by Colleen Coble
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Pub Date 02 Jan 2024 | Archive Date 02 Feb 2024
Thomas Nelson--FICTION, Thomas Nelson
There’s only one thing more dangerous than family secrets.
Since her police-officer husband Eric’s mysterious murder, Carly Harris has been struggling to support herself and their infant son. Her career as an antique dealer isn’t sustainable, nor is her dream of becoming a novelist. So when her grandmother proposes she and her two sisters restore the family’s large Beaufort home and turn it into a bed-and-breakfast, she immediately gets to work clearing out the house. In the process, she uncovers a family secret that Eric kept hidden. And an heirloom that the wrong person wouldn’t hesitate to kill for.
Homicide detective Lucas Bennett isn’t his neighbor’s biggest fan, not since she broke his brother’s heart years ago. But when Carly turns to Lucas for help, believing she’s found a lost Fabergé egg that would be worth millions and that could put her family’s lives in danger, he can’t help but get involved. Soon, they’re entangled in a mystery with threads that lead all the way to the Russian mafia. Lucas has gotten in deep, and while he trusts his ability to keep Carly and her family safe, he begins to realize he’s vulnerable to an unexpected kind of danger. And he’s helpless to stop the freefall. As they continue working closely together, Carly and Lucas realize they may have found something more precious than gold. Yet it’s only a matter of time before Carly—or, worse, someone she loves—gets hurt.
- Contemporary romantic suspense
- Stand-alone novel
- Book length: approximately 90,000 words
- Includes discussion questions for book clubs
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This book was sent to me electronically by Netgalley for review. Thanks to the publisher and the talented author. This story is a cannot put down page turner. The main character has family issues and a love interest. Interspersed throughout is a mystery that seems not to be easily solved. Secrets abound. I liked this book.
Fragile Designs is a Christian Suspense Romance from one of my favorite authors, Colleen Coble. I couldn't read this book fast enough and lost sleep trying to figure out who could be trusted in this unique and complex plot. The main characters, Carly and Lucas become more and more likable as they grew throughout the story. Their heart, determination and faith had me shedding a few tears. A not to be missed book by an amazing writer.
FRAGILE DESIGNS by COLLEEN COBLE is a thrilling romantic suspense novel, full of twists and turns, with great characters and a subtle Christian message.
When Carly Harris’ husband Eric is brutally murdered, leaving her pregnant and alone, she moves in with her grandmother Mary Tucker, in her large house in Beaufort, South Carolina. Mary asks her other two granddaughters, Amelia and Emily, to come and help them turn the house into a bed and breakfast. Carly’s sisters are jealous of her and suspicious of her motives…..
Throw an uncaring father, a young stepsister, a handsome homicide detective who lives next door, a Faberge egg, an uncovered adoption and the Russian Mafia into the mix, and you will find yourself on a roller coaster ride….
I am not going to tell you any more for fear of spoiling things for you.
I cannot recommend Fragile Designs highly enough. It is a most enjoyable and exciting read.
I was given a free copy of the book by NetGalley from Thomas Nelson. The opinions in this review are completely my own.
“Our lives are so fragile. Maybe it’s by design so we look to God.”
In the aftermath of her husband Eric’s unsolved murder, Carly must raise her son alone. As she learns more about what Eric was really into, the secrets he kept bring her entire household into danger. Discovering a valuable Faberge egg, enduring attacks from the Russian mafia, and finding unknown family members all collide until the truth is uncovered once and for all. Life is fragile and not everyone will survive, but Carly trusts God and His plans while fighting hard against the evil surrounding her.
This is an action packed story, sprinkled with a little bit of romance, that is hard to put down. A complex plot with many characters, it was difficult to keep it all straight at times. I found myself searching for a character’s name on my kindle to refresh my memory. But it is a fast paced, enjoyable read from a top notch author and well worth the time. If you like Christian fiction, suspense, or romance, this is the book for you.
*I received a complimentary copy of this e-book from NetGalley and Thomas Nelson-Fiction. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Such a depth of conflict & love in this book. The storyline was immensely complicated but griping from the start. A reminder that God holds used walks with us even when it feels fragile.
this is a page turning story to the end. carly is a widow with a new baby that her husband never knew about they move in with her grandmother and while looking in the attic she finds a case and finds a treasure. ger sisters are coming to help renovate the house into a b and b but brake ins start to happen and she calls her neighbor lucas to help keep everyone safe i was given a copy by netgalley but this is an honest review
I never hesitate to suggest a Colleen Coble book. If you enjoy clean, romantic suspense, you will love her stories. The only warning, I have is the possibility of losing some sleep. I often keep reading way too late because her books are impossible to put down.
This fascinating story begins with the introduction of Carly, who makes a living going to flea markets selling the collectibles she is found at estate sales, garage sales and online websites. Her dream however, since she was a teenager is to author a historical novel someday.
Upon arriving home, she looks for Eric, her husband, and finally wanders out to her shop, where she keeps and sorts through all the treasures including some antiques she and her sisters inherited. Not finding him, she calls his phone and hears it ringing from back in the corner of her shop. She finds him lying face down on the floor with his shirt soaked in blood. That night she was planning to tell him she was pregnant.
The story picks up nine months later when baby Noah is two months old and Carly lives with her grandmother in Beaufort, South Carolina. While searching through the attic, she makes a shocking discovery, as well as finding a treasure wrapped in an old shawl, that changes not only the direction of all their lives, but their safety and well-being as well.
This is a fascinating, captivating story with many moving parts that kept me turning the pages until the end. The characters are relatable and got right into my heart from the very beginning.
This book should be a movie on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. It has all the components of a good mystery that keeps you on the edge of your seat, as well as some romance mixed in.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
Just when Carly is about to make a happy announcement to her husband, Eric, something horrible happens. We are in South Carolina where the whether is sticky and hot. Someone with a grudge is roaming around causing confusion and hate. Life is not precious to him or her. Colleen Coble catches attention with her first line. Her characters are like people who live in your neighborhood.
