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Librarian Note: Alternate Cover Edition for ASIN: B00F1I0C40. In the first Cole Sage book, we find Cole at the low point of his career. In the past, Cole a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, worked for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Time Magazine. Now, he’s returned to the paper where he started his career, The Chicago Sentinel. Instead of writing the big Librarian Note: Alternate Cover Edition for ASIN: B00F1I0C40. In the first Cole Sage book, we find Cole at the low point of his career. In the past, Cole a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, worked for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Time Magazine. Now, he’s returned to the paper where he started his career, The Chicago Sentinel. Instead of writing the big stories, he’s doing the work of a rookie reporter. His “big story of the day” is a cat caught in a tree. During its rescue, the cat’s owner takes her Good Samaritan neighbor hostage. Cole witnesses something so disturbing it reawakens the journalist’s desire to write again. Returning to the paper, Cole finds a desperate message asking for help from Ellie, one that got away. The one that has continually haunted his life. Cole drops everything and flies to California. He must find what would make her so desperate, she would call him after so many years. Cole finds her terminally ill, and abandoned by her husband. He discovers while Ellie was heavily medicated, she mistakenly signed a Power of Attorney. Now her estranged daughter Erin’s inheritance, won’t go to her, but her abusive step-father. Cole vows to find the girl and right the situation. The path to keeping his word is blocked at every turn by the husband who abandoned her, his shady real estate deals, violent con men, street thugs and the lure of a fortune in diamonds that unite them. The anger, sorrow, and crippling guilt of twenty years fires Cole's drive to keep a promise, that in the end, will heal and return the soul to the great journalist. Beaten, bloody but determined, Cole Sage conquers greed and hatred with a strength that only love, and a will as hard as diamond, can achieve.


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Librarian Note: Alternate Cover Edition for ASIN: B00F1I0C40. In the first Cole Sage book, we find Cole at the low point of his career. In the past, Cole a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, worked for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Time Magazine. Now, he’s returned to the paper where he started his career, The Chicago Sentinel. Instead of writing the big Librarian Note: Alternate Cover Edition for ASIN: B00F1I0C40. In the first Cole Sage book, we find Cole at the low point of his career. In the past, Cole a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, worked for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Time Magazine. Now, he’s returned to the paper where he started his career, The Chicago Sentinel. Instead of writing the big stories, he’s doing the work of a rookie reporter. His “big story of the day” is a cat caught in a tree. During its rescue, the cat’s owner takes her Good Samaritan neighbor hostage. Cole witnesses something so disturbing it reawakens the journalist’s desire to write again. Returning to the paper, Cole finds a desperate message asking for help from Ellie, one that got away. The one that has continually haunted his life. Cole drops everything and flies to California. He must find what would make her so desperate, she would call him after so many years. Cole finds her terminally ill, and abandoned by her husband. He discovers while Ellie was heavily medicated, she mistakenly signed a Power of Attorney. Now her estranged daughter Erin’s inheritance, won’t go to her, but her abusive step-father. Cole vows to find the girl and right the situation. The path to keeping his word is blocked at every turn by the husband who abandoned her, his shady real estate deals, violent con men, street thugs and the lure of a fortune in diamonds that unite them. The anger, sorrow, and crippling guilt of twenty years fires Cole's drive to keep a promise, that in the end, will heal and return the soul to the great journalist. Beaten, bloody but determined, Cole Sage conquers greed and hatred with a strength that only love, and a will as hard as diamond, can achieve.

30 review for Diamonds and Cole

  1. 4 out of 5

    Rick

    I just found this book to be only OK. It seemed that every action seemed to bring up a recollection of something from the past. I have seen another review claiming that this is a mystery, a romance and religious. I somewhat agree. Recommended if this is a genre you like.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Alana Woods

    A tale of regret and coming to terms with it told in a very well-put-together way. Cole Sage is a newspaper hack working for the Chicago Sentinel, having worked his way down from a top-flight award-winning career with The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and Time Magazine. The fire had gone. Then the love of his life, the woman he let slip away, contacts him asking for help. And so his path back to caring begins. The story encompasses diamond smuggling, money laundering, horrible husbands, A tale of regret and coming to terms with it told in a very well-put-together way. Cole Sage is a newspaper hack working for the Chicago Sentinel, having worked his way down from a top-flight award-winning career with The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and Time Magazine. The fire had gone. Then the love of his life, the woman he let slip away, contacts him asking for help. And so his path back to caring begins. The story encompasses diamond smuggling, money laundering, horrible husbands, sincere cops and eager journalists, the forgotten residents of nursing homes and a crook with a good heart. Beginning with what Cole believes is the simple matter of making sure his ex-love is cared for while she succumbs to a terminal illness, he soon finds himself on the receiving end of threats and a beating. Maxwell knows how to keep his readers interested, unfolding the story evenly without any dips. I liked his fleshing out of the secondary characters as well as the primary with, among other things, natural dialogue. Combined with a fluent use of language and good plotline it made for a well-rounded story. One I enjoyed. This is the first book in the Cole Sage series.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kayla West

