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.
"Secrets at Cedar Cabin is filled with twists and turns that will keep readers turning the pages as they plunge into the horrific world of sex trafficking where they come face to face with evil. Colleen Coble delivers a fast- paced story with a strong, lovable ensemble cast and a sweet heaping helping of romance." —Kelly Irvin, bestselling author of Tell Her No Lies
"Once again Colleen Coble has delivered a page-turning, can't-put-down suspense thriller with Secrets at Cedar Cabin! I vowed I'd read it slowly over several nights before going to bed. The story wouldn't wait—I HAD to finish it!" —Carrie Stuart Parks, award-winning, bestselling author of Portrait of Vengeance and Formula of Deception
About the Author
Colleen Coble is a USA TODAY bestselling author and RITA finalist best known for her coastal romantic suspense novels, including The Inn at Ocean’s Edge, Twilight at Blueberry Barrens, and the Lavender Tides, Sunset Cove, Hope Beach, and Rock Harbor series. Connect with Colleen online at colleencoble.com; Instagram: colleencoble; Facebook: colleencoblebooks; Twitter: @colleencoble.
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Bailey Fleming glanced out her patient's window into the parking lot, but the swirling snow obscured all but the dim glow of the streetlamp. She smoothed Thomas Dutt's sheets. "Even though it's early November, the Snow Queen has officially claimed the Keweenaw." With the sheets changed a fresh, lemony scent replaced the stink of urine.
Thomas fixed a blank stare at the sea of white and didn't reply, but she knew he was in there somewhere. Every now and then he'd surprise her with sudden bits of information about his forty-year history as a physician or he'd quote a poetry couplet to her. She'd already combed his remaining wisps of white hair over his bald spot, brushed his perfect teeth, and gotten him dressed for the day, but he'd be unlikely to move much from his chair by the window.
Being with the elderly was her happy place. She felt connected and needed here with them.
She spared another glance out the window. Six inches of snow swirled around from the overnight storm and another twelve inches were predicted by evening along with sixty-mile-an-hour winds. Rock Harbor, Michigan, already lay sluggish under the heavy blanket, and getting around would be difficult. Bailey's workload was going to be crushing today. Some nurses and aides living in the county probably wouldn't make it in with this blizzard.
She thrived on the challenge though. These elderly folks were the family of her heart.
Ruby, one of the other aides, poked her head in. "Kyle is here to see you. I put him in the conference room."
Bailey curled her fingers into her palms. What was he doing here? She'd said all she intended last week. "Thanks, Ruby. I'll run over there now." She gave Thomas's pillow a final pat, then squatted beside him. "I left you some fresh water, Thomas. I'll come back and read some Robert Frost to you later, okay?"
Sudden clarity surged into his eyes. " 'In leaves no step had trodden black.' "
This sweet man's f lashes of wisdom made her love him all the more. She patted his liver-spotted hand. "That's right."
Squaring her shoulders, she moved past Ruby and hurried down the hall. She stood outside the conference room, staring at Kyle through the open door for a long moment. It had been a fairy-tale dream that Kyle Bearcroft, lead singer of the rock sensation Bearcroft, would see her at a concert and marry her after a whirlwind courtship of two months. Kyle was not much taller than her own five feet eight inches, but he came across as larger than life. In constant motion, he was as mercurial as the Upper Peninsula weather, and it was one of his many charms. Even now he paced the floor with quick, energetic movements before he stopped to gaze out the window at the swirling snow.
Everyone thought he was rock royalty, but this prince had quickly shown his toad-like qualities and exposed every hidden wart. Seeing him reminded her of all he'd stolen from her. What man would want her now, even if she dared to dip her toe back into the dating pond? She'd allowed herself to dream of a real home and family. How ridiculous.
Lifting her chin, she stepped into the room and drew the door shut behind her. "What are you doing here, Kyle?"
Did he know how he looked all romantic and forlorn there by the window? His blond hair perfectly styled. Probably. The woody fragrance of his Dior Intense wafted to her, and she wanted to stop breathing, to exhale every part of him trying to persuade her to overlook his lies.
She crossed her arms over her chest. "I want you to leave."
He turned to face her. His blue eyes the color of Lake Superior caressed her, and the resistance-melting smile emerged. It used to set loose butterflies in her stomach, but now she recognized it for the weapon it was. A sword that had separated her from the purity she'd intended to save for her husband. Her real husband.
"You didn't use to be so cold."
"That was before I knew you were a bigamist, Kyle, and that all your charm was because you'd practiced it so often."
