Historic preservationist Libby Holladay ironically knows nothing about her own history. That is, until her friend uncovers information on a remote island in the Outer Banks---and then disappears! With the help of Coast Guard captain Kirk, can Libby find Nicole and unearth clues about her extended family before it's too late?
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Review 1 for Tidewater Inn - eBook
Date:September 23, 2013
The book was good but did feel a little rushed at the end, like there were only so many words left and it had to be cut short. I also read the next book and felt like I was missing pieces or more connection to the stories. I did enjoy reading both books.
Libby Holladay is a historic preservationist with no idea of her own roots. When her business partner, Nicole, uncovers some information regarding an inheritance on a remote island, Libby is thrilled to be the owner of a beautiful, old inn. Not only did her father leave her a dream renovation on a private beach, he left behind a family for Libby to get acquainted with.
But things are not as they seem. Libby's half siblings, Vanessa and Brent are not welcoming, and Nicole is kidnapped before she can give tell Libby what she knows. Now Libby is under suspicion for the crime, and things in the past are coming up at the most inopportune times. She has no way to prove her innocence, and time is running out as the evidence mounts against her. Even the helpful Coast Guard lieutenant who is cousin to the sheriff may not be able to help her. Will Libby be able to prove she didn't hurt Nicole? Will anyone be able to find out who did? And will the hurt between her and her father's children every be bridged?
This book was an attention grabber from the first page. I loved the setting, although I will admit it took a little while to enjoy the setting at first. But Bree and Samson won me over, as did the rumors of Blackbeard's treasure. The characters were a fun bunch, especially misguided, grieving Zach. But of course, everything works out in the end. I've learned the hard way to enjoy the happy endings, because some writers seem to not take that into consideration. Coble gives us just the right mixture of suspense mystery, and of course, romance.
This book captivated me from the beginning. It had everything needed to do this: believable characters. beautiful setting, a strong Christian message, antagonists, a mystery to be solved, wonderful outcome. I thoroughly enjoyed it and am eagerly awaiting the next one!
Wow! Great book by Colleen Coble. Looking forward to the next book in the series. I liked she brought in Bree and Samson into the story. It was perfect for the story line. I worked crime scenes and this story had me guessing. Well done and hard to put down especially after Nicole was kidnapped. You read this and can smell the sea and feel the breeze.
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Review 6 for Tidewater Inn - eBook
Date:February 1, 2013
Always great to have a little mystery and a strong heroine!
Colleen Coble has done it again with another series similar to her Rock Harbor series. Once I started reading Tidewater Inn, I hated to put it down. Just enough intrigue and romance. Can't wait for the next book in the series.
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?
Tidewater Inn Colleen Coble Publisher Summary: Welcome to Hope Beach! 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 new found 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? Review: I loved the characters in this book. Libby was great a person who had a mysterious past that even she did not know of. The love and kindness she showed her siblings even though they tried and tested her all the way was a great show of Christ's love without being preachy. I found the mystery of Nicole's kidnapping and the murder attempt on Libby to be just enough of a who done it to compliment the learning about this parent she never know and how all these things came to be. The shady land developer and his front man, new found siblings that hated her and all the people in the town were well placed to the point that I never was able to guess who was behind everything. That was the very best part I never figured out who was behind it. I had ideas and suspicions and yet they were wrong. Well played Ms. Coble. Thanks for this fantastic read. I love tales of finding out that the life you thought you knew was not quite accurate it makes for a great what if. I would like to thank Net Galley and Thomas Nelson for allowing me to read and review this book in return for a free copy and I was never asked to write a favorable review by anyone.
It often takes up to 50 pages for a book to capture my attention and draw me into the story. This one did it in the first chapter. It was hard to put down when it was time for me to get some sleep. Great book!
Without sustaining evidence, Libby is a prime suspect in the disappearance of her friend and business partner, Nicole. They restore old historic homes and have come to the Outer Banks for a project when Nicole is snatched away. Libby also learns, to her amazement that her father, whom she had thought dead, just passed away recently, leaving her a beautiful old hotel. There is much under the surface and the path of discovery leads Libby down a dangerous but informative path.
Wonderful characters, vivid and enchanting story telling will keep the pages turning.
