Fiction. Romance. Suspense. Christian Fiction. HTML: It started with one little lie. But Jane Hardy will do everything in her power to uncover the truth in this gripping romantic suspense. Jane Hardy is appointed interim sheriff in Pelican Harbor, Alabama, after her father retires, but there's no time for an adjustment period. When her father is arrested for theft and then implicated in a recent murder, Jane quickly realizes someone is attempting to destroy the only family she has. After escaping with her father from a cult fifteen years ago, Jane has searched relentlessly for her motherâ??who refused to leaveâ??ever since. Could someone from that horrible past have found them? Reid Dixon is well-known for his documentaries, and his latest project involves covering Jane's career. Jane has little interest in the attention, but the committee who appointed her loves the idea of the publicity. Jane finds herself depending on Reid's calm manner as he follows her around filming, and they begin working together to clear her father. But Reid has his own secrets from the past, and the gulf between them may be impossible to crossâ??especially once her father's lie catches up with him. Praise for One Little Lie: "Colleen Coble always raises the notch on romantic suspense, and One Little Lie is my favorite yet! The story took me on a wild and wonderful ride." â??Diann Mills, bestselling author Full-length romantic suspense Includes discussion questions for book clubs The first installment of the Pelican Harbor series Book 1: One Little Lie Book 2: Two Reasons to Run Book 3: Three Missing Days Perfect for fans of Allison Brennan, Terri Blackstock, and Dani P
What a fantastic way to spend an afternoon! The author has done it again, drawing the reader into a story that will not let you go until you reach that last period, and then leave you hoping for more. Welcome to Pelican Harbor, Alabama where Jane Hardy is the newly
When did the lies begin? Perhaps years ago when Jane and her father fled a raid on the cult they were involved with - who could know. Anyway that was a long time ago and certainly would not affect life now, except that she always wondered how her newborn baby died and where her mother had disappeared to. Now with several murders, kidnapping and more lies Jane begins to wonder if she is cut out for this job. An unexpected ending left me hanging and waiting for the next book in this wonderful series.
This book was received through Thomas Nelson, HarperCollins Christian Publishing, NetGalley and CelebrateLit. All impressions and comments are my own and were in no way solicited.
As the story begins, Officer Jane Hardy has just made Chief of Police, succeeding her father in the job. We soon see not all are happy about her appointment, and when bodies begin
Now the City has given the go ahead for a noted journalist to follow here to make a new documentary, but there sure seems to be something else going on?
This book is full of secrets, and when they fall, yes, I was surprised by some, but others blew my mind, I never saw them coming.
I became so involved in this story, and in the end didn't want it to end, and yes, there is a teaser at the end, another book is coming in the Fall.
I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Thomas Nelson, and was not required to give a positive review.
One Little Lie, book #1 of The Pelican Harbor series, deals with themes of healing from the past and overcoming fear and self-doubt.
It includes a light
I received a complimentary copy of this book through Prism Book Tours.
Jane has been appointed Police Chief after her father retires. It is obvious that not everyone is happy with this news and Jane finds herself deep in an investigation where bodies turn up, her father is being investigated and lies tarnish peopleâ€™s integrity. Oh how I loved reading that Jane didnâ€™t back down from anyone and was determined to get to the truth. Janeâ€™s past is very secretive to most and she canâ€™t shake that maybe it will come out at some point.
Reid was an interesting character and I wasnâ€™t quite sure what his true motive was . He has been granted to follow Jane and do a documentary on her because she is a female Chief of Police. Does he know about Janeâ€™s past? Reid has his own secrets that start to pop up and he knows he needs to deal with them. I did find it interesting that his son never knew his mother and the author gives subtle hints that may tie him to someone in the story. This is the type of writing the author is known for. She weaves several characters together and has their lives intersect at critical moments. The author is also very good at placing faith elements in her story that are gracefully done. I did find it a bit odd that Reid would allow his son to tag along at some of the places him and Jane went. It bothered me that a teenager would be allowed to listen in on investigations and be put in danger.
As the title implies, lies no matter how many you tell always find a way to the surface. We often think one little lie wonâ€™t hurt anyone. This story proves how wrong that thinking is as secrets, lies, deceit and revenge unravel lives and put peopleâ€™s reputation on the line. My heart went out to Will as he realizes he has been lied to all his life. How do you trust someone who has never been truthful to you?