He flinched at the word bigamist. "What are you going to do?"
That's what this was all about? He wanted to make sure his crime didn't get out. "I'm going to take care of my patients and try to forget you ever existed."
The furrows between his brows eased. "Who have you told?"
"My mom. That's it. She's the only person who knew we were married." He'd said he wanted to keep their relationship quiet to protect her. What a liar.
He fumbled a folded paper out of his pocket. "My attorney wants you to sign a nondisclosure agreement. I've put a house in your name, too, and I'll give you a hundred thousand dollars."
Fury washed up her neck, and she batted the paper away. "I'm not a whore you can pay off, Kyle. I was your wife, or so I thought. The media would have a field day with this, wouldn't they? But don't worry. I'm not about to let the world know what an absolute fool I was. Please, just leave me alone."
Her heart had been ripped out of her chest when she overheard him speaking to his real wife. She lived on a ranch in Idaho with no internet and little contact with the media. He'd actually thought he could get away with it, and he probably would have if she hadn't forgotten her phone. She went back to get it, and he hadn't seen her come in. She heard everything, all the sickeningly sweet talk. When Bailey confronted him, he hadn't even tried to weasel out of it.
When she asked him why, he'd held her angry gaze and shrugged. "You wouldn't sleep with me otherwise."
Her cheeks heated, and she gulped at the bare truth. She didn't know if she'd ever be clean again.
The paper landed on the pointed toe of his black boot. He stared at it, then stooped to pick it up. "Look, can you just sign the thing so I can reassure my lawyer?" He pressed the envelope in his other hand into her palm. "Here's the deed. See, I've already made it out in your name. It's all legal." He set a key down on the table.
Tearing up the deed would be a grand gesture, but all the fight drained out of her. With the envelope in hand, Bailey stalked to the door and jerked it open. "Get out. I never want to see or hear from you again or I will contact the media. Leave me alone, and your secret is safe."
Her face burned as he passed her. She shut the door behind him and propped her back against it until she stopped shaking. She stuffed the envelope in her pocket where she could deal with it later.
Her stomach churned, but she still had a lot of the workday left. Bailey strode to the bathroom attached to the conference room, went to the sink, and splashed cold water on her hot cheeks. She gazed in the mirror. I'll pass muster. Her long black hair was wound up in a bun, and her green eyes looked calm. Bailey Fleming, super aide to the geriatric. She tried on a smile, but tears flooded her eyes instead. She wiped them away, then scooped up the key on the table on her way to the door.
When she stepped into the hall, she saw the sheriff heading her way. Mason Kaleva had been the sheriff for the two years she'd been in Rock Harbor, and most everyone liked the big bear of a man. She hoped he wasn't here to deliver accident news to someone.
His gaze connected with hers, and he stopped a moment, then approached her. His hand settled on her shoulder with a comforting squeeze. "I need to talk to you, Bailey. Is there somewhere we can speak in private?"
She searched his face for clues and saw sympathy. "What's wrong?"
"Look, there's no easy way to deliver this news. It's your mother. She was shot this morning."
Bailey's knees buckled, and she would have fallen if he didn't have hold of her. "She's in the hospital? I'll go there right now."
He eased her onto the floor, then knelt beside her. "I'm sorry, but she's dead."
She closed her eyes and shook her head. Dizziness struck her, and she rested her forehead on her knees where she sat crumpled on the floor. She was going to black out.
* * *
His top man, Chey, shut the door behind him and entered the large room paneled in walnut finish. "She's dead, King." His lips pressed into a hard line above his black goatee.
King. One of the other men had called him that with a sneer in the early years, but he'd turned the moniker into something real. He'd done what had to be done to acquire this position, and he enjoyed the perks that came with being the absolute ruler of his organization. His word was law, even when he'd had to order the death of someone he loved.
He stood at the window looking out at his beloved garden and closed his eyes. He patted his pocket, then drew out a cigar and inhaled its cherry aroma. Chey could wait.
She'd meant a lot to him once upon a time, but he couldn't afford to let emotion strip him of his business. From the moment she'd called him a month ago, he'd known it would have to end this way. There had been no other choice.
He opened his eyes, lit his cigar, and blew out a curl of smoke. "It was quick and painless as I ordered?"
Chey's dark eyes were expressionless. "Yes, King. Clean shot to the head. We made it look like a mob hit and tied her hands behind her back after it was over."
He tried not to picture it. Her blonde hair spread out on the pillow was the stuff of dreams even twenty-four years since he'd seen her last. And her eyes always seemed to see inside his soul. He hadn't wanted to kill her, but Chey couldn't know of his weakness.
