Twilight at Blueberry Barrens (Sunset Cove Series #3)

Twilight at Blueberry Barrens (Sunset Cove Series #3)

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by Colleen Coble
     
 

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“I need you to keep these girls safe . . .”

Kate Mason has devoted herself to caring for her family’s blueberry barrens. But after her fields stop producing fruit, she’s forced to come up with alternative ways to make a living.

Renting out the small cottage on her property seems an obvious choice, but it won’t be

Overview

“I need you to keep these girls safe . . .”

Kate Mason has devoted herself to caring for her family’s blueberry barrens. But after her fields stop producing fruit, she’s forced to come up with alternative ways to make a living.

Renting out the small cottage on her property seems an obvious choice, but it won’t be enough. When entrepreneur Drake Newham shows up looking not only for a place to rent but also for a nanny for his two nieces, it’s almost too good to be true. And maybe it is—because Drake brings with him dangerous questions about who might be out to kill his family.

The more time Kate spends with Drake and the girls, the more difficult it becomes to hide her attraction to him. But a family crisis isn’t exactly the ideal time to pursue a romance.

Meanwhile, Kate learns that her uncle—in prison for murder—has escaped. Add to that a local stalker who won’t leave her alone, and Kate is looking over her shoulder at every turn. With threats swirling from multiple directions, she wonders if her blueberry fields will ever flourish again . . . or if this twilight is her last.

Set on the beautiful coast of Maine, Twilight at Blueberry Barrens brings together suspense, romance, and the hope that one day new life will come again.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
★ 07/25/2016
Love and murder pair up effectively in the second Sunset Cove page-turner (following Mermaid Moon). Kate Mason’s blueberry barrens have withered, so offering the cottage on her coastal Maine property to the intriguing Drake Newham and his two nieces offers an attractive alternative source of income for the summer. Playing nanny to the girls helps distract Kate from the trauma of having come across the bodies of Drake’s brother and sister-in-law, the girls’ parents, after an apparent murder-suicide. But Drake’s investigation into those suspicious deaths, along with the puzzling break-ins on her property—is it her escaped convict uncle or an unknown stalker?—keep Kate, and the reader, on edge. The mutual attraction between Kate and Drake is frustrated time and again by the dangers that keep cropping up. The tension, both suspenseful and romantic, is gripping, reflecting Coble’s prowess with the genre. Adding depth and contour to the drama are subtler subplots, most notably Kate’s long struggle with self-worth, complicated by her recent health issues. Her sister, Claire, proves instrumental to Kate’s emotional and spiritual healing. Fans of the series will love seeing Claire and her fiancé, Luke, play strong supporting roles in this installment. (Sept.)
RT Book Reviews
3 stars. 'Coble's third and concluding Sunset Cove novel has a well-developed romantic storyline, but some of the rest gets lost in an overabundance of plot lines. There are three separate suspenseful events going on and it gets very muddled as to who is doing what and why, and how everything is interconnected (or even if it is). Things wrap up in a satisfactory way that will please readers and cause many sighs of happiness for the characters.'

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781401690304
Publisher:
Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date:
09/20/2016
Series:
Sunset Cove Series , #3
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
1,438
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.10(d)

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Twilight at Blueberry Barrens


By Colleen Coble

Thomas Nelson

Copyright © 2016 Colleen Coble
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-4016-9031-1


CHAPTER 1

June 24


Melissa's breath came hard, and the pressure in her ears built as she sprinted up the slope toward the top of the cliffs. The glow in the east told her she would have to hurry if she wanted to see the sunrise from Mermaid Rock. Small pebbles skittered away from the soles of her sneakers, and the sound set her on edge.

She glanced over her shoulder. While she'd seen no one on the trail, the hair on the back of her neck stood at attention, and she kept expecting to find a bear's gaze boring into her in the darkness. In spite of her careful perusal of the surrounding area, she saw nothing but piles of pink granite gleaming in the faint glow of the coming sunrise.

