9/1/11

Shadows on the Sand, by Gayle Roper (Review and Giveaway)

4 1/2 STARS!!!!
ABOUT THE BOOK - 
 She serves him breakfast at her café every morning … but he never seems to notice her.
Carrie Carter’s small café 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, to Carrie’s chagrin.
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 to present, her carefully constructed world begins to sink.
Will the fragile relationship she’s built with Greg implode from the weight of the baggage they both carry?

MY REVIEW -
This book started out a 4 and ended a 5 so I rounded it to a 4 1/2. There is a lot going on in this book!
-A love story.
-Two different runaways - one years later now grown up, the other just 16, both ran for their lives. Now their lives have intersected, can one help the other?
-A murder mystery
-Long lost family reconnection
-Sadness, love, suspense, mystery, and coffee!
You would think that with all this going on it would get confusing, but it doesn't at all! The story flows very nicely, weaving in and out of each aspect of the story line, connecting each one to each other. Every bit of this story is just as interesting as the other. I wouldn't take anything out or add anything to it.
The character development is excellent. There are a lot of characters but again, it is very to keep everyone straight. I rally felt very connected and attached to each of the misfits that have come together at Carrie's diner. Each one has his place and each personality is executed perfectly.
And... this is all happening around a diner. Which you all know by now I love! It is all about the owners, the employees, and the customers. Whatever happens it all comes back to the diner. I love it because this is always the constant in the book. It becomes a comfort zone.

This is my first Gayle Roper book. I really enjoyed her style and ease of writing. I do think I will be reading more from her.
Thank you "Blogging for Books" for sending me this book to review.

GIVEAWAY - I am giving away my copy of this book.
* Please either comment here or email me at forevereading at gmail dot com with your email address!! No email, no entry.
* Please be from the US or Canada.
* If you are not a follower, please become one (but not necessary to win).
* Winner will be chosen and announced via random.org on Sept. 12th.
* Winner will then have 48 hrs to respond with their mailing address before a new winner is chosen.

**Please be aware that I do not have any rules on how many of my contests you enter or how many times you win! So good luck everyone!

18 comments:

  1. That sounds great! Exciting. Count me in :)
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  2. I also like books that center around diners, so this one sounds like a winner to me. I also like that it ended up being a five star read for you after a bit of a stumble in the beginning. It sounds very promising! Please do count me in on the giveaway!

    zibilee(at)figearo(dot)net

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  3. As soon as I saw cafe I was hooked lol! Sounds like a great book! Thanks! I'm a follower.

    Margaret
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  4. Enter me too! Sounds like a cool book!

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  5. I love the cover and your review is great!
    GFC follower as Karen B.
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  6. Please enter me in this giveaway, it sounds like a book I'd enjoy reading, thanks
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  7. Please, Please enter me.
    RJB
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  8. would enjoy reading this fabulous novel...thanks for the chance :)

    karenk
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  9. Please enter me in the draw!

    I'm following on GFC (Darlene).

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    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  10. I figured out what happened! I guess I accidentally deleted my blog from the GFC site so all my followers were erased along with it. It wasn't going to be working anymore so I had to import my whole blog onto a new one =/ Such a headache!

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  11. Sounds like a great one. I'd love to read it.

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  12. I really like the story with all of it's back stories and being set in a diner makes it more interesting. Please enter me in this giveaway.

    CarolNWong(at)aol(dot)com

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  13. Sounds like there is a lot going on here...plus bonus for me...I am from the Jersey shore!

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    ♥ Melissa @ Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf

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  14. I love the sound of this book. I can’t wait to read it.

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  15. Would love to win this one!
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  16. sounds like a good book
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    also follow you on gfc
    Robin Scott

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  17. Thanks for the giveaway! I already follow via GFC (Bornajhawk) but I haven't been here in a while :-( so now I'm an e-mail subscriber too! BTW is Martina a Maine Coon? She sure looks like my Monty.

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  18. This sounds like a great book! I would love to win a copy. I follow/subscribe via e-mail.

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