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Book Review, “Beneath Copper Falls,” Colleen Coble author

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Beneath Copper Falls, by Colleen Coble, is an amazing novel. Part of the Rock Harbor series, it stands alone quite well. It is set in Rock Harbor, Michigan, located in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

Dana Newell, a 911 dispatcher, escapes an abusive relationship in Washington to move back to Rock Harbor, her hometown. She moves in with her “brother,” Chris, really a stepcousin whose family adopted Dana after the death of her parents.  There she meets Boone Carter, who lost his sister to an abusive boyfriend two years before.  When she realizes that Garrett has followed her and intends to harm her again, she, along with Boone and other friends, realize that they have a dangerous situation to deal with.

I loved this book.  It was filled with suspense and yet also filled with love and friendship.  I especially liked the way Dana was not only surrounded by friends, she was encouraged to learn how to protect herself. I also appreciated the many senior citizens who encouraged Dana and prayed for her.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading Christian suspense novels.

Kara

I received this book free from the publisher and was not required to write a positive review.

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Book Review, “Because You’re Mine,” Colleen Coble author

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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.

Kara

I received this book free from the publisher and was not required to write a positive review.

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Book Review, “The Inn at Ocean’s Edge,” Colleen Coble author

The Inn at Ocean's Edge coverThe Inn at Ocean’s Edge, by Colleen Coble, is a wonderful novel! The first in the Sunset Cove series, it is a thrilling suspense that will keep the reader’s attention until the very end! The second book in this series, Mermaid Moon, is set to become available in December of 2015.

Claire Dellamare rushes to join her father for an important meeting regarding their family business. Upon arriving at the Hotel Tourmaline, however, she begins to have alarming flashbacks and threats to her life. Despite her parents’ efforts to suppress the truth, she learns that she disappeared for a year on her fourth birthday at this very hotel. Luke Rocco’s mother disappeared the very same day, and the two of them begin to track clues and search for the truth. It seems that many people have been hiding the truth, which turns out to be more unsettling than Claire or Luke ever imagined.

This was a great book! I did not want to put it down! It is filled with twists and turns to the plot, involving characters that seem totally uninvolved at the beginning. I especially enjoyed the setting, Maine’s coast, and the inclusion of the baby orca.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Christian suspense novels.

Kara

I received this book free from the publisher and was not required to write a positive review.

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Book Review, “A Heart’s Disguise,” Colleen Coble author

a heart's disguise coverA Heart’s Disguise, by Colleen Coble, is the first in the Journey of the Heart series. This story is from Coble’s first series, including Where the Heart Leads and Plains of Promise, that haven’t been in print for nearly ten years. The Journey of the Heart series is to include six books in all.

This story begins with Sara Montgomery in Wabash, Indiana. With her very ill father and overbearing brother both attempting to persuade her to marry Ben Croftner, Sara decides it is time to put her feelings aside and accept his proposal in order to make everyone else happy. But when her former fiancé, Rand Campbell, returns home from war, she is shocked to learn that Ben knew of Rand’s imprisonment during the war and his stay in a hospital recovering, even though he told everyone Rand had died. She breaks off their engagement, but Rand is leaving for Fort Laramie, Wyoming. Sara refuses to leave her dying father to go with him.

I enjoyed this story, as I have enjoyed all of Coble’s novels. It is well told, and the characters have very real qualities. My only misgiving about this book is that it is very short, with the story ending at page 90. Apparently, this story is to be broken into six of these very short books. I would much prefer to get an entire book and read the story all at once. I felt like I had just opened the book when it was finished.

I would recommend this story to anyone who enjoys reading novels in short installments.

Kara

I received this book free from the publisher and was not required to write a positive review.

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Book Review, “Seagrass Pier,” Colleen Coble author

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Seagrass Pier, by Colleen Coble, is the third in the Hope Beach Novel series. It begins in Virginia Beach, Virginia. But like the first two books in the series, it is mainly set on Hope Island.

Elin Summerall has had a rough couple of years. Her husband passed away. She underwent a heart transplant. Her mother is developing dementia. And then Marc Everton appears at her door investigating an FBI case. As she is explaining to him that she has memories of the victim’s murder due to cell memory and is trying to convince him that the murderer is stalking her, her daughter comes outside to find her. Marc immediately knows he is the father of the child. When Elin moves to Hope Island’s Seagrass Pier soon after, he follows her there both to investigate and to get to know his daughter. But Elin has a difficult time allowing him into Josie’s life, and Marc is determined not to lose any more time with her.

This was an incredible book. I had not heard of cell memory, so it was a refreshing change from the typical suspense novel. The thought of Elin remembering the murder and then needing to convince others that she was being stalked was a totally new idea. I also liked Marc’s determination to be involved in his child’s life once he was informed of her existence.

This was a terrific book, one I would recommend to anyone who enjoys Christian suspense novels.

Kara

I received this book free from the publisher and was not required to write a positive review.

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Book Review, “Bluebonnet Bride,” Colleen Coble author

bluebonnet bride coverBluebonnet Bride is another excellent story by Colleen Coble. A Love Across the Sea novella, the story is set in Austin, Texas in 1907. Nathan White has sent for a mail-order bride, and Elli Korpela arrives from Finland to marry him with bluebonnets she has picked to put on her straw hat.

Elli marries Nathan, agreeing to care for his daughter, Hannah. She hopes that troubles from Henri Laine, a neighbor Elli thinks killed her father, have not followed her across the ocean. But shortly after their marriage, someone breaks in and attacks Elli. The problems continue, until Nathan and Elli begin to wonder what will happen next.

I enjoyed reading Elli and Nathan’s story. They made a charming couple. The twist at the end added much to the story. I would recommend this story to anyone who enjoys Christian historical romances.

Kara

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Book Review, “Rosemary Cottage,” Colleen Coble author

Rosemay Cottage coverRosemary Cottage, a Hope Beach Novel, by Colleen Coble, is a great mystery!  From the very beginning, the story holds your attention and makes you reluctant to put it down.

Since her brother’s accidental death while surfing, Rosemary Cottage belongs solely to Amy Lang.  But Amy isn’t convinced that Ben’s death was an accident, and is determined to unearth the truth.  As she attempts to begin this process, she finds her path joined with that of Curtis Ireland, a Coast Guard officer raising his one-year-old niece, whose birth certificate names Ben as the father.  As Amy and Curtis investigate the deaths of their siblings, they find themselves in a dangerous situation.  Curtis’s car is blown up with a bomb. When baby Raine is kidnapped, they become desperate to find her and the truth.

I enjoyed reading this novel.  The plot held my attention with its twists and turns, and the characters were very believable.   Amy and Curtis struggle with many issues that are common to this world.  I especially enjoyed Edith.  What a great character!!  I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good suspense novel!

Kara

I received this book free from the publisher and was not required to write a positive review.

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