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?
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.
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