In this book one of The Hope Beach Series, Colleen Coble once again has created a book that grabs you from the very beginning with excitement and a list of characters that you will love, with a setting you can only dream about.
Libby Holladay, a restorer of historical houses, is in business with her friend, Nicole Ingram. Nicole goes to look at some property on Hope Island they have been hired to restore. While there she accidentally finds out that Libby's father Ray Holladay has recently died, and left Libby the beautiful Tidewater Inn.
When Nicole tells Libby what's she's discovered about Libby's father, Libby is shocked! Her father died when she was five years old, or at least that's what her mom told her all of her life. Could her mom have lied to her, yes; she was irresponsible and most of Libby's life she had to take care of her mom but was she also a liar? While talking to Libby, Nicole is standing in front of a web-cam on Hope Beach, and is kidnapped right in front of Libby's eyes. Doing the only thing she can she calls 9-11 and tells them what has happened.
When Libby arrives at Hope Beach the next day she goes to the police to see if they have found Nicole, and instead of looking for the men Libby tells them she saw, they accuse her of killing Nicole and dumping her body in the ocean. What is going on? Why would anyone want to kidnap Nicole and why would the police think Libby is guilty?
While Libby is investigating Nicole's kidnapping she runs into Alec Bourne that is a Captain in the Coast Guard. Alec seems too good to be true especially when he tells Libby he will take some time off from his job to help her search for Nicole. He fails to tell her his cousin the sheriff, asks him to keep an eye on Libby, hoping she will mess up and tell them why she killed Nicole. While spending time with Alec Libby feels her heart opening up to him, but what will happen when she finds out what the Sheriff has asked Alec to do? Will it destroy her faith in him?
The more Libby is on the island, the more she learns about her father, she gets to met family she didn't know about. She has a sweet aunt that seems to welcome her but when she meets her half-sister and brother they are not happy in the least. Has her Father set her up for a fall by leaving her the Inn? Will she be able to establish a relationship with her brother and sister or are they the ones that are trying to scare her off or even try to kill her?
Colleen surely has written a gripping novel, I was drawn in from the first page when Nicole is kidnapped in front of Libby's eyes. There are a lot of twists and turns and you will be guessing up until the end who is behind all the mystery and drama. Thank you Colleen, I truly enjoyed it!
I was given an arc by the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.
A Romance Thriller That Will Keep You Flipping Pag
August 22, 2012
Colleen Coble in her new book "Tidewater Inn" Book One in the Hope Beach series published by Thomas Nelson takes us into the life of Libby Holladay.
From the back cover: 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.
"Tidewater Inn" is a thriller in that characters lives are in danger practically from the first page. There is a kidnapping, suspicious new family and land developers who are what they seem. On top of this there is a romance between Libby and Alec a Coast Guard Lieutenant. Ms. Coble knows how to write characters that come alive off the page. This is a fast-paced read that will keep you guessing as to what is really going on. When you add in the themes of trust, in each other and in God, as well as God has the control this story has the force of a rocket blast-off. I recommend this book highly!
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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 asshe 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.
You are a witness to the kidnapping of your best friend
Your father who you were told as a child was dead, only recently passed away with a last wish
A cave that holds many secrets
A family you never knew--
What would you do if you witnessed your best friend and business partner kidnapped while watching a beach webcam on your computer from many miles away? How well would you hold up knowing the authorities suspect you? Would you continue to press on to find her? Who would you trust? Who could you befriend? Would you be able to extend mercy and grace to siblings you have only just met, and who doesn't want to know you?
Colleen Coble has brought Libby, Nicole, Vanessa, Brent, Aunt Pearl, and more to life! The relationships among the characters is well written, believable and... stresses both positive and negative feelings. The emotional ups-and-downs kept me, the reader, involved in the many twists and turns of the plot.
Colleen's ingenuity in using a simple WWJD necklace to strengthen Libby's faith, and introduce Jesus Christ's patience and love to the characters and therefore the reader, as personal Lord and Savior. A wonderful story that I think you will enjoy reading.
I look forward to reading the second book in The Hope Beach series, Rosemary Cottage, available July 2013!