The story is a gentle whodunit, a romantic suspense. Shauna McDade, a widow, with her son Alex, is trying to make a living by flying passengers on her helicopter, to and fro between Vancouver and her town Lavender Tides. A year ago, her husband died in a climbing race with his best friend, Zach Bannister egging him on. Shauna hates Zach and blames him for her husband’s accidental fall. But it takes a loose killer bombing her mentor Clarence, stabbing his wife Lucy, ransacking Shauna’s home, for her to realise that the safe haven for both her and her son is with Zach.
Their investigation into the various deaths and strange environmental occurrences, increase their proximity and trust till all emotions blossom into love in the finale along with unmasking of the killer. From the safe haven of Zach’s home to the safe haven of Zach’s arms, this story is romance personified.
The characters of Shauna and Zach are well etched by the author. But I, especially liked Zach for his honesty and his dignity and the way he doesn’t allow others’ behaviour affect his own. His love for the McDade family sometimes makes him take risks even at the cost of his own safety.
We girls need a Zach in our lives…
Colleen Coble is a fantastic author, who writes light Christian romance with a dash of suspense and mystery. Her English is flawless and the way her story flows is like a crystal clear stream making its way from the mountain top.
What I really liked is the richness of emotions in the book, the love that the main characters Zach and Shauna feel and the way they conduct themselves, including their friendships between different workmates.
Colleen believes in God and that is evident in her writing, in the passages that her characters recite from the Bible. There are many characters in this book, along with a few subplots which will probably form the basis of the rest of the books in this series. All these characters have a part to play to take the story ahead.
The only part I did not like was the killer, not because he was a killer but I guessed his identity earlier on and the reasons for killing were a little flimsy. There was also a part where there was a dark shadow in the sea which worried the scientists, but results of their investigation was not revealed in this book.
So, all in all, I enjoyed this book thoroughly, it was a light read, fun with mystery suspense romance relationships friendships.
I received an ARC from NetGalley and publishers, Thomas Nelson and this is my honest and unbiased opinion.
My rating : 4 stars
About the Author
Colleen Coble is a USA Today bestselling author and RITA finalist, best known for her romantic suspense novels, including Tidewater Inn, Rosemary Cottage, and the Mercy Falls, Lonestar and Rock Harbor series.
Shauna McDade is single mom to a five-year-old son after her husband was killed in a climbing accident. Her aerial photography business is on the verge of bankruptcy When her mentor and business partner is murdered, Shauna realizes that she’s in danger too. Fearing for her son, she turns to the only ally she has. Zach Bannister was her husband’s best friend—and is the person she blames for his death. Zach is only too happy to try to assuage his own guilt over Jack’s death by helping her in any way he can. But the lavender fields are a shroud for something much darker, and these are secrets that someone will do anything to keep buried.
Publication date : 23rd January 2018
Publisher : Thomas Nelson Fiction
Language : English
Available on Amazon
A romance filled with suspense