Seldom do I breeze through a book in less than a day, but, this book I did. Most women could relate to the heartbreak that Ashleigh, the main characteSeldom do I breeze through a book in less than a day, but, this book I did. Most women could relate to the heartbreak that Ashleigh, the main character goes through. Ashleigh isn't too experienced in the dating realm. She goes to a Christmas party and she meets a seemingly nice and normal man named Michael who asks her out, from then on for 2 years they date. Ashleigh imagines that they will get married or live together, even though Michael seems more than comfortable living on his own and he never offers to have her live with him.
Then one day out of the blue on Facebook no less, Asleigh sees that Michael has changed his status to "No longer in a relationship" with absolutely no explanation to Ashleigh. From then on Ashleigh gets out of control trying to get Michael back. She ends up endangering herself, her job, her finances and her sanity while trying to get Michael back. She matures, but, she has to learn the hard way like so many of us women do.
This is chick-lit with a comical twist. It is written by a British author, so some references in the book Americans may not be familiar with. I enjoyed this book and could see my much younger self in some of the things that Ashleigh did or thought. Though, I never got quite as crazy, there were many times I cringed with embrassment for Ashleigh. This book made me think of my single days after my divorce, and it made me appreciate my wonderful husband even more when I remembered all the turkeys out there in the dating world.
I'd definitely read another book by this author. It does appear this is a re-release of a book published in the UK in 2010 by Hodder Ome/Hodder and Stoughton under the same title. I don't know if it has undergone any editorial changes....more
This book "Tidewater Inn: A Hope Beach Novel" is the first book I've read from author Colleen Coble. It's the first in a new Hope Beach Series with thThis book "Tidewater Inn: A Hope Beach Novel" is the first book I've read from author Colleen Coble. It's the first in a new Hope Beach Series with the second one "Rosemary Cottage" due out in July 2013. It's a Christian based mystery/romance which uses scripture throughout to make points in the story. This particular book touches mainly on selfishness versus selflessness and with greed versus generosity.
Tidewater Inn's main character is Libby, who has grown-up with an alcoholic, eccentric mother who gave her little stability. Libby has had to struggle to make ends meet all her life, even though she works hard in restoring historic homes. Libby's well-meaning mother told Libby that her father died when she was just five years old. Much to Libby's surprise she gets a call from her friend and co-worker Nicole telling her that she has just inherited a gorgeous old beachfront inn, named the Tidewater Inn on the picturesque island of Hope Beach, from her father Ray. To top it off, Nicole informs Libby that she also has two half-siblings, a brother named Brent and a sister named Vanessa.
While Libby's friend Nicole is on the island waiting for Libby to join her, she sets up a meeting with Vanessa. Waiting for Vanessa to arrive, Nicole is abducted while Libby is watching on a webcam by two strange men. Libby immediately packs her bags and takes off for Hope Beach.
If that's not enough for Libby to deal with when she arrives in Hope Beach, she has to deal with the scrutiny of the local sheriff, as well as, pressure from outside real estate tycoons who are willing to drop 12 million for her inn and the growing resentment and anger of her two half-siblings. The only people that seem to be on her side are her newly introduced aunt Pearl, who is the local Postmistress and Alec the handsome, Coast Guard lieutenant who helps when her borrowed car breaks down. Will Libby find out what happened to Nicole before she's in jail as the prime suspect? Will she sell the beloved Tidewater that her long lost father left to her?
I loved the way the author uses the character's reference to scripture in this book. It seemed to be very realistic and it dealt with real issues that many people face today. This definitely will not be the last book that I read from author Colleen Cobble, I've added the next installment of this series to my must read list. I really like Libby and I found that she was a woman that many women would be able to relate to in some form. Also, this mystery wasn't too easy to solve as in many books of this type, which was a nice bonus.
Overall, I'd highly recommend for fans of Christian romance or Christian mysteries. ...more
To be honest, I passed on this book a few times when it was on my Vine selections. I really don't know why I did. Perhaps, I thought it would be too rTo be honest, I passed on this book a few times when it was on my Vine selections. I really don't know why I did. Perhaps, I thought it would be too real and depressing. For some reason, I went back and selected it, not really sure if I had made the right choice. You see, I haven't been attending a church. I'm a Christian, I believe in Jesus Christ as my Savior, been baptized, but, I have been sort of "disillusioned" by organized church congregations, some of which say that if you have "faith" than bad things will not happen to you, or if something bad does happen in your life than there must be some sort of sin or something that you are doing wrong against the will of God. Well, I've never agreed with that and I don't think Job did either. In fact the man who wrote one of the most beautiful hymns "It is Well with my Soul" by Horatio Spafford had so many tradegies in his life and he wrote that song after. I think in a nutshell that song matches this book.
Anyway, in this true book, the author's young son gets diagnosed with leukemia. He and his wife are very active in the church and he is what I would call a leader in the church. He witnesses, he's the spiritual leader in his household, he's basically doing everything good and right, he even witnessed and encouraged people with sick children before by saying have "faith". Of course, it's easy to say "have faith" when your child is healthy, your bank account is full and everything is going your way.
When his own child gets diagnosed with leukemia, he has to reevaluate what "faith" really is. As the author basically says, "faith" is really having the courage to be honest with the Lord and admit your doubt and worries, yet know that for whatever reason, what you are going through is for God's glory, even if it doesn't work out the way you want it to, or even if you don't know why God would allow something. As, he illustrates by scripture through many stories, including the story of Job and the story of Lazarus, Mary and Martha. The author also, uses his own personal thoughts, weaknesses and feelings toward God during this time.
I could really relate to this book. I liked that he told his personal story, without getting too theological. Jesus also always spoke in a simple way, so everyone could understand him. I found this book very accessible to anyone, Christian or non-Christian. Though, I'd highly recommend for Christians to read this book. I loved it....more