I loved that this book immediately drew me in. It immediately piques the readers interest with heart pounding suspense. I was completely immersed in the plot which contained storm-invoking drama and action that held my attention until the very last word.
I thought that the messages Colleen wanted readers to capture such as forgiveness and redemption were clear and well spaced, without being over powering. Libby's spiritual journey was touching as well.
As I read a book, the character's traits is something that I try to pay close attention to. Libby, Alec and the peripheral characters were all believable and relatable. My favorite moment of the book was when Libby began to contemplate, "WWJD?" What Would Jesus Do? in areas of her life. Like every human, Libby failed, but she mentally acknowledged her failures and confessed them to the pages of a notebook.
The plot, characters and cover were all great, but the book held one or shortcoming. As I read, I couldn't find a reasonable explanation as to why Nicole, Libby's business partner, was kidnapped. I really don't like untied strings in a book and that flaw deducts from my experience. I almost didn't notice it until I finished the book because the spiritual journeys captured my attention. Also, the language used in the romance parts was a bit outdated.
If your looking for a book with emotion, suspense and a dash of historical element or just a good, ol' fashion love story, don't hesitate to read Tidewater Inn. It will keep your interest high. I'd rate this book 4 out of 5 stars.
Libby Holladay and her partner Nicole Ingram work together at a business called Holladay Renovations. They work to convince owners to dramatically increase the value of their historic properties by entrusting them to Libby's expertise.
When Libby receives a phone call from Nicole telling her that her father, Ray Mitchell has left her some prime real estate worth millions in his will. In fact the entire west side of the island and the Tidewater Inn now belongs to her. The Tidewater Inn is only accessible by boat and it's right along the ocean. More than thrilled to get the chance to see the possibilities, Libby asks Nicole to set her up via a webcam to see the property she's about to inherit but Nicole also tells her that she has a half brother, Brent and half sister, Vanessa they she never knew about until today. Thinking she had no remaining family left, Libby is thrilled with the idea she might get a chance to know her brother and sister. In fact Nicole tells Libby that she will get Vanessa on the webcam when they meet at the lighthouse ruins where Vanessa is scheduled to show her around. Then she can see her before they actually met.
However when Libby pulls up the web cam link on her laptop she see's Nicole confronted by two men who inject her with a needle, and attempt to carry her off. As Libby attempts to call 911, she tries to record the video link but it goes dark before she can save anything. Using all her computer skills, she accidentally deletes the link from the computer. Now she has no proof to show the police. What will happen to Nicole and just why were these men after her? As she races to the Outer Banks to find Nicole, the mystery is about to intensify!
In the latest novel by Colleen Coble, Tidewater Inn is the first in the Hope Beach series, and immediately engages the readers adrenaline in this heart pounding suspense novel with a twist of intrigue and romance. When Libby arrives in the Outer Banks she is the first the police suspect in Nicole's disappearance and while they launch an investigation to prove her guilt, Libby has to launch her own search to find Nicole before she winds up dead. She enlists the help of Alec Bourne, Chief Petty Officer for the Coast Guard in her search along with trying to deal with her new found family who aren't please to learn that they are sharing their inheritance with a sister they never knew. This book is guaranteed to keep your interest at an all time high as the suspense grows as the tidewaters continue to rise!
I received Tidewater Inn by Colleen Coble compliments of Litfuse Publicity for my honest review and have to say there hasn't been one book that I've read by Colleen Coble that wasn't a winner in my opinion. This is a great series I can see developing because the cast of characters from Libby's new found family, to her warm and loving Aunt Pearl are guaranteed to make you want to keep coming back for more. I rate this one a 5 out of 5 stars and was up in the wee hours of the morning because I started reading it so late, I thought I would be able to put it down, but I couldn't! Sleep deprivation has never felt to good and so worth it too! I highly recommend this one if you love a bit of mystery with some intrigue, suspense and romance with the ocean as your backdrop!
The intrigue of a historical novel in an modern se
August 10, 2012
Tidewater Inn is honestly one of the best novels I have read in a long time! It has all the fascination and intrigue of a historical novel tied hand in hand with a modern day mystery.
Meet Libby Holladay, proud owner of Holladay Restorations, where she works to remodel and restore old homes and buildings. Working to save historical sites with her business partner, Nicole fills up most of Libby's life, but things take a complete turn when she finds out her father whom she believed died when she was five, died only a few months before, leaving her a multi-million dollar inheritance. The surprises keep coming as she finds herself the sole owner of an enormous inn, and discovers she has a half-brother and half-sister she had never been told about.