When she finally reached the summit, the view swept away her unease. The sun peeked over the water and bathed everything in a pink halo that heightened the color of the cliffs. She sat on a rock and inhaled the salty air. It was a perfect morning, but she would soon have to go back and face what she'd come to Maine to do.

Heath wouldn't be happy, but she couldn't continue this way when she didn't want to be with him anymore. When had their giddy love changed? When Heath had been in law school, they kissed over takeout as they cuddled on crates at a table constructed from a box crate.

Now that they had everything, they really had nothing.

And what was she going to do about the girls? They adored their father. Taking them away from him would be a terrible idea, but she couldn't leave them behind. Even if that decision had been made, she wasn't sure she could go through with it.

Pain began to pulse behind her eye, and she rubbed her forehead. This was so hard. She didn't want to think about their fight, the way his voice shook with fury, but the memory swamped her.


"What's this?" Heath tossed a sheaf of papers onto the table at the coffee shop.

The aroma of espresso suddenly turned Melissa's stomach when she saw his expression. "What's what?"

The children's activity director at the hotel, Lisa Greenhill, sat at the next table over and lifted her head at his raised voice. Melissa hunched her shoulders and turned away from the curious stares. Her heart pounded as she peered up at her husband.

His eyes were narrowed in what looked like hatred, and his nostrils flared. His normally smiling lips were pressed together in a straight line. Her gaze leaped to the papers, and she bit back a gasp. He knew. "I can explain."

His lip curled. "Explain how you've been meeting him behind my back. And that scum, of all people."

She straightened and met his gaze. "He's not what you think."

"No, he's worse," He clenched and unclenched his fists. "I could kill you for this, Melissa. I don't know how I can live with this."

For an instant she cringed. Would he hit her? She'd never feared Heath before today. He was the gentlest of men and had been a good husband. She couldn't help it that she'd fallen out of love with him. The words of explanation died on her lips. If the shoe were on the other foot, she'd feel just like he did.

She tipped her chin up. "I'm sorry, Heath. It j-just happened. I didn't mean for it to,"

"Don't even think about taking the girls," Steel laced his words. "No judge in the land would give you custody,"

She thought of the airline tickets she'd already bought for them. They'd get over losing her more easily than they would losing Heath. But could she leave without her babies? It went against everything she believed in. She'd look like a terrible mother, and maybe she was. She'd always thought a woman who would leave her children for a man was the lowest of the low. But she had to think of what was best for the girls. Maybe she should stay and ignore her own happiness, but the thought of it brought tears rushing to her eyes.

"I'm sorry, Heath,"

"Sorry isn't good enough. You'll regret this, Melissa. I'll make sure of it." He spun around and stalked away.


A sound brought her out of her reverie, and she started to turn. Before she made a full rotation, hard hands gripped her throat from behind. Her eyes widened, and she tore at the fingers.

She tried to speak or scream, but nothing came out. Spots danced in her eyes, and her vision began to darken. Air, she needed air. She tried to pry away the vise crushing her neck, but she ... just ... couldn't. Then the ground rose to meet her.


Kate Mason trained her binoculars on the cliff face high above her. She'd left her yellow Volkswagen parked on the dirt road up top, and she and her sister hiked in to this remote beach on Folly Shoals, just off the Schoodic Peninsula in Downeast Maine, to see the brightly colored beaks in the craggy rocks. "They're here just like Dixie said!"

It had taken half an hour to hike down here, and she hadn't been sure it was worth it. Even the ranger they'd run into had laughed at the notion of puffins nesting here, but there they were with their bright parrot-like coloring and awkward movements. She'd heard the rumor about these birds, but she'd been afraid to hope it was true. Atlantic puffins had never been known to nest on Folly Shoals. As far as she knew, there were only five nesting sites in Maine.

Her sister, Claire Dellamare, snatched at the binoculars. "I want to see."

