From USA TODAY bestselling author Colleen Coble comes the third book in her beloved Lavender Tides series.
Her mother lied about her identity and her husband wasn’t who she thought he was—can Bailey even trust herself anymore?
Running for her life in the wake of her mother’s murder, Bailey Fleming escapes to the only place she can think of—a remote, dilapidated cabin in Lavender Tides. Intending to finally get to the truth behind the lies of her past, Bailey only finds more questions when bodies are discovered near her cabin hideout along with traces of a dangerous human trafficking ring. In an unlikely partnership with FBI agent Lance Phoenix, Bailey races to understand the mystery surrounding her life and circumstances before the murderer tracks her down.
Meanwhile, Lance is determined to rescue his sister, Ava, who was abducted after running away from home as a teenager. An unexpected lead brings him to the remote cabin, and he wonders if Bailey—with her suspicious past and strange connections to his sister’s case—is really who she claims to be and if she can somehow lead him to Ava.
Filled with Colleen Coble’s custom blend of suspense and romance, Secrets at Cedar Cabin takes us back to the evocative landscape of Washington’s coast where nothing is quite as it seems.
Genre: Christian Suspense
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Goodreads Rating: 4.56
Why I Chose This Book
This book is a continuation from her previous book, The House at Saltwater Point. I was eager to find out what happened to the characters after the events from the previous book. So of course I had to sign up for the blog tour!
First Initial Thoughts
Bailey Fleming is a young woman who just started getting her life back together after a failed marriage. Then as she thought things were going back to normal her mother was murdered. Soon after she is target herself and she flees to Cedar Cabin, a place her ex-husband bought for her. She soon finds Lavender Tides comforting and charming. Growing up with only her mom, they were always on the move, and never got familiar with a place. I really liked Bailey. I liked her because she was smart. When she was on the run, she actually did the right things to not be tracked by her mother’s killer. So I liked that Colleen made her to be an independent and strong woman. We need that more in novels!
Lance, an FBI agent is investigating a human trafficking ring who captured his sister Ava, 5 years ago. I really felt for him because his whole family felt that it was their fault that Ava was kidnapped. If they only could have done something to prevent it. Lance joined the FBI in hopes to find his sister.
Soon after moving into the cabin Lance comes to help Bailey out in repairing the dilapidated cabin and to check out the new girl who suddenly shows up in a cabin that’s been abandoned for years. Soon after they find bodies in the shed’s cellar. Who are they and how are they connected to her mother’s murder?
What I found interesting at the beginning is we are introduced to the leader of the operation and we know him as “King”. It was interesting to have his perspective sprinkled throughout the novel and his thoughts as everything went south.
Colleen brought us back to the gorgeous beaches of Washington. I lived in Oregon for 5 years and we visited the coast quite often. The small idyllic coastal towns, pine trees, rugged beaches, is what you will find in the pacific northwest. And Colleen brought just that to life in this book. I also love how she mentioned how the weather was there. It does rain as often as it’s mentioned but it’s more of a misty rainy kind of day.
I would recommend reading the previous book, The House at Saltwater Point before reading this one to fully understand what is going on.
This book brings to light a serious issue that is rising here in the US. And that is human trafficking. Especially now with social media, young woman are being lured through online social platforms. I remember first learning about this horrible crime when I was in high school and then through the famous movie, Taken. Speaking of that movie, where is Bryan Mills when we need him?!
I really liked the mystery of this story. I was kept guessing and didn’t guess who it was till the very end. I had my suspicions on who it could be but I liked that Colleen made it completely surprising till the very end. Some questions were left unanswered though, so that was slightly annoying but I think that happens with most suspense/mystery novels. I also found it kind of crazy how everyone was connected - I won’t mention who or how but it was kind of interesting.
What I liked most about this book was the message about hope. Hope and faith that God will help you through whatever situation you face. Hope is definitely something that we all need to remember to practice from time to time.
Bailey and Lance worked well together and I enjoyed reading their relationship develop. I hope Colleen considers writing a novel about them after all the events from this book!
Would I Recommend?
Yes of course! What I love about this series is that it delves into a serious issue that is rising here in the US and I love that Colleen brings awareness to that.
About Colleen Coble
Best-selling romantic suspense author Colleen Coble’s novels have won or finaled in awards ranging from the Best Books of Indiana, the ACFW Carol Award, the Romance Writers of America RITA, the Holt Medallion, the Daphne du Maurier, National Readers’ Choice, and the Booksellers Best. She has nearly 4 million books in print and writes romantic mysteries because she loves to see justice prevail. Colleen is CEO of American Christian Fiction Writers. She lives with her husband Dave in Indiana.
Connect with Colleen
You can read my review of the second book in the series —-> HERE
Have you been to the lavender fields in the Pacific Northwest?
Please Note: I was sent an ARC copy of this book from the publisher to review. All opinions are my own.