    Cole Sage was once a well-known journalist, gaining recognition for his various Pulitzer prize worthy pieces. Now, his life seems to be taking a downward spiral. He no longer has the drive he once had for finding news and digging up the truth. He feels alone and hopeless, all his past successes seem moot now. They seem not so important as they once were. However, he is about to be taken back to a time when he was once happy. A time before he lost the one thing that truly mattered to him. After wi Cole Sage was once a well-known journalist, gaining recognition for his various Pulitzer prize worthy pieces. Now, his life seems to be taking a downward spiral. He no longer has the drive he once had for finding news and digging up the truth. He feels alone and hopeless, all his past successes seem moot now. They seem not so important as they once were. However, he is about to be taken back to a time when he was once happy. A time before he lost the one thing that truly mattered to him. After witnessing a terrible incident of hostage situation turned murder, Cole Sage begins writing yet another story for the Chicago Sentinel, the newspaper that basically jump started his career but now seems to just be a reminder of his waning enthusiasm for his job. While busy typing away at his computer, he receives some news that will change his life in a way he never imagined. A former love has called him for help. A former love he believed to be gone forever. Cole Sage immediately heads off back to his old home town to answer that call. With trips down memory lane, a dying wish, and a scoop or two that could very well turn Cole's career back to what it once was, this journey back could turn out to be a very eventful one. I truly thought Diamonds and Cole was very interesting and entertaining. I loved the memories that Cole has throughout the book and the fact that he seems to change as the story goes along, making amends with the past that has haunted him for the longest time. I am happy that this will be the first in a series, because I cannot wait to see what is in store for Cole Sage in the future.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Dorothy Gagnon

    Compassion, Romance & Suspense Cole Sage is a compassionate journalist but lost his enthusiasm for his job and spends too much time fantasizing the loss of his love, Ellen 20 year ago. Out of the blue, Cole receives a terrifying call from Ellen needing his help, which carries him back to his home town. Ellen is left to die alone from ALS in a nursing home by her dominating husband, Christopher. She implores Cole to search for her own daughter who left in anger with her mother for siding with her Compassion, Romance & Suspense Cole Sage is a compassionate journalist but lost his enthusiasm for his job and spends too much time fantasizing the loss of his love, Ellen 20 year ago. Out of the blue, Cole receives a terrifying call from Ellen needing his help, which carries him back to his home town. Ellen is left to die alone from ALS in a nursing home by her dominating husband, Christopher. She implores Cole to search for her own daughter who left in anger with her mother for siding with her mean Stepfather. Ellen also begs him to help her get back the legal papers that Christopher tricked her into signing whereby the daughter would lose her parents' inheritance. The promise Cole makes leads him into discovering that Christopher is involved with the mafia and hot diamonds. He finds success in not only finding Ellen's daughter, Erin, but the name of Erin's father. Ellen's death and her love for Cole inspires and excities Cole to resume his journalist career.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen

    This book grabbed me from the first page. It's a story of passion; the unequaled passion of a man and a woman, a man and his job, a man and his enemy, but most of all the story of a man and his passion for life and all it has to offer. The author pulls you into his characters lives thereby opening windows of knowledge and possibly even insight into your human psyche. We follow those characters as they face various obstacles in everyday human circumstance. Granted there is some drama; because you This book grabbed me from the first page. It's a story of passion; the unequaled passion of a man and a woman, a man and his job, a man and his enemy, but most of all the story of a man and his passion for life and all it has to offer. The author pulls you into his characters lives thereby opening windows of knowledge and possibly even insight into your human psyche. We follow those characters as they face various obstacles in everyday human circumstance. Granted there is some drama; because you can't have a mystery without it. But there is a lot of reflective learning available here. I highly recommend this book, it made me laugh and cry and shout angrily at times. I am certain I will be buying more of his writing soon! Enjoy.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jeff Benham

