Saturday, March 31, 2012

Blue Moon Promise by Colleen Coble

4.3 out of 5 stars


Lucy Marsh's worldly resources are running out, but she's fiercely determined to care for her younger brother and sister. When she discovers that their father's recent death was no accident, Lucy is eager to leave town. She accepts a proxy marriage she believes will provide safe refuge. But trouble follows her to Texas where her new husband is surprised to suddenly have a wife and children to care for.
Nate Stanton always hoped he'd marry someday, but running the family ranch meant he had no time for romance. When his father deposits Lucy Marsh—a city girl—on his doorstep, with two siblings in the bargain, he expects ranch life will send her running on the first train out of town. But Lucy is made of tougher stuff than Nate imagined. When danger moves in, Nate finds he'd give anything to protect Lucy and the children he's grown to love. Even if it means giving up his ranch.

Blue Moon Promise, the first book in the historical Under Texas Stars series, is sure to please those who enjoy a good marriage of convenience story.

This story grabbed me from the fist page and continued to wrap me into the "fictive dream". It's been a long time since I've felt so deeply engrossed in a story. The writing style, plot, and characters are so well done that it truly transports you from your own life and into the story.

This story has a fair amount of romance and suspense to please those who devour romance and those who enjoy Colleen Coble's contemporary suspense novels.

Talk about a well-written romance! I could feel my heart pounding from my chest at times!

The one draw back to this story, for me personally, was the over-execution of the spiritual element. I loved the spiritual message completely, yet the way it arose in dialogue seemed a bit fakey to me. The heroine seemed to be very aware of her own weakness after the initial conversation regarding her problem. Two or three more discussions on it just felt a bit over done. I wouldn't let that discourage you though, because while it's over done, it's not heavy and overbearing, and it never hinders the story or brings it to halt.

I thoroughly enjoyed Blue Moon Promise. I can't wait to see what Collen Coble has in store for us next.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson publishers via Booknseeze in exchange for an honest review.

About the Author

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.

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Available from Thomas Nelson Publishers in eBook and print formats


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