Litfuse Blog tour + My Review: Tidewater Inn by Colleen Coble
|Tidewater Inn (Hope Beach, book 1)|
by Colleen Coble
Thomas Nelson Publishers
Welcome to Hope Beach. A place of intoxicating beauty . . . where trouble hits with the force of a hurricane.
Inheriting a beautiful old hotel on the Outer Banks could be a dream come true for Libby. The inn cries out for her restorer’s talent and love of history. She’s delighted to learn of the family she never knew she had. And the handsome Coast Guard lieutenant she’s met there on the island could definitely be the man of her dreams.
But Libby soon realizes that the only way she can afford the upkeep on the inn is to sell it to developers who are stalking the island. The father who willed her the inn has died before she could meet him, and her newfound brother and sister are convinced she’s there to steal their birthright. Worst of all, her best friend and business partner has been kidnapped before her eyes, and Libby’s under suspicion for the crime.
Libby’s dream come true is becoming a nightmare. Her only option is to find her friend and prove her innocence, or lose everything on the shores of Hope Island.
When one's looking for a romance be it contemporary or historical with just a touch of suspense and mystery Colleen Coble is a must read author. From the first Heartsong Presents novel that I read by Ms. Coble years ago to her latest book, Tidewater Inn, I've been nothing but impressed by her work. As a reader who loves the beach I was so glad to see a story set in the Outer Banks that had all the other elements I love besides a great setting - romance, great characters, architecture and history.
Following Libby Holladay from the moment she receives the shock of her life concerning her deceased father, an unexpected inheritance as well as the violent kidnapping of her best friend and business partner, Nicole, Tidewater Inn is a story of love and family as well as greed and envy. Libby is unsure of what to do about any of the problems that she's faced with and must clear her name of any wrongdoing in the disappearance of her friend all the while trying to figure out just how the handsome Coast Guard lieutenant Alec fits into her new life.
From the first chapter you know you're in for a superbly entertaining story. I have to admit that I thought I had the whole mystery concerning Nicole and her kidnappers figured out so I was somewhat shocked when the real criminal surfaced at the end of the book. I did not see that coming in the least and hopefully you won't either if you decide to read this book. It's a real treat to be surprised in a world of "predictable" suspense. The romantic aspects of the story are pretty predictable but as one who's been reading romance since grade school it takes A LOT to surprise me. Tidewater Inn is definitely a good start to a new series and I'm very much looking forward to reading Rosemary Cottage (Hope Beach, Book 2) in 2013.
~ My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars ~
*I received a complimentary copy of this book for review from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.*
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About the Author:
Best-selling author Colleen Coble's novels have won or finaled in awards ranging from the Best Books of Indiana, ACFW Book of the Year, RWA’s RITA, the Holt Medallion, the Daphne du Maurier, National Readers' Choice, and the Booksellers Best. She has nearly 2 million books in print and writes romantic mysteries because she loves to see justice prevail. Colleen is CEO of American Christian Fiction Writers and is a member of Romance Writers of America. She lives with her husband Dave in Indiana.
Visit her website at www.colleencoble.com
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