Eden’s hope is rekindled when Clay delivers astounding news: their daughter has been found.
Five years ago Eden and Clay Larson’s baby was stolen and never found. Eden blamed herself, Clay lost himself in work. Their young and rocky marriage ended. Or so Eden thought.
Now Eden’s moved to a new town. She’s found faith and is trying to rebuild her life. She’s even dating again—a sweet guy who plans to marry her someday. But then Clay arrives out of the blue and delivers shocking news: they’re still married. What’s more, Clay has been searching for Brianna all this time. And he believes he’s found her: their daughter is in Bluebird, Texas, at a youth ranch.
To uncover the truth, Eden and Clay sign on as counselors at Bluebird Ranch. Working together, they rediscover their love for each other. But danger is closing in—Eden, Clay, and their young charges are in jeopardy. As they fight to save their family, Eden realizes that God has been fighting for them all along. And His plans are for a more abundant life than they’ve dared to hope.
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Colleen Coble is a USA TODAY bestselling author and RITA finalist best known for her coastal romantic suspense novels, including The Inn at Ocean’s Edge, Twilight at Blueberry Barrens, and the Lavender Tides, Sunset Cove, Hope Beach, and Rock Harbor series. Connect with Colleen online at colleencoble.com; Instagram: colleencoble; Facebook: colleencoblebooks; Twitter: @colleencoble.
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By COLLEEN COBLE
Thomas NelsonCopyright © 2011 Colleen Coble
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Chapter OneSilverware tinkled in the dimly lit dining room of Twenty, an upscale restaurant located inside Charley Creek Inn, a classy boutique hotel. Eden Larson smiled over the top of her glass of water at Kent Huston. He was so intelligent and kind. His blue eyes were filled with intent tonight, and she had known what he had planned from the moment he suggested this place for dinner.
The piano player's voice rose above the music as he sang "Waiting for a Girl Like You." Kent had spoken that very phrase to her often in the year they'd been dating.
"Warm enough?" he asked.
"It's a perfect night."
"In every way," he agreed. "I want to—"
"Kent." She reached across the linen tablecloth and took his hand. "I need to tell you something."
Before he asked her to marry him, he needed to know what baggage she carried. She'd intended to tell him before now—long before. But every time she tried, the pain closed her throat. She wasn't ready to talk about it then, and maybe she wasn't ready now, but he deserved to know.
Kent smiled. "Are you finally going to tell me what brought you to town? I don't really care, Eden. I'm just thankful you're here. I love you."
She wetted her lips. It didn't matter that he said he didn't care. She owed it to him to tell him about her past and the demons that had driven her here to Wabash, Indiana. "Kent ..." The sense of a presence behind her made her pause.
"Eden," a man said.
Her heart seized in her chest. She'd recognize the deep timbre anywhere. It haunted her dreams and its accusing tones punctuated her nightmares. The deep vibrancy of that voice would impress any woman before she ever saw him.
She turned slowly in her upholstered chair and stared up at Clay Larson, who stood under the crystal chandelier that was the centerpiece of the intimate dining room. "Clay."
How could he be here? He hadn't changed a bit. His hair was still just as dark and curly. His dark blue eyes were just as arresting. And her pulse galloped the way it had the first time she'd set eyes on him.
"I need to talk to you," he said, stepping toward her. "It's important."
Oh, she should have told Kent before now. This was the wrong way for him to discover her past. He was beginning to frown as he glanced from her to Clay, whose broad shoulders and vibrant presence loomed over their table. It was going to come out now. All of it. Her pretend life vanished into mist. What had made her think she could escape the past?
"Who are you?" Kent said. "And what right do you have to interrupt a private conversation?"
"The right of a husband," Clay said, his gaze holding her.
"Ex-husband," she managed to say past the tightness of her throat.
"No, Eden. Husband." He held up a sheaf of papers in his right hand.
"What are those?"
"I never signed the divorce papers," he said quietly, just to her. "You're still married to me."
She heard Kent gasp in the silence as the song in the background came to an end. "That's impossible." She stared at Clay, unable to take in what he'd said. "We were divorced over five years ago."
"You sent the papers over five years ago," he corrected. "I just never signed them."
She stared at the blank signature line he showed her. Why had she never followed up? Because she'd been too busy running. "Why not?"
He shook his head. "I had my reasons. Right now, there's something more important to discuss."
"What could be more important?" she asked. Fingers clutched her arm and she turned her head and stared into Kent's face. "I ... I'm so sorry, Kent. I was just about to tell you."