Kate handed them over and shivered as the early morning fog rolled in. Even though it was late June, the wind was cold off the sea, and her thin jacket did little to hold back its bite.

Claire adjusted the binoculars and gasped. "You'll have to notify Kevin." Their cousin was the local game warden, and he'd want to monitor this site.

"I'll call him." Her pulse jumping, Kate studied the puffin nest way above their heads. A bird with a fish in its beak landed in the burrow.

Kate and her twin looked much alike with their dark-blonde hair and big blue eyes, but while Claire had the sharp business mind it had taken to run an aviation business, Kate was just getting past the chemo fog from the aplastic-anemia treatment that had saved her life. Correction — Claire had saved her life by showing up in time to be a donor for the stem-cell transplant Kate had desperately needed.

Claire handed back the binoculars. "I heard they mate for life."

"Which is the only reason you're interested in them. You like anything to do with romance these days." Kate smiled at the color washing over Claire's cheeks. "You'd move your wedding up if you could."

"I would. My mother wouldn't hear of it though, and everything is booked now. Luke and I will just have to wait it out. It's only a few more weeks. You're still going to sing, right? You need to quit hiding that amazing voice of yours. You're as good as Adele."

Kate's cheeks warmed. "Not hardly. But yes, I'm not backing out on you." She lifted the binoculars to her eyes again and trained them up the jagged cliff of pink and gray to the ledge jutting out over the rocky shore about forty feet up. She greedily stared at the nesting burrows. Such an exciting sight was rare.

Something other than birds filled her field of vision, and it took a moment for her to register what she was seeing. Frowning, she adjusted the binoculars. It could not be what it seemed.

The figure sharpened into focus, and she made out long blonde hair fanning out on the rocks at the base of the burrows. Wait, was that another person beside the woman? She moved her field of sight and saw short dark hair and muscular arms.

She leaped into action. "Two people are hurt. I think they might have fallen off the cliff, maybe while looking at the puffins. We have to get up there!"

Claire caught at her arm. "We don't have climbing equipment."

Kate pulled free and headed for the water. She had to try to get to the base of the cliffs and climb up. She kicked off her shoes and waded into the pounding waves. The frigid water took her breath away, and a huge wave tossed her back onto the sand. Gasping, she turned for another try, but Claire grabbed her arm again.

Claire held her in a tight grip. "You can't! The waves are treacherous here. We need help. I'll call the Coast Guard. Kevin too." She dug out her phone and placed the call.

Kate paced the wet sand. There had to be something she could do. She peered back up at the rock face. A movement drew her attention, and she saw a plume of dirt from the back end of a pickup truck. Mud caked every inch of its body, and she couldn't make out the color or model as it drove along the high road. It likely had nothing to do with the accident, but at least the guy could have stopped to help.

Claire ended the call. "Luke's Coast Guard cutter is less than five minutes away."

Was it too late already? Kate looked at the figures at the puffin burrows. They weren't moving. She eyed the rugged and weathered sea cliff that soared straight up into the air. Claire was right — there was no way they'd be able to climb up.

Two hours later the Coast Guard told her the couple was dead. Kate couldn't have saved them even if she'd tried.

CHAPTER 2

The small clapboard cottage where Kate grew up sat squarely in the middle of their blueberry barrens just off Highway 1, about fifteen miles northeast of Summer Harbor. The placement of its windows and shutters made the house, painted two shades of blue, seem to smile a welcome that she badly needed after the morning's events. She got out of her yellow Volkswagen and shut the door.

Her best friend, Shelley McDonald, came down off the porch as Kate pulled into the driveway. Her long red hair gleamed in the sunlight. Her pale skin never tanned, so she usually covered her bare legs with jeans. "I brought lunch, homemade lobster bisque. It's in the kitchen. And chocolate for dessert. You need a little TLC."

