The House at Saltwater Point is the second book in the Lavender Tides series. This can be read as a standalone but just for continuity with the series, go back and read book one. Just in case you’re wandering, there are tidbits from book one but it’s not where you’re missing information that will allow you to grasp the book.
Honestly, I’m on the fence with my feelings on the book. The overall plot was really interesting. For me with this second book, I didn’t feel the connection to the characters early on as I did with the first book. There was something about Ellie and the storyline that just didn’t connect with me earlier on. I will say midway when the plot took off, it became more interesting for me to follow.
I don’t know why I couldn’t take to her as I’d hope but I did like her storyline with Grayson. I also enjoyed Grayson and the developing storyline between his discovery and his thereafter relationship with Shauna and Zach. The plot twist in their journey, I would love to see how it plays in another book.
It would’ve been nice to have gotten more in the plot on Mac’s life turning over. I think that would’ve made me anticipate more wanting to know why. For example, right before she disappeared the events that happened, if that was told to the reader before Ellie discovered she was missing. That would’ve amped up the book for me at an earlier point.
Overall, I’m satisfied with where the book led. Like the previous book, the mild suspense was the appeal to the storyline which once it took off it was fun to see it played out. Not sure where the next book will take us but I will continue on with the series. Even though you can read this alone, I’m going to tell you to read the first book first. When you check that one out, then read this one as well.