I found this book, The Lightkeeper’s Daughter by Colleen Coble, randomly at my local thrift store. I thought the synopsis sounded interesting so I picked it up and oh my goodness I am so glad I did. I LOVED this book and luckily for me, it’s book one of a trilogy. This book fits into a few different genres. It is Christian fiction, historical fiction, romance and mystery. I usually don’t care for romances and mysteries but Coble writes them so well. I’ll get more into my thoughts after the synopsis. This review will be spoiler free.
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 Eatons, 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.
To put it simply, I loved everything about this book. All of the characters were well written and seemed like “real” people. They all had flaws, some more than others. The romance aspect of the book is made clear from the synopsis. You know from the beginning that Addie and John are going to end up together but I love the way their relationship progressed and just that storyline in general. It wasn’t cheesy or gag worthy like some Christian fiction romances can be. I also loved the mystery aspect of this book. I had an idea how it was going to end but I ended up being only partially right. I liked that it wasn’t super easy to figure out from the beginning. There were also many other twists and turns that I didn’t expect making this a book I couldn’t put down.
Obviously, I highly recommend this book. Even if you’re not a Christian I still think you would enjoy the historical, romance and mystery storylines in this book. I’ve already ordered book two, The Lightkeeper’s Bride, and book three, The Lightkeeper’s Ball. Those reviews will be up as soon as possible. I also ordered a few more of Colleen Coble’s books because I just really enjoyed her writing style. Does this book series sound like something you would love as well? Let me know! Thanks for reading and have a great day!