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Monday, January 28, 2013

Review: Tidewater Inn by Colleen Coble

Tidewater Inn by Colleen Coble
Hope Beach: Book One
Thomas Nelson / 2012
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About the book:

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.

My rating:
My thoughts:

I've read a lot of Colleen Coble's books and she is a favorite author of mine. Although Tidewater Inn isn't my favorite of hers (that would be Abomination), I did still like it and found it to be an enjoyable read.

Something I particularly loved was how Bree, her family, and search & rescue dog, Samson, showed up in Tidewater Inn and played an important role in the story! I'm so glad Colleen brought back these characters and I hope they will be in some of her future novels as well.

I didn't care for how the story seemed to repeat things often and, at times, seemed inconsistent. I liked the characters and my favorite was probably Alec or Libby (I'm excluding Bree and her family because, of course, they are favorites).

There were quite a few times I was surprised by things in Tidewater Inn - which I really liked.

Overall, I enjoyed Tidewater Inn and look forward to reading book two in the Hope Beach series when it releases. If you enjoy mystery novels with some sweet romance, then I think you might enjoy Tidewater Inn as well. Good read!

*I received a complimentary eBook copy of the book for my review. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.*


  1. Wow, I said almost the same thing - it was not my favorite one by her.

  2. Alec was an interesting character. I wasn't sure how I felt about Libby ar first.

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    1. He was an interesting character. :) Libby grew on me and I liked how she wanted to "Do What Jesus Would Do".

  3. Thank you for your honest review of "Tidewater Inn". I had just about given up on Christian fiction book reviewing blogs. Too, too many 5 star reviews on books I have read and knew were NOT 5 stars. Colleen Coble has been one of my favorite authors for years, but "Tidewater Inn" and a couple other of her more recent books have disappointed me. When a storyline has, in my opinion, one or more major, unbelievable incidences it kills the story for me. I personally place the blame on editing. Especially when it is an author who has had some great books in the past. With good editing "Tidewater Inn" could have been a very good book. Sadly, I feel good editing has been lacking in many of the Christian fiction books I have read in the last 2 - 3 years.

    1. I've noticed that too. While I can understand everyone having different tastes and likes, I've read some books that I didn't like at all, and yet I've seen some people give them 5 stars. Sometimes I wonder if that is really their opinion or not and if we've read the same book. LOL!

      I agree! Tidewater Inn could have been much better if some things would have been different. I forgot to mention this in my review, but something about the ending seemed a little rushed to me... don't know what exactly, just something.

      Thanks for commenting!


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