Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Litfuse Review: The Inn at Oceans Edge by:Colleen Coble
About the Book:
A vacation to Sunset Cove was her way of celebrating and thanking her parents. After all, Claire Dellamore's childhood was like a fairytale. But with the help of Luke Elwell, 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 parents. 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 Elwell, 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. He died never having convinced the police to investigate. 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. And some passions are worth killing for.
Claire Dellamare was four years old when she disappeared from her own birthday party, in 1989. She was returned a year later, to the hotel where her party was held, with nothing more than a note attached to her dress. Now, a grown woman, Claire arrives at the same hotel, Hotel Tourmaline, for a business meeting with her father. Upon arrival, she notices something eerily familiar about the hotel, but doesn't know what. While walking on the beach, after an unforeseen Panic Attack, she runs across a man and a woman, catching an Orca Whale . She confronts them both over the issue of the whale, but see learns something that she never knew.
Luke Rocco lost his mother the same year Claire Dellamare came up missing. Luke does his best to keep food in his families mouth and when he sees someone or something in trouble he does his best to help. When Claire comes up to both Luke and his sister, he believes it is finally his chance to know what happened to his mother after all these years. But there is one problem, Claire never knew she had been missing for a year, much less who Luke's mother is.
Claire's parents aren't sure it's the best idea to speak of her disappearance. Claire is unsure why. And Luke just wants to know what happened to his mother that fateful year. Claire and Luke begin working together to uncover the biggest mystery of their lives. And with a murderer stalking around looking for a chance to harm her, Claire knows this must be a secret no one wants uncovered.
Colleen Coble is an amazing author. I've read many of her books, and this one to is another amazing read. I really enjoyed reading this book. I can't wait till the next book in the Sunset Cove series, Mermaid Moon, comes out in December.
**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from Litfuse Publicity.