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A Well-Written Read with Engaging Characters August 24, 2012
"He died a month ago, Libby. And he left you some valuable land...."
Inheriting a multi-million dollar property from the father she thought was dead, Libby Holladay finds herself on Hope Island with a family she didn't know she had and her friend's mysterious kidnapping looming in the forefront of her mind.
But even though she has a solid alibi, the officials on Hope Island easily pin her friend Nicole's kidnapping―and possibly murder―on her. Determined to find her friend and clear her name, Libby, with the help of a neighborly Coast Guard, begins to piece together the clues to Nicole's disappearance.
Can Libby find Nicole before it's to late? Will she be able to mend the relationship with her half-siblings? Journey to Tidewater Inn, where mystery is only the beginning.
To start off, I love the name Tidewater Inn and the cover is gorgeous. Behind the cover, the suspense, the mystery, and romance will have you cheering most of the way. The dialogue was fun and Coble's descriptions and metaphors were amazingly beautiful. I found myself liking even the worst characters. I especially loved Libby and how she handled her dad being alive, yet dead, and how she tried to become a part of her father's family without being to pushy. If I hadn't known what was really going on, I would have thought that Libby had murdered her friend after hearing the officers' reasons for pinning it all on her.
Which leads me to some reasons on why I disliked this read. I think that readers should be left in the dark. They shouldn't have the God-eye and be able to see what's going on behind the scenes. It's more suspenseful, more enjoyable, and definitely more captivating. In Tidewater Inn, you were able to see what was happening with Nicole and the people that had harmed her, which made the Tidewater Inn predictable. There was a little too much romance for my taste. Libby seemed to fall in love with the leading man to easily, and sometimes their love felt superficial. Also, I didn't agree with the author's viewpoints on God. Definitely not one of my favorite books by Colleen Coble.
The message of the book is greed versus generosity, which really inspired me in many ways. God doesn't give us money so we can lavish it on ourselves all the time (true, he does want us to have an abundant and amazing life), but He blesses us so we can be a blessing to others.
I recommend this book to someone who likes a well-written romance and engaging characters.
"Get out of there. Go to your car!" Libby gasped. "Please, Nicole, run!"
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Review by McKenzie
Tidewater Inn - A Hope Beach Novel August 21, 2012
Libby has a passion for historical restoration. Her partner is onsite of a potential restoration on Hope Island. Libby is two hours away from Hope Island as she is talking to her partner Nicole. Nicole is not only her partner she is her best friend since childhood. Nicole tells her that Libby has inherited the Tidewater Inn on Hope Island from her deceased father whom she thought had died when she was five years old, but come to find out he just passed away recently. Not only that she has a half-sister and half-brother. This was unreal for Libby to imagine. Then withing minutes of talking to Nicole she witnesses on a webcam her friend being kidnapped.
Could things get anymore complicated for Libby. She heads for Hope Island as soon as she reports to the police of her friends kidnapping. When she finally arrives at the island she talks to the local police, then as she is making her way to Tidewater Inn she meets a handsome Coast Guard Lieutenant. She finds herself very attracted to him. But she has too many things to deal with besides an attraction to a man.
As the investigation in her friends kidnapping get's under way she becomes a suspect. This woman has so much on her plate I don't know how she keeps her sanity. She has the best help anyone could hope for and that is faith and trust in God to give her strength. Even though her new siblings do not trust her or care to have anything to do with her, there are others that do care and she can depend on them to believe in her and to pray for her and her missing friend.
She falls in love with Tidewater Inn and sees so much potential in her new home if she only had the money to complete a restoration on the place. But as it stands she might have to put it up for sale.
This author has always been able to pull me into her books. She has done so in this book also. This book is suspenseful, heart wrenching, inspirational and romantic. Although I did think it was a little unbelievable about the circumstances of her friend Nicole it was still an amazing read.
I highly recommend this book.
I received a copy of this book from Litfuse/Thomas Nelson for review. I was in no way compensated for this review. It is my own opinion.
Review by Patricia
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.
|Series||The Hope Beach Series|
|Publication Date||July 17, 2012|