Carly's grandmother has a grand plan for Carly's future life. You can read this one without worrying about hooking it up to a series. It stands alone. It is interesting reading about the life of a grandmother. Usually, grandmothers just sit in rockers and smile. The novel is a reminder that lives need planning. Do not make a plan and life will dry up like a dry african violent. This is Christian Romantic Suspense. By the way, you must meet Noah.
This book was very enjoyable. I like a good mystery and this was a good one with some surprises along the way. I had heard of faberge eggs, but did not know much of their history and how much they can be worth. Quite amazing.! I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinion expressed in this review are completely my own.
Fragile Designs by Colleen Coble is a standalone, romantic suspense story.
This is another story written by Colleen that I enjoyed from the very beginning.
I was captivated with this book, and was immediately drawn to the story.
There was definitely chemistry between Carly and Lucas, but the romance is light and does not overpower the mystery. This is a Christian Fiction story, so there is a faith basis to the story. I enjoyed the spiritual aspects in the book that added another level to the relationship.
Coble is a talented writer and I look forward to each new addition she adds to her growing list of excellent novels she has written.
"I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own."
Thank You NetGalley and Thomas Nelson for your generosity and gifting me a copy of this amazing eARC!
Fragile Designs will keep you up all night because you can’t put it down until you figure out how it will end! A story of faith lost and found with unexpected twists and turns make a compelling read.
This book should come with a warning “do not start if you don’t have time to finish”, I could not put it down! The characters come alive, you feel their pain, anger, hope, anguish, compassion, sorrow, and love. Carly and Lucas are so amazing, as they weave through this incredible, well written plot that has so many twists, turns and surprises. This is a must read!
This is a fascinating Christian suspense novel by one of my favorite authors. Thank you to the publisher, to Net Galley and to the author for the opportunity. My review opinions are my own.
This has all the elements suspense readers enjoy. Carly is a new widow with a young child. Her husband was a police officer involved in underground neferious activities. She moves in with a family member to help create a bed and breakfast that will support her and her child. She finds evidence of her husbands activities and a Faberage Egg that others will kill for. Soon she realizes the danger she is in and must reach out for help to a old friend to save herself and her family.
This was a book I read cover to cover. It is non stop action and a thrilling read. I love her books for the Christian element that has no sex or unpleasant reading. The charcters were outstanding and well crafted. The sleuth was exciting to conclusion. I highly recommend this book for your reading enjoyment.
"I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own."
There are many plots to be unwrapped in the story. That makes for a satisfying ending. The main character is not at first likeable. I was neutral in my opinion. Then aspects of her personality began to be unraveled like an onion. This was a story that I looked forward to reading and was sad when it had to end.
Fragile Designs" by Colleen Coble is a captivating standalone romantic suspense novel that I thoroughly enjoyed from the very beginning. The story immediately drew me in, and I found myself completely engrossed throughout.
The chemistry between the main characters, Carly and Lucas, was palpable, yet the romance remains subtle and skillfully balanced with the mystery at the heart of the plot. As a Christian Fiction story, the book incorporates a faith-based element, which I appreciated and felt added another layer to the characters' relationship.
Colleen Coble's talent as a writer shines through in this book, and I eagerly anticipate each new addition to her already impressive collection of novels. Her ability to weave engaging stories with relatable characters is truly commendable.
I want to express my gratitude to NetGalley and Thomas Nelson for their generosity in providing me with a complimentary copy of this amazing eARC. As stated, all opinions in this review are entirely my own. #FragileDesigns #NetGalley
Carly couldn't find her police officer husband Eric anywhere, she was excited to tell him about her pregnancy. Eric had promised to go through and organize the items her great - grandmother had left her so she checked the shop and the garage. Finally she called his phone, it rang and she went to the shop where some boxes had been sorted and found Eric on his stomach with a wound on his back that stained through his shirt - his body was already cool to the touch and Carly screamed..
Nine months later Carly is raising Noah at her grandmother's house, an 1800's mansion in Beaufort, South Carolina. Mary Tucker approached Carly with the idea of renovating the old house and turning it into a bed and breakfast and Carly could run it.
As Carly investigates the furniture in the attic, she finds a document that proves that her grandmother is adopted and has a twin sister. But she also finds a priceless Russian treasure that will affect Carly's family, the Russian mob, and secrets that uncover who murdered her husband and what they will do to find what she has. Totally engrossing story - I had to read it in one day!
"Fragile Designs" is a Christian romantic suspense. Carly feels like she has to earn her family's love and that it's her responsibility to make her younger sisters happy after being abandoned by their father. She has been taking the blame even when she knows it's not her fault because she doesn't want her sisters to dislike their father or her husband, with the result that they dislike her. She comes to realize that her behavior isn't helping anyone, and she attempts to change.
Initially, she's thrilled to find the historic, valuable Fabergé egg and is eager to research the story behind how it came to be in her possession. But when several groups come after it and aren't afraid to kill anyone standing in their way (mainly each other), she worries for her family. They're more valuable than the millions that the egg's worth. Her neighbor, detective Lucas, helps protect them while solving who's after the egg.
The main characters were likable, complex, and reacted realistically to events. The suspense came from the danger to her family and anyone connected to or after the egg. There was also plenty of family drama adding to the mix. Lucas supported Carly in her effort to no longer take blame and guilt from her family, and he protected them all during the danger. Carly and Lucas came to admire each other's character as they spent time together. Carly hadn't the best experience with marriage while Lucas didn't feel he could find a wife able to deal with his job, so both had to overcome their reservations about marriage.
There was no sex or bad language. Overall, I'd recommend this complex and interesting suspense novel.
