Title: Mermaid Moon (Sunset Cove #2)
Author: Colleen Coble
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
I just love the setting for this series on the coastline of Maine! The author’s vivid descriptions make me want to visit this part of the country. This is a story that could be read as a standalone. There are some characters from the first book that make an appearance in this story, but are not really relevant to the plot of this second book.
Kevin O’Connor is a game warden for the state of Maine. He is divorced with an 8-year-old daughter, who has custody of as her mother wanted nothing to do with her. He had the love of his life, Mallory Davis, break his heart be leaving town after a traumatic event in her life. His parents always wanted him to be a doctor, but Kevin always wanted to be a game warden. His parents think Mallory Davis is the reason he didn’t become a doctor, but he knows she is the one who gave him the courage to follow his dream. After fifteen years, Mallory is back in town and calling him for help. Kevin’s already strained relationship with his parents gets downright nasty once they learn Mallory is back in town. He guards his heart to keep from making the same choice of fifteen years ago, but he feels wonderful when he is with her.
Mallory Davis is a widow with an almost 15-year-old daughter, trying to make ends meet by making jewelry. She receives a phone call from her father, telling her of his love and to find her mother. Then the call ends abruptly. She and her father have a strained relationship and don’t talk to each other often, but how can she find her mother when her mother has been dead for fifteen years? She calls her former boyfriend, Kevin, and asks him to check on her father. What he finds brings Mallory back to town. While there she discovers what her heart has always known…she still loves Kevin. However, more questions arise and more threats are leveled at Mallory. Who is out to hurt her?
The story has easy dialogue to follow, short chapters, clues to follow and tension to ramp up to the exciting ending! Of course, there is romance thrown in as well as faith and wanting to do things right the second time around. Second chances and forgiveness are seen as well. I just loved how Kevin put Mallory’s safety and needs before his own, even when she had hurt his heart so much in the past. He still put her first because that is what God would want him to do. I also thought it was a cool touch to have Gwen Marcey make an appearance in this story. I’ve read and really enjoyed both books in that series as well. Book three, Twilight at Blueberry Barrens, is being released in September 2016.
My rating is 4 stars.
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