Review: Rosemary Cottage by Colleen Coble

Amy came to Rosemary Cottage to grieve, to heal, maybe even find love. But there’s a deadly undertow of secrets around Hope Island . . .

The charming Rosemary Cottage on the beach offers Amy Lange respite she needs to mourn her brother, Ben. She’s even thinking of moving her midwife practice to the Outer Banks community. It’s always been a refuge for her and her family. She also wants to investigate Ben’s disappearance at sea. Everyone blames a surfing accident, but Amy has reason to wonder.

Coast Guard officer Curtis Ireland has lost a sibling too. His sister, Gina, was run down by a boat, leaving him to raise her infant daughter. If anyone knew who little Raine’s father was, Curtis could lose his beloved niece. Yet he can’t help being drawn to Hope Beach’s new midwife, Amy. He even agrees to help her investigate what happened to both Ben and Gina.

Can two grieving people with secrets find healing on beautiful Hope Island? Or will their quest for truth set them at odds with each other…and with those who will go to any length to keep hidden things hidden?

Well, I thought for sure I’d reviewed Tidewater Inn but after looking at the link I’m not sure I READ it but am instead thinking of one of Denise Hunter’s Nantucket Love Story books – specifically Driftwood Lane. Regardless, I’m glad I read Rosemary Cottage.

After reading several books that don’t quite fall into the true romance genre, I was glad to read this one, which does. There’s a bit of suspense and a surprising bad guy, which I loved. And a guy-you-thought-was-a-good-guy-but-really-isn’t [actually, there’s more than one, but one in particular].

Ms. Coble kept me turning figurative pages as I sped through the book, wanting desperately to figure out what was going on and whodunit. I’d love to see another book set here to follow some of the other characters, particularly some of the SAR folks.

Curtis and Amy find their way together over seemingly insurmountable odds. The way they overcome those odds and the way the figure out the mystery will likely bring me back to Rosemary Cottage again someday soon.

Overall rating: 8.75 out of 10

Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for an ecopy in exchange for my honest review.

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