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Amy came to Rosemary Cottage to grieve, to heal, maybe even find love. But there’s a deadly undertow of secrets around Hope Island . . .
The charming Rosemary Cottage on the beach offers Amy Lange respite she needs to mourn her brother, Ben. She’s even thinking of moving her midwife practice to the Outer Banks community. It’s always been a refuge for her and her family. She also wants 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. He even 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?
"Coble provides plenty of excitement for readers who enjoy her unique combination of cozy setting and action-packed mystery." —Publishers Weekly
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.