In the eagerly anticipated return to Rock Harbor, “Beneath Copper Falls”, Colleen Coble has proven once again that she is a master of suspense. This dark tale of a stalker and murders should have readers attempting to decide if the same person is guilty of both crimes. Definitely a page-turner, this novel had me holding my breath at times while the pages never stopped turning. It was one of those books that made me have to know what would happen yet I did not want it to end.
“Beneath Copper Falls” took me with Dana and Boone along a tangled web of danger and mystery. I enjoyed watching their relationship develop and admired how Dana was able to overlook Boone’s physical appearance to see the beauty of his inner person. It was fun to touch base with Rock Harbor residents I met in the earlier books. Funny how they seem so real!
Although this book is technically part of the Rock Harbor series, it can easily stand alone and would be a good place to try one of Colleen Coble’s books if you haven’t done so already. Take it from me, once you read one of her novels, you will probably want to read them all.
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Dana has already learned that love isn’t safe . . . but could it be different in Rock Harbor?
As a 911 dispatcher, Dana Newell takes pride in being calm in tough circumstances. In addition to her emotionally-charged career, she’s faced enough emergencies in her own life. She recently escaped her abusive fiancé to move to tranquil Rock Harbor where she hopes life will be more peaceful.
But the idyllic town hides more danger and secrets than it first appeared. Dana is continually drawn to her new friend Boone, who has scars inside and out. Then she answers a call at her job only to hear a friend’s desperate screams on the other end. Soon the pain in her past collides with the mysteries of her new home—and threatens to keep her from the future she’s always wanted.
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USA Today bestselling author Colleen Coble has written numerous romantic suspense novels including The Inn at Ocean’s Edge, Twilight at Blueberry Barrens, and Beneath Copper Falls. Visit her website at ColleenCoble.com, Twitter: @colleencoble, Facebook: colleencoblebooks.
“The Two of Us” is a contemporary romance with multiple related story lines. Although Jake and Mia are the primary characters, the reader will also get to know Mia’s younger sister Lucy and her new husband Sam. Jake’s parents are also major players in the plot.
Mia has had two broken engagements and has pretty much given up on finding love. In fact, she is strongly pursuing a job in out-of-country medical missions. Jake’s dream of opening a center for boys who have lost parents is challenged from all sides, especially by a particular grouchy neighbor. When brought together by their relationship to Lucy and Sam, Mia and Jake seem to be attracted to each other but is there any hope at all for a relationship?
I really liked Jake and how he handled his disability and managed to take care of everyone he cared for. Mia was a bit more difficult to like. I grew frustrated with her determination to continue the pursuit of foreign missions when her talents would have been perfect to help Jake with his center. It was gratifying to see how God stepped in and changed all their plans for His own purposes.
A sweet romance (or two) that nevertheless introduces real life problems such as a premarital high-risk pregnancy, Alzheimer’s disease, PTSD, hearing loss, etc., “The Two of Us” moved at a steady pace and had a satisfying conclusion. The author has a way with words that makes me want to keep turning those pages. I always enjoy her books and hope others will give them a try.
I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book provided by Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group. A favorable review was not required. All views expressed are my own.
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After two broken engagements, Mia Robinson is done with dating. From now on, she’s focusing on God and her goal to join an international aid organization as a nurse practitioner. But when her 18-year-old sister, Lucy, calls with an invitation to her Vegas wedding, it throws a wrench into Mia’s plans.
Jake Tanner has recovered from the injuries he sustained as a police officer–on the outside. Inside, he’s yet to heal from losing his partner in the tragedy, but finds some solace in keeping an eye on her young adult son, Sam, who’s asked him to be best man at his wedding.
Mia expects a mess when she arrives to sort out the situation with Lucy, but she wasn’t expecting Jake, who views the marriage a little differently. As Jake’s and Mia’s lives slowly become more intertwined, could his courage and her caring heart be enough to bring them a lifetime of healing?
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Victoria Bylin writes contemporary and historical romances known for their realistic, relatable characters. Her work has finaled in contests such as the Carol Awards, the RITAs, and the RT Reviewers’ Choice Award. A native of California, she and her husband now make their home in Lexington, Kentucky. Visit her website at www.victoriabylin.com to find out more.
“Bringing Maggie Home” is another not to be missed book by Kim Vogel Sawyer. A story that spans three generations of women, mothers and daughters, it illustrates the far-reaching effects that one devastating childhood incident had on not only one little girl and her parents but on her descendants also.
