I'm a nut about home improvement, especially historic preservation. We bought an old Victorian home to restore, and it turned into a much bigger project that I ever would have dreamed. We've been working on it f
or fifteen years and still aren't done. But I still love it. When we bought our home, it was a duplex. We knocked out a wall that had been added and found the pocket doors still hidden inside. That was a super fun day!
In Tidewater Inn, Libby has the same passion for historic preservation. She and her business partner are working on a new project in Hope Beach. Her friend calls with some amazing news--some of Libby's family is on the island, siblings she had no idea even existed. Before she can assimilate the information, her friend is kidnapped by two men while Libby watches helplessly on a beach cam feed. When she arrives at Hope Beach to try to find her friend, she meets a hunky Coast Guard officer who helps her begin to figure out what is going on. I hope you can smell the ocean breeze and feel the sand between your toes!
In honor of our shared passion for historic preservation, I'm going to pass along my recipe for stripping old paint from a home's exterior. It's a job that Libby has to do at Tidewater Inn, and it's one that I kind of enjoy. You need a heat gun. We used this one but there are others that are less expensive. We liked this one because it had two temperatures. I like to start at the bottom because heat rises. Aim the heat gun at the board. I start at the bottom of the board. The paint will begin to bubble. Wait until it's really softened. I use a 1 1/2" putty knife like this to scrape it off. It's a heavy duty one that works great and the sharp point can get into the crevices. The paint will come up easily if you've gotten it hot enough. By the way, this works on painted furniture too. And it's kind of fun!
There are a lot of layers in Tidewater Inn, just as there are paint layers when you are working on restoring a project. Between the suspense and mystery, there is romance and family relationships. I hope you enjoy it! Let me know what you think.
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The group picture is in Lamb's Well in Warner Robbins GA. One of their former employees and a friend of mine on Facebook saw my post that I was on my way in. She (Sarah) threw her toddler in the car and zoomed to the store before I left. Once I knew she was on her way, wild horses couldn't have dragged me off! The owner of the store, Carla, is on the far left. She's got an awesome store!
I also stopped at The Potter's House in Valdosta GA but didn't get a picture, doggone it! But it was a terrific store and I loved meeting Brenda and Cherie!