Saturday, May 7, 2011

The Lightkeeper's Ball

Olivia Stewart has done her best to be a dutiful daughter.  She has conformed to her family's and society's expectations.  With her father dead and her sister traveling far away, the inner desires Olivia harbors begin to surface and her true spirit starts coming out.  When more tragedy strikes the family, she has the perfect chance to go where she is not known and start over.  Convinced that there has been a murder, her own safety in question, Olivia must find out who she can trust.  There's a fundraising ball to plan, the comet coming, and skeletons popping out of the closet.  Olivia befriends Harrison who is struggling with his difficult father, an engagement gone wrong, and his desire to be more than "just" a businessman.  Will these two find their way to a safe and fulfilling life?  Can they put an end to the evil at work?

Although this is the third book in the Mercy Falls series, it stands alone quite well.  I read the back of the book and expected a fairly straightforward tale.  I was surprised by some twists along the way.  Coble writes well and does not leave any unfinished threads.  There is a good tempo to the book and the characters are interesting and realistic.  She incorporates many details about societal expectations and other historical information.  I admit to being disappointed with the ball scene.  I expected it to be more important than it was, but that is more of a mistake in titling the book than the content.  This multi-genre book is sure to please a variety of readers.  I award it 4 out of 5 pieces of bacon.

Colleen Coble is an award winning writer with over 30 works to her name.  This wife, mother, and grandmother began writing when tragedy struck her life.  Although her first book took a year to write and much longer than that to sell, she continued on.  

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