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Without a Trace (Rock Harbor Series #1) [Paperback]

By Colleen Coble (Author)
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A plane crash claimed the lives of her husband and son, but Bree Nichols and Samson, her search-and-rescue dog, won't rest until they've recovered the lost bodies--or combed every inch of the wilderness trying.
Meanwhile, the quiet town of Rock Harbor is disturbed by a violent crime. Bree soon discovers a personal stake in the solving of the murder, and in the course of her investigation, discovers links to her husband's plane crash. Could solving the crime bring her peace with her own loss? Or, more incredibly, reunite her family?

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Thomas Nelson
Pages   304
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.5" Width: 5.4" Height: 0.9"
Weight:   0.695 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 31, 2003
Publisher   Thomas Nelson
ISBN  0849944295  
ISBN13  9780849944291  
UPC  023755022196  

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More About Colleen Coble

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.”

Colleen Coble has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Aloha Reef
  2. Hope Beach
  3. Hope Beach Novels
  4. Journey of the Heart
  5. Rock Harbor
  6. Rock Harbor Mysteries (Unnumbered)
  7. Smitten (Thomas Nelson)
  8. Sunset Cove Novel

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Hope Returns  Oct 26, 2006
In Without A Trace by Colleen Coble a disappearance, a murder, and a mystery are intertwined with skill.

Bree Nicholls and her best friend, Naomi Heinomen are the Kitchigami K-9 Search and Rescue team along with their dogs Samson and Charley. Their first task in Without A Trace is to locate two missing children, one of whom is diabetic and in need of his medication. Time is a ticking bomb as the SAR team goes to work hunting for the brother and sister pair in the forests of Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

Colleen Coble paints a vivid picture of the area Bree Nicholls calls home. The reader can see the mountains and the trees and can feel the cold as winter approaches. The urgency to locate the children of a local resident bursts through to the reader with Ms. Coble's smooth writing style. In the background is the knowledge that Bree is anxious to find the missing kids alive because her own son was lost in an airplane crash along with his father a year before. No one has been able to locate the crash site, not even Bree and Samson. Bree doesn't want another parent to have to suffer the pangs of grief over a missing child.

In her attempt to locate Timmy and Emily alive at all costs, Bree butts heads with the ranger in charge, Kade Matthews. Kade's need to locate the children may stem from a different point, but it is just as strong as Bree's. He wants the search to proceed his way, and Bree insists on doing it her way. When the search ends Kade has to grudgingly admit Bree's methods worked.

The strife between Bree and Kade continues throughout the book because his actions lead Bree to be suspicious of him when another local resident ends up dead. The Kitchigami SAR team finds the woman's body at the base of a cliff and moments later Kade Matthews appears out of the woods nearby. Coincidence? It seems so until an autopsy proves the woman died a short distance away and had been carried to the bottom of the cliff. Who killed her? She and her husband seemed to be at odds with one another. An old boyfriend argued with her in public and moments later her uncle attacked her verbally about a business deal she was about to conclude. Was the murder one of those people, someone else, or the mysterious woman roaming the forests nearby? Did Kade do it?

A year has passed since since the plane crash widowed Bree. She finds herself being drawn to Kade in spite of her misgivings about him. As she learns more about the man she grows more attracted. The unsolved mystery of the climber's death, Kade's stormy relationship with his teenaged sister, and his religious bent all bind together to keep Bree from allowing herself to let go of the past and explore a possible future with him.

Bree doesn't believe that the God Naomi, Anu (her mother-in-law), her sister-in-law, and even Kade worship could be as benevolent as they claim. If He were why would He allow her family to be destroyed? If God could let her husband betray their marriage and then take Rob and their son, Davy, away from her why would she want to devote her life to Him?

Readers become enthralled with the characters Colleen creates in Without A Trace as they grow to know the residents of Rock Harbor and are drawn into their world. Will Bree discover the crash site and be able to bury the bodies she will find with the carcass of the plane? Will she find the true love God has for her? And what about the murderer, will it turn out to be one of the people of the town? The only way to find out is to read Without A Trace. I think you will enjoy the search.
Way awesome book  Aug 19, 2005
I totally recommend this book to anyone who loves a good suspense/mystery with a little hint of romance in it book. I couldn't put it down for a long time! It was so good! I actually cried when I got towards the end. I felt like I actually knew Bree. I felt her troubles! As the back of the book jacket says from one reviewer, you have to actually stop and remember that they are just characters in the book, and you don't have to pray for them!
Great Read!  Aug 7, 2005
This was the first book I've read by Colleen Coble. I immediately purchased and read the next two books in the series, and the first book in the Aloha series. I am eagerly waiting for book two of the Aloha series to be published. You've read what its about (above), now read it for yourself, you won't be disappointed!
Colleen Coble knows how to develop an intricate plot  Jun 17, 2005
This first book in Collen's Rock Harbor series will suck you right in. Every time I started to think I knew "whodunnit," the story took a different twist. I was so happy to find out that things weren't as they seemed (happy for Bree) but I won't spoil it for the reader by putting what happened in this review. The emotion is real, the scenery is vivid, the plot is involved. I enjoyed it so much I sent it to my aunt in Michigan and she said the scenery made her feel like she was back at Rock Harbor on vaction, it was so realistic. Neither of us could put it down.
Rock Harbor Series Book One  Apr 15, 2005
Bree Nichols, who lives in a lighthouse in Upper Michigan, lost her husband and son in an airplane crash one year ago. Since no one had found the crash site, Bree and her rescue trained dog, Samson, are determined to find it and learn the truth about the crash. While on her searches, she meets Ranger Kade Matthews who is not very fond of rescue dogs invading his territory. The more she searches the more convinced there is more to the situation than just a missing plane with her husband and son.
This has been an intriguing easy to read murder mystery involving every day life characters in a small community with enough suspense to keep the pages turning. The "witch in the woods" Rachel March finally must give up her secrets.
While the mystery surrounding the plane are solved, there are enough loose ends in the character development to this novel to go get the second book in the series and read about the next saga in Rock Harbor.

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