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Book Review: The Lightkeeper’s Bride by Colleen Coble

the mercy falls collection

3/5

The Lightkeeper’s Bride continues where the The Lightkeeper’s Daughter left off. Instead of following Addie’s story the focus turns to her new friend, Katie Russell. While at work, Katie is a phone operator, she accidently overhears an argument at her friend, Eliza’s. After hearing the argument and a mysterious noise Katie becomes fearful for her friend’s safety. She rushes to Eliza’s house, meeting Addie on the way. The two of them arrive at Eliza’s house to find the door unlocked and a strange man watching over Eliza’s baby daughter, Jennie.

Katie is not a woman to shy away from conflict. She demands the man to tell her the whereabouts of Eliza. Taken by surprise the stranger introduces himself as Will Jeperson. He explains that he is the new lighthouse keeper and called on Eliza for his brother, Phillip. Will arrived at the house to receive no answer, but he heard the baby crying. Finding the door unlocked he had gone in. There was neither sign of Eliza nor a sign of struggle. The woman is just gone. While waiting for the Constable to arrive, Katie and Addie searched Eliza’s home looking for any clues that could show what had happened. No clues were recovered.

Katie notices immediately the resemblance between the strange young and the toddler. Will denies the parentage when she voices her suspicion. After the Constable arrives and concludes his own search, Katie asks what should be done with young Jennie. The Constable states that since a terrible fire has destroyed the orphanage, Jennie will have to be places in a foster home until they locate her mother. Both Will and Katie insist on taking the girl in their care. Will believes that Jennie is his younger brother’s child. He claims that she is the spitting image of Phillip. Despite Katie’s protests Will is given temporary custody of the little girl.

In a series of unfortunate events involving multiple attacks on her life, an outbreak of small pox, and a small band of pirates commandeering multiple ships close to the shore, Katie finds herself temporarily housed at the lighthouse with Will and little Jennie. Similar to The Lightkeeper’s Daughter, it’s plainly obvious that Will and Katie will fall in love. Even with a minor love triangle involving Will and a wealthy young man picked out by her parents, Katie and Will’s love can withstand anything. Their love story was almost exactly the same as Addie’s and John’s. After a few meetings they feel that spark that they can’t explain and each time they’re in contact they push their blossoming feelings aside in a not so subtle manner. Even the plot of a pirate invasion gets put into the love story and how these two have never felt this strange feeling before.

As mentioned in the previous review on The Lightkeeper’s Daughter, Colleen Coble’s writing style is simple. The simplicity continues in this novel. These novels are perfect for a guilty pleasure read, a read where no thought is needed. The characters have no depth, even the ones who have dark secrets. It seems as though they have these secrets solely for adding something more to this love story. However, Katie can be praised for being a strong, independent woman. Something that was not common in the early 1900s. She’s quick to take charge of any situation, even those that may cost her to lose her life.

Book Review: The Lightkeeper’s Daughter by Colleen Coble

the mercy falls collection

3.5/5

Addie Sullivan has lived at the lighthouse near Crescent City since she was two years old. She has helped her mother and her father, who died a few years previously, take care of the lighthouse duties. Her simple world turns upside down when a man, Walter Driscoll, claiming to be her uncle stumbled to their door. He tells Addie and her mother that he believes that Addie is his niece Julia who had supposedly drowned twenty three years ago while aboard a sinking ship. He is taken aback at her resemblance to his sister who had also perished in the sea the same time as her daughter. He then proceeds to explain that her birth father, Henry Eaton, is alive and very wealthy. Walter would love to reunite father and daughter.

Addie, overcome with emotion, grasps the locket around her neck; a memento she’s had since she was two years old. Walter stares in shock at the locket before asking her to open it. Addie complies telling him that the woman’s picture inside is of her grandmother. Josephine, the woman Addie has always called ‘mother’ interferes once Walter identifies the woman in the locket to be his mother. Addie demands to know the truth, has the life she’s been living a lie? With a scowl, Josephine goes into her late husband’s study to retrieve a small metal box. She reveals that twenty one years ago her husband discovered a little girl washed up on the beach. He spent a lot of his free time researching the ship disaster to try and find out who this little girl was. She also told them that an unknown benefactor was giving them a sum of money every month to keep Addie.

After hearing Josephine’s side of the story, Walter proposes that Addie come to the Eaton household posed as a teacher for Henry’s young grandson only until Walter could gather more proof that Addie is actually Julia Eaton. Once Addie enters the Eaton’s immaculate household she realizes that this decision to enter the Eaton family was a dangerous one. Not long after she arrives, her uncle was attacked, she was almost kidnapped, and Henry’s grandson is snatched away from playing outside on the lawn. These attacks only fuel her determination to find out about her new family.

Colleen Coble’s writing style is very simple. Her sentences are quite short; not complex at all. At some points the writing can sometimes be sophomoric especially when there are romantic scenes. Addie falls completely in love with the first man she meets, which ironically is her late sister’s husband. As their relationship strengthens the two fall head over heels in love. The dialogues in the romantic scenes are very sappy. The two profess their love for each other when they know nothing about each other; it can be a bit irritating to read because of the overly fluffy dialogue.

Although the dialogue can be overly romantic and sophomoric, there are some really intriguing parts of the novel, especially with danger stalking at every corner. It soon becomes apparent that not everyone in the Eaton family can be trusted.