The View from Rainshadow Bay (Lavender Tides Series #1)

The View from Rainshadow Bay (Lavender Tides Series #1)

by Colleen Coble


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Now a USA TODAY bestseller!

Enter in to a brand new series from bestselling author Colleen Coble!

"Prepare to stay up all night with Colleen Coble. Coble's beautiful, emotional prose coupled with her keen sense of pacing, escalating danger, and very real characters place her firmly at the top of the suspense genre. I could not put this book down." —Allison Brennan, New York Times bestselling author of Shattered

“…The View From Rainshadow Bay, opens with a heart-pounding, run-for-your-life chase. This book will stay with you for a long time, long after you flip to the last page.” - 4 STARS, RT Book Reviews

After her husband, Jack, dies in a climbing incident, Shauna has only her five-year-old son and her helicopter charter business to live for. Every day is a struggle to make ends meet and she lives in constant fear of losing even more than she already has.

When her business partner is murdered, his final words convince Shauna that she’s in danger too. But where can she turn? Zach Bannister was her husband’s best friend and is the person she blames for his death. She’s barely spoken to him since. But right now he seems her only hope for protecting her son.

Zach is only too happy to assuage his guilt over Jack’s death by helping Shauna any way he can. But there are secrets involved dating back to Shauna’s childhood that more than one person would prefer to stay hidden.

In The View from Rainshadow Bay, suspense, danger, and a longing to love again ignite amid the gorgeous lavender fields of Washington State.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780718085766
Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date: 01/23/2018
Series: Lavender Tides Series , #1
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 121,038
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

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; Instagram: colleencoble; Facebook: colleencoblebooks; Twitter: @colleencoble.

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One Year Later

She never got tired of this panoramic view. Shauna McDade dipped her helicopter, a six-passenger Airbus, low over the tops of the trees lining Puget Sound and saluted The Mountain that stood sentinel over Seattle, Mount Rainier. The glorious September color juxtaposed against the sky and sea made her reach for her camera. A ferry loaded with cars and passengers chugged through the waves toward Whidbey Island, and she snapped pictures of that too. With any luck, she could sell them as postcards.

She headed her chopper back toward Lavender Tides, the small town of four thousand residents that looked like it had been plucked from a Thomas Kinkade painting. Most of the Victorian buildings and storefronts had been constructed in the 1880s, and the town often drew in tourists searching for a short stopover on a trip from Port Townsend to Sequim.

Many aging hippies had found its charm irresistible enough that they'd moved in and opened everything from coffee shops to pottery studios. In the golden glow of the late-afternoon sun, the town looked magical with its bustling pier stretching out into the blue water. The last of the Dungeness crab vendor trucks were closing and heading home for the night, leaving the pier to lovebirds and tourists.

She took a few more pictures, then flew her bird toward the municipal airport. After landing, Shauna stepped out onto the helipad and squared her shoulders. The piece of mail in the pocket of her denim jacket reminded her of the battle ahead. She swallowed the lump that formed in her throat. She'd deal with that once she got through the next half hour.

The small airport office was a simple metal Quonset hut that was beginning to rust. Through the window she saw Zach Bannister staring at his computer. The thought of asking him for help made her cringe, but she had no choice.

The wooden door boasted a new coat of blue paint, and the doorknob turned easily in her hand. Zach believed in keeping everything in tip-top shape. After he had gotten out of the Coast Guard, he took some Apple stock he'd inherited from his dad and built Hurricane Roost Airport. Though small, Hurricane Roost boasted a nice, flat runway and several helipads. It was a busy airport since Zach operated an emergency plane transport business out of here.

He stood when she entered, and surprise lit his deep-blue eyes. "Shauna, is something wrong?" He wore jeans and a flannel shirt that hugged his six-one, muscular frame. His hiking boots left flecks of mud on the concrete floor when he came around the desk toward her. A scabbed-over cut decorated his forehead, probably from his latest daredevil escapade. The last adventure she'd heard about had been BASE jumping off a bridge.

A flood of conflicting emotions swamped her just like always. Shauna and Zach been friends once, but all she felt now was distrust and hatred. He'd ruined her life.

Her face burned, and she squirmed inside at what she had to say. For the past year she'd gone out of her way to make sure she didn't run into him. "I need to talk to you."

