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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

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USA TODAY Bestseller!

“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:
86,318
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 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 47 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book, hated for it to end. I am sure going to miss Kate, Claire and Mallory. Their adventures into mystery, murder and love were great reads. Thank you to Colleen for her stories.
SeasonsofGrace 30 days ago
I enjoyed this book. My favorite character was probably Drake. He was brave, a bit of a knight in shining armor, always ready to rescue the damsel in distress. He was also intelligent, with a really interesting business. Kate was a pretty good character too, although at times she seemed a bit naive, putting herself in danger because she was trying to be brave and make it on her own. And she was also very outspoken at times, which kind of got on my nerves. The characters I loved to hate, or maybe just hated were the villain - which I won't reveal, but he was sneaky conniving and a little twisted. Kate's uncle, Paul, was also not the most likable character either, but eventually he did come around a bit and wiggle his way into my good graces. The plot was suspenseful and I really related to the setting of the Blueberry Barrens since my grandmother was a blueberry farmer. This was the third book in the series but the first one I read, so even though it was easy enough to kind of get the drift on the characters, there was a bit of a back story that I obviously missed. It kind of made me want to go back to the beginning to find out how they ended up at this point in their lives. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a good mystery and suspense novel. My recommendation would be to start at the beginning of the series though if you haven't already read those. I enjoyed Colleen Coble as as an author. This is only the second book I have read of hers, but both were extremely well written and captured my attention. I received a copy of this book courtesy of Thomas Nelson and Fiction Guild to read. I was not required to review it positively and all opinions are my own.
ASmith107 6 months ago
I love all of Colleen Coble's books, and this was no exception. From page one, you'll imagine the brisk sea breezes and salty air of Sunset Cove. You'll envision the beauty of the blueberry barrens. You may even want to look over your shoulders JUST to make sure you're not being followed in the woods with Kate and Drake...ha! (not really) Suffice it to say, if you like suspense, a little romance, and lots of good old Maine adventure, this book will fit the bill. Discover the hope, frustration, disappointment, and new beginnings Kate uncovers as Drake and his nieces happen to visit one summer in Maine. It gets a little dicey, but with a little detective skill, and a lot of faith and Yankee determination, they work it out. Well worth buying, and you'll want to share this book with a friend. I recommend the entire Sunset Cove series.
Yamma1212 More than 1 year ago
Another great book by Colleen Coble! Kate is looking for what's next in life. She's faced with her family's barren blueberry barrens and needs to find a solution quickly. Drake Newham comes to town with his two nieces, now in his custody, and seems to be the answer to Kate's problems. As Kate gets to know Drake's nieces as their new nanny, new problems seem to creep up as Drake investigates his brother's death. A man's cologne in her home, a mysterious pouch under a blueberry bush, what next? Could the cases by connected, or is all of this related to Kate's uncle, who recently escaped from prison? I really enjoyed Twilight at Blueberry Barrens. The balance of excitement, suspense and romance is, once again, on point. I loved the description and the pace of the book. I sincerely thank the Thomas Nelson Fiction Guild for a copy of this book in exchange for a review!
