Book: The Lightkeeper’s Ball (A Mercy Falls Novel)
Author: Colleen Coble
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Published: April 19th, 2011
Source: Received for review through booksneeze.com (all opinions 100% mine)
Star Rating: 4 out of 5
This book ended up surprising me, when I first opened it up read the first few chapters I just couldn’t see myself reaching the end. I didn’t care for the characters, or the plot or really anything for that matter. Then it happened, the author tickled my mystery bone and I was ready to solve the puzzle along with Olivia.
Coble created a beautiful world in Mercy Falls and although this was my first time visiting I quickly enjoyed calling it my virtual home. Her use of history, mystery and a squeaking clean romance crafted a book that although started off slowly quickly sparked and led me on a guessing game where I never got a foothold on the truth. As soon as I thought I had it all figured out, Coble let out a fact or introduced me to another character that changed my mind. She had me guessing until the very end.
Coble’s characters could have fit in modern times as well as the times in the book. This being said you were never not reminded how different it was in the interaction between women and men. If you take the scene where Olivia and Harrison are lost in the woods and the first thought they both have is that they will have to get married to protect her name. If that happens today, it might be a consideration but it wouldn’t be the rule.
This was the third in the Mercy Falls series and I am looking forward to reading the first two and any others that become written.