Twilight at Blueberry Barrens, by Colleen Coble

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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 local 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.

First Thoughts:

I have to admit that I didn’t know understand the title at first. It turns out barrens are a type of ecosystem.

My Take:

Life in Sunset Cove, Maine, used to be quiet. But lately, Kate’s had more than her share of drama. Her mother’s in prison for kidnapping and manslaughter, and she’s been left to look after the family business. The last thing she needs is for her and her sister to discover two dead bodies at the base of some local cliffs. Trying to get her life in order, she gets a job as a nanny but then learns her employer is investigating the deaths of his brother and sister-in-law. Could there be a connection to her grisly discovery?

Like other titles by Colleen Coble, the narrative is a mix of romance and drama and there’s a heavy emphasis on relationships and connections. I was hooked by the suspense element: I wasn’t sure if there was just one person targeting Kate and Drake or if there two unrelated situations. I identified a major player just over halfway through. Coble’s writing gave few clues, so I had to follow it through to see if I was right. I was wrong on other plot elements, however.

This is the third and final book in Coble’s Sunset Cove series and you definitely need to have read the previous two novels before reading. It’s a separate tale, but involves the same group of characters. There are references to events in those books, but little detail is given. I’d read each book when it was released, but even I had difficulty remembering everything that had happened in them. The final chapter of the book wraps up the series at an important event, with an indication that life is going to be changing for everyone.

Thank you to Thomas Nelson for my complimentary copy of Twilight at Blueberry Barrens.

Have you read Twilight at Blueberry Barrens? Do you plan to read it? Let me know your thoughts.


Publisher: Thomas Nelson (a division of HarperCollins Christian)

Publication Date: 20 October 2016

Page Count: 352

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Mermaid Moon, by Colleen Coble

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Mallory’s mother died fifteen years ago. But her father’s last words on the phone were unmistakable: “Find . . . mother.”

Shame and confusion have kept Mallory Davis from her home for the last fifteen years, but when her dad mysteriously dies on his mail boat route, she doesn’t have any choice but to go back to Mermaid Point.

Mallory believes her father was murdered and childhood sweetheart Kevin O’Connor, game warden in Downeast Maine, confirms her suspicions. But Kevin is wary of helping Mallory in her search. She broke his heart—and left—without a word, years ago.

When Mallory begins receiving threats on her own life—and her beloved teenage daughter, Haylie—their search intensifies. There’s a tangled web within the supposed murder, and it involves much more than what meets the eye.

As answers begin to fall into place, Mallory realizes her search is about more than finding her father’s killer—it is also about finding herself again . . . and possibly about healing what was broken so long ago with Kevin. She just has to stay alive long enough to put all the pieces together.

Continue reading for my thoughts on Mermaid Moon, an excerpt from the book, and also a link to a giveaway to celebrate it’s release.

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Old Favorites: December

If, like me, you’re in the northern hemisphere then the nights are drawing in and it’s getting colder. It’s time to snuggle under the blankets with a good book or two. Here are my December recommendations from previous years.

Merry Christmas!

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Smitten – Colleen Coble, Kristin Billerbeck, Denise Hunter, Diann Hunt

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Twice a Bride – Mona Hodgson

Against the Tide – Elizabeth Camden

Betrayal – Robin Lee Hatcher

The Christmas Star – Ace Collins

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An Elegant Solution – Paul Robertson

Dark Biology – Bonnie Doran