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July 1939. War is on the horizon but on Monk Island, Maine life goes on as usual. As the daughter of a lobsterman, Ellie Ames’ future seems limited until a mysterious German couple comes off the ferry with their nineteen-year-old son. From the moment she meets Karl Brink, the two become inseparable and not everyone approves because locals are suspicious of outsiders. Ellie ignores their scorn, however, and the secret she learns about Karl’s family makes her even more determined to be with him.
The magical summer ends when the Brinks suddenly have to go home. And although Karl promises to return in the fall, by then Europe is at war. Two years pass and Ellie has all but given up hope when she gets a letter in the mail that will change her life forever. The Storm Beyond The Tides is the story of the unlikely romance between a small-town girl and a German on the eve of the Second World War and explores a frightening time in America’s past—when U-Boats prowled the East Coast and put small, coastal communities on the frontline of a global conflict.
Amazon Customer 5.0 out of 5 stars For fans of historical fiction, World War II, New England history, and great love stories September 5, 2019 Verified Purchase This is a beautifully written and well researched book. “The Storm Beyond the Tides” tells the story of Ellie Ames, the daughter of a lobsterman in coastal Maine, and her relationship with Karl Brink, the son of German university professors visiting Maine in the summer of 1939. War hasn’t broken out yet, but it’s only a matter of time. Can their young love survive the mounting obstacles thrown their way? Prejudice, violence, family strife, betrayal, economic loss, and war all conspire against them. Is love eternal? Or is theirs only meant to last the summer? Rich with strong and compelling characters and fascinating history, Cullen paints a portrait of life in New England on the eve of World War II and explores the devastating impact war has on a coastal community and its inhabitants.
Allison 5.0 out of 5 stars Maine at war September 1, 2019 Verified Purchase I loved this book. The story of Karl and Ellie, the relationship between her and her father, little Mary’s disability, the Brink family’s dark secret. There were so many layers to this novel. The history was interesting and I think the author really captured what life was like on the coast of Maine during WWII. I’ll be recommending it to all my friends.