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With the lies of the past behind her, Addie finds love . . . and discovers her true Father.Addie Sullivan leads a quiet life in a northern California lighthouse. She mourns the death of her father and endures her mother's bitterness, until the night a storm brings an injured stranger and a dark secret to her home. The man insists she is not who she thinks she is, but ratheWith the lies of the past behind her, Addie finds love . . . and discovers her true Father.Addie Sullivan leads a quiet life in a northern California lighthouse. She mourns the death of her father and endures her mother's bitterness, until the night a storm brings an injured stranger and a dark secret to her home. The man insists she is not who she thinks she is, but rather "Julia Eaton"-the child long lost and feared dead by her wealthy family. Seizing the chance to be reunited with the Eatons, Addie leaves her lighthouse home but decides to keep her true identity a secret until they can unravel the mystery.Addie loves the Eatons' palatial home tucked away among the California redwood forests. She feels secure with the jovial family, adores the young boy who is her charge as governess, and finds romance with his father John, a young widower. But sinister shadows overtake Addie's joy. As dusty rooms and secret compartments give up their clues about her past, Addie finds a faith and a love she could never have guessed. To embrace this new world of promise is to risk her life; but to run away is to risk losing the greatest love she's ever known....

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The Lightkeeper's Daughter Reviews

  • Natasha M.
    2019-03-07 17:09

    I don't know if I'll be able to convey just how badly written/edited/constructed this book is but boy will I make a valiant effort. If I could give this a negative star-rating I would choose a -10 for "don't-bother-save-yourself-the-trouble/money-and-just-say-NO-before-you-start-banging-your-head-on-the-wall-after-every-chapter". I even had a dream (before I finished the book) about writing a review giving it a negative-star review because, yes, it IS that bad. If I hadn't been participating in a book reading challenge I would've tossed this book into a bonfire after chapter 2 and not persevered with this rubbish. Which, honestly is a shame. I naively thought, "Hmm, lighthouses, I like lighthouses". Goodbye lighthouse after Chapter 2 (I don't really count the nonsense with Josephine because at that point it became, "Oh, she's not been angsting for five sentences LET'S GIVE HER A REASON TO MOAN ABOUT HER LIFE AGAIN"). Was it necessary for the author to vomit Addie's back-story/mystery/Mary-Sue-character-introduction at us within the first two chapters? Oh, sorry, I guess it WAS necessary to neglect writing a proper mystery set-up when clearly all the author cares about (God aside which I'll get to later), was the ridiculous romance between John and Addie where, naturally, the first moment they lay eyes upon one another they're in love. Does the author, at least, show us how these two people could fall in love? Does the author bother to show us how and why the reader should like her characters? The answers are no and no. Most of the cast are two-dimensional at best and I'm sorry to say we are generally told what to think about the main characters. Addie is an "angel in skirts" but are we truly shown any outstandingly angelic behavior on her part? No and no, I do not count the arbitrary/unnecessary mother-of-five-has-consumption-woe-child-labor-in-1907 episode on the grounds that it was so obviously contrived (and utterly left-field in its bizarre placement). Is John really anything beyond the physical impulses Addie stirs in him (and what's the point of giving him a dead wife if all she does is serve as a point of comparison, oh, did we mention his wife is Addie's half-sister/cousin, daughter of her mother's half-sister and therefore her half-aunt/step-mother)? Anyway, before I derail any further into churlish commentary, the author neglects developing her characters in favor galloping into the lack-luster arms of the romance. In fact, EVERYTHING she set up in those first two horrifically convoluted chapters takes a back-burner. Epileptic child is neglected in favor of the romance, pony and horse are neglected in the random horseback riding scene (Oh yes, let's not forget the "thankyousomuch for almost killing my child on a run away pony, it taught him to be brave" scene because clearly someone's not read Gone With the Wind and seen how that pony scene goes down) and estranged Dad, well, sorry Mr Eaton, you just get systematically turned into a stereotypical petty villain. That aside, I still thought, "Hmm, she's got some nice minute detail in here about the historical period". Does it make up for her glaring and sometimes contradictory continuity errors? Does it make up for her grammatical errors? Does it make up for the terrible transitions that make me wonder "what was the point of you writing out that scene if each interaction was a sentence long and you just breezed through three different people"? Is that worth wanting to gouge my eyeballs out every time John/Addie decide to talk about how wonderful/attractive/insert-syrupy-adjective-here the other is? I honestly started feeling like I was reading Twilight at times with all the ridiculous mooning. Also the God-issue. Was it really-truly-ABSOLUTELY necessary to throw in God and her Faith every five seconds? I've read plenty of Victorian novels written by preachers' daughters and other Christian authors that have managed to get across the moral-point and not had to resort to flaunting weirdly and jarringly placed God-conversations/observations/questions-to-God. Or the mind-boggling fact that one of the characters then started saying "God might be punishing someone so, don't intervene".... Excuse me, WHAT? Are we now manipulating Faith for plot-points, to justify the characters bizarre behavior? She keeps going on and on about her faith but I'm still questioning the ramifications of her STEALING PROPERTY, DECEIVING, oh, sorry, God's on her side (because she asked him five seconds ago, dontcha know) so it's okay that the characters just committed the time-period equivalent of grand-theft-auto. I could go on. Seriously. But I won't. Please, save yourself from this grandiose waste of time and just don't bother with this book.

