24 July 2012

Diana Flowers Reviews Tidewater Inn by Colleen Coble



4.5 stars~


Seaside Suspense!!


In Tidewater Inn, Colleen Coble has woven a captivating, suspense filled novel that takes place in the Outer Banks on Hope Beach---an island replete with fishing boats, charming houses, salty sea air, and the sound of the waves rolling onto the shore. Libby and her partner, Nicole, restore historical buildings in Virginia Beach, and Nicole finds herself on Hope Beach investigating the idea of restoring the downtown area. When she becomes a victim of a kidnapping, Libby races to the island to search for her friend, enlisting the aid of Alec Bourne, handsome captain of the Coast Guard.

Once there, Libby finds out not only that her deceased father has left her Tidewater Inn, but that she has half-siblings there as well...who are incensed that Libby (whom they previously didn't know even existed), is to inherit the inn. Danger and distrust lurk in every nook and cranny of the island as Libby becomes a prime suspect of Nicole's kidnapping, and someone seeks to drown her in the vast ocean waters.

Is Nicole still alive, and is someone trying to get rid of Libby to obtain Tidewater Inn? Is there any hope of Libby and her siblings ever reconciling?...and does Alec believe Libby had nothing to do with her friend's disappearance. Will Libby decide to sell Tidewater Inn since it would be too expensive to renovate?...and what of her growing feelings for Alec should she decide to do so?

Colleen Coble is simply a master storyteller. Her use of imagery in the seaside setting in this novel immediately drew me in; her storyline kept me there! Full of suspense, romance, compelling and lovable characters, and a spiritual thread throughout---this one will keep you flipping those pages 'til the climactic conclusion! Thank you for the exciting beach vacation I've needed for so long, Colleen Coble! :)


I received a copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for my honest opinion.


Colleen's books can be found on Amazon, CBD and other bookstores.


GIVEAWAY: Leave a comment and your email to be entered in this week's contest. Drawing will be late Saturday, your choice of Colleen's books, choice of format*. Void where prohibited by law. * International winners will only receive the book in ebook format, not as a paperback.

77 comments:

  1. Diana, what a great review!! If I was a writer I would want someone to write this paragraph about me:

    "Colleen Coble is simply a master storyteller. Her use of imagery in the seaside setting in this novel immediately drew me in; her storyline kept me there! Full of suspense, romance, compelling and lovable characters, and a spiritual thread throughout---this one will keep you flipping those pages 'til the climactic conclusion! Thank you for the exciting beach vacation I've needed for so long, Colleen Coble! :)"

    Love that!! :) Since, I'm not a writer, I'm a reader... I'll just keep reading your reviews and Colleen's books. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this one. The cover alone draws me in, your review makes it that much more inviting!

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  2. I love book settings around the seaside!
    DIANA, I agree with Ladette that you have beautifully described Colleen's storytelling!
    All of the review is wonderful--as always!

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  3. Thank you, LADETTE! I am not a writer either, but who knows?...maybe someday. In the meantime, like you I will keep on reading fabulous books and reviewing them!

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  4. I really like the mix of mystery, romance, setting and spiritual issues throughout the book.
    Colleen does write especially powerful and I enjoyed reading your review. That always helps in deciding about reading material. Thanks for the opportunity to enter the drawing.

    spangldlady@gmail.com

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  5. MARIAN, thank you, and Colleen does do a fantastic job of making one feel as though they are right there! I felt like I had gone on a suspense filled vacay!

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  6. DARLENE, this historical fiction lover was mesmerized by the historical feel of this novel, the old inn, the quaint town, etc. I don't even think she could get cell phone reception on the island, which is kinda cool. lol

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  7. I would love to win a book by Colleen.
    Sandi
    slc925@yahoo.com

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  8. SANDI, I just threw your name in the hat! I hope you are blessed to win!

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  9. COLLEEN, I hope you had a wonderful trip, and praying for a safe journey the rest of the way back home!

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  10. Thank you for putting your words in print that take us away!

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  11. You're welcome, MELODY, and thank you for the sweet compliment! LADIES, please remember your emal addies, so we can find you should you win. :) MELODY, I believe we still have yours.