"Sure, have a seat." He indicated the chair across the desk as he retreated to the other side and regained his seat.

She forced herself to perch on the edge of the chair. "It's about Alex." Her five-year-old son was worth every bit of discomfort she felt in this moment.

Zach's eyes darkened, and he started to rise, then sank back. "Is he okay?"

She nodded, then shrugged. "Well, as okay as he can be without a dad." She should be ashamed at the sense of satisfaction she felt when he flinched, but she wasn't. He should flinch and feel some kind of pain. "There's a father-son hike at Freshwater Bay next Saturday. Alex cried himself to sleep last night because he can't go. I told him my dad could take him, but he just cried harder. So when he asked if you could take him, I promised him I'd check with you. It would mean the world to him."

Her son had gone through enough the past year, and he adored Zach, who had been like another father to him. Her dad was more of an embarrassment, and even if he agreed to take Alex, Dad was likely to show up drunk. She had been backed into a corner.

"I'd be happy to take him." His eyes narrowed as he stared back at her. "That hurt to ask me, didn't it?"

"More than you can imagine."

"Are you ever going to forgive me, Shauna?"

"Can you sit there and tell me it wasn't your fault my husband is lying in his grave?"

He leaned back in his chair and shook his head. "It was an accident."

"You egged him on! If he hadn't been in such a rush to beat you, he never would have fallen."

"You think I don't know that?" He ran a hand through his dark, unruly hair. "Every time I close my eyes, I see his face as he fell." Zach's voice broke and he looked away. "I'd take his place if I could."

She squeezed her eyes shut against the horrific death scene playing out in her head. Even thinking about Jack's last moments brought immense pain.

After a long silence, she opened her eyes and exhaled. "The hike starts at nine, and the kids are supposed to meet at the Whale Trail sign. You can pick him up at eight thirty, and it should be enough time to get out there. Just don't let him out of your sight. He's all I've got left."

The Freshwater Bay hike was a safe trail, but little boys could scamper out of sight in a heartbeat, and the thought of leaving Alex in Zach's care made her heart want to pound out of her chest. She couldn't coddle Alex, though. It wasn't fair to deny him normal childhood fun because of her fears.

Zach stood and came around the desk toward her. "I won't take my eyes off him for a second." He looked deep into her eyes. "Thank you, Shauna. It took a lot of courage to ask me."

If he only knew how little sleep she'd gotten last night. It had been hard to keep her attention on f lying today.

The crackle of the envelope in her pocket as she rose reminded her she had one more battle to fight after she left here. "Yes, well, Alex will be thrilled. I'll pack lunch for both of you." She hesitated. "If you don't mind, I'd appreciate an occasional text just to set my mind at ease."

"No problem." He stuck out his hand. "I hope this can be the beginning of putting the past behind us."

She didn't take his hand. "Don't get your hopes up about that." She spun on her heel and rushed for the door before she disgraced herself by crying.

Nothing he said or did could bring Jack back to her. She could only try to go forward.

Shauna parked outside the quaint two-story with cedar shakes weathering to a soft gray. The home stood on a hill and overlooked the waves of Rainshadow Bay as they rolled in to pound the rocks with foam before receding. In the old days Lucy would have met her at the door with warm cookies and hot coffee, but the death a year ago of the Glennons' daughter, Darla, had torn their marriage apart. Shauna prayed the current separation was only temporary.

She rang the doorbell and heard heavy footsteps heading her way. The door swung open, and Clarence greeted her. "Shauna, thanks for coming so quickly." At fifty-two, his blond hair was thinning on top, and his belly strained the black Harley-Davidson T-shirt he wore.

As he stepped back to allow her to enter, he kept putting his hands into the pockets of his jeans, then yanking them out. His normally florid face was pale, and his light-blue eyes held a trace of moisture. "It's terrible, terrible."

"Clarence, what's wrong?"

He didn't answer, so she followed him down the hall and spared a glance at the family pictures portraying a happier time before Darla's death. As she passed the doorway to his office and darkroom, she caught the faint stench of some kind of chemical and saw his mechanics overalls draped over a chair. He must have been working on his car, though it didn't exactly smell like gasoline or oil. There was a vague familiarity about the odor she couldn't place.

