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By The Book’s October Selection — The View from Rainshadow Bay

1 Oct

This month my book club is reading one of my favorite authors, Colleen Coble. The View from Rainshadow Bay is the first book in her Lavender Tides series, and here’s a scoop: it’s good! I’ve already read this book and book 2, The House at Saltwater Point. I’m excited to discuss this book with my group. Have you read it? Let us know what you think. Please visit our FB group (and join if you’d like to get in on the fun!).

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.

 

Best-selling author Colleen Coble‘s novels have won or finaled in awards ranging from the Best Books of Indiana, the ACFW Carol Award, the Romance Writers of America RITA, the Holt Medallion, the Daphne du Maurier, National Readers’ Choice, and the Booksellers Best. She has over 2 million books in print and writes romantic mysteries because she loves to see justice prevail. Colleen is CEO of American Christian Fiction Writers. She lives with her husband Dave in Indiana. Visit her website at http://colleencoble.com.

Mini Audiobook Review: Tidewater Inn

18 Sep

Welcome to Hope Beach. A place of intoxicating beauty . . . where trouble hits with the force of a hurricane.

Inheriting a beautiful old hotel on the Outer Banks could be a dream come true for Libby. The inn cries out for her restorer’s talent and love of history. She’s delighted to learn of the family she never knew she had. And the handsome Coast Guard lieutenant she’s met there on the island could definitely be the man of her dreams.

But Libby soon realizes that the only way she can afford the upkeep on the inn is to sell it to developers who are stalking the island. The father who willed her the inn has died before she could meet him, and her newfound brother and sister are convinced she’s there to steal their birthright. Worst of all, her best friend and business partner has been kidnapped before her eyes, and Libby’s under suspicion for the crime.

Libby’s dream come true is becoming a nightmare. Her only option is to find her friend and prove her innocence, or lose everything on the shores of Hope Island.

Best-selling author Colleen Coble‘s novels have won or finaled in awards ranging from the Best Books of Indiana, the ACFW Carol Award, the Romance Writers of America RITA, the Holt Medallion, the Daphne du Maurier, National Readers’ Choice, and the Booksellers Best. She has over 2 million books in print and writes romantic mysteries because she loves to see justice prevail. Colleen is CEO of American Christian Fiction Writers. She lives with her husband Dave in Indiana. Visit her website at http://colleencoble.com.

 

My Impressions:

Somehow I missed the first book of Colleen Coble’s Hope Beach series, Tidewater Inn. With books 2 and 3 already read,  I decided to remedy the problem with an audiobook that accompanied my morning walks. It proved a good choice in providing mysterious doings set on an island in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. This one is a good choice for fans of romantic suspense.

The summer time setting of an island was perfect for staycation reading. Tidewater Inn provides the smell of salt, the sound of waves, plenty of fresh seafood, and a small beach town vibe. I liked the main characters’ instant chemistry that grew as they faced a truly puzzling mystery. The reader is let in on some of the elements of the whodunit, but there were enough surprise twists to keep the pages turning. Kidnappings, murder accusations, and a threatening hurricane amp up the suspense factor. Romance and suspense are equal partners in the book, and readers of this genre will not be disappointed. And if you are fan of Coble’s other works you will enjoy the character crossover from the Rock Harbor series. As always the author weaves a faith message into the story line. The struggle to act in a Christ-like manner, even in the face of rejection and hostility is portrayed in Libby’s relationship with her new-found family. The audio version of this book was an easy listen — pleasant voice, good timing, and a quality recording.

While I read this book in the midst of summer, Tidewater Inn is worth a trip to Hope Beach at any time of the year. And if this is your first visit, you are in for a treat with all books in the series published. Binge-reading worthy? Oh, yeah!

Recommended.

Audience: adults

To  purchase, click HERE.

(I purchased the audiobook from Audible. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)

Book Review: The House at Saltwater Point

20 Aug

The dangerous beauty of Lavender Tides is harboring secrets that reach around the world.

Ellie Blackmore is making a name for herself as a house flipper. But when her sister Mackenzie disappears, Ellie can’t focus on anything but uncovering what happened. Her only clue is the bloodstain on the deck of Mackenzie’s boat. Ellie knows her sister isn’t on the best of terms with her ex-husband, Jason, but he wouldn’t kill her—would he? 

Coast Guard intelligence officer Grayson Bradshaw believes Mackenzie faked her own death after stealing a seized cocaine shipment. The problem is convincing Ellie, who seems to view him as the true enemy.

