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Tidewater Inn (The Hope Beach Series) Paperback – Bargain Price, July 17, 2012

4.4 out of 5 stars 616 customer reviews
Book 1 of 3 in the Hope Beach Series

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Coble's mystery is intriguing and an ideal backdrop for the development of a romance. The plot moves briskly forward, providing an action-packed story along with wonderful development of the characters.
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About the Author

RITA-finalist Colleen Coble is the author of several bestselling romantic suspense novels, including Tidewater Inn, and the Mercy Falls, Lonestar, and Rock Harbor series.


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Product Details

  • Series: The Hope Beach Series (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson; 30752nd edition (July 17, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595547819
  • ASIN: B00B2S4XTI
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (616 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,214,393 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
Tidewater Inn started off great, with a kidnapping in the first chapter! The story had some very intriguing parts: the kidnapping (of course), a long kept secret that changes Libby's life forever (not saying what it is, but it was very surprising J), Hope Island itself (it sounds SO beautiful), and the sparks between Libby and Alec, the Coast Guard lieutenant.

However, almost as soon as Libby got to Hope Island, some parts of the story began to be a bit repetitive. One example of this: Libby would say she would love to keep the inn, but she doesn't know how she could afford the upkeep - I lost count of how many times this was said, but it was a lot! I found this to be very unusual for this author's books - I don't remember her other books doing that, but I did read them quite a long time ago, so maybe they did?

Besides the repetitiveness, the story kept me interested throughout almost the whole book, but the ending was a bit sudden. I am hoping that in the next book, Rosemary Cottage, there will be more about Libby.

To fans of Colleen's Rock Harbor series, I want to let you know that Bree and Samson make an appearance in this novel. I loved being able to reunite with Bree - it has been awhile. I completely enjoyed her parts in the story.

I have to say the cover kind of annoys me. It's beautiful and everything, but I hate when covers don't match the story. In the book, the inn is a Georgian mansion with over 2,000 sq. ft of decks and balconies alone! Yet the cover shows a house that looks very much like a Victorian and doesn't seem anywhere near the size of the house in the story, which sounds huge as it has 15 bedroom suites - if I am remembering correctly.
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Tidewater Inn - Colleen Coble

I was just sitting here and reading Tidewater Inn and thinking that this was different from Colleen's other novels - more a cozy rainy evening read than a romantic suspense, when bam! Out of the blue came the first shot. And no...that's as far as I am going to go with that except to tell you I read this in one day.
I adore Libby and the staunch loyalty she had for her business partner and best friend, Nicole and I loved how she lived out the question "What Would Jesus Do?". Yes, she messed up in living that motto, but she acknowledged it both in her thoughts and in her journal. There were a lot of twists and turns and surprises in the novel, just what I have come to anticipate from Colleen and a satisfying way of tying up the ends. A fairly new Christian, with little teaching from her family from what I could gather, yet willing to learn, ready to listen.
Alec is a strong individual, fisherman by trade, but Coast Guard all the way. He took in his brother's son when his brother and wife were killed in a plane crash, and becomes parent to a teenager, Zach who not only is a teenager, but dealing with anger and grief.
This book is definitely a page-turner suspense novel, and I will recommend it to my friends and aquaintances.

I received this ebook free from Thomas Nelson Publishers through their booksneeze program in exchange for an honest review. A positive one was not required. The thoughts and opinions stated in this review are my own.
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I've enjoyed yet another novel by Colleen Coble! Tidewater Inn was a good beginning to this new series, and I'm looking forward to getting to know the folks at Hope Beach even more in the coming books.

Tidewater Inn brought in a colorful cast of characters--from moody and unreadable Brent to loveable and faithful Libby. It was fun to get to know them all, though I especially loved getting to know Alec--the handsome fella who was interested in Libby. There sweet, little `courtship' during the days of investigation was so...well, sweet!!

I'll admit that there were a few instances where I paused and wondered at the believability of some of the characters actions. I do hate to give away any kind of spoiler, so I'll resist from saying more. This was just the one thing that kind of bothered me.

Even then, Tidewater Inn was an enjoyable read from start to finish. It begins strong--how can a kidnapping not capture the reader's attention??--and pushes on to a strong finish. If you've never had the pleasure of reading a book by Colleen Coble, I encourage you to get out there and try one! She always ensures a delightful read.

I reviewed this book for Thomas Nelson via Litfuse. It was not required that I give a positive review, but solely to express my own thoughts and opinions of this book, which I have done.
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This might have been the worst book I've ever read. I cannot believe the 5 star ratings. I am fine with the religion included in the book, which is why, I'm guessing so many people rated it high. A normal person would not be going about their daily lives if their friend was missing and they SAW them being abducted. They would be telling everyone and calling everyone. They would not be waiting around for sunrise to find a boat. They would not be flirting and discussing everyday things. I could go on and on with Libby. And don't even get me started on what and idiot Zach is. And you don't immediately run screaming to tell everyone that a scuba diver tried to kill you. You just sit on the beach. I don't have time or the energy to go over everything that is wrong with this book but all the plots and decisions are just crazy.
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