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Tidewater Inn

Title:  Tidewater Inn
Author:  Colleen Coble
Pages:  302
Year:  2012
Publisher:  Thomas Nelson
Note:  I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book.  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.  Other reviews can be read at .  Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988
                Another winning series begins with Tidewater Inn from author Colleen Coble.  There is something in this book for just about everyone…romance, suspense, mystery, history.  The characters are developed in detail and are easily related to.  Their emotions seem genuine and don’t feel put on.
                The story begins with the main character, Libby, finding out that her father, whom she thought had died when she was five years old, just died a month ago.  In his will, he left her an inn on the Outer Banks at a place called Hope Beach.  She also has two step siblings she knows nothing about.  Then, she witnesses her business partner and best friend being kidnapped while watching on a web cam.  Libby is hours away and all she can do is watch as her friend is dragged off by two men after they jab a needle in her arm.  Libby phones 911, and the action keeps rolling from there.  This is all in chapter one!
                Libby arrives in town to find her best friend and also to claim her inheritance.  Her step siblings are very unhappy they aren’t getting the inn.  They are very unwelcoming to Libby.  She also meets Alec, who is in the Coast Guard.  He volunteers to help Libby find her friend.  Their relationship soon grows to be more than friends.  They both are Christians and want to do as the Lord wills.  On top of all this, Libby is trying to decide whether or not to sell the inn and is trying to work through her feelings of rejection from her father and her step siblings.  Libby has always wanted to be a part of a loving family.  Will she ever be part of one?  Can these siblings get past their own feelings of anger, surprise, and hurt?
                Alec loves the small town where he lives and doesn’t want the inn to be sold as the buyer plans to build a resort and bring in a lot of tourists.  Alec also has just taken custody of his teenage nephew whose parents were recently killed in a plane crash.  Alec has a lot on his plate to deal with…his rebellious nephew, his budding relationship with Libby, helping find Libby’s best friend while silently thinking she is already dead.  The town sheriff suspects Libby as the culprit for the kidnapping and murder of her friend.  Alec wonders if she could be guilty.  If not Libby, then who is guilty?  Where is Libby’s friend’s body?  What secrets are people hiding? 
                All-in-all, the writing and plot flow very well and make for a great novel!  I recommend this to add to your “keeper” list.  It is so nice to read about a romance that puts God first.  I can hardly wait for the next novel in the series which comes out next summer.  Get this great story and a comfy spot because once you start reading it, you won’t be able to put it down!
My rating is 4.5 stars.
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