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Posted April 25, 2012
This was one of those books that has a great mix of genres ...some romance, a paranormal element and a mystery....so much promise. Sadly it just wasn't able to completely deliver for me on that promise. Although on the whole the book was enjoyable, the Seascape Inn and surrounding town delightful, the romance sweet and the paranormal elements mysterious...I just was left feeling unsatisfied.
The pace of the book seemed very slow. Not a whole lot happens and when it does happen it seems drawn out and repetitive. There were many points were I contemplated putting it down, but the mystery did keep me interested enough to hang on and I was rooting Maggie and TJ as a couple.
Speaking of Maggie and TJ: I really liked both of the main characters as well as the secondary character of the innkeeper...by the middle of the book I sort of wanted to strangle them all. The romantic conflict seemed just way to drawn out for my taste...beyond the point where it was believable. And the innkeeper's insistence upon not meddling bordered on injury in my opinion. Thank goodness they seemed to come to their senses by the end and realize that they were meant to be together.
The paranormal aspect also completely puzzled me. I could not for the life of me wrap my mind around the entity's intent. It seemed to go from goodnatured and helpful one chapter to malicious in the next. And how did were the entity and the effect of the house related? I'm still not 100% sure.
I'm sure this book would appeal to those who like sweet romances with a punch of paranormal and don't mind a slow pace.
Posted March 28, 2012
I don't know what I expected when I chose this book - but I was delightfully surprised. Actually, I think I chose it because of the title and the fact that I'd heard of the author - though I hadn't read anything by her yet. I started and finished this book in ONE day. It was terrific!
This is a great story for fans of a drama/love story with a supernatural twist. If you love Sarah Addison Allen, Cecelia Ahern, or Susannah Kearsley - you would enjoy this. There are two sad and lost souls that come together - one who put her life and happiness on hold for the sake of others, the other who put his own happiness and peace to the side because he felt like he didn't deserve it. Is their problem psychological or is it the influence of something they just can't see and don't understand? While I felt like the romance happened a little quickly - sometimes people are just meant to be and why waste time when we have so little of it? You get to see a slice of life in a small (and I mean small!) town in Maine - old world charm, traditional values, love and community. And you get to see a small glimpse of the lives of those who've loved - and those who've loved and lost. And does love ever really die? I look forward to reading more novels by Ms. Hinze.
Posted March 17, 2012
I want so badly to tell you about this book and why you should read it but there are not enough words to tell you how wonderful this book is. It is rare I give a book 5 stars but this book is most deserving. There is something magical about this book. It feels like a romance novel from years gone by even though it is set in the present. It makes you believe you are there and watching the love unfold instead of turning pages. Seascape Inn is a place you want to visit
This book reads like a movie. Have you seen the movies "Somewhere In Time" or "The Two Worlds of Jenny Logan"? OK this is dating myself but then if you have not seen them you should. Anyway, this book has the feel of these timeless movies. The softness of love as it grows between the characters and the mystical spirit that is there to guide not haunt make this book worth the read. More than worth the read it is worth owning the book and never letting it go. Luckily this is the 1st in a trilogy and I cannot wait to enjoy the other two books.
Reviewed by Kim
Posted January 2, 2012
Its a unique romance with very mild paranormal aspects. T.J. the main male character blacks out every time he tries to leave the property of a place called Seascape. Maggie is guided to seek him out to discover if he had anything to do with the death of her cousin, Carolyn. The book for the most part is very well written. It was lighthearted and the banter between Maggie and the other men in the book had me a few times laughing out loud.
I felt that most of the novel was a wonderful change of reading from typical romance novels. It had very few sex scenes when compared to other romance novels. For that I was very please. I was able to believe the romance growing between the characters, and the character development allowed for more complex characters and back stories than most romance novels can provide.
The only issues I had with the book was with some of the vocabulary choices that the characters made while speaking. It almost felt as though the author had decided to try a different word choice and opened a thesaurus to find compatible words but did not try to say them out loud to make sure that they did sound awkward. I am still having issues when Maggie said she was timid to leave the road.
This is a book that I would definitely recommend to almost everyone over 18. I think the story is well developed, the characters are relatable and almost everyone would enjoy trying to figure out the mystery that is trying to force Maggie and T.J together.
Posted December 23, 2011
Review:Beyond The Misty Shore by Vicki Hinze
I's a little different romance novel but good. Like to read the other two books in the series.
T.J. MacGregor is a well known artist. He came to Maine to heal from the tragic death of his fiance Caroline. T.J. has been at the bed and breakfast for 9 months. He tried to leave lots of times, but everytime he came to the edge of the property he would blackout. T.J. had to be dragged back into the property before he would come too.
Maggie has lots of questions about her cousin Caroline death two years ago. She was in bad car accident that caught on fire so bad she had to be idea by her dental records. The painting of Seascape Inn was not burned even a little bit. The Gallory said that she had stolen that picture the day of the crash.
Maggie for the past 2 years has been taken care of her mother after a bad injury of falling down the stairs. Now her mom could take care of herself she was going to look at Caroline fiance T.J. to see if he had any part of her death. She saw the painting of Seascape Inn and felt she needed to go their.
First she runs into T.J. at the inn. Then she see's T.J. passing out every day as he tries to leave. Then she keeps hearing a voice to help him. Caroline told him that she had no relatives even though she had lived from 12 to 18 with her aunt and Maggie.
Lots of weird things are happening at Seascape Inn now and in the past. Charming town is full of characters to get to know.
I was given this ebook to read in exchange of honest review by Netgalley.
11/01/2011 PUB Bell Bridge Books