I've read most of Colleen Coble's books, and this one is my new favorite. She weaves history with mystery and gives the reader a page-turning story with characters you'll want to embrace. In the beginning of the story, Carly's life is a mess, but she has her grandmother to help her. Lucas hesitates to get involved, but he's a police officer and he's responsible to assist the folks in his town. One thing Coble added to the story, that I loved, is a sweet baby. Little Noah plays a key role in bringing people together. And the mystery... wow. Let me just say Faberge. There is a race to find and authenticate a rare antiquity and too many people have greedy eyes and will go to great lengths to steal the prize. Under all the craziness and chaos a beautiful story of family emerges. If you enjoy romantic suspense, you'll want to read Fragile Designs. I received a free copy. Opinions are my own.
There are so many layers to this book! Carly Harris has had more than her fair share of deception, neglect and strife. Determined to put her husbands murder behind her and build a life with her newborn son Noah, she embarks on her greatest journey yet to remodel her grandmothers home into a bed and breakfast along side her estranged sisters. Fueled by her Faith and sheer determination she begins to find restoration, hope and just maybe unconditional love. A must read!
"I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own." eARC provided NetGalley and Thomas-Nelson Fiction
Carly’s husband is murdered and she comes back to live with her Grandmother and to restore the family home. She finds a valuable Faberge egg in the attic and then the mayhem begins. I really liked this book and the characters.
This book was so suspenseful and full of intrigue! I really enjoyed learning more about the Faberge eggs as well. Even though the families had a lot of dysfunction, I enjoyed how they worked together. My favorite characters were Carly, Lucas and Noah.
Thanks so much to netgalley and the publisher for the arc. The opinions are my own.
This is not my first time reading a Colleen Coble novel, so was very happy to have another of her works to read and review. I've enjoyed this story very much and believe others who like the Russian angle in a saga will too. Then of great interest, the Faberge eggs; antiquities; twins; murder; family ties and dysfunction - you name it - will likely have them eagerly turning the pages as well. Carly and her wee babe add tender moments along with Lucas giving extra spice. All come together to provide some good, clean mystery and suspense and an enjoyably satisfying read.
I'll give this novel a 5-Star rating.
~Eunice C., Reviewer/Blogger~
Disclaimer: "I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own."
Carly Harris is a widow and she has come to help her grandmother restore her beautiful Southern mansion to create a bed and breakfast. Next door neighbor, Lucas Bennett, is a local police detective who remembers Carly as the girl that broke his younger brother's heart. When Carly finds some long hidden information going through her grandmother's attic she need Lucas' help to unravel the mystery. Through the effort, her grandmother finds out some interesting things about her past, Carly finds out new information about her husband's death, and Lucas finds out his brother's situation wasn't what he had thought all these years. This is a great suspense story full of mysteries and close calls. Riveting!
I have voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book that I received from NetGalley. All views expressed are only my own honest opinion.
Another great book by Collen Noble. Love how it weaves a historical story with modern day life. A touching mystery and also adventure full of reunited love.
Would the prospect of $40 million dollars change your family members? Would it change you? Carly Tucker has very selfish sisters and a disinterested father. The only bright spots in her life are her beloved grandmother and her infant son. After she finds an extremely valuable Faberge egg in her great-grandmother's belongings, things start to collapse around her. People are getting hurt, killed, and kidnapped. Carly is at her wits end trying to keep everyone safe, while she solves a decades old mystery. Her grandmother's neighbor, Simon, is a detective and he has his hands full keeping Carly safe. Despite his best efforts, Simon begins to fall in love with Carly. As secrets begin to emerge, Simon finds out that Carly's husband's death was related to the missing egg. And whoever is after the egg, will stop at nothing to get their goal.
I love Colleen Coble's books, but Fragile Designs is a new level of fantastic! She really knocks it out of the park with mystery, memorable characters, and light romance! I loved Carly, Simon, and Carly's half-sister, Isabelle. This book touches on neglect, adoption, loss, the Russian Mafia, greed, and second chances. I highly recommend Fragile Designs!
Fragile Designs is a stand-alone book by Colleen Coble that captured me from the first page. I could not put this book down. It was a roller coaster ride from the beginning until the end. The book starts out with Carly as a widow raising an infant son. Her husband was murdered and never knew he was going to be a father. She moves in with her grandmother and trouble follows her. She finds a Faberge egg and finds out that it is quite valuable. I love the relationship she had with her grandmother's next door neighbor who at first didn't like her. Many characters in the book who could or could not be the villain. Some who I thought were innocent turned out gulty and more than one who I though were guilty turned out to be innocent. There are twists and turns in this story. I was quite satisfied with the ending.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
Wonderful book. I am so enthralled by it that I keep wanting to get back to reading only to remember that I finished it. It’s definitely a crime novel but having a Fabergé Egg play a major role made it very interesting. Lots of potential suspects and unexpected twists. One of the main characters has a baby and the author does an outstanding job integrating the baby into the story and showing how much work newborns are. Likable main characters with wholesome values. An incredibly selfish set of secondary characters who slowly come around. I love the additional story that includes Gram. Great combo of historical and modern day events. Could this really happen? Probably not. Enjoyable and relaxing? Most definitely. It’s a feel good book that will give you hours of pleasure and is informative at the same time. Ms. Coble is an excellent writer.
Many thanks to Thomas Nelson and NetGalley for an advanced reader’s copy. I was not required to leave a positive review. All opinions are my own.
I have never given a Colleen Cobble book less than five stars and this one is no exception. Intrigue, danger, treasure, family secrets...this book has it all!
Fragile Designs by Colleen Coble is a fast paced, enjoyable read.
Carly Harris is a widow who is determined to put her husband’s murder behind her and build a life with her newborn son Noah. While working to restore her grandmother’s home and turn it into a bed and breakfast, Carly finds some hidden information in her grandmother's attic and turns to her next door neighbor, Lucas Bennett to help her unravel the mystery.
Colleen Coble is one of my favorite authors and her talent as a writer shines through in this book, if you enjoy clean, romantic suspense, you will love this story.
I want to express my gratitude to NetGalley and Thomas Nelson for providing me with a complimentary copy of this ARC, all opinions in this review are entirely my own.