When they reached the living room, he sank onto the sofa. "I need a favor, Shauna."

She moved closer and looked him over. "Of course. What's wrong?" She'd never seen him in such a state. His hands trembled, and he kept glancing out the window.

Clarence had been her mentor and surrogate father ever since she got out of the navy eight years ago. He'd taught her everything she knew about mechanics and photography. He had been there when she got her chopper, and he'd held her when Jack died. Clarence and Lucy loved Alex like their own grandchild.

He reached toward the coffee table and picked up a box. "I need you to mail this box to Lucy. I'd do it myself, but I have to disappear for a while. I think he's on to me."

Her pulse sped up at the dread on his face. "Clarence, you're scaring me. What's this all about?" She took the box from him.

He shook his head so hard a lock of hair he'd combed over his bald spot fell down on his ear. "I can't tell you. I still can't believe it, but if I'm right, I don't want you in danger too. Once I know for sure, you'll be the first to know."

"You can't leave it like that. I can keep a secret."

He shook his head again. "I have to figure this out before I go to the police."

His mention of the word police spiked her adrenaline, and she yanked out her phone. "Let's call Sheriff Burchell now. If you're in danger, let him figure out whatever this is."

His hand shook as he finger-combed his hair back into place. "I can't risk it. Not yet."

He rose and went toward the door, and she had no choice but to follow him. Clarence had always been his own man. Focused and intelligent, he generally knew what was right and tried to heed his conscience in everything. She'd never seen him scattered and scared like this.

He held the door open for her. "I'll be away for a few days, but try not to worry. Here, write down this phone number. I got a throwaway phone that can't be traced."

She copied the number into her phone and tagged it as Unknown. "I wish you'd tell me what this is all about."

"I will as soon as I can." He gave her a gentle push out the door. "Now get out of here before someone sees you."

"Who?" But the adamant expression on his face told her he wouldn't budge in his determination to keep her in the dark.

Her knees felt shaky as she went to her truck and climbed inside. She started the engine and pulled away from the house and down the long driveway leading to the road. She heard a distant thump, and it almost felt as if an invisible hand pushed her truck forward.

She slammed on the brakes and looked in the rearview mirror — smoke poured from the open front door and flames shot through the roof. She gasped, then gunned the engine and wheeled the truck around. The truck tires slewed sideways, grabbed hold, and hurtled the vehicle back toward the house, where flames had engulfed the structure.

In front of the house she stopped the truck and threw the transmission into park before she leaped out. "Clarence!" She ran toward the house, but the intense heat drove her back. The place was a raging inferno. No one could get through. Maybe he'd gotten out the back way. She ran around to the back door, but the porch roof was already caving in.

Tears filled her eyes, and her hands shook as she pulled out her phone and dialed 911. All she could do was pray he'd died instantly.


Zach plotted the logistics for the f light from here to Alaska, then back to Seattle. It was a good way to keep his thoughts from drifting to Shauna's coldness.

Zach's greatest joy in life was f lying his medical plane back and forth to Alaska, and it had become especially pivotal for his mental health since Jack died. The majority of his patients were kids, and helping take care of them made him happy. He'd always thought he'd have kids of his own by now, but life had kept him busy, and he'd never found the right woman. At thirty-three, he was beginning to think he'd always be alone, but helping hurt kids had filled that void nicely.

"Hey, buddy, want to grab some dinner?"

Zach looked up from his computer as Karl Prince's voice boomed from the front door. Zach stretched out his cramped back and shook his head. "Wish I could, Karl, but I just got a call that a little boy with a badly broken leg needs transport from Wrangell to Seattle. I need to figure out logistics for the crew."

Zach had always thought his friend's voice sounded like he was six four and built like a linebacker, but in reality, Karl barely reached five nine and had a thin frame he worked to keep by jogging. His wife, Nora, sold the best raw honey in the area. Karl's dark hair still showed no signs of thinning, and only a few threads of silver ran through the sides. CEO of Olympic Paper Mill, he was in his midsixties and had been a great encouragement to Zach after Jack died.

Karl shut the door behind him, blocking out the sound of fuel being pumped into Zach's plane. "What's got you upset? You've got those lines between your eyes like you're worried."

