The View from Rainshadow Bay

The View from Rainshadow Bay

After her husband, Jack, dies in a climbing incident, Shauna has only her five-year-old son and her helicopter charter business to live for. Every day is a struggle to make ends meet and she lives in constant fear of losing even more than she already has.When her business partner is murdered, his final words convince Shauna that she’s in danger too. But where can she turn?...

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Title:The View from Rainshadow Bay
Author:Colleen Coble
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The View from Rainshadow Bay Reviews

  • Cara Putman

    One of Colleen’s best. Filled with twists and antagonists I did not anticipate. A page turning suspense with the perfect blend of romance.

  • Karen R

    An exciting start to a new series! Set on the beautiful Olympic Peninsula in Washington State, this one starts with a suspenseful scene, and builds towards an action-filled ending, with a mystery, a bit of romance, and inspiration sandwiched in between.

    This author knows how to spin a suspenseful tale so well, mixed with just enough tension and human struggle to keep it real. I didn't figure out the mystery until it was revealed towards the end. I love the setting of this new series, in an area

    An exciting start to a new series! Set on the beautiful Olympic Peninsula in Washington State, this one starts with a suspenseful scene, and builds towards an action-filled ending, with a mystery, a bit of romance, and inspiration sandwiched in between.

    This author knows how to spin a suspenseful tale so well, mixed with just enough tension and human struggle to keep it real. I didn't figure out the mystery until it was revealed towards the end. I love the setting of this new series, in an area close to where I live, making it easy to picture the beautiful scenery, including the lavender fields with the mountains as a backdrop and the saltwater bay in front. The mention of earthquakes in the area is totally realistic too, as we have had a remarkable number of significant tremors this year alone.

    The main characters are still trying to find a way through their loss of a loved one, while in the middle of a new tragedy. The stress was palpable. Finding someone to blame when bad things happen to loved ones seems to be a common way of coping with grief and loss, as Marilyn and Shauna did. Learning to forgive and trust God was shown well in Shauna's situation, as she tried to reconcile how a good God allows bad things to happen. She courageously faced her fears and stepped out in faith to trust Zach to help her. He was very kind and encouraging to her. "You can't let fear rule your life, Flygirl...None of us knows what the future brings. We only know we are safe in the Lord's arms."

    Looking forward to the next one in this series as the characters were heading towards Maine. Readers who enjoy suspense with some romance and faith will probably enjoy this book. 4.5 stars

    (An e-book was provided by NetGalley and the publisher. All opinions are my own.)

  • Shalini

    The story is a gentle whodunit, a romantic suspense. Shauna McDade, a widow, with her son Alex, is trying to make a living by flying passengers on her helicopter, to and fro between Vancouver and her town Lavender Tides. A year ago, her husband died in a climbing race with his best friend, Zach Bannister egging him on. Shauna hates Zach and blames him for her husband's accidental fall. But it takes a loose killer bombing her mentor Clarence, stabbing his wife Lucy, ransacking Shauna's home, for

    The story is a gentle whodunit, a romantic suspense. Shauna McDade, a widow, with her son Alex, is trying to make a living by flying passengers on her helicopter, to and fro between Vancouver and her town Lavender Tides. A year ago, her husband died in a climbing race with his best friend, Zach Bannister egging him on. Shauna hates Zach and blames him for her husband's accidental fall. But it takes a loose killer bombing her mentor Clarence, stabbing his wife Lucy, ransacking Shauna's home, for her to realise that the safe haven for both her and her son is with Zach.

    Their investigation into the various deaths and strange environmental occurrences, increase their proximity and trust till all emotions blossom into love in the finale along with unmasking of the killer. From the safe haven of Zach's home to the safe haven of Zach's arms, this story is romance personified.

    The characters of Shauna and Zach are well etched by the author. But I, especially liked Zach for his honesty and his dignity and the way he doesn't allow others' behaviour affect his own. His love for the McDade family sometimes makes him take risks even at the cost of his own safety.

    We girls need a Zach in our lives...

    Colleen Coble is a fantastic author, who writes light Christian romance with a dash of suspense and mystery. Her English is flawless and the way her story flows is like a crystal clear stream making its way from the mountain top.

    What I really liked is the richness of emotions in the book, the love that the main characters Zach and Shauna feel and the way they conduct themselves, including their friendships between different workmates.

    Colleen believes in God and that is evident in her writing, in the passages that her characters recite from the Bible. There are many characters in this book, along with a few subplots which will probably form the basis of the rest of the books in this series. All these characters have a part to play to take the story ahead.

