20 June 2014

Review: Seagrass Pier by Colleen Coble

Excellent Romantic Suspense

Elin Summerall, widowed mother of four-year-old Josie, has recently undergone a lifesaving heart transplant operation, receiving the heart of Laura Watson, a murder victim. Now she’s experiencing nightmares—memories of murder. Marc Everton is an FBI agent who believes the death of his partner is linked to Laura’s murder, and although he doesn’t really believe in residual memories, he wonders if Elin can help. But there’s a catch …

I’ve read several books by Colleen Coble, both contemporary and historical. I personally prefer her contemporary novels, and Seagrass Pier is excellent. At first I thought the plot was going to be like Double Blind: A Novel by Brandilyn Collins, but Seagrass Pier was quite different (although it came close to Brandilynn’s trademark “Seatbelt Suspense”, in that it was full of tension and hard to put down).

Nick, Elin and the supporting characters are all well developed and believable, and the plot is a tightly-woven web of suspense with a little romance added in. Seagrass Pier is Christian fiction and while Christian values underpin the lives of all the main characters, it’s not preachy fiction. My one concern is that I never saw Elin accept God’s forgiveness for her sin. In real life, God forgives us before we even ask, yet even at the end, Elin doesn’t seem to understand she is forgiven.

Seagrass Pier is the third book in the Hope Beach series, following Tidewater Inn and Rosemary Cottage. However, it can easily be read as a standalone title (I have read the previous two books—while all three books have the same location, they focus on different characters with only a few cameo appearances from the earlier books). Recommended for fans romantic suspense.

Colleen Coble Seagrass Pier

Thanks to Bethany House, Litfuse Publicity, and NetGalley for providing a free ebook for review.

Remember, the Kindle edition of Seagrass Pier is available for $4.99 if you preorder by 30 June!

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