Shadows on the Sand    -     By: Gayle Roper
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Multnomah Books / 2011 / Paperback

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Carrie's seaside cafe is populated with a motley crew of locals---but she only has eyes for widower Greg Barnes. Unfortunately, he keeps himself at a distance---until one of Carrie's employees is murdered and another disappears. Now Carrie and Greg are united in a race against time. Can they avert another tragedy? 320 pages, softcover from Multnomah.

Product Information

Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Multnomah Books
Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1601420846
ISBN-13: 9781601420848

Publisher's Description

She serves him breakfast at her café every morning … but he never seems to notice her.
Carrie Carter’s small café in Seaside, New Jersey, is populated with a motley crew of locals … although Carrie only has eyes for Greg Barnes. He’s recovering from a vicious crime that three years ago took the lives of his wife and children—and from the year he tried to drink his reality away. While her heart does a happy Snoopy dance at the sight of him, he never seems to notice her.
When Carrie’s dishwasher is killed and her young waitress disappears, Greg finds himself drawn into helping Carrie solve the mysteries … and into her life. But when Carrie’s own painful past becomes all to present, her carefully constructed world begins to sink.
Will the fragile relationship she’s building with Greg implode from the weight of the baggage they both carry?

Author Bio

GAYLE ROPER, a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America, is the multiaward-winning, best-selling author of Fatal Deduction and more than forty other books. She teaches and leads mentoring clinics at writers conferences across the country. Gayle lives in eastern Pennsylvania.

Publisher's Weekly

Prolific fiction author Roper begins a new adult fiction series. In the sleepy little New Jersey town of Seaside, lots of dangerous undercurrents are swelling among its inhabitants. Carrie Carter, a single, 30-ish victim of childhood abuse, runs a cafe with her younger sister, Lindsay. Carrie also does a mental "happy dance" in her head every time widower Greg Barnes comes in for breakfast. Barnes, a former police officer, is tending his own emotional wounds, trying to get past the guilt of not being able to save his wife and children from a violent death. When Carrie's dishwasher is killed and her waitress disappears, Carrie and Greg begin to put their heads (and hearts) together in earnest to solve the mystery. Working alongside each other, the couple work hard to face their individual pasts with grace and grit, creating a satisfactory story line with enough emotional charge to keep readers' attention. (July) Copyright 2011 Reed Business Information.

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Shadows on the Sand

"Gayle Roper’s mysteries get deeper and develop more tangled threads with each book. The characters and setting are so real I wanted to run out and help them. Happily ever after was in serious doubt. Very well done."
—Lauraine Snelling, author of the Daughters of Blessing Series and the Red River of the North Series

"There’s nothing quite like a long-awaited vacation, especially when it’s served up with a Gayle Roper novel. Shadows on the Sand, a tale of faith, forgiveness, and fresh starts all wrapped in a captivating mystery, was just what I needed to return to the real world refreshed and inspired."
—Tamara Leigh, author of Nowhere, Carolina and Restless in Carolina

"With vivid, realistic characters and a tightly woven plot, Shadows on the Sand is a novel I couldn’t put down. The emotional ride stayed with me long after the last page. Highly recommend!"
—Robin Caroll, author of In the Shadow of Evil

"Shadows on the Sand is a rare mix of love story, spiritual warfare, and crime drama all rolled into one fabulous tale. Gayle Roper has once again created fascinating characters and a rich story that kept me up well into the night."
—Mark Mynheir, homicide detective and author of The Corruptible

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  1. Mobile, AL
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    One of the BEST Novels I Have Ever Read!
    January 30, 2012
    Anna Wood
    Mobile, AL
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Shadows on the Sand: A Seaside Mystery - eBook.
    Gayle Roper has given us a story that explores the depths to which evil men can fall while also pointing out the redemption that is available through Christ alone. Through the pages of one of the very best novels I have ever read, Gayle points her readers to a great and mighty God as she takes her characters through the depths of devastating circumstances, grief, despair, bitterness and, ultimately, the joys of forgiveness and wholeness in Christ.

    Shadows on the Sand is excellent on every level. The story line is well developed and moves along at a crisp pace, the characters are real and have depth causing the reader to care about them and the writing is as near to flawless as a writer can come. From the very first page, Gayle ropes her readers and pulls them in. She then takes them on a whirlwind of tightly woven events that bring into focus one thing: God's glory.

    If you only read one novel in Christian fiction this year, let it be this one. You won't be disappointed.

    DISCLAIMER: I was provided with a free kindle book by Blogging for Books for purposes of review. I was not required to give a positive review, only a fair and honest one.
  2. Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    An engaging story of faith, with great characters
    December 28, 2011
    Teddy G
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Love, suspense, secret pasts, real faith versus falsified faith, Shadows on the Sand has it all. Sisters Carrie and Lindsay have run away from their past and made a decent life for themselves in the small tourist town of Seaside. Carrie is just beginning to see signs of returned interest from Greg, a former cop slowly returning to life after living through an unspeakable tragedy. Andi is a teenager working with Carrie, having also run away from a life that she refuses to speak about. Together the characters work together to forge healing relationships and strengthen each others' faith.

