1. Secrets at Cedar Cabin
    Secrets at Cedar Cabin
    Colleen Coble
    Thomas Nelson / 2019 / Trade Paperback
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  1. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    enjoyable read
    January 23, 2019
    Ollie
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Secrets at Cedar Cabin - eBook.
    I really enjoyed this next instalment in the 'Lavender Tides' series.

    Bailey has gone into hiding after someone murdered her mother and tried to murder her. She finds hiding in a remote cabin in Lavender Tides...however not for long! There is plenty of action with a love story interwoven in this wonderful Colleen Coble book. It really was an entertaining read.

    Thank you to the publishers for a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I am very happy to recommend this book.
  2. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    Coble at Her Best
    January 22, 2019
    Grams
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Secrets of Cedar Cabin continues the story of Shauna Bannister's search for her missing siblings. She successfully located her brother, Grayson Bradshaw, in the previous book in the Lavender Tides series. Now they are working to locate their baby sister, Bailey Fleming. In fleeing from her mother's murderer, Bailey surprisingly ended up in Shauna's hometown. The events leading to her discovery, and the terrifying events that followed will keep the reader tied to this story, not to mention Bailey's budding romance with FBI agent Lance Phoenix whose search for his missing sister intersected with Bailey's flight. Don't be surprised when the words, "Well, I didn't see that coming!" rush from your lips. This books is Coble at her best.

    I am grateful to have received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Couldn't Put It Down
    January 21, 2019
    Randi
    This review was written for Secrets at Cedar Cabin.
    This is the third book in the Lavender Tides series, but only the second one I had read. While it had been awhile since reading book two, I had some vague familiarity with the characters from that previous book, so it made it pretty easy to jump right back in. I did still find a few references that I didn't quite catch, either from my poor memory of the last one or having not read book number one in the series. Still, even with that, I was able to catch up pretty quickly. Each novel has a story all its own, so while I would certainly suggest reading the series entirely for the full picture, it could stand on its own as well... especially once the story really starts going.

    And that happens very early on in the story! The action and mystery are there from the start keeping us guessing and wondering what's going to happen, simply unable to put the book down. Now, I read many mystery type stories and find that I am often able to figure out the whodunnit it fairly early on. This book- while giving us a look at some of the goings on that our lead characters aren't aware of- still had enough twists and turns that kept you wondering how it was all going to end. Packed full of secrets and drama, you really didn't know what to expect. I could not get enough! This was definitely one of those books that kept me saying, 'Just one more chapter'... right until I finished reading in a day! It was that good! I loved it, and find myself looking forward to reading more from Colleen Coble in the future.

    If you love drama and mystery with some faith mixed in beautifully, this is a must read.
  4. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Captivating
    January 19, 2019
    nkwbookreviewer
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    "Secrets at Cedar Cabin" is a page turning, intriguing tale that had me doing nothing except reading it. It took very few pages to get captured within its tight grasp. This mesmerizing tale is a contemporary Christian mystery packed with action, adventure, and romance. It is 352 pages of emotions that jumped off of the page and right into me.

    Author Coble has a smooth style of writing. It is obvious she is a seasoned professional. She is one of the best Christian mystery and romance authors I have found. Her prose weaves a tale that will have readers entertained, guessing, and on the edge of their chairs.

    The characters are superb. They are well written, well described, and relatable. It is easy to imagine them in real life. Bailey could have been my buddy. I wanted to help her and many times found myself giving her advice. She was great.

    The amount of details is enough to picture the scenarios but not too much to become bored. Dialog is plentiful and realistic. It doesn't sound stiff. The mention of God and faith is sprinkled throughout the novel. The romance is so good. It has a great love story.

    This book is for mature readers because of its subject matter of human trafficking, kidnapping, abuse, murder, and death. It is certainly not a light piece of fluff. The author tackles real life, gritty issues that need to be addressed. After the story look for a note from the author, acknowledgments, eight discussion questions, author's biography, and advertisements. I love it when the author includes discussion questions.

    I highly recommend this novel to mature readers. It would be a superb choice for a reading group. The author included discussion questions, don't forget. If you are a fan of contemporary, romantic mystery you won't want to miss this one. I rated it five out of five stars.

    A copy was provided from the publisher but I was under no obligation to post a review. These are my own, honest words.
  5. Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: Female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Complex plot, a little romance and lots of suspense
    January 18, 2019
    bookwomanjoan
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This is the third full length novel in The Lavender Tides series but reads well on its own. I enjoyed it. Coble has done a great job of combining mystery, romance, and suspense. And what could be better than the location, the north coast of the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State.

    Readers of the series will be familiar with some of the major characters from previous Lavender Tides novels but the main character is a transplant from the Midwest. How Bailey ends up in the town is a bit convoluted, involving the murder of her mother and the bigamist she thought was her husband giving her the deed to a cabin in Washington. When there is an attempt on her life, she escapes to the only place she thinks might be safe. There is plenty of action in the novel as Coble peels away lies and deceit layer by layer. In the end, Bailey ending up in Lavender Tides does not seem as unreasonable as it did initially.

    A major aspect of the novel is sex trafficking. That is hard to read about although Coble does well with it. Lance, the FBI agent looking into the trafficking, meets Bailey and after a rough start, romance blossoms. He has a personal interest in his investigation as his sister has been missing and is presumed to be held captive.

    There is a good amount of suspense in the novel, especially near the end. The characters are crafted well. Bailey is a brave character and is at times more innovative than the FBI agents.

    One area Coble does not deal with is the psychological issues women face after having been forced into sex trafficking. I wish she would have highlighted the work such women might have to go through to be emotionally and spiritually healthy again. She does include a serious warning to teens through the experience of a character tempted by a predator on social media.

    I do wish Coble had added more description of the area with the Strait of Juan de Fuca to the north and the majestic Olympic Mountains to the south. But then I'm a Washingtonian who can see the location of the novel with just a short drive from my house.

    I do recommend this novel to readers who enjoy a somewhat complicated plot with lies that are slowly revealed and including plenty of suspense. A good discussion guide is included.

    I received a complimentary digital copy of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.
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