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Tidewater Inn (Hope Beach, #1) by Colleen Coble

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Inheriting a beautiful old hotel on the seaward shore of Hope Island 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 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 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 brothers and sisters are convinced she's there to steal their birthright. Worst of all, her best friend and business partner has been kidnapped before her eyes, Libby's under suspicion for the crime, and her handsome lieutenant clearly doubts her innocence.
Libby's dream-come-true is becoming a nightmare. Can she find her friend and establish her innocence? Must she sell Tidewater Inn and lose her family again? Or can she find a home for her heart on the beautiful shores of Hope Island?

Goodreads Summary

Libby Holladay has turned her love of history and architecture into a business with her friend Nicole Ingram.  A restoration job on the Outer Banks of North Carolina leads Libby to find that she had a father and has a family that she never knew existed there.  When Nicole is kidnapped from Hope Island, Libby arrives to learn about her father, to meet a brother and sister who resent her presence, and to find herself attracted to a local Coast Guard officer.  The local law is suspicious that Libby is responsible for Nicole’s disappearance. 
This is exciting right from the beginning!  Nicole calls Libby to tell her about finding Libby’s father’s family and the family’s historic hotel on Hope Island.  When two men grab Nicole from a lonely beach, Libby is watching on her laptop.  Libby’s father’s second wife disappeared mysteriously a few years before; a secret drawer in a jewelry box holds some romantic letters from someone other than her husband.  Libby’s inheritance includes an old lighthouse and cave – around which tales of Edward Teach circulate.  Alec and Libby are drawn to one another despite his wariness – wondering if Libby might be responsible for her partner’s kidnapping.  Throughout the story, the kindnesses that her father extended to many of the islanders and his family inspire Libby to let WWJD guide her actions.  Her father’s faith, her own desire to do the right thing, and Alec’s faith lead her to a more prayerful life.  Libby’s love of old architecture and beautiful old wood might make you look more appreciatively at older homes in your town.
When I was recently browsing through a book store, my friend and I saw Tidewater Inn on the shelf.  I didn’t realize how much was going on in this mystery until I enthusiastically gave a summary and recommended it to my friend.

Four Stars

*Reviewed by Colleen*
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  1. Your books sounds interesting. The cover is lovely.

  1. Lili said...:

    This book sounds interesting! The cover is so serene and beautiful. That view is just amazing. I'd definitely be tempted to pull it off of a book shelf!