The View from Rainshadow Bay (Lavender Tides #1) by Colleen Coble

The View from Rainshadow Bay (Lavender Tides #1)

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? Zach Bannister was her husband’s best friend and is the person she bla...

Details The View from Rainshadow Bay (Lavender Tides #1)

TitleThe View from Rainshadow Bay (Lavender Tides #1)
Release DateJan 23rd, 2018
PublisherThomas Nelson
GenreChristian Fiction, Mystery, Romance, Christian, Suspense, Fiction, Contemporary

Reviews The View from Rainshadow Bay (Lavender Tides #1)

  • Melissa ♥ Dog Lover ♥ Martin
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  • Luca
    When I first saw The View from Rainshadow Bay 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 scene...
  • 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, stab...
  • 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. A...
  • DJ Sakata
    My Rating:3.5My 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, whil...
  • 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.
  • 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 co...
  • 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.(view sp...
  • Karen
    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. ...
  • Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader
    Well this was the best book by Coble I have read in a long time. I read it in one sitting and I had to keep reading to find out who, what and where. It was just so good, I did not see it coming good.You are going to love the suspense, the romance and the God breathed story.This is book one in The Lavender Tides series, I can not wait for book two.This is a four star book. I recommend it. Don't miss it.The Mary Reader received this book from the p...
  • Katy (Katyslibrary)
    Thank you so much TLC Book Tours and Thomas Nelson for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review and for having me on this book tour!Starting off with a bang, I was immediately drawn into the danger surrounding Shauna and her family with a murderer on her tail.  I wanted to know who the killer was and why they were killing.  However, although the beginning pulls you in the rest of the book is a little disjointed and didn't...
  • Brittany
    The View from Rainshadow Bay kept me guessing. There was a lot going on in this novel and at times I felt as if I was suffering from information overload. There were so many clues, multiple characters, and scenarios from both the past and present that had to be sifted through. It was very entertaining and the author kept me guessing through almost the entire novel as to how everything was connected and who the villain was.I liked the main charact...
  • Fern's Book Blog
    Oh my goodness! If  you are looking for a book with total mystery and intrigue then this is the one for you! Murder and mayhem describe this book pretty well... with a smattering of a sweet love story!Shauna has recently lost her husband in a tragic accident. A year later two of her friends turn up dead and Shauna believe that this is murder and that she and her son might be next. From there she turns to her husbands best friend, Zach. Together ...
  • Janet
    I forgot how much I enjoy Colleen Coble. Always enjoy her books. This book has some romance and some mystery, just want I need to read as I sat in the sun today. I thought it was well written and keep my wanted to read even though I told myself I need to stop at the next chapter. I liked how it dealt with forgiveness, second chances and truth. The nicknames were one of my favorites.
  • Sarah
    “Our experiences, good and bad, shape us and form us. That’s all part of our growth.”Before I say anything about the book, can we just take a moment to appreciate the stunning cover? Gorgeous!This book was so much more than I was expecting it to be! It was really good! Colleen does not disappoint when it comes to suspense. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time to see what happened next (both with the danger and the romance)! 😉I rea...
  • Bekah
    Boy, oh, boy, wasn't this story action packed from the first chapter! As always, Colleen Coble provided an on the edge of your seat mystery.What I Liked: I've read so many books by this author that I like trying to figure out the mystery of the murder and who's responsible for the crimes committed. I've gotten some of the mysteries right (or at least partly right) and some of them wrong and this was one that I got wrong. I had my own suspicions, ...
  • Laura
    I love Colleen Coble's books - she's a must read author for me. THE VIEW FROM RAINSHADOW BAY is a wonderful example of why. Zach is an ex-Coastguardsman, a hotdogger and he works flying into Alaska and back with medical patients. Shauna is trying to recover from losing her husband -- a tragedy she blames Zach for because Zach is into extreme sports. Shauna is definitely hurting, her son is adorable, and she just happens to be in the wrong place a...
  • Cafinated Reads Molly
    It's been a little while since I read a Colleen Coble novel, and I was glad I took a chance on this one by her. First of all, that cover. Can we say 'cover love'? It's absolutely gorgeous and eye catching, and that alone would have me wanting to read the book. Second, she did a magnificent job on creating a story that will pull the reader straight to the center. Zach and Shauna are two beautifully chiseled, heart capturing characters. They both c...
  • Cheryl