"Shauna visited me today. She asked me to take Alex to a father-son picnic next Saturday."

His friend's dark brows winged up, and he dropped into the chair on the other side of the desk. "Whoa, what's gotten into her? I thought she always crossed the street to avoid talking to you."

"It's the first civil word we've exchanged since Jack died. She let me know it wasn't her idea. I guess Alex cried and begged until she agreed." His heart hurt at the mental image of the little boy crying for his daddy. And it was all Zach's fault. He'd wanted to be there for Alex, but Shauna hadn't given an inch in her determination to make him pay for his crimes. He couldn't blame her.

Before Karl could offer up some wisdom, Zach's pager went off. "There's a fire. Gotta go." He grabbed his jacket and headed for his truck, with Karl behind him, then stopped as the address sank in. "Holy cow, that's Clarence's place!" He punched in a quick text to his friend, asking if he was okay.

Karl wheeled around and headed toward his SUV, a gleaming white Lexus. "I'll follow you there."

Karl and Clarence had been friends most of their lives, so Zach knew nothing would keep Karl from rushing there as well.

It was only a five-minute drive to the Glennon place, but it felt like an hour. He saw the smoke when he was still a couple of miles away. It looked bad, very bad. Clarence hadn't answered Zach's text, and by the time he turned into the dirt driveway, Zach's stomach was in knots.

Firemen were already hauling hoses from two trucks toward the fully engulfed structure. The smoke obscured most of the figures standing around watching. Zach parked his truck and grabbed his turnout gear before he jumped out. Where was Clarence? He scanned the crowd as he pulled on his jacket. He ran for the closest fire engine.

The fire chief, Stuart Ransom, motioned to him. "Haul that other hose around back."

Zach nodded and reached for the hose. "What about Clarence? Anyone seen him?"

Stuart, a muscular man in his forties, shook his head. "A witness saw him just moments before the explosion. We're afraid he didn't make it, but we won't know for sure until we get in there."

Zach felt light-headed at the chief 's grave manner. Didn't make it? That couldn't be. He struggled to maintain his equilibrium as he moved into position. Water shot through the hose, and he aimed it at the back windows. The fire had too much of a head start, and he doubted they'd save more than some timbers. The water began to beat back some of the f lames, but others sprang to life and devoured more of the roof like a giant dragon.

If Clarence was inside, all hope was lost.

The conflagration had died to smoking embers. Spent from sobbing, Shauna sat on the wet grass and watched the firemen carry the body bag from the ruins. She should get up and do something, but she was numb.

Lucy. Shauna cringed at the thought of being the one to tell her. Even though the two were separated, Lucy would grieve terribly.

"Shauna, you okay?"

She looked up to see Zach's eyes peering down at her out of a smoke-covered face. His helmet dangled from his hand, and he still wore his firefighting uniform. "You tried to save him."

"The home was too far gone when we got here." His voice broke, and he rubbed his eyes. "Sorry, it's hard to take in. I loved Clarence."

They all did. "There was a bomb."

His blue eyes sharpened. "How do you know?"

"I'd just been here. It shook my car, and I saw everything erupt behind me." Her voice wavered. "Only a bomb could cause an explosion like that." Why was she even telling him all this? He was her enemy.

"Did you tell the sheriff ? I don't think it's possible to know for sure what happened yet. Clarence had that darkroom where he worked with chemicals. It could have been an accident."


