Saturday, February 2, 2019

Secrets at Cedar Cabin, Lavender Tides #3 by Colleen Coble

Book description:

From USA TODAY bestselling author Colleen Coble comes the third book in her beloved Lavender Tides series. 

Her mother lied about her identity and her husband wasn’t who she thought he was—can Bailey even trust herself anymore?

Running for her life in the wake of her mother’s murder, Bailey Fleming escapes to the only place she can think of—a remote, dilapidated cabin in Lavender Tides. Intending to finally get to the truth behind the lies of her past, Bailey only finds more questions when bodies are discovered near her cabin hideout along with traces of a dangerous human trafficking ring. In an unlikely partnership with FBI agent Lance Phoenix, Bailey races to understand the mystery surrounding her life and circumstances before the murderer tracks her down. 

Meanwhile, Lance is determined to rescue his sister, Ava, who was abducted after running away from home as a teenager. An unexpected lead brings him to the remote cabin, and he wonders if Bailey—with her suspicious past and strange connections to his sister’s case—is really who she claims to be and if she can somehow lead him to Ava. 

Filled with Colleen Coble's custom blend of suspense and romance, Secrets at Cedar Cabin takes us back to the evocative landscape of Washington's coast where nothing is quite as it seems. 

My review:

  When asked who my favorite author is, I cannot narrow it down to just one. I have more than a few, and Collen Coble has become one of those favorites. She never, ever disappoints. Of all the series she has done, this has to be her best so far...though I was partial to the series she did at the Outer Banks, my favorite vacation spot.

  Each book in this trilogy is its own story, but there is one story woven through all three. Three siblings separated over 20 years before, the youngest two not knowing the other two existed, and the oldest not knowing at first the other two were alive. In addition to the usual awesome suspense in Coble's books, this made the series even more interesting as she slowly reuinted these two sisters and their brother, all very likable characters.

 Secrets at Cedar Cabin revolves around human trafficking/sex trade. It isn't the first novel I have read that addresses it, but as entertaining and suspenseful the book was, it also brought a new horror and disgust at the reminder that this goes on in our country, and most likely more than we realize or want to think about.

  Coble brought back several of the characters from the other books, and added some new ones that are just as likable. The suspense was non stop, and I was honestly surprised and shocked at the identity of the bad guy. I didn't even consider the person as a suspect of the evil trafficking ring.

 As with all of Coble's books, this is a romantic suspense novel, so you knew the two main characters were bound to get together by the end of the book. I have come to enjoy the romantic element, and root for the guy to get the girl, even though that may not be the typical male response to romance in a book.

 There were some pretty intense moments in the book where it looked like all was lost......even though I didn't figure that was the case....but that is a mark of a true suspense novelist. Even though you are pretty sure of a happy ending and rescue, it is suspenseful enough to keep you on the edge of the seat. And Secrets of Cedar Cabin did just that.

 I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

About the author:

USAToday bestselling author Colleen Coble lives with her husband, Dave, in Indiana. She is the author of dozens of novels including the Rock Harbor Series, the Aloha Reef Series, the Mercy Falls Series, the Hope Beach Series, the Lonestar Series and two Women of Faith fiction selections, Alaska Twilight and Midnight Sea. She has more than 2 million books in print.

Check out her website at

Secrets at Cedar Cabin is available from Thomas Nelson, along with the other two books and novella.


Colleen Coble said...

Thanks so much for your wonderful review!