Lonestar Secrets (Lonestar Series #2)

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Can a secret be kept forever?

Five years ago, Shannon Astor left the beautiful high-mountain country of West Texas as a single mother. She was desperate for a fresh start and a way to keep the secrets of her past buried. It almost worked.

Until a chance to make a better life for her daughter leads her right back home. To the very place of the past betrayals.

But it also ...

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Can a secret be kept forever?

Five years ago, Shannon Astor left the beautiful high-mountain country of West Texas as a single mother. She was desperate for a fresh start and a way to keep the secrets of her past buried. It almost worked.

Until a chance to make a better life for her daughter leads her right back home. To the very place of the past betrayals.

But it also leads Shannon to horse-trainer Jack MacGowan—her handsome high-school nemesis, now a widowed father. His daughter looks so startlingly like her own that Shannon can't help but question the circumstances surrounding her daughter's birth. Wary of each other's intentions, Shannon and Jack reluctantly join forces to untangle a deep mystery that swirls around Shannon's parents, a lost Spanish treasure, and a legendary black stallion.

If Shannon can learn to entrust her secrets to the man falling in love with her, the truth just might set her free.

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Evangelical Christian novelist Coble offers up a Texan-style serving of ranch, rodeo and rambunctious interpersonal conflicts. Single mom Shannon Astor returns to her hometown in Bluebird Crossing with her daughter, Kylie, in tow, to take over as local veterinarian. Immediately upon arriving at her late uncle's dilapidated house, Shannon is faced with a dead farmhand. Before readers can recover from that episode, Shannon gets an emotional revelation involving Jack MacGowan, a wealthy landowner who ruined her reputation years earlier. Now, she must decide what to do with her newfound knowledge, and in quick succession her life is threatened, her daughter's birth father re-enters her life, and she must put to rest demons from the past. Fans of Coble will enjoy the light banter and easy conversational tone of this story, but too many unlikely and unrealistic plot complications detract from what could have been a satisfying love story. (July)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781595544872
  • Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/28/2009
  • Series: Lonestar Series , #2
  • Pages: 321
  • Sales rank: 273,062
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

USA Today bestselling authorColleen Coble has writtenseveral romantic suspense novels including Tidewater Inn, Rosemary Cottage,and theMercy Falls, Lonestar, and Rock Harbor series. Visit her website at www.colleencoble.com Twitter: @colleencoble Facebook: colleencoblebooks

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2012

    Excellent read

    Colleen Coble does it again with Lonestar Secrets. This is a true 5 star book! Loved it from the first page to the last. The characters are all amazing and you find yourself falling in live with them. Few writers have the ability to grab their auidence as Colleen does every time. This is an awesome romance mixed with plenty enough mystery to keep you guessing. It is a must read!


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  • Posted May 8, 2012

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    I really liked the first book in this series, and Lonestar Secre

    I really liked the first book in this series, and Lonestar Secrets is just as delightful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2012

    Great book!!!

    I love Colleen Coble! Shes such an amazing author :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2011

    Highly Recommended

    Iread this book, and could not wait to start the next one. I have gone on to read most of her most of her book's. She is an amazing writer, I can not put her books down.

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  • Posted August 12, 2011

    Great Read!

    Colleen Coble is great at keeping you interested in the story from the beginning. I love all of her books!

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  • Posted November 16, 2009

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    Lonestar Secrets is Hard to Put Down

    "No more secrets," Jack tells Shannon. But secrets are all she has.

    Colleen Coble relates this touching, yet suspenseful, account of a couple who must learn to love each other for the sake of their children. Set in the plains of West Texas, this story brought back childhood memories of sandstorms, cowboy hats, and ugly multi-legged critters indigenous to that area. I grew up in Brownfield (southwest of Lubbock).

    One "aha" moment for me was when Jack learned the truth about love from a former racehorse. How perfect is that?

    This author has a unique gift of creating an array of subplots, which she gathers together in one neat package in the end. She also offers riveting discussion questions in the end for book clubs.

    I loved the book in spite of the fact that Colleen Coble used the name of my protagonist in my novel, "Obedient Heart." No worries. Since mine isn't published yet, my Jack McGowan will have a name change. That's the beauty of fiction! :-}

    "Lonestar Secrets" - Buy it. Read it. Immerse yourself in it. TODAY!

