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The Lightkeeper's Bride [Paperback]

Colleen Coble

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Book Description

Oct. 19 2010 A Mercy Falls Novel (Book 2)

When Katie answers the call of duty, she awakens the call of her heart.

Katie Russell loves working as a telephone operator in Mercy Falls, California. But since childhood she has been expected to marry well. Her family presses for an engagement to wealthy bachelor Bartholomew Foster and though he doesn't stir her heart, their engagement promises a secure financial future.

Working the phone lines one evening, Katie overhears a chilling exchange between her friend Eliza and a familiar male voice. Katie soon learns that Eliza has disappeared, and the crime may be linked to another investigation by handsome new lighthouse keeper, Will Jesperson. Katie and Will soon form an alliance. An alliance that slowly blossoms into something more.

Despite the danger surrounding her, Katie is powerfully drawn to Will. But she is not at liberty to marry for love. And though society forbids their growing affection, Katie can't help but notice Will's sense of peace. It's a peace that rests on his trust in God—a trust that Katie has never had to depend on, with her future so clearly mapped out before her.

But the more Katie uncovers of the mystery, the more she discovers about herself, her past, and the brilliant future that could be hers if only she has the courage to trust in God and follow where her heart so fearlessly leads.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson; 1 edition (Oct. 19 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595542663
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595542663
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 13.7 x 2.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 363 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #208,018 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Her future's so bright, she's gotta wear shades

Kat Jennings and Scott Murphy don't just play two people who are secretly in love on a television sitcom--they are actually head over heels for each other in real life. When the lines between reality and TV land blur, they hope they can keep their relationship under wraps. But when Kat's grandmother, an eccentric star from Hollywood's golden age, mistakes their on-screen wedding proposal for the real deal, things begin to spiral out of control. Will their secret be front-page news in the tabloids? And can their budding romance survive the onslaught of paparazzi, wedding preparations, and misinformed family members?

From the soundstage to a Beverly Hills mansion to the gleaming Pacific Ocean, Stars Collide takes you on a roller-coaster tour of Hollywood, packing both comedic punch and tender emotion. If you want more of Bella, DJ, Brock Benson, and other favorite characters from Janice Thompson, you'll love the Backstage Pass series.

"Stars Collide is a fun-filled romp into Tinseltown with all its quirks and characters. I hope you enjoy this romantic getaway as much as I did."--Kristin Billerbeck, bestselling author of Perfectly Dateless and What a Girl Wants

"A sweet, funny, fun look at Hollywood behind the scenes, from a talented author. Janice Thompson knows her characters inside and out."--Lisa Wingate, bestselling author of Larkspur Cove and Beyond Summer

Janice Thompson is a seasoned romance author and screenwriter. An expert at pulling the humor from the situations we get ourselves into, Thompson affords an inside look at TV land, drawing on her experiences as a screenwriter. She is the author of the Weddings by Bella series and lives in Texas. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

USA Today bestselling author Colleen Coble has written several romantic suspense novels including Tidewater Inn, Rosemary Cottage, and the Mercy Falls, Lonestar, and Rock Harbor series. Visit her website at Twitter: @colleencoble Facebook: colleencoblebooks

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
By Harold Wolf - Published on
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Men & women. The 1908 north coast of California gets no more suspenseful than what Colleen Coble has put into "The Lghtkeeper's Bride" story. It's second in "A Mercy Falls" series but in no way is second place to the first story. Both are good as stand-alone books, but some characters do travel from inside one cover to the other. After all, coastal Mercy Falls is a small town.

Pirating and murder are witnessed by the new lighthouse keeper, Will. Events encourage him to take upon himself the care of a one-year-old girl whose mother disappears suspiciously. He knows nothing about keeping a lighthouse or a baby...oops.
Telephone operator, Katie, long a Mercy Falls resident, knows this is not right. The town newcomer is not to be trusted. From this point the plot becomes even more complex. Admittedly, I bought this, having read the first in this series; and expected another great Christian historical novel from Colleen Coble. I'm not disappointed.

Desire, blackmail, disease, adultery, crime, bankruptcy, secrecy, defection, and more in Katie's family association is much to much to endure--BUT, it sure keeps readers turning pages in this fast-paced mystery filled with action and suspense around every corner. Oh sure, amidst the pirate fighting and clue gathering is a bit of romantic sparking too. Suspense fans will call this book a mystery. Romantics will love its Christian drama. Coble is a master at mixing romance and mystery, like meringue on lemon pie. SWEET, yet TART!

