writing and printing newspaper, and how the truth can effect those around you. I love reading Historical Fiction and this story really taught me more about our world in 1917. I found the characters relatable and well written. I found myself relating to Anna McDowell. I found her courage and strength in the face of opposition admirable. Her faith and the faith of those around her gave me such a wonderful feeling. I can't say enough good about this book and this author. I plan on reading the first two books to read Anna's whole journey. I HIGHLY recommend this book and author to anyone who enjoys Christian Historical Fiction you will NOT be disappointed. I give this book 5 STARS. I received this book from Celebrate Lit Blogger Program and the author for no charge in exchange for my honest review of this book. The opinions expressed here are my own.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Tabitha Bouldin

    The third book in Melody Carlson’s Legacy of Sunset Cove series brings a few new characters and some new obstacles. Katy is now all grown up and running her own dress shop, but she still has the impetuousness of youth. Without thought to the consequences, she invites Sarah Rose to live in Sunset Cove. When faced with the possibility she might have put Sarah Rose in harms way, Katy’s reaction is indignant. It seems impossible to her that the people of Sunset Cove might still live with The third book in Melody Carlson’s Legacy of Sunset Cove series brings a few new characters and some new obstacles. Katy is now all grown up and running her own dress shop, but she still has the impetuousness of youth. Without thought to the consequences, she invites Sarah Rose to live in Sunset Cove. When faced with the possibility she might have put Sarah Rose in harms way, Katy’s reaction is indignant. It seems impossible to her that the people of Sunset Cove might still live with such archaic beliefs. This innocence of Katy’s helps keep Surf Smugglers on an even keel and anchors the characters with a moral compass, of sorts. And this brings me to Anna. I have admired Anna’s character throughout the series. While that admiration did not fall in Surf Smugglers, Anna’s drive to inform the people of Sunset Cove did push her into some questionable decisions. The way the time period is described, the attention to detail and how characters act and react shows how much effort the author put into research for this series. Melody Carlson’s writing never ceases to intrigue me and pull me into a story. Her characters talk to each other often, bringing dialogue to life, and the spiritual themes are realistic. Forgiveness is a strong element in Surf Smugglers. You never know when you might be asked to forgive someone. I requested a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. I was not required to leave a positive review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Suzie Waltner

    Melody Carlson’s Sunset Cove series is one you will definitely want to read in order as Anna McDowell and her family star prominently in each book. Surf Smugglers (book three) takes readers to the brink of America joining World War I, the age of prohibition, and tense racial relations. Through Anna and her daughter Katy’s perspectives, readers feel the uncertainty and changes of a world at war, the tensions around racial prejudices, and the criminal element of the rum runners. Each of Melody Carlson’s Sunset Cove series is one you will definitely want to read in order as Anna McDowell and her family star prominently in each book. Surf Smugglers (book three) takes readers to the brink of America joining World War I, the age of prohibition, and tense racial relations. Through Anna and her daughter Katy’s perspectives, readers feel the uncertainty and changes of a world at war, the tensions around racial prejudices, and the criminal element of the rum runners. Each of those issues, combined with some romance, family relations, and small-town politics and friendships create a quick-moving story that engaged me throughout. While most of the large issues were resolved, the war continues, leaving some uncertainty of what the future holds for Anna, Katy, and Sunset Cove. Since there’s one more book to come in the series, there’s hope of full resolution. Disclosure statement: I receive complimentary books from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including NetGalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Maureen Timerman

    This is the third book in this series that I have enjoyed, and yes, they can be read alone, but we are continuing on in the lives of this newspaper family. With this book, the War in Europe is becoming real for these people, along with the crime of bootlegging. This book does touch on a lot of different subjects, including prejudice. Coming and enjoy another installment at Sunset Cove Oregon, you won’t be disappointed! I received this book through Celebrate Lit, and was not This is the third book in this series that I have enjoyed, and yes, they can be read alone, but we are continuing on in the lives of this newspaper family. With this book, the War in Europe is becoming real for these people, along with the crime of bootlegging. This book does touch on a lot of different subjects, including prejudice. Coming and enjoy another installment at Sunset Cove Oregon, you won’t be disappointed! I received this book through Celebrate Lit, and was not required to give a positive review.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Marguerite Gray