    The only part I did not like was the killer, not because he was a killer but I guessed his identity earlier on and the reasons for killing were a little flimsy. There was also a part where there was a dark shadow in the sea which worried the scientists, but results of their investigation was not revealed in this book.

    So, all in all, I enjoyed this book thoroughly, it was a light read, fun with mystery suspense romance relationships friendships.

    I received an ARC from NetGalley and publishers, Thomas Nelson and this is my honest and unbiased opinion.

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  • Staci

    There are a lot of puzzle pieces and intrigue in this series opener! I didn't figure out who the villain was until it was revealed at the end.

    Shauna tries to put the pieces together with the help of friends and non-friends alike. Although one mystery was solved, Coble certainly leaves the door open for more to come.

    I especially loved a cameo reference to Gwen Marcey from Carrie Stuart Parks' series.

    My gratitude to publisher Thomas Nelson for a complimentary copy of the novel. I was not required

    There are a lot of puzzle pieces and intrigue in this series opener! I didn't figure out who the villain was until it was revealed at the end.

    Shauna tries to put the pieces together with the help of friends and non-friends alike. Although one mystery was solved, Coble certainly leaves the door open for more to come.

    I especially loved a cameo reference to Gwen Marcey from Carrie Stuart Parks' series.

    My gratitude to publisher Thomas Nelson for a complimentary copy of the novel. I was not required to post a review and the opinions expressed are my own.

  • Tammie

    2.5 stars. The View From Rainshadow Bay is a mystery with some romance thrown in. There are Christian undertones to it as well. I had some issues with the consistency of the characters, the story, and some things that seemed pretty far-fetched.

    As for the characters, I felt like the killer was not consistent. The killer goes from gleefully killing certain people to not wanting to kill others, and uses a different method for every single killing. Also one of the staged accidents would have been ne

    2.5 stars. The View From Rainshadow Bay is a mystery with some romance thrown in. There are Christian undertones to it as well. I had some issues with the consistency of the characters, the story, and some things that seemed pretty far-fetched.

    As for the characters, I felt like the killer was not consistent. The killer goes from gleefully killing certain people to not wanting to kill others, and uses a different method for every single killing. Also one of the staged accidents would have been near impossible to stage. How would the killer have known exactly where they would be or exactly when to lie in wait?

    There are other things like one person tying three men up while holding them at gunpoint with a rifle. There is no way one person could do that and still keep the rifle on the men. The three men could have overpowered that person and gotten away pretty easily.

    As for the inconsistencies in the story, one example would be this: there is a package that has something in it that the killer wants, but the killer did not know the sheriff had the items that were in the package, so the killer goes after two different people in the book believed to have those items. But later on suddenly the killer knows the sheriff has these items, but gave one of them back to the main character? That doesn't make sense. Things like this just really annoyed me about this book. And don't get me started on guns being able to shoot off locks and silencers making guns completely noiseless, which is also included in the book. There were just too many inconsistencies and implausibilities in this book for me to completely enjoy it.

    This is the second Colleen Coble book I've read. The other was Haven of Swans. I liked it better than this one, and I did not catch the same types of inconsistencies and implausibilities in that one. Other than those issues, so far I feel like her books are a little slow and just not compelling enough for me, especially for a series. Plus this one was very predictable and it was very easy to figure out who the killer was. This is the first book in a series, but I don't see a need for this to be a series, since everything is wrapped up in the end, and it works fine as a stand-alone, so I'm going to leave it at that.

    I would like to thank Netgalley and the publisher Thomas Nelson for giving me a copy of this book for review.

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  • Luca

    When I first saw

    by Colleen Coble, I fell in love with the cover right away. I am a big fan of lavender - both the sight and the smell of it. I have one plant that I propagated this spring for the first time! I'm still far from having beautiful rows of lavender like on the cover but... baby steps... I hope one day I can have a little garden where I can stare at lavenders whenever I look out my window.

    This is the scenery where this novel is set: beautiful mountains, f

    When I first saw

    by Colleen Coble, I fell in love with the cover right away. I am a big fan of lavender - both the sight and the smell of it. I have one plant that I propagated this spring for the first time! I'm still far from having beautiful rows of lavender like on the cover but... baby steps... I hope one day I can have a little garden where I can stare at lavenders whenever I look out my window.

    This is the scenery where this novel is set: beautiful mountains, forests, lavender fields in Washington state. Shauna McDade lives here with her little son, Alex. But for Shauna, Lavender Tides isn't so idyllic - a year ago she lost her husband, Jack, in a climbing accident.

