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Colin Donavan and Emma Sharpe, both FBI
agents, first met at the Sisters of Joyful Heart in Maine. Their
relationship is blossoming, but Colin, as an undercover agent, heads
off on an assignment and disappears. His family is worried and Emma,
too, has concerns after receiving a phone call alerting her to his
danger. When Colin does return home, Emma wants to relax, but the
presence of a Russian jewelry designer changes things. Tatiana
Pavlova wants Emma's help because someone wants to steal a prized
collection and they'll stop at nothing to achieve their goals.
I had a hard time settling in with this story, and I'm pretty sure I know why. I never read the first book in this series, and I felt like I was tossed into the middle of a relationship. Given that, I highly recommend reading the first book, Saint's Gate, before starting Heron's Cove.
That said, I have always loved Carla Neggers' novels. The setting for Heron's Cove really struck me. It's a fictional Southern Maine town, but it's so true of areas like Ogunquit. I've been there so many times that it's like a second home. The feel of the Irish pub really rang true for me. The salty air and chilly October breeze, I could feel and smell them as I read.
I would like to read Heron's Cove again, once I've worked my way through Saint's Gate. I have this feeling that had I met the characters in the beginning, I would love this novel rather than like it.