    I love dialogue. Melody Carlson has crafted a surplus of riveting dialogue is Surf Smugglers to satisfy my craving and interest. The pages are full of interaction between the characters through their words as well as their deeds. The dialogue holds the story together as it drives the plot forward. Also, I always enjoy a novel full of history where I learn new things or rediscover facts I had forgotten. This novel confronts the issues of war, race, NAACP, journalism, and women’s rights I love dialogue. Melody Carlson has crafted a surplus of riveting dialogue is Surf Smugglers to satisfy my craving and interest. The pages are full of interaction between the characters through their words as well as their deeds. The dialogue holds the story together as it drives the plot forward. Also, I always enjoy a novel full of history where I learn new things or rediscover facts I had forgotten. This novel confronts the issues of war, race, NAACP, journalism, and women’s rights and independence from the worldview of 1917. Through multi-generational relationships, the conflict is relevant, real, and even reassuring. Reassuring because today the conflict between generations is obvious leading to drama and hopefully understanding on both sides. By the end of Surf Smugglers, I find hope and forgiveness through the personal conflicts and sacrifices brought on by war and progress. Follow me on BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/margu...

  15. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Although this is likely not a series that I would necessarily gravitate toward on my own, I am glad that I have had the opportunity to read and review each of the three books thus far. Ordinarily, I prefer action and some mystery or suspense when reading fiction, and while there is arguably a bit of this in the Legacy of Sunset Cove series, the true foundation is built on relationships and people. In the first book, I admittedly had a somewhat difficult time connecting with and truly engaging wi Although this is likely not a series that I would necessarily gravitate toward on my own, I am glad that I have had the opportunity to read and review each of the three books thus far. Ordinarily, I prefer action and some mystery or suspense when reading fiction, and while there is arguably a bit of this in the Legacy of Sunset Cove series, the true foundation is built on relationships and people. In the first book, I admittedly had a somewhat difficult time connecting with and truly engaging with the characters. This improved in book two, and “Surf Smugglers” presents a blossoming and maturation of the central figures that is realistic and endearing. If there is a single word that captures the spirit of “Surf Smugglers”, it is “change.” Melody Carlson draws credible parallels between the United States entering the war in 1917 and the battles that each character, as well as the town of Sunset Cove itself, likewise faces. There is a suspicion of continued rum-running, and with the war coming closer to home due to the draft, shortages of both employees and goods become more common. Even women’s fashion adapts, becoming more austere and less frilly. Developing a local Red Cross chapter and making other amendments to the town further highlight how war influences even more backwater locales. Most compelling, however, is Carlson’s portrayal of the community. The people reflect the challenges and transformations of the time period, because “history did not change itself overnight.” In “Surf Smugglers”, I appreciated the inclusion of a colored woman as one of the important secondary characters, and the ensuing implications. Similarly, there is a theme of second chances and of not judging or forming an opinion too hastily. I know that I have struggled with this myself, and having it raised as an issue in the novel is a reminder of how we should model the redemption that our Savior has given us. One of the characters who matured the most is Katy. Her approach to life, “Take chances and make changes”, leads her to plenty of new experiences. The spiritual element in the narrative is light, and I think that this series would appeal to any readers who enjoy historical fiction, historical romance, and coming-of-age stories. I received a complimentary copy of this book through CelebrateLit and was not required to post a favorable review. All opinions are my own.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    My Thoughts on Surf Smugglers: I have read the first two books so I was really looking forward to continuing the story in Surf Smugglers. I’ve fallen in love with Anna and her family. Even after reading this book I can’t wait for the next book because they left me hanging as to what will happen next and what will come for the ending. This book sees the introduction of race and the role it played during the pre and early days of American involvement in WWI. Not a time period I’ve spent a lot My Thoughts on Surf Smugglers: I have read the first two books so I was really looking forward to continuing the story in Surf Smugglers. I’ve fallen in love with Anna and her family. Even after reading this book I can’t wait for the next book because they left me hanging as to what will happen next and what will come for the ending. This book sees the introduction of race and the role it played during the pre and early days of American involvement in WWI. Not a time period I’ve spent a lot of time studying so I’m learning more from reading these books than I have from previous knowledge. Anna loses her right-hand newspaper reporter and friend when he signs up to avoid the draft and possibly get a commission or even a correspondent role in the war. But what she doesn’t count on is losing her daughter too. Well, she doesn’t really lose her but a lot of stuff changes from this one twist in life. And another thing changes from that but I don’t want to give too much away! Sarah Rose is a lady of color who relocates to this quaint little town. Life isn’t peachy for her in the big city but neither is it in a small town. While most seem to take her appearance in stride there are a few who resent her presence and don’t take any pains to hide it. When Anna writes an inflammatory article about the rough treatment she and Sarah Rose received at the hands of two men, it seems they will stop at nothing to make them pay. Well, that and get revenge for Anna putting a stop to their illegal activities. Can everyone come out of this book alive? What will the war bring? Will Katy make the right choice? Definitely a great read and I highly recommend this book and the entire series. Love these characters and can’t wait to see where they end up in the next book. I have voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from Celebrate Lit. All views expressed are only my honest opinion. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC regulations.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Deana Dick

