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Friday, July 15, 2016

Mermaid Moon by Colleen Coble

Mermaid Moon (Sunset Cove, #2)
ISBN: 9781401690281
Publisher's Synopsis:
Mallory’s mother died fifteen years ago. But her father’s last words on the phone were unmistakable: “Find . . . mother.” Shame and confusion have kept Mallory Davis from her home for the last fifteen years, but when her dad mysteriously dies on his mail boat route, she doesn’t have any choice but to go back to Mermaid Point. Mallory believes her father was murdered and childhood sweetheart Kevin O’Connor, game warden in Downeast Maine, confirms her suspicions. But Kevin is wary of helping Mallory in her search. She broke his heart—and left—without a word, years ago. When Mallory begins receiving threats on her own life—and her beloved teenage daughter, Haylie—their search intensifies. There’s a tangled web within the supposed murder, and it involves much more than what meets the eye. As answers begin to fall into place, Mallory realizes her search is about more than finding her father’s killer—it is also about finding herself again . . . and possibly about healing what was broken so long ago with Kevin. She just has to stay alive long enough to put all the pieces together.
MrsK's Review:
Mallory is a creative sea-glass jewelry artisan. At the moment, she is taking her twenty pieces around to various store owners in Bangor, Maine. Not only are these pieces delightfully crafted, but her signature mermaid adds just the right uniqueness for all customers. Her daughter, Haylie, is at that age, as a fourteen year old, where all she wants is her mother to just "Chill out." For the past week, she has had that inner feeling that someone has been watching her. Why would anyone care about her or her whereabouts? Was it a bill collector? 
"Love you...always.
Tell...Haylie. Love her.
Should have...known better."
What was her dad talking about? Was he having a heart attack? Oh, how she wished she could turn the clock back. Warden Kevin O'Connor, dreaded the phone call to Mallory. Not only had Kevin looked up to Edmund, he also knew the depth of assistance that Mallory will need to move beyond her father's death. Will he be able to provide that assistance know that Mallory is heading home? It had been so many years since Mallory had left Breakwater Cottage and Mermaid Point. Aunt Blanche and Haylie were all that is left. What happened?

"I'm here Sadie...
The familiar pang struck him at her sightless eyes...
pulled her on his lap,
relishing the little girl scent of strawberry shampoo."

 Kevin wasn't expecting how shaken he would be in seeing Mallory again. Given the agony of today's discovery, all of the emotions and doubts had drained Kevin. Yet, coming home to his eight-year old daughter proved to be the salve that his disquieted heart would need, at least for the time being.

Mallory's life begins a fast-paced unraveling. What begins with her father's death quickly spirals into chaos. Rocks with messages, watchers in the woods, a burglary in her home in Bangor, then a near brush with a fiery death will rekindle a bond with Kevin. Yet, with so many twists and turns in the murder investigation... is it possible to bring down the walls between them?

For me, as a reader, I was hooked the minute I met Mallory. The mystery is so well woven between Mallory's story, her feelings for Kevin, their daughter's friendship that you will find it difficult to put the book down. Characterization is at its best!

The pacing will be like a siren's song... calling you back... until the last page is turned.

Entertaining... Perfect blend of mystery and romance... Delightful page turner!

Meet the Author:
Colleen Coble  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. Learn more about Colleen's books...
"I received this book for free from the Fiction Guild for this review."
Thomas Nelson

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