Review of Rock Harbor Search and Rescue: Lost and Found by Colleen Coble and Robin Caroll

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Rock Harbor Search and Rescue: Lost and Found by Colleen Coble and Robin Caroll

Age Range: 8 – 11 years

Series: Rock Harbor Search and Rescue #2

Paperback: 256 pages

Publisher: Thomas Nelson (October 8, 2013)

Genre: Mystery

Source: Publisher via NetGalley

My Rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

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About the Book:

An old photo brings a shocking revelation and it’s up to Emily and her best friend Olivia to solve the case!

Fourteen-year-old Emily O’Reilly and her best friend Olivia Webster have a knack for solving mysteries. Emily has been busily training her new puppy Sherlock to be a Search and Rescue dog so that the two can lead search-and-rescue missions someday. So when Emily stumbles across an old photo of Olivia’s adoption day—a fact that has never been revealed to Olivia—the two quickly decide to uncover the mysterious details surrounding Olivia’s birth parents.
But the two bite off more than they can chew as they dig into learning more about Olivia’s adoption without notifying her parents. And to make matters worse, Emily’s mother Marika, a convicted felon recently released on parole, will stop at nothing to contact her daughter—a fact that Emily is not happy about.

When her beloved stepmother Naomi disappears, Emily takes it upon herself to connect the dots and conduct her own snow-bound search-and-rescue mission with Sherlock. Will Emily ever find the secret behind Naomi’s disappearance? And will Olivia ever learn the truth about her adopted parents?

“Colleen is a master storyteller.” –Karen Kingsbury

About the Robin Caroll:

Born and raised in Louisiana, Robin Caroll is a southerner through and through. Her passion has always been to tell stories to entertain others. Robin’s mother, bless her heart, is a genealogist who instilled in Robin the deep love of family and pride of heritage–two aspects Robin weaves into each of her 16 published novels. When she isn’t writing, Robin spends time with her husband of twenty+ years, her three beautiful daughters and two handsome grandsons, and their character-filled pets at home–in the South, where else? She gives back to the writing community by serving as Conference Director for ACFW. Her books have finaled/placed in such contests as the Carol Award, Holt Medallion, RT Reviewer’s Choice Award, Bookseller’s Best, and Book of the Year.

On her faith, Robin says, “I love Jesus and will follow Him wherever He leads me.”

An avid reader herself, Robin loves hearing from and chatting with other readers. Although her favorite genre to read is mystery/suspense, of course, she’ll read just about any good story. Except historicals! To learn more about this author of deep South mysteries of suspense to inspire your heart, visit Robin’s website at www.robincaroll.com.

About Colleen Coble:

Best-selling author Colleen Coble’s novels have won or finaled in awards ranging from the Best Books of Indiana, the ACFW Carol Award, the Romance Writers of America RITA, the Holt Medallion, the Daphne du Maurier, National Readers’ Choice, and the Booksellers Best. She has over 2 million books in print and writes romantic mysteries because she loves to see justice prevail. Colleen is CEO of American Christian Fiction Writers. She lives with her husband Dave in Indiana. Visit her website at http://colleencoble.com.

My Thoughts:

This is the second book in the Rock Harbor Search and Rescue series. I didn’t read the first one, but I would suggest that if you read this series, you start at the beginning. Lots of the minor characters and back stories carry over.

Emily’s birth mother has shown up again, and she makes Emily nervous.  Emily’s best friend finds out a big secret and the girls start investigating. Meanwhile, people start disappearing and nobody seems to be talking. The girls must work together, with the help of a few friends, to locate the missing people and uncover the real reason that Emily’s mother has returned.

This is a Christian fiction novel for middle grade readers. There is a lot more religious content in it than in other books I’ve read for the age group. Some of it felt natural, and some felt forced, but I liked the themes of forgiveness, honesty, and faith that wove through the story.

The book was okay. It didn’t blow me away or keep me on the edge of my seat, but it was clean and well written. Some things didn’t strike me as believable, but I think kids will enjoy this middle grade mystery.

Source: I received a digital galley of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Content: Clean

3.5 STARS

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