Friday, May 1, 2015

Daily Vintage - Victorian Trade Card, Woman Balancing on Bubble

Today's Daily Vintage is this charming Victorian trade card featuring a woman - perhaps a circus performer - balancing on a giant bubble.  This card is TINY (2.5" x .075").  I purchased it at an ephemera show, and was told that it dates 1870's to 1880's.  I think it would look great in a small frame.  I have framed small pictures like this with vintage paper or vintage-look paper (from your favorite craft supply or art supply store) as a background.    This Victorian card is at Birdhouse Books: Victorian Trade Card, Woman Balancing on Bubbles.

Book Review and Giveaway: The Inn at Ocean's Edge by Colleen Coble

Synopsis:
Claire's visit to a luxury hotel in Maine awakens repressed memories, threatening all she holds dear. 

In 1989, Claire Dellamare disappeared from her own fourth birthday party at the Hotel Tourmaline on the island of Folly Shoals, Maine. She showed up a year later at the same hotel, with a note pinned to her dress but no explanation. Nobody knows where Claire spent that year---and until now, Claire didn't even know she had ever been missing.

But when Claire returns to the Hotel Tourmaline for a business meeting with her CEO father, disturbing memories begin to surface . . . despite her parents' best efforts to keep them forgotten.

Luke Rocco lost his mother under equally mysterious circumstances---at the same time Claire disappeared. After a chance encounter reveals the unlikely link between them, Claire and Luke set out together to uncover the truth about what happened that fateful year.
With flashbacks swimming just beneath her consciousness and a murderer threatening her safety, Claire's very life depends on unscrambling her past . . . even if her family refuses to acknowledge it. Someone-maybe everyone-is hiding something from Claire Dellamare, and it will cost her everything to drag the truth out into the light. 

My Review:

The Inn at Ocean's Edge is an exciting, twist-filled romantic suspense novel.  Be sure to set aside time to enjoy this book and be prepared to stay up reading.  It is a novel you will not want to put down. 

This is my first Colleen Coble read, and I really enjoyed the writing style.  The characters are well developed, the dialogue moves smoothly, and the plot is fast moving.  Claire is a strong, independent, and sympathetic protagonist, and I really liked her relationship with Luke.

I also loved the setting of a coastal inn in Maine.  The descriptions in this book are vivid and evocative.  I love books with a seaside setting, and found that very appealing in this novel.

There are Discussion Questions for readers at the end of this book.  It would make a terrific book group discussion choice.   I would recommend this book highly for anyone who enjoys a well crafted, intelligently written romantic suspense novel.


Purchase a copy: http://bit.ly/1PDMkED




About the author:

Colleen Coble
has sold over 2 million novels worldwide. Seagrass Pier, the third installment in her acclaimed Hope Beach series, marks a new highpoint for emotion and complexity in Coble's addictive brand of romantic suspense.

Find Colleen online: website, Facebook, Twitter 

Giveaway

Celebrate the release of The Inn at Ocean's Edge by entering to win a Kindle Fire and RSVPing to her May 5th author chat party!

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One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A Kindle Fire
  • A copy of A Heart's Disguise
  • A copy of A Heart's Obsession
  • A copy of The Inn at Ocean's Edge
Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on May 7th. Winner will be announced May 8th on Colleen's website. Plus be sure to clear your calendar on the evening of May 5th because Colleen is hosting an author chat party on Facebook to celebrate her A Journey of the Heart series and the release of The Inn at Ocean's Edge! RSVP here!

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RSVP today and spread the word—tell your friends about the giveaway via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on May 5th!

I received a copy of this book from Litfuse in exchange for an honest review.