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The Lightkeeper's Bride Paperback – Oct 17 2010
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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 www.colleencoble.com Twitter: @colleencoble Facebook: colleencoblebooks
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
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."
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.
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.
Will is taking care of the lighthouse, but his passion lies with weather forecasting. His brother is in town investigating piracy in the waters near the lighthouse. When his brother asks for help, Will is so accustomed to bailing his brother out that it isn't hard for his brother to talk Will into questioning a woman his brother knew in the past. Finding an abandoned baby isn't quite what he expected, but neither is Katie.
Katie is suspicious of Will at first, but his motives become clear through his actions. I really liked Katie's character and the way she worked through her issues. Her parentage is her main secret, but even she isn't fully aware of the extent of the secret. The parentage of the baby is also in question, and even though both Katie and Will love the child, they aren't sure they will be able to figure out who her real father is. Working to discover who's behind the acts of piracy throws them together and they come to care for each other.
As usual, Coble delivers a solid story full of romance and mystery. It's a great book and a nice addition to the series. The first book is The Lightkeeper's Daughter and the third is called The Lightkeeper's Ball. The characters from the first book are there in a minimal sense and you can read these out of order with no issues. I recommend this book.
A good read, and I enjoyed the time I spent, but it was a choice to spend it there, rather than being drawn in.