Have you ever meant to start a new book only to pick up the “wrong one?” That’s what happened when I started reading Lonestar Sanctuary. I actually had meant to start reading a different book by Colleen Coble. Once I realized the mistake, it was too late. There was already a threat against a character’s life and some other things happening. I just couldn’t put it down and decided that I would make the book I planned to read, the next one.
**This is a novel from my personal collection. I am not being compensated for this review**
Though tragedy has wrecked her life, Allie Siders holds on to the hope that her five-year-old daughter, Betsy, will speak again. But with a stalker out for revenge, all Allie can think about now is their safety. She must sever all ties and abandon life as she knows it. She heads to the peaceful Bluebird Ranch, nestled deep in Texas hill country, and to the only person who can help them.
The ranch is a sanctuary for abused horses, and also for troubled youths: the perfect place for Betsy to grow and recover. Ranch owner Elijah DeAngelo eagerly welcomes the duo. But Rick Bailey—the ranch foreman and DeAngelo’s right hand man—hasn’t decided to let his guard down . . . yet.
Promises made long ago soon force Rick and Allie to work together to escape danger. Will they discover love along the way?
“The direction of your life hinges on the choices that you make.”
-Rick Bailey, Lonestar Sanctuary
Characters: Flawed characters make for the best stories, and this novel certainly had them. They were the flaws that made them feel real and really come alive. Rick had guilt. Allie was a bit too self-assured. Even a number of the minor characters had those details that kept them from being too larger than life. I loved getting to know the people that populated this story. I was happy for them sometimes and feared for them at other times.
Storyline: This novel was hard to put down. From the first scene Allie has someone threatening her, only she, and we, don’t know who it is. Immediately she is on the run and we learn that whoever was threatening her has been doing so for some time and going so far as to killing the people she loves. It sets up this story to be fast paced and hard to put down. Coble does a great job of slowly building the tension and making it hard to decide who is after Allie.
My Thoughts: This was one of those books that can’t be read fast enough. First, because I couldn’t wait to see what would happen, and second, it was going to keep me up all night if I didn’t finish it. When I had to set it down, I was quick to pick it back up. I loved this story and thoroughly enjoyed it.
About the Author:
USAToday bestselling author Colleen Coble lives with her husband, Dave, in Indiana. She is the author of dozens of novels including the Rock Harbor Series, the Aloha Reef Series, the Mercy Falls Series, the Hope Beach Series, the Lonestar Series and two Women of Faith fiction selections, Alaska Twilight and Midnight Sea. She has more than 2 million books in print.
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