A USA TODAY bestseller! Amy came to Rosemary Cottage to grieve and heal from her brother’s disappearance at sea. But there’s a deadly undertow of secrets around Hope Island . . .
The charming Rosemary Cottage on the beach offers Amy Lange the respite she needs to mourn her brother, Ben. She’s even thinking of moving her midwife practice to the Outer Banks community, a place that has always been a refuge for her and her family. She also plans to investigate Ben’s disappearance at sea. Everyone blames a surfing accident, but Amy has reason to wonder.
Coast Guard officer Curtis Ireland has lost a sibling too. His sister, Gina, was run down by a boat, leaving him to raise her infant daughter. If anyone knew who little Raine’s father was, Curtis could lose his beloved niece. Yet he can’t help being drawn to Hope Beach’s new midwife, Amy, and he agrees to help her investigate what happened to both Ben and Gina.
Can two grieving people with secrets find healing on beautiful Hope Island? Or will their quest for truth set them at odds with each other . . . and with those who will go to any length to keep hidden things hidden?
Full length romantic suspensePart of the Hope Beach series, but can be read as a standalone:Book 1: Tidewater InnBook 2: Rosemary CottageBook 3: Seagrass PierIncludes discussion questions for book clubs
Coble's snappy, smooth second Hope Beach contemporary Christian romantic thriller (after Tidewater Inn) is full of plot but low on romance and faith. Amy Lang retreats to her family's Outer Banks beach house in North Carolina to investigate the death of her brother, Ben, after an anonymous e-mail alleges his drowning was no accident. She connects with Curtis Ireland, whose sister, Gina, also died recently after being hit by a boat, leaving him with custody of her young daughter, Raine. Curtis reveals that Ben was Raine's father, and Curtis and Gina discover that their siblings' deaths may have been as connected as their lives. Coble mines Curtis's career with the Coast Guard and Amy's as a midwife for a number of improbable but dramatic scenes. Curtis and Amy's love story is an afterthought and there's almost no inspirational arc, but Coble provides plenty of excitement for readers who enjoy her unique combination of cozy setting and action-packed mystery.