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Until a chance to make a better life for her daughter leads her right back home. To the very place of the past betrayals. But it also leads Shannon to horse-trainer Jack MacGowan--her handsome high-school nemesis, now a widowed father. His daughter looks so startlingly like her own that Shannon can't help but question the circumstances surrounding her daughter's birth. Wary of each other's intentions, Shannon and Jack reluctantly join forces to untangle a deep mystery that swirls around Shannon's parents, a lost Spanish treasure, and a legendary black stallion.

If Shannon can learn to entrust her secrets to the man falling in love with her, the truth just might set her free. For most, it's the safest place on earth. For Gracie, it's the last place she wants to be With nothing but five dollars and the wedding dress she's wearing, Gracie Lister flees with her daughter by train to West Texas, to the town she ran away from so long ago. Michael and Gracie aren't looking for love, but it finds them right away. Together, Michael and Gracie must find the strength they need to protect their newly forged family.

Eden blamed herself, Clay lost himself in work. Their young and rocky marriage ended. Or so Eden thought. To ask other readers questions about Lonestar Sanctuary , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Feb 17, Deanne Patterson rated it it was amazing Shelves: Now suspense is not my number one go to genre but I love the way Colleen Coble presents it. I've read her light house series as well and it's not to be missed. This sucked me in right from the start and I'm so glad I bought it a few weeks ago.

Suspense that keeps you right on the edge of your seat and light romance, now that's my kind of book! View all 3 comments. Apr 07, Jana Anderson rated it liked it. Last week my insomniac husband couldn't sleep, so he went into our guest room to try and fall asleep. Unable to do so, he opened the nightstand drawer and pulled out a copy of Lonestar Sanctuary - leftover from when I read it long ago. He figured that if anything was going to make him go into catatonic sleep, this book would do it, so he began to read.

To his surprise and mine , he couldn't put it down, and went to bed early each night for the next two days so he could read in bed.

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It was the f Last week my insomniac husband couldn't sleep, so he went into our guest room to try and fall asleep. It was the first book he has finished in three years. Mar 14, Olivia rated it really liked it Recommended to Olivia by: I've heard of this author for awhile and was excited to finally get a chance to read one of her books: While the beginning was a little slow, I was swept into this suspenseful romance that held a few surprises along the way.

I'm not a huge ranch or animal person, but I did find myself loving this setting. All the characters were great, even down to the teenagers that stayed at the ranch for a few days. I loved how the author focused on true love in a marriage, instead of just physical attractio I've heard of this author for awhile and was excited to finally get a chance to read one of her books: I loved how the author focused on true love in a marriage, instead of just physical attraction.

A lot of times love is an action and not a feeling! I could have used a tad more spiritual content, especially Bible verses, but there still were great reminders throughout this book. There seemed to be two very, very subtle hints at evolution that I found surprising. As for the killer I just didn't know how. Thanks, Deanne, for picking this one for me: Apr 13, Jennifer Wardrip rated it it was amazing Shelves: Coble writes great romantic suspense, and what's even better - she writes great Christian romantic suspense, without beating you over the head with the Christian references.

Allie Siders has dealt with too much death over the last few years. First, her husband was killed in the war in Afghanistan, and her in-laws are determined to gain custody of her daughter.


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Then her parents died in a tragic plane accident, and her sister was killed during a burglary. As if that wasn't enough, her five-year-old daughter, Betsy, has stopped talking. Allie has made a life barrel racing on the rodeo circuit. But trouble has a way of finding her, and when a man claiming to be behind her sister's death tries to attack her in her trailer, she decides that it would be in the best interest of both herself and her daughter to leave the rodeo and travel to the Bluebird Ranch.

The ranch is owned by Elijah, a man who holds more importance to Allie than anyone knows, and who also runs a program that uses horses and ranch work to help troubled kids. But even more importantly, the ranch is run by foreman Rick Bailey - the man who was her husband's closest friend during the war, and who is harboring secrets of his own. When it becomes clear that someone is determined to make Allie suffer for a sin she doesn't even know she committed, both Rick and Allie will have to put their differences aside to keep Betsy safe.