"Tell me that you're married?" Kent's eyes held confusion and hurt. "I don't understand."
She shook her head. "I'm divorced. Or at least I thought I was. I haven't seen Clay in five years."
Kent's frown smoothed out. "I think you'd better leave," he said to Clay. He scooted back in his chair.
She laid a hand on his arm. "Let me handle this," she said. Anger was beginning to replace her stupor and shock. "Why are you here, Clay?"
"Would you like to step outside so we can continue this in private?" Clay asked, glancing around the room.
Heat flamed in her cheeks when she saw the interested stares from the two nearby tables. "Just go away. We can talk tomorrow."
His firm lips flattened but he stayed where he was. "I've found Brianna, Eden. She's alive."
She struggled to breathe. She searched his face for the hint of a lie but saw only implacable certainty. She shook her head. "That's impossible. She's dead."
Beside her Kent jerked, his eyes wide. She half rose.
"I never believed it," Clay said. "Her body was never found so I kept looking. She's alive, Eden."
She studied his expression. He returned her stare. His face was full of conviction, and she felt a tiny flutter that might be hope begin to stir. "You're serious?"
"I know she's alive. I can't retrieve her alone. I need you to come with me."
"How do you know these things? I don't understand anything."
"I'll explain all of it. But come with me now."
She wanted to believe him, but it was impossible. Had his grief made him delusional? Clay was the most logical, practical man she'd ever met. But what he was saying couldn't be true.
"I need to talk to Kent first," she said.
"I'll wait outside your apartment."
"How do you know where I live?"
"I know everything about you. I always have." He strode away through a gauntlet of interested stares.
She tore her gaze from Clay's broad back and directed her attention to Kent. There would be no tender proposal now. She hated the hurt in his eyes, hated that she'd put it there.
When she reached across the table to him, at least he didn't flinch away. His fingers gripped hers in the same confident way that had first attracted her. "I'm so sorry, Kent."
"You want to tell me about it?"
She didn't want to but she had to. "Clay and I didn't really know one another very well when we married. We met in Hawaii. He was on leave from the air force. He's a photojournalist. Our ... our fling on vacation resulted in an unexpected blessing."
His brows lifted. "You got pregnant?"
"Yes. Clay wanted to do the right thing. And I wanted to provide the best upbringing for Brianna. I was in love with my daughter the first moment I laid eyes on her." Her eyes misted at the memory. "She was beautiful."
"I'll bet she was," Kent said, his voice soft. "She died?"
Eden nodded. "A kidnapping attempt that went wrong." Oh, she didn't want to talk about it. It hurt too much. Pain radiated from her chest to her throat. She swallowed hard. "Our marriage was all about her, not us. I ran away, unable to deal with his pain and my own." She managed a smile. "But I ended up here in Wabash, where I found Christ. And you. At least something good came of it."
They'd met at New Life, and she knew Kent understood the way her life had changed. He'd become a Christian a few weeks before they met.
Kent's eyes were troubled. "But now he's saying Brianna is alive."
She furrowed her brow. "I can't believe that's true."
Kent's expression grew calm. "Don't you think you'd better find out? If there's even a chance, you have to go with him."
She studied his dear face. While theirs had been no grand passion, they had a special relationship based on mutual respect, faith, and fondness. She'd had every intention of accepting his proposal when it came. His stability attracted her at the deepest level.
She pushed back her chair on the plush carpet. "You're right. Pray for me?"
"You know I will." He stood and walked her to the door, where he paused. "And if you come back to Wabash, we'll see what God has for us then. I think we both want his will."
She lifted her face for him to brush his lips across her cheek. "You're a good man, Kent Huston."
A slight smile tugged his lips upward. "Let me know what happens, okay?"
"I will." She left him at the restaurant and walked across the hotel lobby to the front doors.
Her cell phone rang before she reached the exit. She glanced at the caller ID. Daniel, her foster brother. He'd been in a snit ever since she told him she intended to accept Kent's proposal, and he hadn't answered any of her phone calls since. Well, he could wait himself now. Clay's revelation was too important to interrupt.
Through the glass door she saw Clay standing outside under the old-fashioned streetlight. He was staring at the marquee above the old Eagles Theater.
A forgotten emotion tugged at her heart. Memories vied for possession of her mind, but she pushed them away and stepped outside. Brianna couldn't be alive. Could she?