  • joy *the clean-reader extraordinaire*
    2019-02-24 20:42

    UPDATED REVIEW: finished reading this yesterday, and here's my grand opinion -- a much better book is in here somewhere, nearly completely obscured by the flim-flam. coble has potential as a writer, but she needed to start with a simpler story. her ambitious enthusiasm results in a drowning, flailing mess. my advice, which is oh-so-expert, would be to cut this down to about 50 pages as a writing exercise. back to the basics, ms. coble. ---------- 1.5 stars, because i finished it and it made me want to visit lighthouses ---------ORIGINAL REVIEW: sometimes, the best way to communicate is through examples:p. 7 our plucky heroine asks "Driscoll" a question, one paragraph before he introduces himself as Driscoll. then, later on, he's referrred to as Walter, which is his first name, but the whole exchange is confusing. minus two for editing and coherencep.22 our heroine's uh-mazing dog leads her into a sweatshop to find a child hurt and upset. this is merely one of many such flimsy plot devices, or --dare i say -- contrivances-- used in the story so far. minus 4 for not enough development of believable events or reactionsthroughout chapter 1, our resilient heroine helps her mama patiently, despite the overt hatred and spite emanating from the woman, only to discover the reason her "mother" has never loved her. sorry, but someone who grows up like that is going to have ISSUES. and how did she become such a christian? doesn't sound like she had a great example of loving and serving others. minus 6 for it just doesn't happen that way!____________so... what's that... a total of 6 out of 20 possible points? i'm a reader, not a math geek. and if i run out of things to read before this has to go back to the library, or if i just can't stand not knowing what happens, i'll pick this one up again. otherwise, i'll have to pass on this morsel of mediocrity.PG

  • Marklessgirl
    2019-03-13 18:03

    update: was five stars(just to tell you I don't know what day I started this so...)I love love LOVED the mystery aspect super awesome not unpredictable but like just enough so you like guessing and guessing and guessing!!!!!!! And I made a family tree for this one! This has crazy family connections but once you get it you are fine! I am not super in to the romance but I did like the writing. And the characters where really well developed and written and interesting!I am sorry I don't have more to say! But I did not write this right after I read it soooooo I am kind of at a lost for what I can say that's not spoilers! I recommend it but not like 1000%!

  • AJ
    2019-03-20 21:54

    The ONLY thing that keeps this from being a 1-star review is that I know the fictional town of Mercy Falls is based on the very real -- and very beautiful -- town of Ferndale on California's historic Gold Coast. Apart from that, I was shocked at just how dismal this novel was. The writing was laughable at best, so stilted (either from style or severe editing) that it read like a classic Dick & Jane or See Spot children's book. The references to Scott Joplin leapt off the page not because they were well-written, but because they were such patented cliche attempts at "historical authenticity." There is almost no historical detail in this story whatsoever, nothing to pull you into the world of 1907 Humboldt County. In fact, the only inkling I had that the author even LIKED history was in her "Dear Reader" section at the end when she explicitly said as much. Overall, I am bitterly disappointed in this book, and may not even bother trying to read its two sequels. I'm not sure my writer's brain -- or my historical fiction Reader's heart -- could handle another such atrocity.

