Thursday, May 28, 2009

REVIEW: Lonestar Secrets by Colleen Coble

Colleen Coble’s “Lonestar Secrets” is a wonderful story. The common thread woven through this “Lonestar” romance series is a marriage of (in)convenience. This time, the bride and groom are Shannon and Jake. Shannon is no stranger to pain. Her parents were flighty treasure hunters and the uncle who “raised” her after their deaths was less than kind. She became pregnant as a teenager by a handsome cowboy who promptly left her when he learned the news. When she delivered twins and the woman in the next room lost her baby girl, a well-meaning nurse gave one of Shannon’s babies to the other mother, telling Shannon that one of her girls had died.

Jake is no stranger to pain, either. He is a widower raising his young daughter alone. When Shannon returns to be the town veterinarian, and their girls meet, they notice the resemblance is uncanny. When they learn that the girls are actually Shannon’s twins, they choose to marry to keep the family together. Not an ideal situation. But neither is the act that Shannon’s best friend has been kidnapped and the father of her twins is also in town. What sort of chance will Shannon and Jake have to keep their family together with all of the secrets and drama in their midst.

At first, I was disappointed that this story felt so much like “Lonestar Sanctuary”, but it really grew on me. Not only were the characters from that first book prevalent in this tale, but the story really touched me. This is a terrific read!

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