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The Lightkeeper's Ball (Mercy Falls #3)

4.11  ·  Rating Details ·  2,220 Ratings  ·  240 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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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.
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
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
May 13, 2011 Katie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Lindsay Paige
I didn't have any problems reading this without reading the previous books. I'm pretty sure that each book just features different characters in the town.

Title Thoughts: Like it.

Cover Thoughts: I like it. Love the dress and her hair. I love the room she is in and the design around the title.

WARNINGS: A few kisses and that's it.

First, let me say that I was skeptical when I received this book and discovered it had been dubbed Christian Romance Fiction. I thought, "Oh no. This is going to be preach
The Lightkeeper's Ball by Colleen Coble

I received an advanced review copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I am under no obligation to write a positive review, just an honest one.

The Lightkeeper's Ball is the 3rd book in Colleen Coble's Mercy Falls series.

I have not read any other books in this series, and had no problem feeling like I understood everything, so I feel like this book does well as a stand alone.

Olivia Stewart is part of high society in New York. Her si
Apr 28, 2011 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Author: Colleen Coble
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
April 2011
ISBN: 978-1-5955-4268-7
Genre: Inspirational/historical romantic suspense

Olivia Stewart’s mother is desperate for a suitable match for her daughter. She has one engaged to a diamond miner in California, with the promise that the family would gain a percentage of the profits with the marriage, but Eleanor drowned in the ocean. Mrs. Stewart offered Olivia to the wealthy man instead, and he agrees, but Olivia wants t
Apr 11, 2011 Brenda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 12, 2011 Ronie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 14, 2011 Jael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Look at that cover. Do you get questioning your life through God? Do you get suspenseful, murder mystery from it? I don't, but it's all in there. And, it's well done.

The Lightkeeper's Ball by Collen Coble is the third in the Mercy Falls series. I didn't read the first two, but I don't think you need to. Olivia Stewart is drowning amid the rich elite of 1910. She wants out of a life of parties and power alliances. Her sister Eleanor has died under mysterious circumstances, throwing the Stewart fa
Apr 18, 2011 Angelc rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 21, 2011 Norma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
May 13, 2011 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 14, 2011 Cheryl rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 08, 2015 Nora St Laurent rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Patty LeBlanc
Jun 11, 2011 Patty LeBlanc rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.

The Lightkeeper's Ball by Colleen Coble, is a sweet, light, filled with intrigue and a summer's tale of romance that continues the Mercy Falls series.

Centered around Olivia, the daughter of a well to do family out in the East, she travels to Mercy Falls, California, to investigate the mysterious circumstances around her sister's death.

In Mercy Falls, Olivia discovers a life she could never dreamed of, herself falling in love, and answers to what happen to her sister.

Summer time, is a time for va

Tammy Doherty
Jun 17, 2011 Tammy Doherty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 20, 2011 Damla rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Nov 07, 2012 Kristy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 15, 2015 Nicole rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome! This book kept me guessing even after I just knew I had it all figured out. Definitely my favorite in the series, and a delightful close to the trilogy, this was a thoroughly engaging read. I look forward to reading more from this author.
Oct 16, 2013 Kristen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this one best of the three mercy falls.
Reet Champion
Dec 02, 2013 Reet Champion rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Something happened to Eleanor and Olivia Stewart is determined to find out. When word comes back to Olivia that her sister drowned outside of a little town by the name of Mercy Falls she smells a rat. Her sister was terrified of water and would never go swimming. Distraught over her sister's loss Olivia sets out to discover the truth. Rumors circulate in town...some say Eleanor killed herself. Olivia think Eleanor's fiancee, Harrison Bennett, killed her. But why is a question she must find an an ...more

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 t
3.75 stars.
I liked this better than the second book of the series, and the last third was really excellent and difficult to put down. I felt like it bogged down a trifle around a quarter of the way in, but I kept going.
One thing that REALLY threw me for a loop was high-society Mr. Bennett telling his son that "we do not hang out with [their sort]." "Hanging out" is a very modern term, and even if it had been common in the day, it would be very out of character for a man of his sort to stoop to
Oct 06, 2016 Ruth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have loved all the lighthouse mystery romances. I love the Christian element that is there but not the major focus! Awesome story and a good read for sure. Don't miss it!

Loved this exciting book! Bought all three. Got my coworkers interested too. Couldn't put it down. Christian element light. Story awesome with a lot of twists and turns.
Quick and well supplied with suspenseful details in this historic mystery read for the 2016 #FrightFall and Suspense Reading Challenges.
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USAToday bestselling author Colleen Coble lives with her husband, Dave, in Indiana. She is the author of dozens of novels including the Rock Harbor Series, the Aloha Reef Series, the Mercy Falls Series, the Hope Beach Series, the Lonestar Series and two Women of Faith fiction selections, Alaska Twilight and Midnight Sea. She has more than 2 million books in print.
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