I recently read Tidewater Inn by Colleen Coble. I've been wanting to read one of Coble's books for a long time, so when I logged onto Booksneeze and saw that Tidewater Inn was one of my review options, I jumped on it.
This book is about Libby who finds out that her father, who she thought was dead for years, has just died and left her a historic inn in Hope Beach, a small town on the outer banks. On top of trying to connect with a family she never knew she had, Libby must also search for her business partner who has been kidnapped in the area.
I thought this book was enjoyable. The characters were likable, and even though it seemed to start out slow, the mystery aspect that became apparent in the second half of the book kept me reading to the end.
There was a nice little romance thrown in, and Libby struggles throughout the book with how to treat her new siblings, who are acting hostile toward her, in a Christ-like manner.
This was a suspense/mystery book that included lessons to be learned, without being too heavy or serious. I think it would be a great vacation/beach read, and I'm definitely going to check out some of Coble's other books!
Note: I was given this book for free by Booksneeze in exchange for this review. This is my honest opinion of the book.
Libby fell in love with Tidewater Inn the moment she saw it. She dreamed of restoring the run-down inn, her inheritance, to its former beauty, if she only had the funding. So she decides to sell. But until that happens, Libby finds she has a lot to learn about the father she never knew, the siblings she just met, and the island they call home.
As Libby investigate the house that her father left her in his will, she learns more about him than her mother ever told her growing up. Raised to believe that her father died when she was five, Libby is in shock when she hears that he not only died much later in life, but that he never forgot her and talked about her frequently.
This book holds more than your typical family reunion. Mystery, suspense, romance and a long lost legend grab your attention and hold you captive with each turn of the page.
I give this book 5 stars; another great novel by Colleen Coble. I would recommend this book to just about anyone, but especially those who love a gripping story that teaches a lesson in trust and love.
I received this complementary book from Thomas Nelson in exchange for my honest review.
Trouble can be found in the most beautiful places.
When Libby find that she has inherited the pictureque Tidewater Inn from the deceased father she never knew, she is shocked to find that his death is recent. Rather than him having died when she was five like her mother had told her. On Hope Beach Libby meets a whole other part of her family that she never knew existed. But trouble comes bursting forth like a hurricane, will Libby be able to convince those around that she isn't the source?
Another great book from Colleen Coble! I loved how I could read this book quickly, at a fast pace. There was alot going on and definitely some suspense that made me turn the pages even faster! I liked how the characters interacted with each other, very believably. Though there were times when I was like, "Why isn't he doing something by now!"
The characters were well rounded, and I liked how there wasn't only action and suspense, but there was also an emotional side to the drama. Oh, and don't let me forget that there was also a romanic air to the wind :)
Overall, this was another wonderful read from Colleen Coble, so if you have read her books before or you haven't, Tidewater Inn is a satisfying journey that have you turning the pages rapidly!
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!
In this book one of The Hope Beach Series, Colleen Coble once again has created a book that grabs you from the very beginning with excitement and a list of characters that you will love, with a setting you can only dream about.
Libby Holladay, a restorer of historical houses, is in business with her friend, Nicole Ingram. Nicole goes to look at some property on Hope Island they have been hired to restore. While there she accidentally finds out that Libby’s father Ray Holladay has recently died, and left Libby the beautiful Tidewater Inn.
When Nicole tells Libby what’s she’s discovered about Libby’s father, Libby is shocked! Her father died when she was five years old, or at least that’s what her mom told her all of her life. Could her mom have lied to her, yes; she was irresponsible and most of Libby’s life she had to take care of her mom but was she also a liar? While talking to Libby, Nicole is standing in front of a web-cam on Hope Beach, and is kidnapped right in front of Libby’s eyes. Doing the only thing she can she calls 9-11 and tells them what has happened.
When Libby arrives at Hope Beach the next day she goes to the police to see if they have found Nicole, and instead of looking for the men Libby tells them she saw, they accuse her of killing Nicole and dumping her body in the ocean. What is going on? Why would anyone want to kidnap Nicole and why would the police think Libby is guilty?
While Libby is investigating Nicole’s kidnapping she runs into Alec Bourne that is a Captain in the Coast Guard. Alec seems too good to be true especially when he tells Libby he will take some time off from his job to help her search for Nicole. He fails to tell her his cousin the sheriff, asks him to keep an eye on Libby, hoping she will mess up and tell them why she killed Nicole. While spending time with Alec Libby feels her heart opening up to him, but what will happen when she finds out what the Sheriff has asked Alec to do? Will it destroy her faith in him?
