Title: The View from Rainshadow Bay (A Lavender Tides Novel)
Author: Colleen Coble
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.
If you have ever read any of Colleen’s novels, you know that she can write a story that grabs your heart, attention and interest from the first word. If you have never read any of Colleen’s books, you are missing out on some very engaging and riveting books. The difference I noticed with her new series was how quickly the action, danger, and intrigue begins. Quite literally, it starts with the Prologue; there is no build up or lead up to the climax, it all starts right out of the gate with the first word! It never lets up. The tension and thrills are palpable throughout the whole novel. It begins with someone chasing a character named Nora that sets the stage by giving a hint that something nefarious is going on. Then, in chapter one, which picks up the story a year later, I was wondering how the events depicted in the Prologue would fit into the tale, but they do and rather nicely too!
All the while I was reading and trying to figure out the mystery that is still playing out, there is the romantic interest between Zach and Shauna. They have a history that includes both joy and sorrow, but now includes someone who is determined to bring harm to Shauna and her little boy. The are themes of forgiveness, faith, letting go of burdens, fresh starts and much more.
I believe if a person sits down to read the book, they will be hooked and unable to set it down for very long. For me, I enjoyed this first book in her new series. I think it is one of her best starts to a series with really interesting characters and setting. Find a copy and be prepared to really get engrossed in the tale. I am already looking forward to the next installment that comes out later in 2018!
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