Reviewer Conny Withay:Operating her own business in office management since 1991, Conny is an avid reader, volunteers reading the Bible to the elderly, and makes handmade jewelry. A cum laude graduate with a degree in art living in the Pacific Northwest, she is married with two sons, two daughter-in-laws, and one granddaughter.
“I wish I could forget what I did. God took me to the woodshed over my betrayal, and I still suffer a thousand deaths from guilt. But all that doesn’t matter now. Laura deserves justice,” Elin admits in Colleen Coble’s novel, Seagrass Pier.
Third of the Hope Beach series, this three hundred and twenty-eight page paperback targets those that like Christian suspense with romance. With no profanity, overtly sexual scenes, or extreme violence, the topics of sex outside of marriage and stalking may not be appropriate for immature readers. The ending includes a note from the author, nine discussion questions, acknowledgements, an excerpt to an upcoming book, biography, and advertisement for another novel.
In this tome set in the fictitious seashore town of Hope Island, Virginia, thirty-year old Elin Summerall has survived a recent heart transplant, but has residual “cell-memory” flashbacks of her donor, Laura Watson, being murdered on a cruise ship.
Trying to move on in life the last two years since her husband died, she buys a one hundred year old house on the remote island to live with her four year old daughter and mother with dementia. Finding a dusty 1907 diary owned by widowed Georgina Hurley, Elin cherishes learning about secrets hidden within the residence.
When Erin recalls more vivid details of Laura’s painful death, the police do not believe her feelings of being stalked. Only after several encounters with a home intruder, does off-duty FBI agent, Marc Everton, a one-time fling from her past, pays attention to her accusations. Feeling she is being hunted by the same person that killed her donor, the woman feels vulnerable and confused due to losing her own identity as she succumbs to Laura’s habits and personality.
While Marc has his own emotional setbacks, he is convinced the same person that killed his partner is somehow involved with Laura’s death. He wants to believe Erin’s cell-memory connections to the donor’s murder, but the baggage of the past evades him.
As Erin gets additional care for her demented mother, she tries to protect her young daughter at all costs from the killer. With Marc’s help finding Laura’s murderer, she wonders if she will ever be able to escape the clutches of memories related to her new heart.
A fast read, Coble plugs the romance between two individuals wanting the same goals as she tempts readers to guess who wants Elin dead.
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