    New author for me. Fantastic beginning to a series. Cole is messed up. He is an award winning journalist, who lately, can't quit thinking about Ellie, the girlfriend he broke up with 30 years ago. As fate would have it, he gets a message from her, urgently requesting his help. Things are worse than he even expected, because Ellie is in a convalescent home with ALS. Her last wish is to find her daughter, who she has been estranged from. This simple act opens up a whole can of worms, including dru New author for me. Fantastic beginning to a series. Cole is messed up. He is an award winning journalist, who lately, can't quit thinking about Ellie, the girlfriend he broke up with 30 years ago. As fate would have it, he gets a message from her, urgently requesting his help. Things are worse than he even expected, because Ellie is in a convalescent home with ALS. Her last wish is to find her daughter, who she has been estranged from. This simple act opens up a whole can of worms, including drug dealing and diamonds smuggling. Definitely going to read the series!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Deborah

    I really enjoyed reading this "Clean" detective story about Cole who is a journalist still in love with his lost first love. The mystery was great, easy going but I couldn't put it down. I am going to read the next book in the series. I like what this author has to say. I really enjoyed reading this "Clean" detective story about Cole who is a journalist still in love with his lost first love. The mystery was great, easy going but I couldn't put it down. I am going to read the next book in the series. I like what this author has to say.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Dave

    I was immediately drawn into the story and into Cole's world. In fact, I briefly interrupted my reading to buy the next 7 books in this series. Not many other things would have interrupted my reading of this story. I did not want to put it down. If you enjoy stories about everyday individuals who become heroes and help the under dog, buy this you will like it. I was immediately drawn into the story and into Cole's world. In fact, I briefly interrupted my reading to buy the next 7 books in this series. Not many other things would have interrupted my reading of this story. I did not want to put it down. If you enjoy stories about everyday individuals who become heroes and help the under dog, buy this you will like it.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Mairi Krausse

    Spectacular writing! This book kept me fascinated with the story about a newspaper reporter and his long lost love. The adventure that the the reporter had was epic, and he is very intelligent and personable. His girlfriend from years ago asks for his help from across the country, and he gets involved in discovering state and federal crimes being committed. The characters are so real that the book had me crying at the end because I was so involved. Wonderful adventure and crime fighting story!!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Catriona Lovett

    Cole Sage is my hero. I can't praise this book enough. The author has created vivid characters, some likable, others not so much. But the realism as the story progressed made me feel as if I were part of it. I felt angry at the injustices, laughed at the humor, and cried at the sad parts. Books don't do that to me often. Maybe it's because Cole Sage feels so familiar. A great fictional hero isn't perfect. But the one trait they all share (no matter how much they may deny it) is their essential h Cole Sage is my hero. I can't praise this book enough. The author has created vivid characters, some likable, others not so much. But the realism as the story progressed made me feel as if I were part of it. I felt angry at the injustices, laughed at the humor, and cried at the sad parts. Books don't do that to me often. Maybe it's because Cole Sage feels so familiar. A great fictional hero isn't perfect. But the one trait they all share (no matter how much they may deny it) is their essential humanity. Cole has the humor, and crafty persistence in collecting the full truth of Gregory McDonald's Fletch. He has the hopefulness and innate goodness of Dean Koontz's Odd Thomas. He's a well-seasoned traveler and adventurer, whose time spent covering brutal conflicts have deepened his ability to care more about the people they're affecting than the stories he's covering. I get the sense that this is also true of the author. Kudos, Mr. Maxwell.

