I have to admit that this was a difficult read for me. I was only aware of Colleen Coble's historical romances, and this was the first time I ever have come in contact with a more contemporary romance from this author. I have to admit that the first portion of this book was rather slow for me. I actually did not think I would like it very much at all.
But as I got into the book more, the author drew me into the story. The mystery became quite intriguing, and I found myself not wanting to put the book down. I cared about the characters, and I wanted to know if everything worked out all right. I found myself often on the edge of my seat.
I began to see the things that I know in love in this author's works. I found romance, history, and a strong faith in God. God is real in this story, and you see His hand at every turn. Bad things happen, but somehow it all works together for good. It either brings people running back to God or else people turn their backs on Him. Everyone has to make the decision about what they must do with God.
I did enjoy the portions that the author inserted concerning the history of this sleepy island. Being a lover of historical fiction, I am so glad to have found this in a contemporary romance. I don't know if I would have enjoyed it as much without this!
This is truly a well-crafted story. Do not let the slow story keep you from pressing on. In the end, all will make sense. You will appreciate every detail the author gives you. And it is, of course, a bonus that there is no profanity or sex scenes! Justice is served, and all is explained in the end. And I bet you won't figure everything out!
If you have a day or two to set aside for a riveting read that will keep you guessing at every turn, this is definitely the book for you. You won't regret picking up this book!
I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.
Libby Holladay is a historic preservationist with no idea of her own roots. When her business partner, Nicole, uncovers some information regarding an inheritance on a remote island, Libby is thrilled to be the owner of a beautiful, old inn. Not only did her father leave her a dream renovation on a private beach, he left behind a family for Libby to get acquainted with.
But things are not as they seem. Libby's half siblings, Vanessa and Brent are not welcoming, and Nicole is kidnapped before she can give tell Libby what she knows. Now Libby is under suspicion for the crime, and things in the past are coming up at the most inopportune times. She has no way to prove her innocence, and time is running out as the evidence mounts against her. Even the helpful Coast Guard lieutenant who is cousin to the sheriff may not be able to help her. Will Libby be able to prove she didn't hurt Nicole? Will anyone be able to find out who did? And will the hurt between her and her father's children every be bridged?
This book was an attention grabber from the first page. I loved the setting, although I will admit it took a little while to enjoy the setting at first. But Bree and Samson won me over, as did the rumors of Blackbeard's treasure. The characters were a fun bunch, especially misguided, grieving Zach. But of course, everything works out in the end. I've learned the hard way to enjoy the happy endings, because some writers seem to not take that into consideration. Coble gives us just the right mixture of suspense mystery, and of course, romance.
This is the first book in a series that takes place on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Through all the twists and turns of this plot,I did not have a clue as to the suspects. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and can't wait to read the second book in the series.
The book was good but did feel a little rushed at the end, like there were only so many words left and it had to be cut short. I also read the next book and felt like I was missing pieces or more connection to the stories. I did enjoy reading both books.