My Review: The Lightkeeper's Daughter (A Mercy Falls Novel) by Colleen Coble


The Lightkeeper's Daughter (A Mercy Falls Novel)
by Colleen Coble
Copyright 2009
Thomas Nelson Publishers
311 pages
ISBN: 978-1-59554-267-0
Fiction/Christian/Romance


My Review: I'm not a big fan of mystery's but Colleen Coble is one of the few authors whose mystery/suspense novels I will read. Her latest release, The Lightkeeper's Daughter, combines her classic elements of romance and mystery, this time hearkening back to her historical fiction roots.

Addie Sullivan, who has lived in a lighthouse for almost her entire life discovers that she is the long lost daughter of businessman and banker, Henry Eaton. When she arrives at the Eaton estate trouble seems to follower her in the form of kidnapping and even murder. Addie has no clue who is out to get her and those around her. Confusing her even further are her feelings for John, the handsome widower father of the young boy she is tutoring. She must decide to marry a wealthy, titled man who her father has engaged her too or to follow her heart and chose love and lose her new found family.

The romance in this book was nice but it started out very quickly, I would have almost liked to have seen it play out more gradually as the story went along. As for the mystery, there were a few red herrings thrown in that really confused me and I had NO idea who the "bad guy" was until the reveal at the very end. I think this book is a good read for both lovers of romance and mystery alike. However I still feel that Ms. Coble's older historical fiction books that were written earlier in her career are better. I guess because this story took me so long to get in to, whereas her earlier works were interesting right from the start. I will definitely read the next book in the series however, just because I'm curious to see what happens to a few of the secondary characters in this story who deserve their own novels.

To learn more about Colleen Coble and her books visit:

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*Many thanks to Thomas Nelson Publishers for providing me with a review copy.*

Comments

  1. Hmmm....sounds interesting. :o) Can't think of anything I've read by Colleen Coble off the top of my head...although I have a handful of her books on my shelf waiting to be read. Very good review!

    Merry Christmas!
    Christy

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  2. Great review, Renee! Wow you make my review sound like the cover page to the healthcare bill;~) I totally agree about the romance between Addie & John. But since I had never read anything by Mrs.Coble before, I don't really have anything to compare it too. I hope you guys are all ready for Christmas:~) Cause I'm not. lol
    Merry Christmas,
    ~Ashley

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  3. Excellent review. I like the idea of combining romance and mystery. I also like your blog's new design. :)

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  4. I can't wait to give this book a try! I'm waiting 'til Jan. 2010 though...that way it will be the book to start off my Romance Reading Challenge. :p

    Loved your review...of course! Thanks for sharing.

    ~ Lori

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  5. This is in my pile to be read - and I am hoping for good things. :o)

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  6. @ Christy and Lee- Definitely look on your tbr shelf for your Colleen Coble books, I really enjoy her work! I don't think you'll be disappointed!

    @ Ashley- Girl I think your review was AWESOME, I would have never have thunk it was written by a teen! I KNOW I was never that good of a writer when I was your age and I'm probably still not LOL!

    @ Lori- I definitely think you will like this, I know you love romance and in this book it starts out pretty quickly ;-)

    @Suko- Thank you for the compliment on my blog. It is always so hard to find a background that matches my black 'n gold title!

    Merry Christmas all and thank you for visiting!

    XOXO~ Renee

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