Glorysong2 More than 1 year ago
Having read and enjoyed The Inn at Ocean's Edge and Mermaid Moon, I was excited to see Twilight a Blueberry Barren arrive for me to read and review. It didn't disappoint me. Kate's mother and uncle are both in prison so she is left to tend the blueberry barren. She fixes up a cottage on the property and rents it to a man and his 2 nieces who had just lost their parents. It begins with two bodies found at the base of a cliff and was assumed to be murder/suicide, but was it? The reader is drawn in to find the truth about the deaths. In addition, two forces are threatening Kate and her twin sister, Claire. This was a very good book. I received a free copy of this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this series. Great mystery, kept me interested all through the book . Good clean read/no smut
ShareeS More than 1 year ago
Colleen Coble does it again with a fabulous story. I loved Twilight at Blueberry Barrens. Kate’s character was my favorite because she’d endured so much. She’s a fighter. Never willing to just give up, she’s overcoming illness and family tragedy. If only she could allow herself to be loved. Drake’s moved to town to solve his brother and sister-in-law’s murders. He doesn’t agree with the findings and murder/suicide determination. Caring for his two nieces, Drake has become an instant father. He’s got a successful business, but no love in his life. He hires Kate to be his nanny for the summer only to find out she not only knows about the murders, but was one of the first on scene. Kate is being stalked by someone who has no boundaries. And both Kate and Drake have an enemy they’re not aware of. Twilight at Blueberry Barrens has it all. Drama. Romance and of course, suspense. It’s a great addition to the Sunset Cove series. I received the book from the Fiction Guild and have provided my honest opinion here. https://wordynerdyblog.wordpress.com/2017-book-reviews/twilight-at-blueberry-barrens/
EpicFehlReader More than 1 year ago
I struggle with this series. I am drawn to the setting --- who doesn't love a good mystery set along a New England coastline, right? And the plot ideas are not bad, they definitely stir my curiosity each time, but each time so far whenever I dig into the story, there's something that always seems to land just off the mark for me. In this installment, I think the biggest culprit was the way the plot unfolded --- Drake's brother has ties to a Chinese drug lord?! Kate's uncle in prison because he killed the mother of Claire's (Kate's sister) fiancee ... strenuous tie there btw... because said mother saw him moving a body?! That scene where Kate and Claire are talking out in the yard and Claire just gets nailed by a crossbow bolt outta the blue ... and all this before you're even 85 pages in! -- A lot of ideas flying around, but a noticeable lack of cohesiveness to bring it all together. There was also a sense of a good idea being taken too far (see examples mentioned above) or not fleshed out enough. The writing here was not Coble's best, IMO. I personally found the characters and the mystery from Sunset Cove #2 a little more engaging. Here, the dialogue often came off a little too scripted, especially with Kate's, making her feel a bit wooden at times to me. But we gotta work in a romance so of course Drake looks past what seems like a pretty cardboard personality to me and comes at her with "no woman has ever intrigued me like this." Poor guy. Kate's tendency to overstep her bounds when it came to caring for the girls got on my nerves as well. I get you're the nanny but you shouldn't get to basically tell the legal guardian "you should shut it and do it my way" multiple times. In real life, you'd likely be fired, not have your employer fall in love with you! But I guess Drake likes himself a dominant kind of lady friend. And that ending got pretty crowded with people. Just saying. Nice to see another cross-over appearance of Gwen Marcey, the investigator from Carrie Stuart Parks' Gwen Marcey mystery series! Note: This is the third installment of Coble's Sunset Cove series. I have not read the first in the series (Inn at Ocean's Edge), but have read / reviewed the second book. This third book brings back some of the characters from the first book (I checked the synopsis of the first book) -- Claire, Luke (Claire's now fiancee) and Kate -- but can easily be read as an independent story. FTC Disclaimer: TNZ Fiction Guild kindly provided me with a complimentary copy of this book & requested that I check it out and share my thoughts. The opinions above are entirely my own.
THersh27 More than 1 year ago
Since her mother's blueberry barrens are no longer producing enough fruit to make a living, Kate decides she needs to rent her cottage out. Drake Newham shows up with his nieces and not only wants to rent it, but also needs a nanny. When Kate finds out Drake is in Maine to look into his brother and sister-in-law's deaths, they decide to team up to get to the bottom of it. However, Kate's uncle has recently escaped prison and someone may be stalking her. Will they ever find the people responsible for all the threats to Kate and her loved ones? I always enjoy Colleen Coble's books, and this was no different. It was packed with suspense and romance. I found myself turning page after page wondering who the stalker was, who really killed Drake's family, and will they ever catch Uncle Paul? I find myself so engrossed I feel like I'm right there with Kate and Drake, rooting for them. The characters are very relatable. If you love suspense with romance mixed in, you'll love this book! **I received this book free from the publishers through the Fiction Guild program for review. I was not required to write a positive review and all thoughts and opinions are my own.