Both Ellie and Grayson want truth, but truth — and family — is often more complex than it first appears. From international terrorism to the peaceful lavender fields of Puget Sound, The House at Saltwater Point is a thrilling race to uncover the truth before it’s too late. 

 

Best-selling author Colleen Coble‘s novels have won or finaled in awards ranging from the Best Books of Indiana, the ACFW Carol Award, the Romance Writers of America RITA, the Holt Medallion, the Daphne du Maurier, National Readers’ Choice, and the Booksellers Best. She has over 2 million books in print and writes romantic mysteries because she loves to see justice prevail. Colleen is CEO of American Christian Fiction Writers. She lives with her husband Dave in Indiana. Visit her website at http://colleencoble.com.

 

My Impressions: 

Missing persons, drug dealers, terrorists — what else could you need for a suspense novel? Well, in the case of The House at Saltwater Point by Colleen Coble, you also have a s burgeoning romance and a spot-on faith message. In other words, Coble’s second installment in the Lavender Tides series has it all! I really liked this book and am betting you will too. Recommended!

Set in a picturesque town on the Washington coast, The House at Saltwater Point focuses on two main characters: Ellie Blackmore, house renovator/flipper and Grayson Bradshaw, Coast Guard investigator. They are brought together because both a big seizure of cocaine and Ellie’s sister Mackenzie are missing. All evidence points to Mac’s involvement. But there is much more to the case, namely a sinister terror plot. I loved these two characters. Both are thrown for a loop in the opening chapters of the book, but they never lose their focus on what is important, even as their worlds come apart. Family dynamics add depth to this fast-paced novel. The characters’ faith is also an important part in their lives, and though their worlds are rocked causing them to question what they have always known, God is still the One they trust. This book has lots of twists and turns that kept me turning the pages faster and faster. The bad guys are seriously nasty, and I was cheering along as Ellie and Grayson faced the menace.

The House at Saltwater Point can be read as a standalone, even as characters from book 1 make an appearance. However, there is a mystery introduced in the first novel that continues in this book and will play an important role in Secrets at Cedar Cabin which releases in January. So if you haven’t already begun this excellent series, now is your chance to get in on all the adventure and suspense. There is also a tie-in novella, Leaving Lavender Tides, due out at Christmas. I’m thinking you could be well on your way to a great wishlist!

Recommended.

Audience: adults.

To purchase, click HERE.

(Thanks to TLC Book Tours and Thomas Nelson for a complimentary copy. all opinions expressed are mine alone.)

 

Blog Tour

Monday, July 30th: Read Eat Repeat

Tuesday, July 31st: Write Read Life

Wednesday, August 1st: Book Date

Thursday, August 2nd: Books & Spoons

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Monday, August 6th: The Lit Bitch

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Monday, August 13th: Blooming with Books

Tuesday, August 14th: Splashes of Joy

Wednesday, August 15th: What is That Book About

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Thursday, August 23rdHere’s to Happy Endings

Friday, August 24thLittle Homeschool on the Prairie

Top 10 Tuesday — Beachy Beach Reads

24 Jul

This week’s Top 10 Tuesday is all about sensory reads — the books that engage the senses as you read. Since it is mid-July, I decided to feature books that made me taste the salt in the air, hear the waves crashing, feel the sand between my toes — beachy beach reads! My choices span genres — mystery/suspense, romance, historical — but have the beach (or coastal areas) in common. Hope you enjoy a trip to the beach from your chair!

To find out what other books made readers feel, check out That Artsy Reader Girl.

 

 

 

Top Beachy Beach Reads!

Chasing Sunsets by Eva Marie Everson

Freefall by Kristen Heitzmann

Hope Harbor by Irene Hannon

The Inn at Ocean’s Edge by Colleen Coble

Lighthouse by Eugenia Price

Pirate Queen by Patricia Hickman

The Sea Keeper’s Daughters by Lisa Wingate

To Love And Cherish by Tracie Peterson and Judith Miller

Rosemary Cottage by Colleen Coble

A Vast And Gracious Tide by Lisa Carter

 

What’s your favorite beachy beach read?

Top 10 Tuesday — I’ve Only Just Begun

26 Jun

While this week’s Top 10 Tuesday theme is all about series readers decided not to finish, I am again bucking the system. It is officially Opposite Day here at By The Book. My list features series that I haven’t finished because, well, they have just begun! Book 1 of each series is read, and I am eagerly awaiting the publication of book 2. For some series the wait is short; others require a bit more patience. All are series that I know I will love, love, love! (The links are to the reviews of book 1 in series.)

To discover what other bloggers think about finishing series, check out That Artsy Reader Girl.

