The Lightkeeper’s Ball
Misfortune is stalking Olivia Stewart’s family. Six months previously, her father was killed by a cave-in in his diamond mine, the family’s wealth disappeared, and now, Olivia’s sister, Eleanor, has drowned. It is 1910, and if the Stewart family wishes to retain its place in the Four Hundred, the highest echelon of New York society, Olivia must be willing to set aside her fears and travel to Mercy Falls, California, to marry her sister’s fiancé, Harrison Bennet. When someone attempts to kill her before she arrives in Mercy Falls, Olivia decides to conceal her true identity while she searches for the would-be-murderer.
Setting aside the distraction of the hidden-identity ploy, which seems both contrived and unnecessary, The Lightkeeper’s Ball is a delightful historical romance mixed with healthy doses of both thriller and mystery. Several surprising twists in the plot sustain the tension and keep the momentum moving. Coble increases the feel of authenticity by weaving several historical events into her story, including the San Francisco earthquake and the passing of Halley’s Comet. Readers who have already discovered the Mercy Falls series will also be delighted that several characters from the earlier books make cameo appearances.