Wednesday, August 8, 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?
When Libby learns that the father she never knew has left her a historical inn on a small island of North Carolina, she is surprised. As she visits Hope Island, she discovers a brother and sister she never knew about and secrets that present a different view of her father than what she grew up with. As she tries to assimilate this information, she is also pressured by developers to sell her property. Her best friend is missing and she must not only discover if Nicole is still alive, but resist the pressure from developers, pressure that includes stalking and attempted murder.
The Outer Banks of North Carolina hold a special place in my heart. So, any chance I have to read a book that is set in that area, I take it. Tidewater Inn doesn't disappoint. With well developed characters, this is a compelling story and one that was difficult to put down.
Thanks to Litfuse Publicity for the opportunity to review this book. You can learn more about Colleen Coble here. You can purchase your own copy here. You can see other tour stops and reviews here.
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