"I appreciate your tight adherence to orders."
The man always did an excellent job. Was he dreaming of seizing this chair someday? If Chey was worth his salt, he was. He was already in his forties — a good age for the responsibility. His dark-brown eyes took in everything, and he never showed emotion. All excellent traits for leadership.
King pulled a paper toward him. "How's the shipment?"
"On target. We have ten women arriving from Cambodia on Saturday, and we'll disperse them as seems appropriate."
His fingers were in many pies, but the trafficking piece had become one of the most lucrative. What should he do about Bailey? He couldn't afford to be soft. Not if he wanted to stay in power. Any one of his men would be happy to supplant him at the slightest sign of weakness.
There was no telling how much Olivia's daughter knew. "Eliminate the girl too."
"Yes, sir." Chey's Italian leather shoes squeaked on the marble floors as he exited the office.
Alone, he could let his emotions show. King sank into the chair and opened his laptop, then navigated to his video file. His subordinates had sent him many videos of Olivia over the years, from the time Bailey was an infant to just a month ago. Small lines around Olivia's eyes didn't mar the perfection of her face. He'd hoped someday she'd come back to him, but even though he'd called her on occasion, she held firm to her determination to abandon their love unless he left his wife.
Impossible. Every bit of his empire would crumble without the authority of his wife's name. He might be able to hold it together a few years, but without warning a shot would inevitably ring out, and he'd be dead on the ground in a puddle of blood.
He hadn't been willing to risk it. Once Bailey was dead, all of his secrets would be behind him. No one would ever know what he had done, how he had achieved this chair. His power would be secure.
Somehow he found himself at the window again staring at the rhododendrons, their roots already resting in their winter blanket. Olivia had loved rhododendrons, and much of the garden had come about because of her. His wife disliked them, probably because she suspected why he collected them. They'd never really talked about his long-ago mistress, but he had no doubt she knew. Her father would have seen to it that she knew everything about him and any of his peccadilloes over the years. Though Olivia was the only one who'd mattered.
Did her father know King had ordered Olivia's death? Probably not. Her father had likely forgotten her name by now.
King had to make sure of that.
He probably should have arranged something that appeared accidental for Olivia, but he hadn't wanted her to suffer.
His phone rang and he glanced at the screen, then sighed as he plastered on a smile before answering the FaceTime call. "Hello, darling."
His wife had lost whatever beauty she'd had. Her jowls made her resemble a hound, and only her brilliant hazel eyes had remained the same. Her main attraction was her name and her connections. She had the power to topple him if she chose.
She wore a gray dress that did nothing to complement her curves or her coloring. "Are you still at the office? We're going to be late for the girls' ballet recital."
"I'm on my way. I'll meet you there." He rose and grabbed his jacket from the back of his leather chair.
She was still shrieking in his face when he ended the call and slipped his phone into his jacket pocket. He went out the side door to the garden and lingered for a long moment. Touching the stiff rhododendron leaves, he let himself remember Olivia. Ballet could wait. His wife could wait, and so could his business.CHAPTER 2
Ava had to be inside. Lance Phoenix adjusted his binoculars and focused on the building across the street in the early morning light. His breath fogged in the air as he studied the place. It looked like every other warehouse on this block in south Tacoma, but agents had seen men coming and going at all hours.
It housed more than shelves of automotive parts and other supplies.
He motioned to the FBI senior agent, his partner Daniel Atkinson, to move into place across the street, and he crouched as he ran after him. Other members of the task force couldn't be seen but were in position. A muscle in his jaw jumped, and Lance made an effort to calm his nerves. He couldn't let hope distract him.
At his command the SWAT members charged the side door, and fists pounding on the metal echoed in the cool air. "FBI!"
When no one answered the door, the SWAT team quickly broke through the lock and fanned out inside the building, searching for imprisoned minors and johns.
Search warrant in hand, Lance stepped into a large room with a stage at the far end. The place reeked of pot, booze, and human suffering. A teenage girl standing in the doorway pushed unkempt black hair out of her eyes.
His breath seized in his lungs. Ava?
But this girl had green eyes, not brown. And she was only sixteen or seventeen. Ava would be twenty-one now.
The girl tried to wrap her flimsy robe around her better and hugged herself. "I didn't do anything."
Lance held his hands out, palms forward. "You're not in trouble. We're here to rescue you. Where's Alfie Jackson?"
A flicker of hope lit her face, and she took a step toward him. "He's not here." She looked past his shoulder toward the door. "I-Is my mother with you?"
