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 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? (Back cover story)
You can always count on Colleen Coble to deliver a well crafted novel with an engaging story line. There is a lot going on in this story from kidnapping, mystery, estranged families, death and, of course, love. I really noticed the creative word choices in her descriptions of different events and appreciated them as I rolled the words over my tongue. I would have liked to have read more about the “handsome coast guard lieutenant” as he is simply described as one and then there isn’t much more reference to his hunky career. I also thought her sister’s acceptance was rather sudden and that her brother’s estrangement was never really resolved. However, these are petty issues that don’t affect much of a reader’s enjoyment of the novel. Over all, this is another GREAT novel by Colleen Coble.