  11. 4 out of 5

    George Keaton

    "This time it was different. This time it was personal...". Actual quote from the book. Used unironically. Maybe it should have been the tagline. Cole Sage is an OK dude. He has his issues and hangups. He really likes to carry torches. But underneath all the self-loathing is a guy with a lot of compassion and drive who can get the job done. I can overlook atrocious writing if the characters are sympathetic. I overlooked a lot of atrocious writing because Cole Sage is alright. In one part of the boo "This time it was different. This time it was personal...". Actual quote from the book. Used unironically. Maybe it should have been the tagline. Cole Sage is an OK dude. He has his issues and hangups. He really likes to carry torches. But underneath all the self-loathing is a guy with a lot of compassion and drive who can get the job done. I can overlook atrocious writing if the characters are sympathetic. I overlooked a lot of atrocious writing because Cole Sage is alright. In one part of the book, Cole Sage has to talk to a Latino gangbanger in order to further his investigation. But before that happens, we get to enjoy a flashback. Cut to Cole's childhood. His best friend when he was growing up was a fat Mexican kid named Manuel. Cole and Manuel hung out, shot BB guns, ate burritos, and had a good time. Flashback ends, cut to Cole walking into a bar where the gangbangers are hanging out. Let's back that up a bit. Cole Sage is an investigative journalist with decades of experience. Is he going to remember his time interviewing criminals as his background for this line of questioning? Maybe draw on his skills covering wars or profiling dictators? NOPE. Cole Sage, journalist, was once best friends with Gabriel Iglesias, and that makes him fully qualified and prepared to gather intel from the local head of the Zetas cartel. That's how this is written. Really. It's going down. What do you know? Cole walks into the bar and sits down with the gangsta. He is cool, calm, and collected. He conducts his business, they end up becoming friends, and he's out of there. Cole is a cool dude, and thank you Gabriel Iglesias. There are a few other examples of this type of thing. Cole Sage beats up the bad guy (Cole is not a cop), he just loves carrying that torch, a deep secret which is going to get revealed at the end is totally revealed halfway through the book, and on and on. I forgive the story because Cole is a good dude doing good things under intense circumstances. The book was OK. The mystery was weak. This works more as a character study of a man at a major crossroads. The pacing is inconsistent, the story is clunky, and there are a few threads left hanging at the end. Cole's compassion and steadfastness make up for it. It is a quick read, and if you have a few hours to spare, you could do worse.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Brick ONeil

    The cover art is what immediately caught my attention. Ragged colors, slashed across the cover, brilliant title suggests mystery, romance, a sexy name with hints of intrigue. Then started reading. There is so much minute detail of every minute Cole lives, I'm surprised we don't know what toilet paper he uses. To be that emotionally crippled about an ex or 'the one that got away', is too eye-roll worthy to relate here. The book is just too detailed about minutia that it leaves the reader brain dea The cover art is what immediately caught my attention. Ragged colors, slashed across the cover, brilliant title suggests mystery, romance, a sexy name with hints of intrigue. Then started reading. There is so much minute detail of every minute Cole lives, I'm surprised we don't know what toilet paper he uses. To be that emotionally crippled about an ex or 'the one that got away', is too eye-roll worthy to relate here. The book is just too detailed about minutia that it leaves the reader brain dead. As another reviewer suggested, Maxwel's book is just too cheesy to endure. Passages are too long, he wallows in one scene after another, all the men have over-the-top-testosterone, something i've long despised in reading fiction. Give them some faults, show they endure pain like everyone else, do they even get tired? The editor could easily have cut out all the unnecessary exposition scenes, added intrigue, and made the characters more interesting. I could not get past chapter eight. I give two stars. Maxwel can write but I suggest less exposition, descriptive scenes and more action.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Robert Jr.

    review by Robert K. Swisher Jr. Cole is like all of us, more than a little flawed, lost in a world of his own making, starting all over in his career at the bottom of the ladder instead of the top, and wondering what happened to the one love of his life, which, of course, he blames himself for losing. This is the second Cole Sage Mystery I have read, both of which I enjoyed immensely. Real people, real problems, a great mystery, dialog that is not strained or pretentious - as soon as you think yo review by Robert K. Swisher Jr. Cole is like all of us, more than a little flawed, lost in a world of his own making, starting all over in his career at the bottom of the ladder instead of the top, and wondering what happened to the one love of his life, which, of course, he blames himself for losing. This is the second Cole Sage Mystery I have read, both of which I enjoyed immensely. Real people, real problems, a great mystery, dialog that is not strained or pretentious - as soon as you think you know what is going on there is another twist in the plot - keeps one turning the pages. Give Cole a try, you will not be sorry.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Marti

    This was an interesting book in that Cole Sage--who is evidently beginning a series--does NOT find his true love and live happily ever after, since she is in the process of dying of ALS. To get to see her, he has to fly from Chicago, where he is a newspaperman, to California. This story exposes some of the problems of nursing home care, and also how people can just be dumped in them by their famiily. Because we live in Rome, PA, home of the PP Bliss Gospel Songwriters Museum, I was interested to This was an interesting book in that Cole Sage--who is evidently beginning a series--does NOT find his true love and live happily ever after, since she is in the process of dying of ALS. To get to see her, he has to fly from Chicago, where he is a newspaperman, to California. This story exposes some of the problems of nursing home care, and also how people can just be dumped in them by their famiily. Because we live in Rome, PA, home of the PP Bliss Gospel Songwriters Museum, I was interested to see that a hymn used at a funeral was PP Bliss's It is Well with my Soul--a lovely tune with great lyrics.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kim Cox

