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Thomas Nelson / 2010 / ePub

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Central Operator Katie Russell's inquisitive ways have just uncovered her parents' plan for her marriage to wealthy bachelor Bartholomew Foster. Her heart is unmoved, but she knows the match will bring her family status and respectability.Then Katie overhears a phone conversation that makes her uneasy and asks authorities to investigate. But the caller is nowhere to be found. Mysterious connections arise between the caller and a ship lost at sea.

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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2010
ISBN: 9781595549785
ISBN-13: 9781595549785
Availability: In Stock
Series: Mercy Falls

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Publisher's Description

When Katie answers the call of duty, she awakens the call of her heart.

Katie Russell loves working as a telephone operator in Mercy Falls, California. But since childhood she has been expected to marry well. Her family presses for an engagement to wealthy bachelor Bartholomew Foster and though he doesn't stir her heart, their engagement promises a secure financial future.

Working the phone lines one evening, Katie overhears a chilling exchange between her friend Eliza and a familiar male voice. Katie soon learns that Eliza has disappeared, and the crime may be linked to another investigation by handsome new lighthouse keeper, Will Jesperson. Katie and Will soon form an alliance. An alliance that slowly blossoms into something more.

Despite the danger surrounding her, Katie is powerfully drawn to Will. But she is not at liberty to marry for love. And though society forbids their growing affection, Katie can't help but notice Will's sense of peace. It's a peace that rests on his trust in God—a trust that Katie has never had to depend on, with her future so clearly mapped out before her.

But the more Katie uncovers of the mystery, the more she discovers about herself, her past, and the brilliant future that could be hers if only she has the courage to trust in God and follow where her heart so fearlessly leads.

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Complete with romance and intrigue, The Lightkeeper's Bride by Colleen Coble tells the tale of Katie Russell as she learns to trust God with her past secrets, present choices, and future uncertainties. The theme is well summarized in Jeremiah 29:11, which says: "'I know the plans I have for you,' declares the Lord, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'" Struggling against her controlling nature, Katie finds it difficult to trust God’s plans to be bigger than her shameful past and daunting future.

Coble has a talent for writing fast-paced fiction that keeps readers turning pages. Suspense builds every chapter as her characters undergo a series of internal and external struggles. Short chapters with surprise twists are characteristic of her style, and she is able effectively to incorporate Scripture into the action packed plot.

Working as a telephone operator in Mercy Falls, California, Katie finds herself in the middle of a scandal involving her friend Eliza, her family, and the new lighthouse keeper, Will Jesperson. With an inquisitive mind and a thirst for adventure, Katie takes it upon herself to solve the mystery. Investigating a piracy attack, Will joins Katie in her search for answers that may involve the unexpected arrival of his negligent younger brother, Philip. As they attempt to discover the truth and care for Eliza's abandoned child, Will and Katie realize their investigations and their lives may be more connected than they thought.

Over time, they develop an attraction that blossoms into deeper emotions, but the superior status of Katie's family forbids her from marrying for love. Her father has already promised her hand to Bart Foster, a wealthy man who can provide a stable financial future. However, secrets about Katie’s past threaten to surface and repulse everyone in town.

Throughout the novel, Katie and Philip are the embodiments of complete adherence to duty and complete lack of duty, respectively. Katie has always done her best to please her parents and carefully control her life. On the other hand, Philip has lived selfishly and recklessly. As the story progresses, Will struggles to find a balance between these two extremes in character, urging Katie to follow her heart and Philip to take responsibility for his actions.

Katie is continually torn between what she thinks she wants and where her heart leads. Uncertain whether to compromise her duty or lose her true love, she searches for peace only God can provide. As conflicts intensify, she discovers her plans are insignificant compared to God’s plans, and sometimes true love and obedience demand inconvenience.

Overall, The Lightkeeper's Bride is an excellent story for readers who enjoy romance and action. The characters are believable and easy for readers to relate to. Katie struggles with several issues women experience, such as learning to be less controlling and more comfortable in her own skin. I love the way Coble's ideas are portrayed in her characters' lives, and the way her message shines through every experience—good and bad alike. I would highly recommend this book to women of all ages. – Kara Hackett, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com

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  1. Robin Wallace
    Florida
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    The Second Success of the Mercy Falls Series
    June 18, 2014
    Robin Wallace
    Florida
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for The Lightkeeper's Bride, Mercy Falls Series #2.
    The Lightkeeper's Bride

