Because You're Mine
I was attracted to Because You're Mine by Colleen Coble for two reasons (okay, three): the cover (it's stunning, attractive, and bold); the fact that the main character's name is Alannah (I have a 9 year old daughter named Alannah); and the fact that it's a suspense novel, my favorite book genre. The back cover reads:
"Alanna has been plagued by tragedy. So it should come as no surprise that in the beauty that surrounds Charleston, all is not as it seems.
When her husband is killed by a car bomb while their band is on tour in Charleston, Alanna doesn’t know where to turn. Her father-in-law is threatening to take custody of the baby she carries, but the one thing she knows for sure is that she can’t lose the last piece of Liam she has left.
Their manager offers her a marriage of convenience to gain her U.S. citizenship and allow her to escape her father-in-law’s control. It seems like the perfect solution . . . but her doubts begin almost as soon as she arrives at Barry’s family home, a decaying mansion surrounded by swamp.
To make matters worse, Liam’s best friend survived the car bomb. She’s never really liked Jesse and now she can’t seem to get away from him. When he takes Liam’s place in their band, it’s almost more than she can bear.
But then things start happening. Things that could easily cost Alanna her life—or the life of her unborn child. Are they merely coincidences? Or is there something much more sinister at work?"
Because You're Mine is a very fast read, and a solid, if predictable story. The characters could have been developed a bit better, and the plot twist/reveal/storyline could've been a bit less thinly veiled, but it was still a good read. I enjoyed sitting down with it at night and scaring myself a little. I appreciate a suspense novel that has Christian themes/underpinnings, and in this Colleen shines. The Christian aspects aren't overbearing or conspicuous, but they are there are fitted into the story well. While this isn't a groundbreaking or life altering story, it's a fun thrill ride to spend an evening or two in front of the fire reading. Recommended for lovers of Christian suspense.
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