I enjoyed reading The Lightkeeper's Ball by Colleen Coble. The Lightkeeper's Ball is the third book in the Mercy Falls series, but it reads well as a stand-alone novel. The story quickly grabbed my attention and drew me back to it during the days I read it. The plot's pace was appropriate and Olivia's character was intriguing. While the individual scenes were unique and enjoyable, I found the overall plot was somewhat predictable. However, since it is fiction and I am a fan of happily-ever-afters, I still recommend this book to fans of historical romance. The setting and characters make it a very enjoyable read.
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Olivia Stewart, heiress to an empire, is living a lie. Her family's money is gone, and she must marry a man named Harrison Bennettâ€”a man she's never metâ€”in order to keep what little they have. But when news of her sister's death reaches her, Olivia only wants to learn the truth of how her sister died. She sets out to Mercy Falls, California under a different name, hoping to learn more about her sister's death and the man her mother intends for her to marry.
What she discovers about both surprises her but only gives her more reasons to continue living a lie with her false name. Will Harrison still want to marry her when he learns how she has been deceiving him? And what if the person responsible for her sister's death decides to come after her next?
I adore novels set around this time period (1910). I found this story fun. Certain parts were a bit predictable, which is often the case with romance novelsâ€”though the murder mystery reveal totally surprised me. I liked that Harrison loved airplanes and built one himself. It was fun to peek into the past in such a way, when air transportation was first being discovered. Overall this was a very enjoyable historical romance read. And doesn't this book have a gorgeous cover?
The Lightkeeper's Ball by Colleen Gable, is a sweet, light, filled with intrigue and a summer's tale of romance that continues the Mercy Falls series.
Centered around Olivia, the daughter of a well to do family out in the East, she travels to Mercy Falls, California, to investigate the mysterious circumstances around her sister's death.
In Mercy Falls, Olivia discovers a life she could never dreamed of, herself falling in love, and answers to what happen to her sister.
Summer time, is a time for vacation, a little bit of easing of the daily routine of life as families use this time to travel, to take vacation and to catch up on what an otherwise busy life keeps them distracted from.
With, "The Lightkeeper's Ball", readers will find a beautiful written historical romance fiction to take them away, to another time, and another place, and makes a great summer read to throw in the tote bag or download on the e-reader.
Some of the distractions that I found, was that being this is a book in a series, I found myself a bit lost with otherwise familiar characters, for those who have read the series, but there is a quick character bio that will help keep the reader a little bit more flowing with the story and also intrigued to read the rest of the series, but for me, one of the downsides of reading series out of order, is not being able to grasp on the continuity of a theme, or focus of a place in a book.
This doesn't make,"The Lightkeeper's Ball" a bad read, but for those who are unfamiliar with the series, this is, well, a series that is based on Mercy Falls, so be prepared to find yourself caught up in wanting to read the rest of the books, to fully embraced the romance of Mercy Falls.
The writing is very even-flowed and the characters are easy to develop an emotional relationship that plays on the emotions as one reads and follows Olivia as she struggles with her growing emotions for Mercy Falls and its residents while trying to discover what happen to her sister.
Whether you read this via the e-reader or buy the book, if you are looking for a light and romantic book for this summer, this is a must read for those who enjoy historical romance and/or Christian romances.
There aren't questionable scenes for the more discerning reader to feel uncomfortable and yet still holds all the elements of a light romance novel while capturing a snapshot of the era for the historical fiction reader whose not looking for a heavy historical fiction, but rather just something that is light, entertaining and heart filled.