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I was inlove with my daughter the first moment I laid eyes on her. It hurt too much. Pain radiated from her chest to her throat. She swallowed hard. I ran away, unable to deal with his pain and my own. And you. At least something good came of it. While theirs had been no grand passion, they had a special relationship based on mutual respect, faith, and fondness. His stability attracted her at the deepest level.
She pushed back her chair on the plush carpet. Pray for me? I think we both want his will. Her cell phone rang before she reached the exit. She glanced at the caller ID. Daniel, her foster brother. Well, he could wait himself now. Through the glass door she saw Clay standing outside under the old-fashioned streetlight. He was staring at the marquee above the old Eagles Theater.
A forgotten emotion tugged at her heart. Memories vied for possession of her mind, but she pushed them away and stepped outside. Could she? What are some parents willing to do in order to keep their children safe? How do you move on when your child goes missing and the case is never solved? I had to find out how Clay and Eden proceeded throughout the story and with a start like that I knew I was in for a good book. Colleen Coble does NOT disappoint. Even though I reviewed Smitten, I considered this my first Coble book and it kept me glued from the first page!
Clay discovers that Brianna has been raised as a foster child and is living on this ranch in Texas designed to help both foster children and horses that have been abused. Clay and Eden pose as a married couple to serve as counselors to a group of 5 year old girls.
Due to recent evidence Clay has, he believes that one of these girls is their daughter. Clay and Eden design a plan that seems foolproof to deciding which one is Brianna so they can get her back and become a family once again. The only problem is, which one is Brianna? And what ever happened to the kidnapper? As Clay and Eden deal with what went wrong in their short marriage, get to know the group of girls assigned to them, and get to know one another in the process many things go wrong. There is tension throughout the story with them, but Eden begins to trust Clay and they are able to get past the brokenness they experienced when their daughter was kidnapped.
Eden and Clay are deceitful in getting this job, but at some point they become overwhelmed of the situation and must come clean.
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This story is full of adventure, healing, mystery and family and it was a treat to read! My favorite part of it was learning about the kids in this story. Despite the heartache they go through from their birth families, they come to life with Clay and Eden and it was a joy to experience such devotion shown to them! I want to thank NetGalley. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
Apr 23, Sarah rated it it was ok Shelves: hpl-bookclub. I don't read a lot of romance novels, and I have never read an inspirational romance before reading this book. I have no particularly strong feelings about the story in general or the writing style. It was fine, but nothing impressive. The reason I can't justify giving this book 3 stars is the number of times I had to step back and question the moments that perpetuate rape culture.
I probably wouldn't have noticed most of these moments if it weren't for the first one, in the first chapter. Spoi I don't read a lot of romance novels, and I have never read an inspirational romance before reading this book. Spoiler for page 5. A man she has had no contact with for 5 years, who she moved to a different state to avoid, knows what building she lives in.
This is stalker-ish. Another comment raised a huge red flag in my mind, from page I half expected this to be a hint that Clay had plans to harm or kill Eden, and prevent her from returning to Wabash, Indiana. It is a suspense-type book; he could be a serial killer for all the reader knows that early in the novel. Even if he doesn't have the intention to harm Eden, Clay does manipulate her. Several time throughout the book he grabs her arm or keeps hold of it when she tries to pull away. He is using his superior strength to force her to do as he wants.
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He doesn't explicitly ask for consent when he might. Consent is sexy, kids. Talking about what you want is part of a healthy relationship. I found that to be somewhat lacking in this book. Over the course of pages of actual novel, I found no less than 16 moments of dubious consent or outright manipulation, usually physical. There could certainly be more that I didn't take note of, and I didn't mark places of emotional manipulation using feelings of guilt or responsibility regarding their lost daughter.
There were also a few moments of factual inaccuracies and other confusing or questionable content. For me, this is simply too many instances to give this book a positive review. I used to believe that reading anything was better than reading nothing. At least if someone is reading, they are expanding their views and learning to empathize with others, right?
Over the years, I have moved away from such an expansive and all-encompassing viewpoint. Reading things that perpetuate hatred, stereotypes, or rape culture without a critical eye toward recognizing these aspects of a written work is not a positive act. The media we consume impacts our beliefs and standards. In a time when reading materials are plentiful and available, I believe it is important to choose those materials with some intention.
I have no plans to read any other books in this series or by this author, unless it is for the sake of comparison. Oct 25, Barb rated it it was amazing Shelves: favorites. Eden's hope is rekindled when Clay delivers astounding news: their daughter has been found. Five years ago Eden and Clay Larson's baby was stolen and never found. Now Eden's moved to a new town. She's found faith and is trying to rebuild her life. She's even dating again--a sweet guy who plans to marry her someday.
But then Clay arrives out of the blue and delivers shocking news: they're sti Eden's hope is rekindled when Clay delivers astounding news: their daughter has been found. But then Clay arrives out of the blue and delivers shocking news: they're still married. What's more, Clay has been searching for Brianna all this time.
And he believes he's found her: their daughter is in Bluebird, Texas, at a youth ranch. But danger is closing in--Eden, Clay, and their young charges are in jeopardy. And His plans are for a more abundant life than they've dared to hope. One of my fav authors has done it again. An outstanding book. Great plot and a story line that kept you interested.
A few parts gave me goosebumps. If you like intrigue, romance and a downright great story, this book is for you.
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Rating 3. This was more of a difficult book to read in the sense that we are dealing with sweet 5 year old who are all in the orphan system. It is a bit heartbreaking to know there is so many lonely children out there in need of a loving home. The relationship between Eden and Clay is already there, but broken, and it was enjoyable to see the reconciliation happening. I enjoyed this series and would recommend it to fans of romantic suspense. Oct 16, TheModestMillennial rated it really liked it Shelves: christian-fiction , There are so many facets to this story line that even if you figure out one mystery, there are plenty more to keep you guessing and hold your attention until the proverbial fat lady shows up.