The despair in the words nearly brought him to his knees. Though this girl wasn't his sister, her rescue was just as important. "We'll get you back to your mom. What's your name, and who else is here?"
"I'm Sarah Hosteler."
He recognized the name. "Your dad has called our office every week. Your parents never gave up hope of finding you."
Her eyes flooded with tears. "Can you call them now?"
"I need to ask a few questions first." He jotted down everything she told him. Three other girls were here, all imprisoned for the past six months, two of them from Vietnam. This ring particularly favored Asian girls.
As the girls scurried into the living room with the agents, he studied their faces. All were teenagers, and none were Ava. The ones who weren't Asian had been forced to dye their hair black.
"What can you tell me about your captors? Did they teach you a Cambodian dance?"
Sarah's eyes widened. "Not me, but there was one here who had been trained in Apsara dance. Alfie took her and another girl away."
His pulse jumped. "Do you know anything about them, their names, ages?"
She shook her head. "We weren't allowed to use our real names. One of the two who'd left was older though, in her early twenties. She had long black hair." Sarah paused. "Well, it was long. She got hold of scissors and chopped it off. Alfie was super mad at her. I think that's why he took her away."
"What color were her eyes?"
"Dark brown. She was Asian."
It could be Ava, but the chances were slim. Lance wasn't sure how he'd managed to hold on to hope all this time, but he couldn't let it go. Not when there was even the slimmest chance he'd find his sister alive someday. The FBI knew the traffickers trained the most elite women as Apsara dancers, but he had no idea if Ava was one of them.
Daniel motioned him over. About five ten and stocky, he was a man Lance would trust with his life — and often did. Ten years his senior, Daniel was steady, thoughtful, and experienced. He took off his cap and rubbed his blond hair. "That snake is like smoke. He always seems to slip right out of our fingers."(Continues…)
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Easy read with several layers and twists. Could not put this story down. I devoured it in about 5 hours! Hurry with another!
4 stars- This is the third and final book in the Lavender Tides series. Although you can read this book as a stand-alone, I think you definitely get a better grasp of the whole story if you read all three books in order. Poor Bailey Fleming has no idea her world as she knows it is about to completely flip upside down. Everything she believes to be true, even her complete identity, has been a lie. As for FBI agent Lance Phoenix, the last five years of his life has been focused solely on finding his younger sister Ava who disappeared after running away from home. This was a fast paced story that introduced a host of new characters while continuing the stories of numerous familiar characters as well. I have really enjoyed this series and was looking forward to finding out how things would be wrapped up. Colleen Coble did not disappoint. The idea that human trafficking is such a thriving business today is simply hard to swallow. How others can treat young, innocent girls in such deplorable ways is heartbreaking and infuriating. This book definitely sends out a timely warning for teenagers and parents of teenagers to be on their guard against such predators, especially online. I really liked Lance and Bailey. They were both strong characters with strong wills but hearts of gold, quick to help those in need. Colleen also wrapped up the story of Shauna and Grayson’s search for baby Brenna in a sweet way. I look forward to Colleen Coble’s next series! I received a copy of this book for free. I was not required to post a positive review and the views and opinions expressed are my own.
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. A copy of this book was given to me through the BookLook Bloggers program. All opinions are my own.
I love reading Colleen Coble’s books. Ms Coble writes light Christian, suspenseful, romance stories. This book was very suspenseful and romantic. I didn’t want to put the book down! I do recommend reading the books in the Lavender Tides series in order to be able to understand the ongoing mystery that is resolved in this book. Once you begin reading Colleen Coble’s books you will want to read ALL her books. A beautiful story filled with faith, family, love and compassion for the elderly.
I received a copy of this book from The Fiction Guild, I was not required to give a favorable review. This was the third book in a very thrilling series. I so enjoyed the writing of Colleen, I have read other books from her and each draws you into the story and makes you feel each of the feelings the characters are feeling. This one started 24 years prior when an earthquake hit Lavender Tides, but 3 children lost their mother and each story in the series is about how they find each other. But the best is how they fight against bad guys acting like good guys and happiness is something to achieve. I look forward to more books from Colleen.
