Title: Secrets at Cedar Cabin
Author: Colleen Coble
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
“Everything in her life had been a lie. Who wouldn’t be shaken by this kind of news?” Lance considers about Bailey in Colleen Coble’s novel, Secrets at Cedar Cabin.
~ What ~
Part of the Lavender Tides series, this three-hundred-and-fifty-two-page paperback targets those interested in romantic suspense that involves family lies and past secrets that surround human trafficking. Using the slang word heck a couple of times, topics of kidnapping, abuse, murder, and death may not be appropriate for immature readers. The ending includes a note from the author, acknowledgments, eight discussion questions, author’s biography, and advertisements.
In this current day tale based in the state of Washington, Bailey Fleming has fled to a small cabin in Lavender Tides when she learns her mother has been murdered. When two young girls’ bodies are found on the property, the woman who trusts no one due to all the lies she has been told questions her mom’s past relationships when FBI Agent Lance Phoenix tells her the area has been used for sex trafficking and may involve his own sister. As the two of the protagonists track down the person behind it all, they rely on God as their foundation.
~ Why ~
With human trafficking being the main focus of the book, it shows how devasting it is to those involved and their families. I appreciated the detail of the crime without it being too graphic and the interesting cat that plays a part. The relationship that grows between Lance and Bailey is realistic and written well. Without focusing much on God, the underlying prayers promote that God knows what we are going through and is in control.
~ Why Not ~
Those who do not like mystery stories with predictable romances may not enjoy this book. Some may feel uncomfortable reading about the topic of trafficking, but it is not overly-written. I found the plethora of characters from the prior books in the series made the storyline jump around, leaving the reader often confused.
~ Wish ~
Having read two prior books in the series, I vaguely remembered their contents and characters, so including a list would be helpful. Containing a map of Lavender Tides would be helpful.
~ Want ~
Similar to the other book in the series, this Christian romantic tale has a lot of action (some unbelievable for small town living) as it focuses on the seedy underworld of sex trafficking.
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