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Serenity Bay

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  72 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
Quaint island life in the Puget Sound offers everything Patricia Koehler desires for her husband and children, including the chance to share in the music of her beloved cello. But Patricia harbors a secret she can reveal to no one-until Susan drops into her life with a heart even larger than her love of life and laughter. But neither woman is prepared for the events set in ...more
Paperback, 332 pages
Published April 13th 2005 by Thomas Nelson (first published October 1st 2000)
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Oct 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: domestic-abuse
Great book! Nordberg does a great job taking the reader on a journey inside the life of a young woman whose life isn't all that it appears.
When I started this book I liked the title and was looking for a light read. Although the book wasn't the light read I was looking for, I felt drawn to the main character and her struggle to fit in, to be a good wife, a good mother, I liked her sweet sincere nature and her love of the cello.
As I got deeper into the novel, it was not lost on me that October
Jan 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Story Description:

A charming island village in the Puget Sound seems like the perfect place to raise their children when Patricia Koehler and her husband move in. And the slow pace of life might be just the thing to bring the peace and quiet Patricia longs for. When she discovers a wonderful friend in Susan – a woman as outgoing as Patricia is shy – she knows she’s made a friend for life.

Yet all is not as it seems, and the Koehlers are not a perfect couple. When Patricia shares her secret agony
Aug 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I could not put this book down.
Life on the quaint little island of Serenity Bay in Puget Sound is peaceful and quiet. To all appearances, Patricia Koehler has everything she could ever want in a husband and two young children. But Patricia harbors a terrible secret she can share with no one--she is battered wife whose children are in danger too. Then she meets Susan, a Christian woman with a heart even larger than her love of life and laughter and their friendship literally becomes Patricia's l
Dec 05, 2010 rated it liked it
Heavy reading. Traces the life of an ordinary woman who blindly-in-love marries a disturbed and abusive man. The progression from happy bride to bewildered victim to terrified slave is very well portrayed, although it is still hard to understand how easily it seems that a life can be so altered in such a short time. Very well written and insightful; though disturbing, I would recommend it.
Aug 21, 2007 rated it liked it
Shelves: american, funreading
Bette Nordberg is a friend of my family and I have always appreciated her books. Set in the San Juan islands, the scenery is familiar to me and she her ability to tell a fascinating and powerful story while remaining very entertaining is impressive.
read this once and started to read again several years later but couldn't get into it. Gave it away.
Christine Smith
Jan 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-books-read
Tough look at spousal abuse targeted to Christian women. Eye opening and suspenseful. The author came to our book club discussion and was delightful and informative.
Sep 16, 2014 rated it it was ok
Just don't like books about abused women whose husband kidnaps kids. Great story about trusting God, but very depressing.
Nov 22, 2008 rated it it was amazing
One of the best rated books of all time in our Book Club! Sad, very real, and just couldn't put it down.
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A story about battered women. Religious story.
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