Book Review & Giveaway: Beneath Copper Falls by Colleen Coble (Rock Harbor #6)

"This is where you say I'll always come for you. Just like Westley told Buttercup." (301)

Title:  Beneath Copper Falls
Series: Rock Harbor, Book #6
Author: Colleen Coble
Publisher:  Thomas Nelson & Zondervan Fiction
Release Date:  July 10, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romantic Suspense

Dana has already learned that love isn’t safe . . . but could it be different in Rock Harbor?

As a 911 dispatcher, Dana Newell takes pride in being calm in tough circumstances. In addition to her emotionally-charged career, she’s faced enough emergencies in her own life. She recently escaped her abusive fiancé to move to tranquil Rock Harbor where she hopes life will be more peaceful.

But the idyllic town hides more danger and secrets than it first appeared. Dana is continually drawn to her new friend Boone, who has scars inside and out. Then she answers a call at her job only to hear a friend’s desperate screams on the other end. Soon the pain in her past collides with the mysteries of her new home—and threatens to keep her from the future she’s always wanted.

Beneath Copper Falls by Colleen Coble was just riveting with a capital R!! OK, the references to Phantom of the Opera and fan-favorite, The Princess Bride doesn't hurt either. However, I also think even without those references, this book is sublime as it comes to suspense.  Add a good dose of inspirational context in the message, it had me turning the pages in record speed.

"We are not told to decide who or who will not benefit from the words that point to life. We are just to be faithful with our lives and our words. If the Holy Spirit prompts you, then be faithful to what he has told you." (157)

The message of faith and trust amidst tragedy is strong, but there's a certain tenderness the author displays when it comes to our character's internal struggles with their emotional as well as physical scars.

"The scars don't define you. Who you really are inside is what matters." (144)

I haven't read any of the Rock Harbor novels in the past. I came on Colleen Coble's band wagon much too late. If the others are anything like Beneath the Falls, I'm in for sure. I didn't think I missed anything when reading this installment, so definitely doable as a standalone piece. I would love to read further about the other characters I've met in this one, especially Bree and Kade's story. 

When it came to suspense, it's deep and well twisted in the plot to not give away too many clues. I did think of the possibility of the culprit, but deep down, I was hoping this person wasn't it. Though it didn't come on as a surprise, I did stare in disbelief at the outcome of one character (spoiler - hightlight to see) that  died.  Then there's this.  I started this story late in the evening, and I wished I didn't. Possibly because I had quite the scary dream (quite similar to the storyline) afterwards. Yes, you've been warned.  I think for a suspense novel that had such an impact, that is quite a thrill. 

In all, Beneath Copper Falls lives up to its genre, great suspense, but also add in such profound insight in its message, it's for sure a must read. Then we can't negate the romantic thread associated with it, can we? With lines that links The Princess Bride and Phantom of the Opera, I think not. 

(Regarding Phantom of the Opera)
". . . but I just love the way it portrays love as lasting a lifetime. Both men loved Christine all their lives, but one with an obsession and the other with a love that wanted what was best for her. . . I want to make sure I know the difference." (83)

I do want to leave this final quote with you, because it's a reminder I don't ever want to forget. 

"We are far from helpless. God hears all prayer, even silent ones. It is the biggest power we have. . ."  (158) (2 Timothy 1:7)

Disclaimer: I received an ARC of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.

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USA TODAY bestselling 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.

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(1) Winner will win a copy of Beneath Copper Falls by Colleen Coble, courtesy of the publisher, Thomas Nelson & Zondervan Fiction

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  1. I enjoy dual timeline stories as long as they're both riveting and pull me in. I've read stories where I couldn't wait to finish every other chapter so that I could get back to my favorite character, lol. I've also read a lot of dual timeline books that keep my attention the whole time!!

  2. I have been wanting to read this conclusion to the Rock Harbor series! Love that you referenced Princess Bride! Can't wait!

  3. I love them because you get to read the past and the present in one book.

  4. Great review Annie!
    I love the Rock Harbor series...there is one "problem" with the series, once I start one of the books I don't want to stop to do other things like fix dinner, do laundry or go to bed.... ;-) I can't wait to read Beneath Copper Falls. I have it on my very long TBR list.
    Blessings, Tina

  5. I do like dual story lines, but many times I find myself more interested in one story over the other. I like them best when they are also told on dual time lines.

  6. I've only recently discovered Colleen cobles works and I was quickly made a fan! I haven't read any in the Rock Harbor series yet but I can tell that's where I'll be going next!!

  7. I love suspense stories! They keep you riveted to the book wanting to keep reading looking forward to the outcome and how they got there.

  8. Yes I LOVE suspense novels. Whenever I start reading one I just can't seem to put it down until I find out whose done it, or what's happened. I really love Colleen's books, they are filled with suspense. I'm a puzzle person. I like to solve things and fix things so this feeds that desire.
    I look forward to reading this new book of hers.

  9. Yes, love them! I love that the suspense and intrigue keeps me guessing until the end.

  10. I've seen these books on Facebook a few times and they look very but I have yet to read them would love the chance to win one.

  11. I LOVE suspense!! I will definitely read this one...haven't read any of Colleen's books yet....

  12. Suspense is my favorite! I love the Rock Harbor series.

  13. I love suspense stories! I like trying to figure out the mystery behind the suspense.

  14. I love suspense stories! I like trying to figure out the mystery behind the suspense.

  15. Fantastic review, Annie! I LOVE mystery/suspense. It's my go-to genre. I also LOVE Colleen Coble.

    Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy of Beneath Copper Falls.

  16. I read quite a few suspense books. Along with historical it's my top favorite genre. Of course, I have my go-to authors :-)

    Thank you for the giveaway chance! I've read every single Rock Harbor mystery book and it's how I fist discovered Colleen. I'm excited to see she's revisiting with this new book.

  17. I love suspense. I want to figure who did it and why. Sometimes I stay up late to finish books because I would not be able to sleep. I have read some of this author's work. Her covers draw you in.

  18. I love suspense stories! Nancy Drew got me started years ago, and I've been hooked ever since. I do like to have a romance element these days, though. ;)

  19. I do enjoy suspense stories but not horror or too much gore. The Serena Jones series by Sandra Orchard is a favourite of mine.

  20. I love suspense stories! They keep me guessing and turning pages, and that's part of a good, enjoyable story!

  21. I love suspense! My life is busy but not very exciting, though I don't really WANT to have a scary thriller going on in my life. The book kind is just fine with me.

  22. i love suspense stories they keep me interested !! Thank ya

  23. I love Colleen Coble. I have read one of her series, but not this one.
    It's a shame the giveaway is over. Congrats to Julie P.

    I am your new G+ follower :)


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