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The Lightkeeper's Ball (Mercy Falls #3)

4.06 of 5 stars 4.06  ·  rating details  ·  1,526 ratings  ·  203 reviews
Olivia Stewart's family is one of the highest echelons 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 happened to Eleanor. She suspects Harrison Bennett, the man Eleanor planned to marry, but the more she gets to know him, the more she is drawn to him herself. Wh ...more
Hardcover, Large Print, 390 pages
Published June 1st 2011 by Center Point (first published January 1st 2011)
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Actual rating: 2.5

I was disappointed by this book, even though I quite enjoyed it. I really liked the premise and I expected a good mix of mystery and romance, but The Lightkeeper's Ball was not exactly a masterpiece.

Olivia was probably the main reason: she was too irritating for her own good with her spoiled ways and her rudeness (in some parts, I was internally begging her to shut. up.) and, most of all, the way the author constantly tried to make her appear as "an admirable clever woman that
This historical Christian romance had a little bit of everything, and I loved it all! I will admit, the book started out a little slow for me. I thought it was going to be a typical run of the mill Christian romance. I was even a little confused by the two characters named Mr. Bennett. But I encourage you not to quit reading if you're feeling the same way. This book turns into a quick-paced, modern-thinking mystery and romance.

My favorite thing about the book was the positive message about women
I have never read any book by Colleen Coble yet, but I have always heard great things about them. I was eager to dive into The Lightkeeper’s Ball because of this and the fact that the cover was just so beautiful! I began the book at breakfast and finished it before dinner. For those who know me, that obviously means it was unputdownable and, in consequence, an amazingly awesome story! Loved it!

The characters in this book are very believable and three-dimensional. Olivia was spunky and brave and
Tammy Doherty
I'd give this 4 1/2 stars if I could figure out how to do the half star!

Of the 3 Mercy Falls books, this is definitely the best one. Each gets better, so I'm hoping there are more in the works :-) I absolutely love Colleen Coble's writing; the only time I've ever been critical of any of her novels it's been about editing errors. I did find one little edit-type thing in this the very beginning there's an explanation of why Harrison is part of Bennett & Bennett that confused me. But
I have to start off by stating I did not read numbers 1 or 2 of this "series", but it really didn't matter, I still enjoyed myself.

So, I'm not even going to call this a review.... this is more like notes/thoughts and my usual rambling....

I fell in cover love with this and didn't bother to research at all and just gave in to an impulse buy. I don't regret it, but $12 is kind of expensive for this type of a book.

This was somewhat predictable, a little murder mystery that had a few twists I wasn't
Kristine Coumbe
When heiress Olivia Stewart finds out her sister Eleanor died from drowning, Olivia becomes suspicious and leaves for Mercy Falls to investigate. Olivia's mother wants her settle down and marry Harrison Bennett the son of her father's business partner. The Stewarts wealth is in decline and the Bennetts are in need of entrance into ultra high society. Olivia decides to go to Mercy Falls to investigate her sister's death as well as better know Harrison her sister's intended fiance'.

As Olivia arriv
Patty LeBlanc
This is the third book in the Mercy Falls series. I haven't read the first two, but after reading this one I definitely will have to go back and read them.

The cover is the first thing that draws me to this novel. The gown is absolutely beautiful and the room she is standing in just makes you want to know why she is in such an opulent setting.

