Friday, July 19, 2013

Rosemary Cottage by Colleen Coble, ©2013

Here is a little about the book:

The cottage by the sea offers Amy a refuge to mourn her brother’s death and perhaps even discover a new love. But what if Ben’s death was no accident?

Rosemary Cottage on the Outer Banks of North Carolina has been in Amy Lang’s family for generations and offers her a haven within its peaceful walls. There she hopes to discover what really happened to her brother, Ben, even as she tries to come to grips with his death in the ocean months before.

She hopes the Coast Guard team will help her find closure, but they are quick to dismiss her concerns of foul play. Everyone in Hope Beach regards the suspicious e-mail she received as a vicious prank. When it seems discovering what happened to Ben will take longer than she expected, Amy moves her midwifery practice to Hope Beach.

Coast Guard officer Curtis Ireland may hold the key to many of her questions, but he also hides a secret that will change her world forever. And her own secrets could tear apart the fragile love developing between them. Will Amy have the courage to put down her mask and let Curtis love her for who she is? And can they both weather the danger that threatens to destroy the most precious thing in their lives?

PictureRosemary Cottage is book 2 in the Hope Beach series and released July 9, 2013. Colleen Coble is well known for her many novels, along with the first book in this Hope Beach series, Tidewater Inn. Other new writings include a new Rock Harbor series (Rock Harbor Search and Rescue), released in April. In Rock Harbor Search and Rescue, a middle grade fiction novel based on Colleen Coble’s bestselling Rock Harbor series for adults, kids will enjoy the mixture of pets, adventure, suspense, and a mystery. A new Smitten book, Secretly Smitten, and Safe in His Arms, book 2 in the Under Texas Stars series, both released in January. A new Rock Harbor digital novella titled Silent Night will be coming the end of November. Be sure to visit

My Review:

Rosemary Cottage is a coming-home place for Amy Lange, but this time she is coming home to memories. She arrives to search for clues in the ocean drowning of her brother, Ben, after receiving an e-mail suggesting his death was not accidental. I thought it was interesting to learn that rosemary is for remembrance and ties into the title and name of the cottage. Imagine standing with Amy as she opened the door for the first time alone, knowing she would not be met by her brother. The scents and covered furniture; their rooms, the daily coming in from surfing and sun would flood into her memory.

Curtis Ireland lives at the Hope Beach community year around. His sister has recently died in the water too. Her death has not been solved because of the boat that hit her not being found. As his job as a Coast Guard officer, I can imagine he would be watching for recklessly driven water craft. In his sister's will, he was named as guardian for his little niece, Raine, as next-of-kin. She is a happy, delightful addition to his every day life. His aunt Edith cares for her with him.

Curtis and Amy join together to look into the mysteries hidden as others go on with their lives. This may seem like a lot of information, but it definitely does not give away any spoilers. Rosemary Cottage is a suspense story turning pages to discover who might be involved. Is it someone they know, hidden in the "dailyness" of their lives?

Struggles are uncovered in unsuspected ways. Held-tight images are barriers, wondering if Curtis and Amy will be able to overcome the obstacles.

***Thank you to Litfuse Publicity for sending me a copy of Rosemary Cottage by Colleen Coble. This review is written in my own words. No other compensation was received.***

Colleen Coble’s “Rosemary Cottage” Nautical Summer Giveaway

Water can be calming and healing, but it can also be dangerous, as Amy Lange and Curtis Ireland both found out. Both lost their siblings to the sea, and they hope to find healing on Hope Island. But will they find it, or will their quest to find answers set them at odds with each other and with those who have secrets that need to stay hidden?

Find out in Colleen Coble’s latest book, Rosemary Cottage, which released July 9. To celebrate, Colleen is hosting a 12-day Nautical Summer Giveaway. From July 16-27, Colleen will be giving away a new nautical prize every day. She’ll announce the winners on July 29 on her website, so mark your calendars for that date to see if you were picked as a lucky winner!

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