THersh27 More than 1 year ago
Since her mother's blueberry barrens are no longer producing enough fruit to make a living, Kate decides she needs to rent her cottage out. Drake Newham shows up with his nieces and not only wants to rent it, but also needs a nanny. When Kate finds out Drake is in Maine to look into his brother and sister-in-law's deaths, they decide to team up to get to the bottom of it. However, Kate's uncle has recently escaped prison and someone may be stalking her. Will they ever find the people responsible for all the threats to Kate and her loved ones? I always enjoy Colleen Coble's books, and this was no different. It was packed with suspense and romance. I found myself turning page after page wondering who the stalker was, who really killed Drake's family, and will they ever catch Uncle Paul? I find myself so engrossed I feel like I'm right there with Kate and Drake, rooting for them. The characters are very relatable. If you love suspense with romance mixed in, you'll love this book! **I received this book free from the publishers through the Fiction Guild program for review. I was not required to write a positive review and all thoughts and opinions are my own.
MichelleKrim More than 1 year ago
Each book in this series gets better and better! I adored this story and thought the suspense was very well written. I loved how there was danger coming from so many different directions that I didn't know how many enemies Kate and Drake had on their heels. This was a page-turner that kept me engrossed until the very end. Plot: After the death of his brother and sister-in-law, Drake Newham becomes guardian to his nieces and is determined to clear his brother of suspicion in the assumed murder/suicide. He packs up the girls and travels to Maine. Kate Mason's struggling to keep her family's Blueberry farm in business. In order to earn more money, she decides to rent out the cottage on the property. When Drake happens along, he and Kate realize they can help each other out. Soon it becomes apparent that someone doesn't want Drake digging into the past. Kate also has got some trouble of her own as strange things happen at her house. It's clear someone is watching her. The likely suspect is her uncle, who's recently escaped prison. It's up to Drake and Kate to figure out what's going on before more people die. Characters: Kate's had her share of difficulties in life, which have made her tough. Struggles with her health have caused her to be more conscientious about what she eats and she's not afraid to voice her opinion to other about it, much to Drake's chagrin. I really enjoyed her way with the girls, being the disciplinarian because she wants better for them. Drake earns sympathy as the bachelor suddenly turned father as he's trying to figure out how to care for two young, grieving kids. Recommendation: I'd highly recommend this book and the entire Sunset Cove series. It's the best I've read from this author so far. It's book three of the series and can stand alone, but I'd suggest reading them all in order as the characters are closely tied together. Rating: 4.5/5 stars I received a copy of this book from the Thomas Nelson Fiction Guild. This review is my honest opinion.
Jennybug52 More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars- This is the third and final book in the Sunset Cove series. Kate Mason has been through a lot in her life. Is it her time to finally fall in love and put herself first? Drake Newham is devastated at the news of his brother and sister-in-law’s deaths in Maine. Now the guardian of his two nieces, he is searching for answers in Folly Shoals. I enjoyed this book. At first, the introduction of various different plot elements seemed a bit overwhelming. As the story progressed though, all of the pieces fell into place and the story was wrapped up nicely at the end. Kate had been through a lot, both physically and emotionally. It was interesting to see her grow as a character and learn to value herself more. Drake was a respectable guy with a heart of gold and was a great supporter of Kate, which was exactly what she needed. The story writing was solid, with likable characters. Kate and Drew made a nice pair. I appreciated their honesty with one another regarding their relationship and feelings toward each other instead of beating around the bush as so many novels do. This novel brought nice closure to the series and I look forward to reading Colleen’s next series. I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
GailHollingsworth More than 1 year ago
There were enough characters to keep me guessing and mystery and suspense throughout, and I loved it! Colleen Coble has a gift when it comes to writing edge of the seat suspense. The setting was in Maine and the descriptions were such that I could picture what I was reading as far as what the characters looked like and the inside of the houses as well as the blueberry barrens and surrounding woods. Kate has always lacked self confidence and took care of her mother's blueberry barrens not because she really wanted to but to please her mother. But her mother is in prison. The blueberry harvest did not do well and Kate was going to run out of money before she could produce next year's crop. Along comes Drake, needing a place to stay as well as a nanny for his two young nieces while he investigates the murders of their parents. Kate happens to have a cottage to rent as well as time on her hands and loves children. Then Kate learns that her uncle, who's in prison for murder, has escaped. Then she learns of a stalker and a peeking Tom in the area and starts getting threats. Drake worries about the safety of his nieces while they are being watched by Kate. But she tries to reassure him. She and her sister Claire are very close and Kate is helping her plan her wedding. Kate finds herself being attracted to Drake but pulls away when she hears he wants lots of children. She is barren from chemo that she went through with a serious illness, although she is healthy now. A young girl has been murdered and the fear is that Kate may be next. The sheriff and deputies are busy going over evidence in the murders and watching for the stalker. Are any of these related or are they searching for more than one killer? I second guessed myself until the culprit(s) were revealed. If you love mystery and suspense you must read this novel. You won't be disappointed. I received a copy of this book from the Fiction Guild and was not required to write a review, positive or otherwise.
