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Lonestar Secrets (Lonestar #2)

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Can a secret be kept forever? Five years ago, Shannon Astor left the beautiful high-mountain country of West Texas as a single mother. She was desperate for a fresh start…and a way to keep the secrets of her past buried. It almost worked. Until a chance to make a better life for her daughter leads her right back home. To the very place of the past betrayals. But it also le ...more
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Tammy Doherty
Jul 19, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Colleen Coble’s writing. She brings her readers into the lives of each character, making us care about them. And so it is with Lonestar Secrets.

Shannon Astor gave birth to twins but then was told one of the babies had died. Five years later, she returns home and meets a little girl who looks so startlingly like her own daughter she questions the past. Other books would drag out this plot. Colleen’s characters behave like real people. Shannon immediately discovers the truth (don’t worry,
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Laura
Oct 23, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Title: LONESTAR SECRETS
Author: Colleen Coble
Publisher: Doubleday
2008
ISBN: 978-0-7394-9860-6
Genre: Inspirational/contemporary

Shannon Astor swore she’d never return to the town of Bluebird Crossing, Texas. Her parents were killed there and she lived with a harsh uncle. After Shannon gave birth to twins, and one died, Shannon took her remaining daughter and went to school to become a vet. Years later, Shannon was offered a job in Bluebird Crossing, and she returns home to her uncle’s ranch, now her
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gautami
Oct 23, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shannon Aster, a vet, comes back to West Texas. She had left it as a single mother five years back. Her uncle has left her the farm and she wants her daughter to have a better life. Despite the betrayals of the past she thinks that West Texas is home for her daughter Kylie.

When she sees Faith, the daughter of Horse Trainer Jack MacGowan, she is amazed. Faith looks exactly like her daughter Kylie and both the girls take to each other instantly. Shannon has to get to the bottom of it. Reluctantly
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Kathryn
Aug 07, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
another great read by coble in the lonestar series. It is a clean, fun romance telling how love is a choice. I love how the characters from the sanctuary are involved and you can continue to see their lives progress (Allie and Rick Bailey).

In secrets,Shannon a single mother of a 5 year old girl has made the break and sacrifice to go back to west Texas for a vet job that will help her and her child get a new break from a lower paying job in San Antonio and the cruddy living she had there. Her par
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Renee
Sep 13, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I got a bit nervous when I realized this book was part of the Lonestar series but after reading it, it seems to be a stand alone title.
Lonestar Secrets (click on the title to read the beginning)is the story of Shannon who is going back home to Texas; she's a single mom who is willing to put her past behind her in order to provide her daughter with a chance at a better life. Soon after her arrival in Texas she meets up with Jack, a now widowed father, whose daughter looks surprisingly like Shanno
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Donna
Sep 07, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shannon is looking for a chance to better her life for herself and her daughter. While she has struggled as a single mother and put herself through vet school, the ranch bequeathed to her offers a new opportunity. The vet clinic in town is also available to her, so off she goes. But, does the little town hold painful secrets for her? And, what's up with Mary Beth?
Jack is struggling with painful memories of his deceased wife, but his daughter is the light of his life. The ranch and training hor
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Amy
Feb 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh my! I loved this book! Lonestar Secrets is the second in this series by Collen Coble. A lot of heartache, soul searching, murder, mystery, love, faith all rolled into one - Early on we discover an injustice dealt to Shannon - that she doesn't realise until a chance meeting at the Mustang Makeover pre-event, when her small daughter meets another identical looking girl - with the same birthday & place of birth. The girls widowed father, Jack, also notices, and off we go on quite the adventu ...more
Andrea
Aug 27, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: ALL! It was great!
Recommended to Andrea by: Thomas Nelson Book Blogger group
I read Lonestar Secrets by Colleen Coble as a member of the Thomas Nelson Book Review Blogger group.
Shannon Astor returns to her childhood home where secrets long buried start coming to light. Shannon finds herself caught in the middle of these secrets which place her life in danger.

This book was great. It had suspense, intrigue, romance, and held my attention throughout. There were a few parts of the book that were a bit far fetched, but the twists and turns were entertaining. Even though it
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Susan
May 07, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this was a very good story of people who make the best of a very difficult situation. It is about loving someone (their children) more than themselves and being willing to sacrifice for them. It is also about choosing to love and make a happy place. Both parties chose to do so and that is why it worked.

The mystery is there but does not take over the entire story.

I recommend this CLEAN romance to almost anyone.
Laura Beth
Feb 07, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-read
Ok, I did not all of this one. Most will enjoy this book, but I do not like book with "secrets" that should have been resolved with one good conversation. I then skipped to the end where they had had the talk and were working on the conclusion to the book. Coble is a good writer and I love parts of what she does, but this is not the book for me.
Judy McMickle
Jul 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lone star secrets

This was an excellent story and was hard to put down once you get started. Loved it. Hope the next one is as good.
Della Raines
Jun 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Secrets slowly revealed

When an unwed mother has identical twins and two families raise them for five years, you won't believe the complications that happens with one bad decision.
LouAnn Summers
Feb 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good read.
Kw
Mar 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Two marriages of convenience in the same little town in a year's time. What are the odds? There were a few other odd things in this book, but they were outweighed by the story. Good mystery, good characters, and enjoyable prose.
Mariah H
I liked this one, but I thought the situation was so amazing.
Johanna
Jun 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Colleen Coble is definitely one of my favourite authors for she is, just as Karen Kingsbury once remarked, “a master storyteller”. Lonestar Secrets is certainly full of secrets, trust and a heart-warming romance that will be loved by all romanticists.

