Thursday, August 23, 2012

Litfuse Publicity Blog Tour: "Tidewater Inn" by Colleen Coble Book Review

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.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
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.


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.
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