- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 1134 KB
- Print Length: 271 pages
- Publisher: Limitless Publishing LLC (17 Nov. 2015)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B017NB4VG2
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,501,652 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Cobble Cove is your quintessential small town, with its picturesque setting and quirky characters. Alicia’s reception is lukewarm until she meets handsome John McKinney. He gives her the grand tour and together they search for Peter’s family who no longer live in the town. The search is interrupted when Alicia is called home to deal with another tragedy and John accompanies her.
As Alicia and John’s attraction grow, so do the obstacles in their relationship. More details of what happened to Alicia’s husband are uncovered. Evidence points to John’s involvement. The mysterious disappearance of a Cobble Cove resident further complicates matters.
The main characters, as well as some of the ancillary ones, are likeable, and the few ornery ones are described to perfection. The tension level and romance are just right for a cozy mystery/romance. In addition to murder, the author skillfully weaves a story of love, betrayal, and redemption. One of my favorite genres, I found A STONE’S THROW an enjoyable and satisfying read and highly recommend it.
I received an ARC from the author in return for an honest review.
This was a comforting book to nestle up with. It’s a slow-burn and sweet romance, and a gentle mystery that holds you until it picks up like wildfire towards the end, with twists and turns that keep you guessing. It’s a great read for those winter evenings in front of the fire with a cup of tea.
Author – Debbie De Louise
Publication Date – November 17, 2015
Genre – Romantic Suspense
Type – Stand-Alone
Cliffhanger – No
Rating – 4.5 out of 5 Stars
Complimentary Copy generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
My Thoughts - Story
I’m highly impressed with this story and the author. The writing is great and Ms. DeLouise has a gift describing in detail the setting and actions. There were times I felt that I was right there in Cobble Cove with Alicia having some tea and muffins or a PB&J.
I loved these characters and how it all unfolded at the very end. I was expecting a dark twist that probably would have upset me but I was happily surprised and closed this book with a sappy smile on my face.
I do have to add that Ms. DeLouise did a fantastic job at twisting and then unraveling each detail of the mystery and I absolutely loved how it all tied together!
Alicia just lost her husband six months ago in a hit and run accident and to overcome her grief, she feels that it’s necessary to sweep up some lose ends with his past.
She travels to Cobble Cove and meets John immediately. Both are drawn to the other and they proceed to try and uncover all the mysterious things that are starting to happen since she showed up.
It’s an Agatha Christie meets a small town living!
Reason for Reading – Author Request
Story Rating – 5 out of 5 Stars
Steam Rating – 4 out of 5 Stars
Angst Rating – 4.5 out of 5 Stars
Writing Rating – 4.5 out of 5 Stars
Content Flow Rating – 4.5 out of 5 Stars
Would Read More from Author? Yes
Recommend to – Anyone who loves a great love story within a mystery.
Alicia Fairmount visits her deceased husband’s hometown of Cobble Cove in search of in-laws she never met. Once there, peculiar happenings seem to connect to her husband’s death, and infer more questions than answers in the matter.
De Louise does a brilliant job of creating a beautiful setting. I was reminded of Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove through much of this narrative and loved every bit.
Further along, Alicia meets the residents of Cobble Cove. I had a sense of not quite knowing who to trust amongst these players.
Was Dora simply a B & B owner who gradually warms up to strangers, or did she have an interest in keeping John McKinney occupied with household tasks? Did John’s synergy with Alicia truly come from seeking love after being widowed for so long, or was he keeping her away from the answers she sought? And why was Sheila, the library director, avoiding discussion of the young employee who suddenly left Cobble Cove without much of an explanation?
The resident list is marginally longer with quirky characters you’ll feel you’ve known personally.
Three quarters into the book, the plot thickens with a shocking revelation. I had my suspicions early on, but the truth surrounding the death of Alicia’s husband, and the mystery of those involved, was a real twist. And so much better!
De Louise is a gifted story teller. I recommend A Stone’s Throw to mystery and suspense readers who enjoy taking the time to explore characters and settings within a steady-paced read.
I appreciated the fact that the characters weren't all young 20 somethings with vapid speech. The cute town of Cobble Cove is populated with older people as happens in many small towns after youngsters move away to more exciting lives. The cast of characters range from 40's to 80's, and everyone seemed so vital and interesting that I wasn't really aware of this until the end when the town was undergoing growth and development. It was simply a delightful town full of interesting people.
Let me tell you that this book is one that had twists and unexpected turns. I think I actually gasped at one point. It was a captivating book that keeps you guessing up to the end.