SemmieWise More than 1 year ago
** “Light always shone in the darkness.” ** Colleen Coble continues her Sunset Cove series with the delightful “Twilight at Blueberry Barrens,” an intense romantic suspense novel where we continue the story of Kate Mason, whom we first met in book number one (“The Inn at Ocean’s Edge”). Recovering from a stem-cell transplant from her twin sister Claire, Kate has been cured from her aplastic anemia condition. But even with the good news, she is now facing a new battle — the failure of her family’s beloved blueberry barrens. Just in time, the intriguing Drake Newham rolls into town with his two nieces — and into the heart of Kate as he rents her cottage and hires her as the girls’ nanny. As their relationship flowers, the small coastal Maine town suddenly faces a surge in missing girls and murders (including the murder of Drake’s brother and sister-in-law, which originally brought him to town), stalkings, and the escape from prison by Kate’s uncle, Paul. Kate and Drake must work together to keep each other safe, and determine if these cases are at all related. Coble does a great job of moving the plot along and keeping the reader guessing at every turn. As each horrific event occurs, one is left wondering at their connection. But this novel is much more than an incredible suspense story. “Twilight at Blueberry Barrens” also offers up several great lessons — not getting stuck in one’s “yesterday”; learning that we are lovable and that we don’t need to earn anyone’s love, especially God’s love; light always defeats the darkness; and God always provides a way out of difficult situations. Although “Blueberry Barrens” could be read as a standalone, I really wouldn’t recommend it. This book contains characters from both of the first two novels, and some plot lines are mildly connected, or at least referred to. Another interesting tidbit, these books make reference to another literary character: Gwen Marcy found in Carrie Stuart Parks’ novels. And “Twilight at Blueberry Barrens” features an incredibly beautiful cover! Five stars out of five. Thomas Nelson provided this complimentary copy for my honest, unbiased review.
MarB1 More than 1 year ago
Romantic suspense! It must be one of my favorite genres and Colleen Coble’s books are high on my must-read list. I’ve enjoyed many of Coble’s books, but this one could possibly be her best yet. The description of the location, the development of the characters or the progress of the storyline all goes smoothly. This third book in the Sunset Cove series is connected to the first title ‘The Inn at Ocean’s Edge’ as this book is about Kate Mason—Claire Dellamare’s twin sister. ‘Twilight at Blueberry Barrens’ frequently refers back to what happened in ‘The Inn at Ocean’s Edge’. So be sure you have read that title as well to understand ‘Twilight at Blueberry Barrens’ better. As always, there are heart-racing and I-can’t-stop-reading moments that will keep the reader glued to the pages. This is a Christian romantic suspense novel that is not preachy, but keeps honorable standards. You don’t need to worry about anything while reading this book, except perhaps the stalker that is watching you . . .
Deb-Krenzer More than 1 year ago
This was a great read. It had everything. Great descriptions of scenery, great characters, murders, romance, a wedding, an escaped prisoner, a hire for murder guy and even a stalker. And you will never guess who the stalker is. I love Colleen Coble's books and this one did, as usual, did not fail to disappoint. There were a few times when it went a little slow and I felt they could have been left out. However, for the most part it was a very entertaining read. I still don't understand how the stalker could have missed the ziploc bag in that cave however. That one really puzzles me. I'd like to thank Thomas Zondervan for sending me this ARC in exchange for an honest review. I loved it and was definitely entertained.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
only 32 cents cheaper for nook book than paperback - outrageous. Would love to read some of her nook book s but not at that price....