    I am so glad to be back in Sunset Cove, Oregon in 1917. So much has changed in the small town with women getting the right to vote and hopefully the rum running is over. Anna still runs the local newspaper and people are becoming more accepting of her . The big story is that the US will be putting into place the Selective Service Act. This news has everyone on edge as young men face being sent into battle. An old friend of Anna and her daughter Katy has been asked to come stay with th I am so glad to be back in Sunset Cove, Oregon in 1917. So much has changed in the small town with women getting the right to vote and hopefully the rum running is over. Anna still runs the local newspaper and people are becoming more accepting of her . The big story is that the US will be putting into place the Selective Service Act. This news has everyone on edge as young men face being sent into battle. An old friend of Anna and her daughter Katy has been asked to come stay with them to help get her back on her feet. There could be a problem with Sarah Rose coming to town because she has darker skin. Not everyone during this time period was accepting of African American people and they fear that Sarah Rose could be in danger. I liked how several people made her feel welcome and made sure she got to work and home safely. Katy has sure matured and her dress job is a huge success. She is smitten with Jim and I loved their innocent relationship develop slowly. It is very likely that Jim will be called up for duty and Katy is a bit upset. What will she do when Jim leaves? Will he still be her sweetheart when he returns? Katy is so worried about his safety and does something very spur of the moment that takes her mother by surprise. The story has wonderful characters and I loved how Anna and Daniel were slowly starting to like each other. He also has news that he has to leave and what the town does to entice him to return is overwhelming. The town is full of people who help each other out and want the town to prosper. There is still a rumor that liquor is being smuggled and Anna is determined to find out who it is. The town has a lot going on and the author keeps the story flowing at a great pace. It is a book that brings people together to celebrate achievements and continue to trust God as they look to the future. There is a little suspense in the story that was unexpected. Someone is kidnapped and the race is on to rescue this person before a tragedy happens. I liked this part because it part townspeople together and put aside their differences. I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Connie Saunders

