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Covered in Coal

(Buried Secrets #1)

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  1,246 ratings  ·  257 reviews
Carly Jo Simon believed that Colton Weston was her future, but he shattered her heart into tiny pieces. Just like any little girl would, she assumed her daddy would always be by her side. Unbelievably, he turned his back on her when she needed him most, leaving her with no one in her life to turn to for support.

Without options, Carly runs away from the only home she's eve
Published March 16th 2014
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Maureen Mayer
Oct 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
It's very seldom that I am blown away by an author's debut novel, but after beta reading Covered in Coal, I can honestly say that Silla Webb is a true artist with her words and the emotions she depicts through her characters. This story was beautifully written, and I didn't want to put it down for a single second.

Carly Jo Simon is thrown through the wringer when Colton, her boyfriend of three years, ends their relationship without any warning. Carly is left devastated by the unexpected blow, but
Lea ★
This was just OK.
I actually picked this up to clear my head from reading about darker topics, but be aware that you will find plenty of drama here. Cheating, coke snorting, abuse, miscarriage... so, if those things are deal breakers for you, don't read it.
At times, the story was hard to follow, and characters seemed a bit juvenile, but I will read the next installment, since this one ended in cliffhanger.

Sep 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Where to begin with this review?? Silla Webb has left me with my jaw on the floor! This is the raw, emotional, captivating story of Carly Jo Simon's life! From the very first chapter, you are pulled in and know this is a book you won't put down til it's finished! I felt every emotion of Carly Jo, watched as her world crumbled, but she didn't! In times when most would have given up, fell through the cracks & stayed down, Carly picked herself up, stayed strong and moved forward! At the age of 17, ...more
Yessi Smith
Nov 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
It is very rare for me to be rendered speechless, but Covered in Coal did just that. There simply are no words to describe the perfection that is this story. Silla Webb plays on your every emotion, drawing you in with characters that become so personal to you, you feel like you are a part of them and their world.

Covered in Coal introduces us to our heroine Carly Jo Simon, and what a heroine she is. Her strength, determination and independence is humbling and something every woman should aspire f
Jen Cothran
Jan 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Jen by: Silla Webb
I was given this to read and absolutely was left with my jaw hanging open. Silla captured me with her cast of characters and flow of her story telling. This book was full of suspense, heartache, tension, sorrow, happiness, mystery, lust, love, and an ending that will leave your heart.......well you will just have to read it to see.

Carly is an amazingly strong character and her story is open and raw. It will suck you in and have you feeling all her emotions with her as her relationships with peop
Talk Books To Me
Mar 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Review by Brandi
4.5 Stars
Silla Webb, thank you for helping me out of my book slump and giving us this kick-ass book! Everyone stop right now and go buy Covered in Coal! Yes, I’m serious…go buy it NOW because you will have no regrets! I loved this story and the twist and turns Webb delivers kept me glued to the chair the whole day.

This is not just a rekindled romance story, it’s deep and explosive with many secrets under these character’s skins that I was intrigued during the entire book. I conne
Mar 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
First off, amazing job by the author. The emotions for each character were everywhere. I loved and hated both Carly Jo and Colton. Carlo Jo is this tough, hard headed girl left with no one to turn to in a life changing event. She leaves broken hearted to start over and endures even more tragedy and has no one to comfort her as she deals with so much. Colton is the guy that breaks her heart and leaves her broken hearted and alone with no explanation. He is also going enduring his own suffering. S ...more
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K.S. Smith
Sep 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Covered In Coal By Silla Webb - 5 Stars
Review by K.S. Smith
**This review contains spoilers**

I was privileged enough to receive a BETA copy of Covered In Coal by Silla Webb. I have to tell you, this is one debut novel you do not want to miss.

Carly Jo is a firecracker who isn’t afraid to look fear in the face and tell it to go to hell. Life has thrown obstacle after obstacle in front of her and each time she kicks life in the balls and comes out on top.

