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Lavender Tides #2

The House at Saltwater Point

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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 with her ex-husband, Jason, but he wouldn’t kill her—would he? 

Coast Guard intelligence officer Grayson Bradshaw believes Mackenzie faked her own death after stealing a seized cocaine shipment. The problem is convincing Ellie, who seems to view him as the true enemy.

Both Ellie and Grayson want truth, but truth—and family—is often more complex than it first appears. From international terrorism to the peaceful lavender fields of Puget Sound, The House at Saltwater Point is a thrilling race to uncover the truth before it’s too late.

352 pages, Hardcover

First published July 3, 2018

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Colleen Coble

173 books4,552 followers
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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Profile Image for DJ Sakata.
3,036 reviews1,747 followers
August 8, 2018
Favorite Quotes:

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…

My Review:

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 story or characters. And I missed that. I like feeling that on-edge prickle of tension and hypothesis generation when reading a well-written thriller.

The initial mystery did pluck at my curiosity, however, there were far too many implausible elements that I couldn’t get past or wrap my head around. For instance, despite one of the ringleaders consistently eluding law enforcement and earning “phantom” status, his current crew appeared to have been one of the most inept in ISIS’s history, as they were repeatedly unable to corral a tiny, unarmed, and incredibly naïve woman in a small town. And in spite of a known terrorist cell operating in the area, there was no law enforcement presence beyond the Elvis wannabe small-town sheriff and his deputies. The Coast Guard investigator offering his assistance was there looking into a different matter involving a drug heist. Hurrah for the Coast Guard, but the FBI/CIA rated several embarrassing black eyes in this one. I did derive immense satisfaction from Hammer Girl putting her trusty tool to good use, the little gal proved herself capable of more than blogging about home improvement and flipping houses.
Profile Image for CD {Boulder Blvd}.
963 reviews91 followers
August 18, 2018
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 was totally absent. I think if you've read any well developed suspense plot involving law enforcement you will find this one lacking.
Profile Image for Kathryn.
1,465 reviews236 followers
August 3, 2018
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 unravel what has happened to her they start to find they are really attracted to each other.

Who is Mac working with, what drives her, is she somehow mixed up with a crime ring or something even more sinister? Who is friend and who is foe? I began to feel very few could be trusted! Ellie has always cared for her sister but possibly her blind spot has hidden from her some of Mac's characteristics.

Grayson is dealing with some family issues, it turns out he is more linked to this town than he thought, and Ellie too has issues of her own from her childhood. ( Well who doesn't! However hers is a little more than most of us have to deal with).

While this is #2 in Colleen Coble's Lavender Point series, it is also a stand alone, I hadn't read #1 but enjoyed meeting the characters from that book.

This is a Christian fiction book, with a few God references that possibly are a little unnecessary, at times the story felt a little over the top, but no more than any fast paced adventure movie!!
Profile Image for Loraine.
2,954 reviews
July 17, 2018
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 shipment of cocaine from a local warehouse. But appearances aren't always what they seem to be. From the lavender fields of of Washington's Puget Sound to international terrorism Ellie and Grayson dodge bullets, bombs, and terrorists. Throw in family problems that reveal deep secrets and a developing romance, and the results are a suspense-filled book that kept me up long past my bedtime in order to finish. But I do have to admit, I figured out about two-thirds of the way through what Mac what doing; but it certainly didn't spoil a good read.

** I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. Opinions are mine alone. I was not compensated for this review.
Profile Image for Vanessa Teixeira.
178 reviews
July 1, 2018
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
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2,229 reviews139 followers
July 16, 2018
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 continuing on with this series in the next novel.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

You can read this review on my blog:
2,899 reviews1,727 followers
October 8, 2018
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 to guide her safely through to 'the end'. But she's tone deaf when it comes to directions from the reading gallery. And she doesn't always take directions from Grayson well either. She both annoys and fascinates him and royally messes up his well-ordered world. Love the great chemistry between these two! It's as charged as the suspense!

And there's an urgency to absolutely everything in this story. From the tense mysteries (yes, there's more than one) to the menacing villains (again, note the plural!) to the fast-paced action scenes. Not to mention the body count! And the specter of danger looming over them all! A delightfully page-turning, shoulder-checking and gasp-out-louding kind of a read.
Profile Image for Sherry.
117 reviews14 followers
April 26, 2018
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 others. Especially when you don’t want to stop reading. 😊

I also found that this book didn’t contain as much reference to God as her other books have. I was expecting God-loving characters, references to verses, etc. That’s just me personally.

