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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson; 1st edition (July 28, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595544879
  • ASIN: B003F76HTI
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,346,050 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Evangelical Christian novelist Coble offers up a Texan-style serving of ranch, rodeo and rambunctious interpersonal conflicts. Single mom Shannon Astor returns to her hometown in Bluebird Crossing with her daughter, Kylie, in tow, to take over as local veterinarian. Immediately upon arriving at her late uncle's dilapidated house, Shannon is faced with a dead farmhand. Before readers can recover from that episode, Shannon gets an emotional revelation involving Jack MacGowan, a wealthy landowner who ruined her reputation years earlier. Now, she must decide what to do with her newfound knowledge, and in quick succession her life is threatened, her daughter's birth father re-enters her life, and she must put to rest demons from the past. Fans of Coble will enjoy the light banter and easy conversational tone of this story, but too many unlikely and unrealistic plot complications detract from what could have been a satisfying love story. (July)
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About the Author

RITA finalist Colleen Coble lives with her husband, Dave, in Indiana. She is the author of thirty-five novels and novellas including Lonestar Sanctuary, the Rock Harbor Series, the Aloha Reef Series, and two Women of Faith™ fiction selections, Alaska Twilight and Midnight Sea.
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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. Visit her website at http://colleencoble.com.

Customer Reviews

It is a great mystery and suspense story, also.
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The whole forced into marriage plot may be slightly believable once, but reading the same thing again seemed just too far fetched.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Harold Wolf TOP 50 REVIEWER on April 19, 2009
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BUY BOTH LONESTAR BOOKS, READ QUICKLY. "Lonestar Homecoming," Lonestar book 3 is to be released in April, 2010.

Mystery/romance author, Colleen Coble, has written a "deluxe" duo of stories in her "Lonestar" pair of books. She weaves mystery, suspense, adventure, and Christian romance into stories as big as the Lonestar state this time. Lots of horse ranch action as well.

Single and the new local Veterinarian, Shannon Astor, with daughter, Kylie, move to a ranch beside Bluebird Ranch (from "Lonestar Sancturay".) She meets Faith, a 5-yr-old twin image of Kylie, but daughter of Jack, whose wife, Blair, is dead. Jack was also responsible for rumors that forced Shannon away from this area after high school. Shannon's daughter's real twin, died on the day of its birth, the same day Jack's wife gave birth, in the same clinic, with the attending nurse for both mothers being the aunt of Blair. It's obvious, a twin was switched with Blair's deceased girl.

Confused? Author Coble does a much better job of setting up the story. All that activity is just the beginning. A lawyer jokes to Shannon, that since Jack's Senator father is rich and powerful, her best solution is not a court fight but marrying Jack, the guy she loathes. Impossible! Impossible? Well...

Then there is Mary Beth, friend in trouble that disappears;
Tucker Larve, mustang buster & enemy of Jack;
Shannon's dead parents, mine accident???;
Rev./Vet. Grady & Dolly O'Sullivan (from Lonestar Sanctuary);
plus Rick, Allie, & Betsy Bailey (also of the previous book);
and Felipe Mendoze, a very dead ranch hand;
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By R. J. Carpenter on September 20, 2009
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When I first started reading LONESTAR SECRETS and the mystery of the twins was revealed early on, I thought that would make the book predictable, and I was a little disappointed. I sure am glad that I kept reading!

This story is Shannon's story, and the mystery surrounding the twins is only a part of it. There are other mysteries in the book. What happened to Shannon's roommate? What do her kidnappers think Shannon has? Did her parents find the Spanish treasure they were seeking?

None of these were the biggest mystery for me, though. As I read through the book and watched Shannon's character change, I wondered if she would ever trust again. After the things she had endured, I figured she certainly had reason NOT to trust. Shannon receives the message, throughout the book, that love is a choice, and it was interesting to me to watch her as that message finally began to make sense. I think all women--all people--can identify with not wanting to trust after you have been hurt. If you don't make the decision to trust again, I think you certainly live less of a life than you could. Shannon Astor does make that choice, and in the process, she finds what she's been dreaming of. Watching her character evolve enough to love again was what made the book worth reading for me.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Snowgirl QT ... on June 20, 2009
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I loved this book. I read Lonestar Santuary and couldn't wait for Lonestar Secrets. I adore a good story and when you add horses to the mix, its a double scoop of yummy..
I love how the author creates female heroines that are not perfect Barbie doll type people. You feel like these women are people that could live next door to you...
There is a scene in the book where the horses are trapped by wildfire and the way the author describes the details, it will stay with you a long time...Amazing!!
I can't wait for the next Lonestar book...
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There are a lot of reasons I like to read fiction books. I love Honey for A Woman's Heart by Gladys Hunt, because she talks about all the reasons women should read. She talks about reading to feel life, to feel pleasure, and to learn.
This book is one of those that I read simply to feel pleasure--to enjoy and escape the struggles of life.

Lonestar Secrets is the story of Shannon and her daughter Kylie who return to the town she lived in as a teen and where she got pregnant and had her daughter. In the beginning of the story, she realizes that the twin of her daughter is not dead, but still living. And the story unfolds from there...

It is a good story. I wanted to know how it ended and I forgot about the worries on my plate right now. Colleen Coble's writing is much like Karen Kingsbury's and although this is part of a series, you could read to the end and feel like you had reached the end. I do not like the Beverly Lewis novels that leave you hanging at the end. I want to know that things work out in the end. But, Mrs. Coble's writing is not at the same level as Francine Rivers or Angela Hunt. Both are better writers, but they also write a different kind of fiction story--with a message in mind. The writing in this book is not for any purpose other than enjoyment, I believe.

This book is a good book to pick up after the week is done on a Friday night with a cup of tea and curl up on the sofa with. At maybe 1 or 2 am you'll put it down, got to sleep, then wake up the next morning and finish it off. At least that's what I did last night--except that while my kids were taking their nap today, I finished reading the end.
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