ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Author Colleen Coble’s thirty-five novels and novellas have won or finaled in awards ranging from the Romance Writers of America prestigious RITA, the Holt Medallion, the ACFW Book of the Year, the Daphne du Maurier, National Readers’ Choice, the Booksellers Best, and the 2009 Best Books of Indiana-Fiction award. She writes romantic mysteries because she loves to see justice prevail and love begin with a happy ending.
A word from Colleen: God has been faithful, though the path has not been easy. Nothing worth doing is ever easy. God wouldn’t let me give up, and I like to think the struggle made me stronger. God has given me so much in my life, most importantly my great family, a loving church family at New Life Baptist Church, and my wonderful publishing family at Nelson Books.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
A thrilling romantic mystery set in the lush Victorian age.
Central Operator Katie Russell’s inquisitive ways have just uncovered her parents’ plan for her marriage to wealthy bachelor Bartholomew Foster. Her heart is unmoved, but she knows the match will bring her family status and respectability.
Then Katie overhears a phone conversation that makes her uneasy and asks authorities to investigate. But the caller is nowhere to be found. Mysterious connections arise between the caller and a ship lost at sea.
Against propriety, Katie questions the new lighthouse keeper, Will Jesperson. Then a smallpox epidemic forces their quarantine in his lighthouse. Though of low social status, Will’s bravery and kindness remove Katie’s suspicion and win her love. Katie and Will together work to solve the mystery of the missing girl and the lost ship as God gives the couple the desire of their hearts.
As I have come to expect from all Coble’s books, The Lightkeeper’s Bride was well written with just the right balance of romance, humor,and suspense. The characters are well defined and easy to love or dislike. The plot maintains an ideal pace with plenty of hints to keep the reader guessing but enough twists and surprises to keep her uncertain.
It is difficult to review this excellent novel without giving away too much. Katie finds herself forced to choose between two men. Will she follow her heart or her father’s plans for her? Not only does Katie have a romantic triangle to deal with but someone is threatening her, her father has been mysteriously and seriously injured, and someone from her past shows up to complicate her life even more. A strong theme of forgiveness and trust is woven throughout the story.
I loved this book and am eager to read the rest of the series. I missed The Lightkeeper’s Daughter and plan to get a copy as soon as I can. I will also be on the lookout for The Lightkeeper’s Ball as soon as it is released.