Today’s Cozy Read is the latest Colleen Coble novel, Because You’re Mine. The setting is mostly Charleston, South Carolina and features a Celtic band/singing group called Ceol, named after a sixth century king of Wessex in Britain. The band organizer/lead singer is an Irish beauty named Alanna Connolly. Her husband, Liam, is the percussionist. As the novel begins, they’re giving a concert at the Hibernian Hall in Charleston to a sell-out crowd, Alanna is having serious throat problems, and there is clearly a love triangle: Liam’s best friend Jesse Hawthorne is carrying a torch for Alanna.
When Liam and Jesse are blown up in Jesse’s new car, the paramedics ask the survivor his name and the response is “Jesse”. The grieving Alanna returns to England and when Liam’s parents find out that she is expecting, her father-in-law, an important member of Parliament, threatens to take the child from her and raise him himself. Frantic, Alanna turns to her manager, the wealthy lawyer from Charleston, Barry, who offers her a marriage of convenience and US citizenship.
There’s not much more I can say without spoiling it. All the way through the book I had a sense of déjà vu, as if I knew this plot from somewhere else — except for the Celtic Band. I even searched my book files to see if I’d read it before. There’s a rather gothic 4-storey mansion in the swampy wilds outside of Charleston, complete with dust-covered furniture, alligators in the pond, a mysterious locked room, and a psychotic killer. Very early in the book, I knew what was coming but kept reading. It’s an OK story — probably better if it doesn’t seem familiar to you — but I don’t feel it lives up to Coble’s reputation. * * * 1/2
I received a free ecopy of this book from Book Look Bloggers in exchange for an honest review.
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