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The House at Saltwater Point

(Lavender Tides #2)

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  2,455 ratings  ·  338 reviews

The dangerous beauty of Lavender Tides is harboring secrets that reach around the world.

Ellie Blackmore is making a name for herself as a house flipper. But when her sister Mackenzie disappears, Ellie can’t focus on anything but uncovering what happened. Her only clue is the bloodstain on the deck of Mackenzie’s boat. Ellie knows her sister isn’t on the best of terms w

Hardcover, 352 pages
Published July 3rd 2018 by Thomas Nelson
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JaneReads This could be read as a stand alone. A piece of a storyline from the previous book does carry over, but it explained enough in this one that I don't t…moreThis could be read as a stand alone. A piece of a storyline from the previous book does carry over, but it explained enough in this one that I don't think you would be lost.(less)
Robert One of the teachers at the university where Mac worked. A side character, very forgettable. Mac had a crush on him.

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DJ Sakata
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You know I’d do just about anything for you. Well, other than give up coffee. I wouldn’t do that for anyone.

Life wasn’t one long ribbon of known events. There were frayed areas he didn’t understand…

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While the premise sounded promising and I do enjoy a diminutive and feisty hammer-wielding heroine, this story goes in So-So - Not Bad But Not Good pile. Maybe it’s me but I just wasn’t feeling it. I never experienced that rapturous, swept-away, plugged-in connection to the
CD {Boulder Blvd}
Aug 17, 2018 rated it it was ok
All I could think of once I was done reading was thank goodness it was over. I wanted to rate this higher than 2 stars but just can't do it. Neither the suspense plot nor most of the characters had any depth. A small element of the plot would happen and then the two main characters would eat. Rinse, repeat. Food seemed to be a very important element as they were always eating. The FBI were supposed to be involved but the agents actually working the case were no shows. The believability factor wa ...more
The House at Saltwater Point is the first book I have read by the author Colleen Coble. It is a fairly fast paced suspense with plenty of crime and dead bodies littering the pages. I did wonder though at how some characters were viciously killed off but the main protagonists seemed to not be treated in the same way.

Ellie is a renovator - Hammer Girl is her blog name and the name that Grayson Bradshaw - coast guard officer likes to call her. As they both search for her sister - Mac, and try to u
Jul 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Rating 4.5

The high action suspense from Book 1 in the Lavender Tides series continues full on in Book 2. I would have given this book a 5, but I would like to have seen a stronger spiritual thread since this is considered Christian fiction.

Lavender Tides is harboring secrets that could affect the entire US. Ellie Blackshaw, a local house flipper, and Coast Guard Investigator, Grayson Bradshaw, connect when Ellie's sister, Mac, disappears and seems to be tied to the disappearance of a large shipm
Jul 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
The House at Saltwater Point is a solid and enjoyable addition to the Lavender Tides series. I was happy to catch up with the main characters from book one, and to be introduced to Grayson and Ellie. I really liked these characters and found that their attraction and romance was very believable.

This story started off with the immediate disappearance of a character and I fell right into the investigation with Grayson and Ellie. I enjoyed the twists and turns of the story and look forward to conti
Oct 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shaky sigh -- I won't be looking at black SUVs in the same way any time soon. In fact, I'll be busy throwing myself into bushes and ducking around corners every time I see one from now on because scary things happen when a black SUV rolls by.

But do you think Ellie figured that out in time to save this reader untold angst? Nope -- that girl is one stubborn spitfire who doesn't know what the word 'cautious' means. And 'backing down' isn't in her vocabulary either. I screamed myself hoarse trying t
Aug 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Great series!
Vanessa Teixeira
Jul 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
4/5 stars. An unexpectedly fantastic read, filled with mystery, crime, and ROMANCE!! Oh, how I missed reading a good romance. This book is downright refreshing and such a great summer read ♡
Full review on my blog
Apr 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
I love reading Colleen Coble’s books. Ms Coble writes light Christian, suspenseful, romance stories.

I did find that the book contained many characters, some who I thought were not important when they were first introduced in the book. Probably because they were not well developed. Then towards the end when these characters were drawn back into the story again I would have to do a search on my kindle to find out who they were. That was confusing and annoying for me although it might not be for o
Oct 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
What I enjoyed most about the second book in the Lavender Tides series is that Shauna meets her brother Connor after having separated from him over 20 years ago. Connor doesn't realize he is adopted and it was good to be a part of the feelings that surfaced.

