Tidewater Inn by Colleen Coble is a fabulous contemporary Christian suspense and the first book in The Hope Beach series. I loved it and read it in just one sitting.
The novel has the theme of restoration. Restoration of old buildings mirrors the restoration in our lives. We all need to pull together and share our knowledge (of the love of God) to see lives changed and restored.
Money equals power for some. Greed rules over people’s lives. Unscrupulous characters will stop at nothing to rise upwards. Greed and treasure clouds their vision. Characters with correct priorities realise that money cannot solve problems. People matter. Money can buy comfort and is a short term high. Transformation by love lasts forever.
Faith in God is important. “God… was in charge here. [She] had to try to cling to that fact.” God never promised us a trouble free life. What He did promise was to never leave us. He walks alongside us every step of the way. At times life makes no sense but it makes even less sense without God. We can trust God at all times to see us through.
We need to pray about everything and be anxious for nothing. God is in control, even when life looks otherwise.
There are fractured families. God longs to repair and restore the years the locusts have taken. “There’s nothing you can do to change what is… All you can do is go forward from here.” Let God have the driving seat of your life and look to the future not wallow in the past.
A search and rescue dog features. His work is impressive and invaluable to lives in trouble. This is like God who searches for us and when He finds us, He rescues us and brings us home.
A cracking suspense that had me glued and guessing and rooting for a positive outcome.