Sunday, May 8, 2011

The Lightkeeper's Ball and interview with Colleen Coble

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 to go west to meet him unknown to see if they suit. She also believes that someone killed her sister, Eleanor. So, she takes on her titled name, Lady Devonworth, to keep from being recognized as Olivia Stewart.

Harrison Bennett has dreams of his own, other than mining. He wants to build and fly aeroplanes. A pastime that the elite believe pure foolishness. Plus the nosy Lady Devonworth keeps asking private and hurtful questions.

On the ship nearing the port in Mercy Falls, someone pushes Olivia overboard. She believes someone tried to kill her as well. Harrison Bennett—her sister’s intended—jumps in to rescue Olivia, but Olivia thinks that Harrison might have even been the one who pushed her in. Is there anyway these two strong characters can get past their initial dislike and distrust to find love? And can they do so before the killer strikes again?

THE LIGHTKEEPER’S BALL is the third book in Ms. Cobles A Mercy Falls series, but it easily stands alone. I didn’t have the privilege of reading the second book in this series yet, but it is on my to-be-read pile. I had no trouble understanding what was taking place in THE LIGHTKEEPER’S BALL.

Olivia and Harrison are both very strong, opinionated characters, and the story line is Ms. Coble’s favorite genre—historical romantic suspense. One can see the love she has for this style evidenced in the writing. The story is engaging and captivating and will hold your attention from page one to the end while you struggle along with Olivia to understand the mystery of her sister’s death, and as she discovers that Harrison might not be what he seems. $14.99. 304 pages.


What do I have to offer this world? Can I really be loved for who I am on the outside and not for how others view me? Where does my true significance come from? In her third installment of the Mercy Falls series, The Lightkeeper’s Ball, award-winning author Colleen Coble will answer these questions while leading her readers down a path of betrayal, desire and ultimate fulfillment.

The Mercy Falls series centers on a small town in California and its lighthouse. Coble uses the lighthouse as a reminder that Jesus is our lighthouse always leading us home. In her latest addition to the series, the main characters must wrestle with their desire to find fulfillment in more than their work and money while being hunted by those who are holding on to resentment and unforgiveness.

With murder, suspense and desire, readers will enjoy peeling back the layers and discovering that this is more than your average romance novel. They will be perched on the edge of their seats trying to solve a mystery while discovering that the true worth of an individual never comes from a name or accomplishments. True worth can only be found in Christ.

An interview with Colleen Coble, author of The Lightkeeper’s Ball

Q: Did you always dream of becoming a writer? Why did you choose the romance genre?

I wrote my first story in the first grade. It was about a horse that had twin colts. The teacher praised it and the writing seed was planted. I love illustrating God’s love through romance. I especially love the suspense I put into all my books as well. I have a strong streak of justice and it plays out in the suspense element.

Q: What inspired you to write a historical series based in the early 1900’s? What would you have enjoyed about living in that time period and what would you have found the most difficult?

I happened to read an article about the Gilded Age and it mentioned how that era was so similar to today’s. I was intrigued with that, plus I wanted to choose a time period that wouldn’t be too much of a departure from my contemporary books. In that era, there were still cars and telephones!

I would have loved the simpler lifestyle. However, I would miss my jeans! How vain.

Q: Society at the turn of the century was very preoccupied with appearances and impressing other people. How is that not so different than our society today and how can we keep from falling into that same trap?

That’s exactly right! The parallels between the two eras are astounding. I’ve been at the cancer hospital this week with a dear friend, and it was a reminder of how fragile this life is. We seek THINGS when God wants us to seek Him. We need to keep our eyes set on eternity and remember that THIS life is the real dream. When we reach heaven, we will finally start to really live.

Q: Bitterness and unforgiveness led to the death of Olivia’s sister. Why is it so important to forgive those who have wronged us?

An unforgiving spirit hurts us much more than the person we hate. It makes us ugly and crowds out the love we want to show other people. God is love, not hate. Bitterness is the very opposite of the attitude God wants us to have.

Q: This is the third book in your Mercy Falls series. Addie and Katie were the main characters in your first two books. Olivia was given a true gift in the friendship of Katie and Addie. What does it take to find trustworthy and loyal friends? Why do you think that we all desire to find friends like these?

You have to first be a friend. You have to be open and giving of yourself to have those kinds of friends. A true friend tells you the truth in love, and that’s an important component of the give and take of real friendship.

Q: What do you hope that your readers will take away from reading The Lightkeeper’s Ball?

I hope the readers who feel they have to earn love will take away the realization that their true worth is that Jesus loves them and died for them. They are valuable beyond comprehension. When we can step into the role of daughters and sons, we can realize our true potential.

The Lightkeeper’s Ball by Colleen Coble
Thomas Nelson/April 19, 2011
ISBN: 978-1-5955-4268-7/304 pages/paperback/$14.99 ~

No comments: