June 19, 2012

*** BOOK REVIEW: Lonestar Angel ***

Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Thomas Nelson; Original edition (November 8, 2011) 
Language: English 
ISBN-10: 1595542698 
ISBN-13: 978-1595542694 
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.3 inches 
Shipping Weight: 1 pounds

Book Description:
Eden’s hope is rekindled when Clay delivers astounding news: their baby girl has been found.
Five years ago Eden and Clay Larson’s baby was stolen. When they went to pay the ransom, what happened changed their lives forever—the kidnapper’s car with Baby Brianna inside sunk deep into the river. Eden blamed herself, Clay lost himself in work. Their young and rocky marriage ended. Or so Eden thought.
Now Eden’s moved to a new town. She’s found faith and is trying to rebuild her life. She’s even dating again—a sweet guy named Kent who plans to marry her. But then Clay arrives out of the blue and delivers shocking news: he never signed their divorce papers, so they’re still married. What’s more, Clay has been searching for Brianna all this time. And he believes he’s found her: their daughter is in Bluebird, Texas, at a youth ranch. All five little girls there are the right age—he’s just not sure which one is Brianna. Or how she survived.
To uncover the truth, Eden and Clay sign on as counselors at Bluebird Ranch. They move into small quarters in the bunkhouse and oversee the kids as they try to find out more. Working together, they rediscover their love for each other. But danger is closing in—Eden, Clay, and all their young charges are in jeopardy. As they fight to save their family, Eden realizes that God has been fighting for them all along. And His plans are for a more abundant life than they’d ever hoped.

My Review:
Love, hate, suspense, tension, thrill, yearning, sorrow, happiness... They all exist in this book. We see how the separate lives are actually one life linked together by one missing child. We see how love is fired again. We see how joy arises after misery, and how the sun rises following a thick mist of darkness.
Sometimes there must be a disaster in order to disclose reality and to find true happiness, which is always there but which we cannot see. After they found out that their little daughter Brianna was still alive, Eden and Clay get closer to each other and rediscover their own identities and their love in search of their missing child. They slowly find their own answers to their questions and were able to tell what they could not in the end. Besides, Eden's bad childhood memories start to bother her again when her mother, who abandoned her when she was a little girl, shows up all of a sudden. She blames herself for everything. But right after having a close brush with death, Eden finds faith in God within her heart. She lets her guard down and sees that she can choose to trust to the person who really loves her - Clay, who never gave up believing and trying for even one second. Now, all that she wants (ever) is a warm family environment with her husband, her daughter and the other girls that they will adopt.
Like Colleen Coble's other books, this book is another great piece of art. I was really surprised at the end of the book. I'm sure you will, too.

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