Item description for Lonestar Sanctuary (Lonestar V1) by Colleen Coble...
Overview Allie Siders is desperate to help her five-year-old daughter, Betsy, speak again. Ranch owner Elijah DeAngelo eagerly welcomes the duo. But Rick Bailey, the handsome foreman, hasn't decided to let down his guard. As promises made long ago soon force Rick and Allie to work together to save all they hold dear, will they discover the remarkable power of love along the way?
In the quiet safety of the Bluebird Ranch, old promises resurface and unexpected love brings new hope.
Though tragedy has wrecked her life, Allie Siders holds on to the hope that her five-year-old daughter, Betsy, will speak again. But with a stalker out for revenge, all Allie can think about now is their safety. She must sever all ties and abandon life as she knows it. She heads to the peaceful Bluebird Ranch, nestled deep in Texas hill country, and to the only person who can help them.
The ranch is a sanctuary for abused horses, and also for troubled youths: the perfect place for Betsy to grow and recover. Ranch owner Elijah DeAngelo eagerly welcomes the duo. But Rick Bailey--the ranch foreman and DeAngelo's right hand man--hasn't decided to let his guard down . . . yet.
Promises made long ago soon force Rick and Allie to work together to escape danger. Will they discover love along the way?
Citations And Professional Reviews Lonestar Sanctuary (Lonestar V1) by Colleen Coble has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Romantic Times - 09/01/2008 page 66
CBA Retailers - 07/01/2008 page 66
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Studio: Thomas Nelson
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.3" Width: 5.4" Height: 0.9" Weight: 0.75 lbs.
Release Date Sep 1, 2008
Publisher Thomas Nelson
ISBN 1595545492 ISBN13 9781595545497 UPC 020049135082
Availability 0 units.
More About Colleen Coble
Best-selling author Colleen Coble’s novels have won or finaled in awards ranging from the Best Books of Indiana, the ACFW Carol Award, the Romance Writers of America RITA, the Holt Medallion, the Daphne du Maurier, National Readers’ Choice, and the Booksellers Best. She has over 2 million books in print and writes romantic mysteries because she loves to see justice prevail. Colleen is CEO of American Christian Fiction Writers. She lives with her husband Dave in Indiana.
She was born January 19, 1952, in Wabash, Indiana. She was raised on a farm in Wabash County, Indiana, the eldest of four children. Her father, George Rhoads, was a farmer who also worked as a guard at General Motors. Her mother, Peggy Rhoads, was a housewife. She has three brothers: Randy (who died in 1990), Rick, and David. She graduated from Southwood High School, in Wabash County.
Coble’s early books were short historical romances published by Barbour Publishing under its Heartsong Presents imprint. The first four novels were set in Wyoming. Coble says she was inspired to write them when her brother Randy was killed by lightning on August 28, 1990. After a visit to Wyoming, where he had lived, she was inspired to do what she’d longed to do for several years: actually write a book. Wyoming became the setting for her first four romance novels, set in the wild West of the 1860s: Where Leads the Heart, Plains of Promise, The Heart Answers and To Love a Stranger . It took her a year to write the first one because she continued to work at her full-time job as a receptionist at Wabash Electric Supply, where she answered about 1000 phone calls a day.
Coble says, “Born and raised in the Midwest (Indiana), I grew up on a farm with horses, pigs and chickens. I had plenty of adventure–from being dragged by my pony to running my brother Randy’s motorcycle through a fence. Maybe that’s why all my stories have action and adventure in them.”
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Reviews - What do customers think about Lonestar Sanctuary (Lonestar V1)?
Very pleasant story Apr 24, 2010
I liked this contemporary story very much. I found the plot interesting enough to want to keep reading with every free moment. I didn't figure out who the killer was. I suspected at one point but changed my mind later. I usually prefer historical romances but found this handsome hero and the horse ranch very enjoyable and the plot believable.
Not Impressed Apr 15, 2010
Allie loses her husband to the war. Her parents and sister also die, causing her daughter, Betsy, to stop talking. Now Allie thinks she is being targeted by a killer. So she leaves the barrel racing circuit and travels with Betsy to Bluebird Ranch, a sanctuary for injured horses and troubled teens. Her husband told her if she ever had problems to find Rick Bailey, his best friend. She also has alterior motives, as she believes the ranch owner, Elijah, is her grandfather.
Rick is a troubled man himslef, from both his childhood and the war. Although he finds himself disliking Allie, he offers to marry her so Betsy's strict grandparents won't win custody of the child. Allie agrees and then the trouble starts at the ranch. Can Rick keep Allie and Betsy safe in the face of danger?
-I only gave the book three stars because it felt very flat. The characters didn't come alive and didn't engage my attention. The book didn't make me feel the tension and fear of Allie at all, which is bad since that was almost the whole plot. The book followed the Christian fiction formula, but fell short of being a must-read.
Christian- based romantic suspense. No love scenes, but plenty of Love, Faith, & Forgiveness. Great characters! Feb 15, 2010
This is the first book I've read by Colleen Coble. I really enjoyed it. It's clean and very faith oriented, without reading like a Bible lesson. The only down- side for me was the suspense portion of the story. I figured out "who done it" early on, so there was no real surprise or anticipation toward the end. Other than that, the book was a gripping and emotional read. There is no cursing, no vulgarity, and no adult content, which makes it appropriate for anyone ages sixteen and up.
When Allie realizes that her sister's murderer is now after her, she packs herself and her 5 year old daughter up and flees. The only place she can think to hide is the Bluebird Ranch. Known as a facility for helping troubled kids, Bluebird Ranch seems like the perfect sanctuary for Allie and her emotionally troubled daughter. The forman of the ranch is Allie's deceased husband's best friend. Her husband, Jon, had told her that if anything happened to him, she should find his friend Rick for help.
While serving together in Iraq, Jon made Rick swear to protect his wife and child in the event of Jon's death. It was a promise that Rick hoped to never have to keep. Now, a few years after losing his best friend in the war, Allie has shown up on Rick's doorstep. Devastated with guilt over Jon's death, Rick will do whatever it takes to keep his promise. Rick has sworn to never touch a gun again. He must use his mind, his strength, and his faith in God to keep Allie and little Betsy safe.
Another winner Nov 23, 2009
I'm looking forward to the Lonestar Sanctuary series. I held off reading this one until I had Lonestar Secrets to pick up immediately after finishing it. I love how Colleen Coble weaves her characters through the novels and even beyond series so we keep up with the lives of those we get involved in. This new setting in the desert of Texas with horses provides great new views and smells. We get to know the mysteries and the histories of these deep characters who really need to talk to each other more! I relate to the trust issues being dealt with in the series so far. I'm a fan of Colleen Coble and read everything she creates. Keep it up, Colleen!
Enjoyed Lonestar Sanctuary Nov 9, 2009
Colleen Coble writes a very good blend of suspence, romance and faith. Received the book in a timely manor in very good condition.