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  • Posted October 28, 2009

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    Lonestar Secrets

    This book is about a woman named Shannon who decides to go back to her hometown where she can raise her young daughter Kylie in a good environment with lots of fresh air. However, by moving back, Shannon must also face the many demons she left behind. She gets a job as a veterinarian and moves into her uncle's old and dilapidated house.

    Soon after arriving, Shannon finds her high school enemy, Jack, has a daughter named Faith who looks just like her own daughter Kylie. After a little detective work, Shannon and Jack uncover the truth: both girls are Shannon's daughters and they were separated at birth. In order to provide the girls with a good home and spare them from custody battles, Shannon and Jack get married. Over time, Shannon is able to regain her trust in Jack, and they fall in love.

    This book had some twists and turns that I wasn't expecting. When I first started reading, I thought that I already had the plot figured out, and I knew exactly what would happen. I was pleasantly surprised.

    However, there were a few word choices that struck me as odd. The first was when the word "coke" was used synonymously with the word "soda" or "pop." I've never heard that. Although, after a little research, I found it's kind of cultural thing. You know how couch and divan mean the same thing, but people in the Western United States usually say couch, and people in the South call it a divan. I also had some issues with how the word bile was used a couple of times, but I'm wondering if these are just dialect issues more than anything. I wouldn't let them keep me from reading the book, I just thought they were interesting.

    Anyway, back to the book. It kept my interest, the dialogue is pretty good, and the characters are very likable. There were some instances when things turned out too convenient, and didn't seem believable-such as when Shannon, the veterinarian, shows up at Jack's ranch only to find his horse having a foal. Overall, this book would be a good light read if you are a Christian western romance fan.

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  • Posted October 11, 2009

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    Review- 'Lonestar Secrets' by Colleen Coble

    Whenever I sit to write another book-review,inevitably I need to strain my brain hard enough to get to remember the niceties of the paperbacks I was lucky(or often unlucky enough) to go through! But this time,I did make it a point to get it done very soon,if not sooner.And so,here I am.
    Unlike the previous hard bound I got from the same publishers,frankly speaking this paperback really did not live upto the expectations the first novel mustered upon me by its quality.But everything can't and should not be always compared with other equals,and this one has got its own positives,maybe some of which the previous one lacked in some aspects.So,over and all,you don't loose.

    'Lonestar Secrets' speaks about the rather coming-back-to-life life of a girl(or rather a woman) who has seen life from different perspectives,be it the jeery low or be it the glorious top by virtue of her own dignified approach to life,she has gone through all of it.And in that way she is lucky enough to differentiate between right and wrong,black and white,and love and hate.Love gave her the jeer of her life,love forced her to loose all trust on 'trustworthiness',love forced her down the dungeon of darkness and lifenessness.And that too with none there by her side,her parents being dead on way to their journey of 'quick-bucks'.Shannon Astor,the protagonist then survived with her own implications of life,pulled herself throughout high school,and after that joined her very close-to-heart vet discipline,for which she can even give up life's niceties.And this determination with whoch she took up her life of betterment shoved her way up to more brightnesses.In themeanwhile some dramatisms took palce in her life regarding her falling for a shiny-buckled-heartless-cowboy,carrying his twin child,and then a hospital fiasco during her labor which turned out to be a life-changer for her to betterment.And this is the point from where she started to see the light of life,maybe the twin children were god-send to her in that way.And more drama follows,her making up to her babychild-switching,her meeting her childhood crush whom she got forced to marry by circumstances,and then for the rest of the drama was rather in her own side.She won in every aspects of life.She own every hearts and every trusts.Which in turn brings up the woman in her ina big way.

    Author Colleen Coble has got in her sleeves two more before this one in this series,including 'Lonestar Sanctuary' but maybe this is one of her best works,and who can say we are going to get better of her very soon,if not sooner!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2009

    Lonestar Secrets by Colleen Coble

    This book was amazing - I truley enjoyed the characters and the storyline. It was something tragic that turned into something beautiful and romantic. I cared about the characters from the first chapter and that grew with each additional chapter I read. It show you that things happen to us for a reason and that there is someone out there looking out for us all the time. I loved this book and can not wait to read more from her.