After fleeing Kentucky for seven years Carly
Heather andrews
Mar 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Let's just say Colton isn't really good at taking no for an answer, "Carly Jo, I ain't gonna upset you anymore. You're had enough to deal with for one day. But you can bet your sweet a**, this conversation is long from bein' over. I'll see you later this week, before you leave." Also he's bossy, "let's move it, baby, I'm starvin', and I know you ordered enough food for a damned army, so let's eat!" Colton says with a sly grin on his face." Also he sort of ignore Carly's rants when she has them, ...more
Mar 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This was an ARC book 
I read the title and thought it would be a cute book to read, something different. I fell in love with
Carly jo and Carlton. There story was so touching. I cried in certain parts of the story, couldn't belive what 
they all have gone through. I love the country feel of the story,I could see the story in my head as I read it.
Carly jo has gone through so much in her life since she was a kid, but she is such a strong woman. I Hope
there is another book coming out, because it ends
Three Chicks
Mar 26, 2014 rated it really liked it

You ever have that one person that no matter what they did to you, you couldn’t help but stay in love with them no matter how hard you fought it?

“But that’s what true love does to ya when you lose it. It shatters you, heart, mind, body and soul, leaving nothing behind but a million tiny shards.”

Carly Jo had high hopes of attending college on a cheerleading scholarship but that all came crashing down after graduation. When her boyfriend of 3 years dumps her and her father basically disowning her
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"I'm stepping away from the only life I've ever known, stepping away from daddy, away from Colton, away from home.


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"It has been seven years since I've been home, since my life changed so drastically."

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"Although Colton has always held the key to my he
Jan 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
4 Soot Covered Stars

When I saw the blurb for this new book I knew I would read it. I have family that lives in coal mining country. They support their families with coal mining dollars. There are lots of folks that think coal mining is harmful to the environment. I'm not arguing with them. Mainly because I like to argue with the lights on and coal mining, however how dirty or harmful to the mountains, keeps those lights on. So when I read that this book was set in Kentucky around the coal mines.
Jodie Squelch
Sep 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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My words can’t do this book justice; it’s simply an amazing debut novel…. I laughed, I cried, I laughed and I cried some more.
I got pulled into the world of Carly Jo Simon and felt like I was right there with her……
Carly Jo grows up as her Daddy’s little angel and could no wrong in his eyes….. After graduation her whole world shatters, Colton Weston her one true love ends it ….. She is left heart broken and pregnant, she runs to daddy for help but when he dismisses her…. Carly Jo leaves the only
Natalie Jones
Sep 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I'm not even sure how to write this review. Silla Webb is going to be an amazing author if she keeps this up. I got to Beta read this book and I am so happy and feel very privileged to do so. There were parts in this book that broke my heart and others made me laugh til I cried. This book will leave you shocked and begging for more! Each of the characters are amazing in their own way and you really feel like you know them like they are part of your life and that you are right there living this s ...more
Jamie  Leigh
Mar 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
oh. my. goodness. this is such a great read. Colton and Carly were high school sweethearts. He broke up with her before she found out she was pregnant. After her daddy rejecting her too, she leaves with plans never to return. Seven years later, she comes home to watch her Daddy die.

This author grabbed me in from the start and didn't let go, even with that HUGE cliff hanger at the end!

Being a southern girl, I didn't have problems with the dialect. That's how we sound...right y'all?
Abby P.Cook
Mar 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book was absolutely Amazing!! I was lucky in getting a chance to read it before release and OMG Webb did an amazing job!! This book had me from the first page!! I will write a real review and post it here later but I just had to say just how wonderful I felt this book was.
A.M. Guilliams
Mar 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I love Carly Jo and Colton. The emotions these characters project make you feel throughout the entire book. I love books that make me feel what the characters are feeling. You will laugh. You will cry. You will get angry. I need to know what happens next sooooo bad!!!!
Yolanda March
Mar 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Covered in Coal by Silla Webb

Carly Jo Simon had her life planned out. She was going to marry her boyfriend Colton after she finished law school and have x number of kids and live happy ever after. Of course it did not work out this way..Colton breaks up with Carly....she finds out she pregnant....she goes to her “daddy'' who turns his back on her as well! Carly decides to leave town and never look back.
Carly returns to town 7 years to a dying father. Carly is left her father's business Coal Min
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Mar 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I have had to give this read 5 stars. It was a breath of fresh air to me to read a well written book with dialogue as a person speaks. Not everyone speaks the perfect Queens English, and I'm a great believer in keeping things real even if it IS FICTION! It has to be believable, and this story was. I can't get past the fact that this is her first novel. I want to read more!!!

