Saturday, December 19, 2009

The Lightkeeper's Daughter by Colleen Coble

The Lightkeeper's Daughter

A Mercy Falls Novel
By Colleen Coble

About The Book

At a lavish estate in Mercy Falls, California, Addie Sullivan finds danger—and quite possibly the love of her life. Growing up as the lightkeeper’s daughter on a remote island at the turn of the century, Addie Sullivan has lived a hardscrabble life. When a long-lost and wealthy relative finds her and enlists her to work as a governess at a lavish estate, she hopes to discover the truth of her heritage. But at Eaton Hall, nothing is as it seems. Not the idyllic family she hoped for, not the child she was hired to help, not even the aloof man she’s immediately attracted to. Soon she must turn for help to Lieutenant John North, a man who views her with suspicion. As Addie edges closer to the truth, danger threatens even as her romance with John blossoms and together they unravel a decades-old mystery. As Addie faces down her enemy, she discovers that faith in her one true Father is all she needs.

My Thoughts:
The Lightkeeper’s Daughter by Colleen Coble is a books that truly earns the title, A-Feel-Good-Read. It’s plot encompasses intrigue, adventure, history and romance, all in a gentle, smooth ride.

Colleen Coble’s characters are alive and as diverse as the worlds they inhabit. Set in Northern California in the early 1900’s, where a person’s value depends much on their heritage and social standing, Addie Sullivan is pulled from the realm of poverty to the privileges of wealth and family connections. This would appear to the reader, at first, to be a blessing well deserved. But, I would caution you,  not all facts in this story are as they at first seem. And isn’t that why we love to read? Why we appreciate an author who can deceive us, lead us down the primrose path, then give us an ending we never expected.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I recommend you read it on a lazy afternoon when you feel most self-indulgent. 

Teaser Snippet:

"To Whom It May Concern,
     If you are reading this, then I am dead. Or worse. I fear leaving all the evidence in one spot, so I’ve left it in three places. Sunshine, dust, and pigeons. If you find this, tell no one in this house. Trust no one. Remember me…"

Full Disclosure: A Complimentary copy of this book was provided for review by Thomas Nelson Book Reviews.

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