Title: Beyond The Misty Shore
Author: Vicki Hinze
Publisher: Bell Bridge Books
Category: Adult romance with a touch of the paranormal.
Beyond theMistyShoreis a delightful romance with just a touch of fantasy and a heart warming message about the role of trust and faith in truly loving another.
Set in the Seascape Inn of Maine, it features a matchmaking innkeeper and her ghostly helper, who gently intervene to help a tortured artist and a female guest find the peace and happiness their troubled hearts need.
T.J hasn’t been able to paint for two years, ever since his fiancé died in a car crash that one of his paintings of the Seascape Inn mysteriously survived. He came to the Inn to heal himself and hasn’t been able to leave for 9 months. Every time he sets foot across the boundary line of the property, he blacks out and no one can work out why.
Enter Maggie. She has come to Seascape to look into her cousin, T.J’s fiancé’s death and suspects that T.J may have had something to do with it. She doesn’t tell him what her mission is and the longer she leaves it, the harder it is to do so.
All romances have something that keeps the potential lovers apart and must be overcome if they are to be together. In this case it’s the fears and prejudices they have developed in response to their life experiences. Trust in the opposite sex is a huge issue for both of them. She was burned by an abusive father and he by his dead fiancé who he discovered never loved him. She merely wanted the position in society that being his wife would have brought her.
T.J also struggles with his own lack of judgment in what constitutes love and Maggie, in particular, finds it almost impossible to have faith that she could ever have a profound and lasting love relationship with any man. Ms Hinze writes this story with great emotional depth and realism as with the help of the wonderfully wise Miss Hattie, the characters slowly grow towards the realisations that free them to love fully.
The end is fitting for a romance and as it appears that there is a sequel, it will be interesting to see where the story goes from here. I give it 5 stars and recommend it for all romance lovers.
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