The Lightkeeper's Ball (Mercy Falls Series #3)

The Lightkeeper's Ball (Mercy Falls Series #3)

by Colleen Coble


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ISBN-13: 9781595542687
Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date: 04/19/2011
Series: Mercy Falls Series , #3
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 367,428
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Colleen Coble is a USA TODAY bestselling author and RITA finalist best known for her coastal romantic suspense novels, including The Inn at Ocean’s Edge, Twilight at Blueberry Barrens, and the Lavender Tides, Sunset Cove, Hope Beach, and Rock Harbor series. Connect with Colleen online at; Instagram: colleencoble; Facebook: colleencoblebooks; Twitter: @colleencoble.

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The Lightkeeper's Ball (Mercy Falls Series #3) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 90 reviews.
LucyBH More than 1 year ago
LOVED LOVED LOVED this book. It had a wonderful combination of suspense, romance, faith and courage. I have enjoyed the other two in series however loved this one the most.
Jenluvz2read More than 1 year ago
This book had me quickly flipping through the pages. There are so many mysteries introduced one right after the other. I thought I had things figured out but was mistaken at the very end. What is ironic is that two people have the same doubts and same questions they are seeking answers for. Trust is broken by two people by uncontrolled circumstances. You start to think that maybe things just aren't going to work out for Olivia and Harrison. Be prepared to be shocked.
prayingmom More than 1 year ago
Colleen Coble's third venture into historical romance and mystery in the California coastal town of Mercy Falls is as intriguing and entrancing as her first two ventures. I tend to read Ms. Coble's novels straight through without putting them down and have yet to be disappointed by any of them. I have thoroughly enjoyed each one of the 'Lightkeeper's ...' series.
BooBooKisser More than 1 year ago
If you love mystery, suspense, love stories with clean language this is your book. If you love time period books, this is your book. This book kept me interested, the characters were well thought out, and the story flowed well.
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
Colleen has done it again.what an exciting fast pace book! It will keep you guessing right until the end. Thought I had it at one time, but was wrong. Olivia is one tough Lady! Don't want to give things away, but you wonder how New York socialite Olivia Stewart survives. This book is a great page turner! Loved the Historical aspects of this story....using Haley's Comet. You also add in aeroplanes, disasters, and murder! Great descriptions of the 1910's era! What a great movie this book would make. This is the third book in the series, but it can be read alone with no problem.
AshtangaBelle More than 1 year ago
Normally, this is not the type of book I would pick up and read. Now that I have, I am glad that I took the time to investigate and give the book a chance. The Lightkeeper's Ball is a phenomenal read. It has everything you would want in a book... a historical angle interwoven in mystery, romance and a "I did not see that coming" conclusion to the story. I ended up starting the book at 6 p.m. and did not put it down until I finished it. I am excited that I found a new author and genre of books to read. I would definitely recommend this book.
DSaff More than 1 year ago
Can an arranged marriage bring love? The year is 1910, and Olivia Stewart's sister, Eleanor, has gone off to marry a wealthy man in hopes of securing her family's future. But, when Eleanor drowns before she is married, that obligation falls on Olivia. With her father and sister dying under mysterious circumstances, Olivia needs to be careful, especially after almost drowning herself. Harrison Bennett is the wealthy man Eleanor was supposed to marry, and the one who rescued Olivia from drowning, but what is he really like? Did he have anything to do with the deaths of her father or sister? Olivia sets out to discover the answers, finding love along the way, even planning the "Lightkeeper's Ball" to help replace things damaged by a horrible storm. What will become of Harrison and Olivia? Will she find the answers she is looking for? Colleen Coble has once again drawn me into a story with a compelling storyline and wonderful characters. There are many twists and turns along the way, but I found them realistic and fun to follow. I loved the "frontier" feel of the book, with early trains, boats, and planes. This is a great book to read alone or in a group because you will want to talk about it with others. Thank you to Book Sneeze for my copy and the opportunity to write a review. I recommend it to all.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Why do these idiot people read the long review when they know it will give away the plot? And then complain about it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
To those of you smarting off saying dont read the plot spoilers.... its a little hard when you sight read and you have to scroll thru the loooooong posts telling every detail. You inevitably end up seeing something no matter how hard you try not to. To solve the problem, STOP THE PLOT SPOILERS THEN NOONE WILL SEE THEM!. Problem solved.
lilmama6277 More than 1 year ago
Olivia Stewart goes west to California because of the mysterious death of her sister. She was engaged to Harrison Bennett. Olivia is expected to marry Harrison Bennett who she believes killed her sister. Olivia goes to Mercy Falls as Lady Devonworth. She has many near death experiences. There is someone who is determined for her not to find the truth about her sister. She hates and fears Bennett but she finds he is not the man she thought he was and falls in love with him. What happened to her sister and what will happen when she finds her true identity at the Lightkeeper's Ball? I recommend this book. Thomas Nelson provided me with a copy of this book.