Secrets of Cedar Cabin by Colleen Coble is a very breathtaking, suspenseful book three in a series. It ties in the first two books in this series and carries on with a new mysterious plot. This story involves human trafficking and the horrors of all that. There are surprises, murder, guns, bones, kidnapping, and detective work included. Who can a person trust and who should they keep from. Her painting of the scenery that it’s placed in is beautiful, the Pacific NW. On the light side, she makes me want to make another pot of coffee. This author is not for the faint at heart and you have to love mystery, suspense, and some romance. If that’s what you like, pick up the book, take a seat, and hang on. I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Secrets at Cedar Cabin by Colleen Coble Bailey Fleming is desperate to escape after her mother’s murder. She flees to the only place she can think of—a remote dilapidated cabin in Lavender Tides. There she finds more questions and few answers to her mother’s death. Can the cabin’s secret link with a dangerous ring of human traffickers shed any light on her past? And can Lance Phoenix, FBI agent, manage to find his missing sister? Just what connections does Bailey have with the human traffickers that Lance seeks? Coble’s signature blend of romance and suspense are threaded through this novel. The characters are likeable, the plot moves quickly and the resolution is satisfying. The only criticism I have was that I wasn’t sure at times how realistic the actions of the FBI agents were. But if you are looking for a fast-moving romantic suspense book, you will enjoy this one!
*I received a complimentary e-copy of this book from BookLook Bloggers book review program and Thomas Nelson (a registered trademark of HarperCollins Christian Publishing, Inc.) in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts below are my own. THIS FAST PACED, DRAMATIC STORY TAKES READERS ON AN EXCITING JOURNEY TO LAVENDER TIDES, WASHINGTON. Oddly enough, this was my first Colleen Coble novel. Being a prominent suspense novelist in the Christian fiction world and a USA Today Bestselling Author, I’m surprised I haven’t read Coble’s books before. Regardless, I’m glad I chose this book and even more delighted it did not disappoint. Rather, it enticed me to read more books from this clever, creative author. Secrets of Cedar Cabin was a book that immediately drew me in and kept me turning the pages as fast as I could. This novel was well planned, well paced and had enough suspense to keep me hooked! I enjoyed several aspects of Secrets of Cedar Cabin . The first being the pace of the book. It moved quickly and kept me so interested, I finished it in just a day and a half. Being a suspense fiction lover, I really enjoyed the story line and the plot as it thickened and wove. Being an animal lover, I enjoyed Bailey’s cat and the delight Sheba brought to the story. (I’ve since learned that Coble often includes a pet in each of her stories and that made me love her all the more!). This novel was a great read, the suspense was intriguing and the plot was dark and sinister, but not in a bad way. The story had romance, a touch of faith and drama. None of it was overbearing or overdone. It was all just right! Coble’s characters were endearing and easy to relate to. Following along with them as they grow in their faith and relationships was encouraging. One thing I will say is that there seemed to be a lot of characters introduced which left me a little disoriented. As a result, I had the sense the book was a part of a series, which I didn’t know at first. Because of my personality and the fact that I enjoy books more when read in order, I wanted to include this fact. I recommend reading the other books in this series first, but it’s not imperative. Coble does a decent job of making her books stand alone novels, but I believe the stories have more impact if read in order. Since finishing the Secrets of Cedar Cabin , I’ve actually read the entire Aloha Reef collection which I also highly recommend. Coble is a master at her novels and I’ve enjoyed each and every one I’ve read so far!
Colleen Coble adds another segment to her Lavender Tides series with Secrets at Cedar Cabin. While it would be good to read the first ones to be acquainted with many of the characters, it is not absolutely necessary. All of the books in the series are worth reading. In Secrets at Cedar Cabin, Bailey Flemming discovers everyone she has ever loved has lied to her and her whole identity is based on lies. She is running for her life and hides out at the Cedar Cabin. Partnering with FBI agent Lance Phoenix, they uncover the truth about Bailey's past and uncover who is behind a human trafficking network around Washington's coast. In true Coble style, this is a romantic suspense that will not disappoint.
