Because You’re Mine, by Colleen Coble, is an amazing novel. Coble sets the story mainly in Charleston, but partially in Ireland. It tells of a woman’s journey through grief within some extremely difficult circumstances.
Alanna Connolly plays the fiddle and sings in the Celtic band she founded, Ceol. Her husband, the percussionist, is killed one night when his friend Jesse’s car explodes. Upon returning to Ireland for the funeral, her husband Liam’s father threatens to take Alanna’s unborn baby if she does not cooperate with him. To escape him, Alanna agrees to marry Barry, the band’s new manager, and live in Charleston. After the marriage, however, the band hires Jesse, who survived the explosion but has no memory, as their new percussionist. As Jesse spends more and more time with Alanna, he begins to have feelings and memories that confuse him. When dangerous and unusual things begin to happen at Barry’s estate, Jesse and Ceol worry about Alanna but are not sure how to protect her.
I enjoyed this book very much. I guessed much of the ending early into the book, but found it a marvelous read anyway. I especially liked Alanna’s friends, who were willing to endure hardship and difficult circumstances for her sake.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Christian romance novels or those about incredible friendships.
I received this book free from the publisher and was not required to write a positive review.