Wednesday, August 22, 2012

A Writer's Review of “Tidewater Inn" by Colleen Coble

{Dawn's Review}

For only being the third book I've ever read in this genre (I usually read historicals), I liked Colleen Coble's Tidewater Inn better than the other two books put together. I loved the island setting of Hope Beach off the Outer Banks of North Carolina, and I loved the main characters. Coast Guard Lieutenant, Alec Bourne and Libby Holladay, an outsider to the island who has inherited a beachfront property called The Tidewater Inn from her now-deceased, estranged father both pulled me from page to page. I wanted (so much!) to know what was going to happen between them when the details of the mystery came to light. And there were so many other characters that I enjoyed getting to know and hope to see and get to know better in the next books in this series.

I have to admit, I was thrown for a loop concerning the mystery at the end. In a good way. Being a writer, I was constantly thinking up way the plot might go--and not a single one of my own ideas happened to be what the author came up with. So yeah, I was pleased. 

The ending was perfect, with it's surprises, and it's saves, and it's kisses. I look forward to reading more about Alec and Libby and their friends on the island in Rosemary Cottage, the next book in Colleen Coble's new Hope Beach Series. I was given a paperback copy of this book by the publisher in order to read it and give my honest review for this LitFuse Publicity Blog Tour. I give Tidewater Inn 4 stars.        

{More about Tidewater Inn

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 new-found 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. 

{More about Colleen Coble}

Best-selling author Colleen Coble's novels have won or finaled in awards ranging from the Best Books of Indiana, ACFW Book of the Year, RWA’s RITA, the Holt Medallion, the Daphne du Maurier, National Readers' Choice, and the Booksellers Best. She has nearly 2 million books in print and writes romantic mysteries because she loves to see justice prevail. Colleen is CEO of American Christian Fiction Writers and is a member of Romance Writers of America. She lives with her husband Dave in Indiana. Visit her website at Twitter @colleencoble.

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