The House At Saltwater Point - Book Review

The dangerous beauty of Lavender Tides 
is harboring secrets that reach around the world.
Ellie Blackmore is making a name for herself as a house flipper. 
But when her sister Mackenzie disappears, 
Ellie can't focus on anything but uncovering what happened. 
Her only clue is the bloodstain on the deck of Mackenzie's boat. 
Ellie knows her sister isn't on the best of terms with her ex-husband, Jason, 
but he wouldn't kill her-would he?

Coast Guard intelligence officer Grayson Bradshaw 
believes Mackenzie faked her own death 
after stealing a seized cocaine shipment. 
The problem is convincing Ellie, 
who seems to view him as the true enemy.

Both Ellie and Grayson want truth, 
but truth-and family-is often more complex than it first appears. 
From international terrorism 
to the peaceful lavender fields of Puget Sound, 
The House at Saltwater Point is a thrilling race
to uncover the truth before it's too late.

My Thoughts
A handsome hero who seems to have the manners of a prince,
a beautiful, down-to-earth girl who can do anything she puts her mind to,
a lovely little town filled with charm and character,
and a storyline that has so many twists and turns 
it has your mind going in every direction.
A perfect combination for the perfect read, right?
Mmmmm...maybe not.

Colleen Coble is one of those authors I admire
I know I can pick up one of her books
and get lost in the story for hours and hours,
but with The House at Saltwater Point
well, it had the opposite effect.
This is the first book by Colleen Coble that I didn't love.
While the characters were delightful
and the romance between Grayson and Ellie sweet and perfectly paced,
the story itself seemed to have a lot going on. . .almost too much.
The suspense and drama had some good moments,
but mostly the whole storyline seemed a little far-fetched.

My dear friends, 
I have to be honest and say that this book simply fell flat for me
and it's one I wouldn't read again.
There are many excellent reviews out there about The House at Saltwater Point 
and I appreciate what others have to say about this book.
I am sharing my own personal thoughts and feelings,
but we all have different tastes and interests.
If this book sounds intriguing to you, 
please pick it up and read it. . .
you might thoroughly enjoy it.
I would like to point out that this is the second book in the  Lavender Tides series
and you really need to read the first one before you jump into this one.
And speaking of the first book in the series, 
you can find my review for The View from Rainshadow Bay
by clicking HERE.
I have to tell you that I absolutely loved the first book in the series.
It was one I couldn't put down.

** I was given a complimentary copy of this book 
from BookLook Bloggers for an honest review. 
All thoughts and opinions are my own 
and no other compensation was received. **

About the Author
USA Today bestselling author Colleen Coble 
has written numerous romantic suspense novels including 
The Inn at Ocean’s Edge, Twilight at Blueberry Barrens, and Beneath Copper Falls.
Visit her website at www.colleencoble.com


AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

I appreciate your honesty so much! I only want to read books I might LOVE so I may not try this one. I trust your taste in reading :-)

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I like this author! And I agree with Ann Marie....thanks for the honest reviews! Hugs!

Marilyn McLeod @ Pink Paper Cottage said...

i'm going to read her first one. I love a good romance/mystery.. those are my favorites, especially ones set in small scenic towns or on ranches! I'll try her first one and if I like it, will give this second one a try. I've gotten to where if I can't get into the book fairly soon, I just don't read the rest. I used to ALWAYS feel like I had to read it all the way through once I started it! But no more. I don't think I've read any of hers.... always like finding a new favorite author. Love your reviews! xoxoxo Marilyn

Chris Lally said...

Will give the first one a try. Thanks for the honest review, Stephanie!

Kerin said...

Hello, darling girl!
You can always be counted on for a great review, and honest review.. thanks!

I have literally stacks of books that I've been curating, just waiting for a time to carve out and dive into reading some more.
Summer has gone by quickly. Hard to believe that school is just around the corner.

Thanks as always for the sweet words and friendship.


Anne Payne said...

Stephanie, You did excellent sharing your view of the book! It's always hard to write an unfavorable review. I know how disappointed you were to not enjoy this book by a favorite author. I have had that happen a time or two and it just stinks! :-) I hope the next one is better!

Lowcarb team member said...

Always good to read your reviews.

All the best Jan

Magpie's Mumblings said...

I love an honest review - doesn't often happen. I think I'll give this one a pass because if you didn't like it, I'm pretty sure I wouldn't either!

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