Thursday, April 28, 2022

Review: The Lightkeeper's Ball by Colleen Coble

Author: Colleen Coble
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: April 2011

It is the dawn of a new century and Olivia Stewart is heiress to an empire. Her family numbers among the Four Hundred—those considered the wealthiest and most distinguished in America. Unfortunately their wealth has nearly disappeared, and now their security rests upon the Stewart daughters marrying well.

Olivia's sister, Eleanor, was engaged to Harrison Bennett, one of the nation's wealthiest men, but has since died. Now the pressure is on Olivia to take her place, despite her suspicions about Eleanor's fiancé. Using her family's long-forgotten English title, Olivia travels to Mercy Falls, California, as Lady Devonworth, hoping to learn more before committing to marriage. There she finds that Eleanor's death was no accident. And Harrison is not the man she thought he would be.

When Mercy Falls holds a charity masquerade ball to raise funds for the new lighthouse, secrets—and truths long hidden—will be revealed. But can Harrison really love Olivia when he discovers her true identity? Can she live with the repercussions of failing her family, or will she finally realize that nothing—not money, family, or romance—will ever compare to God's unconditional love? 

The Lightkeeper's Ball is the third and final book in the Merc Falls Trilogy.  In this one, Olivia is convinced that her sister did not commit suicide.  She travels to Mercy Falls in disguise to find out what really happened.  There, she has to decide if she can trust her sister's former fiancĂ©, Harrison or if he is really a murderer.

While I did enjoy this one, the second book is still my favorite of the three books.  Having said that, Olivia and Harrison were very sweet together,  I loved how Harrison brought out Olivia's adventurous side.  They were a great match.  I also enjoyed the mystery.  There were a couple of real surprises that I definitely didn't call.  It was nice to catch up with the couples from the previous books.  There was one thing that I didn't care for was the deception that Olivia kept up.  She had so many chances to tell Harrison who she really was, yet she let the lie perpetuate.  I'm not a fan of this trope in general.  Despite that, I would recommend this one and the rest of the series.

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