The dazzling cover of this book made me stop and stare - then pick it up to see what was inside. I was so thankful for a review copy so I could discover the mysteries this book held! I've enjoyed several of Coleen's books and was excited to have the opportunity to read her newest book.
The Lightkeeper's Ball is the third book in A Mercy Falls series; I was worried I'd be lost because I didn't read the first two. As I read I didn't feel like I was lost at all, but it did make me want to read the first two books in this series called, The Lightkeeper's Daughter and The Lightkeeper's Bride.
Eleanor is dead! Drowned! (I was gripped by this books dramatic beginning) Olivia and her mother can't believe their ears. Olivia doesn't believe she drowned- Eleanor hated water how could she have drowned? Something's fishy about all this and Olivia was going to get to the bottom of it but how? She comes up with a plan to go to Mercy Falls using her official title "Lady Davenworth." No one in Mercy Falls has met her so using this identity would allow investigating her sister's death a lot easier.
Colleen Coble pens a engaging, suspenseful murder mystery I couldn't put down. Colleen's characters grabbed my heart, attention and made me smile. It also had a believable spiritual thread I liked. I loved all the behind scenes preparation as the reader saw how Lady Davenworth orchestrated a grand Ball event as a fundraiser for a worthy cause. I felt like I was at the Ball when the event finally happened. It was exciting!
Looking for a good summer read, or a monthly book club pick? I highly recommend The Lightkeeper's Ball. It won't disappoint!
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The Lightkeeper's Ball takes us on a journey back through time to the turn of the century when airplanes and motor cars were new and exciting inventions. Where most women were still engaging in arranged marriages, especially women in the upper crust of society.
Heroine Olivia Stewart is one such woman. At 25 yrs of age and single, she is expected to marry well, not necessarily for love, in order to hide the fact that her families financial status is not what it appears. After finding out that her sister (who was engaged to be married to a wealthy man and therefore would have taken the pressure off of Olivia) has died, she embarks on a journey, with only her maid to accompany her, to Mercy Falls to find out what happened. Under the guise of "checking out" her sisters fiance' to see if she wants to marry him in her sisters place, she is really seeking to discover the truth about her sisters death.
Is Harrison Bennett, the fiance', involved as Olivia suspects? Was it accidental, as reported? Or was it...
The pace seemed slow at times but all in all the characters are well developed. Mystery and intrigue are present throughout. There are lots of historical references and that makes it very appealing. This is a nice historical fiction with a gentle romantic essence. The cover art on this book is extraordinary!
The Lightkeeper's Ball is the third book in the Mercy Falls series. It can be read as a stand alone novel, although if you are a Colleen Coble fan you will want to read them all.
I was provided a digital copy of this book from Thomas Nelson in exchange for my honest opinion. No other compensation was received.
Colleen Coble has done a great job with this trio of books. The third keeps you guessing while giving you historical background of life in California. Times and conventions are preserving and the intrigue is captivating. It is great to read of God's protection and provision as interruptions in life become divine interventions. Excellent read!
Of the three books in the series this one had the coolest premise and the most beautiful cover art. The story itself seemed much slower paced to me than the others. The characterization was good, but it seemed to take time to build. I did feel grounded in the time period the story was set in. The Gilded Age is always fun to read because of the arranged marriage themes that occurred in that era. I liked the fact that I wasn't sure whodunit and all that, but at the same time it wasn't until the last one hundred pages that the story really picked up pace and had me enthralled enough to want to keep reading without stopping.
The hero in this story was more dashing and likable than in the other two books. I loved that he had a thing for aeronautics and flying, and so did the heroine. The scandal that happened when they ended up stranded was pretty intriguing. That camp out was probably the most romantic part of the story. I loved how neither the hero nor the heroine were sure if their feelings were love, since neither had experienced that emotion before. I could buy the deception to an extent, though dragging it out for as long as she did made the heroine seem more deceptive, which wasn't necessarily a good thing. But I still liked her regardless.
I appreciated how this book had characters from the two previous books in the series. That made it worth reading all three books in a row. I'm really glad that I did. All in all I enjoyed this series. Ms. Coble has a gift for writing historical fiction with intrigue and a bit of mystery. I loved the whole Haley's comet concern and what people thought about what could happen when the earth passed through its tail. I always love reading historicals where there is joking about how something (like income tax) is ludicrous and will never happen. Ha. Anyway, great series. This book was not my fav, but it was still enjoyable, especially toward the end. I'd definitely recommend it.
This book not only has one of the most gorgeous covers I have seen in awhile, it also has one of the best plot lines of the books I've read so far this year. I love Colleen's style, the way she develops her characters so beautifully, puts them in a setting that is so realistic that I feel like I'm there and then she artfully weaves story lines around the characters as she melds everything together. In this particular case Olivia is a strong heroine that wants justice for her sister and sets out to make things right and find out who murdered her. The very man she holds responsible creates a puzzle for her as she starts to doubt his guilt (and then slowly falls in love with him). She finds that she is in grave danger herself and whoever murdered her sister isn't done yet. What a great book!