I often read and review Love Inspired fiction. I enjoy many of these because they are light, easy reads and perfect for a relaxing read at the end of the day. Occasionally, they'll be too simple, and the characters aren't developed or the story seems pretty unbelievable. But, at times, I'll find one that- although short and simple- really has a great story line and compelling characters. Seaside Gifts falls into the latter category.
From the book's description:
Nan Patterson has finally found her niche: operating a boardwalk gift shop in the quaint beachfront town of Seaside. Everything is perfect—until valuable items start just...showing up. At worst, they’ve been stolen and abandoned in her shop. At best, someone doesn’t realize they’ve lost them. Either way, Nan knows she’s out of her depth. Time to call in the local police.
Officer Rog Eastman has bigger worries than a bunch of misplaced treasures—but it is his job to help local shop owners. The fact that she’s adorable doesn’t even come into the equation. Especially since he’s sworn off women for the foreseeable future.
But there’s an imp at work in the background. Someone who knows exactly what these two people need: each other!
I found this light read really enjoyable. Nan and Rog are both interesting characters and are well developed, despite the fact that the book is short and sweet. The story line was really interesting- a slight mystery as well as a romance. The story was very believable as well.
The book has an inspirational message but is definitely not "preachy." I do like it that both of the main characters talk about their relationship with Christ and how that has guided their decisions.
I can definitely recommend this one if you're looking for a light, easy to read romance. I give it 4 stars and a G rating for content. You can find Seaside Gifts on Amazon here.
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