I recommend this book to readers of both Amish and Christian fiction.
About the book: Alanna has been plagued by tragedy. So it should come as no surprise that in the beauty that surrounds Charleston, all is not as it seems.
When her husband is killed by a car bomb while their band is on tour in Charleston, Alanna doesn’t know where to turn. Her father-in-law is threatening to take custody of the baby she carries, but the one thing she knows for sure is that she can’t lose the last piece of Liam she has left.
Their manager offers her a marriage of convenience to gain her U.S. citizenship and allow her to escape her father-in-law’s control. It seems like the perfect solution . . . but her doubts begin almost as soon as she arrives at Barry’s family home, a decaying mansion surrounded by swamp.
To make matters worse, Liam’s best friend survived the car bomb. She’s never really liked Jesse and now she can’t seem to get away from him. When he takes Liam’s place in their band, it’s almost more than she can bear.
But then things start happening. Things that could easily cost Alanna her life—or the life of her unborn child. Are they merely coincidences? Or is there something much more sinister at work?
Paperback, 336 pages Published January 10, 2017, by Thomas Nelson
My review: What I was hoping to be a “pull-me-in-and-don’t-let-go” read from Collen Coble ended up being a bit of a flop. Collen’s books are known to be quick reads with stories that have enough scare factor to them that I feel the need to get up and close the blinds. This book lacked this quality. In fact, there wasn’t a scare factor for me as much as a creepy factor.
I liked the premise of this book but once I started reading I felt like I had read this story before. Especially when they got to the estate outside of Charleston. I didn’t really feel a special closeness with the main character and at times wondered what she was thinking. She seemed to waiver between missing her late husband and having the hots for her manager/new husband. And he just made me feel like I needed to take a shower and wash the creepiness off me.
While it may seem that I just didn’t really like the book that is not the case. Even though some parts of this thriller were easy to solve there was enough going on to keep me interested and turning the page. This is a good book but just not my favorite from this author. It didn’t seem to be written in the same high-caliber way her other books are. This book just lacked that something her other books have.
If you are an established Collen Coble fan then give this book a go. If you haven’t read any of Colleen’s books I wouldn’t recommend this one as an introduction to her as her other recent books are much better. Not a bad book, just not the best from this author.
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher and was not required to write a review. All opinions are mine.
About the author: USAToday bestselling author Colleen Coble lives with her husband, Dave, in Indiana. She is the author of dozens of novels including the Rock Harbor Series, the Aloha Reef Series, the Mercy Falls Series, the Hope Beach Series, the Lonestar Series and two Women of Faith fiction selections, Alaska Twilight and Midnight Sea. She has more than 2 million books in print.
About the book: When a postal error creates pen pals of two young Amish people, can they put behind their past mistakes to see the bright future God has written for them?
Jalon Chupp has a past he isn’t proud to claim. He’s worked hard to overcome his youthful mistakes, and he has recommitted himself to his faith. When he receives a sweet note included in a piece of misdirected mail, he can’t help but write back. Soon, the letters he receives from Phoebe are the highlights of his days, and with a hopeful heart, he suggests they meet in person.
Phoebe, too, looks forward to every single one of Jalon’s letters. Living with her overbearing aunt, Phoebe doesn’t have too much to look forward to. But when Jalon suggests they meet, she panics—although she has shared some of the deepest longings of her heart with him, she hasn’t been entirely truthful about her past. But when Jalon shows up at her aunt’s doorstep, everything is revealed. And she can only pray he’ll forgive her for holding back the truth.
In order to reach beyond the errors of their pasts, both Phoebe and Jalon must put their faith in something—or Someone—bigger than either of them could pen.
Kindle Edition, 320 pages Published March 14, 2017, by Thomas Nelson
My review: I’ve never read a Kathleen Fuller book I didn’t love. Written in Love is a wonderful addition to my “Kathleen Fuller books I love” list. A unique story told in an original way made this story interesting and riveting. This was a book I just could not put down.
Written in Love tells the story of Phoebe and Jalon who meet when Phoebe accidentally receives a letter Jalon had sent to someone else. The two form a friendship of sorts by becoming pen pals. The book starts out with a series of letters written between the two. I loved the unusual way this story began. It was a neat way of being introduced to the characters and getting to know them.
The storyline of this book is great. I enjoyed the realness of it. Not everything is rosy for these two and this made me like them even more. They struggle with their friendship and different things in their lives but this just made the story more real for me. This book showcases the fact that the Amish don’t lead perfect lives and they have struggles and issues just like everyone else.
In her typical way, Kathleen Fuller has written a book with characters who are realistic and a story that is compelling and heart-wrenching. This is a must-read book for fans of the genre.
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher through Netgalley. I was not required to write a positive review and all opinions are mine.
About the author: Best-selling author of Amish fiction. Also a wife, mother, crafter, coffee addict, football fan, and chocolate aficionado.
From the choir, to everyday life they find themselves engaged in each other’s lives in ways they never imagined.
I found myself drawn to different characters at different times, making it difficult to have a favorite due to the issues each faced. From young love to finding love later in life, abusive relationships and other scandalous behavior this book touches on many realities.
There’s so much going on in the village that I kept reading as fast as I could because the story is interesting and held my attention throughout.
It’s a different from what I normally read and I’m glad I chose it.
She also possessed an inner strength that I admired especially given her upbringing and background making me like her even more than I expected to.