Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Shadows on the Sand - Book Review

Shadows on the Sand: A Seaside Mystery

Shadows on the Sand is a sweet romance laced with mystery written by Gayle Roper and published by Waterbrook Multnomah.  The author's ease of character development quickly drew me into the developing story-line. This book includes a variety of well developed characters that add to the drama and suspense of the book.  The detailed scene descriptions draw the reader into the story's seaside setting.  I found this book to be a work of fiction with a hint of reality as the budding romance strives to overcome many obstacles both past and present.  The mystery part of this story-line is laced with various forms of crime and cult activity.  While nothing is described explicitly, readers sensitive to such topics may not find it enjoyable.

This is the first of Gayle Roper's many books that I have read.  This book was not quite the emotional roller-coaster ride that I often find myself on while reading books from some of my favorite authors such as Kristen Heitzmann or Nicholas Sparks.  Even without the dramatic emotional swings I found it to be an enjoyable, pleasant, clean and easy read.  It kept me awake and turning the pages throughout the book.  I will consider reading other Gayle Roper books in the future.

Teaser from the Back Cover:

She serves him breakfast at her café every morning … but he never seems to notice her.
Carrie Carter’s small café in Seaside, New Jersey, is populated with a motley crew of locals … although Carrie only has eyes for Greg Barnes. He’s recovering from a vicious crime that three years ago took the lives of his wife and children—and from the year he tried to drink his reality away. While her heart does a happy Snoopy dance at the sight of him, he never seems to notice her, to Carrie’s chagrin. 
When Carrie’s dishwasher is killed and her young waitress disappears, Greg finds himself drawn into helping Carrie solve the mysteries … and into her life. But when Carrie’s own painful past becomes all to present, her carefully constructed world begins to sink.
Will the fragile relationship she’s built with Greg implode from the weight of the baggage they both carry?

I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.  Please go here to rank this review!