I often turn to Colleen Coble’s books for cozy romantic suspense and Fragile Designs is one of my favorites that I have read from her! Carly is a sweet character and the baby is perhaps my favorite part of the book! Lucas is genuine and protective as the hunt down the treasure and seek to reunite Carly’s grandma with her long lost twin sister. The suspense takes a little more of a backseat in this book. Recommend to anyone wanting a little mystery with a happy ending!
Thank you, Net Galley, for an advance copy of this book.
In Fragile Designs, Colleen Coble combines twins separated at birth, domestic drama, a murder or two, a Faberge Egg and romance. What could be better? After the murder of her police officer husband seven months earlier, Carly, finds herself living with her grandmother in a large Victorian in Beaufort SC with her newborn son. Next door is an old beau and his brother Lucas, a Beaufort PD Detective. Carly, who collects and sells antiques, has inherited estate items from her great-grandmother. While cataloguing the items, Carly makes some major discoveries regarding family history and finds a real Faberge Egg made for the Russian Imperial Family in 1885.
Almost immediately, strange people appear in Carly's life and danger is imminent. Carly enlists the aid of her neighbor Lucas to look into the several mysteries and the murder of her husband that have suddenly appeared. A major renovation of her grandmother's house brings two difficult younger sisters back into her life. Carly is forced to prioritize her own needs and resolve old and new hurts to move on.
Throughout the author does a brilliant job of navigating twists and turns seamlessly keeping the readers interest right to the end. I am a fan of Colleen Coble and have read almost all her books. I enjoyed this ride and was delighted to see my favorite independent bookstore in Pawley's Island included!
This book will keep your attention!
There was so much happening in this book, it begs for a sequel.
This book had me hooked from the first page. I could not put it down! A great mystery, a lot of action and suspense, family secrets, and a little bit of sweet romance. I liked that there was so much detail to the story line and there were multiple options for the "bad guys". It really kept me guessing and intrigued. Towards the middle it was hard to figure out how everything was connected but the author did a good job of tying up loose ends by the end of the book and explaining everything.
This is now one of my favorites of Colleen Coble's mysteries! Different, not the "same old" stuff. Lots of characters, but not confusing. An enjoyable read!!
Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for the advance e-copy! All opinions expressed are entirely my own.
I really enjoyed "Fragile Designs" by Colleen Coble. I have read most of Colleen Coble's books and this one is different than any other. This shows how talented the author is! I really liked it, though. I couldn't put it down because I couldn't wait to see how it was going to end! I highly recommend this one!
I received an ARC of this book for my honest opinion.
I believe this is an intriguing book yet ! While it took me awhile due to circumstances, I could not put this book down. The twist and turns in this book definitely kept me guessing and surprised . I definitely recommending this book to everyone one to buy and read. I know ill buy it
I'm a big Colleen Coble fan but this is one of the best books she's written in the last few years. The setting, the mystery, the conflict and character growth... all of it was amazing and I could not put it down. There was so much heart and I loved the emphasis on family. The mystery was extra intriguing to me because of the unique subject matter. It's hard to say much about what I loved without spoilers so I'm just going to say that you should read this book!
This stand-alone book is one that I would read again and I recommend, especially if you want to try Colleen Coble and don't want to dive into a series.
Colleen Coble. Enough said, correct? In her novel Fragile Designs (releasing Jan. '24), add in a Faberge' egg, secrets, murders, and enemies thrown together to solve the mysteries to get a page-turning, action-packed, plot. Just when you think MAYBE you've figured it out, another twist is revealed. Coble has continued to hone her craft as each book gets better and better.
A copy was provided for my review, but all opinions are my own.
A expertly woven masterpiece that weaves a delicious tale of danger, suspense, old secrets, family drama, and romance! Colleen Coble’s books never cease to captivate me, but this may be my new favorite book of hers.
Carly Harris finds herself a widower and a new mom back living with her grandmother. While going through her great grandmother’s things to sell, she stumbles upon decades old secrets that thrust her and her family into danger.
Lucas lives next door to Carly and her grandmother but tries to steer clear of Carly. When the secret Carly is investigating brings danger to her and her family, Lucas is forced to go running to help protect them. Together, he and Carly must work together to find answers to the past and protect her family.
This book is a must read! Drawn in from the beginning, I both wanted to devour the story, but also hated to see it end. This book will not disappoint!
I was given a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. All opinions expressed are completely my own.
This romantic suspense novel is a 5 start read. It has a great pace that keeps you reading even when your read to go to bed. I loved the sexual tension with Lucas and Carly and throw in the Russian mob. Stunning. I loved this so much.
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OMG - I love Colleen Coble's books. But this one is so good. I caught me from the start, and I had a hard time putting it down for work and sleep. I just finished it. I LOVED it.
You start with a murder and go from there. The story has family, mystery, and love all together. And that made for a great story. I love how it ended.
A while backI came across a Colleen Coble book while thrifting used books. After reading one of her novels I was very excited for this one. I really enjoy Colleen's writing style, and the story she weaves. If you're looking for a romantic suspense, look no further, this will be perfect.
This is such a fascinating book. Ive heard of Fabergė eggs but didn’t know the history behind them. This book is loaded with twists and turns. At times it’s a wild roller coaster ride. I love a story that centers around a man with a soft spot for babies. The writing is wonderful. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced free copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I received a copy from the publisher through NetGalley.
An epic suspense read that will keep you up way too late turning pages. This fast paced book is packed full of action, drama, and a good balance of romance. It’s definitely going on my reread shelf. It’s clean of course, without any cursing, but still overflowing with excitement and intrigue. I’m recommending this book to all my friends who love suspense.
Another must read from Colleen Coble. I'm not sure how she does it over and over but each book keeps getting better.
I loved the back story of the characters and how they grew up next to each other. The mystery was good and it wasn't too graphic.
I will be recommending this to our library patrons.
Thank you Ms. Coble for another great novel!
I read a lot of Christian Suspense novels but Fragile Designs just had something about it that just felt different. It was a great novel that I had a hard time putting down. The history and addition of the Faberge eggs was interesting. The threat level always felt like it was at a 10 and I never knew what was going to happen next. A home run for Colleen Coble.
