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Just Jennifer, October 30, 2012 (view all comments by Just Jennifer)
This one was pretty good. It had excitement, romance, and mystery. All of which were combined wonderfully to create a compelling story. As the story starts out Libby and her business partner Nicole, are both working, but not in the same area. Nicole is set-up to be the business savvy partner who takes care of the financials and Libby is the creative part of the business. This dynamic is established early on and explains their actions through the rest of the story. Once the story gets going Libby’s creative ��" and somewhat more emotional ��" approach to things really compelled me to keep reading.

I liked Libby a lot. She’s thrust into a horrible situation ��" trying to find her friend while the whole town suspects her of being behind the disappearance. Libby does use logical thought, but for the most part her actions are driven by emotions. As she starts to get an idea of who the people are around her she also uses her building faith to guide her decisions. That was what I liked most about her. She was new in her faith and still unsure of how walking in faith could guide her life. “What Would Jesus Do” becomes almost a mantra for her by the middle of the story. That really made me connect with Libby ��" my faith is also somewhat fresh and I’m still learning how to walk in faith. That and I tend to be very emotionally driven, so I could really relate to Libby. I also liked Alec ��" I got the impression that in a town where everyone depends on everyone else Alec can be a rock for those in the community. He’s compassionate and caring and tries to do what he feels is the right thing.

The story itself was pretty good. There were a few intense moments, but for the most part it was a fairly light read. While faith played a central role in the story there was so much more going on than inner turmoil. I thought I had the mystery pegged from the beginning, but as the story went on I kept second-guessing myself. And while I did have it right to begin with by the time the mystery of why and who took Nicole was revealed I had been on a totally different train of thought. I liked that it wasn’t clear-cut from the word go ��" as Libby uncovered new secrets and tried to prove her innocence I fell in line with her thinking. I liked that I was kept guessing ��" made me want to keep reading.

Overall it was a pretty good book and was very well written. I liked that faith kind of drove the story without overpowering the plot. It showed that even in faith we might make mistakes, but that we just keep going and doing what we think is right.
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Virginia Campbell, July 14, 2012 (view all comments by Virginia Campbell)
Colleen Coble is one of my favorite authors, and I am excited that she has begun a new book series called "Hope Beach". The series is set in the Outer Banks, and the author uses her eye for detail to make the natural beauty of the location as vivid as possible, adding great flavor and texture to the story line. A history lover, restorer, and rescuer of fading architectural gems, Libby Holladay runs her own business, Holladay Renovations. Libby is an archaeological historian who works in historic preservation with her best friend and partner, Nicole Ingram. While on a scouting expedition for a new business project in Hope Beach in the Outer Banks, Nicole discovers that Libby has inherited an old inn, a gift from a father whom Libby though to be long-dead. Nicole also informs Libby that she has a sister and brother from her father's second marriage. Libby plans to join her partner and investigate her unexpected legacy. However, while speaking with Nicole via webcam and making plans to meet, Libby watches in horror as Nicole is drugged and kidnapped. Desperate to find help for her friend, Libby frantically contacts the authorities and heads toward Hope Beach. When she arrives in Hope Beach, Libby meets Coast Guard Chief Alec Bourne, who is part of the team of local authorities searching for Nicole. Alec is also dealing with the sudden responsibility of the care of his nephew, Zach. Alec's older brother, Zach's father, was killed along with his wife in a plane crash, and at first Zach was in the care of his grandparents. When he proved to be more than his grandparents could handle, his uncle Alec became his guardian. As the search for Nicole continues, an attraction grows between Libby and Alec. Libby's newly found brother and sister are not pleased with her inheritance, and other mysteries soon come to light. Throughout the story line are woven the themes of greed, generosity, selfishness, and selflessness. Underlying all of the characters' thoughts and actions is the struggle for personal redemption: live immorally in the moment, or accept true faith and find eternal life. "Tidewater Inn" is a thoughtful, enjoyable romantic suspense read. The second book in the series, "Rosemary Cottage", will once again bring reader to the community of Hope Beach and the shores of the Outer Banks.

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Coble, Colleen
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