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September 19, 2016

Twilight at Blueberry Barrens {Colleen Coble}

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Kate Mason has devoted herself to caring for her family’s blueberry barrens. But after her fields stop producing fruit, she’s forced to come up with alternative ways to make a living.

Renting out the small cottage on her property seems an obvious choice, but it won’t be enough. When entrepreneur Drake Newham shows up looking not only for a place to rent but also for a nanny for his two nieces, it’s almost too good to be true. And maybe it is—because Drake brings with him dangerous questions about who might be out to kill his family. The more time Kate spends with Drake and the girls, the more difficult it becomes to hide her attraction to him. But a family crisis isn’t exactly the ideal time to pursue a romance.

Meanwhile, Kate learns that her uncle—in prison for murder—has escaped. Add to that a local stalker who won’t leave her alone, and Kate is looking over her shoulder at every turn. With threats swirling from multiple directions, she wonders if her blueberry fields will ever flourish again . . . or if this twilight is her last.

My Thoughts:
I just love a Colleen Coble book. So much suspense and so much romance come together to create a perfectly entertaining story.

In this book, we get to know Kate and the internal struggles she goes through each day following the trauma of her past life. Kate is so unsure of herself and convinced she is incapable of being loved. She believes her life is destined to caring for the dwindling blueberry farm her mother had, and her happiness is not important. We see Kate struggle with love and with being loved. We also get to see her reminded of God's great love for her and for His children. 

Drake seems like such a great guy. He has taken in his nieces following the death of their parents, and he struggles to raise them the best he can. He also is determined to find the true cause of death of his brother and sister-in-law, and won't stop until he finds the truth. He is bold about his feelings for Kate, and seems like the perfect man to help her recover from her trauma. He is also strong in his faith and uses God's love to get him through some of the most difficult aspects of his life.

This book had me on the edge of my seat throughout each page. I loved the suspense of having a stalker and a convicted convict on the loose. I found myself talking to Kate (and maybe double checking the locks on my own doors) as she struggled with knowing she was being watched.

I loved the drama leading up to finding the identity of the stalker, and I really loved how this book ended. Put it on your reading list for sure. 

USAToday bestselling author Colleen Coble lives with her husband, Dave, in Indiana. She is the author of dozens of novels including the Rock Harbor Series, the Aloha Reef Series, the Mercy Falls Series, the Hope Beach Series, the Lonestar Series and two Women of Faith fiction selections, Alaska Twilight and Midnight Sea. She has more than 2 million books in print.

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