    Colleen Coble

    Book Summary: When Katie answers the call of duty, she awakens the call of her heart. Katie Russell loves working as a telephone operator in Mercy Falls, California. But since childhood she has been expected to marry well. Her family presses for an engagement to wealthy bachelor Bartholomew Foster and though he doesn't stir her heart, their engagement promises a secure financial future. Working the phone lines one evening, Katie overhears a chilling exchange between her friend Eliza and a familiar male voice. Katie soon learns that Eliza has diappeared, and the crime may be linked to another investigation by handsome new lighthouse keeper, Will Jesperson. Katie and Will soon form an alliance. An alliance that slowly blossoms into something more. Despite the danger surrounding her, Katie is powerfully drawn to Will. But she is not at liberty to marry for love. And though society forbids their growing affection, Katie can't help but notice Will's sense of peace. It's a peace that rests on his trust in God--a trust that Katie has never had to depend on, with her future so clearly mapped out before her. But the more Katie uncovers of the mystery, the more she discovers about herself, her past, and the brilliant future that could be hers if only she has the courage to trust in God and follow where her heart so fearlessly leads.

    Review: I love the start of this mystery. It put the mystery right at the center of the storyline. It was a fun book of ignoring the society expectations and the relationship between Katie and Will. I loved the cove which was spectacular and drew me in right away. I love lighthouses and was excited to read the second in the series too.
  2. CharityUAusten
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Mystery, Suspense, Romance - All Here!
    December 27, 2013
    CharityUAusten
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This review was written for The Lightkeeper's Bride, Mercy Falls Series #2.
    An enjoyable read! I'm so glad to finally get back to this series - I read the first one about two years ago, and really liked it, but never managed to finish the others. Until now. I'll be reading the third one soon! The touch of mystery and suspense in this one made it delightful, along with a sweet romance. I was thankful that the romance wasn't overkill, and was well balanced by other story elements. The book had a good pace and kept me tied to it. And the characters were great. I liked it!
  3. debwilson
    Summerfield, FL
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    December 22, 2013
    debwilson
    Summerfield, FL
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Katie Russell enjoys her job as a telephone operator in Mercy Falls, California. She hears many things as she works the lines, but one night, a familiar voice catches her attention. Her friend Eliza disappears shortly thereafter, and Katie soon suspects that the crime may be linked to the new lighthouse keeper, Will Jesperson.

    They form an alliance, trying to solve the mysteries that surround Eliza's disappearance, and it slowly begins to blossom into something more. But she is expected to marry well, not a lighthouse keeper with neither name nor fortune. Will she be able to look past society's expectations, as well as those of her parents? Will peace from God be enough for her future, no matter what or who is in it?

    Collen Coble has done it again with The Lightkeeper's Bride. The second installment in the Mercy Falls Series, she weaves a tale of suspense, intrigue, mystery, romance, and historical drama. I couldn't put the book down, much like the first one. There was such a character contrast between the inquisitive Katie and Will's irresponsible brother Philip.

    All in all, it had a very suspenseful plot and believable characters. There were times I wasn't sure if Coble was going to ever get to the happy ending as everyone was in one fix or another in this wild ride set in 1908, California. I learned a lot about the actual process of a telephone operator in this time period, and the book was a peek into the Progressive Era, of which I know little about. A wonderful book, and one I will recommend!
  4. TinaW
    Mesa, AZ
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    The Lightkeeper's Bride
    December 21, 2012
    TinaW
    Mesa, AZ
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 3
    I enjoyed this book because I enjoyed the authors other books. Although, it is not her strongest work.
  5. debwilson
    Summerfield, FL
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    August 15, 2012
    debwilson
    Summerfield, FL
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for The Lightkeeper's Bride, Mercy Falls Series #2.
    Katie Russell enjoys her job as a telephone operator in Mercy Falls, California. She hears many things as she works the lines, but one night, a familiar voice catches her attention. Her friend Eliza disappears shortly thereafter, and Katie soon suspects that the crime may be linked to the new lighthouse keeper, Will Jesperson.

    They form an alliance, trying to solve the mysteries that surround Eliza's disappearance, and it slowly begins to blossom into something more. But she is expected to marry well, not a lighthouse keeper with neither name nor fortune. Will she be able to look past society's expectations, as well as those of her parents? Will peace from God be enough for her future, no matter what or who is in it?

    Collen Coble has done it again with The Lightkeeper's Bride. The second installment in the Mercy Falls Series, she weaves a tale of suspense, intrigue, mystery, romance, and historical drama. I couldn't put the book down, much like the first one. There was such a character contrast between the inquisitive Katie and Will's irresponsible brother Philip.

    All in all, it had a very suspenseful plot and believable characters. There were times I wasn't sure if Coble was going to ever get to the happy ending as everyone was in one fix or another in this wild ride set in 1908, California. I learned a lot about the actual process of a telephone operator in this time period, and the book was a peek into the Progressive Era, of which I know little about. A wonderful book, and one I will recommend!
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