The more Libby is on the island, the more she learns about her father, she gets to met family she didn’t know about. She has a sweet aunt that seems to welcome her but when she meets her half-sister and brother they are not happy in the least. Has her Father set her up for a fall by leaving her the Inn? Will she be able to establish a relationship with her brother and sister or are they the ones that are trying to scare her off or even try to kill her?
Colleen surely has written a gripping novel, I was drawn in from the first page when Nicole is kidnapped in front of Libby’s eyes. There are a lot of twists and turns and you will be guessing up until the end who is behind all the mystery and drama. Thank you Colleen, I truly enjoyed it!
I was given an arc by the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.
Colleen Coble in her new book “Tidewater Inn” Book One in the Hope Beach series published by Thomas Nelson takes us into the life of Libby Holladay.
From the back cover: 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” is a thriller in that characters lives are in danger practically from the first page. There is a kidnapping, suspicious new family and land developers who are what they seem. On top of this there is a romance between Libby and Alec a Coast Guard Lieutenant. Ms. Coble knows how to write characters that come alive off the page. This is a fast-paced read that will keep you guessing as to what is really going on. When you add in the themes of trust, in each other and in God, as well as God has the control this story has the force of a rocket blast-off. I recommend this book highly!
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Libby has a passion for historical restoration. Her partner is onsite of a potential restoration on Hope Island. Libby is two hours away from Hope Island as she is talking to her partner Nicole. Nicole is not only her partner she is her best friend since childhood. Nicole tells her that Libby has inherited the Tidewater Inn on Hope Island from her deceased father whom she thought had died when she was five years old, but come to find out he just passed away recently. Not only that she has a half-sister and half-brother. This was unreal for Libby to imagine. Then withing minutes of talking to Nicole she witnesses on a webcam her friend being kidnapped.
Could things get anymore complicated for Libby. She heads for Hope Island as soon as she reports to the police of her friends kidnapping. When she finally arrives at the island she talks to the local police, then asshe is making her way to Tidewater Inn she meets a handsome Coast Guard Lieutenant. She finds herself very attracted to him. But she has too many things to deal with besides an attraction to a man.
As the investigation in her friends kidnapping get's under way she becomes a suspect. This woman has so much on her plate I don't know how she keeps her sanity. She has the best help anyone could hope for and that is faith and trust in God to give her strength. Even though her new siblings do not trust her or care to have anything to do with her, there are others that do care and she can depend on them to believe in her and to pray for her and her missing friend.
She falls in love with Tidewater Inn and sees so much potential in her new home if she only had the money to complete a restoration on the place. But as it stands she might have to put it up for sale.
This author has always been able to pull me into her books. She has done so in this book also. This book is suspenseful, heart wrenching, inspirational and romantic. Although I did think it was a little unbelievable about the circumstances of her friend Nicole it was still an amazing read.
I highly recommend this book.
Disclosure I received a copy of this book from Litfuse/Thomas Nelson for review. I was in no way compensated for this review. It is my own opinion.
You are a witness to the kidnapping of your best friend
Your father who you were told as a child was dead, only recently passed away with a last wish
A cave that holds many secrets
A family you never knew--
What would you do if you witnessed your best friend and business partner kidnapped while watching a beach webcam on your computer from many miles away? How well would you hold up knowing the authorities suspect you? Would you continue to press on to find her? Who would you trust? Who could you befriend? Would you be able to extend mercy and grace to siblings you have only just met, and who doesn’t want to know you?
Colleen Coble has brought Libby, Nicole, Vanessa, Brent, Aunt Pearl, and more to life! The relationships among the characters is well written, believable and... stresses both positive and negative feelings. The emotional ups-and-downs kept me, the reader, involved in the many twists and turns of the plot.
Colleen’s ingenuity in using a simple WWJD necklace to strengthen Libby’s faith, and introduce Jesus Christ’s patience and love to the characters and therefore the reader, as personal Lord and Savior. A wonderful story that I think you will enjoy reading.
I look forward to reading the second book in The Hope Beach series, Rosemary Cottage, available July 2013!