Kate hugged her. "I'm still a little shaky. And to top it all off, I had a flat tire on the way home." She followed her friend up the porch steps to the house. The aroma of bisque wafting out the screen door made her mouth water. She and Claire had spent hours going over what they'd seen and heard at the cliffside, and lunch should have been eaten two hours ago.

She led the way to the kitchen and washed her hands, filthy from changing the tire, then got down two Fiesta bowls in bright orange, Christmas gifts from Claire last December. "The news is all over Downeast Maine, huh?"

Shelley took the bowls from Kate. "You have no idea. I stopped in to buy the bisque at Ruth & Wimpy's, and everyone stopped me to ask about it. I couldn't tell them much, not even the names. Does the sheriff know what happened?"

"They're investigating. He thinks it might have been a murder/suicide. The husband might have killed his wife, tossed her over, then jumped himself." Kate shuddered, remembering the bodies. She pushed the thought away and focused on Shelley. "About ready to go?" Kate hated to ask. Her friend's looming move didn't make her happy, but Shelley seemed thrilled. She had taken a teaching position in Rock Harbor, Michigan, half a continent away.

Shelley nodded. "Tomorrow's the big day. Pray for me. I'm dreading that drive across country by myself. At least I'm not pulling a trailer full of furniture. Everything is packed up, and the movers come in the morning. I'll leave right after they do. I'm going to take my time and stop when I feel like it. I want to see Niagara Falls on the way, and I might stop off in Ohio Amish country and have a big plate of homemade noodles and pie."

"It's all about food with you." The hot bisque, rich with lobster and butter, hit Kate's taste buds. "Oh man, this is so good. I could eat it every meal."

"Me too." Shelley surveyed her on the other side of the table. "How's Claire holding up? She's got a lot going on with the wedding approaching."

"She's okay. Luke arrived on scene right away." She rubbed her forehead. "Let's talk about something else, okay? The reason we were even there was because there's a new puffin nesting site!"

"No way!"

"I saw it with my own eyes. I'm going to let Kevin know." Kate lifted the spoon to her mouth and froze at the purplish mark on her arm. She set her spoon back in the bowl and examined the skin. "I've got a bruise. A big one."

Shelley studied her extended arm. "Looks like a thumbprint. Did anyone manhandle you today?"

Kate started to deny it, then remembered her plunge into the water to try to reach the cliffs. "Claire hauled me out of the sea and wouldn't let me go back in. The riptide was bad. Think I should see the doctor?"

"Your color looks good. Are you feeling okay? Any weakness, heart palpitations, nosebleeds?"

"No, nothing. I feel great." But staring at the bruise made her feel a little light-headed.

"Then put it out of your mind. You're cured, Kate. That aplastic anemia is never coming back."

Kate reached for her huge blue-and-white bag and pulled out a small amber bottle of lemon oil. She dripped a couple of drops of it into her water. "Can't hurt."

"No, it can't hurt." Shelley sat back in her chair. "You have to quit worrying though. You seem to be stuck in yesterday. I want to see you move on and make a new life. Are you going to stay in Folly Shoals forever? You don't even like working the blueberry barrens. You only quit school and came back because your mother insisted. You don't have to do that anymore."

"With her in jail, there's no one else to take care of the fields." She knew her duty even if she didn't love it.

"And would that be so bad? The neighbors can harvest any of the berries they want. The rest can rot. It's not your concern." Shelley shook her head. "I see you wincing. The entire world doesn't rest on your shoulders. It's your turn to find out what you really want out of life. What makes you happy and fulfilled. God gave you specific gifts, and you're not using them at all."

"I'm running the children's department at church. That's using my gifts."

Shelley rolled her eyes, then smiled. "I'll give you that. I see your joy in working with kids. But you love color and texture. You've got an artist's heart for creativity, and you never get to use it. You're great with people, but you rarely see more than Claire and me except on Sunday. You're stuck in a loop here. Maybe you're the one who should be looking for a new job somewhere else." Shelley's eyes widened, and a grin spread across her face. "I know! Come with me to Rock Harbor. The place I rented has three bedrooms. You can live in one and look for a job. It would be a fresh start."