* * *
Clay stood outside the hotel on the brick sidewalk. Eden's apartment was just down the block, so he had time to admire this pretty town where she had ended up. Victorian-era buildings lined the downtown. Many had been renovated, even the old theater. The historic hotel that housed the restaurant also had a chocolate shop and other specialty stores. Too bad he wouldn't be here long enough to explore.
This was hardly Eden's type of place. He'd thought she would have fled to a big city where she could hide herself in the masses. She liked bright lights and nice clothes. At least she hadn't known he was a Larson when they first met. His family money had nothing to do with their instant attraction that day on the beach.
He reached into his pocket and his fingers touched smooth ceramic. He rolled the necklace around until his fingertips could trace the raised figure of a mother with a child. Clay had given the pendant to Eden when they married, and she had left it behind when she left him. An impulse had made him grab it today. Now that they knew Brianna was alive, maybe it wouldn't be as painful for her to wear again. She'd loved it once, a symbol of the family unit they wanted to build. Because the jewelry was from Colombia, it was a bridge between his two lives.
He heard a sound and turned to see Eden step through Charley Creek Inn's double glass doors. She wore a short skirt with heels and a rust-colored V-neck top that showed off her curves and made her auburn hair glimmer in the streetlight. The sleek glossy locks emphasized her high cheekbones and large turquoise eyes. She stared at him with a million questions in her expression.
"Ready?" he asked.
"I'm ready for some answers."
"Let's go to your place. You'll need to pack anyway." He fell into step beside her.
She stiffened but said nothing as they crossed with the light at Miami Street. He opened the double doors of her building and they entered a foyer dominated by a six-foot-wide staircase. Entering the place was like stepping back into the late eighteen hundreds.
"Nice," he said.
"I'm on the second floor." She led him to her apartment. The living room was spacious with gray-green walls and comfortable furniture. "I need coffee," she said.
He followed her into the kitchen and watched her measure water and coffee into her Cuisinart. When the aroma of coffee filled the kitchen, she leaned against the counter. "Tell me what you know about Brianna."
She seemed not to have considered that Clay might lie, which warmed him. He'd forgotten how beautiful she was, how she stirred his senses and made him forget everything but her.
Clay cleared his throat. "When her body was never found, I couldn't believe that she was dead. I hoped maybe someone had rescued her. I scoured orphanages, checked foster-care places in all the surrounding states, followed every lead. The trail went dead for over four years. Then I got this." He pulled the picture from his pocket and held it out to her.
Eden took it and held it under the wash of light. "Five little girls."
He'd studied it over and over. A row of little girls, all about five. In the background was a ranch, and a sign beside them read Bluebird Ranch, Bluebird Crossing, Texas. "Look at the back."
She flipped it over. Her eyes widened as she read it aloud. "'Your daughter misses you. You'd better hurry if you want to see her.'" The color drained from her face, and she continued to study the picture. "What is this place?" she whispered.
"It's for kids in the foster-care system. They seem to do a good job with helping children."
Her eyes were pained. "She's been in foster care?"
"At least she's alive, Angel."
"I'm no angel, b-but maybe God has sent an angel to look over our daughter?" Her voice was breathless, just beginning to hold a tinge of hope.
He'd called her Angel the first time he met her in Hawaii. She'd thought it funny at the time. He'd been utterly serious. Her love had seemed so pure, so uplifting. Surely she was an ambassador of God to him. "I believe God has done just that."
She stared at him. "You're a believer now too?"
She'd become a Christian since he'd seen her last. That had been a constant worry for him. He nodded.
She stared at him. "Is it possible?" Her voice trembled and her gaze wandered back to the photo. "Where did you get this picture? How do you know it's not someone playing a nasty trick?"
He'd hoped she wouldn't ask. "I don't. Not for sure. It came in the mail, postmarked from El Paso. I took it to the police and they dismissed it as a joke. They never even discovered the name of the kidnapper, so I didn't expect them to have any leads. But look at the girls, Eden." He watched her study the picture again. "Something in my gut says she's there. Can we afford to ignore the possibility?"
"Who would send this?"
"I always thought the kidnapper who drowned had an accomplice. Maybe the partner sent it."
"Why? To taunt us? And why now?"
There was too much he didn't know. He couldn't let her see any weakness in him though, or she might not come. And he needed her. "I don't know the answer to those questions. Maybe it's a trap. It could be dangerous." He shrugged. "Maybe he wants his money after all. But can we afford to ignore even a slim chance of finding her?"
Eden's head snapped toward him. "I can't quite take it all in," she said.