The story is filled with action and lessons in forgiveness, overcoming your past and trust. I loved how the author takes a story and captures realistic issues while keeping readers guessing of the outcome. Not all questions will be answered in this book, so be looking for the next in this series.
â€śA lie is a betrayal that hits you where you really live.â€ť
I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.
"How did he get to this point of subterfuge and lies? He didn't even recognize himself any more. Even more importantly, he was letting God down. He wasn't the man he thought he was." (p. 173)
I really liked that Reid had such a close relationship with his teenage son and that he showed such protective concern for Jane. Coble offers a glimpse of Jane's troubled past and this allows us to understand why she is so determined to live a honest and productive life. Her involvement in a cult when she was just a young girl left her scarred and unable to fully trust and Coble powerfully conveys Jane's fears, her hurts, and her struggle with forgiveness. There is, however, one secret that left me very surprised and an ending that left me with questions that only another book can answer!
One Little Lie reminds us that the lies that seem permissable to prevent hurt are often the source of the greatest hurt of all. Colleen Coble has written a wonderful story and I recommend it to all who enjoy Christian suspense and contemporary romance.
I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit tours. A positive review was not required and these are my honest thoughts.
Now on to what I had difficulty with. Main character Jane Hardy was difficult to connect with. I get why, but her aloofness kept me from feeling a closeness I usually get from a Coble character. I did like Reid and his son very much, and hope the trioâ€™s relationships will be expanded in the coming books. There were a lot of story threads that eventually came together, but I had a bit of trouble keeping them straight. And to be honest, I thought that some of them were a bit too far fetched.
So would I read the next book in this series? Absolutely! Again, Coble is a talented author. I may have had a few issues with One Little Lie, but others have loved it. And I ALWAYS will read a Coble novel.
(Thanks to Celebrate Lit for a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)
I loved the storyline and most of the characters. The jury is still out on a few of
The bay seems to be a little murky and so are so many of the relationships in this faith-filled novel. We see true friendship, bad parenting, misguided parenting, great parenting, and arms that lost the child they should have parented. I can just imagine Jane, if she had a theme song, singing â€śLies,â€ť from Jonathan Butler eons ago. The question is, who would she be singing it about? Faith, love, forgiveness, deceit, and revenge all surface in Pelican Harbor. Unfortunately for us, the readers, a neat ending does not. I appreciated Cobleâ€™s note that explained her reasoning. I appreciated that we had a â€śsoftâ€ť ending, with more to come in the next Pelican Harbor installment ( Two Reasons to Run, coming September 2020), rather than a rushed, messy ending. Definitely a book to pick up, but preferably during daylight hours, with plenty of safe people around.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author and publisher through Celebrate Lit via NetGalley. This does not affect my opinions, which are solely my own.
Jane has big shoes to fill as a female sheriff. Not to point the obvious that she has a killer on her hands. The killings seem personal as if the killer has something against Jane. With Reid's help; Jane is determined to stop the killer before more lives are lost.
I did figure out early on who the killer was. Yet, this did not keep me from stopping reading this book. However, I must admit that there were clues there but to be fair Jane would not have figured out who it was until the reveal. This book is a good start to this series.
Always on the lookout for well-written Christian suspense books, I couldnâ€™t pass up the opportunity to read â€śOne Little Lie.â€ť This is the first book in the Pelican Harbor series, and I love it
What harm can there be in telling one little lie? The ripple effects are devastating and leave a trail of pain and destruction in their wake. Not only that, but a group of people find their lives inextricably linked by the falsehood, because trials usually cause people to draw apart from the world in general, and especially their faith. During times of difficulty and uncertainty, let us not ever forget that it is on Christ the solid Rock we stand.
In â€śOne Little Lie,â€ť relationships play a prominent role in the plot. Father-daughter, father-son, and even that between a mother and her children, as Jane Hardy reflects on her own boy, whom she lost briefly after giving birth to him, and as her relationship with her father becomes challenged as untruths keep piling up. Circumstances threaten her heart against trusting, but she canâ€™t walk this path alone.
