Genesis 5020

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Secrets at Cedar Creek Cabin by Colleen Coble May 9, 2019

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From USA TODAY bestselling author Colleen Coble comes the third book in her beloved Lavender Tides series.

Her mother lied about her identity and her husband wasn’t who she thought he was—can Bailey even trust herself anymore?

Running for her life in the wake of her mother’s murder, Bailey Fleming escapes to the only place she can think of—a remote, dilapidated cabin in Lavender Tides. Intending to finally get to the truth behind the lies of her past, Bailey only finds more questions when bodies are discovered near her cabin hideout along with traces of a dangerous human trafficking ring. In an unlikely partnership with FBI agent Lance Phoenix, Bailey races to understand the mystery surrounding her life and circumstances before the murderer tracks her down.

Meanwhile, Lance is determined to rescue his sister, Ava, who was abducted after running away from home as a teenager. An unexpected lead brings him to the remote cabin, and he wonders if Bailey—with her suspicious past and strange connections to his sister’s case—is really who she claims to be and if she can somehow lead him to Ava.

Filled with Colleen Coble’s custom blend of suspense and romance, Secrets at Cedar Cabin takes us back to the evocative landscape of Washington’s coast where nothing is quite as it seems.

My thoughts:

This book easily captured my interested in the first few pages. I was really excited to read the story and see what was going on.

But as I went further into the book it became less believable. I hate saying that about a wonderful author such as Colleen. But for someone on the run Bailey was very willing to trust strangers, and jobs were just falling into her lap. It seemed very unrealistic.

My other issue was the number of POV characters. I was constantly having to take a minute to remember who was who and how they were related to the story.

Unfortunately, I really didn’t enjoy this story because of the issue listed above.

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A copy of this book was given to me through the BookLook Bloggers program. All opinions are my own. 


Freedom’s Light by Colleen Coble December 3, 2018

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USA TODAY bestselling author Colleen Coble explores the mystery and the romance of the Revolutionary War.

A young lighthouse keeper must navigate the dangerous waters of revolution and one man’s obsession with her to find safe harbor with the sea captain she loves.

Hannah Thomas believes she’s escaped Galen Wright’s evil intentions by marrying an older lighthouse keeper. Seemingly safe in faraway Massachusetts, her world is upended when John is killed in one of the first battles of the Revolutionary War. Hannah is allowed to continue the difficult task of tending the twin lighthouses in John’s place, though she faces daily disapproval from John’s family. She thinks her loneliness will subside when her younger sister arrives, but she finds Lydia’s obsession with Galen only escalates the dangerous tides swirling around her.

A stormy night brings a shipwrecked sea captain to Hannah’s door, and though he is a Tory, her heart is as traitorous as the dark-eyed captain. Even though she discovers Birch Meredith isn’t the enemy he seemed at first, Hannah isn’t sure their love will ever see the light of freedom.

My thoughts:

Wow, what a fantastic read.

I will say at first I wasn’t so sure I would like it but then a few chapters in I realized I was completely absorbed in the story and I had stop make myself stop reading so I could go to sleep.

Colleen has crafted a highly engaging story full of secrets, flawed characters and hope.

Hannah was such a strong young woman. I kept forgetting she was only eighteen. Birch was a great hero but he definitely needed to learn to let things go.

Lydia, Hannah’s sister irritated me-which I think was the point, but I hoped she would wake up and see the truth.

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Because You’re Mine by Colleen Coble January 9, 2017

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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?

My thoughts:

I have only read one other book by Colleen and I loved it. I was very excited to read her newest release especially since the main character is a musician and so am I. I also love the Celtic Woman so this was kind of behind the scene peek a that life.

After reading the beginning I was anxious to get back to the book the next day. There was definitely a mystery surrounding the entire book. It has some very dark kind of aspects which are resolved by the end.

But when I went back to read the book the next day I found myself not really believing any of it. There is something that happens that I knew from the beginning. I don’t know if that was the intent, to let the readers know, but I easily figured it out.

Also, Alanna seemed very immature in her thinking. I struggled with her so easily deciding to marry Barry. I could understand why she would but I wanted her to struggle with the decision more and she didn’t. I really got the sense in the beginning of the book of her deep love for Liam and I felt she moved on a bit too quickly.

Unfortunately, this book wasn’t for me. I loved the mysterious setting and the family mystery surrounding Barry and the ending is definitely intense.  But the characters overall left me wanting something more from them. I hate to say that because Colleen is a wonderful author but for me this book fell flat.

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Review and Giveaway: The Lightkeeper’s Daughter by Colleen Coble July 27, 2015

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With the lies of the past behind her, Addie finds love . . . and discovers her true Father.

