Book Summary: With the lies of the past behind her, Addie finds love . . . and discovers her true Father. Addie Sullivan leads a quiet life in a northern California lighthouse. She mourns the death of her father and endures her mother's bitterness, until the night a storm brings an injured stranger and a dark secret to her home. The man insists she is not who she thinks she is, but rather "Julia Eaton"-the child long lost and feared dead by her wealthy family. Seizing the chance to be reunited with the Eatons, Addie leaves her lighthouse home but decides to keep her true identity a secret until they can unravel the mystery. Addie loves the Eatons' palatial home tucked away among the California redwood forests. She feels secure with the jovial family, adores the young boy who is her charge as governess, and finds romance with his father John, a young widower. But sinister shadows overtake Addie's joy. As dusty rooms and secret compartments give up their clues about her past, Addie finds a faith and a love she could never have guessed. To embrace this new world of promise is to risk her life; but to run away is to risk losing the greatest love she's ever known.
Review: I love lighthouses so I was drawn to the cover and the location immediately. I enjoyed the characters and the plot. That ‘what if…’ idea is always a fun idea to explore. I liked Addie and her compassion on the woman who raised her. It had great twists and turns that made for and exciting read with some whimsy that made for better fiction within some of those twists. I enjoy Colleen Coble’s writing very much. I can get to the nail biting parts where I am hesitant to see where this turn will take me in the story and am always delighted with the outcome. The background characters were fun and made me struggle to think of who will be the next main characters in this great trilogy.
A light turn of the century romance that has a mystery plot twist. I like the plot, Addie is not who she thinks she is. Setting out to find out who she really is and where she comes from, she is brought to an estate that holds as many secrets as any Agatha Christie novel. The author writes her characters and mystery as strong as ever, but there were several places in the middle of the book that seem to really drag for me. I skipped a lot of pages just to try to keep the book moving along, and because of that I do have to give it only 3 stars. I've never experienced this with this author before and it seemed out of place, but this is not the time period that this author usually writes in so maybe she just needed to find her footing.
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Review 3 for The Lightkeeper's Daughter - eBook
Date:August 18, 2012
Location:San Antonio, TX
The story line and plot are intriguing but it's the character development that makes you feel as if you're among the players.
Just purchased the next two books in the series and am excited to dive in!
Addie Sullivan lives in an undisturbed lighthouse with her mother after her father's death in Mercy Falls, California. She cares after people who wash up on her shore, happy to help tend to those who need her most. One night, a mysterious stranger is brought in with the storm, claiming that she is the lost daughter of a wealthy family. Curious, but not wanting to reveal her identity, she agrees to leave her home to fulfill her mission.
Once she arrives, she loves the Eaton's home built among the redwood forests. Edward, the little boy she is governess to, along with his father, John, find a place in her heart in no time at all. But the whispered secrets of the past, along with the new clues that point to sinister circumstances bring her to the brink of discovery again and again. Will she be able to piece the puzzle before it is too late, or will the past rear it's ugly head to claim her as well?
I particularly love this author, but a series set in the past seemed a little different for Coble. I was worried she would either give up historical detail, or the mystery and intrigue she is so well known for. I worried for nothing. Coble has masterfully weaved of tale of romance, historical setting, suspense, and kept me turning pages till I lost a whole night of sleep.
I started this book with reluctance, but now I can barely wait to read the rest of the series. The author has done the world of Christian fiction a favor by weaving her stories, and I, for one, cannot wait to discover more.
This was the first book I read by Coleen Coble, and I was hooked from page 1. You just don't know what is going to happen next, I don't know how many times I changed my prediction of who was behind it the murders and piracy and the outcome still surprised me! Some of the struggles that they faced really made me think about my life. Though there should have been more about John's faith, overall it had just the right amount of romance and mystery to make the great book that it is. D.V I will definitely be reading more of her books!
All the books in this series are excellent to read. Very entertaining and holds your interest. Very suspensful. The author does a really good job of weaving the details throughout the book and keeps you on edge until the end by not disclosing who the villian is till the end.
This is the first Colleen Coble book that I've read, and I was very pleasantly surprised. I was hooked from page one! The mystery of Addie's family riveted me and kept me turning the pages with twists and turns I never anticipated. The characters were well written, although I felt that Addie, the main character, was just a little too good to be true. My only disappointment is that I thought that the author could have expanded on John's (Addie's romantic interest) faith. Was he or was he not a believer? Overall, I would definitely recommend this book to a friend!
This is a suspenseful story about a young girl that is washed onshore after being shipwrecked. She's raised by a doting adoptive father and cruel mother and she finds herself full of intrigue and in danger. This story has many twists and turns in it. Just when I thought that I'd figured it out, something would change. ﻿The romantic side of the story should've been a bit more tense for me but it was a romantic mystery, afterall, not a mysterious romance! Semantics, I know but, there it is. I liked this story and the characters were well written. I couldn't put it down, so it was be a good read.
