Saturday, October 1, 2011

Historical Fiction: The Lightkeeper's Daughter

Dear Readers, I originally posted this review on my book blog Rather Bookish, but I thought my readers here might be interested in this delightful piece of Historical Fiction. I enjoyed it immensely and am the lookout for other books in the Mercy Falls Series! Reading this book and recovering from a cold and the flu is what I've been up to lately. :)

The Lightkeeper's Daughter by Colleen Coble

Synopsis: "With the lies of the past behind her, Addie finds love...and discovers her true Father.
Addie Sullivan leads a quiet life in northern California lighthouse. She mourns the death of her father and endures her mother's bitterness, until the night a storm brings and 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 Eastons, Addie leaves her lighthouse home but decides to keep her true identity a secret until they can unravel the mystery.
Addie Loves the Eatons' 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." - quoted from back cover

Introductions: I had seen this book with it's charming cover design in department stores and bookstores over the past month and picked it up once or twice thinking it looked like a good book. Then when Charity over at Austenitis recommended it highly in her review in May I immediately put The Lightkeeper's Daughter on my reading list. I was so happy when I was able to pick a brand new copy up for $3 while I was on vacation in August. It waited a few weeks, while I finished up one of the books I was already reading, but when I started reading it I was totally engrossed in the world that the author had created!

Author: Having never read anything by Colleen Coble I didn't know quite what to expect but I was pleasantly surprised to find a beautifully told story filled with sweet friendships, family fun, adventure, mystery, a bit of suspense and a charming love story! The subjects of the early Edwardian era, Victorian mansions and lighthouses all correspond with my own interests. In a letter at the end of the book the author says she's never written historical fiction before but her tale is told so well and with many historical details that it's so brilliant. I'd definitely read more in this series and by this author!

Characters: The heroine Adeline "Addie" Sullivan is a spunky red-head who loves sewing, reading Elizabeth Barrett Browning poems, playing ragtime music on the piano, caring for people with her medicine skills and running barefoot in the great outdoors while talking to her Savior. The reader immediately identifies with Addie and like her yearns to learn more about the mystery surrounding her past. The hero, John North, is singled out in the first few chapters and is gallant, charming and loves the heroine for being pure and genuine. I wish there was a little bit more about his background but it is very interesting getting inside his head and sometimes hearing his thoughts about Addie. The other character are well drawn out and true to life, there are a few that I really wanted to learn more about!

My Thoughts: I loved this book so much! The style of writing and the story was quite unique, different from other historical romances I've read. While I was reading there were many points where I was even a bit surprised that the author was so imaginative and was writing details that other authors often forget. And the names she uses are lovely! I highly recommend this book, especially if you like historical fiction and a bit of a mystery! The Lightkeeper's Daughter is the first book in The Mercy Falls Series so I'm very excited there's two other books in the series to enjoy (especially since the next book seems to be about a character from the last)! This book is so good it's going to go immediately on my favorites list and I'll definitely be re-reading it some time soon! I hope you all get a chance to read it too!

Very Truly Your's,
Miss Laurie :)


Miss Dashwood said...

This book sounds like a delightful read! I'm always on the lookout for good historical fiction that is reminiscent of old-fashioned novels--so much historical fiction today is "modernized" in an attempt to relate to today's readers. This book, however, sounds lovely and I can't wait to check it out! Thanks for the review!

Melody said...

If this book is to be judged by its cover, I think I'd like it. =) It's going on my list.

Hannah said...

I saw this book at a Dollar General store for $3, but I didn't think it would be good, at only $3 and found at the Dollar Store. I came home and the next day saw this post. I went back, bought it, and read it in two days. We are behind on our homeschooling schedule now, but it was a great book! :) Thanks so much for the review! I've passed it along to my sister, and I know she will love it.

Miss Laurie of Old-Fashioned Charm said...

I bought mine at a Dollar General store as well. I'd been looking for it and was so glad to get it for $3. I'm SO glad you enjoyed it and that this review was helpful! It really is such a wonderful story! :)

Melody said...

I just found this book today at a second hand store! It was stuffed back on the shelf the wrong way, so I pulled it out to fix it and with what surprise saw that it was this book, that I had put on my reading list! ;-) It looks like it has never been read before, so 'new condition', and was only fifty cents. Happy find! Now I'll have something to read on the trip home.

Miss Laurie of Old-Fashioned Charm said...

Melody, How exciting! I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did! :)

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