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.**