Book Review: Rosemary Cottage

20 Jul

547828Rosemary Cottage on the Outer Banks of North Carolina has been in Amy Lang’s family for generations and offers her a haven within its peaceful walls. There she hopes to discover what really happened to her brother, Ben, even as she tries to come to grips with his death in the ocean months before.

She hopes the Coast Guard team will help her find closure, but they are quick to dismiss her concerns of foul play. Everyone in Hope Beach regards the suspicious e-mail she received as a vicious prank. When it seems discovering what happened to Ben will take longer than she expected, Amy moves her midwifery practice to Hope Beach.

Coast Guard officer Curtis Ireland may hold the key to many of her questions, but he also hides a secret that will change her world forever. And her own secrets could tear apart the fragile love developing between them. Will Amy have the courage to put down her mask and let Curtis love her for who she is? And can they both weather the danger that threatens to destroy the most precious thing in their lives?

colleen-coble-headshot-smallBest-selling 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 over 2 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. Visit her website at

My Impressions:

Colleen Coble takes her readers back to Hope Beach in the Outer Banks with a new romantic suspense novel, Rosemary Cottage. Full of rich description, great characters and a story of loyalty and betrayal, this novel is perfect to take on your late summer vacation.

Amy Lange is back on Hope Island hoping to uncover the truth behind her beloved brother’s death. Something just doesn’t feel right about his last days and the accident that claimed his life. Curtis Ireland holds some of the keys that will open up the truth, but he is fearful of the consequences of getting involved in the pursuit and with Amy. They are immediately attracted to each other, but continued family obstacles keep getting in the way. As their investigation and attachment deepens, they are faced with life and death situations. And they and the reader are surprised by the things they uncover.

The town of Hope Beach and Hope Island come alive for the reader. You can feel the sea spray and smell the salt air as you read Rosemary Cottage. The quaint fishing village feels just like the perfect summer getaway. I found the main characters to be likable and was intrigued by the occupations that Coble chose for them — Coast Guard officer and midwife. I also loved how Coble included in the story the Banker ponies that wander the Outer Banks. Rosemary Cottage  explores the themes of trust and betrayal, as well as how well we can truly know someone. As they struggle to trust each other, Amy and Curtis also struggle to trust God. The characters must deal with grief, disappointment and the feeling of abandonment — issues sure to resonate with readers. The second book in the Hope Beach series, this novel can certainly be read as a standalone, but if you have read book 1, Tidewater Inn, you will enjoy the continuing story of favorite characters.

If you enjoy romantic suspense, Rosemary Cottage is the book for you.


picqSoRU0Taste of Rosemary Cottage:

Curtis’ aunt Edith makes the best Mexican food on Hope Island and Beef Enchiladas are one of her specialties. Here is a recipe that I hope you will enjoy — Authentic Tex-Mex  Enchiladas.

(I received this book for review purposes from LitFuse. The opinions expressed are mine alone.)

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4 Responses to “Book Review: Rosemary Cottage”

  1. booklovers1 July 20, 2013 at 5:26 am #

    Sounds like a really interesting novel!!! Colleen Coble is one of my favourite authors. Can’t wait to read this series.

    • rbclibrary July 20, 2013 at 6:33 am #

      Loved the rich description of the Island. I need to go back to the beginning with Tidewater Inn. Thanks for stopping by.

  2. Elizabeth July 20, 2013 at 9:15 am #

    Sounds like good read. I like a little romance but not too much, and I love suspense so this might appeal to me.

    Have a good day.

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    • rbclibrary July 20, 2013 at 10:54 am #

      Thanks for stopping by. I would say the book is half and half romance/suspense.

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