A fast-paced work of romantic suspense, this book will have you questioning everyoneâ€™s motives in the quest for the truth. It does contain some graphic details regarding crime scenes, as well as mentions of domestic violence and abuse, but neither is overdone. My favorite character is, admittedly, Parker the golden retriever because I love dogs and have a great respect for working dogs, which are all heroes in my book.
I received a complimentary copy of this book through Celebrate Lit and was not required to post a favorable review. All opinions are my own.
As Colleen Cobleâ€™s One Little Lie makes sense of all these Pelican-Harbor happenings, it does feel a little convoluted and just too much. Still, the story unfolds around Jane and Reid with great suspense and mystery (and a bit of romance)â€”and that ending definitely left me wanting to pick up Two Reasons to Run right away (unfortunately, it doesnâ€™t release until September).
One Little Lie proves to be an entertaining, over-the-top story of secrets, suspicion, and a lie that changed everything. Readers of romantic suspense could very easily enjoy it.
I received a complimentary copy of this book and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.
Possible content warnings: teen pregnancy, cult, somewhat gruesome body find, stalking,
Last Christmas (2019), my mother got me the Lavender Tides series, along with the then new release â€“ â€śStrands of Truthâ€ť thinking I would enjoy them based on the blurbs. And, she was right â€“ I did â€śskimâ€ť them (havenâ€™t fully read them yet) and theyâ€™re definitely high up on the never-ending TBR. However, this is the first book by the author Iâ€™ve read.
Right off, from the prologue, the novel grabbed me â€“ pregnant teen, cult, and fleeing the cult. I am definitely old enough to remember the Branch Davidian cult and subsequent siege at Waco (Texas) in 1993, and the notorious David Koresh.
That was another reason this novel had my interest â€“ someone escaping from a cult and later becoming a law enforcement officer. Even more impressive â€“ Jane is elected Sheriff of Pelican Harbor.
By chapter three, I was hooked.
In addition to Jane Hardy being elected Chief, a position previously held by her father â€“ she has to investigate two murders; sheâ€™s trying to figure out where her mother is; and her fatherâ€™s arrest for theft and murder is also stressful. Sheâ€™s also dealing with Reid covering her career.
Reid has his own secrets in addition to a wonderful teenage son. One is that he was tied to one of the murder victims; another secret is Lauren, his ex-wife, who comes back after being declared dead after going missing. Itâ€™s pretty obvious she wants money, but is using Will to blackmail Reid. And, it turns out one secret of Reidâ€™s is who Willâ€™s mother really is.
When the issue of Willâ€™s mom was brought up, I remembered the baby born in the prologue. And, as I kept reading â€“ I kept getting this nagging suspicion. Thatâ€™s another reason I just couldnâ€™t put this book down. I had to know what was going on. Keen-eyed and attentive readers will soon figure it out for themselves.
Coble crafts a unique, highly-addictive, emotionally entangling, and very disturbing plot. With as disturbing as it was, I almost felt uncomfortable at enjoying this book so much. I really didnâ€™t want to stop reading. This suspense novel has murder, kidnapping, blackmail, police corruption, stalking, and references to cults.
While others could feel bogged down by all that is going on in it, Coble has found a way to make it all work and carefully weave it together. The cases, the people â€“ every little bit. Itâ€™s a wild roller coaster of a reader.
There were a few suspects I had my eye on, but was honestly surprised at where the writer took it. I had at least two different suspects, none of those panned out. In looking back, there is a â€śwarningâ€ť about one of the suspects.
While this is distributed by Christian publisher Thomas Nelsonâ€™s TNZ Fiction line, the references to God and faith were not overwhelming or glaring. I found them minimal, yet quite relevant to the storyâ€™s pace and setting. It is a clean read with no sexual encounters or foul language.
There is some violence, and perhaps some â€śgruesomenessâ€ť to it due to the violence.
This is part one (1) of the â€śPelican Harbor Seriesâ€ť. And, while most first books are easily standalone reads â€“ this isnâ€™t. While the main cases are concluded, there are a few personal issues that are not concluded at the end. Some of which will carry over to part two (2); â€śTwo Reasons to Runâ€ť; which is due out September 2020.
The synopsis of the second book will have some spoilers.
