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The Lightkeeper's Bride

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The Lightkeeper's Bride by Colleen Coble

Reviewed by Rel Mollet

"...another historical suspense that will delight her [Coble] readers."

Mercy Falls Telephone Company operator, Katie Russell loves her job connecting callers to each other but her parents and businessman Bartholomew Foster have a different future mapped out for her. Katie is torn between the knowledge that an engagement to Mr Foster would secure her family's financial future and the lack of emotional connection to the man himself.

Newcomer Will Jesperson has finally landed his dream job as a lighthouse keeper, enabling him to pursue his fascination with predicting weather and tide patterns. Plucking victims of a pirate attack from the sea is an unexpected and shocking task for his first day on the job.

When Katie overhears an ominous and threatening conversation on her phone line, she finds herself thrown into an unusual partnership with Will, as the two incidents connect. As they look for answers Katie finds her life in danger and her heart on the line.

Colleen Coble returns to Mercy Falls with another historical suspense that will delight her readers as she provides the expected handsome and courageous hero alongside a demure heroine, devoted to her family and friends, yet chafing at the restrictions in her life. The suspense is well done, with plenty of twists to the tale and a few red herrings. Both Will and Katie have to deal with people close to them who have made poor choices where forgiveness and compassion are the only ways to restore the relationship and Colleen weaves the spiritual themes naturally into the story. Bartholomew Foster is clearly an unpleasant man and with all such relationship triangles where the hero is impressive in every imaginable way, it is a little unrealistic to consider a woman such as Katie would consider him husband material, even with the pressure imposed by her parents. That said, as with all Colleen's novels, there is much to like about The Lightkeeper's Bride, but it is a story that will appeal mostly to those who enjoy a traditional historical romance rather than readers looking for something out of the box.

Rel MolletRel Mollet is a lawyer, wife and mother of three young daughters and lives in Melbourne, Australia. Reading has been her passion since childhood. She is a Book Club Co-ordinator and has her own website ~ relzreviewz ~ dedicated to reviews and author interviews with the sole aim to support authors writing from a Christian worldview. She believes Sir Francis Bacon's (1561 - 1626) creed, "Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body".