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Book Review Friday: Distant Echo’s

Raise your hand if you are one of those people who tend to read the same books over and over, watch the same movie and nothing else, or binge watch the same TV show 80 million times. I am raising my hand over here. I have a TBR list the size of Mount Olympus, but this year I have mostly read books I have read at least once before. Except, Distant Echo’s by Colleen Coble.  Adding to that great accomplishment it is a suspense novel, and I have never read suspense anything before. I mean it was a romance novel too, but it had the navy and local political tyrant group. Big improvement

Distant Echoes (Aloha Reef #1)

Distant Echoes by Colleen Coble

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


What do you get when you cross Hawaii, a dolphin, a girl, and a Naval Lieutenant? You get Distant Echoes. Kaia Oana is a dolphin Research Specialist at Seaworthy Labs, currently working on breaking the language barrier between dolphins and humans. She does this by teaching Nani, a wild dolphin she nursed back to health as a calf, clicks and sounds that associate with human words. One day while working on some of the sounds a missile test happening nearby goes wrong and the missile goes off course, torpedoing a tourist yacht, setting it ablaze. Kaia and Nani spring into action pulling the people out of the water and wreckage.
Jesse Matthews a Navy Lieutenant overseeing the missile test sees the missile go off course and immediately steers his boat towards the burning yacht. He is surprised to see that people are already being rescued by a girl and a dolphin when he gets there. This sparks his interest and will later change his life.
No one on the boat seemed to believe that the missile test malfunction was an accident. This prompts Jesse into launching an investigation to learn the truth. Was the system sabotaged? After seeing Kaia and Nani he coerced her, by going to her boss into helping with the investigation by patrolling the shores with a camera on Nani. Putting a serious risk on Kaia, Nani, and Jesse’s safety, and well as their hearts.
Distant Echoes was the first suspense book I have read. It was a bit different from the normal fiction and romance books I read. I found it intriguing. It kept me on the edge of my seat, but not too much that I would fall on the floor if I moved. I am riding both sides of the fence about that. Is it really suspense if it didn’t truly leave me wondering what is going to happen next, or give me anxiety about the lives of the characters I was reading about? On the other hand, for a first suspense novel was it a good thing that the anxiety level stayed moderately low?
Colleen Coble gave me something I love in a book. I love it when you are faced with 2 possible outcomes, and you don’t know which it could be in the end. For Distant Echoes, she did that using two antagonists. But which one is the one behind the missile test? By the end of the book, I had a pretty good idea of who was not really that bad guy just by making some inferences, but she keeps them subtle enough you still never know.
As a Christian Romance novel, it was subtle on the Christian part, but if we are being honest I feel it was a little too subtle. More than half the book went by before anything Christian based was even written, and you had to read quite a bit before the next. It was almost like they were just dropped into places to make it a Christian Romance. Perhaps it is better off described as suspenseful romance. From the standpoint of the whole book, this would be my one downside.
Overall, I think it is a lovely book. I think it is ideal for anyone wanting a breezy read they can finish quickly. I also think it is ideal for anyone who maybe wants to get away for a while. I recommend it for small groups because of the small group discussion questions, and for any teen girl or young adult.
I think I will read the second one.



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Redeeming Love

I was over at my significant others mother’s house about a week ago. Devon and I were sitting in their book nook that has no books in it. (I know it’s really sad.) Instead, it contains a play station and a port for phone chargers. Devon was playing the play station like most people who have even the slightest sense of hand-eye coordination tend to do. I am not one of those people with any form of coordination so I was bored. His mom must have noticed and brought me a book.

Turns out I had read it when I was 16. It’s been 20+ years since it was published, and I thought why not blog about it. I wanted to remind people what a great story it was and what a great writer Francine Rivers is.

Redeeming Love is a contemporary Christian romance novel following the same plot as the book of Hosea in the Bible. I am almost certain that’s where her inspiration came from.

In the book, we meet Angel a harlot living in a brothel run by a selfish conniving woman called The Duchess. It’s 1850, California is Gold Country, and men from all over America are loading their wagons hoping to find instant fortune at their destination.

As we all know not everything that glitters is gold. The streams supposedly filled with gold were dry. What little gold dust the men collected they would pray was enough to let them even get a glimpse of Angel.

Micheal Hosea got his glimpse, but not in line to squander what little gold had. He saw her in the street taking her weekly walk. Right then he heard God say “She’s the one. She’s the one you will marry.”

Micheal got in the line just like the others. He had enough to make it to her quarters. He had no interest in her body. He talked to her. He never touched her. He continued this for many nights. Still, she wouldn’t leave with him.

Months passed, Micheal went back to his farm, and Angel continued working for The Duchess. One day she angered the Duchess. Out of punishment, Duchess sent Mogawan the bodyguard to teach Angel a lesson. He beat her within an inch of her life. Then just like in most great love stories, Micheal was back at just the right moment. He rode in like the knight in shining armor he was and rescued her. Of course, he married her. Angel was just conscious enough to say why not.

That is all the sneak peek you get. This was all just in the first couple chapters. The story only gets better from there. Go read the book for the rest of the story.

 

I would never recommend a book I wouldn’t read myself, so why did I like so much.

I began to understand the book of Hosea better. Sometimes the Old Testament books completely confuse me. It’s fancy and has all the laws and names I can’t pronounce without trying to remember phonics I learned in Kindergarten As I read Redeeming Love I could picture the storyline, and as I read the book of Hosea I began to be able to picture its storyline.

I could literally feel the love Micheal had for Angel come off the pages. It got me all in my feeling. More than once I texted Devon and was all This book makes me think of you. And I hope we always have a love as deep as this one. And baby I love you so much. When a book makes you feel stuff in your real life it’s a good book.

I learned about the gold rush period. I learned more about it than I did in high school. Pretty sad huh.

 

Now every book has its flaws. This one thankfully only had one.

Paul the brother in law of Micheal. He was mean. He was unforgiving. He did some things in this book that would make you feel complete horror. I won’t tell you what they were and spoil a major part of the story. Plus this way you can form your own opinions. He eventually saw the error of his ways, but not soon enough to make me not dislike him.

 

If you want to feel something deeply, live the life of the gold rush, or even read some sappy love story Redeeming Love is the book for you.

Sincerely

– Little Read Reviewer