Reading the blurb, I thought this was going to be a straight, easy-going love story. But I was delightfully wrong!! Coble’s talent of crafting such a complex plot, where twists and hurdles arise at the most unexpected place made for a really thrill
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Lisa Crenshaw
Nov 20, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: coble-fiction
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Jane
Jan 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Can a secret be kept forever?
Five years ago, Shannon Astor left the beautiful high-mountain country of West Texas as a single mother. She was desperate for a fresh start...and a way to keep the secrets of her past buried. It almost worked.
Until a chance to make a better life for her daughter leads her right back home. To the very place of the past betrayals.
But it also leads Shannon to horse-trainer Jack MacGowan--her handsome high-school nemesis, now a widowed father. His daughter looks so st
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Lyndalou
Can a secret be kept forever?
Five years ago, Shannon Astor left the beautiful high-mountain country of West Texas as a single mother. She was desperate for a fresh start...and a way to keep the secrets of her past buried. It almost worked.
Until a chance to make a better life for her daughter leads her right back home. To the very place of the past betrayals.
But it also leads Shannon to horse-trainer Jack MacGowan--her handsome high-school nemesis, now a widowed father. His daughter looks so star
...more
E.A. West
Feb 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an amazing story of love and faith, betrayal and trust. Ms. Coble has written a wonderful novel that shows how devastating secrets can be and just how far desperate people will go to keep their secrets hidden. Through Jack and Shannon’s story, we see how one moment of betrayal can ruin trust for years, but bringing secrets into the open and having faith in others can heal. Jack and Shannon’s story is riddled with secrets and mistrust, not only between each other, but also between friends ...more
Susan
Five years ago, Shannon Astor left the beautiful high-mountain country of West Texas as a single mother. She was desperate for a fresh start...and a way to keep the secrets of her past buried. It almost worked.
Until a chance to make a better life for her daughter leads her right back home. To the very place of the past betrayals.
But it also leads Shannon to horse-trainer Jack MacGowan--her handsome high-school nemesis, now a widowed father. His daughter looks so startlingly like her own that Sha
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Jeanne
Enjoyed this better than the first in the series. The troubles seemed to be dealt with a little more realistically, even if the premise is unlikely. Young woman gives birth to twins. Nurse switches one for another newborn who died. Five years later, the woman moves back home and comes across a little girl the spitting image of her surviving child. To get her daughter back and to make sure they're both safe and happy, she marries the man who raised her daughter.

There were some loose ends. Or, per
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Jessica Johnson
Feb 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The whole time I was reading this book, I kept thinking, "I've read this storyline somewhere before." Oh yeah, it was in the other two books in this series. A little too much similarity in the three books in this series. Three marriages of convenience, all three women have one daughter (in this case, two, but she doesn't know that at first) and some mysterious man is calling these women and trying to "get" them. All the books are the same, only with minor changes. The thing is, though, I STILL c ...more
Keyanna Shelnutt
Many people wish to have a fresh start. Shannon Astor a single mother, horse trainer, decides to go back to west Texas to start over. She tries to bury her secrets behind and go forward, until she sees Jack Mac Gowan. Jack MacGowan , who is a widowed father, tries to move on from losing his wife. He goes to the work training his horses at the coral getting ready for the event. They met after many years apart after they realize their daughters look so much alike. They discover that both girls bel ...more
Cherie Kasper
I think this is one of the best books by Colleen Coble that I have read so far. It is Christian and it does have lots of romance, but it is also filled with suspense, which I love the combination.
It was so easy to feel like I was a part of the story living right there in it. I loved the characters and all the secrets that they kept. I loved how everything came together in the end with all the twists and turns. I would recommend this book to all who love Colleen and her writing, plus anyone else
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Sherri
This was a page-turner just like it's predecessor Lonestar Sanctuary.

There are some inconsistencies that I struggled with as the book went on but I think the editors must have not noticed by how fast the pages turn. Twice I caught the author saying that they stood up when they were already standing.

There were some elements that could have been fleshed out more and other elements you wonder why were thrown in. Do they heighten the suspense element alone or will other characters be in future books
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Natalie
I think I would give this book 3 1/2 stars if I could. I don't know why I can't give it four or even five stars, except to say the characters bugged me with some of their reactions to things. I was frustrated by how often the main character was less then completely honest. The romance was sweet, and I enjoyed watching it develop (except for the lack of complete honesty), and the action/mystery was interesting. When the villain appeared I was really surprised, I really hadn't seen it coming and t ...more
Jhoosphe Wogel
Jan 03, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wsa thinking this was a Western of past, but it's current. I really enjoyed it, but I didn't like placing a bad light on nurses. I didn't like the MS element that did not play out in the end. You would think that by these negative, that I didn't like the book, but I did! Some of the horse stuff I didn't get, like having a Mustang Clinic. I finally figured out that that is where they are broken and shown. The vet aspect and the Spanish treasure were a little far-fetched. LOTSA things were far-f ...more
Crystal
Aug 25, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Trying to put her life back together, Shannon returns to her hometown to become the town veterinary. But shortly after her arrival to the farmhouse her uncle bequeathed her in his will, the puzzle pieces to her life become even more mixed up.

The pace of the story is well done. The author didn’t spend too much time on any one conflict.

The plot is very unrealistic. The storyline read like a soap opera. There are way too many twists and coincidences. The interpersonal conflicts and mysteries that
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USAToday bestselling author Colleen Coble lives with her husband, Dave, in Indiana. She is the author of dozens of novels including the Rock Harbor Series, the Aloha Reef Series, the Mercy Falls Series, the Hope Beach Series, the Lonestar Series and two Women of Faith fiction selections, Alaska Twilight and Midnight Sea. She has more than 2 million books in print.
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