    I really enjoyed this book. What I loved most was that the main characters were already Christians who were struggling with very real issues. There was no "aha!" moment, there were just people showing their faith through their lives and struggles. They stretched each other to let go of their pasts and trust God for their futures.

    The storyline of the murders and the man behind them was a bit dark for my tastes, but it didn't go as far as I feared, and so it didn't ruin the book for me. The love story was sweet, although perhaps a bit abrupt from the "I've barely noticed you," to the "I've fallen for you" phase. There was still some uncertainty, and they both had to resolve some things in their past to make the relationship work. I liked that they were honest with each other, and that they worked at understanding each other.

    Overall, I give this book 4 stars. It had enjoyable characters and a sense of real faith; I would recommend it to fiction fans!

    I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.
  3. Ontario, Canada
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    It Has It All
    December 10, 2011
    Steph Blogging for Books
    Ontario, Canada
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Each day for the last little while, I looked forward to the time I'd set aside to read Shadows on the Sand by Gayle Roper. Today I read nine chapters instead of the five I'd planned on. As with most books, the action speeds up toward the end. It became more and more difficult to close the file. And now I'm done.

    Action. Suspense. Drama. Romance. It may sound cliche, but Shadows... really does have it all. Several chapters end with dramatic cliffhangers that compelled me to read "just one more chapter."

    I very much enjoyed how the author reveals the characters' backstories. It isn't easy, but Ms. Roper does so in a natural way. Plus, she doesn't reveal information unnecessary to the story. Kudos!

    And speaking of natural...The characters are real, three-dimensional people. Their struggles, joys, victories, and defeats go beyond believable. They make them people readers can relate to.

    The situations could happen in real life, and in fact, they do - some pleasant, others definitely not. Compelling me to read about realistic situations I would prefer not to think about is one mark of good writing. I don't want to read about this. It's too scary, too possible. But I can't not read further. I knew that would be the case when the topic of a cult and it's clever, manipulative leader was introduced.

    There are a few problem areas that stood out to me. Some of the vocabulary in the first few chapters seems out of place. I'm all for looking up words I don't know, but not those in a novel I'd take to the beach to read on a lazy summer day. While the author uses only one point of view in each chapter, the bouncing around was a little distracting, as was the fact that only when she is in the female protagonist's head does Ms. Roper use first person. Finally, some of the similes seem unnatural. I doubt they would go through the POV character's mind.

    While, in many ways, the book ends as I would expect, not everything is wrapped up nice and neat with a bow on top. Life doesn't happen that way, and neither does this novel.

    I would definitely recommend this book to friends and would give it three-and-a-half stars out of five.

    I received a free copy of Shadows on the Sand from Blogging for Books in exchange for this review. I love free books - even electronic ones.
  4. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    November 28, 2011
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Shadows on the Sand

    Finally!! I have been able to take a little "me" time to finish a book! I am so glad that I chose to finish this book. It is a great book and so easy to read and just get lost in the story. Shadows on the Sand is a murder mystry and a romance all wrapped up in one. How could it get better than that?!

    Carrie is the owner of a cafe and she has a secret crush on one of her customers. The only downfall, she doesn't think that he feels the same. As the story unfolds, we learn about each of the characters dark pasts and the choices they made may just come back to haunt them. The author of this book did a great job of portraying what it means to call scripture to mind in various circumstances. Her charachters also displayed what it means to have a conversation with God. Instead of taking ten minutes of their day to pray for everything they think about, they offer up short little prayers throughout the day. A great example of what our daily lives should look like.

    This book was so much fun to read, and the twists and turns keep you wondering exactly what is going to happen up until the last few pages. I would recommend this if you have some free time and are wondering how to fill it up.

    I received this book for free from Waterbrook Multnomah for this review.
  5. Wanham, Alberta
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    a good romantic suspense story
    November 15, 2011
    Wanham, Alberta
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5

    Gayle Roper has a history of writing novels that in my opinion involve the reader from the first sentence of the book to The End. And Shadows on the Sand is no exception.

    Once again Gayle uses the first person point of view for the main character, Carrie in a remarkable way that made me feel i was in the picture, watching and flinching with her as her waitress used her hands to tell the story. The other characters stories are told in third person, except for the villain whose story is also told in first person point of view, but always in italics. This makes it easy for the reader to differentiate between characters. Gayle does a great job of dealing with all manner of issues in a profound way.

    It seems Gayle is not afraid to tackle stories that might not be politically correct. In this novel, she deals directly with the issue of cults and how they differ from biblical truths. adultery, dysfunctional families, runaways and forgiveness, all in the perfectly 'real' setting of life.

    All this, and the story of salvation clearly explained without sounding preachy and in-your-face.

    She has a lot of characters, and at one point i was a little confused about who the one was, and what relationship he had to some others in the story. Very well told, and definitely enough suspense to keep you turning pages rapidly!

    i am well able to recommend this novel to anyone who loves a good romantic suspense. Although it is part of the Seaside Mysteries, it is totally able to stand on its own.
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