  • Aerykah
    2019-03-15 00:07

    This is a pretty good book. I listened to the audio book this time through and I must say the narrator left a little to be desired...The romance had me rolling my eyes in good-natured mockery at times, but it wasn't too bad. ;PThe mystery/suspense was actually really good! Not surprising, considering who the author is. I have always enjoyed Colleen Coble's writing. It's been a while since I last read this book and some elements of the story took me by surprise all over again!I did like the epilogue, though I must say that I was left wanting more of an ending. Some things just still felt slightly unresolved to me...Overall, it was a good book that I enjoyed re-reading. And in spite of the less-than-impressive narrator, it was nice to be able to "read" at work. ;)

  • Reet Champion
    2019-02-24 19:42

    Addie Sullivan isn't who she thinks she is. And it explains so much while at the same time opening up a whole new realm of questions. When a man claiming to be her uncle discovers Addie scraping by with her widowed, lighthouse-keeper mother he shocks her with truth that soon snowballs. Addie is the daughter of an influential family, the Eatons. Two decades ago she was presumed lost in a shipwreck along with her biological mother. Convinced by her new-found Uncle Walter that she should keep quiet about her identity until further proof is uncovered, Addie leaves the lighthouse and is hired out as governess to her late half-sister's son. But someone wants to keep the truth from leaking out. Kidnapping attempts occur and Walter is injured by a mysterious visitor. Threatening notes show up and then Addie's adopted mother is murdered. All is not well in the Eaton household and Addie must get to the bottom of it before it is too late.What's not to love about The Lightkeeper's Daughter? I've said this before and I'll say it again - I've been wanting to read this series for ages. When the final page was at last reached I was reminded all over again why I had sought out books written by Colleen Coble. Such talent! I couldn't put the book down until the last secrets were finally unveiled and what a surprise it was. Usually I have an idea what is going to happen at the end of a story, but this one had so many twists my suspicions and theories weren't even close to being correct. Don't you love it when an author can yank the rug out from under your feet like that? And then there were ships, sailors and lighthouses - double plus! There was so much going on in this book I don't know how Ms. Coble accomplished what she did, but she did.DISCLAIMER: In accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising” we would like to note that we have not received compensation for our book review of “The Lightkeeper's Daughter”.reetchampionbookreviews.wordpress.com

  • Marg
    2019-02-23 22:02

    This is a very poorly written and edited book. Punctuation is all over the place. Everything jumps around, and I mean everything. From point of view (whose point of view is the book told from? I don't know). Setting. Story/plot. A character is introduced as Mr. Soandso, no first name. And then, all of a sudden, we are on a first name basis, and I had NO idea who we were referring to. Addie was ship wrecked as a 2 year old. This was stated several times. And then, all of a sudden, she was ship wrecked as a 5 year old, only to return to being ship wrecked as a 2 year old. She was only ship wrecked once in her life, but the age when this occurred varies depending on where in the book you are. The characters are flat and unrealistic. It was also, in my opinion, very predictable. The 'who-done-it' was pretty obvious.There might be a story in here somewhere, but it's lost in the poorly edited, poorly written book.

  • Barbara
    2019-03-06 21:39

    My overall impression of this book was very good. I would like to share some things I liked and others I thought could be improved upon. The historical fiction setting and historical details of the early 1900's, including the realistic social struggle and varying attitudes between different societal classes, the clean romance between two of the main characters, and the suspense/mystery element of the story were all well done and, in my mind, definite pluses. The areas that could have perhaps used slight improvement were that, to me, the dialogue seemed a little stilted at times and the main characters a little bit too "perfect"; I would have liked to have seen a minor flaw or two and don't feel it would have made me turn against them in the least. I did enjoy the story immensely, and plan to read the other books in the "Mercy Falls" series.