Kate shook her head. "Claire is here. I've just found her again and I can't leave her." But Shelley's words resonated more than she wanted them to. Was she really stuck in this place, unable to move forward with her life?


* * *

Drake Newham rolled over in his big bed and looked at the clock. Two in the morning. In the distance he could hear the hum of cars and trucks on I-93. Traffic in Boston was a constant, even in the middle of the night. The moonlight filtered through the curtains and illuminated the faces of his two nieces who'd crawled into bed with him an hour ago. It was nearly an every-night occurrence since his half brother and sister-in-law had died a month ago, and his chest felt heavy from trying to conceal his grief.

He still couldn't wrap his head around the fact that his older brother was dead. Heath had so much to live for — a thriving law practice and a beautiful family that was the envy of everyone, including Drake.

He tucked the covers around his nieces, then swung his legs out of bed. He'd taken to sleeping in sweats since he was up with the girls so much. They'd get through this somehow, though right now it looked as hard as climbing Mount Everest.

Over the past couple of weeks he'd reached for the phone to call his brother until the stab in his gut reminded him he'd never hear Heath's voice again. How was it even possible to bear this much pain? Drake couldn't imagine how the girls felt. They cried a lot and clung to him even as he'd clung to them as all he had left of his brother.

He peered out the window. For the past week he'd had the uncanny sensation of being watched, and yesterday he'd taken a quick turn down an alley to escape a black pickup he'd been certain was tailing him. Unsure of what had awakened him, he slid his feet into slippers and padded down the steps to the kitchen. A snack of peanut butter and crackers sounded enticing. Maybe he'd pull up his computer and see if he could find out anything new about Heath's death.


(Continues...)

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USA Today bestselling author Colleen Coble has written several romantic suspense novels including Tidewater Inn, Rosemary Cottage, and the Mercy Falls, Lonestar, and Rock Harbor series. Visit her website at www.colleencoble.com Twitter: @colleencoble Facebook: colleencoblebooks

