Top positive review
Great wrap up to the series!
Reviewed in the United States on February 18, 2019
Rating 4.5 Stars!
As an avid reader, I have a very small list of my favorite authors. Today's book is by one of those authors: Secrets at Cedar Cabin by Colleen Coble is the third in her Lavender Tides series. I read the first book in this series, The View from Rainshadow Bay, and the second book, The House at Saltwater Point, so you know I've just been waiting for this book to be published since it's the end of this series.
This book was another exciting installment of romance and suspense in the Lavender Tides series! This latest book ties up a few loose story plots from the previous two books, and fills in the story of Shauna's missing siblings that started in book one. I loved that all the characters from the other two books appeared in this book too.
The back story is this: An earthquake hit the town of Lavender Tides, Washington and three children were separated from each other while they were at the grocery store with their mother. The earthquake sent their mom into labor and Olivia Fleming delivered the baby girl because she was a paramedic. Unfortunately, the baby's mother died during delivery. The oldest child was Shauna, whom readers met in the first book as she was raised by her father. Shauna found out years later that her brother was adopted by a family.
In this story, Secrets at Cedar Cabin, readers meet the baby girl delivered during the earthquake, Bailey Fleming, who ended up being raised by the paramedic, Olivia Fleming. Olivia was murdered and she left Bailey some money and a note that she is in danger for her life as well. Bailey has a "situation" involving her rock star husband, Kyle Bearcraft, who seems to already be married to someone else. To keep her from telling her story with the media, Kyle gives Bailey the deed to a house in Lavender Tides, the Cedar Cabin. When someone tries to kill Bailey, she leaves Rock Harbor, Michigan and heads to Lavender Tides and to Cedar Cabin.
Bailey is a great character in this story and once she arrives in Lavender Tides, she finds out more of her life has been a lie than she knew. She learns that her cabin has been used for human trafficking, which then brings FBI agent Lance Phoenix into her life. Lance has been working the case to try and rescue his sister, Ava, who was taken by the human trafficking ring when she ran away from home. Lance wonders if Bailey's story is even true when he crosses paths with her, and if she can somehow bring him in touch with his sister.
I can't say whether or not this book would serve as a stand alone, having read the others before it. I would, though, recommend reading the first two in the series before beginning this one so that you can understand the backstory of all the characters and what is happening in their lives to bring them all to the point they find themselves in during this book. I was very pleased how all the loose ends from the entire series were tied up by the last page of this book!
I was provided with a complimentary electronic advanced reader copy from Thomas Nelson through Net Galley in exchange for my post. I was not required to write a positive review, but because this was another great book, I wanted to do so! The opinions I have expressed are my own!