Monday, December 14, 2015
All is Calm/ All is Bright- Colleen Coble
Description: All is Calm
Brendan Waddell has always considered Bluebird Ranch a little piece of heaven: an idyllic ranch that pairs abused children with abused horses, run by one of his marine buddies. Now, it seems just the place to spend Christmas recovering from an on-the-job injury.
Lauren Everman first came to the ranch as a foster kid, but now knows it's the perfect hideout. As the witness to a murder, Lauren needs somewhere to lie low. Her beauty immediately catches Brendan's attention-- but so does her secretive behavior. This Special Ops Intel man knows a woman on the run when he sees one. Can he trust her, or is she putting the ranch at risk? One thing is certain: he's going to do everything he can to keep her safe so he can see what magic Christmas brings.
All is Bright
As manager of the Tidewater Inn, Delilah Carter has been planning a spectacular Christmas wedding for her friend, Elin Summerall. But when Delilah's car is forced off the road and into the ocean, she finally has to admit that the strange phone calls she's been receiving lately may be more than just pranks.
Sheriff Tom Bourne has always had a soft spot for Delilah, and he's determined to protect her. He hopes to win her heart by giving her the surprise gift of a lifetime.. but first he has to make sure nothing happens to her before Christmas Day.
It's the season of miracles. But will both Erin and Delilah get the ones they need this holiday season?
My Thoughts: All is Bright was an exciting mystery with a lot of suspense for such a short story. I really enjoyed reading about Tom and Delilah and how they finally found the courage to admit they had feelings for each other. While the villain was not the most believable, the rest of the story was amazing.
You might have noticed, however, that I started with the second story first. This is because I did not care overly much for All is Calm. The conflict itself seemed overblown in this story and it was one of insta-love, which I am not a fan of. Lauren and Brendan were great characters, I just couldn't believe that they would get together so soon after meeting.
The rating I have for this book is the average of the two stories' scores. All is Calm would be about a 3 for me while All is Bright was a 4. I know that if you only want to read one of them, you can pick them up seperatly for your kindle, just not in print.
I received this book through the Fiction Guild in exchange for an honest review.
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