Rating: 4 ~ I Like It
Olivia Stewart’s mother is getting her to marry Harrison Bennett for financial reasons. The Stewart family used to be wealthy and distinguish but unknown to many, their wealth is nearly gone. Now, they are dependent on Olivia’s marriage for financial security but there’s a problem. Olivia’s sister, Eleanor, was engaged to Harrison before she died. There are rumors that her death was no accident, that it was brought about by either suicide or murder. Olivia intends to unravel the mystery of her sister’s death before committing to marrying Harrison, the man who she thinks might hold the key to the mystery.
There were right amounts of mystery, suspense and romance in The Lightkeeper’s Ball to keep a reader continually turning the pages. Colleen Coble cleverly weaves the story in such a way no one will suspect or guess who the murderer is and readers will never know the truth behind the murder mystery until the final chapters.
The Lightkeeper’s Ball is the third book in the Mercy Falls Series and it can be read as a stand-alone. There is hardly any hint that this book is part of a series and nothing in the story relies on previous incidents from the other two books.
I thought it was strange that Harrison could propose to Olivia without knowing her first name. Men don’t propose to women with just knowing their titles but not their first names! Also, Olivia was dodging many of his personal questions and it’s a wonder that he could propose to a woman who did not trust him with certain necessary personal information.
Overall, I had a fun time reading The Lightkeeper’s Ball. I like the way the story alternates between focusing on Olivia and Harrison. It was good to be able to read their different perspectives and thoughts on the various situations.
Colleen Coble took a year to write her first book and seven years to sell it. Since then, she has authored a total of 35 novels and novellas. Her books have reached the bestsellers lists. She has won and have been a finalist in various prestigious writing awards such as RITA Award, Holt Medallion, and American Christian Fiction Writers Book of the Year awards. Visit her website at www.colleencoble.com.
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