The main story though is about home renovator Ellie Blackmore and her missing sister Mackenzie. There are rumors aplenty for what happened to "Mac". Lots of peeling of the onion to get at what happened and I was surprised by the villain when
Cara Putman
Jun 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Coble is back with another gripping story. This one builds on the first in the Lavendar Tides series, but stands well on its own. Grayson's life has been upended with news that he was adopted. Ellie's life has been overturned by the disappearance and likely death of her sister. Grayson is determined to show that Mac was behind a cocaine theft, while Ellie is desperate to prove that her sister is still alive and innocent. Through twists and turns the two spend time together trying to work the way ...more
RoseMary Achey
Dec 20, 2018 rated it did not like it
I am really surprised this author has so many published works to her credit. This title has so many flaws-items that should have been caught during editing. Timing elements that did not make any reasonable sense, poor character development and a storyline that was just not realistic.
Christine Indorf
I really would give this 3 1/2 stars. I think this book in the series is my least favorite. They introduced to many characters in this book and it got really confusing for most of the book. The 2 main characters were well written and I enjoyed their love story. But I think if they would have cut the characters in half I would have knew what was going on. I still would recommend this book and the series, but this one will be my least favorite!
Jul 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The House at Saltwater Point is book two in Lavender Tides series by Colleen Coble. Ellie Blackmore though her life was perfect. She is working hard to make her house-flipping business flourish and look after her sister Mackenzie. However, this was not the case. Ellie sister Mackenzie went missing, and everyone including Coast Guard intelligence officer Grayson Bradshaw believes she was guilty of stealing large cocaine shipping from the coast guard warehouse and decided to disappear. The readers ...more
Jul 23, 2018 rated it it was ok
I found the beginning of this book to start out really slowly for me. Partly due to the characters. Ellie was fine but I never fully embraced her. I agree with another reader that I kind of found her unappealing and kind of uncaring. Her sister is missing and at times Ellie came off as uncaring with the way she reacted.

Grayson was better. I did warm up to him quicker. He was kind. Grayson and Ellie did share some sparks but they were more sparklers than big fireworks. This story had some flaws
Cheryl Baranski
Jul 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The House at Saltwater Point is book two in the Lavender Tides series by Colleen Coble. Colleen has outdone herself again. She has written a book that is sure to be a hit. This story captured me right from the start. Characters and a story line that you will surly love. There is so much action, adventure, excitement and unexpected happenings throughout this story. She keeps you guessing right up to the very end. Be sure to get your copy of The House at Saltwater Point today. I received a comple ...more
Molly Jaber (Cover To Cover Cafe)
Oct 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-reads
Another cover love novel from the hands of Mrs. Colleen Coble, a gem among the Christian Fiction authors I review books by! I struggled just a bit with the first 3 chapters, trying to get engrossed, but once I did......boy, this novel flew by for me! The characters were wonderfully chiseled and the theme of the story was suspenseful, just as the first. 

This book, to me, while having amazing characters, started off too slow for me. It wasn't until about chapter 4 that I became fully engrossed and
Lori Quick
Jun 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The House at Saltwater Point is the first for me by Colleen Coble. It was defiantly a page turner. I really tried to get it read in one sitting.

This book was amazing. So many twists and turns. I did not see the ending coming. I knew there was an HEA but not the way it turned out. The characters are well written, and believable. I can't wait to read the next book in the series.
Sep 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Great suspense read...I really wish Mac’s point of view would have been left out. Once that entered into the equation, I kinda felt like the story lost some of its edge.

Still a story with great characters, suspenseful plot, and really a good clean suspense read. Keeping these on my forever shelves because my daughter will enjoy these when she is older. Another good mystery story from this author!

I received this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader
Jun 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
I love Cobles books and have always been excited to read them all. I am really enjoying the Lavender Tides series. This is book two in the series.

I loved every gripping, action filled page.

I can not wait to read Brenna's story and find out how that all ends.

You don't want to miss this series.

I gave this book 4 stars and I recommend this one to everyone.

The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.
The Lit Bitch
Aug 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like books with interesting mysterious titles. This book, in combination with the cover, said mystery to me. I love the dark, brooding colors and scenery on the cover of this book and in many ways, it reminded me of a more modern Mary Stewart novel, so I was eager to read it.

