Sunday, September 11, 2011

Shadows on the Sand by Gayle Roper - a Review & Giveaway

Back of the book blurb:


She serves him breakfast at her cafe every morning... but he never seems to notice her.


Carrie Carter's small cafe in Seaside, New Jersey, is populated with a motley crew of locals...although Carrie only has eyes for Greg Barnes.  He's recovering from a vicious crime that three years ago took the lives of his wife and children --and from the year he tried to drink his reality away.  While her heart does a happy Snoopy dance at the sight of him, he never seems to notice her.
     When Carrie's dishwasher is killed and her young waitress disappears, Greg finds himself drawn into helping Carrie solve the mysteries ...and into her life.  But when Carrie's own painful past becomes all too present, her carefully constructed world begins to sink. 
     Will the fragile relationship she's building with Greg implode from the weight of the baggage they both carry?



My Review:

Shadows on the Sand was the first book I've read by Gayle Roper but I can honestly say it won't be the last.  It took me a few chapters to really get into the book but once I got into it I could hardly put it down.  In fact, I stayed up long into the night in order to finish it.  I wasn't disappointed.

If you like good Christian Romantic Suspense, then you'll enjoy Shadows on the Sand.  It's a story about forgiveness and faith and the past meeting head on with the present.  Ms. Roper's characters were so believable I found myself caring for the 'good' guys and hating the 'bad' guys.  The twists and turns in the story had me guessing right up to the very end.

On a five-star scale:  4 1/2 stars

I would like to thank Waterbrook Multnomah for my complimentary copy of Shadows on the Sand.   I received it for free in order to give my honest review which I have done.



************ NEW GIVEAWAY RULES  ************

1.  Giveaway is open to US and Canada

2.  No PO Boxes please.

3.  You MUST be a follower of my blog (please be sure to leave the name you follow under in your comment)

4.  For extra entries you may do one or all of the following:
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    -- invite a friend to become a follower of my blog.  If they become a follower & mention your name, you will both receive 2 extra entries


5. Include an email address where I can reach you if you are selected as the winner of this giveaway.  Please enter your email address in this format    winner[at]yahoo[dot]com

To make sure your entry counts, please answer the following question:

What is your favorite genre to read and do you have a favorite author
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Giveaway will run through September 27th and the winner will be selected using Random.Org


For giveaways on other blogs please go to Winning Readings at http://winningreadings.blogspot.com/p/winning-readings-giveaways.html


Smiles & Blessings,


19 comments:

  1. I follower via GFC--L W.

    This book sounds GREAT!

    desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

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  2. Favorite Genre and Author???
    It's becoming historical romance, but mystery/thrillers are right up there.

    Francine Rivers would be my fave author of the first, Steven James of the latter.

    desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

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  3. I already follower via email.

    desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

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  4. my fave is suspense and historical romance
    Debbie Jackson
    djackson1958 at hotmail dot com

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  5. emailsub Debbie Jackson
    djackson1958 at hotmail dot com

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  6. gfc debijackson
    Debbie Jackson
    djackson1958 at hotmail dot com

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  7. I enjoy being transported back in time in historical fiction, and Julie Lessman cannot write fast enough for me! I love that sweet lady.
    Charlotte Kay, GFC follower
    charlovesmark at gmail dot com

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  8. I am a subscriber:)
    Charlotte Kay
    charlovesmark at gmail dot com

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  9. I am a email subscriber

    Blessings,
    Jo
    ladijo40(at)aol(dot)com

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  10. This book sounds really interesting and I have added it to my wish list. Definitely plan on reading it.

    Blessings,
    Jo
    ladijo40(at)aol(dot)com

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  11. I follow as pmk56; I'm also an e-mail subscriber. I enjoy most genres of Christian fiction, especially romance and suspense, either contemporary or historical. I enjoy books that contain some humor. Mary Connealy is one of my many favorite authors.
    Thanks for having the book giveaway.
    pmk56[at]sbcglobal[dot]net

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  12. I love Christian fiction for pleasure reading - Richard Mabry with medical suspense is a new favorite.

    janemaritz at yahoo dot com

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  13. i love christian fiction...and have many favourite authors.

    thanks for the chance to read this fabulous story.

    i'm a follower & email subscriber, too :)

    karenk
    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

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  14. i love Christian suspense! i have many favorite authors...i'm a GFC follower and email subscriber and would love this Gayle Roper novel. Thanks.

    mitzi_wanham[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  15. My favorite genre is historical romance and I have several favorite authors... ML Tyndall is one at the top of my list.

    I'd love to be entered for Shadows in the Sand.
    I'm a follower.
    Merry
    worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

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  16. I'm a subscriber.
    Merry
    worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

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  17. New follower via e-mail! I love Christian historical fiction and Christian suspense...lots of favorite authors! Check out Lynn Austin, Deeanne Gist, Julie Lessman, Ann Tetlock, Terri Blackstock, just to name a few!
    Thanks for hosting the giveaway!
    kandrajane@bellsouth.net

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  18. gfc follower
    apple blossom

    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

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  19. email subscriber

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