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!
Just to clarify from the beginning, I am not a suspense reader. So why am I reading Colleen Coble? Great question! Because she's so much more than just a suspense writer. She delicately weaves suspense with romance and mystery that makes me forget at times that I am actually sitting on the edge of my seat waiting for the plot to play itself out.
I have come to expect only the best from Coble because all of her other books are such great reads. I knew from the beginning and even from the cover that I was going to like this book. The cover was eye-catching and captures the intrigue that the readers experience when they are reading her books.
The first book in the Hope Beach series, it takes place at Tidewater Inn where your only entrance onto the island and your only exit is by boat. Libby Holladay suddenly finds her friend missing and watches on webcam as her friend is enduring a needle and an attempt at kidnapping. Why would these men want Nicole and would Libby want Tidewater Inn after all of this?
I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity in exchange for my honest opinion.
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.