Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Shadows on the Sand



She serves him breakfast at her cafe every morning...but he never seems to notice her.

Carrie Carter's small cafe 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.

When Carrie's a 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 too present, her carefully constructed world begins to sink.

Will the fragile relationship she's building with Greg implode from the weight of the baggage they both carry?

My Review:

I completely and utterly adored this book! I mean how can you resist a heroine who describes her heart doing a happy Snoopy dance at the sight of the hero? And when things heat up she declares, "No way could Snoopy move his feet fast enough to keep up with my tap-dancing heart." (pg 186) I could totally relate to Carrie on that point alone. But of course there is much more to this complex character, including a gnarly past that she hasn't quite left behind.

Greg has his own issues too but he finds himself surprised by his sudden desire to enter the land of the living again. Carrie has a lot to do with his change of heart and that scares him. His emotional struggle is a strong thread in the story -- achingly touching and I had a real wow factor once I'd finished the book and read the author's note at the end.

The mystery/suspense is incredibly well developed -- the kind where the reader is handed the clues at the same time as the hero and heroine. We try to solve the mystery together and it totally surprised me...multiple times. A really riveting read, which is what you want in a suspense.

Roper's writing style is unique in that she mixes POV. Carrie's is in first person, but all the other characters are written in third person. You'd think it would make for a disjointed read, but somehow Roper makes it work. The story flows into the page-turning kind that you want to devour in one sitting. Highly recommended for lovers of mystery/suspense.

Giveaway Opportunity:

If you would like a chance to win a copy of Shadows on the Sand leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. Please include the book title in the subject line of your email. Draw will be held on Saturday September 17, 2011. (I'm having computer problems at home so I won't be able to post the winners on Sunday like I usually do. I'll do the announcement from work on Saturday instead.) Good luck!


  1. I've heard nothing but glowing reports on this book. Please enter me! Thank you.

    Linda at:
    desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

  2. Thanks for the chance to win this. This looks like a great book. I would love to read this. Thanks again.


  3. would love to read this story...thanks for the chance :)

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  4. I've read some good reviews and an excerpt of "Shadows on the Sand." I'd very much like to win a copy.
    Thanks for the opportunity.


  5. This book sounds really interesting. Would enjoy reading it. Thanks for the giveaway.

    sweetdarknectar at gmail dot com

  6. I really like that this story features a vulnerable and broken hero. It sets the stage for Carrie to really bring him back to life. I guess, first they'll have to be thrust in the line of danger. It sounds like a wonderful mix.


  7. I can certainly understand why Shadows on the Sand has been given such glowing reviews. It's an exceptional read. Good luck everyone!

  8. Put my name in the hat for this one, please..
    By the way, loved "The Colonel's Lady" I think I liked this one better than "Courting Morrow Little"...she is really is a good author...thanks again for your book giveaways!!

  9. Oh, I love it when the reader can figure out the mystery along with the characters. I became a fan of Gayle with her LIS "Caught" series. Thanks for telling about this one.

  10. Great review. Makes me very keen to read this book. I love a book that keeps your enthralled and keen to keep turning the pages wondering if you have the things all figured out as to what is going to happen and this sounds like exactly that kind of book.

    Can you please enter my name in the draw. Thanks so much for giving us all the opportunity.

    zabook at tpg dot com dot au

  11. Betsy -- I know, Laura just keeps getting better and better, doesn't she? Good luck with the draw!!!

    Sandra -- what??? Gayle Roper has written for LIS???? What have I been doing with my life????

    Shaz -- thanks -- I think you'd love the read. Good luck!

  12. Thanks for the review, the storyline sounds like a super read.
    Thanks for the opportunity to win this great book.

    cenya2 at hotmail dot com

  13. Please enter my name into the drawing for Shadows in the Sand by Gayle Roper. This books sounds so good, and the visual of the snoopy dance is priceless.

    Thank you,


    dandtdearing [at] earthlink [dot] net

  14. teehee, Tammi, just thinking about the Snoopy dance makes me smile.

    It's definitely a super read, Marjorie. Good luck!

  15. Snoopy Dance, love it! Please add me if I'm not too late. :)
    worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com