One sinister phone call has derailed their wedding. Will they let it tear them apart forever?
A Christmas wedding on the beach—what could be more perfect? Poinsettias and fragrant pikake blossoms, soft sand and mistletoe, the gentle sound of the surf and the wedding march played on a ukulele. This wedding has been a long time coming, with Bane’s trust issues and Leia’s worries about her childlike sister, Eva.
Now they can hardly wait for the day to arrive. Thrilled to be a bridesmaid, Eva keeps trying on her ruffled dress. The tent is reserved, the caterers paid. Everything is going as planned—until Leia’s phone rings and her world skids out of control. A muffled voice informs Leia that Eva’s been kidnapped and will be killed unless Leia calls off the wedding without explanation—and no police! If she disobeys instructions and tells Bane, she’ll risk her beloved sister’s life. But how can she ever handle this without his help? And how can he ever trust her if she lies to him now?
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Although I am not familiar with the characters nor this series, this was a much more enjoyable read than the author’s other Christmas book out this year. This book had a bit of mystery, excitement, and some expected romance. I enjoyed those portions of the book including the autistic girl featured in the book. I always appreciate it when author’s tackle special needs issues and demonstrate that these people can be fully functioning citizens.
I was confused about how the two main characters interacted concerning the kidnapping. That did not seem to flow as well, and the happy ending truly seemed to be a strain on reality, but this is a romance after all. I would have appreciated some more Christian references within the book. I never understand why the characters don’t seek God more, but maybe that is just a reflection of the way normal life is. There is nothing inappropriate in this book, and though not as good as expected, it is nice for a quick Christmas read.
I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated,and all opinions are 100 percent mine.
Best-selling author Colleen Coble’s novels have won or finaled in awards ranging from the Best Books of Indiana, ACFW Book of the Year, RWA’s RITA, the Holt Medallion, the Daphne du Maurier, National Readers’ Choice, and the Booksellers Best. She has nearly 2 million books in print and writes romantic mysteries because she loves to see justice prevail. Colleen is CEO of American Christian Fiction Writers and is a member of Romance Writers of America. She lives with her husband Dave in Indiana.
Find out more about Colleen at http://www.colleencoble.com/.