Wow! This book hooked me right from the start and didn’t let go until the last page. The author expertly weaves together a story of mystery, intrigue, family dynamics, love, and unearthed secrets in a powder keg explosion of events. Full of action, high stakes scenarios, emotional moments, and more than one surprising twist the story flows effortlessly without lagging. There was so much about this story to enjoy. I loved the change in the family as the story progresses and the blossoming romance. Some touching moments were written in with the suspenseful mystery. The historical excerpts about the Faberge egg was fascinating while the many plot twists kept me on the edge of my seat. Intricate and yet not overly complicated the mystery and suspense were perfectly executed. An overall fantastic read that I couldn’t put down!
I greatly enjoyed Colleen Coble's latest suspense novel. The characters were relatable & it was pretty fast paced. It intrigued me from the beginning & had surprising twists & turns. Would read it again!
I appreciated the author & character's Faith & strong morals & family dynamics.
I received this ARC to preview. All opinions are my own.
Edge of your seat romantic thriller by suspense queen Colleen Coble. Red herrings, wonderful characters with intriguing back stories and priceless antiquities woven into a delightful story that is well worth the read. This book was provided through Netgalley, the publisher-Harper Collins, and the author for me to read. The opinions expressed here are my own.
Fascinating read! A bit different with the story line but incredibly intriguing!
The discovery of a Russian Faberge egg brings mystery, danger, and death.
I identified with the main character a lot. As the oldest of ten, I too was a mother to my younger siblings, always making sure everyone around me was taken care of. It takes a heavy toll on you.
I love Colleen Coble’s book and look forward to each new one. You don’t want to miss out on this read!
I received a complimentary copy of this book. My opinions are my own.
I absolutely love Colleen Coble’s books! She pulls you into the story, you fall in love with the endearing characters and you don’t want the book to end. I loved this book, so full of intrigue and mystery with unexpected twists and turns throughout. Fragile Designs is a book you will want to read.
My gratitude to the publisher and Netgalley for a complementary copy of this novel. I was not required to post a review and the opinions expressed are my own.
Here are a few reasons I love Fragile Designs by Colleen Coble. First, the storyline was something I hadn’t read before, with fantastic insight and research into the rich history of Faberge eggs. Second, Coble’s secondary characters stole my heart. I just loved little Noah, all of his cooing, and Gram, with all of her stylish attire and warmth. Third, the title was perfectly selected for its faith-filled theme.
A few minor details that could be given a second thought… Siela Chen is also mentioned in Dark of Night, book two of the Annie Pederson series. Due to her unusual first name, I checked, but the name is Siela “Cheng” in that story. I appreciate the diverse cast and hope Coble gives Siela a story if she hasn’t already. There was one more that I can’t recall now. The story wrapped up perfectly.
Fragile designs- Colleen Coble
Thank you netgalley for the ARC and for Colleen Coble’s masterful work and her publishers for allowing me the opportunity in exchange for an honest review.
BRAVO. My new favorite author. Just wow.
I have never come close to tears by any book, I had goosebumps throughout the story, smiles, and tears (happy of course). The ending was perfect. The story was perfect, the characters PERFECT. I need a paper copy of this book and I know that I will be gifting this book to loved ones this Christmas.
The story starts with making you feel Carly’s (the main character) heartbreak me, you will fall in love with her and Lucas, the detective helping her solve the case of her murdered husband, almost instantly and will intensify as you read the book.
This is a clean book absolutely zero spicy scenes. I have been trying SO hard to find an author who writes without using spicy scenes to capture its readers and she outdid and exceeded my expectations.
If I could rate this a 10/5 I would. My new #1 favorite book.
Colleen Coble does a great job of working family and romantic relationships into her mysteries, and this book is no exception. Between a stumped murder investigation, family dynamics with Carly and her sisters, a new relationship budding, a newly discovered twin sister, and a mystery surrounding a found Fabrege egg, there is plenty of suspense, intrigue, and emotion to keep,my turning pages! Wonderful story!
I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
Fragile Designs is an easy read involving mystery, international intrigue, and suspense. Add in family drama, romance, and twins separated at birth, and you have a story that was hard to put down. I recommend any and all of Colleen Coble’s books as she is one of my favorite authors.
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for an advanced reader’s copy in exchange for my honest opinion.
Wow - What a terrific story is found in the pages of Fragile Design, a novel centered on the discovery of what is thought to be one of the lost Faberge Eggs from Russian history. If indeed this egg is what it seems, it's worth tens of millions of dollars and where such great amounts of money are involved, it's no surprise that criminals are not far behind. Actually, it's a real challenge to stay ahead of them.
The author has written a truly engaging story, one that touches on so many aspects of life - Love, betrayal, forgiveness, deception, murder, intrigue, danger, and romance. This book has it all. Such great characters that at times I almost felt like I was in a small theatre watching a fabulous play.
Hard to believe I've never read a book by this author before now. She's an excellent writer. No gaps, no slow points, plenty of excitement and suspense, with a wonderful romance woven throughout the pages of this story. It's an engaging read that you won't want to put down.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
Set mostly in South Carolina in the present. Carly Harris is a widow, her son Noah is two months old and they live with Carly’s grandmother. While clearing out her grandmother’s attic Carly finds an old chest. Inside the chest she finds a photo and documents. Hidden in a blanket is a mysterious egg-shaped object. She also finds a note that had been written by her murdered husband.
When Carly starts questioning how the items in the chest could be linked to her husbands murder she soon finds her own life could be in danger.
I loved the way this story unfolded to reveal family secrets. Full of action, twists and turns.
This book is one of those that you cannot wait to get to the end and when you do you are sorry that it ended. The plot is a suspense filled journey through the pages of a family history. When Carly inherits her grandma's things she has no idea what this will mean to her and her family. As the mysteries unravel, the reader is transported into Carly, her friends and her family' s lives. It seems that there are secrets everywhere. But threats and even murder cannot dim the love and faith of these people.