Olivia Stewart has always been known for her wealth. Unfortunately, this draws unwanted attention from suitors who only want to be with her for her money.
I made the mistake of reading the sample chapters on CBD. I couldn't get the book fast enough afterward. Colleen Coble weaves a delightful and intriguing tale amid the Redwoods in The Lightkeeper’s Ball. Keeping up with the twists and plots proved as adventurous as keeping up with the Stewarts—especially one in particular, Olivia Stewart. With the perfect blend of romance and suspense, THE LIGHTKEEPER’S BALL is a wonderful read! While I would’ve loved to have seen more of the actual masquerade b ...more
Nov 12, 2010 Ashley marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
OMW! I'm in LOVE with this cover *sigh* If only we could ware dresses like this these days.
It took me a long time to start it, but when I started, I couldn't keep off myself from reading it! It is very easy to follow, but very exciting too.
"The Lightkeeper's Ball" by Colleen Coble is the third book of the series and it's a romance blended with mystery and suspense. You can see how the hate between the young man and woman turns into very strong love (although this happens somehow quickly). While sharing the deep emotions of the two young people, you also feel the horror, because there
I really enjoyed this book. It does say that it is the third book in the Mercy Falls series. I have not had the chance to read either of the first two books. However, I did not feel lost because of it. And I really didn’t feel that there were spoilers from the first two in this one.

The characters were really great. I love Olivia’s headstrong attitude. She did not want to necessarily go along with societies views of women for that time. And thankfully, Harrison encourages her instead of demeanin
Eleanor Stewart leaves her home in New York to marry Harrison Bennett, but when her mother gets word that Eleanor is dead, a drowning no less, Olivia, Eleanor's sister thinks something isn't right, her sister was afraid of water so why would she have drowned. She thinks the fiance might have had something to do with it and decides to take hop a ship to Mercy Falls to get some answers. When she is pushed off the ship before arriving at Mercy Falls she begins to think someone is out to get her. Th ...more
Olivia Stewart is almost past marriage age. Though, she is only twenty-five, which is not that old, when you live in a society like Olivia, twenty-five is considered a spinster. Olivia and her mother are in desperate need of money. When they learn that Olivia’s sister, Eleanor has drowned prior to marrying her fiancé, Harrison Bennett, this is bad news. Both that Eleanor has died and without Harrison being married, Olivia’s mother has lost rights to part of the diamond mine. Before Olivia can st ...more
Nora St Laurent
The dazzling cover of this book made me stop and stare – then pick it up to see what was inside. I was so thankful for a review copy so I could discover the mysteries this book held! I’ve enjoyed several of Coleen’s books and was excited to have the opportunity to read her newest book.

The Lightkeeper’s Ball is the third book in A Mercy Falls series; I was worried I’d be lost because I didn’t read the first two. As I read I didn’t feel like I was lost at all, but it did make me want to read the f

The Lightkeeper’s Daughter – A Mercy Falls Novel
Colleen Coble

•°o•:*:•.Historical Mystery Romance.•:*:• o°•

I really enjoyed this book. Apparently, the author is known more for mystery stories than historical fiction. Here she blends both beautifully. Addie and John’s romance is so pure and innocent from the very beginning. It progresses sweetly, even though it happens quickly. The faith element is equally sweet and pure through the eyes of Addie. The book has many
I really wanted to like this book just as much as I enjoyed the second installment in the Mercy Falls trilogy; although I did enjoy this book, I don't think it compared to The Lightkeeper's Bride.

The mystery in this book was good. I enjoy a good murder mystery and the plot was promising. However, I like to be able to solve the mystery along with the protagonist. The culprit in this book was abruptly revealed, and I didn't feel enough clues were present throughout the book to help me solve the my
Listened to The Lightkeeper's Ball (Mercy Falls #3)
By Colleen Coble. At the elegant Mercy Falls masquerade ball, Olivia's hidden identity will be revealed. 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 engage
I liked this one best of the three mercy falls.
Emma Decker
When Olivia Stewart receives the news of her sister found dead in the water, she immediately travels to mercy falls on the mystery of a lifetime. This is quite an interesting novel, it has a surprise in every chapter that keeps you interested enough so you will want to keep reading. I love the characters in the book, my favorite character is Harrison Bennett, I feel sorry for him because he falls in love with Olivia but Olivia thinks he murdered her sister. I would definitely recommend this book ...more
With any novel by Colleen Coble you can expect toe tingling romance with just to right amount of mystery. Her latest novel, The Lightkeeper's Ball has both of those elements in spades and is one of my "keeper shelf" books. This time around in Mercy Falls we meet two wealthy but unhappy in love people, Olivia Stewart and Harrison Bennet. Olivia is determined to find out the real story behind her sisters death no matter the threats against her life and Harrison is trying to figure out who Olivia r ...more
Olivia and Eleanor Stewart were heiresses to a large diamond mining fortune, only to be multiplied if they joined hands in marriage to the Bennett Family of Mercy Falls Calif. Eleanor's engagement to Harrison is arranged, loveless but crucial to Mr Bennet Sr's dynasty. Eleanor is killed, suppossed suicide, Olivia is not convinced. Olivia travels to Mercy Falls under the name Lady Devonworth, to get to the bottom of her sister's and her fathers untimely death. Ready to hate Harrison, and uncover ...more
The Lightkeeper's Ball by Colleen Coble
Thomas Nelson, 2011
288 pages
Christian Historical Romance Mystery
4/5 stars

