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Review: Mermaid Moon

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Review: Mermaid Moon

Mermaid Moon by Colleen Coblemermaidmoon
Reviewed by: Kris Lawfer
Genre: Romance, Suspense
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: January 12, 2016

In the second book of Colleen Coble’s Sunset Cove series, Mallory Davis must return to her hometown on the Maine coast after her father’s death to protect her family and investigate what she suspects was his murder. She left Folly Shoals fifteen years ago in disgrace after her mother’s death and a failed engagement; going back with her teenage daughter and their neighbor in tow to face her former fiancé and possibly solve a murder is not exactly on the top of her to-do list. When her father calls shortly before his death and tells her to find her mother, Mallory knows she has to face her fears and unravel the mystery—especially since she knows her mother is dead.

Back in town, Mallory is soon confronted with Kevin O’Connor, the local game warden who happens to be her ex-fiancé. Between the effect her presence has on his emotions and wanting to protect her from what may have been a murder, Kevin wants her to go home as soon as possible. When someone breaks into Mallory’s neighbor’s house and asks about Mallory and then her family’s home in Folly Shoals is set on fire, it seems the safest place for Mallory is at Kevin’s side. Mallory, her daughter, and their neighbor move in with Kevin and his young daughter, and Mallory and Kevin must navigate their developing relationship while dodging a murderer, protecting their children, and trying to determine why someone would want to kill Mallory’s father . . . and maybe Mallory, too.

I really enjoyed the first book in this series, The Inn at Ocean’s Edge, so I was excited to read this one. Luke, Claire, and Kate make appearances – Kate having been Mallory’s best friend –  and it was great to see them again. While Mermaid Moon has a strong forgiveness theme, as Mallory struggles with her guilt over her mother’s death and her broken relationship with Kevin, I also liked that it continued the theme from The Inn at Ocean’s Edge of finding your unchanging identity as a child of God. This particular theme hit me hard in Mermaid Moon, because I am adopted like one of the characters and this character struggled with some of the questions and issues that I have considered myself. It felt very real to me.

While some of the dialogue was awkward and there were a few too convenient plot twists, on the whole I truly enjoyed this story. Ms. Coble does a wonderful job of creating a portrait of the Maine coast, capturing the landscape, food, and culture in a way that makes me wish I were there. I was invested in the mystery, and I could not put the book down until I found out what was going on. I definitely recommend this book, and I can’t wait to read the next one!

Rating PG-13: Most of the violence happens “off-screen” but there are references to miscarriage, and some kidnappings and attempted murders that may be appropriate for older teens.

Reviewer’s Copy received from the Publisher. Thank you!

 

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