Monday, December 12, 2011

Book Review: Lonestar Angel (Lonestar #4) by Colleen Coble

For Eden, hope is rekindled when her estranged husband delivers the astounding news: that their lost baby girl has been found.

Years ago Eden and Clay Larson's baby was stolen. Kidnappers demanded a ransom, but something went horribly wrong at the exchange: the kidnapper's car crashed into the river and was never recovered. Eden blamed herself, Clay lost himself in work. Their young and rocky marriage ended. Or so Eden thought.

Now she's met Kent. He's everything Clay wasn't: funny, stable, and eager to please her. Just as he's about to propose marriage at a romantic dinner, Clay arrives and tells Eden she can't marry Kent. She's still married to him. He never signed the divorce decree. Even more earth-shattering than this news is that he's never stopped looking for Brianna. Based on a tip, he thinks their daughter is in Bluebird, Texas, at a youth ranch. All five little girls there are the right age, but he's not sure which is Brianna.

To discover the truth, the couple becomes counselors to the girls at Bluebird Ranch. They move into small quarters in the bunkhouse and oversee the kids as they try to find out more. As they work together, their love for the children grows and their love for each other is rekindled. But as danger closes in, Eden and Clay realize they've been lured to this remote West Texas location; their lives and the lives of the little girls are in danger. But as Eden learns, "hope does not disappoint."

First, a thank you to the publisher, Thomas Nelson, and Netgalley for allowing me to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

Lonestar Angel is a christian fiction, romance, and bit of adventure all rolled in one captivating story.  This is book number 4 in her Lonestar series.  I haven't read any of the other books, but I didn't feel like I was missing a thing.  So, it's just as good a stand-alone book as part of a series.  

I reviewed another of the author, Colleen Coble's, books earlier this year.  The Lightkeeper's Ball was a historical fiction novel.  It's nice to see that Ms. Coble is as good, if not better at writing contemporary romance.  The story flowed very well and was a fast, easy read.

There was adventure and suspense woven into the book - who kidnapped Brianna and which little girl was she?  These mysteries helped keep things interesting and kept me guessing as I went along.  I was able to figure out one of the "bad guys," but I was only 95% sure until the ending.

Lonestar Angel is an entertaining novel, full of friendship, love, and spiced with danger.  It's definitely worth the time to read!

I give this book 4 Bookworms.

Paperback:  352 pages
Publisher:  Thomas Nelson; Original edition (November 8, 2011)
ISBN-10:  1595542698
ISBN-13:  978-1595542694

Ebook ASIN: B005PSEZ26

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