I'm off the old school of readers, I'm middle aged and remember when authors used to jump right into dialogue on page one!
Mar 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
** I received an ARC from the author in exchange for honest review **

5 freaking stars!!

My reaction in the end is the same.. WTH?! Damn i don't know if I love or hate you Silla Webb!=))
One of the wisest thing you did is WARNiNG your readers about the cliffhanger of this book and ASSURING them that there is a second book (because if there is none and with this kind of cliffhanger I think I would find myself sitting in the corner, rocking and thinking about WTH just happened!? )
So where do I beg
Mar 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing

Silla Webb, thank you for helping me out of my book slump and giving us this kick-ass book! Everyone stop right now and go buy Covered in Coal! Yes, I’m serious…go buy it NOW because you will have no regrets! I loved this story and the twist and turns Webb delivers kept me glued to the chair the whole day.

This is not just a rekindled romance story, it’s deep and explosive with many secrets under these character’s skins that I was intrigued during the entire book. I connected to Carly Jo,she is s
Amy Rogers
Mar 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC for an honest review. I can not believe that this is Silla Webb's first book. I am absolutely speechless! This book was beautifully written. My heart broke for Carly. That poor girl went through so much. Then Colton ... Oh my word! I have never seen a character love someone so much and was so persistent to re claim her. I truly believe that no matter the tug and pull and all the heartache and stuggles with trust that Carly and Colton are soul mates. But it isn't easy with Luke ...more
Mar 29, 2014 rated it did not like it
I am speechless regarding all the rave reviews. I guess if you like cheating? If it is alright to ignore your true love who is in the hospital? If it's okay for someone to not admit to cheating because they don't feel they did any thing wrong? And if it's okay to treat your true love bad for six weeks because you cheated? This book is for you.

This heroine was awful. I felt she was selfish. Do I feel sorry for what happened to her yes, but that does not give her the right to stomp all over the on
Hooker Heels Book Blog
Mar 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
HOLY CLIFFHANGER!! (Don't worry you are warned in the opening pages of the book). I was given an ARC copy to review and I will do my best to do it justice without giving away spoilers. Let me just say that you must read this book! The story was compelling, well told, and will leave you with allot of OMG moments! I really liked the character Carly Jo. She is one of the finest examples of a strong heroin that I have seen in quiet awhile. She is faced with many challenging situations throughout the ...more
Andrea Huseman
Mar 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Are you looking for a great new author? Are you looking for a five star rated book? If so, this is definitely the one for you. I was so excited and anxious when I saw the description for this read. Wow! I sure wasn't disappointed. This new author has written an excellent book with both amazing storyline and characters. I immediately found myself attached and couldn't put it down. The characters were so well written that I found myself inside this storyline. I felt every emotion(emotional roller ...more
Mar 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved loved loved it!!!!

I hate reading reviews of what happens in a book instead of finding out for myself as I read,so here is my short review. I thought this was going to be a predictable romance novel ( I read several books a week) but I have to say I never knew what was going to happen next, and couldn't wait to see what the author had planned as the ending.
I often read book 1 in a series and have no interest in reading the next release and feel like I wasted my time and money, but I can't w
Jessica Griffith
Jan 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Holy cliffhanger batman! I know some folks curse the dreaded cliffhanger but I absolutely love them!
This book was an awesome debut. I am absolutely gagging for the next! I love the characters and the drama of the story. The story was driven with no lulls or skip-able spots. It had a great balance of drama/angst and happy moments. You are absolutely cheering for Carly and Colton even though they are both highly flawed characters(yes I said both). On the nit picky side, there were a few little ty
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Silla Webb is a Kentucky native, raised in the heart of the Eastern Kentucky coal fields. A coal truck driver's daughter, and a railroader's wife, the coal fields own a special place in her heart.
She is a work at home, Super Momma to three rowdy boys, who keep her on her feet from daylight to sunset. As a pass time from her everyday life, Silla started a blog-Momma's Secret Book Obsession, for rev

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