The book was still very suspenseful with lots of twists and turns. I did enjoy it but probably would have enjoyed it much more if it hadn’t been for the character issues.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
Profile Image for Andrea Cox.
Author 3 books1,636 followers
December 8, 2021
Pretty great addition to the series. The search for Shauna’s siblings continued, and I was delighted to see the turn of events. It was fun to see some Asian connections in this one. I particularly liked that there was a Korean character. The romance wasn’t great for me in the first third, as it was manipulative and antagonistic, but it grew on me well in the back two thirds.

A veterinarian I’ve had experience with in the past told me that it’s tricky to know which gender kittens are, that it’s not as simple as checking its underside. This book made it look super simple, by just flipping the kitten upside down, but that isn’t at all what my real-life experience and research have shown me about young kittens.

I’m eager to see the continued sibling search in book three.

Content: drugs, sexual innuendo
Profile Image for Staci.
1,700 reviews518 followers
October 23, 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 revealed.

I look forward to book three which will focus on Shauna's lost sister Brenna.

My gratitude to publisher Thomas Nelson for a complimentary copy of The House at Saltwater Point. I was not required to post a review and the opinions expressed are my own.
Profile Image for Cara Putman.
Author 63 books1,624 followers
June 23, 2018
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 to the truth. It's complicated, layered, twisted, and a good read. One that romantic suspense readers will thoroughly enjoy.
Profile Image for Hannah.
2,402 reviews1,336 followers
March 17, 2021
3.5 stars, rounded up

Though I didn't like it quite as well as the next in the series, it was definitely better than the first in the series. This one's about Grayson finding out he's got two biological sisters out there and trying to help Shawna track down their baby sister. He's got a crime to solve and he's very interested in the pretty woman mixed up in the crime, so he has to ensure she is innocent and safe.

I liked both characters even though I didn't completely fall in love with them. A solid mystery with a pleasant Washington-state setting.

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a free reading copy. A favorable review was not required.
Profile Image for RoseMary Achey.
1,357 reviews
December 20, 2018
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.
Profile Image for Christine Indorf.
716 reviews115 followers
October 14, 2020
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!
Profile Image for Jenny.
1,670 reviews57 followers
July 17, 2019
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 of the House at Saltwater Point will continue to follow Ellie to find out if she proves that Mackenzie was not guilty of stealing the cocaine.

I enjoyed reading The House at Saltwater Point. Colleen Coble did an excellent job of laying out her settings and including characters from the first book in this series. I love Colleen Coble portrayal of her characters and the way they intertwine with each other throughout this book. The House at Saltwater Point is well written and researched by Colleen Coble. I like the way Colleen Coble describe the settings of The House at Saltwater Point.

The House at Saltwater Point will understand the role of a Coast Guard intelligence officer. Also, the readers of The House at Saltwater Point will learn about buying a house to do up and sell for a profit.

I recommend this book.
Profile Image for Cheryl.
5,136 reviews187 followers
July 24, 2018
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 to it but it would have been improved better with more enjoyable characters. Yet, this is just my opinion. Try this book for yourself.
467 reviews48 followers
July 18, 2018
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 complementary copy of this book. This review is my honest opinion. 5 stars!
Profile Image for Lori Quick.
300 reviews3 followers
June 19, 2018
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.
Profile Image for Rachael.
636 reviews
September 27, 2018
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.
Profile Image for The Lit Bitch.
1,248 reviews390 followers
August 14, 2018
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 sometimes Christian fiction can be REALLY Christian and that can be off putting for me. The first thing I noticed right away was this was definitely NOT one of those ubber Christian novels.

Had I not known that this was a Christian novel, I wouldn’t have been able to tell. There were a few ‘I’ll pray for you’ phrases and ‘while I was at church’ moments, but it all fit into the context of the story so it wouldn’t have tipped me off had I not known. So I think even people who aren’t Christian fiction fans would like this book because it isn’t overly preachy or anything.

This book read very quickly. I read it in a few days and had fun falling into the Lavender Tides community. This is also the second in a series…..I would never have guessed that. It reads totally fine as a standalone novel so if you are worried you will be lost…..I wasn’t in the least!

The story is set in Washington on the coast and I absolutely loved how the author capitalized on the Pacific Northwest costal vibes. I could totally picture this town and the setting so clearly in my head because I am from the Pacific Northwest and have been a life long coast goer so I loved the setting.

The characters were interesting and unique. I liked how Ellie is a carpenter and has this tragic past but she continues to peruse her dreams and be as happy as she can be. Grayson had a similar past and I loved them together as a couple. While their romance was a little predictable, I still enjoyed it.

