Book Review: The House at Saltwater Point

20 Aug

The dangerous beauty of Lavender Tides is harboring secrets that reach around the world.

Ellie Blackmore is making a name for herself as a house flipper. But when her sister Mackenzie disappears, Ellie can’t focus on anything but uncovering what happened. Her only clue is the bloodstain on the deck of Mackenzie’s boat. Ellie knows her sister isn’t on the best of terms with her ex-husband, Jason, but he wouldn’t kill her—would he? 

Coast Guard intelligence officer Grayson Bradshaw believes Mackenzie faked her own death after stealing a seized cocaine shipment. The problem is convincing Ellie, who seems to view him as the true enemy.

Both Ellie and Grayson want truth, but truth — and family — is often more complex than it first appears. From international terrorism to the peaceful lavender fields of Puget Sound, The House at Saltwater Point is a thrilling race to uncover the truth before it’s too late. 


Best-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: 

Missing persons, drug dealers, terrorists — what else could you need for a suspense novel? Well, in the case of The House at Saltwater Point by Colleen Coble, you also have a s burgeoning romance and a spot-on faith message. In other words, Coble’s second installment in the Lavender Tides series has it all! I really liked this book and am betting you will too. Recommended!

Set in a picturesque town on the Washington coast, The House at Saltwater Point focuses on two main characters: Ellie Blackmore, house renovator/flipper and Grayson Bradshaw, Coast Guard investigator. They are brought together because both a big seizure of cocaine and Ellie’s sister Mackenzie are missing. All evidence points to Mac’s involvement. But there is much more to the case, namely a sinister terror plot. I loved these two characters. Both are thrown for a loop in the opening chapters of the book, but they never lose their focus on what is important, even as their worlds come apart. Family dynamics add depth to this fast-paced novel. The characters’ faith is also an important part in their lives, and though their worlds are rocked causing them to question what they have always known, God is still the One they trust. This book has lots of twists and turns that kept me turning the pages faster and faster. The bad guys are seriously nasty, and I was cheering along as Ellie and Grayson faced the menace.

The House at Saltwater Point can be read as a standalone, even as characters from book 1 make an appearance. However, there is a mystery introduced in the first novel that continues in this book and will play an important role in Secrets at Cedar Cabin which releases in January. So if you haven’t already begun this excellent series, now is your chance to get in on all the adventure and suspense. There is also a tie-in novella, Leaving Lavender Tides, due out at Christmas. I’m thinking you could be well on your way to a great wishlist!


Audience: adults.

To purchase, click HERE.

(Thanks to TLC Book Tours and Thomas Nelson for a complimentary copy. all opinions expressed are mine alone.)


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3 Responses to “Book Review: The House at Saltwater Point”

  1. Heather J. @ TLC August 24, 2018 at 8:51 pm #

    Thanks for being on the tour!


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