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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Beyond the Misty Shore - Vicki Hinze



Released October 2011

Vicki Hinze
Bell Bridge Books

Reviewed by Tracy Farnsworth

Vicki Hinze's first novel in the "A Seascape Romance/Novel" series was recently reissued. Originally released in 1996 under the name Victoria Barrett, Beyond the Misty Shore impressed me just as much today as it did back then. If you've never found this series, you're missing a real treat.

Artist T. J. MacGregor has been unable to leave Seascape Inn for months. Every time he attempts to cross the property line, an icy feel overwhelms him and he collapses to the ground. He's terrified and can't figure out who or what is keeping him trapped at this Maine inn.

Maggie Wright is determined to get to the bottom of her cousin's death. The fact that her cousin's body and car were burned beyond recognition fits the accident scene, but what doesn't fit is that a painting by T. J. MacGregor wasn't harmed at all. It's this unusual piece of evidence that brings Maggie to Maine to find out if T. J. killed his fiance.

What Maggie doesn't expect is to start falling for T. J. The more time she spends with him, the more she begins falling head over heels. It isn't long, however, before both Maggie and T. J. realize there is something within the inn that is determined to keep them from leaving.

Beyond the Misty Shore is the first book what was called the "A Seascape Romance" series. It's since been renamed "A Seascape Novel" series. I highly recommend reading them in order. Vicki Hinze does a great job at building a classic love story complete with a meddling spirit, charming townspeople, and a dramatic setting. If you've ever been to Maine, you'll see the author does a great job at bringing Sea Haven Village to live. It's a fictional town, but so very much like small Maine towns that you'll feel like you're there.

I don't remember all of the details from the first time I read this series, so while I remembered bits and pieces, I didn't remember the ending. I found myself loving T. J. and Maggie's story just as much now as I did back when it was originally released. It has a timeless feel that makes it a novel I'm so glad I reread.

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