Friday, September 23, 2016

Twilight at Blueberry Barrens by Colleen Coble ~ Book Tour & Review

Publisher Description:
“I need you to keep these girls safe . . .”

 Kate Mason has devoted herself to caring for her family’s blueberry barrens. But after her fields stop producing fruit, she’s forced to come up with alternative ways to make a living. Renting out the small cottage on her property seems an obvious choice, but it won’t be enough. When entrepreneur Drake Newham shows up looking not only for a place to rent but also for a nanny for his two nieces, it’s almost too good to be true. And maybe it is—because Drake brings with him dangerous questions about who might be out to kill his family. The more time Kate spends with Drake and the girls, the more difficult it becomes to hide her attraction to him. But a family crisis isn’t exactly the ideal time to pursue a romance.

 Meanwhile, Kate learns that her uncle—in prison for murder—has escaped. Add to that a stalker who won’t leave her alone, and Kate is looking over her shoulder at every turn. With threats swirling from multiple directions, she wonders if her blueberry fields will ever flourish again . . . or if this twilight is her last. Set on the beautiful coast of Maine, Twilight at Blueberry Barrens brings together suspense, romance, and the hope that one day new life will come again.

My Thoughts:
This is Book 3 in the Sunset Cove Novel series.  And Colleen Coble has produced another suspense filled page turner.  With favorite characters from the other two books plus a few new ones she takes us into the life of Kate Mason to explore what we let define who we are.   With Kate's troubled past and life threatening illness which she overcame, she is struggling to see herself as someone who is worth knowing and loving and tends to see herself through her past.  With a newly developing relationship with a twin sister she never knew she had until recently, she is finally starting to have a positive influence in her life.  I loved how her sister was her biggest cheerleader yet was able to be totally honest with her.

This story has some of everything making it complex and interesting;  tension and suspense, mystery, crime and romance all blend wonderfully into a great mix.  It can be read as a stand alone very well, but my opinion is it is so much better to have read the first two so that the reader can know  and understand the backgrounds and richness of the relationships.   Though references are made to things that happened in the other books they weren't to terribly detailed and might raise a few questions for the new reader of just this book.   It however, doesn't affect the story telling to the point of the reader being confused as to what is happening in this installment.  I must admit I found the stalker aspect of the story totally creepy but it added to the atmosphere of tension.   If you are at all sensitive to that kind of thing you might want to know it is in there.   It was a definite page turner and I had it read in a few days.  One small thing I found mildly annoying about the book was that it had several instances of product placement which made the sentences they were in sound a bit  "unnatural" to me, but that was easy enough to get past.  As usual, this author has an absolute wonderful ability to describe the area the story is placed and make you feel like you are right there.  It was nice to revisit the area of Folly Shoals and Maine in this story.  If you like the contemporary suspense romance genre you can't go wrong with this series.

Thanks to BookLook Bloggers and Thomas Nelson Publishing for providing this book free of charge for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions were my own and I'm not required to give a positive review.


Faith said...

I have never cared for her books! I don't know why exactly.....many people I know enjoy them. But something about them bug me!! maybe it's the romance part? i'm not one for romances. But your reviews always make me want to try one again!!

baili said...

i love LOVE STORIES i think Love is the soul to body of life ,this book sounds great

Colleen Coble said...

Yay! So glad you loved it! Thanks so much for the great review!