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MIX OF MYSTERY AND HISTORICAL ROMANCE IN THE GRAND COBLE TRADITION,
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This review is from: The Lightkeeper's Bride (Mercy Falls Series #2) (Paperback)
Men & women. The 1908 north coast of California gets no more suspenseful than what Colleen Coble has put into "The Lghtkeeper's Bride" story. It's second in "A Mercy Falls" series but in no way is second place to the first story. Both are good as stand-alone books, but some characters do travel from inside one cover to the other. After all, coastal Mercy Falls is a small town.
Pirating and murder are witnessed by the new lighthouse keeper, Will. Events encourage him to take upon himself the care of a one-year-old girl whose mother disappears suspiciously. He knows nothing about keeping a lighthouse or a baby...oops.
Telephone operator, Katie, long a Mercy Falls resident, knows this is not right. The town newcomer is not to be trusted. From this point the plot becomes even more complex. Admittedly, I bought this, having read the first in this series; and expected another great Christian historical novel from Colleen Coble. I'm not disappointed.
Desire, blackmail, disease, adultery, crime, bankruptcy, secrecy, defection, and more in Katie's family association is much to much to endure--BUT, it sure keeps readers turning pages in this fast-paced mystery filled with action and suspense around every corner. Oh sure, amidst the pirate fighting and clue gathering is a bit of romantic sparking too. Suspense fans will call this book a mystery. Romantics will love its Christian drama. Coble is a master at mixing romance and mystery, like meringue on lemon pie. SWEET, yet TART!
It was enchanting to read in the acknowledgments at the end of the book that the baby Jennie's cute actions were somewhat based the author's real granddaughter. As a grandparent, I found that heartwarming. Even more exciting was the page that introduced the title, "The Lightkeeper's Ball", book 3, coming to Mercy Falls in January of 2011. I'll be saving my Christmas stocking cash for that book.
Mercy Falls Series is proving to be as great as this author's "Rock Harbor Mystery Series."