Saturday, November 26, 2016

The Lightkeeper's Ball

GIVEAWAY

COBLE, COLLEEN
THE LIGHTKEEPER'S BALL

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 Devonsworth, 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 ball masquerade to raise funds for the new lighthouse, secrets -- and truths long hidden -- will be revealed. But can Harrison really love Olivia when he finds 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?

My Review:

A delicious blend of suspense and romance with a healthy dose of Gothic for good measure. Compelling from the very first page. Coble creates an eerie atmosphere as Olivia wrestles with the loss of her sister and the circumstances of her death. The armchair sleuth in me was on tenterhooks as I tried to put the pieces of a complicated puzzle together. I managed to solve some of the mystery but was gobsmacked by some of the suspenseful plot points.

And can I just say I wanted to slap some sense into Olivia more than a time or two? So stubbornly determined to uncover dark secrets all on her own! Placing her trust in some characters while being blatantly wary of Harrison Bennett. Gah! Of course, I had the benefit of being party to the hero's inner most thoughts but still...made the romance all the more edgier.

Another stellar romantic suspense by a favourite author.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

 If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of  The Lightkeeper's Ball please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you post a comment and add your email address, please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in the address to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to put the title in the  subject line so that it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday November 27 2016. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!

33 comments:

  1. This does sound interesting - I have read several of her historical fiction releases but not the contemporary - need to catch up with a wider array of her offerings! The other historicals I read didn't sound as eerie as this one! Thanks for the review and opportunity to participate. dixiedobie at yahoo dot com

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    1. She does such a good jog with suspense and I really like the blend of historical and mystery. Good luck, CC

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  2. I love the cover. Wouldn't it have been fun to go to a ball like the Charity Ball long ago?
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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    1. Yes!!!! And all the folds on that skirt. Sigh. Good luck, rubynreba.

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  3. Sounds like one I might like. Include me, please, Kav! :)

    ckbarker at gmail dot com

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    1. You're included, Cheryl. Good luck.

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  4. I really do need to start reading Colleen Coble's work. I haven't read any of her books yet, but a lot of her stories sound interesting.
    Thank you for the chance to win.

    melodybissonnette AT gmail DOT com

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    1. Oooooohhhh, my goodness yes, you must start reading Colleen Coble's books! Good luck, Melody.

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  5. I've also been wanting to dive into Colleen Coble's books! There are so many I want to read!

    Thank you so much for the chance!

    samanthabis23 at gmail dot com

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    1. You could be reading for months and not get through all her books. LOL Good luck, Samantha.

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  6. Oh, I have read this one and the ones in this series and loved them.

    mindyhoungATmsnDOTcom

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    1. I haven't read the first two books yet...but I will.

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  7. One of my very fav authors. TY for the chance. Pray you had a Happy Thanksgiving!
    leliamae54(at)aol(dot)com

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  8. YAY!!! I've been DYING TO READ THIS SERIES!!!! And this one? Come on, suspense, secrets, and a MASQUERADE?! Yes please! :D

    Many Blessings, Amada
    amada_chavezATyahooDOTcom

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    1. LOL -- you really can't go wrong with a Coble book. Good luck, Amada.

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  9. I've wanted to read The Lightkeeper's Ball series forever, this would be a good start! I enjoyed The Rock Harbor suspense series by Colleen so I'm sure this will be just as good :-)

    teamob4 (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. I know right Trixi?! Me to! This series sounds SO good!!! I've been wanting to read rock harbor to...I have some serious Coble catching up to do! LOL! Everything else I've read from her has been great! I always LOVE that little mystery and suspense Colleen puts in her plots.

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    2. I have lots of catching up to do as well. I love the mix of suspense and historical. And this is the third book in the series, but it reads well as a standalone. Though previous heroes and heroines are involved in this story as well. Good luck, Trixi.

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  10. My sister loves these books (anything by Colleen Coble, really) and I'm looking forward to becoming acquainted with it myself.
    Elly -Indiana-

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  11. I have heard great things about this series and the books are on my Library list...so many great books and so little time. I'm thinking about giving up sleeping. Ha! Thank you, Kav!
    Dblaser(at)windstream(dot)net

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    1. Yes -- think of all the books we could read if we didn't have to sleep. LOL Good luck, Diane.

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  12. LOVE Colleen Coble! This cover is GORGEOUS! Wonderful review, KAV!
    psalm103and138 at gmail dot com

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  13. Suspense and romance go hand in hand....a great combo in my book! Thank you for sharing, Kav!

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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    1. I totally agree. Good luck, Melanie.

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  14. I just love your reviews!! I also love the cover on this book. This sounds like another great book to add to my tbr stack. Thanks for this giveaway. d[dot]brookmyer[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  15. I love Colleen Coble´s works.
    And the cover is a stunner!

    Count me in, please.

    janka(dot)halcinova(at)gmail(dot)com

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  16. I love a good historical suspense. truckredford(at)Gmail(dot)com

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