Baranski1987 More than 1 year ago
Twilight at Blueberry Barrens is book three in A Sunset Cove series by Colleen Coble. Colleen has written a book will have you setting on pins and needles with all the twists and turns and unexpected happens. I couldn’t put this book down it was that good! You are going to love Kate Mason and Drake Newham’s story. Be sure to order your copy of Twilight at Blueberry Barrens by Colleen Coble today. It also makes a great gift. 5 stars!
LucyMR1 More than 1 year ago
Want a book that keeps you on the edge of your seat and you don't want to put it down? Well, look no farther. You know when you pick up a book by Colleen Coble you need to hold on for the roller coaster ride. This is the third book in the Sunset Cove series but could be a stand alone. I don't think you want to miss any of the installments though. I love how the characters are developed and how just when you think you have it figured out you don't. Highly recommend to lovers of suspense. I received a complimentary copy from Thomas Nelson & Zondervan Fiction Guild. The honest review and opinions were not required.
GrandaddyA More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the action, suspense, romance, and especially the fact that the lead characters were people with a strong faith in God. Seeing the Sunset Cove Novels come full circle and conclude with Kate after she played an important role in the other two books seemed to be very fitting. This is a series that I encourage reading in sequence because of the manner in which the characters continue to grow and develop with new ones coming into the story along the way. Danger and more questions seem to lurk everywhere Kate turns. The first question is rather innocuous. What is she going to do with the family’s blueberry barrens since she is the last one left? Does her plan to rent out the cottage appear to be a wise decision, especially after learning more about the person who is interested in renting it? When Drake is the one trying to find out more about the deaths of his brother and sister-in-law, why does it seem Kate is also under attack? Is everything connected? Somehow it all seemed to start with Kate and her sister going to see the puffins in their burrows. Later Kate describes herself as being a lot like a puffin. I think you will need to read the book to figure that one out. I recommend it for everyone who loves a good mix of suspense and romance.
debhgrty More than 1 year ago
Deb’s Dozens: Kate’s blue; the blueberries—ruined, her prospects—barren. Drake Newham—a rescuer? What fun to reacquaint yourself with characters you loved. Colleen Coble’s Sunset Cove series ends with Twilight at Blueberry Barrens. We will love to live Kate Mason’s story—she’s had such a tragic life. After being reunited with a sister she didn’t know she had, Kate’s blue. Her beloved blueberry barrens are just that—barren. And now her sister, Claire, and her new husband, Luke, are married and she feels alone again. With her sister off on her honeymoon and no income in sight, Kate decides to renovate and rent the cottage across the road from hers. Enter Drake Newham, newly parenting the two little girls left behind by the apparent murder-suicide of their parents. Drake is rich and quite convinced his brother was murdered. Their meeting appears to solve problems for both of them. Kate will be a nanny for the girls and Drake will rent the cottage. That solves Kate’s immediate financial problems—but what about Drake’s brother? Another four star book! Twilight at Blueberry Barrens is set on the beautiful coast of Maine. Colleen and her husband, Dave, researched the area and fell in love. Maine is the setting for all three of the Sunset Cove books and you will fall in love with the Maine Coast from the descriptions. Colleen always visits the locale of her stories so the details and descriptions will be accurate. I believe I’ve read most, if not all, of Colleen’s books and never get tired of reading her stories. Her characters come to life and you can’t help but care about them. Kate Mason and Drake Newham are no exception and the two little girls are adorable. Colleen is a USA Today best-selling novelist, who has almost four million books in print. She writes romantic suspense/mysteries because “she likes to see justice prevail.” In addition to writing, Colleen serves as CEO of American Christian Fiction Writers. She lives with her husband, Dave, in Indiana. Thomas Nelson Books gave me a copy of Twilight at Blueberry Barrens, but I was in no way obligated to write a favorable review.
