Rosemary 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!
I received this book free from the publisher and was not required to write a positive review.
In Rosemary Cottage, Colleen Coble has weaved a heart pounding, suspense-filled novel in the lovely, seaside setting of Hope Beach, North Carolina. Hope Beach is a vacationer's paradise; with its white sandy beaches, roar of the surf, and quaint seaside restaurants serving up shrimp and lobster bisqueâ€”but underneath the guise of warmth and beauty lie deadly secrets, deceit, and heartbreak.
Amy Lang decides to return to Rosemary Cottage on Hope Island; a place where she and her recently deceased brother, Ben, shared so many happy memories of laughter filled, annual vacations_to heal, to find answers, to begin life anew. Amy doesn't believe that Ben died in an accidental drowning, and with the help of handsome, Curtis Ireland, a member of the Coast Guard search and rescue team, she searches for clues surrounding his death.
Curtis recently lost his sister, Gina, in an accident as well and has custody of her sweet little daughter, Raine. As he and Amy begin to investigate, clues are unearthed linking the â€˜accidental' deaths of Ben and Gina to murder, and unsettling questions of Raine's parentage arise. As danger begins to envelope them so does romance_a love that cannot ever be, for Amy harbors secrets herself. Who would want to kidnap little Raine and why?...and will Amy open herself up to healing?_and to love?
Colleen Coble is a master storyteller, whose heartwarming, heart pounding, suspense filled who-dun-it kept me up well into the night! Although this is a sequel to Tidewater Inn, it can easily be read as a stand alone. I quickly fell in love with all of the characters and their problems became mine as I lost myself in this fascinating story with a warm, seaside setting. With as many twists and turns as a roller coaster ride, my heart literally raced as the climactic conclusion unfolded! Nicely done, Colleen Coble!
Rosemary Cottage is the second installment in Colleen Coble's Hope Beach series. These books are mystery romances set on an island in North Carolina's Outer Banks. In Rosemary Cottage, Amy Lang returns to Hope Beach to try to unravel the mystery of her brother's death, although everyone else believes it was a sad accident. Determined to unravel the mystery, she decides to move into her family's summer home on Hope Beach. It doesn't take long before she finds herself working with Curtis Ireland, whose sister died just 2 weeks before Amy's brother, to solve the mystery. Their siblings both left behind a tangled web of secrets and a confusing relationship that is driving a wedge between Amy and Curtis and their budding romance. Will the secrets they uncover tear them apart?
This was my first time reading a Colleen Coble novel. I hadn't read the first book in this series (Tidewater Inn) or any of her other books, but I was still able to jump into Rosemary Cottage without feeling as if I'd missed something important. A few times I found myself confused about one of the characters when they'd pop up in the story, but it only took a second for me to identify them again. If I'd read the first book, I might not have had that issue.
I was immediately drawn into the mystery of Rosemary Cottage, and I found myself cheering for Amy and Curtis to both discover the truth, and fall in love. As the story unfolded, I did find myself suspicious of some of the characters. In the end, the danger didn't come from the character I suspected, but it was linked to that person. The plot had enough twists to keep me guessing and surprise me a bit at the end, though I expected to feel more tension at the end of the book. I was surprised I didn't feel more concern for the very dangerous situation the characters were in.
There were a few times that I felt a story transition was a little rough and it left my head spinning. I occasionally had to re-read a couple paragraphs to follow the author's train of thought - that actually included the last two pages of the story. I was thankful for the happy ending, but I even had to re-read the last two pages and felt like the book had jumped a bit suddenly. The characters had covered a lot of unrecorded conversation in their drive home and reached some major decisions that were just suddenly announced on the last page.
I now have a new author to check out sometimes, and I'll probably read more of her book series. At this point Colleen Coble hasn't made it onto my "favorite authors" list but she's definitely on the "good read" list. I am sure her fans won't be disappointed in Rosemary Cottage and those who've never read any of Colleen's books should give the Hope Beach series a try, though I'd probably recommend you start with Tidewater Inn.
One copy of Rosemary Cottage was given to me, free, for review purposes by Litfuse. This review contains my honest thoughts, and no other compensation was given for this review.
Rosemary Cottage by Colleen Coble is a Christian mystery novel which moves quickly. This book tells the story of Amy Lange who is a nurse midwife who returns to the vacation spot of her family to mourn the death of her much beloved brother, Ben. No one believes that this surfing death is anything but an accident. Amy meets and grows to love one of her neighbors, Curtis who is raising the daughter of his sister, Gina, who recently died around the same time as Ben. This seems too big of a coincident to the two of them as Gina and Ben are the parents of Raine the baby that Curtis is raising. It seems odd that 2 such good swimmers should die within 2 weeks of each other of simple accidents. This is the story of Curtis and Amy convincing the local police to further look into these deaths and how they all work together to solve the murders of these young parents.
Rosemary Cottage by Colleen Coble is a Hope Beach novel and is evidently the 2nd in the series but it easily can stand alone as an easy to read novel. The characters are introduced and the reader is not left wondering how the characters interact. I loved this book and read it easily in one day; I just could not put it down for long. It is a Christian novel but that just is a part of the makeup of the characters. I would recommend this for reading for as young as middle school age children.
I received this book from Booksneeze for this review.
Amy Lange's brother has been lost at sea, eaten by sharks while surfing. She's not completely convinced this is the truth so she heads to Hope Island to investigate. Curtis Ireland has recently lost his sister in a boating accident, and is now raising her young daughter. They team up to find out if what appears to be accidental really was and if there is any connection between the deaths.
I've read and enjoyed Colleen Coble's books before, but for me this one fell a little flat. There's plenty of action but the how and why didn't really connect well for me.
Amy Lange is a midwife and has knowledge of herbs and their uses for healing which I found interesting and there was a reference to Amy drinking Bulletproof Coffee one morning. I wonder how many people will know what that is or just be grossed out by butter in coffee? Honestly, the story felt a little to me like it might be more of a vehicle for the author to get her health message across than something that could fully stand on its own merits.
If you read this book it would be best to start with the first one because it felt like there was a lot of history that I didn't know but would have been helpful to my understanding the story.
I received this book from Litfuse and Thomas Nelson for the purpose of an honest review. My opinion is my own.