Saturday, September 17, 2011

Shadows on the Sand by Gayle Roper

Shadows on the Sand is a sweet tale with some dark underpinnings that can both shock and teach.

Carrie Carter's small cafe in Seaside, New Jersey, is populated with a motley crew of locals...although Carrie has eyes only for Greg Barnes. He is still recovering from the tragedy that three years before took the lives of his wife and children and from the year he spent burying his pain in alcohol. While Carrie's heart dances every time she sees him, Greg never seems to notice her.

When Carrie's dishwasher is killed and her young waitress disappears, Greg and Carrie find themselves working to together to solve the mystery and drawn to each other romantically. But when a shadow from Carrie's past re-enters he life, her new world seems to crumble. Will her new relationship with Greg be shattered by the baggage they both carry, or can they press on together?

This story had some very sweet moments which made me smile and laugh -and cause me to totally freak out the people who were nearby me. I loved the dynamics between Greg and Carrie. Greg was the sweetest guy ever, and he and Carrie worked together splendidly. Shadows on the Sand also had some darker undercurrents. Gayle Roper revealed some of the dreadful consequences of cults and how they can destroy families and lives. It was one of the important themes of the book. A few other themes were forgiveness even when the person hurt you terribly, love, and perseverance through all odds. I really enjoyed this book, and I will definitely be reading more of Gayle Roper's works.

I received this book for free from Waterbrook Multnomah in exchange for an honest review.

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