    "But what I want to know is how do you always get yourself in the middle of these messses? You're supposed to report the news, not make it." Yes, Anna McDowell is once again in the midst of trouble and the police chief is called in to help her one more time. And, as another character remarks, Sunset Cove is still 'full of ruffians, kidnappers, rum runners, and fisherman.' In her new book Melody Carlson continues to showcase strong-minded and independent women during a time when women "But what I want to know is how do you always get yourself in the middle of these messses? You're supposed to report the news, not make it." Yes, Anna McDowell is once again in the midst of trouble and the police chief is called in to help her one more time. And, as another character remarks, Sunset Cove is still 'full of ruffians, kidnappers, rum runners, and fisherman.' In her new book Melody Carlson continues to showcase strong-minded and independent women during a time when women were finally getting a chance to speak their minds! It is 1917 and America has entered the WWI conflict so some of the women of Sunset Cove, Oregon are faced with sending their men off to war. Anna is still the editor of the Oregonian newspaper and she continues to voice her strong opinions; her daughter, Katy, is now the owner of a dress shop and she is eager for the black woman who helped raise her to leave her Portland home and come to Sunset Cove. What Katy doesn't consider is that her neighbors may not be as welcoming to Sarah Rose as she thought. Readers are given a lot to think about in this third book of The Legacy of Sunset Cove series. Prohibition and its effect on the illegal activities of rum runners is still an issue and racial tensions become apparent after Sarah Rose's arrival. There is drama and uncertainty but there are also some happy occurences to wrap up what appears to be the final book of this series. However, there are some questions that I would love to see answered so I am hoping for one more story from Sunset Cove. Carlson has once again proven her ability to use accurate facts and details to create the perfect setting for her novels and she continues to share uplifting and spiritual messages. A character who has been hurt the most reminds Anna that forgiveness should be freely given; we're supposed to forgive our enemies and pray for those who persecute us. I recommend Surf Smugglers for all who enjoy historical fiction. I received a digital copy of this book from Celebrate Lit Tours and I am voluntarily sharing this review. These are my honest thoughts.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    I was very interested in reading this new historical fiction by author Carlson. I have read many of her contemporary and enjoyed them so I wanted to see what she could do with a historical. Surf Smugglers was a very interesting story that takes place in 1917 in a small town in Oregon. The Great War is still going on, men are enlisting, times are changing, yet there is still that root of bitterness and racism of women running businesses and of people of a different color. It is astonishing to me I was very interested in reading this new historical fiction by author Carlson. I have read many of her contemporary and enjoyed them so I wanted to see what she could do with a historical. Surf Smugglers was a very interesting story that takes place in 1917 in a small town in Oregon. The Great War is still going on, men are enlisting, times are changing, yet there is still that root of bitterness and racism of women running businesses and of people of a different color. It is astonishing to me that we as humans continue to inflict pain on others just do to race, even when a terrible war is affecting the whole world and millions are suffering and dying. I did not realize at first that this is the third in a series. I did not feel lost, even though I would like to go back and get more of the character's back stories just for my own personal enjoyment. Anna and her daughter Katy are living in a world that is quickly changing yet out in Oregon, some are still hanging on to the old way of life and others see Oregon at the old west. A bit lawless and reckless. I found that interesting as the year is 1917. However, as war does to everything, even this little town is affected and beloved young men of the town leave for the war. Anna is a very strong woman. She knows what she wants and I like that she does not push her ideas on her daughter or her love interest. She gives advice, yes, but doesn't push for her way. Katy is seventeen and growing up very quickly. Much too quickly for her mother. I found Katy's love story to be very dramatic and shows how quickly someone must grow up when they embrace adult situations. I liked watching both mother and daughter adapting to the changes of their world and I am interested in reading the previous two and the next in this series. Especially since there is a few loose story ends I am anxious to see tied up. I received a copy of this novel from the publisher. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own. https://pausefortales.blogspot.com/20...

  20. 4 out of 5

    Nyla

    Surf Smugglers is Book 3 in Melody Carlson’s series “The Legacy of Sunset Cove.” It can easily be read as a stand alone, but it would be much better if you read the first two books in the series first. This book is utterly captivating. Author Carlson has published over 200 books and her style of writing is flawless. Characters are so realistic they practically jump off of the pages. It is easy to become friends with them and imagine their lives as well as feel their emotions. I was ha Surf Smugglers is Book 3 in Melody Carlson’s series “The Legacy of Sunset Cove.” It can easily be read as a stand alone, but it would be much better if you read the first two books in the series first. This book is utterly captivating. Author Carlson has published over 200 books and her style of writing is flawless. Characters are so realistic they practically jump off of the pages. It is easy to become friends with them and imagine their lives as well as feel their emotions. I was happy to visit with my friends Anna and Katy again. This is the tale of Anna McDowell, her daughter Katy, and parents Mac and Lucille. The United States is passing the Selective Service Act as the it joins The Great War in Europe. I gleaned some historical details from this book, which for me is always a bonus. The author did her research well. Set in Oregon in 1917, this is filled with timely issues of war, prejudice, race, NAACP, journalism, and women’s rights and independence. Brimming with mystery, romance, intrigue, adventure, suspense and drama, this novel grabbed my attention early and held it throughout the entire book. It was easy to become invested in the exceptional story. The element of faith and inspirational is present. A strong lesson of forgiveness is presented as well as grace. Even everyday Christian life is portrayed. It is nice to not need to seek the faithful message in a Christian novel but have it upfront. I highly recommend this historical Christian fiction. It is engaging, enlightening, and encouraging. From me it gets a five out of five stars. I received a copy of this from Celebrate Lit and the publisher, and this is my own honest review.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Patti Whitson Stephenson