Addie Sullivan leads a quiet life in a northern California lighthouse. She mourns the death of her father and endures her mother’s bitterness, until the night a storm brings an injured stranger and a dark secret to her home. The man insists she is not who she thinks she is, but rather “Julia Eaton”—the child long lost and feared dead by her wealthy family. Seizing the chance to be reunited with the Eatons, Addie leaves her lighthouse home but decides to keep her true identity a secret until they can unravel the mystery. Addie loves the Eatons’ palatial home tucked away among the California redwood forests. She feels secure with the jovial family, adores the young boy who is her charge as governess, and finds romance with his father John, a young widower. But sinister shadows overtake Addie’s joy. As dusty rooms and secret compartments give up their clues about her past, Addie finds a faith and a love she could never have guessed. To embrace this new world of promise is to risk her life; but to run away is to risk losing the greatest love she’s ever known.

My thoughts and giveaway:

Believe it or not this is the first book I have read by Colleen. I’ve heard wonderful things about her books but never got around to reading her work. Now I am wishing I didn’t wait so long. This is a book I purchased a long time ago and finally got the chance to read.

This book has it all; romance, mystery, deception. I had no idea who was out to hurt Addie until it came to light. Even better there is a revelation at the end that totally caught me by surprise and that rarely happens.

Addie is a wonderful character that might be a bit too perfect. Yet, she does face her own issues. She is definitely a people-pleaser and this is something I have dealt with personally. As she gets drawn more into her new family her eyes move away from Jesus and this is something she has to face.

One of my favorite characters in this book had to be Gideon the dog. He reminded me a lot of my dog. He was so obedient and there to protect those he loved.

This is a book a definitely recommend. If you haven’t read this book or anything by Colleen this is a great one to start with.

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Write to the Point with Laura Hilton September 26, 2012

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 Congratulations to Karen who won Kat Heckenbach’s book.

This week we get write to the point with Laura Hilton.

Award winning author, Laura Hilton, her husband, Steve, and their five children make their home in Horseshoe Bend, Arkansas. She is a pastor’s wife, a stay-at-home mom and home-schools three of her children. Her two oldest children are homeschool graduates and are in college. Laura is also a breast cancer survivor.

Her publishing credits include three books in the Amish of Seymour series from Whitaker House: Patchwork Dreams, A Harvest of Hearts, and Promised to Another. Healing Love will begin the Amish of Webster County series in September 2012. Laura is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. Laura is a professional book reviewer for the Christian market, with over a thousand book reviews published at various online review sites.

Tell us about yourself, family, where are you from, how long have you been writing?

I’ve been writing ever since I can remember. My husband and I will be celebrating our in December, and we have five children – two boys and three girls. We live in Arkansas, near the Missouri border.

How did you come to know Jesus as your Savior? 

I was saved when I about nine years old. It was a communion Sunday, and I remember asking my mom what some of the words the pastor said meant, and I didn’t take communion that Sunday, I went up during the invitation and talked to the pastor. And he explained salvation and helped me pray.

Tell us about your latest book. What do want your readers to take away after the last page? 

Healing Love

Who knew Cupid had four paws? Amish midwife Kristine Lapp’s dog, Chinook, develops a slew of unfamiliar ailments that sends Kristi to Shane Zimmerman, their veterinarian neighbor. Shane’s grandparents were Amish, but his dad left years ago in favor of education and marriage to an Englisch woman. After Shane’s wife died in childbirth, Shane returns to Amish country to live and serve, but he’s determined not to return to the faith of his father. Prejudiced against the herbal and natural remedies that Kristi uses in her practice, the vet is determined to avoid what his eccentric neighbor cooks up. Can God use a loyal pet to mix a little old medicine with new and bring two neighbors past their differences so they can find a love with a positive prognosis

 I’ll leave the take away between God and the reader.  I know what I took away, but God may have different plans for others.

How often do you blog and what do you cover in your blog? 

I blog on every day, with reviews, press releases, and interviews promoting other authors. is sporadic, its news related to me, my family, verses, sometimes promoting others, and Bible verses.  Right now it is a verse a day with lovely illustrations to go with it. is my book news.

Can you share with us a favorite book you have read?  

I have so many favorites, it’s hard to choose one.   The best books I read recently would be Lethal Legacy by Irene Hannon, Tidewater Inn by Colleen Coble, Dying to Read by Lorena McCourtney and The Reunion by Dan Walsh. I’m currently reading With Every Letter by Sarah Sundin. So far it’s great. 

Can you share with us a Genesis 5020 in your life?

There are so many incidents like that in my life. Some we’re still trying to figure out the “God intended it for good part.” But one that stands in my mind is when I was diagnosed with breast cancer four years ago. I went through chemo and radiation and really found a passion for encouraging other cancer patients going through treatment with me. I tried to be as upbeat as possible and pointed so many toward God at that time.

Do you have a life and/or a ministry verse? 

My life and ministry verse is Jeremiah 29:11.  For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord. “Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a future and a hope.”

Where can we find you on the web?

Facebook – Author Laura V. Hilton.  Twitter – Laura_V_Hilton.  And the blogs I listed above.

Is there anything I didn’t ask that you would like to add? 

I’m offering a giveaway of Healing Love, the first book in The Amish of Webster County series.

Thanks so much for taking the time to share with us today Laura.

Readers, as Laura mentioned she  is giving away a paperback copy of her book to one commentator. Leave a comment for Laura by October 2 at 5:00 PM  to be entered in the drawing.