Author: Colleen Coble
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
My rating is 4 out of 5 stars.
Jane Hardy is a tough woman. She has to be in order to do her job of police chief in Pelican Harbor, Alabama, filling the job her father left due to retirement.
Soon after the bodies are discovered, Jane meets Reid Dixon. Reid is a famous documentary filmmaker and has been hired to make a documentary of Jane in her job as police chief. Jane doesnâ€™t want him around, but the town mayor insists it will be good publicity for the town. Jane also begins to think more and more about her past as a child living in a cult. She isnâ€™t sure why these memories are surfacing now, but that is something else she has to deal with. In addition, Reid is an attractive man and Jane canâ€™t help but notice this. He is keeping a secret. He and his teenage son are spending the summer in Pelican Harbor while filming. As Reid follows her around while she is trying to solve the murders, he begins falling for Jane. Is the feeling mutual? The killer continues his killing spree, and Janeâ€™s father becomes a suspect. What is Jane to do?
I liked Janeâ€™s role as a woman in a job usually held by a man. She is forced to be strong or she will be trampled. Her faith has gone by the wayside due to her traumatic experience as a child growing up in a cult, but during this case and with Reidâ€™s living example she begins to re-examine God and her relationship to Him. The beginning and plot were really good, but there were some spots that dragged though not enough to make me stop reading. This author is always one of my â€śgo-toâ€ť authors when I want to read suspense. Book two in the series will be released soon, so check back here for my review!
Note: The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading One Little Lie. Iâ€™ve read everything Colleen Coble has written, and this was just as exciting and action-packed as some of her other titles, such as Strands of Truth, the Lavender Tides series, and the Rock Harbor Series. I liked the complexity that being involved in a cult brought to Janeâ€™s character. And as with all of Colleen Cobleâ€™s books, I appreciate the inclusion of characters who are there to help nudge the main character back towards God. I so appreciate having romantic and exciting books to read that are clean and faith-based.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
Growing up in a sheltered dysfunctional environment Jane doesnâ€™t trust many people. She does have a confidante in her friend Olivia who is struggling with ALS with the support of her daughter Meg. Jane has reason to keep her guard up since her appointment as Police Chief by Mayor Lisa Chapman. Her colleague Detective Paul Baker resents Janeâ€™s promotion and does his best to make life difficult for her.
A reporter, Reid Dixon, comes to Pelican Harbor to write a story about the new female police chief bringing with him his 16 year old son Will. We discover that Reid has alternative motives for writing the story which introduces him to Jane Hardy. He had been following her career for years wondering how to explain a past secret which would change her life forever. He never expects to become a suspect in a murder while interviewing Gary Dawson, a fishing of Janeâ€™s father, hours before his death.
This becomes the second murder in Pelican Harbor since Reidâ€™s arrival. The first body found was Nicole Pearson who worked at the library. It isnâ€™t long before itâ€™s discovered that Detective Paul Baker had been having an affair with her. Paul is placed on suspension since he was sleeping with victim Nicole Pearson while his pregnant wife Tina is taking care of their 2 year old daughter, Ivy.
The police department is desperate to find the killer before another body is found. It appears to be the work of a serial killer as the bodies are found with Kennedy half dollars on the scene. The mystery deepens when Garyâ€™s wife Fanny is abducted and they find his 4 year old son Harry hiding in the closet at the police station.
Solving this mystery will involve more than Jane could imagine as years of secrets are revealed.
There are so many things going
The author tackles many themes in this book including forgiveness, reconciliation, consequences of lies, etc. As I mentioned earlier, I view Jane as a very complex character and I am curious to see how she transforms and grows throughout the series.
Is her father guilty of the crimes he is accused of? Does Reid have more involvement with Jane's past than Jane is aware of? You'll have to read to find out. I can tell you that the ending definitely took me by surprise. I can't wait to see what happens in book two due to release later this year.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Net Galley. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.
I donâ€™t like spoilers and you can read the info about the book for yourself. All Iâ€™ll say is that Colleen Coble did a great job with this book. I was hooked and Iâ€™m going to be counting the days until Book 2 is released.
This is Christian fiction with no sex or bad language. Colleen did a great job of gently weaving in Godâ€™s love and Iâ€™m hoping for more to come.