The mystery angle was also interesting. Far fetched—but interesting all the same. There were times when I found the mystery so far fetched that it was hard to believe yet for some reason I didn’t completely hate it. I loved that there was this kind of definitive proof that Grayson held onto, but even with that proof, Ellie still stood by her sister. With that definitive proof in hand, it made the mystery element much more intriguing in my opinion, because here is proof of guilt yet is it really? I won’t give any more away than that but let’s just say it worked for me in a odd sort of way.

While I loved most of this book, there were things that were a little distracting for me. There seemed to be a few too many super heavy plots going on in this book. Again I won’t giveaway too much, but everyone literally has this horrible tragic story and there just seemed to be too many for me to focus on. I think one would have been plenty and the mystery angle was a little far fetched but for some weird reason it wasn’t completely off putting.

Overall this was a fun read for me. I read it while on vacation at the Oregon Coast so that made it a little more fun and realistic for me. I wouldn’t mind revisiting Lavender Tides again now that I’ve enjoyed this book so much!

See my full review here
Profile Image for Jeanie.
2,844 reviews1 follower
November 6, 2018
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 accusations and possible murder of her sister MacKenzie.

Ellie is now flipping her dream home at Saltwater Point when an argument with her sister ensues. When blood is found on her sister's boat, she will do anything to find the truth. What she does discover is a sister that she didn't know. With the help of Grayson, she is determined to find out what happened to her sister and why.

Ellie and Grayson in this venture discover who they are and at what cost. A family thriller that keeps family first!

A Special Thank You to Thomas Nelson Publishing and Netgalley for the ARC and the opportunity to post an honest review.
Profile Image for Susan Snodgrass.
2,002 reviews198 followers
June 18, 2018
'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 but surely he wouldn't kill her.

Coast Guard investigator Grayson Bradshaw comes to investigate a lot of missing cocaine and suspects MacKenzie of the theft. Then he himself learns something shocking and surprising about his own life. Things are not always what they seem.

Ellie and Grayson are both attracted to one another, but will his suspicions about her sister derail that attraction? They must work together to discover the evil at work here.

From international intrigue, terrorism and family secrets, Colleen Coble again weaves her deft hand at mysteries. I have been a fan for a very long time and will continue to be. This is one of her best. Highly recommended.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson Publishers through Net Galley. The opinions stated in the review above are entirely my own.
October 12, 2018
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 flew through the book with lightening speed, following Ellie and Grayson through their story. There was unique twists and turns through the story once I got engrossed in it. Those twists and turns left me on the edge of my seat on a few occasions.

This book, filled with terrorism, truths that don't add up, and characters that are perfect for their roles, will leave you ready to get book three in your hands to find out what happens next. This is definitely a 4 star worthy novel and one that I will recommend to all who love a good, faith filled, thrilling suspense page turner. Mrs. Coble's talented hands have once again created a thrilling addition to her Lavender Tides series! Well done!

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was under not obligation to post a review, positive or negative.*
Profile Image for Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader.
1,104 reviews130 followers
June 21, 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.
Profile Image for Gloria.
819 reviews62 followers
July 4, 2018
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 she loves to sail and was instrumental in getting a regatta in their area but before the race takes place, she disappeared on the night of her birthday celebration. Ellie found quite a bit of blood on the deck of her sailboat but no body and Jason is the first suspect. The medical examiner said that there was too much blood for Mac to survive without medical care. The townspeople turn out to look for her or her body but she is not found.
Coast Guard investigator Grayson Bradshaw is in town to investigate the disappearance of some cocaine that the Coast Guard confiscated. Signs point to a connection to Mac and a known terrorist but Ellie nor any other person who knows Mac can believe that she is responsible. Ellie and Gray team up and put their heads together to try to find Mac and if she is connected to Gray's case. Someone tries to break into Ellie's house while she is sleeping and it seems that they think that she knows something. The mystery goes deeper than the cocaine disappearance and maybe has some sort of connection far more sinister. There are a lot of questions to be answered and one is to find out where Mac is and pray that she is somehow alive.
One a side note, Gray grew up in North Carolina but finds out information about a family that he didn't know that he was part of and has ties to Lavender Falls. This is a mystery with many twists that keeps the pages turning and enough surprises to be unpredictable. Colleen Coble is a master of telling stories full of likable, real characters, lovely sounding locations and great suspense.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
Profile Image for Bekah.
Author 11 books24 followers
February 20, 2020
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 biological sister (Shauna Duval Bannister) shows up with the news. That would be shocking, for sure! And he’s about to be sent out on a mission to find stolen drugs when he is given this information.

Grayson and Ellie don’t exactly like each other at the beginning of this story. They actually butt heads a few times, but they are kind of thrown together because Ellie’s sister is under suspicion for stealing a load of drugs that had recently disappeared. I enjoyed getting to see their relationship blossom. Grayson’s growing desire to protect Ellie was definitely sweet.