    Rating should be a 4.5. This book has everything, love lost, a mystery, romance, danger, faith and some violence. I loved it and will read more from t his author. I love the way he wove his struggle with faith into the story. His descriptions and characters were realistic. As some have complained, there is a lot of description, but it was very well-written, and it was a little slow starting, but as I turned each page, it became more and more interesting. In my opinion I believe the story should h Rating should be a 4.5. This book has everything, love lost, a mystery, romance, danger, faith and some violence. I loved it and will read more from t his author. I love the way he wove his struggle with faith into the story. His descriptions and characters were realistic. As some have complained, there is a lot of description, but it was very well-written, and it was a little slow starting, but as I turned each page, it became more and more interesting. In my opinion I believe the story should have started on Chapter Two with chapter one woven into it. That's the only reason I didn't give it a 5.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Anna Serra i Vidal

    OK I have to admit I skimmed a lot of the book. The main character is quite likable, but not hero material. The story of the dying love was too depressing and a few "twists" were so easily guessed that they can't be counted as "twists". The story begins in a bad place, it should begin in the second chapter, as the first one doesn't say anything about Cole that couldn't be said in the second one. There is lots of telling that need to be worked out. The story needs a sharp eyed editor that could w OK I have to admit I skimmed a lot of the book. The main character is quite likable, but not hero material. The story of the dying love was too depressing and a few "twists" were so easily guessed that they can't be counted as "twists". The story begins in a bad place, it should begin in the second chapter, as the first one doesn't say anything about Cole that couldn't be said in the second one. There is lots of telling that need to be worked out. The story needs a sharp eyed editor that could work with an interesting idea and a somewhat interesting character to finish a story that grabbed the reader. It's an ok draft, not a finished product.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Thelma

    Our protagonist is a journalist for a large Chicago newspaper. That's something a bit different. There was no murder in this novel, and that's a bit different, too. While I enjoyed the read, I felt like the book was laying the background story for novels to come. That's not necessarily a bad thing, just that Cole's thoughts wandered and reminisced quite a bit for no apparent reason, and still managed to keep the plot moving. Cole is a good man, who can get things done, and I may take a peek at s Our protagonist is a journalist for a large Chicago newspaper. That's something a bit different. There was no murder in this novel, and that's a bit different, too. While I enjoyed the read, I felt like the book was laying the background story for novels to come. That's not necessarily a bad thing, just that Cole's thoughts wandered and reminisced quite a bit for no apparent reason, and still managed to keep the plot moving. Cole is a good man, who can get things done, and I may take a peek at some of his adventures in the future.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Vickie

    Good read. Covers several genres including action, mystery, romance, and Christian. Main characters are likable, sub characters are given a good appearance whether big or small. I had one part figured out but it was still good to see how it played out. I like how Cole does whatever he thinks he needs to do when it comes to the people that are important to him. The author puts a witty spin on Cole's name in the titles of his books. Also, I impressed by the authors "about me" page. Talking my husb Good read. Covers several genres including action, mystery, romance, and Christian. Main characters are likable, sub characters are given a good appearance whether big or small. I had one part figured out but it was still good to see how it played out. I like how Cole does whatever he thinks he needs to do when it comes to the people that are important to him. The author puts a witty spin on Cole's name in the titles of his books. Also, I impressed by the authors "about me" page. Talking my husband into reading this series too.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Patricia S Winchel

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I love the Cole Sage series. I read #2 first and had to go back and read the first one. Cole Sage is a warm, loveable, intelligent, crazy reporter who finds himself in the midst of mysteries waiting to be solved. He is hard to keep up with as he thinks really fast on his feet and has a nose for sniffing out bad guys. I love his character and the people close to him. I especially love reading good mysteries with no profanity or sexually explicit content. I admire the author and look forward to re I love the Cole Sage series. I read #2 first and had to go back and read the first one. Cole Sage is a warm, loveable, intelligent, crazy reporter who finds himself in the midst of mysteries waiting to be solved. He is hard to keep up with as he thinks really fast on his feet and has a nose for sniffing out bad guys. I love his character and the people close to him. I especially love reading good mysteries with no profanity or sexually explicit content. I admire the author and look forward to reading the rest of the series and finding what else he has written.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Audrey Calpis

