Inheriting a beautiful old hotel on the seaward shore of Hope Island 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 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 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 brothers and sisters are convinced she’s there to steal their birthright. Worst of all, her best friend and business partner has been kidnapped before her eyes, Libby’s under suspicion for the crime, and her handsome lieutenant clearly doubts her innocence.
Libby’s dream-come-true is becoming a nightmare. Can she find her friend and establish her innocence? Must she sell Tidewater Inn and lose her family again? Or can she find a home for her heart on the beautiful shores of Hope Island?
My open letter to Colleen Coble:
Dear Ms. Coble,
Please. Do not stop writing. You are an amazing author who creates amazing books. You make me want to visit beaches, ranches, or small towns, just so I can find friends, fall in love, and be in touch with my spiritual side.
If I had all the money in the world, I would buy all of your books for my collection, as well as copies for my reading friends and family members just so they can read your books.
You are a gem!
If you’re like me, you like to read books that are full of romance. But these books aren’t just about romance — they also have intrigue and mystery. Sure, I love a silly, chick-lit book now and then, but I also enjoy my chick-lit books that are a little different from the norm.
Enter Colleen Coble. Her books have everything I want — romance, intrigue, mystery, a bit of spirituality, a bit of innocence. I’ve read three books in her collection and have loved every single one of them. Tidewater Inn was no exception.
When I started reading, I knew I was going to be in for a ride. The book started off nice and light, with Nicole and Libby being two business partners who restore old houses and historical buildings. It could’ve taken off as a light, fluffy read, but instead, Colleen starts it off with a BANG! and the kidnapping of Nicole, who is taken off of a beach by two men as Libby watches on a beach cam.
I loved how the book was such a great blend of the mystery of finding Nicole, the mystery of Libby’s recently-deceased (before then, estranged) father — and her inheritance, as well as a budding romance, and a broken family trying to pick up the pieces. And that’s not even ALL of the mystery or plot. There was so much going on that it was hard not to get hooked. Within the first few pages, I couldn’t put the book down!
The characters were so well written and I enjoyed seeing them all find their way in the book with each other, and in their spirituality. I also really loved the setting of the book — the whole time I was reading, I wanted to be on a beach, in a beautiful inn, feeling the spray of water on my face. It was perfect!
The only thing I didn’t like about this book was [SPOILER ALERT: the lack of Nicole towards the end. I wanted her to stick around a bit more! I was also a little curious about Zach’s character — I know not all kids know right from wrong, but he seemed like the kind of kid who knew more right. END SPOILER]
But, despite my dislikes — which really were few — I still thought this was a fantastic novel. There was plenty of action and twists and turns that it was easy to finish within a day. Though I think it ended way too soon!
If you are a fan of Christian Romance with a hint of mystery, then this would be a book for you. Colleen Coble never seems to disappoint. A great summer read!
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