Wednesday, February 3, 2010

The Lightkeeper's Daughter by Colleen Coble

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 rather “Julia Eaton”- the child long lost and feared dead by her wealthy family. Seizing the chance to be reunited with the Eaton’s, Addie leaves her lighthouse home but decides to keep her true identity a secret until they can unravel the mystery. Addie loves the Eaton’s palatial home tucked away among the California redwood forests. She feels secure with the jovial family, adores the young boy who is her charge as governess, and finds romance with his father John, a young widower. But sinister shadows overtake Addie’s joy. As dusty rooms and secret compartments give up their clues about her past, Addie finds a faith and a love she could never have guessed. To embrace this new world of promise is to risk her life; but to run away is to risk losing the greatest love she’s ever known.

Addie Sullivan’s life is literally turned upside down when she learns she isn’t who she believed to be for years. But the strange memories she has of being thrown into the sea by a man she doesn’t remember seems to fit along with the story the stranger she and her mother cared for tells her. So, leaving everything she knows and loves, she goes with the stranger in pursuit of the truth- and finds out she really is Julia Eaton. But why is Mr. Eaton getting blackmailed, and why was the young boy she now cares for kidnapped for no apparent reason? The Lightkeeper’s Daughter is the first book I’ve read by Colleen Coble, and to tell you the truth, I wasn’t disappointed. The way she weaved the story together with mystery, romance, and a strong faith in God was amazing, and I can’t wait to read more books from her. This book kept me guessing until the end, and even then I was shocked as to what the truth was. In fact, I was yelling near the end, so I might recommend reading this when you’re by yourself. Set in the early 1900s, it tells the story of Addie and John North, Mr. Eaton’s son-in-law. Going back and forth between the two, pieces of the puzzle about what really went on in Addie’s past come together as the story progresses. Definitely two thumbs up for Miss Coble!

God bless,
Elyssa =)

*This book was purchased by me for my own collection*

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