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.
Tidewater Inn took the lead for my so-far favorite fiction read of the year. It’s also my favorite Colleen Coble book, and I don’t toss either term around lightly. It has everything a good summer read should have–a well researched destination called the Outer Banks. Family dysfunction and conflict. Mystery and suspense. Colleen Coble takes one of the hardest struggles for man to overcome–greed, and effortlessly weaves the theme and consequences throughout the book.
I’ve been to the Outer Banks and I’ve read OBX based books that didn’t make me feel like I was there. Tidewater Inn does, right down to incorporating severe weather, what tides can do, and shipwreck history. The ending mystery was a little far-fetched but again, it incorporated Outer Banks history so well, I didn’t care.
I loved Libby from the beginning, and Alec made me swoon. Every girl loves a waterman, right? I also enjoyed the complex relationship they both had with Zach, as well as the conflicted issues surrounding Brent and Vanessa.
Summer is fading fast, so my advice is find a beach and throw Tidewater Inn in your bag. It’s a great read.
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I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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.