Her eyes held a yearning that clutched at his throat. He'd felt the same way. "I don't understand what is happening either. Or why he's waited this long to get in touch again. But I have to go, and I need you to help me."
She stared back down at the picture. "Which one is she?"
Eden's beautiful face had haunted his dreams. He realized she was still waiting for an answer. "I don't know. Did her hair turn your shade or mine? We don't have any idea what color her eyes became. They were still blue when she was taken."
He knew the photograph by heart. There was a cute little blonde with blue eyes. Beside her sat a somber brunette with hazel eyes. The laughing one had auburn curls, a dimple, and green eyes. That was the one he was betting money on. A giggling girl with dark skin and large black eyes was next. The last one in the row of girls was a towhead with brown eyes. He'd been a towhead once, so she was a possibility too.
"I need to get a DNA sample from all the girls," he added. "We have Brianna's DNA on record."
"It will take ages to get the tests back," Eden said. She stared at the picture again. "I want to know now." She pushed the photograph back at him. "I'm happy here. Content. I don't know that I believe it, Clay. It might be the kidnapper's partner just trying to hurt us."
He had to make her see the truth. "You trusted me once, Eden. Can you put aside your doubts for a while and go with me on this?"
She glanced at her hands. "My peace has been hard won. I'm afraid."
Her admission made his chest squeeze. All he'd wanted was to protect her and build a home with her. But they'd barely started getting to know each other when their daughter was taken.
"I'm afraid too. But I know she's there. Still, let's say you're right—that someone's playing with us. This is the only shot we've got at finding out the truth. How can we ignore it?"
Eden's lips flattened. She took the picture again. "Where is this place?" She tapped a finger on the Bluebird sign.
"The ranch is near Big Bend National Park."
"I've never heard of it."
"It's in West Texas." He shrugged.
She turned back to pour cream into their coffee. "Why do you need me?"
"The ranch is looking for a married couple to serve as counselors. We'd be working directly with these girls."
She whirled back around to face him. "We'd be spending all our time with them?"
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Finished this book in less than half a day. It was such a good read. one of my fav
this was a very good book. The story line kept moving right along.I like a book like this, it will hold your interest.Great reading material.
With Colleen Coble as the author you know that you are going to read a good, moral novel. She did not disappoint me. I have read most of her books and I recommend this one for anyone who is trying to decide if they want to invest ten dollars for this book. Hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.
The 4th installment of the Lonestar series is every bit as good as it's predecessors! It had me hooked from the very first chapter and I didn't want it to end! I love Colleen Coble's writing style and all her books so far have been fabulous!
I love a book that whisks you away on an adventure from the first page, and that is exactly what Lonestar Angel does. Eden Larson is about to get engaged to Kent, a wonderful, sweet man she met at church. That is until ex-husband Clay appears at the couple's table and announces that they are still married.and their baby, who she'd long since given up as dead, is still alive. Five years ago, their little baby girl, Brianna, was kidnapped. Rushing to meet the kidnapper to pay the ransom, Eden loses control of the car, collides with the kidnapper and sends his car, and Brianna, into the river. Clay and Eden's young marriage dissolved soon after. Now the couple is heading to Texas, to a youth ranch where they will pose as counselors for five little girls, any of which could be Brianna. As they work side-by-side, feelings they thought were forgotten reemerge. However, someone is determined to keep them from their daughter, and each other. This book keeps you on your toes from page one. I love mysteries that have you convinced you know who is involved, only to turn you around and upside down a couple of pages later. I thought I had it all figured out at least twenty times! This one will keep you guessing until the end. The characters in the story are wonderfully crafted. I was not very keen on Eden at first. However, as her story unfolds, you begin to see her in a different light. Clay is wonderful, and definitely the dashing hero you want coming to your rescue. The children in the book also grab ahold of your heart. Each of their stories is so touching and at the same time heart wrenching. I give this book five stars, a must have for your bookshelf! Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. 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. Cover art image was obtained from the publisher.