This was my first Colleen Coble read and her first historical, so were both trying something new. Her romance thread is highly enjoyable. I liked how the hero and heroine were allowed to build their relationship throughout the story, rather than waiting for everything to come together at the end. Of course, she keeps it wholesome, but its worth mentioning how she doesnt remain in a formulaic pattern for this thread. One of my favorite aspects. Her heroine is very likable. Shes nave and outspoken and I rooted for her, both in her goal to find and belong to her family, as well as sympathizing with her pursuit of acceptance. Well done.I understand Colleen writes suspense, but I felt the tone of this novel didnt strike me as a suspense at first, so when the first threatening situation happens, it seemed forced. Even the books back cover copy doesnt mention suspenseyou know, right there near the bar code and genre specs. However, this thread doesnt detract from the overall story, especially when it kicks into high gear later in the story. I liked the setting and timing of the story: lighthouses and the early Twentieth Century. Lighthouses, in my opinion, are always a great setting for a novel, especially a historical. One of Colleens spiritual themes was trusting God. Her heroine gets into some scrapes, of course, and she chooses to trust God to get her through them. I felt this was handled perhaps a little too simplistically, because of course the situation gets resolved within a few pages. Life isnt always that simple; God doesnt always answer with a yes. Still, for the sake of a timely story, it worked. And its a worthy theme.Finally, the cover. I know, books arent all about covers, but I absolutely love this cover. The colors and setting, the sky and lighthouse. All of those intrigued me enough to give this book a try. Readers who enjoy suspense, romance and historical settings will enjoy this story. Nicely done.
I started out really enjoying this novel. In fact, I couldn't put it down. The earlier chapters do a good job of building suspense and showing the growing relationship between Addie and John. But I had a few problems with this book. Faith is almost an afterthought-Addie has a relationship with God but John really doesn't, and we barely see any of his growing relationship with God. Also, the ending felt like it was cobbled together and didn't have much suspense. I hope that the next book in this series improves.
This book was filled with romance, mystery, and suspense. Some of the book was unrealistic but towards the end I couldn't turn the pages fast enough to find out what happened. I will more than likely be reading the next book in the series.
The Lightkeeper's Daughter is a return to her roots of historical romance for Colleen Coble who now writes romantic suspense. I'm glad she took this turn; I was hooked from page one by the characters and Coble's masterful story weaving. But don't be fooled. The Lightkeeper's Daughter has enough of a mystery in it to keep you on the edge of your seat and turning pages all night long. I hope we'll see more of this genre from Colleen. Novel Reviews and I give it a very high recommendation.
The main character is Addie Sullivan, bright & beautiful. As the title indicates, she lives in a lighthouse in northern CA. At the beginning of the book, a gentleman, Walter Driscoll, comes to the lighthouse to tell her she's not who she thinks she is. She was involved in a shipwreck when she was two years old; her parents are not her own, but they recovered her after the shipwreck. Her real father is actually a very rich business owner. The gentleman (her uncle) decides to bring her back to the family, originally as the governess to her real-life nephew, Edward. The idea is to investigate to find more evidence of her identity before presenting her as the daughter of Henry Eaton.As usual, Colleen brings a faith-based character into the story; Addie is that character in this book. She speaks of God, prays, etc - actions that are downplayed by Henry. Nonetheless, Addie is a very strong & courageous young woman, who is not swayed to the left or to the right by those around her not even a wealthy & powerful man such as the man who may be her father!The story is well-paced & suspenseful; Colleen does it again! There are numerous twists & turns in this story; there's never a dull moment! There were plots turns that I didn't see coming. Ultimately, the ending was happy! This book, set in 1907, is a departure for Colleen; she usually writes modern suspense novels. She did a wonderful job capturing life at the turn of the last century in a well-to-do household. She can seemingly do no wrong; I have always thoroughly enjoyed every book I have read by her. As always, I look forward to the next book by the talented Mrs. Coble!This book was provided to me by Thomas Nelson Publishers for review purposes.Ponderings by Andrea
I really enjoyed this book. Colleen Coble's characters come to life and you can relate to them. This book kept me guessing 'till the very end. It's a little bit of mystery mixed with some romance. I believe you will enjoy this book as much as I do.
Addie Sullivan grew up in a lighthouse in California around the beginning of 1900. She never felt loved by her mother, and her father, the lightkeeper died a few years ago. One stormy night, an injured man appears at their doorstep. She tends to his wounds and later hears her mother and the stranger arguing with each other. Addie wants to know what is wrong, and the stranger tells her that she is not really the daughter of the lightkeeper and his wife. The stranger tells her, that she is most likely the daughter of a rich business man in the city, his is her uncle and her name is Julia Eaton.He uncle persuades her to live at new-found fathers house as a governess for her nephew. This is where the story becomes intricate and complicated. Someone tries to kidnap or hurt her while she is in the woods, and she tries to find out more about her past, her mother and why someone is trying to hurt her. She gets to know and fall in love with the father of her nephew. (Explanation: her half-sister had died in a car accident and left her handsome husband with their 5 year old son, named Edward) Addie has to renew her trust in the Lord to get through the complications in her life. But in the end she is rewarded for her trust.The story has many surprising turns, and it was a great book to read. Im looking forward to read more in the series of Mercy Falls.