** “She’d thought love was eternal and could overcome anything. She’d never dreamed that maybe real love didn’t exist in the world. That it was all a mirage, a way of twisting the world into something that seemed appealing, when in reality nothing was good here. … Maybe she was being too cynical. True love did seem to exist for some, just not for her. Everyone wore masks.” ** Colleen Coble’s “Secrets at Cedar Cabin” picks up shortly after her previous “Lavender Tides” novel, with Shauna Bannister and Grayson Bradshaw still searching for their baby sister who had been kidnapped at birth 24 years ago. Bailey Fleming is “super aide to the geriatric.” She’s had an unconventional childhood, moving from home to home with her mother Olivia, but overall she’s had a good life. But life comes crashing down when she learns her rock star husband committed bigamy, compensating her with the deed to a cabin in Washington, and her mother is murdered. Fearing for her life, Bailey flees to the rustic cabin while seeking answers to the truth behind her mother’s death and her own life. FBI Agent Lance Phoenix is on the hunt for a trafficking ring — one whose path leads him right to Bailey’s front door. While he seeks out the connection between Bailey’s cabin and the trafficking ring, he is also deeply hoping to find his sister, Ava, who has been missing for five years, possibly lost herself within the trafficking world. As Bailey and Lance get pulled closer and closer together while searching for answers — her about her mysterious past (might it be connected to Shauna and Grayson?) and mother’s death, and him about his sister’s whereabouts and if she’s even still alive — they find themselves falling into love. But can Bailey truly trust him, as every man in her life has used her, lied to her, or left her. “Secrets at Cedar Cabin” brings back so many of our favorite characters from the “Lavender Tides” series — Shauna and husband Zach, and her little boy Alex; Grayson and girlfriend Ellie; and Ellie’s sister Mac and her ex-husband Jason, still struggling from blindness from the horrific incident at the end of “The House at Saltwater Point”; as well as introducing us to a few new characters like Lily Norman, a woman suffering from Alzheimer’s who just may have a connection to Bailey’s past; and Daniel Atkinson, Lance’s FBI partner. Coble always provides an incredible romantic suspense thriller. Once again, with this novel, she does a fantastic job of withholding just enough information to keep the reader guessing until the very end. But she also does a great job of offering many great themes beyond romance and suspense. This book reminds us that God loves to give us good things; what to do when everything seems like a lie; overcoming helplessness; twisted love versus true love; everyone wears masks; where there is life, there is hope; and we can always find strength in God. This book could be read as a standalone, but I highly recommend reading the first novels to get the continuity in the Shauna-Grayson-Bailey storyline. Five stars out of five. Thomas Nelson provided this complimentary copy for my honest, unbiased review.
Suspense at its best brings a conclusion to the Lavender Tides Series with a bang. I was anxious to finish on one hand and didn’t want it to end on the other. The hot topic of trafficking is handled in a sensitive way and opens your eyes that someone you know may be behind it. I loved that Bailey didn’t back down and even though she was hiding that she was sensitive to her neighbors needs. Her strength was impressive as a character and she drew me into her story. There is a lot going on in this book but it was not overwhelming. I recommend reading the other books first so you have the background to the other characters. Wonderful edge of your seat series. I received a complimentary copy from Thomas Nelson & Zondervan Fiction Guild. The honest review and opinions are my own and were not required.
SECRETS AT CEDAR CABIN may be my favorite Colleen Coble book yet! I liked how hurt and afraid Bailey was when we met her, yet she was a strong character. When we meet Lance, we are shown how skilled he is, yet he is deeply wounded by his missing sister that he has spent years trying to find. There were so many secrets that the author released at just the right moments to keep me wanting to read more. I especially liked how tightly braided the plot and subplots were. Grab your copy of SECRETS AT CEDAR CABIN by Colleen Coble today!
I have enjoyed the Lavender Tides series, but have to say that Secrets at Cedar Cabin is definitely my favorite book of the series! I highly recommend reading the books in order. There is an ongoing mystery and situation that does not get resolved until this book and its conclusion will be more meaningful and understandable if you have read The View from Rainshadow Bay and The House at Saltwater Point. There is also a novella in the series, but I have not read it and did not have any trouble following the story without it. I love the way the author concluded this series, the way the former characters have a good bit of page time in this story, as well, and I really enjoyed the romance that developed between Lance and Bailey. Many twists and turns made this a book that I had a hard time setting down!
What suspense! Bailey is looking for a life and Lance is looking for his sister. Actually, Bailey thought she had a life until the sheriff came to see her at work to inform her that her mother was found dead, and she subsequently found a letter in her mother’s safe deposit box telling her to leave town immediately and not to talk to anyone. Where can she go and not be found? From whom is she running? Lance is an FBI agent who has been searching for his sister for five years. When Bailey and Lance meet, neither of them knows a thing about the other. The heart of the story is intricately woven around a human trafficking operation that somehow throws them together. Since the manner in which they met was a bit unusual, they don’t even know if they can trust each other. Bailey just wants to be able to go back to nursing and working with the elderly. I admired her ability to deal with a group of people who are often forgotten by society because of their struggles with dementia and Alzheimer’s. I truly hope I would be able to help with someone close to me, but Bailey loved working with them regardless of who they were. I don’t even know if I am acquainted with anyone like that. Suspense assails the reader at every turn. It helped to lay the book down at times just to get a good breath.