    And then the town is shaken by another beloved member's death. It's Shauna's mentor, Clarence. And Shauna is convinced that it wasn't just an accident. Zach, the best friend of her late husband, helps her in digging deeper into Clarence's death. Rumors fly about the two and it seems that someone is willing to go to great length to keep secrets hidden.

    ~ . ~ . ~

    Well I have to be honest here.

    . It took me way longer than a book of this length usually would because a good half of the book was hard to get through. Don't get me wrong, people are falling like flies, but that is done in a hurried way. More time is spent on

    . And people crying. It must be the lavender fields but everyone has tears in their eyes every second page... Up to like 75% when then *dundundun* things get into motion.

    The other thing that didn't work for me was

    . As in, to me

    . Granted, I had my bet on two characters as the villain, but one of them really was the bad guy. Reading about the love evolve I was pretty sure it was obvious for everyone but the two characters that they will end up together. And they did! After much lamenting about how falling in love a year after your husband's death would make you disloyal to his memory.

    I know it's my preferences, but there was

    . Shauna is ex-Navy, yet Zach thinks she needs protection. AND SHE DOES. It all felt like her character had been created to be the typical Christian woman and in the last moment some "badassness" was needed, so she became ex-Navy. Because her knees always shaking and crying whenever something remotely stressful happened, I think, would get her sent home after the first day in boot camp (or whatever the Navy has).

    One positive thing was the inclusion of

    . That was something I didn't expect so kudos to author!

  • DJ Sakata

    My Rating:

    3.5

    My Review:

    While still reading, I became increasingly concerned and conflicted in how to assess and rate this book. The premise was interesting and original and the mystery was intriguing with several creative story elements that keep me reading and had my rating floating at four-stars. However, I grew restless and annoyed with the uneven pace and quality of the writing as some storylines dragged and became tediously repetitious, while others seemed rushed. Ms. Coble excelled in her

    My Rating:

    3.5

    My Review:

    While still reading, I became increasingly concerned and conflicted in how to assess and rate this book. The premise was interesting and original and the mystery was intriguing with several creative story elements that keep me reading and had my rating floating at four-stars. However, I grew restless and annoyed with the uneven pace and quality of the writing as some storylines dragged and became tediously repetitious, while others seemed rushed. Ms. Coble excelled in her creation and colorful descriptions of the quirky small town and its characters as I could well envision the historical and antiquated buildings, persnickety mother-in-law, and a somewhat inept middle-aged Elvis-wannabe sheriff with a thick mane full of product who had somehow managed to snare a young model for a wife. That image still brings a smile to my lips.

  • Hannah

    Two stars for "it was okay."

    Much of the story was fast-paced and enjoyable, but honestly the stuff in between was not. Evidently no one read it over for consistency. I also had some issues with character/theological aspects. It made it into a real disappointment, because the cover is stunning, and I had planned to buy a hardcover copy. Money well saved.

    I'm going to put the inconsistencies in spoilers, just so no one's clues are messed up.

    Two stars for "it was okay."

    Much of the story was fast-paced and enjoyable, but honestly the stuff in between was not. Evidently no one read it over for consistency. I also had some issues with character/theological aspects. It made it into a real disappointment, because the cover is stunning, and I had planned to buy a hardcover copy. Money well saved.

    I'm going to put the inconsistencies in spoilers, just so no one's clues are messed up.

    Next is a moral issue. First, I'm tired of reading books where characters get mad at God because something happened in their lives. It is SO cliched and overdone. It's done here. Second, we jump right into having FMC move into MMC's home. When she protests, he says, "People will say what they want to say. A little gossip won't hurt us...[your safety is most important.]" If he wanted to be honorable, why not ask a friend to come stay with them? Christians are told to refrain from even the appearance of evil. This does not make the guy a hero in my eyes at all. Then he "forgets" he should perhaps be wearing more than shorts to sleep in when he has a single woman in mortal danger in his house. And, yes, he went running into the yard in nothing but shorts to chase an active shooter. Sounds really smart, no?

    Then Zach comforts Alex by telling him his daddy is "watching him from heaven." He quotes the verse about "encompassed by a great cloud of witnesses" to back himself up...and Shauna loves him for the words to her son. Whew!! What a case of eisegesis. No, that's not what that verse means. Does anyone really think it does? Reading that chapter was like nails on a chalkboard.

    Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a free review copy. Favorable review not required.

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