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Twilight at Blueberry Barrens 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
mackenzie_carol 4 hours ago
Twilight at Blueberry Barrens is the third book in Colleen Coble’s Sunset Cove series, coming after The Inn at Ocean’s Edge and Mermaid Moon. I really enjoyed both the previous books in this series, although Mermaid Moon was my favorite, so I was pretty excited for this novel. I have to say, the mystery aspect of this story was fantastic. I had no idea what in the world was going on the whole time! I had my suspicions, and was right on one of them, but there were so many aspects to this story I was so confused about who was behind it all and therefore had to read it as quickly as possible so that I could figure it out. Kate Mason is a character I didn’t have to figure out how to love, and I was so glad for that. In fact, I already knew I loved her because I got to know her a little bit from the first novel, and I was already so sorry for her and all that she had gone through, but I loved her because she was able to rise from the ashes and be a happy, full of life, and passionate woman! Of course she had her flaws, and couldn’t even realize her own worth to others, but she was still a super sweet character who made the perfect heroine for this story, and the perfect match for Drake Newham. Drake Newham was also an easy character to love, especially because he was super sweet with the way he took his orphaned nieces in and cared for them. His determination to find out the truth of his brother and sister-in-law’s deaths was also something that endeared me to him, and what really put me over the edge was the way he truly loved Kate and worried for her well-being toward the latter half of this novel. Unfortunately, there were a few things about this novel that I actually didn’t really love all that much. It was a little slow going for me at the beginning, and wasn’t as well-written as I would have liked, and it really bothered me how the—or one of the—“bad guys” in this book fit into the story. I would have enjoyed it more if he had a bigger part leading up to the big reveal at the end, but I still did like the fact that there were so many different threads to this story. Kate had trouble stalking her at every corner, and Drake was inviting trouble as well with his work on the mystery of his brother’s death, so there was lots going on to keep me happy. I just wish I could have known more about Drake’s situation and his brother’s death. All in all, however, I did really enjoy this novel, and I can happily give it four out of five bookshelves. I will say that Mermaid Moon is still my favorite of the series, but I did love the fact that I got to reacquaint myself through this story with both Claire and Luke from the first book, and Kevin and Mallory from the second. They were all featured at least once apiece in this novel, and that made me really happy. So did the mention of a character from one of my favorite author’s novels! Colleen is apparently close friends with Denise Hunter, and one of her characters is mentioned in this book and I absolutely loved that! Fortunately I can say I definitely enjoyed this novel and I highly recommend it, and I can’t wait to see what Colleen has coming next! (This review is from my blog, spreadinghisgrace.blogspot.com)
kp68 1 days ago
Colleen Coble brought her series, A Sunset Cove, to a grand conclusion in Twilight at Blueberry Barrens. Get ready for another page turner when you start this tale. Kate Mason and her twin sister, Claire, are looking for a glimpse of some local wildlife along the Maine shore, when Kate suddenly gets a glimpse instead of the dead bodies of a man and a woman, lying at the base of the cliff! Drake Newham, the dead man's brother, suddenly shows up in town to try to get some answers as to what and more importantly who caused his brother, Heath's, death. The local sheriff had concluded that the woman was killed by her husband who then committed suicide; however, Drake cannot believe this conclusion. Before you know it, Drake is renting a cottage in the area; and Kate suddenly becomes involved in Drake's life, when he hires her as a nanny to his two young nieces for the summer. As Drake attempts to discover the truth about Heath's death, life in this normally quiet Maine town seems filled with activity. A young woman visiting town has been found murdered, Kate's uncle Paul has escaped from prison and cannot be found, and on top of it all, a stalker seems to have his sights on Kate! This book is filled with unknowns and suspense as you journey through its pages to discover the conclusion. You will be surprised to learn where each character ends up on the final pages of this exciting tale! I received this book from Zondervan in exchange for my unbiased review. http://penlessreview.blogspot.com/
KelliJo 6 days ago
Coble does it again! This third book in the Sunset Cove series has it all! Love, suspense, danger. She manages to blend a love story between a man who has just inherited custody of his two nieces and a woman afraid to risk her heart due to her upbringing with three different mysteries. Are they connected? Drake is trying to figure out who killed his brother and sister-in-law, Kate's uncle has escaped prison, and there is a Peeping Tom who is possible dangerous. Wait 'til you see how Coble wraps it all up!!
literarymuseVC 7 days ago