Source: A free e-copy via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

This is the third book in Mercy Falls Series and it features both of the couples from the first two who are expanding their families. But the focus is Olivia Stewart who is coming to Mercy Falls from New York City in order to discover the answer to many questions. Did her sister Eleanor, who's terrified of water, real
Jun 20, 2011 Jolene rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Historical Romance
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 ...more
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 s
Olivia Stewart has always had her name, in fact she was often wondering if her name was the only thing that attracted her friends to her, and she was sure that was why most men wanted to court her. Marrying a Stewart was a boost to any man's business and life. So when her father suddenly died, and the money dried up, she didn't really know why, but knew that her mother was pushing her to make a good marriage. Olivia just wanted to marry for love. When her sister who was engaged to Harrison Benne ...more
Jenny Q
3.5 Stars. Though this is the third book in Coble's Mercy Falls series, it stands on its own just fine. Characters from the first two books play supporting roles as Olivia Stewart arrives in Mercy Falls seeking answers in her sister's mysterious death. By the time she meets her sister's fiancee, Harrison Bennett, she's already tried and convicted him in her mind. Keeping her identity secret, she strikes up a friendship with him in hopes of uncovering evidence against him, but he ends up capturin ...more
Cheryl Olson
A little bit of romance, plus a little bit of intrigue, with a little history mixed in, gives you The Lightkeeper's Ball by Colleen Coble. Lovely Olivia Stewart, New York socialite, finds that her sister Eleanor who moved to California to marry her Father's business partner's son is now dead. Determined to get to the bottom of this mystery and find out what caused her death, Olivia heads west to see who is responsible. With her first suspect being Harrison Bennett, her sister's fiance, she arriv ...more
Back at the dawn of a new century, Olivia Stewart and her family were numbered in the Four Hundred–allegedly the most wealthy and distinguished in America. The Stewart family’s wealth had deteriorated, however, leaving the family to rest their security on the Stewart daughters marrying well.

Eleanor Stewart went West to marry Harrison Bennett, but she died before the marriage took place. So the pressure to marry well was shouldered by Olivia Stewart, aka Lady Devonworth, her English title. Using
K. L.
Aug 26, 2011 K. L. rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: historical fiction fans
Recommended to K. by: a friend
If you love historical romantic suspense, this book will delight you. Author Colleen Coble ( is a wonderful storyteller.
UPDATE: I've posted a set of book club discussion questions for anyone who wants them at Check them out!

okay, back to my previously written review:
Olivia Stewart, the feisty, beautiful heroine, who comes from a wealthy family, travels from New York to California incognito to investigate her sister’s mysterious de
Only one word can describe “The Lightkeeper’s Ball (Mercy Falls #3)” by Colleen Coble “EXTRAORDINARY!!” I absolutely loved~loved~loved this book. How could you not with such an amazing cover? Wouldn’t you want to be transported back to the early 1900s and wear that beautiful gown? I know I would! Ms. Coble has made a fan out of me.

Olivia Stewart is living a charmed life in New York when she finds out her sister Eleanor has died under mysterious circumstances. Believing her death was not an accid
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