Libby is a very likable character. She meets hostility with grace and generosity and never stops believing that Nicole will be found alive. Alec, the Coast Guard Captain, is likewise a strong Christian character. He believes in Libby's innocense and helps her keep looking for Nicole. Aunt Pearl is a delightful character, exactly the kind of aunt you'd want to welcome you into the family.
I enjoyed the characters and setting for Tidewater Inn, but the plot, although there were interesting twists, didn't give the reader enough clues to help solve the mystery. I felt the attempt to keep Libby as the primary suspect was forced, and the final revelation of the villain was unexpected. I find that unfair in a mystery book. However, it's a great summer read. The setting on Hope Island is delightful and the Christian message, excellent.
I reviewed this book for the Thomas Nelson Booksneeze Program.