Colleen Coble’s Two Reasons to Run picks up the story of Jane Hardy, police chief for Pelican Harbor. She has been reunited with her son and his father and while she has a heart full of love for Will, she’s not sure how she feels about Reid.
The Characters in Two Reasons to Run
There was a lot of focus on developing Will’s character. We see a young man who is basking in the love of his mom, something he had been deprived of for a long time. But he still craves a deeper relationship with other members of his family. It’s this desire that will push his parents to overcome some of the fears and reservations they have about forging relationships with their family.
Will proves himself as a capable resourceful young man who is striving to become a man and to be seen by his parents. As with any teenager, he sometimes presses against the restrictions that are in place for his safety because he wants to be allowed to live his life in freedom.
We continue to spend time with Jane who is still reeling to get over the betrayal of people close to her. She has trouble trusting others and letting go but we see where maybe she’s a little more open to hearing about God.
We see some growth in her character as she is learning how to be a mom and maintain a relationship with Reid though she is still hurt by his betrayal.
Reid remains by her side ready to assist her whenever she needs him but also as a reminder to Jane that she is not alone. I respect Reid. It took a lot of courage and strength of character to stand by Jane when it seemed as though she’d never forgive him. As in One Little Lie, we see his love for his son and his commitment to do what’s best for him.
The Themes in Two Reasons to Run
One of the major themes in Two Reasons to Run was forgiveness. Jane struggled to forgive Reid and her father for the lie that changed her life. Because of the subterfuge and her experiences, she struggles to trust others. She also second-guesses herself because she’s not sure she can trust her instincts.
Another theme that came out in Two Reasons to Run is the power of love and what you will do for it. There were strong hints of sacrificial love
While Two Reasons to Run could be read as a standalone, I’d recommend reading One Little Lie first as there will be some nuances that are not as evident without the first book (and also because it’s a great read).
I received an advanced reader’s copy from the publishers through Just Read Tours and NetGalley; a positive review was not required. Get your copy of Two Reasons to Run.
Other Books in The Pelican Harbor Series
About Two Reasons to Run
Series: The Pelican Harbor Series
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Genre: Christian Mystery & Suspense Romance
Publication Date: September 8, 2020
Print Length: 348 pages
A lie changed her world.
Police Chief Jane Hardy is still reeling from the scandal that rocked her small-town department just as she took over for her retired father—the man who wrecked her life with one little lie. Now she’s finally been reunited with her presumed-dead fifteen-year-old son, Will, and his father, documentarian Reid Bechtol.
A crisis looms.
When a murder aboard the oil platform Zeus exposes an environmental terrorist’s plot to flood Mobile Bay with crude oil, Jane and Reid must put their feelings for each other behind them and work together to prevent the rig from being sabotaged.
A killer targets her son.
Then the terrorist puts her son Will’s life on the line. Protecting him could be the common ground they need . . . but then ghosts from the past threaten to ruin Jane and Reid for good.
She’s got plenty of reasons to run. But what if she stays?
About Colleen Coble
Best-selling author Colleen Coble’s novels have won or was a final in awards ranging from the Best Books of Indiana, the ACFW Carol Award, the Romance Writers of America RITA, the Holt Medallion, the Daphne du Maurier, National Readers’ Choice, and the Booksellers Best. She has over 4 million books in print and writes romantic mysteries because she loves to see justice prevail.
Colleen is CEO of American Christian Fiction Writers. She lives with her husband Dave in Indiana. Visit her website at http://colleencoble.com.
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