“Do you think it’s possible to really start over? To leave the past in the past?” Mallory is asked in Colleen Coble’s novel, Mermaid Moon.
~ What ~
Second in the Sunset Cove series, this three-hundred-and-fifty-two-page paperback targets those interested romantic suspense that blends murder with forgiving one’s self while rekindling love. With no profanity but using the word “heck” a few times, the topics of physical abuse, murder, and death may not be appropriate for immature readers. The ending includes a note to the reader, eight discussion questions, acknowledgments, author’s biography, and advertisements.
~ Why ~
In this current day continuing story based in the fictitious town of Mermaid Point, it has been fifteen years since thirty-five-year-old widowed Mallory Davis has been back to her hometown. After hearing her father’s strange last words before mysteriously dying, she, her teenage daughter, and close friend return to town to investigate his declaration.
Game Warden Kevin O’Connor has mixed feelings seeing his past flame again as he helps locate who murdered the broken-hearted woman’s father, but he wonders if he believes in second chances.
While uncovering who is behind the ongoing taunts and tragedies that surround Mallory, she has to overcome the paralyzation of her past mistakes and forgive herself to find her dad’s murderer.
~ Why ~
True to a Coble mystery, the author takes the reader on the emotional roller-coaster of dealing with the past and its repercussions as they affect others. Without focusing too much on God or faith, it shows how one can move on from mistakes made and allow love into his or her life.
~ Why Not ~
Those who do not like continuing stories of small town living may pass on this read. I found the book ended with an abrupt and predictable climax.
~ Who ~
With over two million of her books in print, award-winning author Coble has written dozens of romantic suspense novels and mystery series. Living in Indiana with her husband, she is CEO of American Christian Fiction Writers.
~ Wish ~
I wish all pronouns of God were capitalized for reverence.
~ Want ~
With a third book coming in the series, you may enjoy this book that blends past love relationships with family dynamics, murder, and mystery.
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