But that's just all within the first chapter. The story line really picks up when Nicole is suddenly kidnapped as Libby watches from a webcam. No sooner than she is able to rush out to Hope Island, she finds herself listed as the top suspect. Determined to believe that Nicole is still alive when all others give up hope, the search turns out to be much longer and complicated, especially when she is nearly drowned by a strange man in black while taking her evening swim.
Libby finds herself falling hard for Alec, the young Captain of the Coast Guard, but she suddenly finds out his interest may have always been fake. Will they be able to find Nicole before its too late, and what does Blackbeard have to do with the abandoned lighthouse?
This is the first novel in the Hope Beach series, which will be continued in Rosemary Cottage July 2013.
Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from a publicity agency. However, I was not required to write a positive review. The thoughts listed above are entirely my own.
I'm always impressed when authors can pull off writing in several genres and keep my interest in all of them! From contemporary romance to historical fiction to intriguing suspense, I've enjoyed everything I've read by Colleen Coble so far!
Within the first pages of Tidewater Inn, Coble packs a powerful punch with a kidnapping and the surprise that Libby's father (thought to be dead for 20+ years) only recently died. Throw in the fact that the police and townspeople are convinced that Libby isn't as innocent as she seems, and I knew I was in for a treat! The quick pace and writing style were right up my alley. And the cast of characters was diverse enough to keep me wondering who would come out of the woodwork next! I loved the setting of Hope Beach and told my husband that we needed to find a little island like it for our next vacation! A few times I felt like the story jumped a little, but it was never enough to pull me out of the book. I also was really confused at how quickly some of the relationships/friendships developed.
Overall, though, the book was wonderful. The suspense was intriguing and I was completely surprised by the ending. I also loved the romance that developed between Libby and Alec. And Aunt Pearl was the perfect addition to the story! The faith elements were strong without being preachy, and I really liked how the changes in several characters took place. I'm definitely looking forward to the next in this series. [4 stars]
I received a free copy of this book from Litfuse Publicity and Thomas Nelson in exchange for my fair and honest review.
Beautiful beach, fear, distrust, kidnapping, greed
August 8, 2012
Age: Over 65
About the book: 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.
My thoughts: Although Colleen Coble is an established writer with an assortment of books to her credit, Tidewater Inn is the first book by her that I recall reading. Friends, I don't think it will be the last one, though. When given the opportunity to review Tidewater Inn, I thought, "Now this should be interesting to see how she treats my beloved North Carolina shore line and its people." You see, I'm a North Carolina native and was raised in Wilmington which is the southernmost tip of the state whereas the Outer Banks is the upper shoreline of our ragged coastline. So I wasn't reading it as one who has never seen the ocean roil or the wind guest. Nor seen the gulls at play along the sand dunes and foaming waters of the Atlantic. No, I'd played in that surf and swam in the calm inland waters as well as the mighty ocean swells. So what did I find that Ms. Coble had to say and how she positioned her characters?
I had trouble "finding" Hope Island, but we do give writers a bit of license with some details. I could "see" the island because there is much off the coast of North Carolina in the way of broken shore lines and bits and pieces of land. Her description of the ocean and the troubles of a category 1 hurricane hitting at high tide are "right on."
But the story is not just about the shores of North Carolina, it is a story of people. Of danger. Of greed. Of kindness and of anger. Of discovery and of secrets. Of faith and reconciliation. It is a gentle love story. It is a story of triumph over evil and deception.
Our main characters are Libby and Alex. Libby is a historical architect looking at property on Hope Island with her business partner Nicole. Alex is a Hope island resident fisherman and Coast Guard officer.
The story opens with Libby preparing for her trip to Hope Island when her world is shattered as her business partner and friend, Nicole is kidnapped in view of a cam camera and Libby just happens to see it via her computer. From that point on, the story runs. So hold your breath, sit tight, and get ready for a twisting, turning, tantalizing story that will keep you guessing who, what, and when until the very end.
DISCLOSURE: I was provided a complimentary copy of Tidewater Inn by Litfuse Publicity Group on behalf of Thomas Nelson Publishers and the author, Colleen Coble in exchange for a review expressing my honest opinion. All opinions expressed are my own and no requirement for a positive review was required.