All is Bright by Colleen Coble

All Is Bright: A Hope Beach Christmas Novella by [Coble, Colleen]

Where to find the book: Amazon

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Date of publication: October 6th 2015

Series: Hope Beach

Genre: Romance, Suspense

Book synopsis:

A romantic, Christmas wedding at her seaside hotel gives Delilah a chance to shine with her unique gifts. But will her light be snuffed out before the bride and groom say “I do”? 

As manager of the Tidewater Inn, Delilah Carter has been planning a spectacular Christmas wedding for her friends at the grand hotel overlooking the ocean. While picking up still more twinkly lights and some last-minute groceries for the reception dinner, a huge truck runs her off the freezing, wet roads into the dark night. Her car stops just short of an enormous tree and the truck speeds off into the night. Delilah escapes with her life and has almost convinced herself the whole thing was an accident, but then she begins to receive threatening phone calls. With the wedding just hours away, she’s distracted and anxious. Then Sheriff Tom Bourne stops by the inn and volunteers to help.

Tom has always had a soft spot for Delilah, and he’s determined to protect her. But he is pulled away by a bizarre Christmas stunt that has the neighborhood reeling, and Delilah is attacked again.

Will Delilah have to cancel the Christmas wedding at Tidewater Inn? And will Tom’s protection be enough to save Delilah from the shadowy figure looming in the background?

My review:

If you have been following this blog for a while then you know of my intense dislike of picking a book up that is part of a series. This also extends to novellas/short stories in the series.

Well, I am happy to say that this novella/short story is none of the above. It had developed characters and a suspenseful plot line that kept you guessing until the end.

The only thing that I even had an issue with was the romance between Delilah and Tom. It seemed to come out of nowhere, which was weird to me. I mean, they have known for years and then realized that they had chemistry? Not believable.

How many stars will I give All is Bright? 3

Why? While well written, I felt that the romance between Tom and Delilah was somewhat forced and a bit contrived.

Will I reread? Yes

Will I recommend to family and friends? Yes

Age Range? Teen on up

Why? Minimal violence, no sex

**I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book**

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