Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Shadows on the Sand by Gayle Roper Book Review

I am not a religious person so I was a bit nervous when requesting a copy of Shadows on the Sand by Gayle Roper, a Christian writer. I don't like books that are loaded with bible verses. Some is ok but don't let it take up ALL of the story. I can honestly say this book had the correct balance of bible verses and story.

So, what's it about?
This story takes place in Seaside, New Jersey and if you are a fan of Jersey Shore, yes it's where Jersey Shore takes place. Only this is a book and much better, in my opinion, than Jersey Shore the television show.

Carrie, who runs Carrie's Cafe, ran away from her alcoholic mother when she was just 16 years old. She brought her 10 year old sister, Lindsay, along with her and they settled into a new life in Seaside, New Jersey.

Carrie wanted Greg, an ex cop, to notice her for years but understood that he probably wasn't ready yet. See Greg lost his wife and two kids in a terrible accident and he just wasnt' ready to move on yet. Something happened one day that made Greg take notice and the two soon were smitten with each other.

One day, there was talk of a murder in Seaside. Carrie and Greg soon found themselves trying to figure out who committed the murder, which brought the two closer than ever. Would this be the time for both of them?

You'll just have to read it and find out: 1) If Greg and Carrie end up together and 2) Who committed the murder.

Click here to read the first chapter: Shadows on the Sand - Chapter One

My Thoughts of the Book:
Like I said before, I am not religious but this book was able to have the right balance of story and bible verses and references. The only thing that was kind of distracting was that the book bounced from character to character a lot. 

I was able to feel for the characters and wanted to help them figure out who the murderer was. Just when you think you have figured out who committed the crime, there is a twist and you find out you were wrong about who you thought it was. I love mystery and romance novels and this had both.

Would I recommend this book to others?
I would recommend this book to my readers as long as you don't mind bible verses or references. I understood why they were using them. The main character, Carrie, was a religious person and the story is told through her eyes.

Disclosure: I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.



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