  • Jessica
    2019-02-21 18:56

    This book started out a bit rocky for me and continued to be so to the very end. For almost fifty pages at the start of the book, I couldn't figure out what relation Addie and John were. Right off, we are shown the story of how two-year-old Addie was found after a shipwreck and how her whole world get's overturned when she discovers as a young woman that she is quite possibly the lost daughter of a rich family. She is caught between being plain old Addie and being Julia Eaton, the heiress of a fortune.We meet John North at the beginning of the book and it is introduced that Addie will work for him as a governess to the man's son. In the first chapter, it is insinuated that John was connected to the family but it isn't really explained what title he holds. I was confused for a little while. At first I thought he was Addie's uncle which was just weird when they began to have romantic feelings for one another right at the beginning of the book. It wasn't until fifty or so pages in that I finally figured it out and everything was more clearly explained. He ended up being her widowed brother-in-law. That little hiccup muddled everything in the beginning of the book for me but once it was cleared up, the rest of the book ran more smoothly in terms of the character's and who was related to whom.We follow Addie and John as they work together to uncover the mystery surrounding the shipwreck and Addie's disappearance as well as the identity of the person who was secretly paying for her upkeep while she was growing up. Throughout the book, we also meet John's son, Edward who suffered from Epilepsy but had an adventurous, sweet spirit that was nurtured and protected by Addie throughout the book.I thought the mystery surrounding Addie's disappearance and her mother's death was interesting, if not confusing at times. I never really knew who to look at as a possible bad guy/girl. There were so many candidates that popped up throughout the book and the only people that weren't suspects for me were Addie, John, and Edward. That left maybe a dozen or so candidates in my mind which was a bit overwhelming at times. There were moments where I suspected that Addie's mother or John's wife weren't actually dead; that they had just run away into hiding themselves. The fact that John's wife might not actually be dead kept me from really enjoying reading through John and Addie's romantic relationship. I kept expecting his dead wife to show up and threaten everyone.I felt that the three clues that Addie's mother left behind were too vague – The clues for finding her mother's messages were “Sunlight, Pigeons, and Dust.” Even when Addie and John found them, it was unclear to me at first how the hiding places matched some of the clues. I couldn't understand what Sunlight had to do with a music box at all until it was revealed that the music box was in a sort of greenhouse area of the house where rays of sun shone through the glass walls/ceiling. The Pigeons were even more vague to me although I did finally figure it out; and while Addie was looking in many dusty places, like the library and the attic, eventually, the clue was found in a toy box. Some of the clues just seemed a bit dumb to me really. It would have been impossible for Addie's mother to know whether or not the family would keep that toy box and the toys in it over the years. Equally, that music box could have been moved to a different area of the house as well. After all, it was around twenty years that passed between Addie's disappearance and the discovery of the clues. I kind of felt like the clues left too broad a spectrum of possibilities and were very far-fetched. They should have been a bit more specific about “what” they had been hidden in rather than the area/room they were in, while still remaining cryptic.There was also a short scene where John and Addie were kissing and when they pulled away, John realized that they were laying on the floor together. I didn't really see the point of such a scene. You could already tell that they had strong feelings for each other and that they intended to marry and were trying to remain pure beforehand without needing to put them right in the path of temptation to prove it. There was also absolutely no conversation that occurred between them as a result of this scene. John inwardly warned himself to keep things pure and take it slow but there wasn't a talk with Addie where he and she discussed their belief's on this topic and their plans for what was acceptable behavior before marriage. The subject was completely ignored. Addie didn't seem to mind what had happened at all and just fully put all her trust in John as if he wasn't a man with the ability to fail and sin. She never said she was uncomfortable or wanted to take things slow and he never promised to her that he would protect her purity before marriage and reign in his passion for her. He inwardly warned and reprimanded himself, but that was as far as the subject went.When the mystery was finally revealed at the end of the book and the story came to a close, I admit to being a bit underwhelmed. Over all, I think I was intrigued but left unimpressed with this book. It wasn't as magnificent as I expected.

  • Lori
    2019-02-26 19:58

    In my opinion, this book is actually a Romantic Suspense, as well as a Historical Romance. And, I absolutely loved it! The Lightkeeper's Daughter will keep you guessing until the very end! There really were no slow parts in this book, and I could have read it in one sitting if everyday life didn't interfere. If you've never read any of Colleen's books, this is a great place to start. I also recommend that you read her Rock Harbour series.There isn't much I can say about this story without giving away the important parts, but I'll try. We meet Addie Sullivan just as her life is turned upside down by the shocking news that she is not at all who she thought she was. She is actually Julia Eaton, daughter to Henry and Laura Eaton, and was lost at sea in a shipwreck at two years of age.Addie agrees to go to her biological father's home under the guise of being a governess for his grandson, Edward. She enjoys getting to know her "real" family, but isn't comfortable hiding her true identify from them. After a couple of life-threatening experiences, she feels the need to confide in someone, and spills the entire story to her boss, Edward's father, Lieutenant John North. John was married to Addie's half sister, Katherine, and is still very much a part of the family. He feels responsible for Clare, Katherine's mother, plus he wants Edward to have a relationship with his grandfather.As tender love starts to bloom between John and Addie, they face much interference from Addie's father, who is determined that his daughter, Julia, will marry into royalty and cement his monetary reign over the city he has created.Addie is still curious about her mother, but no one seems willing to discuss her mother's death with her. While living in her father's house, Addie starts searching for information concerning her mother's life, before the shipwreck. She finds some disturbing clues that lead her on a perilous search for the truth. This was my favorite part of the story...trying to piece together the last days leading up to her mother's death. I enjoy a fast-paced mystery from time to time, and this one was executed perfectly!*I would like to say a big "thank you" to Thomas Nelson for providing me with a review copy of The Lightkeeper's Daughter.*