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  12. DIANA you did it again...just when I think I MIGHT get my TBR stack down a little you go and entice me to add to it. But I know I can't go wrong with one of Colleen's books, hers are magnificent!! GREAT JOB on the review!

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  13. Thank you, TERESA! LOL! I loved the suspense in this book, but the setting was just so neat! I mean who doesn't love the beach???

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  14. You did a fabulous with this review!! you painted such a vivid picture of the story... I would so love to read this latest by Colleen Coble... she is an amazing and touching author

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  15. Forgot my email address : mrslippo@hotmail.com

    julie lippo on above comment

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  16. A kidnapping with half-siblings--just the right combination to make for an astonishing novel.

    Please enter me.

    desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

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  17. JEWELS, I try! Thank you! She certainly is an amazing author and I hope you get a chance to read this one.

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  18. Oh, and so much more, LINDA! I had a hard time putting this one down. And who I thought dun it didn't do it. lol!

    ANNE PAYNE prides herself in figuring out who dun its, b/c she reads so many suspense...I bet she misses the mark on this one. LOL!

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  19. Thank you for the entry in your giveaway for Colleen's book. I've enjoyed all of her previous books and would love a chance for this one. Have a blessed day!

    Sandee61

    Muzzley56(at)aol(dot)com

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  20. Definitely want to read this! Please enter me! amada_chavez@yahoo.com

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  21. SANDEE, here's hoping you get a chance to read this one. Gotcha entered!

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  22. AMADA, just threw your name in my cyber hat here! ;) Good luck in the drawing!

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  23. If I had a copy, maybe I could figure it out :) I already have 3 books from NetGalley and hesitate to add another one. BUT, if someone wants to give me one...

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  24. LOL! Only 3 books from N G?--piece of cake. lol! hmmm... Maybe you will win a copy, ANNE. It's a quick read, but I don't think you will figure out who dun it. haha

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  25. Would love to win this one! The setting and the story sound so good. Thanks!

    sunshine6892 at hotmail dot com

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  26. Hi, Miss SUNSHINE CATHY! I hope you get a chance to read this one!

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  27. You have laid down the gauntlet, DIANA! I do love a mystery challenge ;)

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  28. Good luck on this one, Miss PAYNE! It isn't the hero, btw. lol!

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  29. Sounds like a winner--who doesn't love a good seaside mystery?!
    bskaggs(at)zoominternet(dot)net

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  30. I know I sure do, TEDDY! Thanks for stopping by!

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  31. I haven't read any of Colleen Coble's books yet. This sounds like an interesting one to start with.
    Karen
    kmgervais(at)nycap(dot)rr(dot)com

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  33. Oh my, KAREN! I hope random number will help us get one in your hands soon! She has alot of good books out there...40 to be exact! :)

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  34. Sounds like a great read! Since I live in the Carolinas I hope to make it to the Outer Banks one day, but it hasn't happened thus far!

    Patty
    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  35. Love Colleen's books....am sure this is a great one, too. Count me in!
    jackie.smith[at]dishmail[dot]net

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  36. PATTY, I live in SC! Whereabouts in the Carolinas are you?

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  37. JACKIE, I'm so glad you are a fan of Colleen's books. You are definitely counted in the giveaway!!

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  38. I love Colleen's books and would love to be able to win one of hers to keep. Thanks so much for the chance! :)

    frequentreader19 (at) gmail (dot) com
    My blog: Christian Bookshelf Reviews

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  39. Nice to see you, MELANIE! I love her books as well! Good luck!

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  40. Sounds like a fun book - especially after recently being along the coast. Thanks for another giveaway

    jking23(at)kent(dot)edu

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  41. This would have been a great book to read on your trip, JEN! Hoping for a win for you!

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  42. LOVE Colleen Coble, both as an author and as a person -- top drawer all the way!!! And I totally agree, Diana, that Colleen is a "master storyteller." Great review, my friend -- would LOVE to win a Colleen book!!

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  43. Another great review, Diana, of what sounds like an intriguing book. I love the setting, not far from me. Thanks.