Secrets at Cedar Cabin is the third book in the Lavender Tides series by Colleen Coble. Due, I believe, to Coble’s talent and experience, SoCC can be read on its own; however, the books really come alive when read as part of the series. While all of the necessary elements of the previous stories are effortlessly recapped for the reader, knowing the full back story helps shape and inform the impressions and actions of each character. As with most Coble’s books, the story was very well developed and the plot was paced perfectly. My mind never wandered and I felt fully engaged in the action throughout the book. There was a little bit of insta-love, but given the extreme stress in the characters’ circumstances, it’s understandable that strong relationships would be forged much more quickly. The subject matter might, at times, be a trigger for some people. This writer does not shy away from tough subjects, and this book is no exception. I have read other books that include a storyline involving sex trafficking, but each time I learn more heartbreaking information. So, tread carefully if those types of circumstances are problematic for you. The main characters in this installment are new to the scene, but are intricately woven with people from books 1 & 2. Their personalities are well developed and beautifully flawed. I specifically appreciated the female characters who seemed strong but reasonable. They didn’t need the men to take care of them, but didn’t pretend not to need help when the situation warranted it for the sake of appearing strong. True to life women. My only complaint, and this is a little out there, but hear me out. I read books 1 & 2 via audiobook, as I was provided a paperback copy of SoCC for this book tour. The narrator for the first books, who was the same for this book, was annoying at times. It’s hard to put into words why her style bothered me, but the way she read certain lines made the characters either sound unintelligent or naïve. I don’t know how to describe my feelings, but I do know that it was consistent in both books and a real problem for me. As always, I love Colleen Coble and her books. It’s nice to get a little dose of faith with my mystery. * Special thanks to Colleen Coble, Thomas Nelson, and TLC Book Tours for providing a copy of Secrets at Cedar Cabin in exchange for an honest review.
With the third full-length novel to the intriguing series, the author untangles the web of lies, crimes, secrets, and consequences of choices made, delivering a story that allured the mind, and was difficult put down until the destiny of the cast of characters were revealed. With several subplots going on simultaneously, and all the characters, from the heroes to the culprits, getting their chance to tell their side of the story, it took an effort to keep all the lines untwined. As some of the points of the plot have been following the series from the beginning and for the number of people introduced in the tale, I would highly recommend reading the previous books before starting this one. Yes, it is mentioned in the blurb that this is a stand-alone novel, but I dare to disagree with that after reading the three books. Even though some twist of the plot left me wondering and questioning the relatability, human trafficking comes across as very realistic, the way they hunt the prey, the way they treat them, and how they sell them, it is cruel, horrid, and brutal, giving me chills as I read through the experience of Ava and the other victims of the traffickers. Bailey Fleming and Lance Phoenix were likable characters, whom I grew to care for and cheer for as the story progress. Some of the past and current events in Bailey's life were on the edge of my imagination and understanding and even after finished reading the book I was left wondering with some questions. But the growing attraction between Lance and Bailey was not one of the questions in my mind, it seemed authentic and tangible, something that had future potential as well. The romance between them doesn't have a major part in the tale, but it clear that the feelings in their hearts taking root were more than just friendship. There is so much going on in the book, both on the human interest aspect and on the criminal, suspense aspect, that the only way for me to read the story was completely immersing into it, and get lost in the pages of the tale of forgiveness, family loyalty, and finding your true self and staying true to it. The folks at Lavender Tides will solve another tangled web of crimes while trying to move on with their own lives. With thrilling suspense and piquant lives, loves, and destinies of the protagonists the author tell an arresting and alluring tale, part of a series, that I can highly recommend. ~ Four Spoons
As always, I couldn’t put it down. Already anxiously awaiting the next book!
This was a pretty perfect finale to the Lavender Tides series and easily my favorite suspense book by Colleen(and I have read a significant chunk of her suspense novels). It pulled me in from the first page and it didn’t let go during the entire book. The villain surprised me(and that is HARD to do usually) and there were a few more twists thrown in along the way. The story was superb and the ending was an exciting finale with a bitter snowstorm that made for en exciting element to battle along with the bad guys! I definitely think a reread of this set all at once is in order down the road. Love, love, love Lavender Tides and I am sorry to leave!!! I received this book from the publisher through NetGalley and was not required to post a positive review. All thoughts are my honest opinion.
