Friday, April 29, 2011

The Lightkeeper's Ball by Colleen Coble

I really enjoyed The Lightkeeper's Ball by Colleen Coble. Set just after the turn of the 20th century, Olivia sets out to try to save her family's place in society. When she begins investigating the death of her sister, she focuses on Harrison, the man she is supposed to marry. Along the way, she learns a lot about herself and, more importantly, she learns a lot about God.

Colleen Coble does it again! It's been a while since I've read her books, but this one was as good as I remembered! With a knack for developing characters that readers will love, she instantly draws you in to a fast-paced romantic drama. With a few bits of intrigue thrown in, she keeps you guessing until the very end. 

The only thing that was a bit odd to me was that the ball mentioned in the title of the book wasn't really a prominent part of the story. Not a big thing, just odd.

I really enjoyed the book and the way it made me think about what it would have been like to live during that time. This is the third in a great series, but the book stands completely on its own. So ... check it out, and enjoy this great new read!

I received a free copy of this book from The B&B Media Group in exchange for my fair and honest review.

About the Book
At the elegant Mercy Falls masquerade ball, Olivia's hidden identity will be revealed.

It is the dawn of a new century and Olivia Stewart is heiress to an empire. Her family numbers among the Four Hundred—those considered the wealthiest and most distinquished in America. Unfortunately their wealth has nearly disappeared, and now their security rests upon the Stewart daughters' marrying well.

Olivia's sister, Eleanor, was engaged to Harrison Bennett, one of the nation's wealthiest men, but has since died. Now the pressure is on Olivia to take her place, despite her suspicions about Eleanor's fiancé. Using her family's long-forgotten English title, Olivia travels to Mercy Falls, California, as Lady Devonworth, hoping to learn more before committing to marriage. There she finds that Eleanor's death was no accident. And Harrison is not the man she thought he would be.

When Mercy Falls holds a charity masquerade ball to raise funds for the new lighthouse, secrets—and truths long hidden—will be revealed. But can Harrison really love Olivia when he finds her true identity? Can she live with the repercussions of failing her family, or will she finally realize that nothing—not money, family, or romance—will ever compare to God's unconditional love?

About the Author
Best-selling author Colleen Coble's novels have won or finaled in awards ranging from the Best Books of Indiana, ACFW Book of the Year, RWA’s RITA, the Holt Medallion, the Daphne du Maurier, National Readers' Choice, and the Booksellers Best. She has nearly 2 million books in print and writes romantic mysteries because she loves to see justice prevail. Colleen is CEO of American Christian Fiction Writers and is a member of Romance Writers of America. She lives with her husband Dave in Indiana. Visit her website at www.colleencoble.com. Twitter @colleencoble

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