Amid the beauty of Charleston, not all is as it seems.
When her husband Liam is killed by a car bomb while their Celtic band is on tour in Charleston, singer and Irish beauty Alanna doesn’t quite know where to turn. Her father-in-law is threatening to take custody of the baby she carries, but Alanna knows she can’t lose the only piece of Liam she has left.
Alanna’s manager offers her a marriage of convenience to obtain U.S. citizenship and allow her to escape her father-in-law’s control. It seems like the perfect solution until she arrives at the family home of her new husband—a decaying mansion with more questions than answers.
Strange things begin happening that threaten Alanna’s life and the life of her child. Are they merely coincidences? Or is something more sinister at work?
A mysterious painting, a haunting melody, and a love stronger than death leave Alanna questioning where darkness ends and light begins.
Fans of Coble's romantic suspense novels (The Inn at Ocean's Edge, etc.), as well as those who enjoy Irish music, will appreciate this sweet standalone's backstage view of Ceol, a four-woman Celtic band, founded by Alanna Connolly, a beautiful red-haired Irish singer. When Alanna's beloved husband, Liam, dies in a car bombing while on tour in Charleston, S.C., Alanna, who's pregnant, is determined to continue Ceol. To escape her powerful and manipulative father-in-law, who wants to take Liam's child from her, Alanna makes what amounts to a pact with the devil. Despite a slew of clues and warnings, she decides to marry Barry Kavanaugh, the band's obsessive manager, in order to gain U.S. citizenship. Things start to go wrong once Alanna arrives at Barry's creepy old family mansion, with its locked rooms, a portrait of a woman who looks like Alanna, a lake complete with an alligator, and a traumatized dog. No need to worry about Alanna, though; love and Christian faith ensure a happy ending.
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Because You’re Mine is the latest novel by Colleen Coble. Alanna Connolly is a singer and fiddle player in the band Ceol. Alanna created the Celtic band that includes Fiona, Ciara, Ena. Alanna’s husband, Liam plays percussion instruments for Ceol. After a performance in Charleston, Liam is going out with his friend, Jesse Hawthorne. The pair went to college together in Ireland. Liam leaves with Jesse and Alanna heads out in the van with her bandmates. They get down the street when there is an explosion. Jesse’s yellow sports car is in flames. Only one of the men survived the explosion. The paramedics ask the survivor his name and they are told Jesse. Alanna is devastated at the loss of her husband especially since she is four months pregnant with their first child. Upon returning to Ireland for the funeral, Liam’s father, Thomas threatens to sue for custody of Alanna’s baby (their last link to their son). Alanna will not let them get her son and asks Barry Kavanagh, lawyer and band manager, for assistance. Alanna wishes to become a citizen of the United States. Barry tells her the fastest way to accomplish it is to marry and he proposes. Barry is from an old southern family in Charleston, and he will be able to keep the child (and Alanna) safe. Alanna quickly agrees and they marry eight weeks after Liam’s funeral. After the wedding, Barry takes Alanna to his old family home twenty miles from Charleston. The big house is positioned near a swamp that is home to a gator named Pete. The home is in desperate need of repairs. It turns out that Barry neglected to mention a few things to Alanna. The crumbling Kavanagh home is full of secrets and danger. To make things worse, Jesse keeps popping up in Alanna’s life. Jesse has memory of life before the accident and he does not like what he has discovered. He wants to make changes. Join Alanna, Jesse, and Barry in Because You’re Mine.
Because You’re Mine is nicely written and easy to read. I found the storyline to be predictable. I could tell how the book would end before Alanna married Barry (I forecasted every “twist”). I found several things odd and just plain unbelievable. Alanna likes to walk around without her shoes on. Would you walk near a swamp without shoes on? Especially since there are snakes and gators (one that has tried more than once to take a chomp out of her) hanging around! I can understand wanting to protect her unborn child, but rushing into marriage with a man you barely know. Alanna also fails to research citizenship requirements or custody laws for herself (would you trust an American attorney on Irish law). I give Because You’re Mine 2 out of 5 stars. I thought Alanna to be very naïve and gullible for someone who is about to turn thirty. I was disappointed in the books ending. The author did not wrap up all the threads with the epilogue. I felt Because You’re Mine is an expected love story, and it reminded me of those chick flicks that I do not watch (on the very famous women’s channel). This book was not up to Colleen Coble’s standards.
BECAUSE YOUR MINE
BECAUSE YOUR MINE by Colleen Coble. I have been a fan of Coble for years, but this book for me, wasn't one of her better ones. Could of been the words one would use in Ireland, was a distraction. Over all the story was great, the meaning, that "Love is the greatest gift of all" . Came thru from beginning to the end. We meet Alanna,who founded the Celtic, four woman band. Her husband Liam and his brother Jesse, are also part of the band. She dated Jesse briefly, but his eyes were always for other women. Yet, to Jesse, his jealousy, and that his life was going nowhere because Alanna wasn't by his side. Her voice is giving her trouble, the specialist says to rest it, so she wouldn't need surgery. The new manager Barry,brings in a Doctor that says she is fine. Is this true, or not, she's the main part of this band. The bomb that then happens, what does that mean, and the loss. She goes back to Ireland and more problems come up. Interesting story that holds your attention, characters were well defined. Given ARC by Net Galley for my voluntary review and my honest opinion.