Thank you to NetGalley, the publisher and author for the opportunity to read an advanced copy of this book.
Fragile designs seemed to have it all. Suspense, intrigue, family, murders, love, When a recent widow discovers a family secret that no one knows about, everything in their life begins to come unraveled. With the help of her neighbor, and the brother of her ex boyfriend, she begins to piece together and figure out what is going on.
This book was amazing. It has been a long time since I have read a book by Colleen Coble but it won't be as long now! Looking forward to her next story.
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What a page turner! So much happens to Carly and her family in this book as they try to uncover their grandmother's family tree. Carly is a genuine person and she cares for everyone around her. It is too bad that she doesn't always get that treatment in return. Uncovering the mystery of who is behind everything takes you right to the end of the book! Colleen Coble does not disappoint!
I just love this author! Everything she writes is beyond amazing. If you haven't read her books you need to start and not stop until you finish all of them. Seriously, they are so amazing. Great plot, mystery and twists that will throw you for a loop you won't believe. I usually read her books in just one sitting. Nothing else gets done in my house when a new Colleen Coble books comes out.
I am a huge fan of this author , and this book was magnificent!
Carly‘s police husband, Eric is murdered when she is just two months pregnant, she returns home to her grandmother, after her son is born and then her grandmother announces that she plans to turn a house into a bed-and-breakfast, and enlists Carly and her two sisters help into cleaning up the place for renovations.
While cleaning the attic, Carly finds an old family, secret, and many treasures
Her next-door neighbor, Lucas, a policeman, who is also the brother of her ex-boyfriend, gets involved in this family mystery.
This book had me turning the pages as fast as I could, I loved Carly and Lucas’s character… I love the story line, I love the mystery
The author's books are always a favorite, the mystery, the characters, and of faith.
Carly didn't know what her husband had been into. Until death and raising her son and the danger now surrounding her. With the detective Lucas next door his love for babies, and helping with the murder of her husband..Renovations of the place to a B& B she finds treasures in the attic. A story showing one's faith and that life is fragile. Given arc for my voluntary review by Net Galley and Thomas Nelson Releases. Jan 2. 2024
I love Colleen Coble's books. She always delivers a clean, romantic, mystery that will keep you reading well into the night. The characters are well developed and you soon come to love them. This book is no different Carly is someone you want to meet and become friends with. Her family has its problems as do many families and the book shows that and how the issues are resolved. Add in a story of an unknown adoption a Faberge egg and a few twists and turns and you have a recipe for a great book. Huge thank you to Netgalley and Thomas Nelson for an ARC. My review is all my own words and opinions. I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did.
Wow, what a great read.
Intrigue , suspense , murder and more murders, family, relationships , drama , love , betrayal are all in this book.
We follow Carly and Luke throughout this book. Carly is recently widowed and goes to live with her grandma for help with her newborn and to help her grandma.
Her husbands death seems natural but as she gets more Information things seem suspicious. Maybe he didn’t die of natural causes ?
Luke is a neighbor and a detective who gets pulled into the intrigue and suspense of who done it and who Carly has become . He enjoyed spending time with her and her baby and suddenly bachelorhood doesn’t seem as great as it used to be.
Carly finds out she has inherited a Faberge egg. Interestingly I recently read another book about Faberge eggs and so knew abit about the history and how valued and rare these books are . They are incredibly rare. The story of how and why she inherited it includes an unknown adoption , another country , an orphanage.
This story has a lot of different characters , twists and turns . It is incredibly well done and kept me hooked the entire time . I will read this one again. Thank you to Netgalley for a copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review.
As with all of this author’s titles, I found myself drawn immediately into a story that left me on the edge of my seat and wanting more. This story talks about generational loss, mystery, and a great love story.
The author could easily make this a series as I find myself wanting to know more about the characters after it finished.
Thank you to netgalley and the publisher for allowing me to read and review this book. All opinions are my own.
A sweet romance develops during the mystery. Family secrets. Lots of bad guys searching for the egg. Delightful ending. Thanks to the publisher for providing a copy via NetGalley. My review is voluntary.
Secrets abound as Lucas helps Carly find her grandmother’s twin, the truth about a Faberge’ egg in Carly’s keeping and the mysterious murder of her husband. Fragile Designs overflows with suspense and a second chance at love after heartbreaking disappointment. Fragile Designs is another excellent story from Colleen Coble with perfect characters and perfect setting with one of my favorite places in the Lowcountry.
I received an advanced reader copy from Thomas Nelson and Netgalley. Opinions are my own.
This is a great, fast paced story.
Since the mysterious death of her husband, Eric, Carly has been trying to put the pieces of her life back together while making sure everyone around her is happy, usually at her expense. When she finds a trunk left to her by her grandmother, her whole world starts to change. Decades old secrets come to light, the truth about her husband is revealed, family heirlooms are found and fought over, and all while many dangerous people seem to be after her and her family. Carly and her neighbor, Luke, work hard to uncover what exactly is going on and who can be trusted.
Action packed, drama filled story of love, loss and family. A must read.
I received an advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
This story begins with wonderful news, with her marriage in trouble, Carly is excited to learn they are expecting. Moments later she is going to be a single Mom, but as the facts unfold and the secrets drop, more than you can possibly imagine!
This is a read that is full of surprises, and yet, full of the love for family, and we journey for answers and findings. and I loved the Author's Notes, and her fascination with Faberge eggs, and we are along as she weaves one into this mystery!
Filled with action, and strong on emotions, I needed answers, and with some comes warm hugs and love, but then there are those that really surprise you.
There is a bit of romance and there are babies, along with sisters! But will all survive to the end?
I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Thomas Nelson, and was not required to give a positive review.
Carly Harris is finally finding her feet again when she uncovers a secret that leads to another shock but it all leads to grands finale that's well rather grand. Carly just wanted a family thats functional. But with influences what they are it wasn't happening.