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The View from Rainshadow Bay 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 65 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I’ve read all of Colleen Coble’s books, and always look forward to reading her next new book. Once again she does not disappoint! Her characters have depth and become quite real to you, the suspense and romance are well balanced. She keeps you guessing until the end. It’s hard to put it down once you start, so be sure to allow plenty of time to finish once you’ve begun!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Beautiful story of redemption and love. The twists are not easy to see coming and that builds great suspense.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Liked the book and story line kept me on my toes
Jennybug52 More than 1 year ago
4 stars- This is the first book in Colleen’s new Lavender Tides Series and is set in Washington State, near the Olympic Mountains and Puget Sound. This was a great start to the series. I enjoyed the storyline and really felt the connection between the main characters, Shauna and Zach. Their budding relationship felt natural and not forced. The ways that the characters dealt with their circumstances made sense. Colleen did a great job of building the tension throughout the story and creating a compelling story. Even though I did suspect the culprit from the beginning, I still had no idea of the why and was still engrossed in the story and curious to figure out the mystery. I also loved the shout out to Gwen Marcey. It was fun to see her pop up in the story. I look forward to reading the next story in the series and returning to the beautiful little town of Lavender Tides. I received a copy of this book for free. I was not required to post a positive review and the views and opinions expressed are my own.
bookstoregal More than 1 year ago
I really liked this one! I read some reviews that people were disappointed in this book, but I actually like it a lot better than the previous series. ☺ I liked the characters and the story. I didn't figure out who dunnit until the end! It has a lot of mystery and a little romance. Actually, not everything is solved in this book, so I am eagerly awaiting the next one!! Thanks Colleen. And thanks to the Fiction Guild for another great book! The opinions expressed in this review are mine alone.
WildflowerMom More than 1 year ago
An exciting start to a new series! Set on the beautiful Olympic Peninsula in Washington State, this one starts with a suspenseful scene, and builds towards an action-filled ending, with a mystery, a bit of romance, and inspiration sandwiched in between. This author knows how to spin a suspenseful tale so well, mixed with just enough tension and human struggle to keep it real. I didn't figure out the mystery until it was revealed towards the end. I love the setting of this new series, in an area close to where I live, making it easy to picture the beautiful scenery, including the lavender fields with the mountains as a backdrop and the saltwater bay in front. The mention of earthquakes in the area is totally realistic too, as we have had a remarkable number of significant tremors this year alone. The main characters are still trying to find a way through their loss of a loved one, while in the middle of a new tragedy. The stress was palpable. Finding someone to blame when bad things happen to loved ones seems to be a common way of coping with grief and loss, as Marilyn and Shauna did. Learning to forgive and trust God was shown well in Shauna's situation, as she tried to reconcile how a good God allows bad things to happen. She courageously faced her fears and stepped out in faith to trust Zach to help her. He was very kind and encouraging to her. "You can't let fear rule your life, Flygirl...None of us knows what the future brings. We only know we are safe in the Lord's arms." Looking forward to the next one in this series as the characters were heading towards Maine. Readers who enjoy suspense with some romance and faith will probably enjoy this book. 4.5 stars (An ebook was provided by NetGalley and the publisher. All opinions are my own.)
bsnksmom More than 1 year ago
The death of Shauna McDade's husband, Jack, in a rock climbing accident, caused a rift between Jack's best friend, Zach Morrison, and Jack's whole family. Shauna hasn't spoken to Zach in the year since the accident, and Zach has ramped up his adventure-seeking to dangerous levels. When she asks him to step in and take her son, Alex, on the church's father-son hike, he starts to have hope. Those hopes are dashed when she makes certain he knows that she's only asking because Alex begged her to. She hates trusting him with the life of her son. When Shauna's business partner's house explodes moments after he gave her a box to deliver, she is certain he's been murdered. She recognized the sound of a bomb going off from her days with the Navy. Could the box have anything to do with it? When the box is opened and she recognizes her own deceased mother's necklace inside, she begins to wonder how all of this ties in with her mother's death, and the disappearance of her two younger siblings. Her father is so drunk most of the time that he couldn't possibly know. Or could he? Shauna's only hope to protect herself and her son appears to be moving into Zach's home until the killer is caught. As she and Zach follow every small clue, can they find those who want her dead before they find her? How long can they work together before Shauna sees that Zach's guilt is misplaced, and that her anger with him is also misplaced? His willingness to step into harm's way for her and her son goes a long way toward mending the rift between them, but how can they evade a danger they cannot see, and one that's closer than they think? Colleen Coble's romantic suspense books have long been favorites of mine. It seldom fails that whoever I have picked as the "bad guy" may be bad, but they're not the key to safety for the heroine and hero. This book kept me guessing until the very end, which I call a win in the suspense genre. Suspense lovers will definitely enjoy this book, and the romance that develops between Shauna and Zach is pretty sweet as well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great mystery with well developed characters. The story revolves about a series of deaths that weren’t originally seen as connected. There was a romance going on throughout the entire book without any graphic sex. How refreshing! An author that relies on her story telling ability instead of porn. Will buy morein this series, for sure
