Rosemary Cottage to grieve, to heal, maybe even find love. But there's a deadly undertow of secrets around Hope Island . . .
The charming Rosemary Cottage on the beach offers Amy Lange respite she needs to mourn her brother, Ben. She's even thinking of moving her midwife practice to the Outer Banks community. It's always been a refuge for her and her family. She also wants to investigate Ben's disappearance at sea. Everyone blames a surfing accident, but Amy has reason to wonder.
Coast Guard officer Curtis Ireland has lost a sibling too. His sister, Gina, was run down by a boat, leaving him to raise her infant daughter. If anyone knew who little Raine's father was, Curtis could lose his beloved niece. Yet he can't help being drawn to Hope Beach's new midwife, Amy. He even agrees to help her investigate what happened to both Ben and Gina.
Can two grieving people with secrets find healing on beautiful Hope Island? Or will their quest for truth set them at odds with each other . . . and with those who will go to any length to keep hidden things hidden?
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When I read a Colleen Coble novel, I am always ready for a good mystery and lots of action and adventure. In that sense, Rosemary Cottage did not disappoint. I like to be entertained when I read a novel, and it’s fun to try to figure out who the bad guys are and what their motivations are for doing what they do. In Rosemary Cottage, I was able to put enough of the pieces together so that the revelation at the end was not just completely out of left field. At the same time, the mystery wasn’t too easy to figure out. It was fun to be along for the ride with all of its twists and turns. The mystery and the action in this novel were excellent. At times my heart was racing – especially during the ‘child in peril’ portion of the plotline. I don't usually choose to read about children in danger, however, since it was a Colleen Coble novel, I had faith that everything would be okay in the end!
In the beginning of the novel, I wasn’t quite convinced of the attraction between Amy and Curtis. They just didn’t seem to have a lot in common at first, and their constant on-again/off-again relationship didn’t hold too much interest for me. As the story moved along, and as they were forced to work together to figure out what happened to their siblings, their relationship became much more understandable. As for the other characters, I’m just glad that I had read the first book in the series – Tidewater Inn – otherwise I would have been hopelessly lost trying to figure out all of those characters.
The overall spiritual aspect of this novel was done fairly well. I was not, however, expecting the book to be as preachy as it was. This time, though, the preachy parts were not centered on the gospel but on issues such as extreme healthy eating and at-home births. Every character in a novel is entitled to his or her opinion, of course, but I though these aspects of Amy’s character really detracted from the rest of the story.
But with a Colleen Coble novel, the mystery is the thing – and this one did deliver.
I will give Rosemary Cottage … 3 ½ Bookworms.
by Colleen Coble
Book #2 in the "Hope Beach" series
Thomas Nelson Publishers
Publication date: July 9, 2013
Water can be calming and healing, but it can also be dangerous, as Amy Lange and Curtis Ireland both found out. Both lost their siblings to the sea, and they hope to find healing on Hope Island. But will they find it, or will their quest to find answers set them at odds with each other and with those who have secrets that need to stay hidden?
Find out in Colleen Coble’s latest book, Rosemary Cottage, which released July 9. To celebrate, Colleen is hosting a 12-day Nautical Summer Giveaway. From July 16-27, Colleen will be giving away a new nautical prize every day. She’ll announce the winners on July 29 on her website, so mark your calendars for that date to see if you were picked as a lucky winner!
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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers through Litfuse Publicity. 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."