Shadows on the Sand {book review}

Title: Shadows on the Sand: A Seaside Mystery
Author: Gayle Roper
Genre: Christian Fiction/Suspense
Pages: 320
My Rating: 3.5 Stars

Synopsis: She serves him breakfast at her cafĂ© every morning…but he never seems to notice her.

About: Carrie Carter, the owner of a hopping small cafe in Seaside, New Jersey, is in for more than just taking care of her amusing and yet hair brained cafe patrons, serving tons of coffee and watching out for her little sister Lindsay. Her story becomes entangled with Greg Barnes, a widower and ex cop, the one who makes her heart do a fierce snoopy dance at the sight of him in her cafe. 

Alongside Carrie's pitter pattering heart, a very much so pieced together family, and an interesting past there is a deep mystery ready to be uncovered. When Carrie finds out that her dishwasher has been murdered and that her young waitress, named Andi, has disappeared she finds that Greg is ready and willing to be on-the-case alongside her. But Carrie will have to deal with her own past, with a little help from Greg and God of course, before they can solve anything, mystery or otherwise. 

Final Thoughts: I might have just been converted to Suspense Literature by Ms. Roper. I've never been one who's enjoyed Suspense or Mystery novels all that much, but this book changed my mind about halfway through it's 320 pages. While the constant drum of the word Tweet/Twitter was sprinkled about throughout the story a little more often than I would have liked, and the snoopy dance analogy that was used to describe Carrie's fluttering feelings for Greg Barnes drove me a little batty at times, these things all ended up helping the story and aided in tying things up nicely in the very end, to my shock. 

I received this book for free from Waterbrook Multnomah Press in exchange for an honest review of my own words and freely expressed opinions. 


  1. I am always looking for a new good read. Thanks for sharing this!

    1. No problem. Reading blogger's reviews of different books is how I always find new books to add to my reading list!

  2. It was interesting, a lot more than I thought it would be actually!

  3. Hmm, maybe I'll check it out. :)

  4. This sounds like a good book! I agree that I'm not usually much of a suspense reader, either, but I love Kristen Heitzmann's edge-of-your-seat suspenses! Oh, and I also just saw that you're currently reading One Thousand Gifts! Can't wait to see your review of *that!*


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