Friday, February 17, 2012

"Lonestar Angel" Review

Lonestar Angel by Colleen Coble was sent to me by the author and Thomas Nelson Publishing as an advanced review copy. It is the fourth book in the ‘Lonestar’ series by this author, but you can read this one without reading the previous books and still know what is going on.

Eden Larson ran away from her life five years ago, and she has not looked back. When her supposed ex-husband, Clay, shows up and tells her that their daughter (who was believed to be dead) is alive, her past suddenly catches up with her.
Eden and Clay sign on as counselors at Bluebird Ranch, a youth camp in Texas, believing that their daughter is in residence there. But someone is determined to keep them from finding out the truth. Eden and Clay will have to rely on God as they never have before in order to overcome the obstacles that stand in the way of finding their daughter.
If you like books that start off with a bang, then I highly recommend Colleen Coble as an author. Lonestar Angel hit the ground running so quickly that I felt as if I needed to catch my breath. The good thing for me was that, for the most part, this novel continued in the same pace throughout the rest of the book. The plot had many twists and turns, and I usually couldn’t see what was coming.
While I enjoy a fast-paced novel, I felt that in this instance some of the twisting and turning that the novel did led to the plot becoming somewhat far-fetched. I realize that this is fiction, and it was entertaining, but there were an awful lot of coincidences that led to the conclusion, and the way the characters were all inter-related was a bit unbelievable.
The romantic side of this story was different from most in that the main characters were already married. Since they had been separated for so long, this storyline was more of a ‘re-romance.’ It was enjoyable to see the characters grow separately and together.
While it was at times heartbreaking, I thought the storyline involving the foster care girls at the ranch was done well. I delighted in the antics of the girls, and I actually would have liked to get to know them a little bit better.
Colleen Coble can definitely spin an intriguing tale. This novel was jam-packed with kidnapping, attempted murder, stalking, blackmail, obsessions, and even the Columbian drug cartel. While the plot felt a little out-of-control at times, Lonestar Angel was still an entertaining read.
I will give Lonestar Angel 3 ½ BookWorms.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this is accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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