Janna6 More than 1 year ago
This book not only has one of the most gorgeous covers I have seen in awhile, it also has one of the best plot lines of the books I've read so far this year. I love Colleen's style, the way she develops her characters so beautifully, puts them in a setting that is so realistic that I feel like I'm there and then she artfully weaves story lines around the characters as she melds everything together. In this particular case Olivia is a strong heroine that wants justice for her sister and sets out to make things right and find out who murdered her. The very man she holds responsible creates a puzzle for her as she starts to doubt his guilt (and then slowly falls in love with him). She finds that she is in grave danger herself and whoever murdered her sister isn't done yet. What a great book!
HollyRae on LibraryThing 7 months ago
Book Synopsis :Olivia seems to have it all, but her heart yearns for more.Olivia Stewart¿s family is one of the Four Hundred-the highest echelon of society in 1910. When her sister dies under mysterious circumstances, Olivia leaves their New York City home for Mercy Falls, California, to determine what befell Eleanor. She suspects Harrison Bennett, the man Eleanor planned to marry. But the more Olivia gets to know him, the more she doubts his guilt-and the more she is drawn to him herself.When several attempts are made on her life, Olivia turns to Harrison for help. He takes her on a ride in his aeroplane, but then crashes, and they¿re forced to spend two days alone together. With her reputation hanging by a thread, Harrison offers to marry her to make the situation right. As a charity ball to rebuild the Mercy Falls lighthouse draws near, she realizes she wants more than a sham engagement-she wants Harrison in her life forever. But her enemy plans to shatter the happiness she is ready to grasp. If Olivia dares to drop her masquerade, she just might see the path to true happiness.My Review:Ok, well I received this book from I really enjoyed this read. If you love Romance you will definitely enjoy this as well. This book starts off with Olivia finding out about her sister Eleanor¿s drowning. Olivia cant believe that Eleanor has drowned because she didnt even like to swim. Now because the incident was so mysterious Olivia decideds to go and find out more about her sisters drowning.On the way there she gets pushed off the ship and her rescuer happens to be Her sisters future husband Harrison. Im sure Olivia had to have been quite shocked by that. The story really takes off from there. I dont want to give too much away. The synopsis says quite a bit. I will however say this was a really good read and would recommend it.So, overall is give this book 4/5 I loved the cover, I loved the story line it has your romance and mystery : )
MandaT on LibraryThing 7 months ago
The Lightkeeper's Ball is actually a part of the series called Mercy Falls and is the 3rd book. This book however can be read as a novel completely on it's own. The book's main character is Olivia Stewart, who heads to California after discovering her sister, Eleanor, died a mysterious death. The town is led to believe that Eleanor committed suicide, but Olivia is determined to get to the bottom of what really happened. Olivia gets more than she bargained for after she is thrown overboard on her way to Mercy Falls. Her rescuer just happens to be Eleanor's fiancee. Is it the right place at the right time or is he behind this? Olivia is driven to find the answers she is looking for.I wasn't sure if I would like this author or not since I had never read any of her books. But once I picked this book up, I couldn't put it down. I read it in about 3 days. This book was great! I think that the author did a wonderful job in keeping it suspenseful. It kept me wondering as to who had done it with all the twists and turns. I loved how each chapter made me want to keep going to the next. It is definitely a fun read, and I would highly recommend it! I'm definitely going to look up her other books now and read some more of her work.**I received a complimentary copy of this book from Booksneeze in exchange for an honest review.
Adayriddle on LibraryThing 7 months ago
I had picked this book up several times at the bookstore but had not yet purchased it, so I was glad to get it as a review copy from B&B Communications!This book is engaging from page one, drawing readers into another world. After the sudden and tragic death of her father and then the mysterious and untimely death of her sister Olivia Stewart vows to find answers. She is being asked to marry the man that was supposed to marry her sister in order to secure her family's social status and bankroll. This journey turns out to be more than she expected. Falling in love with the one man she has vowed never to love and finding an unexpected sibling. The twists and turns are great. The reader is always on edge trying to figure out who the murderer is and hoping that Olivia's secret identity is not blown. I loved this book. Often I found myself holding my breath and then only moments later laughing at the couple that are falling love.Thank you for this review copy.