Let me just say, this book is a real page-turner. The suspense is perfectly plotted, and although I wasn't personally fond of people close to Allie dropping like flies, it worked with the story. The ending was realistic, the dialogue throughout the story was perfectly believable, and I actually enjoyed getting to know these characters. May 31, Hope rated it did not like it. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. There are no glaringly bad sentences and the characters are likable. First, the heroine is running from a mad killer.

He killed her entire family and her best friend and is now after her and her daughter. Husband was a war veteran, killed sort of by his best friend. Widow runs to refuge indicated by husband before his death. He also has a long-lost brother he is trying to track down. And he is a former alcoholic. Ranch owner is her long-lost grandfather.

Widow has rare eye disease. One third of these story lines would have been enough to keep the story going. But all of them together were a hot mess. The motive for the multiple murders was hardly believable. I ask myself why publishers print this stuff and then I see all the five star ratings and realize that people really don't mind the flimsy plots as long as some Christianity and romance are thrown in.

All in all an enjoyable suspense. Widow Allie Siders is desperate to help her 5 year old daughter,Betsy speak again after witnessing something that made her withdraw from the world. But with an unknown stalker out for revenge, all Allie can think about is the safety that awaits them at the peaceful and remote Bluebird Ranch. Nestled deep in the Texas Hill country,the ranch is not only a sanctuary for abused horses but troubled youths. Here is where Allie is determined that her young daughter can heal as well as give them both a Widow Allie Siders is desperate to help her 5 year old daughter,Betsy speak again after witnessing something that made her withdraw from the world.

Here is where Allie is determined that her young daughter can heal as well as give them both a safe haven.

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Ranch owner Elijah DeAngelo who is compassionate and kind, eagerly welcomes the two. But Rick Bailey the handsome foreman, hasn't decided to let his guard down As promises made long ago soon force these two together they now have to work together to save all that they hold dear. And along the way they will discover the remarkable power of love and how to heal and let the past go and to allow new beginnings to grow. This was a really good story of building a relationship between two strangers, learning to trust,and letting love grow between two remarkable characters.

A great mystery as well thrown in as to who this stalker was and had me guessing to the end, as well as a few surprise secrets that unfold from the past. A nice clean romance that kept me held in and was very happy with Allie and Rick's road to the discovery of love and the power of healing. I look forward to the next book in the series. Aug 20, Deb Brammer rated it it was amazing Shelves: This romance was well-written and had me wanting to keep reading.

The thing that impressed me the most was the romance was not based mostly on physical attraction. I'm not sure that God would allow Christians to be forced into the kind of relationship they had, but given the circumstance, the author handled it very well. At first they loved more from choice than from emotion, and worked to make their relationship better.

They admired and then loved each other because of strength of character, no This romance was well-written and had me wanting to keep reading. They admired and then loved each other because of strength of character, not because of the color of their eyes or sexual attraction.

Nov 19, Katie rated it really liked it. I really enjoyed this book.

I've read others by colleen coble, and some I've enjoyed reading more than others - she always combines a little romance with a lot of suspense, and in this book she does that again - keeps you guessing as to who is behind everything. The only thing I thought was cheesy was just how conveniently she had the characters all connected - it just so happened that the main character Allie was related to the guy who owned the ranch that employed the guy who her dead husband I really enjoyed this book. The only thing I thought was cheesy was just how conveniently she had the characters all connected - it just so happened that the main character Allie was related to the guy who owned the ranch that employed the guy who her dead husband told her to contact in case something happened AND that ranch also was for kids with emotional problems, which was perfect for her daughter who hadn't spoken in a year after witnessing the death of her grandparents.

If that weren't enough the ranch is also connected to the person who is harrassing Allie as well. A little too conveniently pulled together, but that aside, it was a good read. Jul 07, Cara rated it it was ok. I really wanted to like this book, but it just didn't work for me. To begin, I was unprepared for the fact that this would be a marriage of convenience story. Not that I don't like that trope, but I typically have to be in the mood for it. The rest of the story just felt flat. The story didn't flow. And as the threats to Allie hit closer and closer to home, I started to get irritated that they didn't look closer to home for the bad guy.

Seriously, Rick saddles the horse, and I really wanted to like this book, but it just didn't work for me. Seriously, Rick saddles the horse, and then by the time Allie gets on it, someone has compromised it. Who would have had access?

