Saturday, May 9, 2015

The Inn at Ocean's Edge by Colleen Coble (Blog Tour + Review)

The Inn at Ocean's Edge
by Colleen Coble
Sunset Cove series, Book 1
Christian Fiction / Contemporary / Suspense
Available April 2015
Thomas Nelson
336 pages



About the Book
Claire's visit to a luxury hotel in Maine awakens repressed memories, threatening all she holds dear.
In 1989, Claire Dellamare disappeared from her own fourth birthday party at the Hotel Tourmaline on the island of Folly Shoals, Maine. She showed up a year later at the same hotel, with a note pinned to her dress but no explanation. Nobody knows where Claire spent that year---and until now, Claire didn't even know she had ever been missing.
But when Claire returns to the Hotel Tourmaline for a business meeting with her CEO father, disturbing memories begin to surface . . . despite her parents' best efforts to keep them forgotten.
Luke Rocco lost his mother under equally mysterious circumstances---at the same time Claire disappeared. After a chance encounter reveals the unlikely link between them, Claire and Luke set out together to uncover the truth about what happened that fateful year.
With flashbacks swimming just beneath her consciousness and a murderer threatening her safety, Claire's very life depends on unscrambling her past . . . even if her family refuses to acknowledge it. Someone-maybe everyone-is hiding something from Claire Dellamare, and it will cost her everything to drag the truth out into the light.

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My Thoughts
I honestly think that every one of Colleen Coble's books is better than the last. She's gifted us with books in several genres, but my favorites are her suspense novels. And The Inn at Ocean's Edge is a definite winner!

From the very first chapter, the book is chock full of suspenseful happenings—missing people, murder, kidnapping, assault, and more. When you add in the more personal elements of the story, it really does feel like a double episode of your favorite TV drama, and somehow it all works together. 

It's hard to identify a favorite element of the story, but for me, it's probably a tie between characters and setting. Luke and Claire seem as different as any two protagonists, but they keep bumping into each other and find they have more in common than they initially thought. He's so considerate and compassionate—despite his own personal drama throughout the book—toward Claire, and it really adds to his charm. Claire comes on as this strong, confident character that is quickly shaken to the core as one thing after the other strips away everything she knew to be true of her life. They really balance each other out.

And then the setting . . . Maine! I've been dreaming of a trip to Maine for the last year, so it was interesting to read about this place I've been researching and dreaming about. Coble works in a few traditional Maine experiences (lobster rolls, anyone?!), which gives readers a bit of a vacation via novel experience. 

I pretty much loved everything about this book. I found myself reading LATE into the night and rising early to get in a few more pages before work. You know it's a good book when even sleep is trumped! If you're looking for a summer read, I highly recommend The Inn at Ocean's Edge! [5 stars]

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher through Litfuse Publicity in exchange for my fair and honest review.

About the Author
Colleen Coble has sold over 2 million novels worldwide. Seagrass Pier, the third installment in her acclaimed Hope Beach series, marks a new highpoint for emotion and complexity in Coble’s addictive brand of romantic suspense.

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