gincam on LibraryThing 7 months ago
"The Lightkeeper's Ball" by Colleen Coble was a true pleasure to read. This book reminded me again of why I fell in love with reading so many years ago. The story takes place at the beginning of the 20th century, a time in history when Victorian societal strictures were battling the oncoming radical changes of the modern world. When New York socialite Olivia Stewart learns of her sister's suspicious death, she travels to California to investigate her sister's fiance, Harrison Bennett. Olivia and Harrison are both pressured to accept marriage to each other as a financially and socially rewarding merger for their two families. However, Olivia at first keeps her identity a secret in order to observe Harrison and learn more about the circumstances of her sister's death. The more that Olivia discovers about Harrison, the more attracted she is to him, and her mistrust of him slowly lessens. Harrison does not know what to make of the mysterious "Lady Devonworth" who claims to be a friend of his late fiancee's family. Both Olivia and Harrison are repressed by family and society demands, and both long to be themselves and find happiness. They discover in each other a mutual adventurous streak and a shared love of flying. Harrison builds flying machines, and Olivia loves the idea of flying. Mishaps, mistrust, murder, and mayhem threaten to keep them apart. Faith plays an important role in this story, and Olivia and Harrison learn that taking a leap of faith is like flying without the need of wings. The greater their love for each other becomes, the higher they soar! Colleen Coble is a skilled storyteller who creates interesting, dimensional characters and a vivid, richly detailed story line. "The Lightkeeper's Ball'' is the third book in the "Mercy Falls" series. I haven't read the first two books in the series yet, but I plan to remedy that as soon as possible. I will definitely be reading more of Ms. Coble's work, and I look forward to much more genuine reading enjoyment! Review copy provided by Amazon Vine
bethanne79 on LibraryThing 7 months ago
Colleen Coble was able to draw me in rather quickly. The mystery surrounding Elenor¿s death was well thought out & the timeline was excellent. The characters were well rounded & for the most part realistic. There were times when Olivia seemed a little too damsel in distress for my taste. Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres & Coble does it wonderfully. Apart from the weak at times Olivia, I found it most enjoyable. Received this title via Netgalley.
Sneezybee23 on LibraryThing 7 months ago
Finding a husband for Olivia is very important to her mother. Using a possible suitor as an excuse, Olivia travels to Mercy Falls, California, in search of the truth regarding her sister's untimely death. Unfortunately, Olivia meets Harrison Bennett, her late sister's fiancée and possible murder suspect, during an attempt on her own life. As a precaution Olivia assumes the title of Lady Devonworth to ensure her safety and anonymity. In an effort to uncover the truth, Olivia spends time observing Harrison. Unexpectedly, attraction grows between Olivia and Harrison and she begins to struggle with her hidden motives and identity. Harrison has a resolute dislike for the Stewart family and Olivia is searching for an unconditional love. Will Olivia and Harrison's relationship withstand the truth? Can love ever really be unconditional?I enjoyed reading The Lightkeeper's Ball by Colleen Coble. The Lightkeeper¿s Ball is the third book in the Mercy Falls series, but it reads well as a stand-alone novel. The story quickly grabbed my attention and drew me back to it during the days I read it. The plot's pace was appropriate and Olivia's character was intriguing. While the individual scenes were unique and enjoyable, I found the overall plot was somewhat predictable. However, since it is fiction and I am a fan of happily-ever-afters, I still recommend this book to fans of historical romance. The setting and characters make it a very enjoyable read. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from The B & B Media Group. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission¿s 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
Sugarpeach on LibraryThing 7 months ago
There were right amounts of mystery, suspense and romance in The Lightkeeper¿s Ball to keep a reader continually turning the pages. Colleen Coble cleverly weaves the story in such a way no one will suspect or guess who the murderer is and readers will never know the truth behind the murder mystery until the final chapters. The Lightkeeper¿s Ball is the third book in the Mercy Falls Series and it can be read as a stand-alone. There is hardly any hint that this book is part of a series and nothing in the story relies on previous incidents from the other two books. I thought that it was strange that Harrison could propose to Olivia without knowing her first name. Men don¿t propose to women with just knowing their titles but not their first names! Also, Olivia was dodging many of his personal questions and it¿s a wonder that he could propose to a woman who did not trust him with certain necessary personal information. Overall, I had a fun time reading The Lightkeeper¿s Ball. I like the way the story alternates between focusing on Olivia and Harrison. It was good to be able to read their different perspectives and thoughts on the various situations.