  • Michelle
    2019-03-01 22:03

    The Lightkeeper's Daughter was an incredible story and I loved it. Full of romance and mystery, it kept me reading and I couldn't put it down. Seriously. John was the dreamiest hero ever! I loved him and how he treated Addie. She was a great heroine, too. She loved the Lord and it was evident in her life. The spiritual thread in this book was excellently inserted and made the book just that much better. It didn't feel forced, but very natural. I loved how Addie's respect for the hero made him want to be a better man. Shouldn't our lives and love for the Lord attract people? This story shows that very well. It makes me want to show my husband even more respect and that is what good fiction should do, IMHO. It should inspire us to be better at loving others.The coolest part of this story was that you just never quite knew who the bad guy was. I changed my mind several times (and my theories) and honestly, it surprised me at the end to find out who the culprit was, yet it also made total sense. The foundation was very well laid and prepared me to accept that twist. This book was so full of surprises, but they were all believable and worked well for the story. This was the perfect historical mystery with enough warmth to make romance lovers like me sigh with pleasure. I truly enjoyed this story and it's making my top fiction for 2010 list. While I've read other books written by this author, this is definitely my favorite book by Colleen Coble. I think she has a real knack for historical fiction with mystery and romantic elements. I plan to read the next book in this series and can't wait for it's release.

  • Laura
    2019-03-17 23:03

    This is the first book by Colleen Coble that I have read. It was a very enjoyable read. I started in the morning and I was done by the end of the day (I even went to a movie and ran errands in between). After finishing this one, I am looking forward to more in the Mercy Falls series.Addie Sullivan is shocked when she finds out that she is the thought-dead daughter from a wealthy family. The man she believed to be her father passed away 5 years earlier and the woman who said she was her mother has never loved her. So, she is more than happy to leave in search of a family that will lovingly welcome her (hopefully). She keeps her identity hidden because someone may have wanted to keep her away from the family and she needs to find out who.This story has plenty of mystery woven into it with a bit of romance to boot. Addie was a wonderful character that was easy to like. John was also an easy character to like. They made a wonderful couple and had me rooting for them from the beginning. They mystery was well written and not obvious--the clues revealed the mystery a little bit at a time.This was a wonderful read and I plan on reading more from the author.*I received this book from Amazon Vine.*

  • Monique
    2019-03-18 22:53

    This book was kind of like a bad car accident: I didn't want to keep reading it, but I couldn't force myself to stop. A romance/mystery? I didn't know those even existed...The writing was atrocious and I really question the amount of research the author did to qualify this as historical fiction. There were only fleeting details that could have been attributed to any particular time period. I also found it increasingly annoying that story lines were completely glossed over, as though an in-depth discussion of them had happened at some point in the novel, even though they had not. The main character goes from meeting a girl once to considering her a close, personal friend whom she discusses personal matters with, for example.All in all, this was an awful book. I consider the writing sub-par even compared to some of the very trashy YA I so greatly enjoy. Not worth your time or effort.

  • Sarah
    2019-03-08 19:00

    This was a simple and sweet romance/mystery. I enjoyed the time period and the highlighting of the protagonists faith in God (!). This was a clean read. The downside- the writing was a trifle too romancy for my tastes, not to mention that I enjoy a bit more tension in a budding romance. I wish the author hadn't felt the need to remind us every couple pages of the couples attraction towards each other. I found the plot interesting yet muddled as it wound around in odd directions. I could be wrong but it seemed like some conversations didn't match up with later ones. Clues to the mystery seemed vague to me, yet somehow the characters were able to follow them easily. Overall I enjoyed reading this book but I would have enjoyed it much more had I read it circa. 1990. Too bad it was released last year.

