Friday, May 19, 2017

Twilight at Blueberry Barrens by Colleen Coble

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.
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.


Meet the Author:Best-selling author Colleen Coble's novels have won or finaled in awards ranging from the Best Books of Indiana, the ACFW Carol Award, the Romance Writers of America RITA, the Holt Medallion, the Daphne du Maurier, National Readers' Choice, and the Booksellers Best. She has over 2 million books in print and writes romantic mysteries because she loves to see justice prevail. Colleen is CEO of American Christian Fiction Writers. She lives with her husband Dave in Indiana. 
Visit her website at http://colleencoble.com.

My Take:
I enjoyed this book. My favorite character was probably Drake. He was brave, a bit of a knight in shining armor, always ready to rescue the damsel in distress. He was also intelligent, with a really interesting business. Kate was a pretty good character too, although at times she seemed a bit naive, putting herself in danger because she was trying to be brave and make it on her own. And she was also very outspoken at times, which kind of got on my nerves. 

The characters I loved to hate, or maybe just hated were the villain - which I won't reveal, but he was sneaky conniving and a little twisted. Kate's uncle, Paul, was also not the most likable character either, but eventually he did come around a bit and wiggle his way into my good graces. 

The plot was suspenseful and I really related to the setting of the Blueberry Barrens since my grandmother was a blueberry farmer. This was the third book in the series but the first one I read, so even though it was easy enough to kind of get the drift on the characters, there was a bit of a back story that I obviously missed. It kind of made me want to go back to the beginning to find out how they ended up at this point in their lives. 

I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a good mystery and suspense novel. My recommendation would be to start at the beginning of the series though if you haven't already read those. I enjoyed Colleen Coble as as an author. This is only the second book I have read of hers, but both were extremely well written and captured my attention. 

I received a copy of this book courtesy of Thomas Nelson and Fiction Guild to read. I was not required to review it positively and all opinions are my own.

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