It was made very clear to me that this was a Christian fiction novel before I agreed to read it. I don’t read a ton of Christian fiction, but I don’t object to Christian fiction in the least—I am Catholic after all. But so
Aug 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
THE HOUSE AT SALTWATER POINT is the second book in Ms. Coble's Lavender Tides series. Fans will want to read the first book The View from Rainshadow Bay first as they do sort of tie in together. I'm anxious to read the third book in this series, coming maybe in January 2019.

Ms. Coble is a top-notch romantic suspense writer, and this is a sweet one, easy on the romantic tension, and easy on the murder even through there is some. I was so caught up in the story I forgot to try to figure out who-d
Oct 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
It's not the tragedy that can ruin you- it's your own attitude toward it. You can let adversity make or break you. It's up to you.

This is my second read on the Lavender Tides series. The setting is peaceful but deadly, the characters seem simple but are complex. It seems fitting that Shauna and Zack from the first series spark the flame with Ellie and Grayson. Ellie a house flipper with a family tragedy in her past lives with guilt. A guilt that drives her with her current tragedy, the accusati
Susan Snodgrass
Jun 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
'Nothing could define her unless she let it. She had God in her life to heal those broken places, but she hadn't let him do it."

Ellie Blackmore flips houses and is happy doing it. In fact, the next house she flips is her dream house and she intends to keep it as her own. Then her sister, MacKenzie goes missing and she begins to learn things about her that aren't all that pleasant. MacKenzie's boat has blood stains on it and she is believed to be dead. Mac's ex husband and she are on bad terms bu
This is a great second story addition to the Lavender Tides series that takes place in Lavender Falls, on the coastal area of Washington state. Ellie Blackmore and Jason Yarwood, own Lavender Farm Homes, a construction company that buys and remodel houses for resell (flips houses). Her younger sister, Mackenzie, and Jason don't get along real well but Mac helps out with the remodeling from time to time. Mac is a professor specializing in Asian languages including Korean. She has a sailboat that ...more
Feb 20, 2020 rated it liked it
The cover to this book is SO pretty and it definitely helped interest me in the story. This book turned out to be a very enjoyable novel.

What I Liked: Both Grayson Bradshaw and Ellie Blackmore were both very likeable characters. I felt for Ellie as she felt like her sister Mac, was under attack and she constantly had to defend her—only to find that everything was not as it seemed with her sister. I also felt for Grayson as his world was turned upside down by the news that he was adopted and his
Jun 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Near the northern coast of the Olympic Peninsula in Washington state are many lavender fields. Coble has set her Lavender Tides Series in this location. This is the second book in the series and while it reads well on its own, it can be fully appreciated only if the previous book has been read.

Coble goes for a modern terrorist theme in this romantic suspense novel. Ellie is the main character and is a successful house flipper. Grayson is a Coast Guard investigator who has been called into the ar
Lisa Johnson
Aug 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Title: The House at Saltwater Point (A Lavender Tides Novel #2)
Author: Colleen Coble
Pages: 352
Year: 2018
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Whether you are familiar with Colleen Coble’s work or not, here is tale that you sure don’t wish to pass up. Of course, the characters continue from the first book in the series, The View from Rainbow Bay. Here in the sequel is a mesmerizing tale of Ellie Blackmore who loves to work with her hands and therefore has her own home remodeling busi
Tiffany Marin
Beautiful Lavender Tides is harboring more secrets, this time with international ties and the potential for huge consequences. Ellie Blackmore has been building a name for herself as a house flipper. But, when her sister, Mackenzie, disappears, she finds herself unable to concentrate on anything but finding out what happened to her. Her only clue is the huge bloodstain left behind on Mackenzie’s boat. Ellie knows that her sister wasn’t on the best of terms with her ex husband, Jason, but he woul ...more
Jul 25, 2018 rated it liked it
"As a sworn civilian intelligence investigator for the Coast Guard Investigative Services, or CGIS, for the past three years he'd been on the trail of Tarek Nasser, but the terrorist was a phantom, and every time Grayson got close to apprehending him, he'd slipped away . . . . . "

Or had he?

Arriving in Lavender Tides, Washington, Grayson Bradshaw believes that a huge cocaine theft might lead him closer to a known terrorist, whose insatiable need for cash might provide the money trail that he so d
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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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