As an engineering geologist, Anais (Ana) Bloom is thrilled when she arrives in Sainte-Luce-Sur-Mer to study the effects of climate changes and rising sea levels on the shoreline of the Saint-Laurent River. Soon after she settles in at the quaint White Sheep Inn, she develops a friendship with the innkeeper and her canine companion. The innkeeper’s granddaughter, however, is a whole other story. Melodie is attractive, perhaps, but she’s also impulsive, has a bad attitude, and doesn’t share an ounce of her grandmother’s hospitality.
Melodie Beaulieu has never planned to follow in her grandmother’s footsteps and become an innkeeper. The only thing she’s wanted all her life is to live by the sea, in her hometown. When Ana Bloom comes to the White Sheep Inn and threatens her entire way of living, she simply won’t have it. She despises the scientist and her big theories and chooses to ignore her good looks and that damn red, unruly hair of hers.
Ana and Melodie would gladly keep staying out of each other’s way, but Mother Nature has other plans. Trapped inside the inn when a strong storm surge hits the beach community, they’re forced to come together to face the terrifying event and its aftermath. Can they rise above their conflicting beliefs and let their attraction take the lead?
FROM THE AUTHOR
"Some novels start with a character or a location. This novel was built around a conflict: a scientist who believes the best way to deal with rising sea levels is to relocate away from coastlines, and an innkeeper who can’t imagine living anywhere else.
Some novels are inspired by the author’s life. This novel inspired and changed my life. As I did research on climate change and rising sea levels, I found out the conflict between Melodie and Ana is a conflict many of us live with or will be faced with in coming years.
The IPCC special report on global warming that came out in October proposes measures to keep global warming to 1.5ºC above pre-industrial levels. We’re up about 1ºC now, which is already causing extreme weather, higher sea levels, and melting of the Arctic sea ice, among other things. The measures the IPCC report is recommending are not going to cool off the planet. That will take centuries. The whole purpose if to limit damages. Sea levels will continue to rise—although they would rise 10 centimeters higher by 2100 with a 2 ºC increase—and many coastlines will be flooded.
I used to dream of owning a house by the sea. I’m not the only one, right? Can you imagine? Walking on the beach every day and going to sleep with the sound of the waves and sea air coming through an open window. It sounds wonderful, doesn’t it? After doing research for this novel, however, I’d rather buy a house with a view on the sea on top of a high hill, safe from storm surges and flooding. That made me sad at first. But then I started thinking like Ana in Rising Above. Moving away from the sea is sad, perhaps, but it’s also the right thing to do. It’s giving it the respect we should have given it from the very beginning. It’s learning to love it from a distance, to appreciate its power and beauty without trying to make it ours. That’s how this novel changed my life on a personal level. It might not change yours, but I hope it helps you see things in a different way.
That said, Rising Above is about love before anything else. Love between two women with different views, love for the sea, and love for our planet."
Lex Kent's Reviews - I enjoyed this romance. This is the third and my favorite book I have read by Fortin. She writes really well and each new book seems more enjoyable than her last. I wasn’t crazy about the main conflict scene but I was happy it didn’t happen right at the end of the book. The characters actually had time to decide if a HEA was possible or not. This is something we need to see more of in romances so I appreciate that fact. Fortin is slowly becoming one of my preferred traditional romance authors. Her writing works for me and I’m hopeful traditional romance fans will enjoy this one too.
Bethany’s Reviews - This was a nice read! I'm a bit surprised that Fortin managed to teach us about climate change and global warming while writing a romance, but it totally worked. MC Ana is a scientist who's traveled to a small town on the Saint Laurent River to study and observe an incoming storm. MC Melodie is hard-headed, has a temper, and hates that a scientist would swoop in to tell her that she needs to move their inn further back from the shoreline, and away from the powerful sea. What follows is a nice push and pull between the two, with both sides softening and both sides coming around to each other's POV. Melodie's temper was tough at times, but Fortin really showed how she grew throughout the novel, and I came to understand and appreciate Melodie's choices more and more throughout. I found that by the end, I was really enjoying the angst instead of being irritated with it. It was a good change of pace from the traditional manufactured drama that many writers fall into the trap of using.
Pin’s Reviews - It is a very nicely done romance with a perfectly integrated dose of climate change awareness showing us the potential impacts of sea level rise on coastal communities and how to deal with it. All that is well blended with the interesting and unique plot without feeling forced. Fortin writes about real problems of real people, and because of that, it is easy to recognize ourselves in her characters, both main and secondary. They are well-developed and believable, as well as likable regardless of their human imperfections. I very much recommend Rising Above to anyone who enjoys their romances spiced with some family drama and some interesting and well-researched facts about climate change consequences.