Saturday, January 13, 2018

The View From Rainshadow Bay, #1 in the Lavender Tides Series by Colleen Coble

Book description:

After her husband, Jack, dies in a climbing incident, Shauna has only her five-year-old son and her helicopter charter business to live for. Every day is a struggle to make ends meet and she lives in constant fear of losing even more than she already has.

When her business partner is murdered, his final words convince Shauna that she’s in danger too. But where can she turn? Zach Bannister was her husband’s best friend and is the person she blames for his death. She’s barely spoken to him since. But right now he seems her only hope for protecting her son.

Zach is only too happy to assuage his guilt over Jack’s death by helping Shauna any way he can. But there are secrets involved dating back to Shauna’s childhood that more than one person would prefer to stay hidden.

In The View from Rainshadow Bay, suspense, danger, and a longing to love again ignite amid the gorgeous lavender fields of Washington State.

My review:

  I have stated it before, but I was late coming to be a Colleen Coble reader. Since I have come to enjoy her books, she has become an author I truly love to read. The quality of her writing is above the normal, and her books are very easy to get caught up in.

 This book is the first in a new series, and what a great start to the series. Coble always comes up with great likable characters, and she outdid herself in this one. There is Shauna, the lovely widow harboring unforgiveness to her husband's best friend for causing her husband's death. There is Zach, carrying a load of guilt for helping to cause his best friend's death, and Alex.....the 5 year old fatherless boy caught between the mother he loves and the best friend of his father who he adores and misses.

 I may be single for life, but even I can appreciate a good romance...... and yes, it is obvious from the start of the book that a romance will happen between these two wounded souls, but I still enjoyed watching it happen amid all of the suspense, mystery, and drama. I tend to be a sucker for stories involving little kids, and Alex was an easy character to like.

 The bad guy remained a mystery until close the end of the book, along with what the bad guy was after. The plot was very well done, and I enjoyed being along for the ride as the sheriff and the two main characters tried to figure out what was going on, and who wanted what..... and why and how they were involved.

 Everything came to a very tense climax and standoff, but the book had a great ending with the suspense angle and the romantic angle. Coble has proven she has still got it, and that her best writing days are not behind her. This was definitely a 5-star read, and one I enjoyed very much, having read the book in one day.

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.

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The View from Rainshadow Bay is available from Thomas Nelson Publishing.

Thanks to BookLook Bloggers for the review copy.