It was enchanting to read in the acknowledgments at the end of the book that the baby Jennie's cute actions were somewhat based the author's real granddaughter. As a grandparent, I found that heartwarming. Even more exciting was the page that introduced the title, "The Lightkeeper's Ball", book 3, coming to Mercy Falls in January of 2011. I'll be saving my Christmas stocking cash for that book.
Mercy Falls Series is proving to be as great as this author's "Rock Harbor Mystery Series."
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Historical romantic suspense. I like it! Sept. 28 2010
By Novel Teen - Published on
Review by Jill Williamson

Telephone operator, Katie Russell, is working the phone lines one evening when she overhears a frightening conversation between her friend Eliza and a familiar male voice. Katie reports it to the constable right away, but discovers that Eliza has gone missing, leaving behind her toddler daughter.

Katie decides to take charge of the child, only to discover that the lightkeeper has offered to take her. Katie doesn't trust this lightkeeper. He very well may have done something to Eliza. Yet he is so set on taking care of the child, Katie finds herself helping him. Her finance does not like this arrangement at all, but there is nothing to be done about that. Katie and the lightkeeper begin to investigate Eliza's disappearance on their own, which only draws them closer together. A dangerous situation for the mystery and for Katie's heart.

This was my very first Colleen Coble book. I liked it a lot. It's a historical romantic suspense novel. Heavy on the mystery, medium on the romance, and light on the history. I was drawn in by her characters and dialogue and the 1920'ssetting. The book moves along at a brisk pace with pirates, missing treasure, a missing woman, and a budding romance. If you like that combination, you'll love this book.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the first book in series May 8 2011
By Deborah - Published on
I didn't like this book as much as I did the first book in the series The Lightkeeper's Daughter. I didn't feel the suspense to be as scary nor did I find the characters that likable (at least to me). You don't' need to read the first book before starting this one but I will say that I missed Gideon the dog as well as other characters from the first story.

While the overall story is intriguing, the actual suspense part of this book fell quite flat for me. What could have been a good suspense plot kept having revelations happen too early and then lots of unnecessary plots kept getting thrown in. The question of "Who Is Jennie's Father?" didn't seem as if it was getting enough attention so that when it's finally revealed, you're like meh. Other than the two main characters, the supporting cast didn't win any points with me. Katie's parents seem to have a lot of issues that never get talked about or resolved and they seem to want to keep it that way. The ending didn't really interest me. It got so to the point where I stopped caring about what happened and why it happened and who did it.

Something that did bother me a bit was what is up with all the men in this series being with two sisters??? I swear in the first book, TWO guys did it and now it happens again! I understand that in upper class families of the time period, this might have been somewhat norm to keep money in the family and keep outsiders from infiltrating above their rank. But still, I'm a bit skeeved out at how often it's happening in this series. I know there's nothing technically wrong with it but I honestly wouldn't want a guy who's been with my sister, I'll find another new guy thank you very much! And everyone seems to be ok with it too!

I will say that I do enjoy the time period and I do like how Coble mixes suspense with historical settings and time periods. Also the cover of this book is beautiful. Hopefully the third book goes back to the good stuff from the first one.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed the second book in this series. April 3 2011
By Michelle Sutton - Published on
The Lightkeeper's Bride was about as compulsively readable as the first book in the series. Ms. Coble is certainly gifted when it comes to writing historical romances. While Katie was a bit feisty and headstrong for a woman in that era, I still liked her. And I really liked Will, the lighthouse keeper. The whole intrigue and danger theme from the pirating was pretty engaging and I loved not knowing what was going to happen next. There were a number of twists I didn't see coming, and I liked that it wasn't predictable, at least not for me.

The romantic elements in this novel were especially endearing. Even with the restrictions of society at that time Ms. Coble does a great job with turning up the heat and making the romantic tension palpable. I loved that. Will was a great hero and the fact that he was enamored with a child endeared him to me even more.

The whole subplot about parentage was quite intriguing as was the whole issue of a missing woman. I loved that Katie had to deal with so many different feelings of betrayal in the midst of her other struggles. That was well done. The fact that Will was there to encourage her and that he prayed for her just made him more heroic. The faith thread in this book was light, but clearly present. I loved the fact that not everyone was what they seemed, however, because it made for an engaging novel. I'm looking forward to reading the third book in the series.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Slow Book with a Good Ending! Jan. 7 2011
By James A. Nichols - Published on
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I read the first book in this series and it was pretty good so I thought I would give the second book a chance. The book starts off very slowly and really doesnt pick up pace at all. I did find some of the characters interesting though. The book did have a good ending that kind of made the read worth it though. I really expected a little more out of the second book in the series though.

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