    A good rock bottom story where the only way to go is up, or maybe sideways. Journalists make for good material, and Cole Sage is a great character. Once a renowned he having a hard time when he witnesses a hostage situation go terribly wrong. He’s called back home and the reader is treated to his wandering memories. It’s a n entertaining book and should lead to more interesting developments. I look forward to reading more about Cole Sage.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Connie Charron

    Maxwell has done a great job of mixing the bad elements in society with the love of a lifetime. Cole Sage is a larger than life character whose mix of tenacity, sense of right & wrong and a regret of what could have been leave you cheering for him. A beautiful love story & a story of paybacks mixed together perfectly, in my opinion. I'm not a big romance fan but this is my kind of book. Highly recommend. Onto book 2 in the series. Can't wait! Maxwell has done a great job of mixing the bad elements in society with the love of a lifetime. Cole Sage is a larger than life character whose mix of tenacity, sense of right & wrong and a regret of what could have been leave you cheering for him. A beautiful love story & a story of paybacks mixed together perfectly, in my opinion. I'm not a big romance fan but this is my kind of book. Highly recommend. Onto book 2 in the series. Can't wait!

  22. 5 out of 5

    J. Ewbank

    This is called a mystery, but it is more than a mystery, it is a novel of some depth about carears, loss of a lover, some human conditions etc. Though not heavy reading it is very interesting reading and has a depth about it hat many do not. J. Robert Ewbank author "John Wesley, Natural Man, and the Isms" "Wesley's Wars" and "To Whom It May Concern" This is called a mystery, but it is more than a mystery, it is a novel of some depth about carears, loss of a lover, some human conditions etc. Though not heavy reading it is very interesting reading and has a depth about it hat many do not. J. Robert Ewbank author "John Wesley, Natural Man, and the Isms" "Wesley's Wars" and "To Whom It May Concern"

  23. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl Bateman

    A sweet story. This is a nice comfortable story to read. Not one of those action-packed thrillers but this story leads you down a nostalgic path of regrets of "wish I would've" and memories from the past colliding with the realities of the present. Just a nice narrative with a sentimental core. A sweet story. This is a nice comfortable story to read. Not one of those action-packed thrillers but this story leads you down a nostalgic path of regrets of "wish I would've" and memories from the past colliding with the realities of the present. Just a nice narrative with a sentimental core.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Victor A Groves

    What a story teller I downloaded the book for free and I frankly didn't expect much. To my pleasant surprise I was swept up in the honesty of the dialogue and the several detours taken to reminisce about better days. I recommend this book to anyone with a sense of adventure and romance without the gratuitous sex. What a story teller I downloaded the book for free and I frankly didn't expect much. To my pleasant surprise I was swept up in the honesty of the dialogue and the several detours taken to reminisce about better days. I recommend this book to anyone with a sense of adventure and romance without the gratuitous sex.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Alfredia Haynes

    Great Great I very much enjoyed this book. The characters were so well defined that you could easily love the good in them, while loathing the bad. Very good story with a satisfactory ending.

  26. 5 out of 5

    D.

    I found the book an easy read. It was half romance and half mystery. Enjoyed the book a lot. I did find that sometimes the author regressed to years past for longer periods of time then I would have liked. Very touching ending.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Diane Bleyer

    Interesting story I enjoyed this book enough to want to read additional Cole Sage books by this author. There was much more depth and thoughtfulness in Michael Maxwell's writing than most series books. Interesting story I enjoyed this book enough to want to read additional Cole Sage books by this author. There was much more depth and thoughtfulness in Michael Maxwell's writing than most series books.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Khaild Tavares

    Amazing I could not stop reading, this book has everything. Love, action, intrigue, tears and the ending couldn't have been better. This was my first Cole Sage and it will not be the last. Amazing I could not stop reading, this book has everything. Love, action, intrigue, tears and the ending couldn't have been better. This was my first Cole Sage and it will not be the last.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    A good three day read with well-developed characters and a steadily moving plot. Don't let this one languish in the TBR pile. I snagged a free copy and am so very glad I did. This voluntary review is my own opinion. A good three day read with well-developed characters and a steadily moving plot. Don't let this one languish in the TBR pile. I snagged a free copy and am so very glad I did. This voluntary review is my own opinion.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Robbie

    This was a very well-written book with characters who were especially endearing and memorable. I practically read it in one sitting. I'm looking forward to reading more by Maxwell. 5 stars for me. This was a very well-written book with characters who were especially endearing and memorable. I practically read it in one sitting. I'm looking forward to reading more by Maxwell. 5 stars for me.

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