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?
If you like mysteries, you’ll like this book. If you enjoy romance, you’ll like this book. If you enjoy family drama and reconciliation, you’ll like this book. Me? I loved this book.
Libby has a lot thrown at her in a short amount of time: an inherited property from an absentee father, complete with new relatives including a sister and a brother who were counting on their inheritance; her best friend and business partner kidnapped before her eyes, which places her under suspicion when in her efforts to save the video of the abduction, it is erased instead; an attraction to the Coast Guard lieutenant who always seem to be in the right place at the right time, just when she needs help; and of course, the inn that she inherited, which, as a professional restoration expert, she knows is going to completely break her piggy bank unless she can unload it.
While there are a lot of things going on all at the same time, it’s not distracting, and none of the sub-plots detract from the overall story. As a rule, multiple story-lines with multiple characters (even with the benefit of a character tree) are not ones I can get into, because it’s too much effort to try to keep up with it all. This author, however, has masterfully woven all the characters and sub plots into a completely cohesive story, within which each part is critically essential to the overall tale.
I’d give this one more than 5 stars if I could. Bravo!
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