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The Lightkeeper's Daughter

(Mercy Falls #1)

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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 rathe
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Paperback, 306 pages
Published January 11th 2010 by Thomas Nelson (first published 2009)
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Natasha M.
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
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joy *the clean-reader extraordinaire*
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 w
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Andrea Cox
Just as captivating and mysterious the second time around! This is one of my favorite Coble books. I was kept guessing all along the way, and the plot twists were stupendous. Hopefully I’ll be able to read other books in this series soon.

Content: one profane word, tobacco, alcohol
Sarita
I really enjoyed this romantic suspense by one of my favourite suspense authors. I loved Addie from the first moment I met her and enjoyed seeing her journey of finding answers about her heritage and also her identity.

Usually I’m not a fan of insta-love/love at first sight, but the way the romance developed between Addie and John was sweet and I loved how they were honest with each other about their feelings and intentions and did not play games.

The suspense plot was really well executed. The p
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Lori
Nov 24, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Lori by: Thomas Nelson
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
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AJ
Oct 08, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comps
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 we ...more
Aerykah
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. ;P

The 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 epilo
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Reet Champion
Nov 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Laura
May 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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 ha
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Barbara
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 use ...more
Gaile
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 househo
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Kathy Filardo
May 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Abigail
“I hope you know how to get out,” she said.
“I have a good sense of direction, but I wouldn’t mind being stuck in here with you for a few days.”
She lifted a brow. “You might change your mind when I grow grouchy from hunger.”
“Oh you’re that kind of lady, eh? One who demands food?”
“Especially sweets.”
“I admit I noticed how you prefer the trifles.”
“Don’t talk about it or I might have to go back for food.”


^ i mean, dude, same.

I picked this up this morning because a) it's Valentine's Day and I
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Jessica
Sep 10, 2012 rated it liked it
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 f ...more
Michelle
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 wa ...more
Monique
Dec 29, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: just-plain-awful
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
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Sarah
Jul 26, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-club
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
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✨ Gramy ✨
Great story set in the 1800's, sharing the character's faith in God. Can't wait to read 'The Lightkeeper's Bride'.
Melissa Brooklyn
Apr 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Thank you, Mark, for picking out the book with the "prettiest picture"!!!
Kaitlyn S.
I picked this book up at a used book store a few months ago, excited that I had found a book that had been languishing on my TBR list on here. I have never read any of Coble's work before, and, after finishing this, I have a few more I *may* be wanting to explore.

I enjoyed Coble's writing style -- it was easy to read without being stilted, and the characters were all well developed and fascinating. I loved how the author only revealed little portions of the antagonists character to us throughou
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Allyson
May 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own-it, summer-19
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Mayda
Feb 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: christian, romance
Even while she mourns her father’s death, Addie wonders if her mother ever really loved her. Then a stranger arrives in her life who turns her world upside down. Little by little, the truth finally emerges about who she is and how she came to live at the lighthouse. But this knowledge puts her life in danger, for there is someone who wants the past to remain secret. This tale has a bit of mystery, intrigue, and danger as well as romance in its pages. The story is entertaining, and the characters ...more
Elizabeth Meadows
I enjoyed this so much! I listened to it because of the Audible Romance Category challenge for the Edwardian category. I had been wanting to read Colleen Coble for a long time and this was a good starting place I think.
The main character knows her own mind and speaks it. Despite the fact that her whole life was turned upside down when she finds out that her identity is not what she has believed her whole life, she picks up her life and carries on.
This book is a good mix of drama, romance and i
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Paula-O
Mar 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Lightkeeper's Daughter by Colleen Coble


This 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 w
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Kathy
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 c ...more
Tamara Tilley
May 01, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: colleen-coble, own
THE LIGHTKEEPER’S DAUGHTER by Colleen Coble was a good read, though at times it seemed to drag.

Addie Sullivan has spent her life in a northern California lighthouse. Loved by her father and seemingly tolerated by her mother, she knows no different life. After her father’s passing, an injured stranger happens upon Battery Point Lighthouse, insisting she is the long lost daughter of the wealthy Eaton family. As Mr. Driscoll tells Addie of the storm that killed her mother and supposedly took the li
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Tammy
Jun 29, 2011 added it
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
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First reviewed here: http://overweight-bookshelf.blogspot....

This book is equal parts historical fiction, romance and mystery. I felt that the plot catered evenly to each of these elements but left room for further development if more focus had been placed on one or the other.

The pieces of the mystery puzzle started to come together for me half way through, but the major revelation at the end was a well concealed. If one backtracks and follows the crumb trail of clues it would be easy to deduce
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Yna Fempia Paez
Nov 11, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: booksale
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
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Beck
Mar 21, 2017 rated it liked it
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 s ...more
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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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