Top Series I Began This Year

Blue Justice by Lynette Eason

Called to Protect (release date 7/31/18)

 

Bucklin Family Reunion by Debby Mayne

Fit to Be Tied (release date 8/28/18)

 

Dive Team Investigations by Lynn H. Blackburn

In Too Deep (release date 11/6/18)

 

Lavender Tides by Colleen Coble

The House at Saltwater Point (release date 7/3/18)

 

Music of Hope by Liz Tolsma

When The Heart Sings (release date 10/9/18)

 

Nantucket Legacy by Suzanne Woods Fisher

Minding The Light (release date 7/3/18)

 

Sunrise at Normandy by Sarah Sundin

The Sky Above Us (release date 2/5/19)

 

The Sugar Baron’s Daughters by Lisa T. Bergren

Verity (release date 4/2/19)

What series have you just begun?

 

 

Top Ten Tuesday — Highly Anticipated Books!

1 May

This week’s TTT theme is Books I’d Slay A Lion to Get Early. Well . . . I am definitely a book fanatic fan, but not sure I would do bodily harm to anything to get my hands on a coveted book. That’s mainly because I still have a huge stack of unread books from the last list of highly anticipated reads. I have all intentions of reading them, but in the meantime I am content to hold and gaze adoringly at them. LOL! So I will just list ten of the most anticipated books of the next few months.

Make sure to head over to That Artsy Reader Girl to find out what other bloggers are willing to risk mayhem to acquire.

10 Highly Anticipated Novels of June, July, and August 2018

Before I Saw You by Amy K. Sorrells

Called to Protect by Lynette Eason

The Captured Bride by Michelle Greip

Dead Drift by Dani Pettrey

Formula of Deception by Carrie Stuart Parks

The House at Saltwater Point by Colleen Coble

The Love Letter by Rachel Hauck

Minding The Light by Suzanne Woods Fisher

The Patriot Bride by Kimberly Woodhouse

The Sons of Blackbird Mountain by Joanne Bischof

 

What books are you anticipating?

 

 

Book Review: The View from Rainshadow Bay

14 Feb

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.

Best-selling author Colleen Coble‘s novels have won or finaled in awards ranging from the Best Books of Indiana, the ACFW Carol Award, the Romance Writers of America RITA, the Holt Medallion, the Daphne du Maurier, National Readers’ Choice, and the Booksellers Best. She has over 2 million books in print and writes romantic mysteries because she loves to see justice prevail. Colleen is CEO of American Christian Fiction Writers. She lives with her husband Dave in Indiana. Visit her website at http://colleencoble.com.

 

My Impressions:

Colleen Coble’s latest novel, The View from Rainshadow Bay, is an adrenaline-laced thrill ride for fans of romantic suspense. The first book in the Lavender Tides novel has everything Coble’s fans have come to expect — great characters, non-stop action, and a romance that will leave you swooning! I loved this book, and I know you will too!

Main characters Shauna McDade and Zach Bannister used to be the best of friends — until an accident leaves Shauna a widow and Zach dealing with the guilt of killing his life-long friend, Jack. With a relationship that is often openly hostile, they are thrown together when mutual friends are murdered and Shauna and her young son are threatened. The two join forces and must fight threats and their own attraction to each other.

From the opening chapter of The View from Rainshadow Bay the reader is in for some fast-paced action as the main characters face dangers from all sides. And these are some great characters. Shauna and Zach are true-to-life with real doubts, fears, and failings. They struggle with making sense of their world and the questions of where God is in the toughest of times. They both rely on God, though, even when it is so hard to do. Shauna and her mother-in-law wrestle with the fear of loss. I found their attitudes and actions very realistic. It is very natural to shut yourself off from the things that might hurt. The chemistry between Shauna and Zach is there from the start, and I (along with some of the supporting characters) was cheering for their relationship throughout the book. The mystery presented in the book is well-written — I found myself changing my mind over and over as to whodunit. In the end, Coble surprised me. I love it when I can’t figure it out! A bonus in this book is the wonderful setting. The picture postcard, small town of Lavender Tides is surrounded by natural beauty — forests and sea. And I would love to see the lavender fields that are described. This is definitely a town I would want to visit (and revisit as the series progresses.)

The View from Rainshadow Bay is another winner from Coble. There is a bit of a cliffhanger from a secondary story thread, but part of that will be resolved in the next book, The House at Saltwater Point, which will be released this Summer. I am anticipate more great reading ahead!

Recommended.

Audience: adults.

To purchase, click HERE.

(Thanks to TLC book tours for a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)