Shadows in the Sand: A Seaside Mystery, by Gayle Roper has all of the elements a good book should have: mystery, romance, a great setting, and compelling characters. The story takes place in “Carrie’s Cafe” which sisters Carrie and Lindsey own. There is a great cast of characters who weave themselves in and out of the story in the idyllic beach town of Seaside. Some strange situations start taking place at the cafe when a dishwasher is found dead and a server is missing. Carrie begins to wonder if her past, which she tried so hard to escape, is finally catching up with her. Mix in some romance between Carrie and local town resident Greg, and you have the perfect romantic mystery.
I really enjoyed this book, and I found myself reading late into the night to learn about all of the residents of Seaside and find out what was in Carrie’s past that she did not want to revisit. I also liked the Christian elements of this book. All of the characters relied heavily upon God to help them get through some of the toughest moments in their life, and I found that faith very refreshing.
I received this book for free from Waterbrook Multnomah in exchange for an honest review of my own words and freely expressed opinions.