I love all of Colleen Coble's books, and this book did not disappoint. I had to go back and look at the first book in this series "Tidewater Inn" to remember the story line as it was a while since I had read it. I couldn't put this book down until I had finished it and since I was on holidays I had the luxury of being able to read it quickly. I couldn't work out the mystery until near the very end, it had me stumped. There is romance also. I loved this book and look forward to the next one in the series. I hope it is not too long for it to come out.
Hope Island. Just the name draws me to want to come and spend time there in quietness. But, all is not as it seems. We were first introduced to the community of Hope Beach in Tidewater Inn, but if you haven't read that one yet, you can always pick it up and read later. Although we do meet the same people, the story is not a continuation. Colleen weaves a sweet romance in with dramatic suspense in her talented writing, and once started, this book is difficult to leave.
As in any small town, but perhaps more so in a rather isolated town, everyone knows each other, or thinks they do, and what they do not know, they assume. And often, rumors become what we take as reality because we have heard them so frequently.
Aside from being a great novel written in Colleen's unique style, this novel has deeper levels. How well do I really know my family? Amy thought she knew Ben, but did she? Curtis felt the secrets he was keeping was honoring his sister, but do we keep secrets because we are trying to shield ourselves? How far would we go to get something we want?
Definitely a novel suspense readers will enjoy.
I received this free book from Amy and Chris at Litfuse Publicity Group and Thomas Nelson Publishers in exchange for an honest review. A positive critique was not required. The opinions are my own.
The second book of the Hope Beach series begins with immediate intrigue. A young mother is murdered by someone she knows and the death is declared accidental. Several months later upon the arrival of Amy, questions begin to surface and clues come to light about the murdered woman and Amy's brother. As Amy and Curtis, the murdered woman's brother, reconnect, they have to learn to trust each other with very important information. They also have to decided if they will trust their heart and the gift God has given them.
I enjoyed Rosemary Cottage from page one and was surprised at the twists at the end. This is not a cookie cutter suspense novel that is easy to figure out who did what, but draws the reader in and keeps the questions coming until the very end. I would recommend this book to anyone and have already passed it on to my mom and mother-in-law who both read it very quickly.
If you're looking for a good Christian story filled with suspense, action, and romance, Colleen Coble's Rosemary Cottage is a great choice. The setting is inviting, the characters are well-developed, and the suspense grabs you from the very beginning.
This story illustrates one of the main reasons I read Christian fiction almost exclusively. The love story is an important element in the book. You observe the relationship growing between the characters, but it is presented in a way that is God-honoring; no steamy, inappropriate actions or thoughts are needed to tell their story.
The mystery is well played, up to the very end of the story. I had some of the pieces figured out, but I have to admit that parts of the final resolution caught me completely by surprise.
Rosemary Cottage offers a return to Hope Beach, the setting for the first book in this series, Tidewater Inn. Although the inn and some of the characters from that story show up here, you will have no problem following the story of Rosemary Cottage as a standalone. (Of course, I would recommend you go back and read the first book as well.)
Thanks to the BookSneeze blogging program for providing a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.