Monthly Archives: September 2016

Twilight At Blueberry Barrens by Colleen Coble; Thomas Nelson ISBN: 978-1-40169031-1

Twilight At Blueberry Barrens, a novel by Colleen Coble set in a small town in Maine, is an enthralling and powerful story whose protagonists have endured more than anyone should. Kate has survived a serious illness that left her unable to have children. Her mother and uncle are in prison and her future is uncertain. Unexpectedly, Drake appears on her property with his two young nieces whose parents died under suspicious circumstances. She agrees to rent them a cottage on her property and is eventually hired to be the children’s nanny while Drake tries to learn the truth about deaths of his brother and sister-in-law. In addition, Kate has a stalker and a young woman was recently murdered in town.

 

Had it not been for the death of Drake’s family, it is not likely he and Kate would have ever met. Once they did meet, things began to move very quickly. A relationship develops and grows, but they find themselves in great danger. Bad things happen and the characters face life and death struggles. Will they survive to build a life together?

 

This is an imaginative and exciting story. There is mystery, romance, and dramatic twists and surprises. Highly recommended.

 

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The Wedding Shop by Rachel Hauck Zondervan ISBN 9780310341543

The Wedding Shop, a novel by Rachel Hauck, is the story of two women who lived in the same small town of Heart’s Bend, Tennessee, but at different times. When we meet Cora Scott in 1930 she is the owner of a well known and successful bridal shop she had inherited from her great aunt. She excels at what she does- making her customers feel special and beautiful as they prepare the most important day of their lives. But, she is still waiting for her special day. She has fallen madly in love with an elusive man. No matter as she is certain he is the one for her. Long time friend Birch Good is sure he is the right man for her, but convincing Cora proves to be difficult. Who will Cora choose? We meet Haley Morgan eighty years later. She has returned to Heart’s Bend after a failed relationship and after completing her military service. The wedding shop has been closed for many years, but Haley had fond memories of the times she and her childhood friend had played in the abandoned building. Now scheduled for demolition, Haley is determined to reopen the shop. She meets with countless obstacles. Will she succeed?

 

Their fascinating stories are told in alternate voices. Both are strong and determined women, but they are not without doubts and uncertainties. As their stories unfold, both in the past and the present, we begin to see how much effect the wedding shop had on their lives.

 

This is a beautifully crafted story about love and faith. It is populated with believable characters whose struggles we can relate to.   Their fictional world seems real. Secrets and surprises emerge when least expected. This book has all the components of an excellent read. Highly recommended.

 

I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers <http://booklookbloggers.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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