"Lonestar Angel" is a terrific and touching romantic suspense story from one of my favorite authors, Colleen Coble. Young married couple Eden and Clay Larson are devastated when their baby is kidnapped and the ransom delivery gone wrong results in the loss of their child. When their daughter Brianna is presumed dead, their marriage does not survive the tragedy, and Eden and Clay go their separate ways. Eden moves away and makes a new life, finding a renewed faith, and a new relationship. Clay continues his work as a photojournalist. Unbeknownst to Eden, Clay never signed their divorce papers, and he has never stopped looking for Brianna. He suddenly appears in Eden's life, informing her that not only are they still married, but he has information that Brianna is still alive. He convinces Eden to leave the new life she has created and come with him to find their daughter. Their search leads them to the Bluebird Ranch, a sanctuary for children and animals. Clay and Eden sign on as counselors in an effort to determine which one of the children is Brianna. Since the ranch is not far from Clay's home place, he has friends in the area, and he shows Eden his childhood home, which has been abandoned for years. Due to an inheritance from his grandmother, Clay has hopes of rebuilding the ranch and settling there for good. His heart's desire is to find his daughter and for Eden to rejoin him in their marriage. While Clay always thought that his work in the military was the reason for Brianna's kidnapping, fresh evidence surfaces that indicates that Eden's newly discovered family ties to a drug lord may have been involved. Eden's painful childhood with her critical and unreliable mother have left Eden with lingering doubts about her own character. Eden's father was married to someone else during his affair with her mother, and he was never a part of Eden's life. Her mother "entertained" men at their trailer park home, and eventually walked out and left eight year old Eden on her own. Brought up by strict foster parents, Eden feels she never comes up to par. The time that Clay and Eden have spent apart has been a time for them to reflect upon their early marriage, how each of them contributed to their split, and how their own childhoods shaped their characters. While they have grown as individuals, they have also grown in their faith. Being reunited, reliving their memories, and finding a new appreciation of each other rekindles their love. Can they be true to their own hearts, be strong in their faith, and bring home their precious daughter? Colleen Coble is a wonderful storyteller who creates compelling characters and involving story lines. This is the fourth book in the "Lonestar Series", and I look forward to reading the first three books in the series. Review Copy Gratis Amazon Vine
I read on the cover of this book that Colleen Coble is a "master storyteller" and I would wholeheartedly agree. This story grabbed my attention from the very first scene in the book, where Eden is approached by what she thought was her divorced husband of 5 years, Clay, at a restaurant, where she is in the middle of a proposal of marraige by her new boyfriend. She suddenly disovers 1) that her divorse was never finalized and 2) the child they had that had been kidnapped and killed over 5 years ago is really alive!. Quite a way to start a book, and let me tell you, it doesn't slow down much after that.Eden and Clay set out for Buelbird, Texas to work at a youth ranch and try to figure out which little girl is theirs at the ranch and who has contacted them about their girl being at this ranch. There are very few books that I have read that I have not been able to figure out the ending fairly quickly, but in this story I was never totally sure of who the "bad guys" were in this story until the very end. There was alot of mystery, intrigue, suspense, and danger in this story. But there was also alot of learning to love and trust going on between Eden and Clay. Eden had to learn that life is hard for everyone and everyone has different challenges. She needed to let those hardships strengthen her faith and to rely on God's grace through her trials. As one of the characters in this story so adequately stated, "We can choose to trust and let His love shine out of us, or we can let bitterness and disappointment steal our joy. It's your choice." Eden had a hard time with the trust issue, something we at one time or another all deal with, which makes her someone we can all relate to.You will learn to love all the little girls at this ranch and love the way Clay and Eden responded to them all, and the way they learn to respond to each other. I really had a good time reading this story and had a hard time putting it down until I was finished. I want to thank BookSneeze for sending me this Thomas Nelson book to review. This story, as well as the 3 other Lonestar stories in this series, will be well worth the time you take to read them.
