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Because You’re Mine

January 9, 2017
Because You're Mine Book Cover Because You're Mine
Colleen Coble
Harper Collins
January 10, 2017
Net Galley

Description of Because You’re Mine

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?

My Review of Because You’re Mine

I was on the line about this book. I liked the plot itself, death of her husband, marriage of convenience, and  suspense about the car bomb and Jesse’s memories. There was a plot twist or two, though I knew what one of them was going to be right from the start.

The setting was perfect for the story. An old antibellum mansion in desperate need of some TLC. The gator pond added a creepy element to the story.

I’m figuring this out as I write. The plot itself was good, the setting was good. Then it must be the characters that fell flat or didn’t ring true for me. Here is a picture that Colleen Coble posted in her newsletter. She was able to meet Celtic Women in December and said that “Tara looks just like Alanna step right out of the book.”






Kinda cool to see a group that the writer fictionalized in her book. Here is a shot of Colleen with the group.

If you like romantic suspence, I think you will like this book. It had enough good elements to it and Alanna and Liam’s love story is sweet. Give it a try and let me know what you think of it.



About the author

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

About Terry Houchin

Hi, my name is Terry Houchin. I live on the on the Gulf Coast of Texas with my husband of thirty-eight years and our two dogs, Miley and Shadow. I have two grown sons and a grandson. I am a retired teacher who loves gardening and reading. I am currently working on writing a novel.

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