Lucas Bennett was always leary of the girl next door but when she broke her brothers heart she really put on the avoid at all costs list. But things are not always what they seem.
An intertwined, interweaving suspenseful and engaging story.
This was my first story for this Coble but not my last.
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I loved this novel — the connection with a Faberge egg was such a fun approach. The hero and heroine are fantastic and I love the way they play off each other. They are both surrounded by a rich group of additional characters. There are some twists and turns and moments of taunt tension. Another great book from one of my favorite authors.
I have always loved Colleen Coble's romantic suspense books and was excited to get my hands and eyes on her newest release, Fragile Designs. No disappointment here. It was great. Five stars.
Just wow! I’m so thrilled to find a new to me author! Colleen Coble is fantastic! I loved everything about this story. So many secrets and lies. It was impossible to know who to trust. Lots of creepy vibes and then huge family vibes. Lots of strength in underlying tones. Packed with emotion. Don’t miss this one!
Thank you NetGalley, Colleen Coble and Tomas Nelson Fiction for the opportunity to read and review this cracker of a book.
Since her police-officer husband Eric’s mysterious murder, Carly Harris has been struggling to support herself and their infant son. Her career as an antique dealer isn’t sustainable, nor is her dream of becoming a novelist. So when her grandmother proposes she and her two sisters restore the family’s large Beaufort home and turn it into a bed-and-breakfast, she immediately gets to work clearing out the house. In the process, she uncovers a family secret that Eric kept hidden. And an heirloom that the wrong person wouldn’t hesitate to kill for. Homicide detective Lucas Bennett isn’t his neighbor’s biggest fan, not since she broke his brother’s heart years ago. But when Carly turns to Lucas for help, believing she’s found a lost Fabergé egg that would be worth millions and that could put her family’s lives in danger, he can’t help but get involved. Soon, they’re entangled in a mystery with threads that lead all the way to the Russian mafia. Lucas has gotten in deep, and while he trusts his ability to keep Carly and her family safe, he begins to realize he’s vulnerable to an unexpected kind of danger. As they continue working closely together, Carly and Lucas realize they may have found something more precious than gold.
I was introduced to Colleen Coble through my church book club. I enjoyed the book we read so much that I have found and read several of her books since. She writes a great, clean mystery with a romance element. She always seems to come up with a new mystery that pulls you in from the beginning of the story. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for a chance to read the author's latest book.
One of the best Colleen Coble books I've read yet! Wow!
This novel kept me turning the pages long into the night because I couldn't put this fantastic adventure down.
Fast paced and lots of twists and turns along with family dynamics added to the mix. What more could one want?!
We can't forget the special mystery either. Oh my!
I learned a lot from that special mystery too. I never knew they existed.
Wonderful characters and plot that will keep you invested until the novel is finished.
I loved Carly's Grandma. I enjoyed how she "manipulated " her grandchildren into doing what she wanted. Sometimes I laughed outright at her.
In my opinion I believe that she made this story.
But I'll reserve that for other readers.
5 stars hands down. I loved every minute.
I highly recommend it
My thanks for a copy of this book. I was NOT required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.
Colleen Coble does it again. Another start up all night, keep you at the edge of your seat book. I thoroughly enjoyed Fragile Designs. I loved the story line, the side sparks, and the intrigue that grabs you from the very beginning and just doesn't let you go. Well done!
I absolutely loved Fragile Designs by Colleen Coble! Carly returns home after the savage murder of her police officer husband, finding out she’s pregnant before she has a chance to tell him to her grandmother’s house. As she goes through her great grandmother’s belongings Carly finds a priceless artifact that has ties to her husband’s murder and opens up Pandora’s Box to various family secrets. As her whole family’s life is at stake, she entrusts a man’s help that Carly could care less about, Lucas.
Colleen Coble never ceases to amaze me with her consistency of excellent writing and the twists and turns she always brings and Fragile Designs is no different! I love the Faberge eggs and Russian mafia thread to the story as well as the genealogy aspect of the story. I love how I always stayed on the edge of my seat with the story. I love how the relationships evolved during the book and the suspense unfolded. I highly recommend Fragile Designs by Colleen Coble! Thank you to NetGalley and the Publisher for the opportunity to read this book. My review is also on Goodreads.
Looking for an inspirational read? Like action adventure? Need a pacey read with a HEA?
You’ll like this one, then.
In short, it’s about a young widow with a child who finds a mysterious memento in her grandmother’s attic, and the discovery results in dangerous escapades.
This book has a little of everything
✔️a character with a secret past
✔️a dash of historical fiction
✔️puzzle pieces of a mystery to put together
✔️thrills from dangerous escapades
✔️second chance romance
✔️an old trunk in the attic containing something precious
✔️murder, stalking, Russian mob
You’ll love to root for Carly Harris - she’s the heroine who overcomes. She’s had quite a past and present and there are still roadbumps ahead, but her past danger has made her strong and she relies on that strength for courage.
I’ve come to love Colleen Coble’s books because not only am I assured a clean read, but I’m always challenged by the different perspectives she presents. I appreciate the chance to work on empathy and sympathy when I see others facing battles I’ve never faced. I can always count on her books to circle back to the theme of forgiveness - for ourselves and for others. Sometimes it’s just the nudge I need to get out of the rut I’m stuck in personally.
As with each of the five Coble books I’ve read, this one is inspirational, it challenges and entertains and always leaves me with hope.
What a fantastic title!
This book may have been many years in the making but it was worth waiting for, Colleen Coble. I think it may be my favourite one so far!
I was gifted this copy by Thomas Nelson and NetGalley and was under no obligation to provide a review.
I requested to read and review this book for free from Harper Collins Christian Publishing company. Colleen Coble has written another fantastic book. It has drama, mystery, romance and suspense. What do you do when your whole world gets turned upside down? Carly is about to find out and how she handles it will mean many things for her future. Can she do it alone, can her faith get her thru what live throws at her? Carly's family had been through some of the same trials but each sister or family member has a different outlook on life. Can family stick together when their foundation is shaken more then they can imagine. Lucas and Ryan are the next door neighbors. They have had their own faith tested and life has shaped them in their own way. But when their safety is threatened how will they handle it? Can each family come together to find what is right or will their differences tear them apart. This is for any type of reader and can be read anywhere.