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Rainshadow bay was a wonderful experience in adventure and romance with a touch of heaven. Just when I thought the story couldn’t get any better, there was a major, unexpected twist to the story. Highly recommended, as with all Colleen Coble novels!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Was interesting and kept my attention.
ShareeS More than 1 year ago
The View from Rainshadow Bay is book one in the Lavender Tides series and kicks off with mystery and suspense. Shauna McDade is a single mom working to care for her five-year-old son, Alex. Zach Bannister has been a close friend, but it’s his fault that Shauna’s husband is dead…or is it? The story weaves together age-old secrets and as Shauna and Zach uncover the things hidden, they place themselves in deeper and deeper danger. Written in true Colleen Coble fashion, the setting is as much a part of the story as the characters. The View from Rainshadow Bay takes the reader to beautiful Lavender Tides in the State of Washington. I truly felt for Shauna and the secrets she uncovers that destroy what she thought was real. Zach is a wonderful hero who bears her anger and hate while keeping his own heart from becoming calloused. The ending was intense and kept me turning pages.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it
AngelaBycroftNZ More than 1 year ago
The View from Rainshadow Bay by Colleen Coble is a clever, suspenseful and tenses story which sets up a fantastic new series. Lavender Tides is mysterious, dark and alluring but still retains the small town charm that we know and love. Shauna lost her husband in a freak climbing accident and she blames his best friend Zach for letting it happened. While her son still idolises him, she’s barely civil if she talks to him at all. When her business partner and friend is brutally murdered and previously through unsuspicious deaths start looking decidedly sus - Shauna may need to rely on Zach a lot more than she had previously though she ever would. Rainshadow Bay sets up a new series of books that have the making of another Colleen Coble classic series - just the perfect mixture of suspense and romance to keep both heart rate and emotions well in check.
StephieJ More than 1 year ago
This book is a page turner and a fast read! It was full of suspense and danger throughout the book! I highly recommend this book! This book was hard to put down! I can't wait for the next book in the series! The author does a great job of creating enjoyable characters and holding your attention from the first pages! I haven't read a book by this author that I haven't liked! *I received a review copy of this book from the publisher! No positive review was required! My opinion is my own and is honest!
cularien More than 1 year ago
Ahhh, I loved this book. I did what I usually do and read book 2 in the series first, but only because I didn't know there was a book 1! So naturally I had to read this one. IT IS SO GOOD. :) Loved it! I even knew certain characters showed up in the next book but was kept guessing throughout. Really didn't see all the twists and turns coming or how it was all going to resolve. Be warned, it will keep you up until you're done (or at a semi-good stopping point, which, frankly, is going to be the end of the book). :) Another winner from Coble.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Recommended? Oh, yeah. This is a well written story filled with tragedy, mystery, and love. Because I have read many hundreds of mystery stories I usually know who the 'bad guys' are before it is revealed in the story. This time it took longer an it made it so much more fun to read. It did have a surprise when the 'bad guys' were revealed.
mrskbookstogo More than 1 year ago
Shauna never tires of flying her chopper over the Pacific NW, nor of the charm of her town Lavender Tides. She had to do this for her son Alex, she had no one else to turn her since Jack had died. Her own father was too unreliable. She had to ask Zach for help, even though she would never forgive him for Jack's death. Alex was more important and right now he needed a father role model. She knew Zach was it. Zach built the Hurricane Roost Airport. As a "dare-devil junkie," Zach knows that Shauna is hurting. But, so was he. After all Jack had been his best friend. When Shauna requests that Zach go on a father-son hike with Alex, Jack had no reservations in saying yes. Could this be a chance to make things right for Alex and Shauna? What begins as answer to a call from Clarence, soon explodes into a deceptive web of murder. Who would want to kill Clarence or Lucy? Is their daughter's death also involved? So many questions! When a friend asks you to do something for them, you usually would. If they ask you to keep something safe or deliver it, well that wouldn't be a problem. Unless what is hidden inside the box is exactly what is desired by the killer. From the beginning, this novel became a source of intrigue and frustration. As each piece of the mystery surfaced, it began to unravel. As a reader, I felt that I was looking at a tapestry in which every thread is intricately woven to the plot. As you followed one thread, another secret was discovered. Shauna, Zach, and Alex will not be safe until all secrets are revealed. Not even a super hero could keep them from the destruction that is exploding around them! Can murder be delightfully intriguing? Not only did Lavender Tides take your breath away with beautifully detailed settings, the characters are crafted with a mixture of real life turmoil. As a reader, you will discover that this is a mystery that could be a "true to life reality." MrsK
