Welcome to Hope Beach where the sea breeze is fresh, sun sparkles on sand . . . and trouble appears.
Cottage follows Tidewater
Inn in Colleen Coble's popular Hope Beach series. The Outer Banks of North
Carolina create an enchanting backdrop for this story where all is not as it
seems. Mystery, adventure, conspiracy, and romance come together in a story
that I found hard to put down.
The cottage by the sea
offers Amy a refuge to mourn her brother’s death and perhaps even discover a
new love. But what if Ben’s death was no accident?
Cottage on the Outer Banks of North Carolina has been in Amy Lang’s family for generations
and offers her a haven within its peaceful walls. There she hopes to discover
what really happened to her brother, Ben, even as she tries to come to grips
with his death in the ocean months before.
hopes the Coast Guard team will help her find closure, but they are quick to
dismiss her concerns of foul play. When it seems discovering what happened to
Ben will take longer than she expected, Amy moves her midwifery practice to
Guard officer Curtis Ireland may hold the key to many of her questions, but he
also hides a secret that will change her world forever. And her own secrets
could tear apart the fragile love developing between them. Will Amy have the
courage to put down her mask and let Curtis love her for who she is? And can
they both weather the danger that threatens to destroy the most precious thing
in their lives?
Romantic suspense is not my favorite genre, but I was
drawn to Rosemary Cottage because of
the lovely cover and Outer Banks setting, and I'm certainly glad I read it. Colleen
did a great job at creating a sense of place along the North Carolina seashore.
I would describe this story as more mystery than suspense, which I liked
because I don't enjoy books that keep me awake at night.
One of the secondary characters, a young girl named
Heather, seemed the most complex to me. Heather is a flawed character who
allows herself to be used by a guy that she thinks really cares about her, yet
she grows throughout the story. Amy reaches out to her at one point and says,
"There's always a way of redemption."
The romance between Curtis and Amy plays a large part,
but I felt the story's main strength is the mystery, which kept this reader
turning the pages. Some might find the plot slightly predictable, but I got
caught up in the narrative and was surprised by a twist toward the end. The
prose moves along easily, the characters are interesting, and one-year-old
Raine will capture your heart.
I like how Curtis and Amy's relationship deepens until
at the end, Curtis says, "We have this
day, this hour. And that's enough. We take what God gives us."
Although this is the second novel in a series, it
easily stands alone. I hope we see two other members of Curtis's team featured in the next book. I recommend Rosemary Cottage to all readers, but
fans of romantic suspense will especially find it enjoyable.
To learn more about Colleen and her books, go to http://litfusegroup.com/author/ccoble or visit her website
at colleencoble.com. And be sure to enter the drawing at the top right side of this blog.
This book was provided by Litfuse Publicity in
exchange for my honest review.