Monday, January 28, 2019

Secrets at Cedar Cabin by Colleen Coble ~ Book Review and Tour

Publisher's Description:  
From USA TODAY bestselling author Colleen Coble comes the third book in her beloved Lavender Tides series. Her mother lied about her identity and her husband wasn’t who she thought he was—can Bailey even trust herself anymore? Running for her life in the wake of her mother’s murder, Bailey Fleming escapes to the only place she can think of—a remote, dilapidated cabin in Lavender Tides. Intending to finally get to the truth behind the lies of her past, Bailey only finds more questions when bodies are discovered near her cabin hideout along with traces of a dangerous human trafficking ring. In an unlikely partnership with FBI agent Lance Phoenix, Bailey races to understand the mystery surrounding her life and circumstances before the murderer tracks her down. Meanwhile, Lance is determined to rescue his sister, Ava, who was abducted after running away from home as a teenager. An unexpected lead brings him to the remote cabin, and he wonders if Bailey—with her suspicious past and strange connections to his sister’s case—is really who she claims to be and if she can somehow lead him to Ava. Filled with Colleen Coble's custom blend of suspense and romance, Secrets at Cedar Cabin takes us back to the evocative landscape of Washington's coast where nothing is quite as it seems.

My Thoughts:  
I really enjoyed this wrap up to the Lavender Tides Series.  It was fast paced and hard to put down.  The story focused on the Bailey, the youngest sister of the three siblings that this series deals with and an FBI agent named Lance who is trying to find his missing sister.  The whole series had an interesting premise of 3 siblings separated at a young age through tragedy.  It connects them all together in this last installment but this story also dealt with a very real issue and that is the one of human trafficking.  At times the story was hard to read because it deals with the tragedy of how young girls are lured away and then taken and what might be happening to them.  I thought the author did a very good job of bringing awareness to this very important topic.  I liked the character of Bailey and how she struggled to deal with all the lies that made up the foundation of her life and now put her in a position of who to trust going forward.  The romance was not heavy handed and I appreciated that though as is usual in stories like this was a bit  fast moving.  There were a couple parts involving FBI agents that made me wonder if they would actually do that but I can see where it was necessary to keep the story moving and not get bogged down in procedure.  All in all I really like this story and the series as a whole.

Thanks to BookLook Bloggers for providing a copy free of charge for my honest review.  I was not required to give a positive review and all opinions are my own.  I gave this a 4/5 on the BookLook site but wish they would have 1/2 star options as I would have bumped it a  4.5.


Faith said...

Ooh!!! A series about human trafficking!!! This is going on my very long to read list!!!!
That topic is near and dear to my heart and we help support Love 146 the Christian group for rescuing girls and boys ( yes boys are grabbed too!!!!) from the places where rings are discovered. They first did a rescuemin Thalilamd I believe and sadly, North American soldiers are often the ones to pay/go to brothels where captured children and teens are held for their "services". Makes us sick. I'm so glad i m home from work today tried to link my FFF and saw this first!!

Great review!

Faith said...

This series is going on my want to read list!! Human trafficking issue is very dear to me and Dave's heart. In fact, we help support Love 146 the Christian rescue organization helping to rescue girls and boys ( yes boys are grabbed too!!!). Their first rescue was in the 1990s i believe...a little girl who was in sexual slavery in Thailand. So glad there's a fictional series on this topic!

Colleen Coble said...

Thanks so much for the wonderful review!