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  • Posted September 20, 2009

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    Review for Thomas Nelson on Lonestar Secrets by Colleen Coble

    After I finished reading and reviewing the book Fearless for Thomas Nelson I couldn't wait to go back to their site to pick the next book to review. Lonestar Secrets looked like it was right up my alley. I love Christian fiction books and this book was no different. Here is the book description as written on the website:

    Can Texas's majestic Big Bend help Shannon find her life again?
    Shannon Astor returns to southwest Texas to serve as the town's veterinarian, believing she's finally found the space to get her life back on track.
    Then she catches a glimpse of Jack MacGowan, the man who ruined her life years before. But even more shocking is the sight of Jack's five-year-old daughter Faith, who bears an uncanny resemblance to Shannon's own daughter Kylie. Is it possible that their similarities could be more than just coincidence? Could Faith be the daughter that Shannon has believed to be dead for all these years?
    As the truth emerges, everyone is forced to take sides--in a story with a heart as big as Texas.

    Now, does that not sound like a thoroughly intriguing story?!? It was. I was on the edge of my seat reading this and did not want to put it down. I am usually able to figure out a plot fairly quickly because I read so many books but this one kept me surprised until the end. The plot twists and turns and is very interesting. I love that it is Christian based and it is not full of bad language. Plus, you can't go wrong when you throw in horses and cowboys! Just sayin'! Now I noticed at the end of the book that this is the second in this series and there is a third one coming out in April 2010 so I am definitely on the lookout for those. If you like a good Christian story with drama, suspense and romance then this is a book you should read. You can check out the author Colleen Coble's website. Here is the link to www.thomasnelson.com

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  • Posted September 13, 2009

    Not Well Thought Out

    Lonestar Secrets is a romance novel by Colleen Coble. Veternarian Shannon Astor returns to her home town in Texas to for a fresh start and a better life for her daughter. She discovers Jack MacGowan's daughter is a twin to Shannon's daughter--switched at birth for Jack's dead daughter by a nurse. Jack and Shannon decided to get married, but between Jack holding onto his dead wife and a dangerous man pursuing Shannon for money, the pair must find their way to romance.

    This story felt not well-thought out and thrown together. Major elements are given cursory treatment and left behind. When Shannon discovers the babies were switched at birth, we get a hasty explanation of a doctor's incompetence, and that's. The same thing for Shannon's illness, which only pops up when the story needs it for complications and the implications of it ignored.

    The worst for me was the money storyline. Shannon's roommate has been kidnapped, Shannon threatened, and her house broken into. And it gets ignored until the story needs a complication. Then something happens, everyone gets excited for a little while, and then it gets forgotten again.

    This was an unsatisfying read.

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  • Posted September 11, 2009

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    A Wonderful Read

    Shannon is looking for a chance to better her life for herself and her daughter. While she has struggled as a single mother and put herself through vet school, the ranch bequeathed to her offers a new opportunity. The vet clinic in town is also available to her, so off she goes. But, does the little town hold painful secrets for her? And, what's up with Mary Beth?
    Jack is struggling with painful memories of his deceased wife, but his daughter is the light of his life. The ranch and training horses give him an outlet for his passion and give him a great place to raise his daughter. What is his connection to Shannon?
    Faith and Kylie are two little girls caught in a whirlwind of secrets. What will happen when the secrets come out? Will they both accept the outcome?
    I totally enjoyed this book! There is mystery, suspense, love, faith, and humor. The location and characters drew me into the story and provided a comfortable place to hear the story. The animals also drew me in - Jewel the gorgeous stallion and the dogs, Moses, Wyatt, and Jem. This is a story for anyone who loves a good read.

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  • Posted September 9, 2009

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    Lonestar Secrets

    I was eager to read Coble's prairie romance, Lonestar Secrets. Set in Texas in the present. A young woman, Shannon Astor who was orphaned as a teen and outcast in high school, makes good and became a veterinarian on her own. A "mistake" in college left her with a daughter, the living half of a set of twins. Life in San Antonio was rough, and Shannon returns to her small home community in the desert to practice and raise her daughter. Once there, she discovers that her other child lived and was switched at birth for the dead newborn of her high school nemesis.

    Those facts are laid out clearly in the front of the story, which is laced with danger, suspense, kidnapping, a dead body, a creepy former lover, politics and marriage of convenience. Trickled in was mention of a lost treasure which could help to cover Shannon's enormous vet school loans and great horses.