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Wouldn't they have noticed a stranger lurking about? Wouldn't that have been a clue that it was someone on the inside? It had potential as a story line, but I just didn't enjoy the execution. On to the next Sep 07, Natacha Ramos rated it it was ok. How'd Rick get close enough, and behind Allie and the teenage menace, to throw his stick in the space of a breath?

That's right, our macho ex special forces hero throws a stick because he has an aversion to guns and decided apparently not to use his impressive muscles. Those are just for show I guess. I'm not sure what happened to the cave they were outside of. I'm not even sure about the hill they had climbed to get to the cave Then we have the ending that again defies the constraints of time.

How much time has actually passed? The teens were going to leave in a week from the day of the horse accident. That night Rick and Allie became physically husband and wife for the first time uhh yeah, I guess her concussion and other injuries magically disappeared between being drug by a horse and the bedroom. In the ending scene the same teens are still at the ranch and Allie knows she is pregnant, and Rosa knows just by looking in her eyes This book has very high ratings and I know I'm going to get blasted with 'not helpful' votes but come on people, let's save five star excellent scores for excellent writing and editing.

Has the standard really dropped this far? It's time for authors to pick up their game and bring professionalism back into the equation. When you give five stars you are telling other readers and authors that this is top, the best, what others should strive for.

For me, that's not writing technique that would fail an 8th grade English exam and holes big enough to drive a Subaru through.

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Or at least not only about chemistry. If it were, when I've got a pot belly and you've got a turkey neck, we'll want to go look for someone younger. I want more than that from a marriage. Who is threatening Allie? With her parents and sister all dead i. Leaving behind the chance of winning the barrel racing this year, Allie heads to Bluebird Ranch where she knows a certain Rick Bailey works. Who advised her to go to him?

Bluebird Ranch is owned and run by Elijah DeAngelos, an old man now, who also happens to be Allie's grandfather. Allie only learned of his existence recently and wonders why he threw her mother off the ranch. Will Elijah recognize her? The ranch specializes in rescuing abused and neglected horses along with helping troubled kids.

Having heard of their reputation, Allie is hoping they can help Betsy who has not spoken since the death of Allie's parents a year ago. With the housekeeper having left last Fall, Elijah offers Allie the job. Rick is far from impressed. With ghosts in his past, women do not rate high in his estimation. However, when Rick discovers who Allie is and that Jon's parents are suing for custody of Betsy he knows he has to do what he promised Jon. That is, he must look after Allie and Betsy and the only way he can see to do that is to marry her and adopt Betsy!

What about the continued threat to Allie and Betsy's lives? Is Allie really wanted by the FBI for smuggling immigrants? Supposedly nearly penniless, why has hundreds of thousands of dollars been going in and out of her bank account? Can Rick really trust her? Set in southern Texas, this story will grip you from the beginning.

Not without their problems, Allie and Rick both came across as real, Rick especially. Rick, being landed with this "problem" as a Christian handled it like a real man should and knew he had to do his best, taking the advice of his pastor. So many books have weak and feeble men in them which gets tiring after a while. Good to read about a REAL man. Although this book is based on Christian principles it is not preachy. Please note that although this is the first in a series of four it does have an ending so you do not have to read the next one to find out what happens unless you want to.

As for me, I have already started on the second book! Flawed characters make for the best stories, and this novel certainly had them. They were the flaws that made them feel real and really come alive.

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Allie was a bit too self-assured. Even a number of the minor characters had those details that kept them from being too larger than life. I loved getting to know the people that populated this story. I was happy for them sometimes and feared for them at other times. This novel was hard to put down. From the first scene Allie has someone threatening her, only she, and we, don't know who it is. Immediately she is on the run and we learn that whoever was threatening her has been doing so for some time and going so far as to killing the people she loves.

It sets up this story to be fast paced and hard to put down. Coble does a great job of slowly building the tension and making it hard to decide who is after Allie. This was one of those books that can't be read fast enough. First, because I couldn't wait to see what would happen, and second, it was going to keep me up all night if I didn't finish it. When I had to set it down, I was quick to pick it back up. I loved this story and thoroughly enjoyed it.

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