Good character development and adorable children that you can't help but fall in love with made me not want to put the book down. There were one or two instances that I had a difficult time interpreting, characters I'm pretty sure left the seen suddenly have a line, and then disappear again, but otherwise go There are so many facets to this story line that even if you figure out one mystery, there are plenty more to keep you guessing and hold your attention until the proverbial fat lady shows up.
There were one or two instances that I had a difficult time interpreting, characters I'm pretty sure left the seen suddenly have a line, and then disappear again, but otherwise good flow and a great conclusion to the series. Aug 13, Sara rated it it was amazing Shelves: adult-fiction , christian-fiction , contemporary-romance , clean-romance , cozies-and-mysteries-and-thrillers.
The fourth and final of the Lonestar series, Lonestar Angel follows Eden Larson and Clay, the husband she thought she had divorced, as they cling to a final desperate chance at finding the daughter that went missing in a tragic accident years earlier. Eden and Clay head to the Bluebird Ranch, a ranch dedicated to healing broken horses and broken children, hoping to find their daughter alive and well - if only they can figure out which of the lonely little girls is theirs.
But the past is determi The fourth and final of the Lonestar series, Lonestar Angel follows Eden Larson and Clay, the husband she thought she had divorced, as they cling to a final desperate chance at finding the daughter that went missing in a tragic accident years earlier. But the past is determined not to stay buried, and Eden and Clay might just lose their second chance at love and happiness before they can even grasp it. With danger closing, the separated couple will have to learn how to rely on each other - and ultimately God - to get through the fight of their lives. Suspenseful and engaging, this novel will take you on a roller coaster of emotions, leaving you wondering who is behind the incidents throughout the book.
The progression of the key players in their faith, emotions, and character is realistic and relatable. I really enjoyed this book, and was also happy to see that the characters from the previous books in the series do appear. Sep 13, Andrea Roberts rated it liked it. AS ways Colleen coble kept me on the edge of my seat. I really did like the book and the plotters. The romance ko more of a front row seat than I liked. There was more horse involvement in previous books. And the identity of the bad guy is becoming a pattern and I guessed it pretty quick. May 07, Janet Merrell rated it liked it Shelves: read This was a good story, but I felt it was a tad confusing with all the characters, trying to keep the kids straight, etc.
I enjoy the way the author is building on each story and bringing back the same couples each time. Feb 20, Tammy rated it it was amazing Shelves: audio-book.
I really enjoyed this story! It really drew me in and I tried to figure out the ending but it was a bit of surprise at the end.
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The characters were believable and I like that it referenced characters from the previous 3 books. Feb 16, Dawn Nelson rated it really liked it. Loved the book. Loved the story line and the characters as well. However I was able to figure out who did it rather early in the book. The first three in the series kept me guessing but this one I knew early on. I still enjoyed the twists and turns and the action was good at the end. Dec 18, Kammie rated it really liked it. Just enough twists and turns to keep you wondering how the characters are connected in this story!
Aug 01, Larissa rated it it was amazing. I really enjoyed reading this.
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It was definitely different in what I was thinking even along the way. I loved that they were able to figure things out and work it all out. I loved how it ended. Nov 25, Kathryn Cooper rated it it was amazing. Audio book. I'll be finding more books by College Coble. Beautiful Ending I just cannot pick the correct villain in any one of this series of books.
I love the setting of the Texas ranches. Oct 25, Dawn Jordan rated it it was amazing. Loved this book! Jul 06, C. Really great story. Jul 02, Chere Weaver rated it really liked it. Great book. Could not wait to get my hands on it finish out the series. Romantic, mysterious, and funny. Good read. Jan 29, Hannah Avery rated it it was amazing Shelves: novels. Wonderful book! This author is great! Jul 22, Lynda rated it it was amazing.
Couldn't put this book down:. Jan 02, Mariah H rated it really liked it Shelves: christian , outlaws , mystery , adventure , animals , romance , children. I probable preferred the other books more. Nov 06, Reuben H. To clear things up, this is the second novel I ever read by Colleen Coble. For reading the first I was mocked and looked down upon. Wow, I was reading a women's romance novel, so I should obviously be made fun at, right? Seriously, guys? Haven't you ever heard the saying, never judge a book by its cover? I'm talking literally, here, as I'm talking about a book.
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Due to the shame that was brought upon me for reading The Lightkeeper's Ball, the only person who even knew I was reading this book was To clear things up, this is the second novel I ever read by Colleen Coble. Due to the shame that was brought upon me for reading The Lightkeeper's Ball, the only person who even knew I was reading this book was my brother, who when he saw it chucked and said, "Let me guess: the only reason you're reading that is because you got it for free?
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They move into small quarters in the bunkhouse and oversee the kids as they try to find out more. But danger is closing in—Eden, Clay, and all their young charges are in jeopardy. Colleen is an inspiring storyteller, and the novel was full of mystery, suspense, drama and romance. The romance was a little carried away, however, unlike the other novel I read by her. I also noticed a couple inconsistencies in the story, but overall it was great. The characters were unforgettable, and the whole mystery feeling of "which one of the girls is the right one?
By the end the story had changed from a drama to an adventure, and try as I could, thinking as hard as I could, I could not figure out who the bad guy was until they revealed their identity at the end. And wow, I just used 'could' three times in the same sentence. All in all, Lonestar Angel is a great book. I do agree it's geared more for women, and I do agree that it could be considered a romance novel, but I actually enjoyed it.
So stop all your hating on Colleen! To further my point in the matter, there was no more romance in The Lightkeeper's Ball than in the average Ted Dekker novel.