There's a reason Colleen Coble is a best-selling romantic suspense author!! I loved it! Fragile designs has it all, family drama, an awesome Grandma, a sweet baby, wonderful neighbors, police officers, betrayal, murder, Russian mafia and even a possible Faberge egg!
I loved all the lessons learned along the way to solving the mystery. Fragile Designs has authenticity and depth to it. I thoroughly enjoyed it and highly recommend this excellent Romantic Suspense story.
Thank you to the publisher and Net Galley for allowing me to read an early copy. All opinions are my own.
This is an inspirational romantic drama. Carly becomes a young widow who finds herself in danger. The author centers the story around her and how she handles all the things that she experiences. The plot is very interesting and entertaining. The characters are engaging and help with keeping the readers turning the pages. Readers will come away from the end of the story feeling just wonderful.
What a FUN book. This is exactly the kind of thriller I want to read. A great historical component, a bit of a treasure hunt, a dash of romance, an exciting family drama. I gobbled this up and was sad when it was over.
I’d like to add: I am from Georgia, and I thought Coble did a great job of capturing the state and its people. The sweet doses of Christianity were both accurate and refreshing. To be clear: This isn’t Christian fiction. But it was genuinely cool to see characters in a normal book pray in situations in which Christians (especially in the South) absolutely would stop to pray. Really just well done.
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.
Thank you to Net Galley and Thomas Nelson-FICTION for the chance to read and review this book. The opinions expressed are my own I really enjoyed this mystery. When Carly Harris is cleaning out her Grandma's house, she finds a Faberge Egg. With Homicide Detective Lucas's help, she finds the answers to several family secrets. This mystery was easy to read with several twists and turns. Highly recommend!
This book was amazing in every way! It’s a propulsive thriller along with a twisted mystery and a family drama that is expertly woven into the story of a missing Faberge egg. Carly’s husband was killed in a home invasion and she is left to raise their son Noah alone. Her grandmother has a plan to turn her large mansion into a bed and breakfast, something that will support Carly and Noah long after she is gone. In perusing the contents of the attic, Carly makes a remarkable discovery that will change the entire family’s life, if they can survive it, that is. I really enjoyed the characterization; all of the characters were well-rounded and dynamic. Even the bad guys were so well portrayed that I really hated them and their nefarious and deadly deeds. The plot is complicated with family issues, a missing twin and treasures that need to be discovered and protected. The complicated plot was written brilliantly with a sense of intense and edgy suspense that kept me totally engrossed in the story. I really enjoyed getting to know Carly and how giving and loving she was, in spite of how people took advantage of her. I also liked Lucas, the swoonworthy neighbor who doesn’t want to have any kind of relationship outside of protecting Carly and her family. Add to all of this the Russian mob, a swindling family member and so much more! This is a fast-moving book that is captivating, multi-layered and insightful into personalities of the characters and their motivations. I loved this book so much that I was sad when it ended…I just wanted more of the remarkable Tucker family and their head-spinning history.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley. I was not required to write a positive review and all opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255, “Guidelines Concerning the Use of Testimonials and Endorsements in Advertising.”
Someone murdered Carly Harris’ police officer husband before she could share the good news of her pregnancy with him. Although she loves her current occupation of buying and selling antiques at flea markets and she has a teaching degree, Carly can’t see making ends meet and fulfilling her dream of staying home with their son while he is young.
When her grandmother invites Carly and her baby to move into her large home in Beaufort, SC, Carly jumps at the opportunity. And when her grandmother suggests turning the historic house into a bed and breakfast, Carly sees it as a perfect answer to prayer.
The project will provide a way for her to reconnect with her two younger sisters and offer a modest income for Carly while she works on her dream of writing novels. When she starts organizing the attic in preparation for the renovations, Carly discovers two mysteries. A priceless Fabergé egg from the Russian royal collection and evidence her grandmother has a twin sister.
Carly knows what will happen if the world discovers the treasure in her attic, so she puts it in a safe place and concentrates on finding her grandmother’s missing sister. Only someone seems to already know about the egg—someone willing to kill to get their hands on it.
When Mary Tucker’s granddaughter and great-grandson move in next door, police detective Lucas Bennett does everything he can to avoid them. According to Eric Harris, a childhood friend, and Ryan, Lucas’s brother, the beautiful Carly is bad news.
When Carly tells him about finding a priceless egg and a possible connection to Eric’s murder, Lucas begrudgingly agrees to help her. The more involved he gets in the investigation, the more Lucas realizes Carly is nothing like he imagined. He also realizes someone or someones will do anything to get their hands on the Fabergé egg.
What I Loved About This Book
If you love second-chance romance with an enemies-to-lovers twist combined with edge-of-your-seat suspense, you’ll love Coble’s latest book, Fragile Designs. Readers who struggle with healthy family boundaries will relate to Carly and her need to find healing in her relationships with her sisters. Carly and Lucas carry the baggage of betrayal and must learn to forgive and extend grace.
The plot twists and turns and the historical mysteries keep the reader engaged from cover to cover. Carrie Stuart Parks, Cara Putman, and Lynette Eason fans will love this book.
Wow! What a fantastic book! It's non-stop action from beginning to end! The story is amazing! I read it in one day! I've always been fascinated with Faberge eggs and their history.
The characters are wonderful! Carly is a nurturer. She gives of herself, asking nothing in return. Lucas is a protector. He's also generous and considerate.
There's so much going on besides the mystery involving the egg. Family members are reunited, sisters bonds are strengthened, and there's even a sweet love story!
This is a definite must-read! It's everything you expect from Colleen Coble- superb writing!
I was provided a copy of the book from Thomas Nelson via NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.