Kate Mason is feeling stronger now, since she completed her chemotherapy and had a stem cell transplant for aplastic anemia and she and her sister are reunited. She’s loving the fact that she’s back at her favorite spot in the world, a remote farm in Maine. Even though it’s been a bad year for the blueberries, she and her sister Claire have put their thinking caps on and decided that Kate will renovate a small cottage on the farm and rent it out for the rest of the summer. Claire is about to get married and Kate hopes that union won’t separate she and her sister again! The rest of her family is in jail or nowhere near to comfort and support Kate who desperately needs some stability at this pivotal period of her life. That piece is shattered when while looking through binoculars at a group of birds nesting nearby she sees the bodies of a man and woman at the bottom of a cliff. In very little time, the police seem to write it off as a murder and suicide, in spite of the fact they have little evidence other than the bodies to substantiate that claim. The activity ramps up when Derek Carter arrives in the area with his two daughters. Outside of an elderly but spunky aunt nearby, Derek isn’t stating why he’s spending the summer here. He’s got his handful with these two girls as they are deeply hurting over the recent death of their parents. Derek and Kate meet and she agrees to rent him the cottage and a few days later accepts his offer of a summer job as a Nanny. From this point, the action swings into a fast-paced plot. Kate learns that it was Derek’s brother and sister-in-law who were found dead but Derek believes they were murdered and that it is related to a deal related to a sale of drones. Kate’s home is broken into and she senses she is being watched but doesn’t know by whom. Here we also learn that her Uncle is out of jail and she believes him to be in the area after her. It’s at this point that one realizes reading the earlier novels in this series might result in less confusion about the way all of these threads connected to Derek and Kate cross each other, often creating confusion in the mind of the reader. Eventually, each thread is solved after some theorizing and alert watching. While the mystery and its outcome is worth the reading, the end is rather anticlimactic with Claire dropping an unexpected bomb on Derek and Claire who by this time know they want to be together permanently. All in all, Twilight at Blueberry Barrens is a plot-driven mystery thriller that engages the reader’s attention and doesn’t let go. Nicely done, Colleen Coble. This reviewer is wondering where this series will go next and looking forward to it.
SouthernGalLovestoRead 8 days ago
Colleen Coble provides just the right blend of suspense and romance in Twilight at Blueberry Barrens, the conclusion of her Sunset Cove series set in a small town on the coast of Maine. This may well be the best of the several books I have read by this author. As in Colleen's other books, it does little good to think you have the mysteries all figured out; there are plenty of plot twists to keep you guessing throughout the story. There is an element of faith that plays out well in the story. And the character development deals with issues of putting the past in perspective and learning to be prepared for the opportunities the future presents. This book could be read as a stand-alone. But it is much better to have read the earlier books in the series, especially The Inn at Ocean's Edge, to better understand some of the characters and their stories. I highly recommend Twilight at Blueberry Barrens and the rest of this series to fans of great Christian romantic suspense. Thanks to BookLook Bloggers for providing a copy in exchange for my honest review.
SusanSnodgrassBookworm 9 days ago
This is the 3rd book in Colleen Coble's suspenseful 'Sunset Cove' series. She's very good at Christian suspense, too. This one is a well crafted story of suspense, murder, stalking and of finding your place in God's plan for you.The characters are likeable, the scenery fantastic and the tale very interesting. Other characters from the series make appearances, too. I enjoyed that very much. Colleen Coble is going to release another book set in her Rock Harbor series soon and I am very much looking forward to that. That is my favorite series of hers. *I was provided with a copy of this book by Net Galley for review purposes.
Savingsinseconds 17 days ago
Throughout the story, I kept thinking about the meaning of family. Biology can create the backdrop of family. It's important to remember that family can include those people we choose to connect to our lives. The characters faced difficulties in their lives such as severe illness, childlessness, and death threats. By sticking together, they helped each other get through those tough spots, no matter how dangerous. This type of suspenseful, inspirational reading will keep you reading! Fans of Christian fiction who prefer a book with other significant themes will appreciate the intense emotion of Twilight at Blueberry Barrens. I received this book to review. Opinions shared are mine.
WildflowerMom 20 days ago
Another exciting romantic suspense tale set on the beautiful coast of Maine! Full of plot twists, multiple suspects and red herrings, this one kept me guessing until the characters literally came out into the open in the action filled ending. The vivid descriptions of the colorful, wild landscape and incorporation of landmarks, showed the attention to detail and careful research done to make the story and its characters feel so realistic. It was easy to picture the scenes and get a real sense of the danger playing out. The themes of loneliness, being a people pleaser, trying to gain approval from others and God, and playing it safe to avoid being hurt, were some that many can relate to. Also poignant was the conflict that families can be a source of love and pain, blaming ourselves when people don't treat us well, but overcoming that with the truth of how God sees us. There were some inspirational messages throughout, giving a hopeful balance to it. Book three in the series carries along parts of the previous books, but is easily read as a standalone with the recaps provided; there's a bit of a spoiler in them, so if you can, read the other two first. Recommend for fans of Christian romantic suspense! 4.5 stars (Book provided by NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for my honest review.)
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