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings A widow still trying to move forward, a friend who feels at fault for the death and some quick mysterious deaths start this book in an interesting spot. A mystery/thriller with a complete women's fiction turn, this book is perfect for a reader of women's fiction who wants a little more in their books. Shauna was such a great character. I loved having her as the guide through this story, she was such a real character and I loved the range of emotions in this book. My favorite thing is when I wish that a character were real and I could become friends with her, I felt this way about Shauna.
rkfall More than 1 year ago
This story is about a woman who is married with a 5-year-old son and her husband dies in a recreational activity. His best friend, who was with her husband at the time, plays such a great role in this book. This book is nailbiting at times and quite intense, which is just the way Colleen writes. I really enjoyed the preciousness of her son and her relationship with him. The grandmother and others surround him well and take great care of him. If you like mysterious, extreme reads, you’ll like this one. I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Yamma1212 More than 1 year ago
Colleen Coble's books always grip me from the first page. In this case, Shauna's husband, Jack, died in an accident. Shauna and her son, Alex, struggle to make ends meet. To make matters worse, a dear friend of Shauna's is murdered, making Shauna question everything. She is forced to rely on the last person she wants to - her dead husband's best friend, who was with her husband when he died. The View from Rainshadow Bay is a fast paced, suspenseful story. I couldn't put it down and think this book is a great start to a wonderful series. I absolutely can't wait until the next installment. I received a copy of this book from Thomas Nelson in exchange for an honest review which I have provided here. I was not required to leave a positive review.
Jennybug52 More than 1 year ago
4 stars- This is the first book in Colleen’s new Lavender Tides Series and is set in Washington State, near the Olympic Mountains and Puget Sound. This was a great start to the series. I enjoyed the storyline and really felt the connection between the main characters, Shauna and Zach. Their budding relationship felt natural and not forced. The ways that the characters dealt with their circumstances made sense. Colleen did a great job of building the tension throughout the story and creating a compelling story. Even though I did suspect the culprit from the beginning, I still had no idea of the why and was still engrossed in the story and curious to figure out the mystery. I also loved the shout out to Gwen Marcey. It was fun to see her pop up in the story. I look forward to reading the next story in the series and returning to the beautiful little town of Lavender Tides. I received a copy of this book for free. I was not required to post a positive review and the views and opinions expressed are my own.
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Tarri More than 1 year ago
The stunning locations and well written characters, along with the interesting mysteries, made this book so enthralling. I literally could not put it down because I needed to know what was going to happen next. Shanna is still healing from her husband's accidental death when her friend is murdered after telling her she may be in danger. As the bodies start piling up she turns reluctantly to the man she blames for her husband's death in a climbing accident, for help. Together they set out to solve the mysteries and perhaps repair their broken friendship. I look forward to reading more in this series.
GailHollingsworth More than 1 year ago
Colleen Coble has a way of grabbing you right out of the starting gate, whether it's in the prologue or first chapter! You just have to keep reading after that, you have no choice. Murders keep happening in Lavender Tides, one right after the other. Are they connected? Is it one person or several? You'll just have to read! The writing is so good that it's hard to figure out anything, just the way I like it. If I can figure out early on "who did it, and why" it's no fun to keep reading. Not true of this author! I've read many of her books and each one progresses to being the best of her writings, one after the other. Shanna was a very likable character. She was very protective of her son Alex, especially after the accidental death of her husband Jack. So when danger comes a little too close she reluctantly moves in with her nemesis Zach. She blames him for her husband's death but protecting Alex is much more important and Zach is promising to keep both of them safe. Follow along, word after word of this nail-biting novel. You may find some surprises! And I love the cover! The beautiful lavender fields and the faintest image of a helicopter adds to the intrigue and the storyline. I received a complimentary copy of this novel from the Fiction Guild but was not required to write a review.