Colleen Coble’s “The Inn at Ocean’s Edge” – And A Research Trip To Remember

Photo sent by Colleen Coble

Photo sent by Colleen Coble

Colleen Coble is one of my favorite romantic suspense authors! Her plots and visual imagery are outstanding and The Inn at Ocean’s Edge is no exception. The book takes place along the coast of Maine.

For your chance to win a copy of Colleen’s new book, write one interesting fact about Maine in the comments below. We will draw a name to be announced on Thursday.

Over the past few years I have had the delight of being able to meet Colleen and become friends. Today as part of a celebration of this new release, I’d like to share some pictures of her research trip to Maine where the inspiration for this book began to breathe words.

Let’s start with a sneak peak:

“The sea was near. Though she couldn’t see it, she smelled the salt air and heard its roar as it hit the rocks close by. The branches around her held scary shadows. The forest was thick here, and she put her hand on the rough bark of a tree that smelled like Christmas. Mommy had told her to stay far away from the rocks.

     But which way are they?

     It was too dark to tell. She was afraid to move for fear she’d tumble off a cliff.” 

Already we are hooked into the story with the Prologue. The suspense of this story kept me guessing as I read. Small pieces of a greater puzzle were revealed a piece at a time, so I could hardly stand to put it down.

So where did Colleen come up with the setting of “The Inn at Ocean’s Edge?” In a trip to the coast of Maine. Who said writer’s research can’t be fun?




“One thing I loved about Maine was the terrific ice cream and the way I could get even gluten free lobster rolls! Yummy!”

~Colleen Coble





A surprise for many readers is that some of the characters in The Inn at Ocean’s Edge will also be featured in Denise Hunter’s next Christmas release.

Highlights of the book I found as a reader:

Photo sent by Colleen Coble

Photo sent by Colleen Coble

*The unique occupations of the hero and heroine’s family really drew me in. Claire’s father is the CEO of the Hotel Tourmaline. Luke’s family owns a cranberry farm and he also works with baby orcas.

*Two old mysteries interwoven together.

*The sizzle of the romance on the page between Luke and Claire.

*The twists and turns of the plot.

*The beautiful imagery Colleen weaves makes you feel as if you are sitting at the ocean shore.

*The characters come alive on the page with their very distinct personalities.

A sneak peak at a taste of back cover copy:

“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.”

I highly recommend this book as one of your spring/summer reads!

For your chance to enter the drawing for a copy of Colleen Coble’s new book The Inn At Ocean’s Edge, leave a comment telling something about the state of Maine(if you look something up really quick… that still counts).




About Michelle Lim

Author Michelle Lim is the Brainstorming/Huddle Coach with My Book Therapy Press and the Midwest Zone Director for American Christian Fiction Writers. Michelle’s romantic suspense is represented by Karen Solem of Spencillhill Associates and has gained contest recognition in the Frasier, the Genesis, and the Phoenix Rattler, winning the Genesis in 2015 for her genre. Michelle writes devotionals for The Christian Pulse Online Magazine and Putting On The New. Since her nonfiction book release, Idea Sparking: How To Brainstorm Conflict In Your Novel, through public speaking and online chats Michelle helps writers discover the revolutionary power of brainstorming to bring new life to their stories.

18 thoughts on “Colleen Coble’s “The Inn at Ocean’s Edge” – And A Research Trip To Remember

  1. JillKemerer says:

    Wow!! First off, I love the title and cover!! Secondly, baby orcas?? I’m in! After a long winter, I’m desperate for any hint of summer, and the ocean fits the bill perfectly.

    I’ve never been to Maine, but I read all of Amy Dacyzyn’s books on living frugally. She described how they raised their six children in Maine, and I’ve always wanted to visit. Maybe someday I will!

    Congratulations, Colleen, on another fantastic release!

  2. Joanie Bruce says:

    I’ve never been to Maine either, but I have a niece who lives close to Maine and has visited. She says there is a factory there that only cans dandelion greens. Dandelion greens? How interesting that there would be enough demand for them to keep a whole factory busy. lol I think that’s definitely an interesting fact! Congratulations on your new book!

    • Michelle Lim says:

      I would have never believed a whole factory for dandelion greens. Too funny! They really could have just stopped by a neighbor’s yard if they were from the Midwest. LOL.

  3. Wow-2! What a great hook. Will have to have this book!

    I went to Maine one time. The director of the grant I worked on and I were sitting in the parking lot of a hotel in Washington DC. We had driven there from Mississippi and met up with a friend from Maine who invited us to drive on up to her house. Heads we went home, tails we went to Maine. Tails came up. It.Is.Beautiful.

  4. Sherry says:

    Maine’s blueberry crop is the largest in the nation.

  5. Doreen Marr says:

    I LOVE Maine! So much so, that when I got a puppy nearly two years ago, I named her Acadia Mae, after one of my very favorite places in Maine–Acadia National Park. Never cease to be awestruck by the rugged beauty of the Maine Coast!

  6. terrielea says:

    The French aspect is interesting. The first European settlement in Maine was by the French in 1604; 23.9% of the population are from French or French Canadian descent; The state has the highest percentage of current French speakers of any state – 5.28%. .

  7. Trixi O. says:

    Cranberries, now that’s interesting! We have a Cranberry Museum not too far from us in Long Beach, WA. We visited quite a number of years ago, but we were too early for the harvesting. That would have been fun to watch! They also have a self-guided walking tour around their bogs. Funny how you can find the same things growing in states that are so far from each other! Never thought of cranberries in Maine 🙂

    • Michelle Lim says:

      You all in Washington have rainier weather. My guess is there are some similarities to Maine in weather. It is amazing how many similarities we can find in varied locations and even different types of people. Good luck in the contest, Trixi. Glad you stopped by.

  8. dtopliff says:

    I love Colleen’s books, too, and she’s brilliant to combine fun research with such great places to visit–it makes her books even more fun to read. I’d love to win this one. Keep it up.

  9. Hi.reading “the inn at ocean’s edge” now..just love the characters and the settings..i have a friend who lives in Maine.originally from New Jersey and says she will never leave Maine..I have never been but hope to go some day..congrats on your new book are a very talented writer ..god bless

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