Libby picked up her cell phone, still connected to the computer. They could talk a few minutes. Before she could call, a small boat pulled up to the shore. Two men jumped out and pulled the boat aground. Nicole turned toward them. The men walked toward her. There was no one else in sight, and Libby tensed when Nicole took a step back. Libby punched in Nicole’s number. She watched her friend dig in her bag when it rang.
When Nicole answered the phone, Libby leaped to her feet and yelled, “Get out of there. Go to your car!”
Nicole was still watching the men walk toward her. “It’s just a couple of tourists, Libby,” she said. “You worry too much.” She smiled and waved at the men.
Libby leaned closer to the laptop. “There’s something wrong.” She gasped at the intention in their faces. “Please, Nicole, run!”
But it was the men who broke into a run as they drew closer to the boardwalk. As they neared the cam, Libby could see them more clearly. One was in his forties with a cap pulled low over his eyes. He sported a beard. The other was in his late twenties. He had blond hair and hadn’t shaved in a couple of days.
Nicole took another step back as the older man in the lead smiled at her. The man said, “Hang up.” He grabbed her arm.
“Let go of her!” Libby shouted into the phone.
The man knocked the phone from Nicole’s hand, and the connection was broken. The other man reached the two, and he plunged a needle into Nicole’s arm. Both men began dragging Nicole toward the boat. She was struggling and shouting for help, then went limp. Her hat fell to the ground.
Barely aware that she was screaming, Libby dialed 9-1-1. “Oh God, oh God, help her.”
Excerpt from TIDEWATER INN by Colleen Coble. Copyright © 2012 by Colleen Coble. Published in Nashville, Tennessee by Thomas Nelson. Used with Permission. All Rights Reserved.
In bestselling author Colleen Coble’s Tidewater Inn, Libby Holladay has inherited an old hotel on the shores of Hope Island. This could be a dream come true for Libby because the inn cries out for her restorer’s talent and love of history.
Ironically Libby, an historic preservationist, knows nothing about her own history—until her friend, Nicole, uncovers information on a remote island. As an added bonus, the handsome Coast Guard Captain Alec Bourne could be the man of her dreams.
But Libby soon realizes that the only way she can afford the upkeep on the inn is to sell it to developers who are stalking the island. The father who willed her the inn died before she could meet him, and her newfound brothers and sisters are convinced she’s there to steal their birthright. Worst of all, her friend and business partner, Nicole, has been kidnapped, and Libby is under suspicion for the crime.
Captain Bourne doubts her innocence, and Libby’s dream-come-true is becoming a nightmare. Can she find Nicole and establish her innocence? Must she sell Tidewater Inn and lose her family again? Or can she find a home for her heart—and a life with her handsome Captain on the beautiful shores of Hope Island?
Hardcover Book : 320 pages
Publisher: Thomas Nelson Inc. ( July 17, 2012 )
Item #: 13-587821
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.25 x 0.75inches
Product Weight: 13.0 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
I love Colleen Coble. Once again she has mixed the right amount of faith, suspense, love all in the same story. She shows how in trying times God's love pours out for us.
Loved the book. There was a good mix of faith, compassion, and suspense. I didn't want to put it down. This is the first book of Colleen Coble's that I have read and won't be the last.
Really enjoyed the mystery, family situation and especially the references to faith. Will definitely read more of Colleen Cobles's books.
A good read, enjoyed the characters. This is a good one for the book in one night reader. Our family of 3 passed it around like a box of chocolates!
Great book, love Colleen Coble books...this was was very good...I would reccommend it.