The View from Rainshadow Bay

From USA TODAY bestselling author Colleen Coble comes a news series set amid the gorgeous lavender fields of Washington state—but the beauty masks deadly secrets.

Shauna McDade is single mom to a five-year-old son after her husband was killed in a climbing accident. Her aerial photography business is on the verge of bankruptcy after a string of mechanical failures that don’t seem coincidental. She recently took pictures for an environmental study and noticed a dark spot in the Juan de Fuca Strait. Her pictures created a furor when it was discovered that the runoff is coming from one of the largest lavender growers in the valley, a family business inherited by Shauna’s estranged cousin.

When her mentor and business partner is murdered, Shauna realizes that she’s in danger too. Fearing for her son, she turns to the only ally she has. Nate Bannister was her husband’s best friend—and is the person she blames for his death. Nate is only too happy to try to assuage his own guilt over Jack’s death by helping her in any way he can. But the lavender fields are a shroud for something much darker, and these are secrets that someone will do anything to keep buried.

Let’s just get it out there in the open. Anyone who knows me or has followed my reviews for a bit knows I’m a big fan of Colleen Coble. I’ve been reading her books for years, I’m fairly certain I own them all, because I can always count on her to write something that allows me to relax. I like knowing when my life is stressful I can count on her to make it better for a bit.

Now she’s writing a whole new series, this being the first, and her setting is absolutely gorgeous so I was able to be whisked away from this reprehensible heat to go hang out with a new set of characters.

I’ve always loved that despite being a rock in the Christian Fiction field she writes fantastic plots with plenty of suspenseful action and doesn’t bash you over the head with the religious aspect. I don’t say that to be rude and I’m certainly not bashing Christians but I have friends across the spiritual realm so I like having an author I can recommend to everyone regardless of their belief system. My non-Christian friends want to read ‘clean’ suspense too that isn’t full of blood, rape scenes, drug dens, etc so Coble fits the bill.

Does this one ever deliver on the action, emotional drama, and characters you just want to hug. In trademark Coble creation she provides a slew of fictionalized people that feel more real than not with problems and answers that are firmly grounded in reality to help you feel invested in the journey.

Buckle up and be prepared to fight through danger, villainous intrigue, and natural disasters just waiting to throw even more turmoil into an already tumultuous dynamic.

Thank you to Netgalley and Thomas Nelson for allowing me to review this book.

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