    This was an intriguing storyline. It should have been a fantastic tale, but was fraught with inexplicable character timelines and forgetting who met whom already, relationships that took awhile to figure out, odd reactions to incredibly dangerous and illegal situations, and grandparents who didn't even ask to see their grandchild. The story felt as if it were originally set in the past and modernized as a rewrite, which isn't a bad thing. But I remind myself it is fiction, and the characters did draw me in and made me want to continue to pick up the book and keep reading, even through the dinner bell, bedtime and the occasional "whew" moments.

    Coble kept the tension ramped, making the reader wonder what could happen next. As a serial, it certainly stands alone as a tidy tale. I plan to read the others. Horse lovers will definitely love this story.

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  • Posted September 6, 2009

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    Lonestar Secrets by Colleen Coble

    Shannon leaves San Antonio for the country life, the home she left 5 years ago. Now as a veterinarian, she is hoping to begin a new life. From the get go - she runs into trials and misfortunes. As a single mom - she has to overcome and succeed not only for her sake but her daughter's future.

    I received this book Friday afternoon from the Thomas Nelson's Book Review Program and couldn't put it down. Every page was filled with suspense and wonder. Shannon is someone who has a greater vision to get her through every day trials.

    Set in West Texas, you can almost taste the dirt on your tongue as you read through the book. Animals are her love and they seem to understand her, where as people have let her down time and time again. Betrayal seems to be at every door she opens and yet refuge comes from unwilling characters.

    Every page had more suspense and added more mystery to the overall story. Sometimes I felt lost with all the characters and would have to go back and re-read to find out who was who and how they related to the overall story.

    Being from Texas and being brought up around horses, I felt that I understood the setting of the book. The author's language made me feel like I was right there, like a fly on the wall, as I was reading the entire book.

    I was surprised at the end of the book. It was an ending, I really had not expected. The book was suspenseful, romantic, entertaining and had a sweet message. I would love to see this book become a movie.

    I would definitely share this book with a friend.

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  • Posted September 4, 2009

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    Lonestar Secrets! Another great book by Colleen Coble!

    I received Lonestar Secrets today as part of Thomas Nelson's Book Review Blogger program (http://brb.thomasnelson.com/) and I started it immediately and finished it in one sitting! I really loved this story and it follows with the theme of women veterinarians that most of the books I'm reading seem to have this summer. I love stories with hunky cowboys too and this story did not disappoint, Jack was a terrific hero. Although this story was a little more suspense filled than what I usually read, I found it to be refreshing. The romance is there, as well as the mystery and tragedy. The ending was really surprising, I never saw it coming! I can't wait to read the other books in the series! This book was well written and any lover of a good western romance or romantic suspense will love this book. Even though it's a Christian romance I don't think readers of secular fiction would have a problem reading this as it's not too preachy, just a good, clean book!

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  • Posted September 3, 2009

    Reading Fiction

    There are a lot of reasons I like to read fiction books. I love Honey for A Woman's Heart by Gladys Hunt, because she talks about all the reasons women should read. She talks about reading to feel life, to feel pleasure, and to learn. This book is one of those that I read simply to feel pleasure--to enjoy and escape the struggles of life.

    Lonestar Secrets is the story of Shannon and her daughter Kylie who return to the town she lived in as a teen and where she got pregnant and had her daughter. In the beginning of the story, she realizes that the twin of her daughter is not dead, but still living. And the story unfolds from there...

    It is a good story. I wanted to know how it ended and I forgot about the worries on my plate right now. Colleen Coble's writing is much like Karen Kingsbury's and although this is part of a series, you could read to the end and feel like you had reached the end. I do not like the Beverly Lewis novels that leave you hanging at the end. I want to know that things work out in the end. But, Mrs. Coble's writing is not at the same level as Francine Rivers or Angela Hunt. Both are better writers, but they also write a different kind of fiction story--with a message in mind. The writing in this book is not for any purpose other than enjoyment, I believe.

    This book is a good book to pick up after the week is done on a Friday night with a cup of tea and curl up on the sofa with. At maybe 1 or 2 am you'll put it down, got to sleep, then wake up the next morning and finish it off. At least that's what I did last night--except that while my kids were taking their nap today, I finished reading the end.

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