March 7, 2016

Mermaid Moon

“Mallory’s mother died fifteen years ago. But her father’s last words on the phone were unmistakable. “Find…mother.” ~back cover blurb

Mermaid Moon, by Colleen Coble, is the second book of the Sunset Cove Series. (The Inn at Ocean’s Edge, being the first.) Having read almost a dozen of Ms. Coble’s books, I had little doubt (none!) that I would love this book.

If you haven’t read the first book in this series, have no fear—this is fabulous as a stand-alone. You wont be lost. You won’t wonder who is who. You’ll be drawn in, from the first pages, to a story filled with mystery, suspense, romance, and hope. This is such a suspenseful book, and as cliché as it sounds—so difficult to put down. If you seek a great, clean, romantic suspense, you’ll love this book.

Her daughter had no idea just how unsafe the world could be, how quickly life could go from perfect to shattered beyond repair. One mistake and the world could change. She knew that all too well. ~page 4
Colleen creates authentic, unforgettable characters and settings. She transports readers into her tension-filled pages, where it’s easy to get lost. I’ve said it before—she’s truly a master storyteller.

Mallory Davis’s life is finally getting on track when she receives a life-changing phone call from her father. Her life then drastically changes. Things continue on a fast track when she calls Kevin O’Conner, the game warden, and her childhood sweetheart, to check on her father. Returning home after all these years is more difficult than she ever imagined—especially when her own life, and that of her daughter, is threatened.

Kevin is shaken by Mallory’s return. After fifteen years, he still has questions, still has wounds to heal. She’s changed very little, perhaps grown more beautiful, but too much has happened, and the past can’t be changed. Can it?

“Would you mind looking around the house with me before you go? I just feel unsettled.” “Of course.” He followed her toward the stairs. Anything to delay his departure just a bit. He wasn’t any too eager to leave her here alone. ~page 42

This story deals with hardships and realities in life that we either overcome, or allow to overcome us—grief, shame, and guilt, to name a few. Sometimes the hardest person to forgive is yourself.

A couple of years ago, I rarely read mystery or suspense stories, but upon discovering Colleen Coble, and the element of romance, suspense, and Christian themes entwined within her works, I’ve become a fan. Not only do her stories evoke strong emotions, but also the tensions get me so deeply invested in her scenes that I feel I’ve visited the shores of Rock Harbor, Hope Beach, and Sunset Cove, and become friends with the people she’s created there.

This is a fabulous read, and I can’t wait to get my hands on Ms. Coble’s next book!

About the Author: 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 more than two 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.

5 Stars!

Cover: Love
Title: Love
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Pages: 352
Pace: Steady/fast
First Lines (Chapter 1): The Silver Pelican jewelry store in Bangor, Maine, was Mallory Davis’s final stop, and she put on a bright smile. The place smelled of money—expensive perfume from the last customer and the rich scent of new carpet.

I received a Review Copy from the publisher.

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