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I have always wanted to visit the Outer Banks. It's a place my in-laws love. They make it sound so fun and relaxing. I also love old homes. This book has both of these two things combined. I really enjoyed reading about the Outer Banks and the scenery. I also enjoyed hearing about the lovely old architecture that exits out east but is somewhat lacking here in the PNW.
The characters were extremely engaging and intriguing. However, it feels like there is more to their stories. Like things were rushed a bit and not quite fleshed out like I would have liked. This is Book 1 of a series so I'm hopeful that was just the author leaving room for each person to have their own story. In general, I really liked this book and wanted to like this book but it felt choppy and rushed to me. Not sure why that was. I will be checking out the future books in the series, though, because I want to know these people and this town better. I love series that draw me into a community like that.
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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.
Best-selling author Colleen Coble's novels have won or finaled in awards ranging from the Best Books of Indiana, ACFW Book of the Year, RWA’s RITA, the Holt Medallion, the Daphne du Maurier, National Readers' Choice, and the Booksellers Best. She has nearly 2 million books in print and writes romantic mysteries because she loves to see justice prevail. Colleen is CEO of American Christian Fiction Writers and is a member of Romance Writers of America. She lives with her husband Dave in Indiana.
Visit her website at www.colleencoble.com. Twitter @colleencoble.