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.