Let me start by saying that when I look at the cover, I can feel the warm, fine sand shifting under my sneakers as I walk up this path.
I can see the light, pink, sun-painted clouds spreading over the cottage.
I can hear the wind susurrating through the dune grass.
Second, let me say that this book was much more suspenseful that I presumed it would be...and that was really cool, to mix a story of blossoming love, happiness and hope with some suspense.
That is the way it should be done...life is like that.
Perplexing and sad at times, like the story of Gina and Ben.
When a strange and cryptic email comes to Amy Lang,
suggesting that her brother Ben died because of his "secrets," and not just a surfing accident,
she knows she must return to Hope Beach and investigate.
This place by the ocean stirs Amy's heart,
and she wonders if this right here might be right where she is meant to stay....
Curtis Ireland, Coast Guard Officer at Hope Beach, has never fully accepted that his sister
Gina's death was accidental. It was too terrible, too suspicious.
Hope Beach was the last place his sister was alive,
and though it may carry bitterweet memories it is a place where he feels at peace.
Both Amy and Curtis have lost siblings, both have ties to Hope Beach, and both want answers. Soon it becomes clear that their lives, and their lost siblings' lives, are connected.
And making this mystery painful and urgent for both of them is the presence
of a beautiful little girl named Raine: Gina's child.
Is Raine Ben's child as well, and why did neither Amy nor Curtis know?
This may be a serene beach town with the smell of soft salt breezes filling the air, but there are
criminal elements here, centering on this innocent little girl
Raine and the people who love and protect her.
Curtis and Amy stand between her and whatever secrets her parents kept...
secrets that need to be uncovered to save the girl.
Now I know that Mrs. Coble is an author I want to spend more time with... I will be on the lookout for her other books, both past and present!
Including Book One in the Hope Beach series...
Best-selling author Colleen Coble's novels have won or finaled in awards ranging from the Best Books of Indiana, ACFW Carol Award, RWA’s RITA, the Holt Medallion, the Daphne du Maurier, National Readers' Choice, and the Booksellers Best. Most recently she was the winner of the 2012 Carol Award for Romantic Suspense. She has over 2 million books in print. Colleen is CEO of American Christian Fiction Writers and is a member of RWA. She lives with her husband in Indiana.Favorite Verse: Romans 8:28 - "For we know that all things work together for good, to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose."(I saw this verse in action when the whole family was injured in a bad car accident in 1980 and we became Christians as a result).