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4.0 out of 5 starsI have it as an audio book and all her books make my drive a lot more entertaining!
Reviewed in the United States on August 28, 2016
I have recently purchased several of Colleen Coble's books and I love them. As a writer myself, I do have to say that I found a few spots unbelievable. For instance, (a little spoiler of something that happens - won't give it away but if you don't want to know what happens, don't read this!) When Curtis's car gets bombed.... seriously?! They go out afterwards and just kind of mention it. I mean really if that happened to someone you knew, let alone YOU.... wouldn't you be talking about it non-stop rather than just referencing it a few times???? Later they talk about it a little more but I felt that was just one example where she fell short of carrying out the feelings most people might find a little far fetched. I defended another book of hers when a reviewer was finding things a little unbelievable and now on my second book, I see the issue. But all in all, I love how it's still romantic without feeling that you are sitting in their bedroom, it is faith based, but not to the point that unbelievers would be turned off. And the story comes full circle. She is becoming one of my favs! I love series that keep the characters from one book to another alive. A five star book for me with a few minor areas that need attention to detail But I'd read it again!
I like an easy read, but I don't like books that just don't make sense. From the beginning I was skeptical. I'm a mom of 3 and know the baby in this book was too young to be talking and doing things that the author described. The events were predictable and very little suspense. The romance was not well developed and blossomed from nothing to marraige overnight. The main characters were involved in a car bombing, but shortly after were on a date??? I would not recommend this book.
2.0 out of 5 stars- Heather is presented as someone who doesn't like children and thinks of one little girl as a ...
Reviewed in the United States on October 16, 2017
I had a hard time engaging with the story. It's very slow to get going (like 200 pages slow) and some things take a while to make sense (others never do).
There were a couple of things that bothered me: - When the incident happens with the car, there is no mention of Amy and Curtis working with the police to figure out what happened/why/who did it. - Amy runs out of the room during a conversation that she should have been able to have as an adult in chapter 21. It feels a bit childish and contrived rather than realistic. - Heather is presented as someone who doesn't like children and thinks of one little girl as a spoiled brat, but then later on it's implied that she loves kids. - I didn't have any problem with putting this book down to go do something else. It didn't grip me the way Colleen's books usually do.
Overall, the plot is interesting, but I felt like the story was a bit lacking and was slow to get moving. I kept wondering when something was going to happen to move things along. I enjoy Colleen's other books, but this one wasn't my favorite.
5.0 out of 5 starsThe series title says it all, HOPE is a trait we all need to develop
Reviewed in the United States on December 24, 2013
Curtis and Amy both have things from their past that they need to deal with. Both of them have significant loss in their lives recently. Curtis losing a sister and Amy losing her brother. To complicate things it appears that Gina (the sister) and Ben (the brother) had a child together, Rainee. Curtis is raising this child along with his aunt. But Amy doesn't know the relationship.
Amy gets an E-mail telling her that her brothers death may not have been the accident that it is reported to be. Since the body was never found it is hard to know what exactly happened. But the most likely scenario is that he drown, or was attacked by a shark and died from that.
Colleen Coble will take you through a myriad of emotions as you journey through this story. You will feel love, hope, despair, pain, dismay, hurt over deception and fear over the loss of true love. These emotions are native to all humans and they stir a wild range of responses depending on your personality.
Coble develops each of the characters very well. Her writing is clean and direct. She always has a moral point to make and displays her understanding of human nature very well.
The mystery of the novel will also keep you turning pages. Although you will feel you solve it before the end (mainly because of all the detective shows on TV giving us lots of insight) you might just be surprised by what really happens.
I have only one small problem. I want to know what happens to a certain young teenage girl (maybe that is a spoiler, but I don't think it is much of a spoiler).
You will enjoy this novel and find that it is very much like all of Colleen's books, well worth the read!
Rosemary Cottage is the fourth book I've read by Colleen Coble and is possibly the best of those — suspenseful, lots of twists, and insightful into human nature and how we really don't know those we think we know best — that I've read. The setting is an island off the southeast coast of the US called Hope Island and the main character is a midwife whose brother Ben has disappeared, presumed drowned, possibly disposed of by sharks. Suspicious of foul play, Amy teams up with Coast Guard officer Curtis Ireland whose sister, Gina, had been run down by a motor boat a few weeks earlier. Together, they are able to link the two incidents and work to track down the killer.
Complicating matters for Curtis and Amy is the fact that Curtis believes Gina's daughter, Raine was Ben's daughter. He's worried her wealthy parents will try to take Raine from him if they find out and he thinks Ben is scum for not having married Gina. His Aunt Edith who has moved in with him and is helping him raise Raine, thinks they should be told and arranges for it to come out. More and more, Amy and Curtis have to face facts about their siblings that are both shocking and disturbing. In the midst of the danger, an escalating resentment, and an undeniable attraction, they have to hold on to their faith and try to understand and accept that the ones they thought they knew best might not have been what they seemed at all.
Added to the mix, is an election campaign and a politician Amy's family has known and supported for years arrives to campaign and offers to help in any way to uncover the truth. Curtis, too, thinks highly of the man and Gina had worked on his campaign previously. Shortly after their arrival, though, Curtis discovers his car has been tampered with and he and Amy narrowly escape the explosion that sends bits of it all over the airport tarmac. And who is the mysterious waitress who showed up out of nowhere and is trying to get close to Curtis and wangle a babysitting job?
Lots of excitement, characters who aren't what they seem, and clues that aren't revealed too soon but all pull together in the end. Without spoiling things, there is some romance, some midwife adventures (daring birthing on board a sinking boat), a local festival, and surfing as well as kite surfing. Well written and full of suspense, this was an excellent mystery/romance.