    I am enjoying this “The Legacy of Sunset Cove” series by Melody Carlson and following the story of the McDowell family. This book is the third book in the series and, to this point, it’s my favorite one. You can certainly read this book on its own and easily follow the story, but I’d recommend reading the books in order if possible. This part of the McDowell’s family story takes place just as the United States is entering World War 1. As the nation’s young men are both enlisting and b I am enjoying this “The Legacy of Sunset Cove” series by Melody Carlson and following the story of the McDowell family. This book is the third book in the series and, to this point, it’s my favorite one. You can certainly read this book on its own and easily follow the story, but I’d recommend reading the books in order if possible. This part of the McDowell’s family story takes place just as the United States is entering World War 1. As the nation’s young men are both enlisting and being drafted into the war, it causes many adjustments in the lives of those who live in Sunset Cove. Swiftly moving events cause the community to pull together to fill in the gaps left in their absence. Some of the characters we’ve grown to love head off to war, and young couples are making decisions about their futures. Anna, Katy, and Ellen find themselves praying for loved ones who are headed off to war, and discovering that their own circumstances have significantly changed. As always, this book resolves around the town’s newspaper and the events happening in the community. Anna, as the newspaper’s editor, finds herself tackling racism as this problem now enters their small community. As with the other books, there’s an element of suspense that keeps the reader one their toes and makes the story one that kept me turning pages to the end. I’m looking forward to the next book in this series to see what happens with the McDowell family and their friends. I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Betti

    It’s 1917 and the Great War is still in progress. However, the Selective Service Act has now been passed. Sunset Cove, on the Oregon coast, is no different than any other small town - those between the ages of 21 and 30 were required to register for military service. Suddenly jobs that have been filled by capable young men are available, young ladies are lost without their boyfriends, and weddings are being planned in a hurry. Those not of conscription age are questioning if they should voluntee It’s 1917 and the Great War is still in progress. However, the Selective Service Act has now been passed. Sunset Cove, on the Oregon coast, is no different than any other small town - those between the ages of 21 and 30 were required to register for military service. Suddenly jobs that have been filled by capable young men are available, young ladies are lost without their boyfriends, and weddings are being planned in a hurry. Those not of conscription age are questioning if they should volunteer. Some things, however, have not changed. Rum-running and smuggling are still happening since prohibition is still in effect. Another less than positive thing is happening in town, since the arrival of Anna and Katy’s friend from Portland. Sarah Beth is colored, and there are those that feel discrimination is acceptable. Kidnapping brings the whole town together, but will they survive if their boys don't return from the war? I thoroughly enjoyed this third book in The Legacy of Sunset Cove series, and am looking forward to reading more about this charming small town situated on the coast of the Pacific Ocean. A copy of this novel was received through CelebrateLit. The five star rating was in no way solicited and all comments and opinions are my own.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Amanda H

    First off, isn't the cover on this one stunning? I fell in love from the moment I saw it! I didn't have the chance to read the first two books in this series before starting this one, which I felt like hampered me a bit, but not as much as I would of thought. While I wouldn't call this a stand alone story by any means, I felt like Melody does a good job of introducing characters so that the reader isn't lost when starting in the middle. I love the characters in this story! The women in it a First off, isn't the cover on this one stunning? I fell in love from the moment I saw it! I didn't have the chance to read the first two books in this series before starting this one, which I felt like hampered me a bit, but not as much as I would of thought. While I wouldn't call this a stand alone story by any means, I felt like Melody does a good job of introducing characters so that the reader isn't lost when starting in the middle. I love the characters in this story! The women in it are strong characters who are very progressive for their time, partially due to necessity, without being annoying about it. Both Anna and Sarah Rose have had to make a life for themselves when things don't go as planned, and I admired them for the grace they exhibited when things didn't go their way. I also found the history of the story interesting, since I didn't realize that Oregon was so behind on racial issues in the early 1900's compared to other Northern states. This is a fascinating story and I look forward to going back and reading the rest of it! I received this book from Celebrate Lit. This is my honest review and is in no way influence by receiving a complimentary copy.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jane

