|Shadows on the Sand
By Gayle Roper / Multnomah Books
Carrie’s seaside cafe is populated with a motley crew of locals—but she only has eyes for widower Greg Barnes. Unfortunately, he keeps himself at a distance—until one of Carrie’s employees is murdered and another disappears. Now Carrie and Greg are united in a race against time. Can they avert another tragedy? 320 pages, softcover from Multnomah.
My Review: I would call this a comfortable novel. It is one of those that you can curl up in front of the fireplace with a cup of cocoa and just enjoy the story. I loved the characters, especially Carrie. She is a woman who faced horrible atrocities as a child at the hand of a mother who cared more about the next drink than her daughters. She was determined to protect her little sister and her strength lead her to Seaside. Carrie is a far from perfect which is another reason why I liked her. Greg Barnes makes a great counterpart and love interest for Carrie. He is another flawed character, dealing with the demons from his past that threaten to keep him alone without love.
The main plot line deals with murder and a dangerous cult led by a leader known as, Michael the Archangel. Along with solving a murder this book also contains a lovely romantic story between Carrie and Greg. But the most important plot is the importance of dealing with the hurts in one’s past.
If you enjoyed Gayle’s “Caught” series you will enjoy this book. If you’ve never read Gayle Roper but like a mystery tied up with some romance you should enjoy the story. It’s not as intense as a Terri Blackstock or Brandilyn Collins, it is similar as a Ginny Aiken or Virginia Smith mystery.
Disclaimer: I did receive this book from the publisher.