Friday, May 29, 2015

Sunset Cove #1

The Inn at Ocean's Edge (Sunset Cove #1)
Published by Thomas Nelson
Release Date: April 14, 2015
5 Stars

Here's a brief description:

A vacation to Sunset Cove was her way of celebrating and thanking her parents. After all, Claire Dellamare's childhood was like a fairytale. But with the help of Luke Rocco, Claire discovers that fairytale was really an elaborate lie . . .
The minute she steps inside the grand Inn at Ocean's Edge, Claire Dellamare knows something terrible happened there. She feels it in her bones. Her ensuing panic attack causes a scene, upsetting her father. Claire attempts to quiet her nerves with a walk on the beach, to no avail. She's at too great a distance to make out details, but she believes she witnesses a murder on a nearby cliff. When local police find no evidence of foul play, they quickly write off the "nervous" woman's testimony as less than credible.
But Luke Rocco, home on leave from the Coast Guard, has reason to believe Claire. Years ago when his mother went missing, Luke's father suspected she'd been murdered.  So when an employee of the grand hotel doesn't show up for work, Luke steps in to help Claire track down the missing woman.

As Claire and Luke put together the pieces of a decades-old mystery, they discover that some family secrets refuse to stay buried.

I absolutely loved this book!!
It's a mystery with lots of suspense interlaced with a romance.  The author weaves words together to bring to life an incredible story that immediately pulls the reader into the story. 
Claire Dellamare is a beautiful, young woman who has arrived to help her father in negotiations on merger for his company, but is completely unaware of the upheaval that's about to take place in her life. 
  This character quickly pulled me into the story from page 1.  Upon Claire's arrival she has a gut feeling that she has a connection to the place, but can't understand it because she's never been here before. 
Suddenly it comes to light that her family has been hiding secrets and she wants answers. 
Luke Rocco, has returned to the Island Folly Shoals after his father suffered a stroke to help with the cranberry farm. Luke has never accepted his mother's disappearance years ago and when a skeleton is found he hopes he will finally get some answers. Suddenly Claire and Luke are on the same path looking for answers to basically the same questions. 
Wow, this is a wonderful story and I would recommend it to anyone.  The vivid descriptions not only bring the area, but also the characters to life.  The authors weaves a story of lies, betrayal, love and the lengths someone will go to the cover up a mistake. 
I received this book from Netgalley for a honest review as stated above. 

Colleen Coble

USAToday bestselling author Colleen Coble lives with her husband, Dave, in Indiana. She is the author of dozens of novels including the Rock Harbor Series, the Aloha Reef Series, the Mercy Falls Series, the Hope Beach Series, the Lonestar Series and two Women of Faith fiction selections, Alaska Twilight and Midnight Sea. She has more than 2 million books in print.

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