  • Gaile
    2019-03-11 22:43

    I would have read this sooner if I had known this would be so good! There is mention of God and prayer in this but not enough to distract from the story which turns out to be a romantic mystery.After a steamboat explosion, a two year old heiress is washed up on shore and taken in by the local lighthouse keeper. Twenty three years later, her uncle arrives to reveal her true identity but did her mother, Laura really die in the steamboat accident? At first Addie is introduced into the Eaton household as a governess but soon she finds things are not as they should be. She also falls madly in love. I found this book impossible to put down and read it straight through. The plot took turns and twists that kept me reading until everything was tied up neatly in a bow.

  • Marleah
    2019-03-04 17:03

    Words cannot describe how awful this book was. Horrible writing, cheesy dialogue, bad character development, plot-less story line with a stupid and predictable ending. This is supposed to be a Christian fiction book, but the "Christian" portions came across as un-natural and fake. I will not be reading anymore books by this author and I suggest that you don't waste your time. I would recommend books by Tamera Alexander instead if you are looking for good Christian fiction.

  • Andis/Slytherin
    2019-03-07 23:02

    Didn't finish.

  • Melissa Brooklyn
    2019-02-28 01:08

    Thank you, Mark, for picking out the book with the "prettiest picture"!!!

  • Kathy Filardo
    2019-03-14 00:02

    this was not just a great historical fiction work but also an excellent suspense novel. I was delighted with how Addy interacted with her new family and John. The fact of little Edward's epilepsy was treated with compasson and empathy and not used as a crutch by the author and the way she wrote about the shepherd Gideon behaving like a therapy dog and hero was ingenious. I also loved all the twists and turns of the mystery of who was attacking Addy and Walter and the real culprit behind the boat sinking all those years ago and her mom's death. Great read can't wait to read the next in the series!

  • Paula-O
    2019-03-10 00:51

    The Lightkeeper's Daughter by Colleen CobleThis story had mystery right to the end, you will want to read the story of Addie Sullivan. She lives with her mother in a lighthouse. A man comes to the lighthouse after seeing a picture that he thinks might be the little girl in his family that was lost on a stormy night when a ship sank. She was found on the shore by the lightkeeper and he decided to keep her. She never knew he was not her real father until this man showed up and then Pandora's box was opened.A good read ,thanks Colleen.

  • Kathy
    2019-03-20 21:05

    Addie aka Julia, 26 years old - shipwrecked when she was 2 years old, raised by the lighthouse keeper husband/wife - a mysterious benefactor paid them for her care and their secrecy... her father died, her mother, who was never warm to her, is even colder... she sews, she heals, she took a correspondence course for her degree, she is isolated, she loves her dog Gideon, she wears a locket that had her grandmother's face in it, with a steady belief in God's providence... until her uncle Driscoll comes to the lighthouse... and she finds out that her parents are quite wealthy (well her father anyway - her mother died in the boat wreck)...She goes to the Eaton household with her uncle, under the guise of governess for her nephew, Edward (5 years old / with epilepsy)... her half sister died in an accident, and John (her brother-in-law) is a Lietenant in the navy... He is home on leave, and now has a desk job... and Addie is immediately attracted to him...She works on unraveling the mystery about her mother, finding clues that her mother found out some awful secret before she left with her daughter... and growing closer to John & his son - a gentle, respectful, passionate love... and wanting to fit in & please her family / father , and so she starts to compromise when she feels God calling her in one direction... it ends up that Henry (her father) - a commoner, like Laura's, his wife, money a little too much - so he poisoned her father, makingit look like a heartattack... Her father's will actually read the inheritance went from Laura, to her daughter (Julia), to his other daughter's son (Edward)... the inheritance did not go to Henry... and to protect his interest, he hid the will, paid his brother-in-law (Driscoll)'s gambling debts, and he kept Laura in an asylum that he owned, saying she had killed her father, and needed to be kept drugged... Addie/Julia and John rescue her mother, turn to Lord Carrington, a man who loved Laura and in fact was the one who protected Addie by keeping her in the lighthouse, fight off her father, and save her mother...The story ends with her simple wedding (she gets to go barefooted, by the lighthouse), and an agreement with her husband to sell the mansion to a group that wants to turn it to a sanotorium - and to sell a land/forest to a park developer to pay off the investments of those who lost money in the Eaton Bank that her father had squandered... and the knowledge that God would provide...

