Review: Lonestar Angel

Disclaimer: I rec’d a copy of this book for review as part of the publisher’s BookSneeze program. I rec’d no other compensation and am only required to write an honest review of this work of fiction.

Lonestar Angel by Colleen Coble

Wow … this book was a great read! I spent yesterday reading instead of knitting; yes, it’s that good.

As a mom, the hardest thing to experience has got to be the loss of a child — either through death or kidnapping. That’s what makes the story-line of Lonestar Angel so scary: five years before the book opens, a young couple’s baby is kidnapped and presumed dead. The husband, Clay, immerses himself in his work while his wife’s grief causes her to divorce her husband and move as far away as possible from Texas (she ends up in Indiana). The book opens with Clay coming to find his wife, Eden, and tell her that he has never given up on searching for thier daughter and that now he has found her … but he needs Eden’s help.

The unraveling of which little five year old is their Brianna, the rekindling of their love, and the unveiling of the “bad guy” all makes for a taut story that kept me turning the pages. The setting of a summer camp in western Texas for foster children is heart-wrenching but beautifully drawn and never lapses into the maudlin or melodramatic.

Coble weaves an intricate plot with characters who you learn to love … characters who are not perfect but who are trying to find God’s call for each of them. I particularly was impressed with the characterization of Sister Marjo. The plot … which at times SEEMED predictable … kept me guessing. Just when I was so sure I knew what would happen, or who was who, or what was what, Coble threw in a curve ball that changed my preconceptions right up to the end of the book.

Thank you Ms. Coble for writing such a fun, chick-lit story with a solid message of faith, the indissolubility of the marriage covenant, and trust in others!

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