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The Lightkeeper's Daughter (Mercy Falls Series #1) Paperback – January 1, 2009
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The Mercy Falls Series
Enter the World of Turn-of-the-Century Coastal California
The Lightkeeper’s Daughter
A storm brings an injured stranger and a dark secret to Addie Sullivan’s California lighthouse home. The man insists she is not who she thinks she is, but rather the child long lost and feared dead by the wealthy Eaton family.
Addie secures employment in the Eatons’ palatial home, keeping her identify a secret. As dusty rooms and secret compartments give up their clues about her past, Addie finds faith and a forever love.
The Lightkeeper’s Bride
Working the phone lines one evening, Katie Russell 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 headed by the handsome new lighthouse keeper, Will Jesperson. Katie and Will soon form an alliance—an alliance that blossoms into something more.
The Lightkeeper’s Ball
Olivia Stewart is heiress to an empire. Her family numbers among the Four Hundred—those considered the most distinguished in America. But their wealth has evaporated and now their security rests upon Olivia marrying well.
Using her family’s long-forgotten English title, Olivia travels to Mercy Falls, California, as Lady Devonworth. There she plans to marry Harrison Bennett, a wealthy bachelor. Harrison soon falls for her, but it turns out they’ve both been hiding something.
- Publisher : Thomas Nelson Inc; 1st edition (January 1, 2009)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 311 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1595542671
- ISBN-13 : 978-1595542670
- Item Weight : 10.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.25 x 0.75 x 8 inches
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Addie is nervous as she starts her new job in the Eaton mansion. She learns to love 5 year old Edward right away and begins to develop feelings toward John, who is Edward's father. Suddenly dangerous attacks on people living in the mansion occur. First her Uncle Walter, then Addie are attacked by an assailant on the same day. Then a kidnapping attempt occurs on Edward. What are the reasons behind the attacks? Does someone evil know about Addie' s true identity as Julia Eaton? Uncle Walter says Addie must trust no one, but Addie finally confides in John who she realizes she has been falling in love with.
There is much mystery, intrigue, and action that keep you in suspense to the resolution of the story. Addie is stretched personally and her faith grows as she realizes God is the only thing that matters in the world. She had craved a real history and heritage, but discovers all might not be as it seems and she needs to make a choice between trusting God or giving into her new family's trust in worldly wealth. This novel was a pleasure to read and I had a hard time putting it down to get some sleep. I will read it again. I have also read many books by Colleen Coble and would highly recommend that any reader out there do the same.
Addie (The Lightkeeper's Daughter) & John's eyes meet (page 26) and it seems destined to be quite predictable--except for the fact that this is a Colleen Coble mystery. I'll not reveal anything and spoil the ride through this tale. Remember a 1907 ride means horse, buggy, steamboat, train, bicycle, Harley, or for the rich, that rare new form, the automobile (actually, all of the above.) I'd like a ticket to the fast train toward a mercy Falls novel #2.
'Anathema' WAS my favorite book by Coble. I beg for an Indiana Amish 'Anathema' sequel. Now, I also beg for another Mercy Falls novel. Another California Mercy Falls Victorian mystery. Or 2, or 3...
Although not bold or preachy, this is Christian Historic Fiction. Main characters display a religious faith in God. There character is that of goodness. I know our local public library can't keep Coble books on the shelf. Every church library could use this, and other Coble, books.
But her world is turned upside down by the visit of a man who claims she is the daughter of a wealthy man whom has been looking for her for 23 years. Her mother, Josephine, tells her that it is true that she is not her biological daughter. And all of the evidence points to that the fact that she actually belongs to a wealthy family.
But how to convince that family that she is theirs is the gist, of the story. Add to that the fact that someone is trying to keep this a secret so that she doesn't inherit the fortune and you have the makings of a fine mystery as well as a romance novel because of a "love at first sight" story woven into the mystery.
This is another excellent novel by Coble and will entertain you even though it is a bit predictable.
Arriving at the Eaton estate as the guest of her uncle under the guise of being the new governess for her nephew Edward, Addie is unprepared for the love she feels for the boy, or his young widowed father, the very handsome and charming Lieutenant John North. Danger soon surrounds the family as long held secrets are uncovered and the past begins to reveal a plot so dark and sinister none may escape alive.
Fraught with mystery and intrigue, The Lightkeeper's Daughter is a thrilling and suspenseful historical romance. The first in the Mercy Falls series, Coble's plot twists and quick whit will keep you speculating and enthralled until the very end.