BookAddictDiary on LibraryThing 7 months ago
This was my first trip to Mercy Falls, even though its the series's third installment. The good news? You don't have to have read the previous novels to understand what's going on. While I'm not familiar with the series' structure or characters, The Lightkeeper's Ball felt like a stand-alone novel set in a previously explored world with similar themes and style, but had enough of its own life to feel comfortable for new readers. Miss Olivia Stewart is now the ripe age of 25 and still unmarried. To help fix such a terrible situation, Olivia's mother decides to throw a ball and invite eligible young suitors for Olivia's hand. Olivia, always the romantic, wants a man who sees her for her personality, rather than her title. But in the midst of party planning, Olivia receives the terrifying news that her newly-engaged sister has drowned. Convinced that it was not an accident, Olivia sets off to find her sister's fiance and discovers something more than she thought possible...Filled with romance and mystery, Lightkeeper's Ball is a quick fast-paced and sharply written romance/comfy mystery that would likely please fans of the previous novels and others who enjoy sweet historical romances (in fact, it actually reminded somewhat of the Lady Julia Grey novels). While I felt like the story was incredibly predictable and not too original, it just worked for this type of book, where you're not really supposed to think too hard about it, but just enjoy the ride and take a little time out of life. But keep in mind -if you don't go into this book with a more laid back attitude, then this may bother you.I would note that Lightkeeper's Ball is a Christian romance -so, no adult content and some references to religion. While this may make some readers uncomfortable, I was surprised that the inclusion was fairly subtle and felt more like it was just in line with the period and the character's personalities more than anything instead of being over-done and preachy (which is always a small fear of mine when it comes to religious novels). In fact, it didn't bother me at all...A fun little novel that's a good break from life. Good for a vacation read.
MichelleSutton on LibraryThing 7 months ago
Of the three books in the series this one had the coolest premise and the most beautiful cover art. The story itself seemed much slower paced to me than the others. The characterization was good, but it seemed to take time to build. I did feel grounded in the time period the story was set in. The Gilded Age is always fun to read because of the arranged marriage themes that occurred in that era. I liked the fact that I wasn't sure whodunit and all that, but at the same time it wasn't until the last one hundred pages that the story really picked up pace and had me enthralled enough to want to keep reading without stopping. The hero in this story was more dashing and likable than in the other two books. I loved that he had a thing for aeronautics and flying, and so did the heroine. The scandal that happened when they ended up stranded was pretty intriguing. That camp out was probably the most romantic part of the story. I loved how neither the hero nor the heroine were sure if their feelings were love, since neither had experienced that emotion before. I could buy the deception to an extent, though dragging it out for as long as she did made the heroine seem more deceptive, which wasn't necessarily a good thing. But I still liked her regardless. I appreciated how this book had characters from the two previous books in the series. That made it worth reading all three books in a row. I'm really glad that I did. All in all I enjoyed this series. Ms. Coble has a gift for writing historical fiction with intrigue and a bit of mystery. I loved the whole Haley's comet concern and what people thought about what could happen when the earth passed through its tail. I always love reading historicals where there is joking about how something (like income tax) is ludicrous and will never happen. Ha. Anyway, great series. This book was not my fav, but it was still enjoyable, especially toward the end. I'd definitely recommend it.
mrsjason on LibraryThing 7 months ago
I was rather disappointed with this story. Olivia's character is quite weak. I did not sympathize or feel anything for her at all. She didn't seem too distraught over her sister's death. Pretty much she came across as a rich girl to me. Harrison isn't too much better. His nickname for Olivia was rather annoying. He too came across as rIt really annoyed me at how fast the two "fall in love." Harrison doesn't even know Olivia's true first name, never mind her entire identity. They proclaim how much they love each other but they barely know each other. There's a lot of lies and deceit between the two of them that everything seemed so soap opera-ish with how they were acting. Their reconciliation comes too quickly and neither is as mad as they really should have been. The mystery didn't really keep my attention either. When the resolution finally happens, I wasn't really too concerned anymore.I honestly do not get why there is a common thread running through all of these books where men end up having relationships with sisters. It's something that I immediately noticed as soon as I read the first book in the series. In the first book when it came up, I was a bit taken aback but shrugged it off. When it happened again in the 2nd book, I was like, this again? With this book, I was just waiting for it to happen and sure enough...BOOM. Call me weird, but I would not want to marry any guy who had a relationship with my sisters.This makes me sad to say this because I normally love Coble's books. In fact the first book in the series was very enjoyable and I thought the mystery woven in the historical setting was done perfectly. However as the series went on, I felt that there were major things that did not go well with the stories and characters were lacking depth. After reading all the books, I hate to say this but I'm not sure if historical romances are the right fit for Coble. Her contemporary suspense stories are her forte and I hope she continues to write more in that genre.That being said, I absolutely love the cover of this book. I'm a huge fan of dresses like this and I love seeing them on covers and this is one of the first Christian fiction covers to showcase a dress like this. I hope the industry pays more attention to the praise the cover is getting and puts out more like this!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you would like a mystery that is Christian based this series is for you. I was kept reading
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This is a GREAT book! Recommended for all ages. Although I have read the other books in this series, I got to say this one is my favorite!