    I enjoyed Surf Smugglers as much as I enjoyed the previous two books in The Legacy of Sunset Cover series. Set in the Pacific Northwest in the early 1900’s, the books combine historical fiction and clean romance into enjoyable storylines. Melody Carlson is a prolific author with many interests and a wide knowledge base which is evident in her books. Surf Smugglers continues the story of growing love between Katy and JIm and between Anna and Daniel. The plot also includes continued troubles with I enjoyed Surf Smugglers as much as I enjoyed the previous two books in The Legacy of Sunset Cover series. Set in the Pacific Northwest in the early 1900’s, the books combine historical fiction and clean romance into enjoyable storylines. Melody Carlson is a prolific author with many interests and a wide knowledge base which is evident in her books. Surf Smugglers continues the story of growing love between Katy and JIm and between Anna and Daniel. The plot also includes continued troubles with rum running as well as racial tensions when a black woman, a friend of Katy and Anna, comes to town. There is plenty in the plot to keep it moving forward - making the book hard to put down at times. While there is no author’s note, the book does appear to be historically accurate. I am hoping Carlson continues the series as there are several “loose ends” regarding those participating in the war that appear to need another book to wrap them up. I would not hesitate to add Surf Smugglers to my K-12 Christian School library. It is appropriate for middle school and up. I want to thank Celebrate Lit for the complimentary copy of Surf Smugglers. This is my honest review.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Patti Pierce

    Surf Smugglers continues the story of Anna, Katy, Anna’s parents and other familiar characters from the earlier books. It continues the story of a small community on the Oregon coast. Including the effects of a world war, racial tensions, romance and more, I could not put this book down. It definitely is worth reading. Having read all the books in the series, I was glad to have the opportunity to read and review this story. From the very beginning, Anna was someone who did not necessa Surf Smugglers continues the story of Anna, Katy, Anna’s parents and other familiar characters from the earlier books. It continues the story of a small community on the Oregon coast. Including the effects of a world war, racial tensions, romance and more, I could not put this book down. It definitely is worth reading. Having read all the books in the series, I was glad to have the opportunity to read and review this story. From the very beginning, Anna was someone who did not necessarily enjoy change. Katy, her daughter, on the other hand, grabs life with both hands. When I read the details of Katy’s classmate dying due to lack of proper medical care, my heart broke. But the idea of having a hospital in the community made me happy. To me, the hospital provided the right opportunity to keep the doctor in town. So if you want to read a book filled with characters worth reading about, wonderful plot details and more check out this book for yourself. I received a copy of this book for my fair and honest review.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kendra Neal

    Melody Carlson is one of my favorite authors and Historical Fiction one of my favorite genres, so I know I needed to read this book when I was given the opportunity. I really enjoyed this book! The Historical setting of 1917 is of great interest to me. The McDowell family is very well known in their community and are helping families as many men are heading to War. They realize the community and their own lives have significantly changed due to the War. Anna McDowell, the Editor for the Town New Melody Carlson is one of my favorite authors and Historical Fiction one of my favorite genres, so I know I needed to read this book when I was given the opportunity. I really enjoyed this book! The Historical setting of 1917 is of great interest to me. The McDowell family is very well known in their community and are helping families as many men are heading to War. They realize the community and their own lives have significantly changed due to the War. Anna McDowell, the Editor for the Town Newspaper, finds she is needing to tackle the issue of prejudice in the community, something that hasn't been a problem in town until now. Will the McDowell Family remain strong through the new circumstances? Can the town racism issue be halted and better things come from this? Grab the book and sit down for a GOOD read!! Surf Smugglers is book 3 in the Legacy of Sunset Cove series. I have read one of the 2 other in this series, and they all seem to be good stand alone books. I personally like to read full series, so I am going to go back and read all 3 books from the beginning! GREAT BOOK!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Alyssa

