This Christmas novella takes place at the Tidewater Inn, a key setting in The Hope Beach series. There are three novels in the series and it would be best to have read them before reading this novella. Coble mentions several characters and events in this novella from those previous books. While one could enjoy reading this work alone, there would be much that would be missed.
This story centers on Delilah, manager of the Tidewater Inn. She's preparing for a wedding at the inn when there is an attempt on her life. Enter Tom, the local sheriff. He's been noticing Delilah for a long time but just has not had the nerve to tell her so.
So there is suspense, a mystery and the potential of a romance. The action in this novella goes fast. There is not a whole lot of character development nor description of the surrounding area, typical of such a short narrative. The plot was a decent one. Perhaps for brevity, there is some resolution of suspense that seemed a little too convenient.
I liked the story. For it's length, I think it is good. I recommend it to those who like a quick read and who have read the books in the series.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
Colleen Coble is an award winning author with over two million books in print. She and her husband live in Indiana. You can find out more at http://collencoble.com.
Thomas Nelson, 89 pages.
I received a complimentary digital copy of this novella from the publisher for the purpose of an independent and honest review.