Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Quite the Ride ~ Lonestar Angel by Colleen Coble ~ Review

“Lonestar Angel” is a blend of romance and suspense that surprised me on both counts. I really didn’t know what to expect when I started reading this novel, but what I got hidden between the pages was quite the ride.

            I like to read stories of couples that have been torn apart by difficult situations and brought back together over what tore them apart in the first place. And you really can’t get any more dramatic for a romantic suspense than to have a six week old baby girl kidnapped from her parents.

            Clay and Eden bring an added tension to the story from the very first page. And it got my attention immediately – there was no slow start to this novel.

            Elements of suspense riddle the pages as the reader watches Eden and Clay work through their challenges and trying to find their daughter, now growing from the preschool and kindergarten years. You just have to feel their angst in trying to find their baby.

            Suspense builds to a peek as the novel reaches the climax and took a surprise twist I kind of suspected, but didn’t necessarily see coming.

            It’s a pretty fast read, doesn’t hit a great deal of emotional highs or lows, but as the reader I got the “punch” intended behind the words and kept going. It’s a good book and I was pleased with the time I spent with it.

            This review is my honest opinion. Thanks to the publisher for my copy to review.

More about the novel....

For Eden, hope is rekindled when her estranged husband delivers the astounding news: that their lost baby girl has been found.

Years ago Eden and Clay Larson's baby was stolen. Kidnappers demanded a ransom, but something went horribly wrong at the exchange: the kidnapper's car crashed into the river and was never recovered. Eden blamed herself, Clay lost himself in work. Their young and rocky marriage ended. Or so Eden thought.

Now she's met Kent. He's everything Clay wasn't: funny, stable, and eager to please her. Just as he's about to propose marriage at a romantic dinner, Clay arrives and tells Eden she can't marry Kent. She's still married to him. He never signed the divorce decree. Even more earth-shattering than this news is that he's never stopped looking for Brianna. Based on a tip, he thinks their daughter is in Bluebird, Texas, at a youth ranch. All five little girls there are the right age, but he's not sure which is Brianna.

To discover the truth, the couple becomes counselors to the girls at Bluebird Ranch. They move into small quarters in the bunkhouse and oversee the kids as they try to find out more. As they work together, their love for the children grows and their love for each other is rekindled.

But as danger closes in, Eden and Clay realize they've been lured to this remote West Texas location; their lives and the lives of the little girls are in danger. But as Eden learns, "hope does not disappoint."

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