bookbloggerKB More than 1 year ago
Twilight at Blueberry Barrens by Colleen Coble (A Sunset Cove Novel) This book is Coble’s third in the Sunset Cove series, however, she gives enough information regarding the characters’ pasts to enable the reader to enjoy the book. Kate Mason, the main character, has returned home to care for her family’s blueberry barrens. She happens upon some hard times and must resort to renting out a cottage for additional income. Drake Newham, in town with his two nieces, is investigating his brother and sister-in-law’s untimely deaths. He agrees to rent the cottage and their lives become entwined through their search for truth. Although Colleen Coble is an author in her own right, fans of Karen Kingsbury will find much to like in this novel. The characters are people you might like to have as your neighbors (even though they are all either handsome or beautiful.) The story is well-paced and keeps the reader’s attention through a few plot twists. The ending was satisfying, although not entirely unexpected, but left enough unanswered questions for the next book. All in all, it was an enjoyable read, but a little less suspenseful and full of more romance than I usually prefer. I’m sure many readers will enjoy it and want to read the complete series.
Maari More than 1 year ago
Don't fall off of your seat, this one will keep you on the edge! This is the first of Ms. Coble's books that I have read. With this being number three in the series, and no mention of needing to read the others, I figured that I was safe and I was right. True, I did not have a backstory of the characters, but I wasn't lost. The individuals that we are introduced to in this book (well, I was, they may have been introduced earlier in the series), are so real!! I admit, I jumped a few times... glanced out my window, to be sure that all was well... while taking a break, to get my heart back at normal rhythm, and to remind myself to breathe again! Despite, not really wanting to take long from this book. I really felt as if I could not turn the pages fast enough!! VERY good suspense! Recommended to anyone that loves a book that you can't put down.
lolly-pops More than 1 year ago
My thoughts: First, the disclaimer. "I was provided a free paperback copy of this book. All opinions are my own." That done, TWILIGHT AT BLUEBERRY BARRENS is the third book in Ms. Coble's Sunset Cove series, and while it does have some continuing characters and story lines readers should be able to read this as a stand alone without being lost. I have read all the books in this series and Ms. Coble is one of my favorite romantic suspense stories. I love how the Coast Guard is a character in this story -- my son is in the Coast Guard and I can 'see' him at work in Ms. Coble's books. Kate is a character introduced in the previous books but this time she gets a story of her own. Drake is in town investigating his brother's and sister-in-law's deaths because the sheriff has declared it a murder suicide and Drake is convinced his brother wouldn't murder his wife nor himself. Someone is also stalking Kate and there is the ongoing renegade uncle story so at the beginning of the book there seemed like three different suspense/mystery stories going. (You'll have to read the book to see if there are or not.) And I was curious how it would all tie together. I adored Ms. Coble's books and am sorry to see this series come to an end and am anxious to see what is coming next from this author. If you like romantic suspense/cozy mysteries, then check out Colleen Coble's Sunset Cove series -- or any of her previous series. You won't be disappointed. 5 stars.
AngelaBycroftNZ More than 1 year ago
It’s a tough ask to write both suspense and romance into the same novel and somehow get the balance right. But Colleen Coble has done just that with a story that is both parts achingly romantic and spine tingly scary. Confession time - I had previously bought both titles from this series previous to this one but they hadn’t emerged from my TO READ PILE. So diving into book 3 is always scary but fortunately i was able to follow no problem. The setting is rich in detail and characters which is always wonderful. Kate has recently come through cancer treatment and is now trying to return to a normal life. She is in need of income and decides to rent out a cottage on her property. Drake is uncle to two little girls recently orphaned and is trying to investigate the death of his brother and sister in law who appear to have been part of a murder / suicide. This he cannot reconcile in his mind so he comes to Sunset cover to find out the truth for himself. Kate meanwhile is being stalked by a unknown individual who is scaring her and being able to rent the cottage out to Drake and his nieces provides a little security for her. But will it be enough? I loved the tension that flowed right along with the romance. Multiple ‘baddies’ to contend with - this kept one guessing right to the end. Thanks again to the Fiction Guild for providing a complimentary copy for review - all opinions are my own.