Reviewed by Charity Lyman
Rosemary Cottage is one of those stories that pulls you right in to the lives of the characters. It opens with a murder and continues on with mystery, car bombing, suspense, romance and even some new births! I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and I am sure you will too.
Rosemary Cottage continues in the vein of Tidewater Inn, the first book in the Hope Beach series. And if you have read Tidewater Inn, then you will recognize many of the characters in Rosemary Cottage. But in this story you get to learn about Curtis and Amy. Curtis is a Coast Guard and Amy is a midwife and healer. In fact, she gets to help with a birth in the very first chapter! However, Amy is also searching for answers. Her brother Ben was killed in what appeared to be an accident with a shark but Amy received an email hinting there was more to it. Curtis is involved as well because his sister was dating Ben. There is a lot of intrigue in here and many twists and turns. You think you have things figured out and then Colleen throws in another clue that blows your theory out of the water.
As I hinted above there is a lot of suspense. Amy even gets to deliver a baby on a sinking craft!! You can tell that Colleen has done her homework and I found the insight into all the healing herbs and their uses quite interesting. You also get to find out about the Coasties. One of the things I enjoy with Colleen’s books though is the secondary characters. They are almost as much fun as the main people. In this one you have Heather, a runaway who knows so much more than she lets on; and Raine, who is such a sweetheart with all her “stay” and “mom”.
There was only one thing I didn’t care for. Curtis and Amy were obviously drawn to each other. But it seemed at times they were the best of enemies. They would be happy and talking to each other one minute and then the next they were upset. I know the author has to have tension between them as the romance heats up but it just happened a lot in the book. Did it keep me from reading it? Or even thinking of putting the book down before I was done? Not a chance!! I enjoyed the plot too much. Overall, a great book. If you enjoy a sweet romance with a lot of mystery and suspense, give this one a try. You will be glad you did!
Charity lives in Illinois and is the oldest of 6 children. The family also has 3 dogs and a cat. Reading is a hobby when not cooking, baking, sewing or enjoying music. She reads many different genres but Christian fiction is a favorite. Charity can be found often at her blog, Giveaway Lady.
Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Thomas Nelson. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.