From the back of the book: 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 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 would not consider Shadows on the Sand an excellent book, but it was good. The author chose to cover a lot of "stuff" in the lives of her characters, but the biggest theme seemed to be forgiveness. The mystery was intriguing and kept me reading. The romance was appropriate and not overdone. I enjoyed the characters and setting, and I look forward to reading more books by Gayle Roper. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Multnomah Press in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.