    I have read other books from this author and enjoyed them. Yet, this time, I was not feeling the magic. In fact, I found the story to be lackluster and the characters a bit dull. Although, if both of these elements had been better, then, I would be reading a different story. I truly wanted to like this book. In the case of Shauna, I wanted her to show more emotions. Yeah, she blamed Zach for her husband's death but it seemed like she gave in too ...
  • Marian Baay
    A wonderful new series by top suspense author Colleen Coble! This story grabbed me from page one and kept me turning the pages. I fell in love with the characters and hated to see someone terrifying them . . . but, of course, that is why it is a suspense novel! :) I had to find out who the villain was and slowly but surely the pieces all fit together. A nicely plotted storyline with loveable characters. Recommended!
  • Fizzy
    I am not one of the multitude that chooses books by their covers. I mean I appreciate a pretty picture now and then but for the most part covers play little to no actual role in my choosing to read a book. If that were the case I would never have chosen to read ‘The View from Rainshadow Bay’. It’s no big secret, though I am judged for it constantly, that I do not like the color purple or any variation thereof. If I had chosen to skip this b...
  • Lisa Johnson
    Title: The View from Rainshadow Bay (A Lavender Tides Novel)Author: Colleen CoblePages: 336Year: 2018Publisher: Thomas NelsonMy rating is 5 out of 5 stars.If you have ever read any of Colleen’s novels, you know that she can write a story that grabs your heart, attention and interest from the first word. If you have never read any of Colleen’s books, you are missing out on some very engaging and riveting books. The difference I noticed with he...
  • Megan Worley
    The View from Rainshadow Bay was an implausible tale with bits of great story telling sprinkled within. It’s the story of a recently widowed woman who gets dragged into a mystery with multiple deaths and a scary killer after her. There are deep buried secrets to be uncovered and a romance quickly building. I was drawn to the main character, Shauna, for several reasons. I admired her strength to move on after her husbands death and I liked how f...
  • Kelly Bridgewater
    The View from Rainshadow Bay by Colleen Coble is the introduction to her newest and latest series set in Washington state. With Coble being so established in the Christian romantic suspense genre, I knew what to expect before even starting the novel. Coble does a good job at creating characters who jump from the page and intermingle with the plot.A good romantic suspense novel with have the same amount of romance and suspense in the story. The ro...
  • Vicky
    Besides the very lovely front cover, this book ultimately left me pretty disappointed.I’ve not read a Colleen Coble novel before, so I picked it up with curiosity- it’s a romantic suspense novel with some murders thrown in, which promised to make for an exciting read- and indeed, it starts with a bang. Murders start happening left, right and centre: 15% of the way through I think at least three people had died, and the main character, Shauna,...
  • Gloria Bernal
    3.5 stars from this reader.This multi-faceted novel by Coble was my first by this author. Thank you Net Galley for the opportunity to read and review the ARC. I found the protagonists easy to relate to and very likable and realistic. The prologue itself grips you from the get go ratcheting up the suspense as it opens with a woman being chased through fields of lavender in this Pacific Northwest setting, which happens to be one of my favorite plac...
  • Michelle Kidwell
    The View from Rainshadow Bayby Colleen CobleThomas Nelson--FICTIONThomas NelsonMystery & Thrillers , RomancePub Date 23 Jan 2018I am reviewing a copy of The View From Rainbow Bay through Thomas Nelson Fiction and Netgalley:Shauna has only her five year old son and her Helicopter Charter business to keep her going after she looses her husband Jack in a climbing accident. Or was it an accident?Day by day she finds herself struggling to make ends me...
  • Rebecca
    3.5"Nothing he said or did could bring Jack back to her. She could only try to go forward."Shauna McDade was widowed far too soon, all because of Zach Bannister's foolish addiction to adrenaline-laced adventures. Now, she is faced with depending on Zach to protect her most precious possession; her young son. Someone in Rainshadow Bay is on a killing spree and Zach and Shauna strongly suspect that all the connections lead back to a curious keepsak...
  • My Week Is Booked
    I liked the premise of the book. At its core, the idea for this book was solid. I really wanted to know the backstory between our two main characters, and I wanted good things to happen for them in the end. However, the execution just wasn't there. I felt like I was reading a book written for adults but at the high school level. Everything we were supposed to know or feel, we were told outright. We didn't have to figure it out for ourselves. Ther...
  • Diana
    The View from Rainshadow Bay is vintage Colleen Coble at its best! Lavender Tides, a small Victorian style town reminiscent of a Thomas Kinkade painting, will leave the readers' senses soaring over Rainshadow Bay—with its white foamy waves throwing themselves against soaring cliffs and beauteous waterfalls. Ms. Coble is a master of descriptive imagery, breathtaking suspense, romantic tension, and who-dun-its that not even the expert at figuring...