Secrets at Cedar Cabin was the first book I have read by Colleen Coble but it won’t be the last! It is a thrilling, fast-paced novel that fans of romantic suspense will enjoy. It kept me guessing throughout the novel, and the mastermind behind everything was not who I had expected. The novel deals with the issue of human trafficking and the dangers of young women meeting men online who seem charismatic but are actually very dangerous. I would recommend readers to read the first two books in the series prior to reading Secrets at Cedar Cabin to get a better idea of the backstories of several of the secondary characters in this book. Very enjoyable novel! I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
I love reading Colleen's books. I always feel like I'm right there in the action. I have read all of her books. They are so enjoyable. This series was just as exciting. I love when she brings characters from other series into the new book I am reading. Because by the time I am finished with a series, the characters are family. And when it is over, I feel disappointed. I miss it. I always hate when I get to the last page, don't want it to end. But I can't wait for her next adventure.
Colleen Coble’s newest novel, Secrets at Cedar Cabin, was so infused with intrigue and suspense, that I found it very much unputdownable. While I’m not normally a huge fan of multiple points of view, but I thought that Coble executed the POV’s with much skill and I was able to see that they all connected somehow. Along that same line, I also don’t normally enjoy seeing things from the “bad guy’s” perspective, but once again, Coble made it work and I didn’t know what was behind it all until the last chapters. I’ve often found that, in suspense stories, even if they are Christian, there really isn’t much of a mention of faith. That was different in this book. While it wasn’t overflowing with mentions of God and faith, I enjoyed seeing how the characters learned to rely on God in the midst of difficult circumstances. Last, but not least, I loved the theme of truth woven throughout the story. I loved seeing how Bailey slowly learned to trust people again and it all really reminded me that, while we may not think our actions have consequences, even the smallest of lies can affect someone. All in all, this was a wonderful story and I definitely recommend it to anyone. **I received a complementary copy of this book from BookLook Bloggers, but all of the opinions expressed in this review are my own.**
Loved the book. It was a great ending to the Lavender Tides Series. I read the previous books long enough ago that I had a hard time remembering who everyone was again. Lavender Tides seems like such a beautiful place to live, except for all the craziness that went on in such a short period of time. I can't even count the number of times Shauna's life has been in danger. The whole sex-trafficking plot was scary. I never guessed who was behind everything. I loved the characters, story and writing style. I ABSOLUTELY loved Sheba. She was not only cute but protective and helps save the day. How can you resist a cat who will save you from the bad people?? Sad to see the series end, I enjoyed getting to know Shauna, Ellie, Mac and Bailey. The book is definitely a thriller with a little bit of romance thrown in. I loved the cover of the book. I definitely recommend the book. I also recommend reading the first two books in the series (The View from Rainshadow Bay and The House at Saltwater Point). I look forward to reading more books by the author I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
My thoughts: SECRETS AT CEDAR CABIN is the third and final book in Ms. Coble's Lavender Fields series, but it stands alone. However, fans will want to read the first two books The View From Rainshadow Bay and The House at Saltwater Point. There is also a novella I have not read Leaving Lavender Tides. I enjoyed getting to know Bailey and Lance though I didn't understand why, if Bailey was running for her life why she didn't get an assumed name and worry about a paper trail. I love the way that Bailey met her siblings and how she showed amazing sympathy and caring for the elderly. Lance was a good guy too and I loved getting to know him. The story does have many many different points of view and since it has been awhile I had trouble remembering who all the characters were. I didn't want to put this book down. There were some twists and turns and surprises, and some sweet moments too. For more conservative readers, there is one soft swear word and the faith message is weak. I was given a copy free. All opinions are my own.
Wow! She does it again! Ms. Coble’s latest series has been fantastic and I have thoroughly enjoyed reading each book. This is a book that I did not want to put down and read straight through! This book focuses on Bailey. Bailey has had some tough situations recently in her life and was betrayed by her husband. Then, her mom is murdered. To her discovery, there were a lot of things that she did not know about her mom and herself. She goes on the run to get away from all of the trouble, but also to figure out what is going on. She travels to Lavender Tides and meets Lance. Lance is a FBI agent who has been looking for his sister for five years. Together they discover they have more connections than they thought. If you have read the other books in the series, you will also learn more to the story that ties all three books together. This book can be read as a stand-alone novel, but you will appreciate the book more to have the back story from the previous two books. They are also fantastic! Ms. Coble writes so well and tells the most interesting suspenseful stories. I HIGHLY recommend this book and do not think that you will be disappointed! ***I was given a free electronic copy of this book from the publisher for an honest review. This is my honest opinion. Even though I received this copy free, I have purchased her books before.