Where the sea breeze is fresh, sun sparkles on sand . . . and trouble appears with the force of a hurricane.
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?
I love a good mystery tied in with a good romance, and this book has both. Colleen Coble does a great job of keeping you guessing about who's in cahoots right up until the end. The book was easy to read and the story line kept me engaged and wanting to read more.
Libby is cute, lovable and easy to relate to in her struggle to please God and to please others. At times I felt like she should have been a little bit more worried about her kidnapped friend, but for the most part, she was a well-written character.
I love the description of Hope Island and all the residents there. It makes me want to vacation there but to not tell anyone about it - to keep it my little secret hideaway.
Overall Colleen Coble delivers up another great read.
I give this book 5 out of 5 stars.
I was given a complementary Kindle version of this book while participating in the Booksneeze program. All opinions are my own.