Eden and Clay Larson's lives were devastated when their baby Bianna was stolen. When trying to deliver the ransom money there was an accident that killed the kidnapper and Brianna. Clay and Eden blamed themselves and each other which resulted in Eden leaving and filing for divorce. Now five years later Eden is trying to move on with her life. She's found faith in God and has been dating a very sweet fella named Kent who she thinks she's going to marry. That is until Clay shows up in the restaurant where she and Kent are having dinner and announces they are still married and that Brianna is still alive. Five girls are currently at Bluebird Ranch and to find out which of the girls is theirs they must hire on as counselors specifically a married couple. As they work together to find out which girl is theirs they slowly rediscover their love for each other. But they also stir up a beehive of trouble. Will things end before they even have a chance to begin?WOW!!! This is Colleen Coble's best yet! A story I absolutely could not put down. From beginning to end I was glued to the pages 'til my eyes crossed and I had to get some sleep. I found myself hiding out just to be able to read a few more pages. I must say the chemistry ran strong between Eden and Clay, which I love! And one thing I appreciated very much was all the interaction between them. They didn't spend the whole book fighting like in some stories. I also enjoyed seeing the couples from the other Lonestar stories play a role in this tale as well. This was most certainly a story filled with mystery, suspense and action that kept me wondering until the end who was responsible. I like trying to figure it out! I think the message that it's our choice whether or not we trust God even when we don't understand things was well played out. That's a great message because there are lots of things that happen that we don't understand but God does. This could be read as a stand alone and you wouldn't feel lost but I think reading the other stories (Lonestar Sanctuary, Lonestar Secrets, Lonestar Homecoming) make for a much richer reading experience. If you've read the others (or even if you haven't) I highly recommend you pick up Lonestar Angel and stop by the Bluebird Ranch to meet Clay and Eden for yourself! Be prepare to stay awhile! A thank you goes to Thomas Nelson for this complimentary ARC for my review through Netgalley.Paperback: 320 pagesPublisher: Thomas Nelson (November 8, 2011)ISBN-10: 1595542698ISBN-13: 978-1595542694
I won this book through Goodreads.com giveaways. I was excited to reading this book after reading the summery on the giveaway page. I understand that the main point of the book was about a husband and wife that had their baby kidnapped. Unfortunately I was so turned off by the negative narrative of the Mexican characters that it took away from the story line. I understand that the Colombian drug cartel characters need to wrote in a negative form, but the character of the assistant? All of the references to illegals? It just seemed to me to be a way for the author to make her personal feelings known. I could not find one reference to a Spanish person in a positive way. There is no way that I could recommend this book to my in-laws, they would be so offended.
This book review is loooonnngg overdue! But it is a great read, especially if you enjoy a good “chick” book. The story revolves around a couple Clay and Eden and their tragic story of losing their daughter, through a kidnapping. They have gone their own ways after not being able to restore their marriage; however, this tragic event brings them back together when they receive news from the kidnapper that their daughter is alive. What an adventure and turn of events they are in for! You will truly enjoy the story and twist of events. I enjoyed the read. I did find it a bit unrealistic and predictable at times, but sometimes a good story is just that way. I think the author did a great job in describing characters and places that made you feel like you were right there. Its a great fictional read! I received this book in exchange for my review. My thoughts and opinions are my own.
Really kept me guessing on who the villain is. Plus its Christian based. Lots of action and really keeps you interested.
Love, hate, suspense, tension, thrill, yearning, sorrow, happiness... They all exist in this book. We see how the separate lives are actually one life linked together by one missing child. We see how love is fired again. We see how joy arises after misery, and how the sun rises following a thick mist of darkness. Sometimes there must be a disaster in order to disclose reality and to find true happiness, which is always there but which we cannot see. After they found out that their little daughter Brianna was still alive, Eden and Clay get closer to each other and rediscover their own identities and their love in search of their missing child. They slowly find their own answers to their questions and were able to tell what they could not in the end. Besides, Eden's bad childhood memories start to bother her again when her mother, who abandoned her when she was a little girl, shows up all of a sudden. She blames herself for everything. But right after having a close brush with death, Eden finds faith in God within her heart. She lets her guard down and sees that she can choose to trust to the person who really loves her - Clay, who never gave up believing and trying for even one second. Now, all that she wants (ever) is a warm family environment with her husband, her daughter and the other girls that they will adopt. Like Colleen Coble's other books, this book is another great piece of art. I was really surprised at the end of the book. I'm sure you will, too.
Wonderful Series! I really enjoy Colleen Coble's books. I would recommend them to family and friends! Her books are must read!
This was an enjoyable book. It was the only one by this author I've read, and I was sad to learn it was the last in the Lonestar series. I was left wanted to learn more of what happened to these characters after the book ended. Although I felt a few things tied together a little too coincidentally, I couldn't put the book down and read it in two days. If there was another book in the series, I would definitely have read it as my next book!
Lonestar Angel was a book I had a really hard time putting down. Colleen Coble is an excellent writer, there is always something going on so the turn of every page had me wondering what was going to happen. Love her books I would highly recommend them.
One of the best books i've ever read. I couldnt put this book down.
I liked the premise of the book. I'm sure that I'm probably the only person who feels this way, but I didn't want the pair to get back together. I just didn't think it was very realistic that after five years (especially since they did not know each other that well anyway) that they could pick up where they left off. I did like the mystery. I did not figure out who had kidnapped the girl or why she had been taken. It was a nice easy read. I did like the fact that both characters did have "sinful pasts." So many Christian fiction novels portray the protagonist as always having led fairly blameless lives. It was nice to see some realistic Christian characters.