Twilight at Blueberry Barrens

3 Stars

“I need you to keep these girls safe . . .”

Kate Mason has devoted herself to caring for her family’s blueberry barrens. But after her fields stop producing fruit, she’s forced to come up with alternative ways to make a living.

Renting out the small cottage on her property seems an obvious choice, but it won’t be enough. When entrepreneur Drake Newham shows up looking not only for a place to rent but also for a nanny for his two nieces, it’s almost too good to be true. And maybe it is—because Drake brings with him dangerous questions about who might be out to kill his family.

The more time Kate spends with Drake and the girls, the more difficult it becomes to hide her attraction to him. But a family crisis isn’t exactly the ideal time to pursue a romance.

Meanwhile, Kate learns that her uncle—in prison for murder—has escaped. Add to that a local stalker who won’t leave her alone, and Kate is looking over her shoulder at every turn. With threats swirling from multiple directions, she wonders if her blueberry fields will ever flourish again . . . or if this twilight is her last.

My Thoughts:
Twilight at Blueberry Barrens is kind of a tough book for me to review; there were parts that I enjoyed, but there were also parts that drove me absolutely batty. I think for this one, I will just make a quick pro’s and con’s list for you. 

The Pro’s:

  • The mystery/whodunnit part of the book was pretty good. I had figured out part of it fairly early, but it did take me until the end to get it all figured out.
  • Colleen Coble writes very well, and her descriptions of people and places are clear and concise.
  • Her characters feel like real people, so you can relate to them.

The Con’s:

  • There were a lot of repetitive phrases!
  • It is not a stand-alone book, in my opinion; there was a quite a bit of back story that was alluded to, but didn’t make much sense without reading the previous books.
  • There were a lot of repetitive phrases!
  • There were too many extra characters that didn’t seem to fit into the story; truly, how much tragedy and how many bad guys do most normal people come in contact with in their lifetime? It seemed far too unbelievable.
  • Did I say there were a lot of repetitive phrases?

Obviously, you can see that for me, repetitive phrases are one of my biggest pet peeves. You only need to mention something once, and I promise, I will remember it.

I remember reading some of Colleen Coble’s earlier books, and I enjoyed them. The past couple of books though (at least the two in this series that I have read) have not been my favorite. Twilight at Blueberry Barrens isn’t a bad book, but it simply didn’t hold my attention as well as other books that I have been reading of late.

With that being said, I would still like to thank Thomas Nelson Publishers and the TNZ Fiction Guild for providing me with a complimentary copy to read and review for them. I’ve come across many great new-to-me authors thanks to them, and I very much enjoy being part of The Guild. ♥





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  • Reply
    Wanda Tumlin
    January 19, 2017 at 12:05 am

    Good review. I love the Pros and Cons format.

    • Reply
      January 19, 2017 at 2:12 pm

      Thanks! I sometimes feel like it is the “easy way out” to do it that way, but at times, it seems to be the best fit for a review. LOL

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