    This was such a beautiful and powerful historical romance story. I haven't read any of the previous books in this series but I was pleasently surprised to not feel lost. I'm sure I would have gotten a little more out of the story if I had read the others first, but it wasn't necessary. Now that I read and loved this one, I will be going back and reading the others too. This book was very well written and drew me into this story from the begining. I felt like I was in this story and like I knew t This was such a beautiful and powerful historical romance story. I haven't read any of the previous books in this series but I was pleasently surprised to not feel lost. I'm sure I would have gotten a little more out of the story if I had read the others first, but it wasn't necessary. Now that I read and loved this one, I will be going back and reading the others too. This book was very well written and drew me into this story from the begining. I felt like I was in this story and like I knew these people. I truly enjoyed this story and can't wait to read the others. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Christian Fiction. *Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of the book mentioned above in the hope that I would review it on my blog. A positive review was not required. All opinions are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.*

  28. 4 out of 5

    Becca (Reflections From My Bookshelves)

    Surf Smugglers is book three in a series. It is best to read them in order but it’s not completely necessary to this story. It would just add a better understanding of the characters and previous events mentioned. I enjoyed this book. It’s a love story and mystery and adventure all in one. I like how it takes place in a small town where everyone knows each other. Both Anna and Katy are working hard to provide for themselves. I enjoyed both the characters. Hard to decide which one I liked best. S Surf Smugglers is book three in a series. It is best to read them in order but it’s not completely necessary to this story. It would just add a better understanding of the characters and previous events mentioned. I enjoyed this book. It’s a love story and mystery and adventure all in one. I like how it takes place in a small town where everyone knows each other. Both Anna and Katy are working hard to provide for themselves. I enjoyed both the characters. Hard to decide which one I liked best. Some of the other characters I didn’t like. Melody Carlson did a good job creating them. Surf Smugglers takes place during World War one about the time America gets involved. I liked how Melody Carlson weaves biblical truth throughout the story. Things like forgiveness, second changes and a worry free life are seen in this book. It’s an enjoyable story and I look forward to reading more from Melody Carlson. I recommend this book to my family and friends. I received this book from the publisher to read and give my honest review. All thoughts are my own.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Connie Carpenter

    I am so sad that there will be only one more book in the series! I have read the other two and I feel like these characters have become friends. I would read each book that has previously been published so that you get the full effect. In this book, It's 1917 and America is no longer neutral in the Great War. The selective service act has been passed - how will it affect the Sunset Cove residents? Jobs that have been previously filled by men - are now open and women start stepping into some of t I am so sad that there will be only one more book in the series! I have read the other two and I feel like these characters have become friends. I would read each book that has previously been published so that you get the full effect. In this book, It's 1917 and America is no longer neutral in the Great War. The selective service act has been passed - how will it affect the Sunset Cove residents? Jobs that have been previously filled by men - are now open and women start stepping into some of the roles. I love how the author has captured the world that these characters lived in. I feel that there is not a lot of books that are written for this time period - and it's such an important one. As always the author delivers with well written characters, intriguing storyline and entertaining the whole way through, I received a copy of this book through the Celebrate Lit blogging program, all thoughts are my own

  30. 5 out of 5

    Hallie Szott

    3.5 It’s time for another trip to historic Oregon with Anna McDowell in the third Legacy of Sunset Cove novel, Surf Smugglers. In the charming town of Sunset Cove, the challenges Anna and her family face accumulate. With World War I and illegal rum-running, plus the necessity to confront gender, race, and relational problems, their story has no shortage of drama. Surf Smugglers is exactly what I’ve come to expect from this series. An interesting dive into early twentieth-ce 3.5 It’s time for another trip to historic Oregon with Anna McDowell in the third Legacy of Sunset Cove novel, Surf Smugglers. In the charming town of Sunset Cove, the challenges Anna and her family face accumulate. With World War I and illegal rum-running, plus the necessity to confront gender, race, and relational problems, their story has no shortage of drama. Surf Smugglers is exactly what I’ve come to expect from this series. An interesting dive into early twentieth-century history with characters I’ve come to enjoy, it is a pleasant read, and I’m looking forward to seeing what the next book will add. This review is also posted on Hallie Reads. I received a complimentary copy of this book and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.

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