Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Date of Publication: July 2012
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 the first book I have read by this author. I wasn't sure what to expect when I started the book. I was pleasantly surprised at how easily I was sucked into the story. There is a little something for everyone in here. The suspense of who took Nicole and how they would find her kept me on the edge of my seat. I had to know who was behind it all. My only complaint was that I thought the authorities and people in the town weren't very proactive in looking for Nicole. I would have expected more searching for her.
Tidewater Inn is not just a mystery, it is the story of a woman who gets a second chance at finding a family and a home. Finding out that she has siblings she never knew about throws Libby for a loop, but she is determined to find out her parents' secrets and get to know her siblings. It was heartbreaking that Vanessa and Brent stayed so cold to her for so long. There is also a very subtle yet sweet romance in the book. Alec is the man who captures Libby's heart. I liked the two of them together.
The peripheral characters in the book are wonderful and really add to the story overall. It looks like this is the first in a series. I look forward to reading more about this small island!
About the author:
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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