She serves him breakfast at her café every morning … but he never seems to notice her.
Carrie Carters small café in Seaside, New Jersey, is populated with a motley crew of locals … although Carrie only has eyes for Greg Barnes. Hes recovering from a vicious crime that three years ago took the lives of his wife and childrenand 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 Carries dishwasher is killed and her young waitress disappears, Greg finds himself drawn into helping Carrie solve the mysteries … and into her life. But when Carries own painful past becomes all to present, her carefully constructed world begins to sink.
Will the fragile relationship shes building with Greg implode from the weight of the baggage they both carry?
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.
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.
Praise for Shadows on the Sand
"Gayle Ropers 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
"Theres nothing quite like a long-awaited vacation, especially when its 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 couldnt 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