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  44. JULIE, what a pleasure to see you! If you win, how do you pick just one? She has written so many! My favorites are this one of course, Anethema was my all time favorite Colleen book, and I loved Cry in the Night! The beautiful snow setting in Michigan was awesomely described all throughout Cry in the Night. Thank you, JULIE!

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  45. Thank you, JANET! Colleen is a master of imagery and I could "see" that beautiful setting in the Outer Banks on Hope Beach perfectly!

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  46. DIANA, it is funny but because of being a member of ACFW for almost six years, and now the MidAtlantic Zone director, I immediately think of COLLEEN as our CEO and such a capable and kind person. A business woman. So that has always been my immediate reaction when I hear her name. So glad to find her books on audio!!!

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  47. Thanks for the review and a chance to win. Love the book cover!

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  48. It seems as though she is so good at everything she does, CARRIE, and such a warm person. I have been reading her books for years and although everyone knows I'm a historical fiction fan, with Colleen's books it never has mattered to me whether they were historical or contemporary. And coming from this history lover that is saying a mouthful! Although.I.am.always.saying.a.mouthful. come to think of it. :)

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  49. KATHY, consider yourself entered in the giveaway! That is a great cover, I agree!

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  50. Hello everyone! thanks for checking in here. it's been a crazy ten days or so and I'm so glad to be home. I had 11 radio interviews this morning but I'm catching my breath now. :)

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  51. COLLEEN, have your ears been burning? We have been talking about you over here all week, but it's all good! 11 radio interviews? How does anyone do that? There's no place like home, and we are glad you are back and had a safe trip!

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  52. GOOD HEAVENS!!! If you or I did 11 interviews we'd be keeled over, right Diana?

    So glad COLLEEN is back safely and she made it through her interviews!

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  53. CARRIE, you are so right. I can't even imagine...I believe three would do me in! Maybe one! lol! But 11?? I need to get off wheat and gluten if it would give me COLLEEN'S energy!

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  54. it was a challenging morning, back to back interviews. :) But I like them. So I was fine with it!

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  55. Nice review. Would like to try and win this book. I have read her Lightkeeper books and would love to read Tidewater Inn.
    msbookwormlady@aol.com

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  56. Thank you, KAY! I am hoping that you will get the chance to read this one! Very different from her Lightkeeper books, but she is such a versatile author, she can write about anything anywhere!

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  57. COLLEEN, I have only one word to describe you---AMAZING!!! :)

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  58. Sounds like a wonderful story - I love the setting!

    babykf629 at gmail dot com

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  59. The setting is awesome, KIM! I loved every minute I spent on Hope Beach!

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  60. This book sounds great.I loved your review.Thanks so much.

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  61. Sign me up please for this drawing!! Sounds great and love the cover too. Kathleen
    lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

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  62. Thank YOU, JACKIE! Good luck to you!

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  63. Hi, KATHLEEN! As great as the cover is...what's inside is even better! lol Lots of luck!

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  64. This book sounds good! Please sign me up to be included in the drawing.
    leanderson1954@yahoo.com

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  65. LINDA, welcome to OTT! Gotcha entered!

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  66. I enjoy Colleen's books. Thank you for this opportunity.
    cllyrics@gmail.com

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  67. Hi, CYNTHIA! You're so welcome and wishing the luck of the Irish to you in the giveaway! :)

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  68. Sounds like a good one! =-)
    bskaggs(at)zoominternet(dot)net

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  69. Where do the authors come up with all of these different ideas?

    missionwife@hotmail.com

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  70. TEDDY it was indeed! Good luck in the giveaway!

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  71. MELODY, I wish I knew! I don't have that active of an imagination!

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  72. I got hooked on Colleen's books years ago. Looking forward to reading this latest one. Tried to purchase the ebook, but the seller had technical problems. Thanks
    twong814@gmail.com

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  73. TWONG, I hope you get a chance to read it. I have been reading COLLEEN'S books seemingly forever myself! Love them!

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  74. Great interview, this sounds like a really good book! I've heard good things!

    ecriggs1990(at)aol(dot)com

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  75. Thanks, LIZ! It really is a great book, and I hope you get a chance to read it!

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  76. Great review, Diana! I'd love to read this one! Thanks for the chance to win. :)

    Michelle
    Scraphappy71 @ sbcglobal dot net

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