  • Tammy
    2019-03-15 22:57

    I have never read a book by this author. I have read Christian Fiction before, I have liked them and I must also say I've never really read historical fiction either. Also, there is romance in there. So, that being said:As soon as I picked up this book, I was not able to put it down. At the beginning of the story the author sucked you in. There were some things I thought that were consequentially that made it seem unlikely. Some of the things were that a gentleman fell down the steep hill and he just happens to be a relative from long ago. That she falls in love with a gentleman that happens to be related to her family. I am not big on romance I must say. But, this story had just enough to keep me interested. There was no sex in the book, just kissing and reading how she herself felt about the emotions that were going inside her and how the gentleman feels about her.There is one thing inside the story that warmed my heart. The little boy who was the Naval Officers son, he has epilepsy and they have a dog that knows when he will be having an attack. There is a lot of fussing about the child and how she grows attached to him and their relationship.The biggest story line within the book, is about her history and the mystery of what or how she came to be with another family instead of her own. The ending is rather sweet and it did not leave me hanging, but at the same time it does leave room for another novel to appear. Even though it was historical, it is set in the early 1900's the author did not put to much in their historically. Yes, she explained the dress wear the houses, etc. But, that was about it. I would of liked to learn a bit more about the period.It was nice to finally read a book where the ending left me like "Ah, what about the end?" "Did you forget you needed at least a good ending?"This book was one of those books you NEED to force yourself to put down. At least that was the way for me!! A couple of times I had to force myself to go to sleep and do something other than reading. It is an easy read. It has the feel good.

  • Yna Fempia Paez
    2019-03-08 20:04

    Some of the notes I've made throughout my progress with this book:1. Naive heroine? More like idiot.2. Repetitive expressions, inappropriately modern English words for the early 20th century.3. Why does he keep comparing his dead wife to her? To elevate her to the eyes of the reader? Believe me it's ineffective and a major turn-off for this book.LASTLY,"God moved them about at his will. If her Maker intended her to marry John, it will happen. If that wasn't his plan, she'd have to find a way to accept it."ARE YOU KIDDING ME?! YOUR JOKING.There's a difference between doing what you do and letting God do the rest and LETTING GOD DO ALL THE WORK AND MAKE ALL THE DECISIONS. There is a reason why we were given FREE WILL you know.Pardon me but I think this book is just too... preachy. There are lots of books referring to the Divine but this one is just too much. It gets annoying and overboard and over-the-top. Addie should have just been a nun instead. It did not seem like true faith at all. It appeared to me as blinded faith, she is deluded by it. I do not think she is worthy to be called a heroine. She does not have the qualities of one.I suspect the twists and turns in the story were planted there to preach.This book has lead me to hysterics. I honestly have decided not to read the author's other books because I'm sure the same themes will come out. Sorry.Better get back to my Anne of Green Gables.

  • Beck
    2019-03-12 16:48

    After ready the Sunset Cove Series by Colleen Coble, which I thought were amazing, I was quite excited to start this series. Well NO!! this book was not as good as the first series I read!! It started off really slow, and I found had no real story line to it. IT WAS AWFUL!!! Honestly the entire first half of the book was a bore to read and I barely made through it. The only semi good part of the book was the few chapters before the end, where the suspense that I really liked in the Sunset Cove series kinda peeked it's head for a bit. But that's it. And the romance was awful, like so unrealistic. Would love at first sight like John and Addie had ever happen it real life, no! Like really why even try to write a good honest book like that. How does she even sleep at night knowing all she can come up with in a book is THE WORST most unbelievable romance possible. It made so sense and that was pretty much all that was in the book. I was shocked at how much worst this book was, and would NEVER recommend this book to anyone or EVER read it again. I am very glad I did not purchase this book but instead borrowed it from the library. This way I can give it back and never have to see it again! Don't read it, it was a waste of time!! But the Sunset Cove Series by Colleen Coble were, I thought, very good. So give those a try if you want to read a suspense, but not to heavy, with some romance novel.

