Friday, May 20, 2011

The Lightkeeper's Ball Review

The Lightkeeper's Ball by Colleen Coble is the last novel in the Mercy Falls series. I haven't read the first two, The Lightkeeper's Daughter, and The Lightkeeper's Bride - but the book can be read on it's own. If you've read my blog for anytime, you know I am pretty critical of Christian romance. I am not the biggest fan - I think a lot of the time they are too heavy on the romance and the Christian part is just an afterthought.

I liked this book - it has some deeper elements - a really great mystery, with some suspense, a bit of history, and it is overall just well done. The romance isn't overdone, and I thought faith was well represented.

Here is the synopsis:

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 distinguished in America. Unfortunately their wealth has nearly disappeared, and now their security rests solely on 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 fiancĂ©. 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 ball masquerade 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?

You can purchase The Lightkeeper's Ball from Thomas Nelson for $14.99. You can visit Colleen Coble's website for more information about her books.

I was given The Lightkeeper's Ball by Thomas Nelson and B&B Media Group for the purposes of review only.

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