Alanna has been plagued by tragedy. So it should come as no surprise that in the beauty that surrounds Charleston, all is not as it seems.
When her husband is killed by a car bomb while their band is on tour in Charleston, Alanna doesn’t know where to turn. Her father-in-law is threatening to take custody of the baby she carries, but the one thing she knows for sure is that she can’t lose the last piece of Liam she has left.
Their manager offers her a marriage of convenience to gain her U.S. citizenship and allow her to escape her father-in-law’s control. It seems like the perfect solution . . . but her doubts begin almost as soon as she arrives at Barry’s family home, a decaying mansion surrounded by swamp.
To make matters worse, Liam’s best friend survived the car bomb. She’s never really liked Jesse and now she can’t seem to get away from him. When he takes Liam’s place in their band, it’s almost more than she can bear.
But then things start happening. Things that could easily cost Alanna her life—or the life of her unborn child. Are they merely coincidences? Or is there something much more sinister at work?
Beautiful Alanna Connolly and her husband Liam are rising stars in a Celtic group called Ceol. Their manager Barry has big plans for their future and their future looks bright. But all that is about to change. After a successful performance in Charleston, SC, Jesse, an old friend of Liam’s arrives. Alanna often uncomfortable around Jesse stays behind with her band while Jesse offers to give Liam a ride in his new sports car. A joy rides turns to tragedy when a car bomb explodes taking the life of Liam and severely injuring his old friend. Alanna is shaken to her core and her life forever changed. Not always on the best terms with Liam’s parents, Alanna travels to Ireland to deliver the devastating news. Hoping to ease the pain of losing their only son she shares the bittersweet joy of her pregnancy. At this distressing news of the death of their son, Thomas Connolly, Liam’s father a powerful politician, threatens to sue Alanna for custody of her unborn child. Frightened and alone, Alanna turns to her friends in Ceol and Barry their manager for support.
Barry, a successful business man and high power lawyer offers a home and citizenship to Alanna in exchange for her hand in marriage. Hesitant to marry a man she does not love, but afraid of losing her baby to Thomas, Alanna reluctantly agrees. Upon the marriage, Barry takes her to his family’s rundown mansion in SC. Determined to make the best of a bad situation, Alanna tries to put on a brave front. But not all is as it seems. Barry has a dark side and is often secretive and mysterious. He’s cruel to animals and attempts to isolate her from the band. He’s especially hostile to Jesse, recovered from his injuries with no memory of the night of the explosion. As time goes on Barry becomes more unpredictable while Jesse’s feelings become stronger for Alanna. Soon the unthinkable will happen and Alanna will be forced to see both men for who they truly are.
I really enjoyed Because You’re Mine. As always Coleen Coble doesn’t disappoint. Her characters are beautiful and sensitive as well as complex and dangerous. I especially like Liam and Jesse’s characters. Without giving too much away, they were warm, loving and protective towards Alanna. I liked the spunk of her band mates, especially Ciara who always came to Alanna’s defense. And then there was Alanna, strong, loving, beautiful and determined. Although not mentioned above, I felt most sorry for Grady, Barry’s brother and the forgotten son. A product of his upbringing Grady could have been so much more if given love, attention and a chance. And last but not least there’s Barry. Barry is hard to like from the very beginning. His possessiveness and controlling nature put me on the alert immediately. His use of the endearment Sugar for Alanna made my teeth hurt. Needless to say Colleen Coble can create some unlikable and dangerous characters. It kept me turning pages anxious to see how it would all turn out.
Coleen Coble’s Because You’re Mine is a gem of a novel. It’s the perfect read for those who like Christian fiction filled with love and suspense and a few surprises along the way. Do yourself a favor and curl up with Because You’re Mine. A great way to pass a cold winter’s night.
I want to thank Thomas Nelson – Fiction via NetGalley for an advanced copy of Colleen Coble’s Because You’re Mine for a fair and honest review.