Rosemary Cottage is the second book in the Hope Beach series by Colleen Coble. Since I am a serious Colleen Coble book lover, I snatched this book quickly. There is something about her storytelling that I just absolutely love. She has such a gift for great story lines, interesting characters and plots that beg for you to try and figure out. This latest book did not let me down.
Amy Lange is coming back to Hope Island for two different reasons: she is grieving the death of her brother that was lost at sea in a surfing accident. She is not so sure it was an accident and intends to do her own investigating. The other reason, she wants to move her midwife practice to Hope Island and live in Rosemary Cottage which has been a haven for their family. There was also another death three weeks before Amy's brother. Curtis Ireland is a Coast Guard officer who lost his sister to a boating accident, that looks like it wasn't an accident. He is raising his sister's daughter, but that could change with the new information about these two accidents. Amy and Curtis agree to help each other to find out what really happened, but they will be very surprised with what they find the deeper they investigate. Will they find the truth or will the secrets stay hidden? Will they be attracted to each other thru this ordeal or will it drive a wedge between them? What will happen when they find out the truth, can they believe it? These are just some of the teasers I hope will entice you to pick up this book.
On thing I always count on with Colleen's books, I am always trying to figure it out till the very end. I thought I knew the culprit but I was totally shocked when I never saw the ending happening like it did.
She has such a way to writing that sucks you into the storyline which made for a good summer read and I highly recommend it.
Thanks to Thomas Nelson for sending me this free copy just for my honest opinion.
Another well written book by Colleen Coble. I always enjoy her books, but this one was a little more difficult for me to get into. The characters were drawn out and flawed, which is a good thing, but I had difficulty in connecting with the main character, Amy. There really were times when I kind of wanted to smack her for naivety (someone indicates her brother's death may not have been accidental and she automatically opens her house to a person she's never met before? And then, when she catches that person snooping, she believes the lie she's fed? Hmm. One eyebrow is raised.)and her bullheadedness which, in my opinion, bordered on total disregard for Curtis's & Edith's feelings.
Amy, a naturally optimistic person, has a hard time being transparent with Curtis - a man who becomes more than just a passing fancy for her. At the beginning, the romance felt stiff and pressured as it seemed they were always accusing the other's sibling of dubious deeds and neither were willing to believe that their own sibling wasn't perfect and having flaws. One thing that I very much enjoyed about this book, was the natural way Amy approached life. Using herbs and tinctures, etc, I found those parts extremely interesting and actually think a little more would have been awesome. I love stuff like that and was thrilled to see it take a major role in this book. If you like plot twists and turns, and don't like being able to figure out an entire ending, this book will deliver and I found myself doing the 'argh! I didn't see that one coming!' at the end.
This was a good book that I would recommend to lover's of Christian fiction. This book isn't overtly Christian, and some non-Christian fiction readers would find it enjoyable as well.
*My thanks to the publisher for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion. These thoughts are my own, and I was not required they be positive.**
I'm a huge fan of Colleen Coble's romantic suspense novels, and Rosemary Cottage did not disappoint! I liked Amy and Curtis right awayâ€”even if they didn't like each other! Both of them were struggling to deal with the deaths of their siblings, which added a deeper dimension to both of them. There was so much chemistry between the two of them as well. It seemed that every time they talked, they alternated between intense attraction and heated arguments. Of course, their fierce loyalty to their respective siblings didn't help in the midst of those arguments!
My enjoyment of the novel was probably enhanced a little as I read about half of it during a power outage due to a thunderstorm. Nothing makes a suspense novel more suspenseful than reading it in a dark room, by flashlight, with a storm raging outside. Feel free to re-create this scenario when you read Rosemary Cottage! :)
If you enjoy suspense novels, you are sure to love Rosemary Cottage! I highly recommend! [4.5 stars]
I received a free copy of this book from Thomas Nelson and Litfuse Publicity in exchange for my fair and honest review.
Colleen Coble in her new book "Rosemary Cottage" Book Two in the Hope Beach series published by Thomas Nelson takes us into the life of Amy Lange.
From the back cover: Amy came to Rosemary Cottage to grieve, to heal, maybe even find love. But there's a deadly undertow of secrets around Hope Island . . .
The charming Rosemary Cottage on the beach offers Amy Lange respite she needs to mourn her brother, Ben. She's even thinking of moving her midwife practice to the Outer Banks community. It's always been a refuge for her and her family. She also wants to investigate Ben's disappearance at sea. Everyone blames a surfing accident, but Amy has reason to wonder.
Coast Guard officer Curtis Ireland has lost a sibling too. His sister, Gina, was run down by a boat, leaving him to raise her infant daughter. If anyone knew who little Raine's father was, Curtis could lose his beloved niece. Yet he can't help being drawn to Hope Beach's new midwife, Amy. He even agrees to help her investigate what happened to both Ben and Gina.
Can two grieving people with secrets find healing on beautiful Hope Island? Or will their quest for truth set them at odds with each other...and with those who will go to any length to keep hidden things hidden?
"Rosemary Cottage" is a thriller in that characters lives are in danger practically from the first page. Curtis' sister may have been murdered while Amy's brother may have been murdered as well. Curtis is now looking after his niece which is how he meets Amy. While these two are searching for their answers regarding their siblings romance begins. One step leads to another and for the romance to really take hold their secrets are going to have to be revealed and dealt with. Ms. Coble knows how to write characters that come alive off the page. This is a fast-paced read that will keep you guessing as to what is really going on. I recommend this book highly!
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."