  • Michelle
    2019-03-10 17:09

    This is book 1 in the Mercy Falls series by Colleen Coble. This was my first novel by Colleen Coble, and I enjoyed it very much. The story drew me in right from the start. The one negative thing that I do have to say is that I did have a hard time keeping all of the characters straight in the beginning. Sometimes a character would be referred to by their first name, and other times by Mr. ____ or Mrs. ____. Just a little confusing, but not too major to detract from enjoying the story.The setting was beautifully described in great detail, so much so that it vividly came to life in my mind as I read. The mystery and suspense were woven into the story in such a way that kept me guessing until the very end. Of course, I had some ideas as I read, but I wasn't able to completely figure it out. I like that the story wasn't predictable.The spiritual part of the story was nicely done. It wasn't over the top or preachy, but naturally blended with the story line. It wasn't a huge part of the story, but Addie's faith and dependence on God throughout the novel certainly added a layer to the story that I enjoyed very much.I would recommend this book to readers who enjoy Christian Historical fiction. It was an interesting and satisfying read, and I will certainly read more novels by this talented author.

  • Megan
    2019-03-23 21:49

    The Mercy Falls series, by Colleen Coble, has consumed the small amount of free time I have had over the last week or so. I have thoroughly enjoyed them all. [Image]The first book, The Lightkeeper's Daughter focuses on Addie Sullivan who finds out that she is not who she has always thought she was. She travels to Mercy Falls to discover her true heritage, by living in her real father's house without telling them who she is. While she hides her identity, she finds that truth is being hidden from her as well. In her search for truth and for family, she find more than she expected. This book has everything you need for a fun read--a sweet romance, an unsolved mystery, a little danger, and trust in the Lord. The story is well-paced; the characters are realistic, and the writing is solid. I read all three of these books in a row because I enjoyed them so much. I would definitely recommend this series and this author to others, and I will be reading more by her!!

  • Cindy
    2019-02-21 19:44

    Set in the early 1900's, The Lightkeeper's Daughter is a story of romance and unconditional love. Addie Sullivan, raised as the lightkeeper's daughter finds out when she is twenty five years old, that she is actually the daughter of a very rich man. Brought into the man's home to serve as a governess for his grandson, while her history is being investigated, Addie falls in love with the little boy. A child with epilepsy, who the grandparents love deeply, but are also ashamed of, Addie loves the little boy unconditionally. There is however the matter of the father of the little boy, Lt. John North. The attraction Addie feels toward him is instant, in fact she believes it might be love at first sight. Follow this wonderful story as it unfolds, revealing whether Addie has found her true love or not. 306 pages, $14.99 US 4 stars.This book was provided for review purposes only, no payment was received for this review.

  • Grace
    2019-03-04 18:56

    This book was suggested by our reading group and I'm so glad it was. This was the first book I have read by Colleen Coble but I enjoyed it very much! Now I can't wait to read the others in the Mercy Falls Series. Addie who was a child tossed to the sea, lived a lonesome seclued life as the light keeper's daughter in Mercy Falls, California. One day a long lost Uncle arrived in Mercy Falls who would change her life forever. She set out on an adventure to find her family and hopefully reclaim the love that was due her. What she found among some family members was jealousy, envy and a lust for money so strong that they would stop at nothing to get more. In learning more about her mother who had died at sea over twenty years ago Addie found some clues and knew that something strange was going on with her family. She set out on a journey that could mean her very life and the life of the man she loved. A great story of hope, faith, friendships and the loved that survived the storm!

  • Patti
    2019-02-23 18:58

    I truly enjoyed this book. It had a good amount of mystery and kept you reading to find out what happens next. It is clean and good for young people to read. It is a feel good story with many twists and turns. I like the fact that I did not have a clue what was going on until more than halfway through the book because the author gave a hint of something but not enough info to give it away. LOVED it. It was not what I thought it would be! Its a good book and I think all will enjoy it. There were a few things that were kinda like "yeah, that would not happen in real life" - but not enough to make the story unreal. Just enough to remind you it is a story.. NOT real life. I highly recommend it!

  • April
    2019-03-12 22:42

    I loved this book! There was enough mystery, intrigue, romance and adventure to keep me turning the pages until I reached the end. The ending surprised me more than I thought it would and I always enjoy that from a book. I wasn't sure what to expect when I first picked up this book but I would gladly read it again and again. To me, it is one of those books that, even though you already know the ending, is worth reading more than once to make sure you didn't miss a thing. The characters and scenery were vivid and life-like. This was the first time I've ever heard of this author but I look forward to finding more of their work. (And from the fact that it says it is #1 of the Mercy Falls novels, I'm looking for the others.) Recommending this book would be a pleasure!