What I Didn’t Like: While I liked Grayson’s and Ellie’s relationship, this book took place across a period of just a few weeks and their dislike of each other was pretty inconsistent, I felt like. At one point Ellie despises Grayson, but then it feels like the next page over she’s feeling sorry for him and being all friendly with him. She’s also noticing how handsome he is, etc. (And it’s vice versa for Grayson.) I just felt that it wasn't very consistent. But in the end it wasn’t a big thing for me.

There is also the rumor of a bomb that was going to explode and as Grayson and Ellie seek to find out where it’s located, I felt like the answer was right before their noses and they couldn’t figure it out. I was like, “Uh…guys…it’s probably ____”. (Don’t want to give too much away. :)) I knew several chapters before they did. Their ignorance was just a little cring-y cause I felt that Grayson, especially, would have figured it out sooner.

I give this book 3/5 stars and I look forward to reading the last book in this series.
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3,643 reviews64 followers
June 21, 2018
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 area to find the culprits behind the theft of seized opium. The two clash when it looks like Ellie's younger sister is the thief. But the sister is missing and a large amount of her blood was found on her boat. Ellie and Grayson work together to find out what happened to Ellie's sister and the reason behind the drug theft.

I had a hard time liking Ellie. Her sister is missing and presumed dead because of the blood found. Ellie seems concerned at times but at other times she goes about her house remodel projects as if nothing is bothering her. She and Grayson feel some romantic tension as they haltingly work toward a relationship. Their “dating” just did not seem to reflect the feelings Ellie would have with a sister missing. It seemed to me that her character was not consistent. Grayson had just found out he had been adopted and was, in fact, a brother to a woman living in Lavender Tides. The back story for that is in The View From Rainshadow Bay.

The plot seems a little far fetched to me. I find it hard to believe that terrorists would be interested in doing a nefarious deed in such a rather isolated place. All the trouble it would take to deliver the destruction also seemed a bit much.

I do recommend this book to readers who enjoy romance combined with suspense. You'll learn a bit about a potential way for terrorists to disrupt life as well.

I received a complimentary digital copy of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.
Profile Image for Lisa Johnson.
2,598 reviews36 followers
August 2, 2018
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 business. Ellie goes into a home, gets a feel for how the home will or could look, and if it has some hidden quality or characteristic, she brings it out.
Ellie’s sister Mackenzie who goes by the nickname “Mac” helps her when she isn’t teaching at a college. Now Mac has gone missing and is presumed dead due to the amount of blood that was found at the scene. What the sheriff and other investigators are saying is that Mac was involved in something that Ellie cannot accept and, in fact, will not. She is determined to find her sister and find out the real truth, but will she?
Grayson works for the Coast Guard as an intelligence officer, though he has been on leave to recuperate from an injury sustained in a prior case. Grayson is now at Lavender Bay and what he has been told about his true family history sets him on a quest where he meets Ellie. The chemistry between these two characters is tantalizing from the first moment their eyes meet, but can they really have a future together when there seems to be danger at every turn. In fact, bullets are flying though not at Grayson, but at Ellie and unless he Grayson can find the culprits Ellie may be hurt.
The best thing about Colleen’s stories is that they leave me wanting more. The hard part is that I have to wait between each book. The third installment for the series is due out in January 2019 and I cannot wait to read it. Whether it’s the last book of the series or not, all the stories the author has written thus far are gems! Grab a copy of the first two books in the Lavender Tide series and savor them!
Note: I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book. The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.
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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 wouldn’t her her, would he? Coast Guard Intelligence Officer, Grayson Bradshaw, believes that Mackenzie faked her own death after stealing a seized cocaine shipment. Ellie and Grayson team up to find the truth, but truth is often more complicated than it appears, especially when family is involved!

The House at Saltwater Point is the second novel in Colleen Coble’s Lavender Tides series and I really enjoyed getting to visit with my favorite characters from book one and getting introduced to new faces, like Ellie and Grayson. I love that Shauna is finally finding her long lost siblings and seeing how happy she and Zach are. The story was very interesting and I couldn’t put this book down once I started reading. Colleen is an excellent storyteller and I’ve enjoyed everything that I’ve read by her, so far. Her descriptions make you feel as if you’re actually there on Puget Sound, I can just see it in my mind’s eye. I’m definitely looking forward to reading book three and continuing on the adventures in Lavender Tides.

I’d like to thank Colleen Coble, Thomas Nelson Paperback, and Netgalley for providing me with an electronic copy of this wonderful book. I understand that receiving it in this manner doesn’t obligate me to leave a positive review. All opinions expressed in this review are fully my own.
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