Monday, March 05, 2012

Blue Moon Promise Review

If you read this blog much at all, you know that Colleen Coble has been instrumental in launching my writing career. For some reason she saw something in me and has breathed life into it. 

If you love her Gilded Age historicals and you enjoy her Lonestar series, then Blue Moon Promise is for you. While I enjoy Colleen's contemporary romantic mysteries, I've decided I adore her historicals. There is a certain style that comes through as she writes stories set in times from the past that I love. This book completely fit that convergence.

Lucy Marsh has to protect her younger siblings, but after her father is killed, it becomes ever more challenging. Then a man shows up at her door claiming to be a long ago friend of her father's. He suggests she marry his son, so that she and her siblings will have  a place to live. That requires a move from Indiana to the unknown in Texas, but when they are attacked that night, she feels she has no choice. 

Nate isn't expecting a all. The store of their growing relationship is complicated when the trouble follows Lucy from Indiana to the Blue Moon ranch. Lucy was a heroine I could completely relate to because she feels a need to control her environment and doens't know how to let go. But now she finds herself in a setting and place where she has to choose between trying to maintain control or allowing God to take the reins. I can so relate to the struggle to release something to him then turn and take it back. Over and over. But it's when we let Him lead that true freedom and love can bloom.

This is a delightful story that I loved from page one. If you are a fan of historical romances with strong mystery threads, this book is for you.

StoryA love like Lucy and Nate's only comes along once in a blue moon . . .
Lucy Marsh has lost everything but her determination to provide for her brother and sister. When she realizes her father's death was no accident, she decides to accept a proxy marriage in order to get her siblings out of harm's way. But trouble follows her to Wichita Falls, Texas, and nothing there is as she expected. Not the man she came to marry nor the family ties she'd hoped to find. Can it be true that real security is in letting go of her own strength and trusting in the One who is far stronger than she?
Nate Stanton always knew he'd marry someday, but he planned to find his own wife. The woman his father deposits on his doorstep is not the kind of wife he had in mind. She knows nothing about ranching, and she brings two siblings with her in the bargain. He moves her into a tiny cabin and expects her to run back to Chicago, but Lucy is made of sterner stuff than he imagined. And when danger moves in, he realizes he'd give anything to protect her and the children he has grown to love. Even if it means giving up his ranch.

Here's more from her publisher:

"Coble is a great writer, she knows what readers want and she does not disappoint." —Romantic Times
Blue Moon Promise is a story of hope, romance, and suspense . . . immersing the reader in a rich historical tale set under Texas stars.
To celebrate Colleen is teaming up with her publisher Thomas Nelson for a "Blue Moon Promise" Facebook Chat party where she will giveaway a KINDLE Fire and a Texas-sized gift basket (fabulous Texas treats and fun Lucy-inspired housekeeping products)!
Click the banner to the right, RSVP today for the Facebook Party and mark the date on your calendar!
Invite your friends and don't miss Colleen's evening of chat, trivia, prizes, and more.

{More about Colleen}

Best-selling author Colleen Coble's novels have won or finaled in awards ranging from the Best Books of Indiana, ACFW Book of the Year, RWA’s RITA, the Holt Medallion, the Daphne du Maurier, National Readers' Choice, and the Booksellers Best. She has nearly 2 million books in print and writes romantic mysteries because she loves to see justice prevail. Colleen is CEO of American Christian Fiction Writers and is a member of Romance Writers of America. She lives with her husband Dave in Indiana.
Visit her website at Twitter @colleencoble.

{More about Blue Moon Promise}

Book Number One in the Under Texas Stars series
A love like Lucy and Nate’s only comes along once in a blue moon . . .
Lucy Marsh's worldly resources are running out, but she's fiercely determined to care for her younger brother and sister. When she discovers that their father's recent death was no accident, Lucy is eager to leave town. She accepts a proxy marriage she believes will provide safe refuge. But trouble follows her to Texas where her new husband is surprised to suddenly have a wife and children to care for.
Nate Stanton always hoped he'd marry someday, but running the family ranch meant he had no time for romance. When his father deposits Lucy Marsh—a city girl—on his doorstep, with two siblings in the bargain, he expects ranch life will send her running on the first train out of town. But Lucy is made of tougher stuff than Nate imagined. When danger moves in, Nate finds he'd give anything to protect Lucy and the children he's grown to love. Even if it means giving up his ranch.


Marianne said...

Great review, Colleen's historical best, as well

misskallie2000 said...

Great review Cara. I have not read any of Colleen's books but am adding her as new author and Blue Moon Promise to my wish list. Can't wait to read her books.

misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

Cara Putman said...

Thanks, gal. So glad you liked the review. Thanks for stopping by.


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