When Meghan is injured in an accident, she decides to spend her time off from work at her grandmother’s home. When her mother Diane also shows up Meghan hopes everything will go smoothly because Diane has never gotten along very well with her mother. As the women spend time together, a 70-year-old secret is revealed that slowly leads each daughter to understand the reasons for the actions of her own mother. Of course as a cold case investigator, Meghan decides to discover if her grandmother’s mystery with the help of her partner at work.
I loved “Bringing Maggie Home” and would recommend it to all. It is a sometimes poignant story but it has a few humorous moments as well as a mystery to solve and a bit of romance. Its faith-filled message is one of forgiveness and the conclusion was quite satisfying.
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Decades of Loss, an Unsolved Mystery,
and a Rift Spanning Three Generations
Hazel DeFord is a woman haunted by her past. While berry picking in a blackberry thicket in 1943, ten-year old Hazel momentarily turns her back on her three-year old sister Maggie and the young girl disappears.
Almost seventy years later, the mystery remains unsolved and the secret guilt Hazel carries has alienated her from her daughter Diane, who can’t understand her mother’s overprotectiveness and near paranoia. While Diane resents her mother’s inexplicable eccentricities, her daughter Meghan—a cold case agent—cherishes her grandmother’s lavish attention and affection.
When a traffic accident forces Meghan to take a six-week leave-of-absence to recover, all three generations of DeFord women find themselves unexpectedly under the same roof. Meghan knows she will have to act as a mediator between the two headstrong and contentious women. But when they uncover Hazel’s painful secret, will Meghan also be able to use her investigative prowess to solve the family mystery and help both women recover all that’s been lost?
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KIM VOGEL SAWYER is a highly acclaimed, best-selling author with more than one million books in print, in seven different languages. Her titles have earned numerous accolades including the ACFW Carol Award, the Inspirational Readers’ Choice Award, and the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence. Kim lives in central Kansas with her retired military husband, Don, where she continues to write gentle stories of hope. She enjoys spending time with her three daughters and grandchildren.
I have to admit that I haven’t read either “Bleak House” by Charles Dickens or “Then There Were None” by Agatha Christie as mentioned by other reviewers but I enjoyed “12 Days at Bleakly Manor” nonetheless. And yes, I would like to read both of those books if only to understand their references here.
The gorgeous cover prepares the reader for a delightful Victorian Christmas adventure with just a hint of darkness inside but oh my, some of the characters and happenings were quite unexpected. It was such fun watching what transpired and anticipating what might happen next. Everything about this book was so clever and I loved the surprises at the end!
I cannot say more because I fear I might give everything away. Just take my word for it, do yourself a favor, and pick up a copy of “12 Days at Bleakly House” for your holiday reading. I warn you though that you might not want to wait that long to read it.
I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book provided by Barbour Books. A favorable review was not required. All views expressed are my own.
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A mysterious invitation to spend Christmas at an English manor home may bring danger…and love?
England, 1851: When Clara Chapman receives an intriguing invitation to spend Christmas at an English manor home, she is hesitant yet feels compelled to attend—for if she remains the duration of the twelve-day celebration, she is promised a sum of five hundred pounds.
But is she walking into danger? It appears so, especially when she comes face to face with one of the other guests—her former fiancé, Benjamin Lane.
Imprisoned unjustly, Ben wants revenge on whoever stole his honor. When he’s given the chance to gain his freedom, he jumps at it—and is faced with the anger of the woman he stood up at the altar. Brought together under mysterious circumstances, Clara and Ben discover that what they’ve been striving for isn’t what ultimately matters.
What matters most is what Christmas is all about . . . love.
Pour a cup of tea and settle in for Book 1 of the Once Upon a Dickens Christmas series–a page-turning Victorian-era holiday tale–by Michelle Griep, a reader and critic favorite.
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Michelle Griep’s been writing since she first discovered blank wall space and Crayolas. She seeks to glorify God in all that she writes—except for that graffiti phase she went through as a teenager. She resides in the frozen tundra of Minnesota, where she teaches history and writing classes for a local high school co-op. An Anglophile at heart, she runs away to England every chance she gets, under the guise of research. Really, though, she’s eating excessive amounts of scones while rambling around a castle. Michelle is a member of ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) and MCWG (Minnesota Christian Writers Guild). Keep up with her adventures at her blog “Writer off the Leash” or visit michellegriep.com