Rosemary Cottage Review

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I wanted to read Rosemary Cottage by Colleen Coble because I read another one of her books, Tidewater Inn, last year and I enjoyed it.  When I started this book I realized that it is the second book in the series and actually includes some of the same characters that appeared in Tidewater Inn, so that made it even more fun for me to read!  I like it when authors give us a glimpse into how their previous characters are doing, and this book did that.

Amy is convinced that her brother's death was not an accident, and she's going to prove it.  She heads to Rosemary Cottage, their childhood vacation home, and the place he was staying when he died.  While she's there she runs into Curtis, who has also recently lost his sister and is taking care of the child she left behind.  Suspicious things happen that make them both realize that there is more to their siblings deaths than they originally thought.

Coble's books are written in a more relaxing and laid-back way than other mysteries I have read, which I think makes them perfect to read on vacation.  At times I felt like the "flow" of the book was a little disjointed - I felt like certain things could have been explained more naturally and clearly.  But I liked the characters, and I really enjoy the pictures that Coble paints in her books - I can imagine myself on the Outer Banks when I read them.  

I also felt like Coble did a good job of balancing the grief that the characters were feeling.  If I lost one of my siblings I would be devastated, and Coble dealt with her characters feelings instead of glossing over them (which I think happens sometimes in novels), but she did it without it seeming too depressing.

This book actually surprised me because there were a couple of interesting plot elements, including a twist at the end, that I was not expecting!  I enjoyed it, and I would recommend it.

As part of the book tour, Coble is also hosting a Facebook giveaway and today is the last day to enter!  She'll announce the winners on Monday, so click here for more information and to enter!

Note:  I received this book for free from Litfuse Publicity in exchange for this review.  This is my honest opinion.
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Sarah said...

I love hearing about new books! Thank you for sharing your review!

Annie said...

I just read this book a few weeks ago and really enjoyed it! I'm glad to see you felt similarly. Coble is a good writer and I really enjoy how she combines suspense and romance without drenching you in either.

Rae said...

I am just now reading that book! Thanks for your review!

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