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The Lightkeeper's Daughter (A Mercy Falls Novel)
by Colleen Coble

Published: 2010-01-12
Paperback : 320 pages
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At a lavish estate in Mercy Falls, California, Addie Sullivan finds danger-and quite possibly the love of her life.

Growing up as the lightkeeper's daughter on a remote island at the turn of the century, Addie Sullivan has lived a hardscrabble life. When a long-lost and wealthy relative ...

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Introduction

At a lavish estate in Mercy Falls, California, Addie Sullivan finds danger-and quite possibly the love of her life.

Growing up as the lightkeeper's daughter on a remote island at the turn of the century, Addie Sullivan has lived a hardscrabble life. When a long-lost and wealthy relative finds her and enlists her to work as a governess at a lavish estate, she hopes to discover the truth of her heritage. But at Eaton Hall, nothing is as it seems. Not the idyllic family she hoped for, not the child she was hired to help, not even the aloof man she's immediately attracted to. Soon she must turn for help to Lieutenant John North, a man who views her with suspicion.

 

As Addie edges closer to the truth, danger threatens even as her romance with John blossoms and together they unravel a decades-old mystery. As Addie faces down her enemy, she discovers that faith in her one true Father is all she needs

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Prologue

Bree Matthews stood arm-in-arm with her husband in the foyer of the funeral home as the last of the visitors left with the fading of daylight. Naomi had taken charge of the twins, and Bree could hear their gurgles from the children's room down the hall. Already six months old. Where had the time gone? ... view entire excerpt...

Discussion Questions

1) Addie desperately wanted to belong to a family. How easy is it to change who you are to gain approval?
2) How do you gauge your self worth? How should it be gauged?
3) John wanted to protect his son from the world. What are the pros of this? The cons?

Notes From the Author to the Bookclub

Dear Reader,

I've always been fascinated by lighthouses. A couple of years ago, I visited a lighthouse in northern California and watched the seagulls and frigatebirds diving for their dinner. The idea of The LIghtkeeper's Daughter popped into my head, and I knew I had to write that story of a young woman, the daughter of a lightkeeper, who discovers she isn't who she thought she was. And someone would do anything to make sure she's never reunited with her wealthy father.

The story idea cried out for a historical setting, and I've always been fascinated by the turn of the last century. I loved the dresses (I probably wouldn't want to be stuck wearing them though! No corsets for me.) and the innovations happening nearly every day. There was such a difference between the very wealthy and the regular people. What is really important in life? Addie Sullivan has to decide that for herself.

I hope when readers close the book they come away with the realization that real love accepts us for who we are and doesn't try to change us.

Happy Reading!

Colleen Coble

www.colleencoble.com

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  "light read"by 8feetfast (see profile) 04/05/11

What I love about Colleen Coble is that I don't know who the criminal is in chapter one. This book ties all the fun stuff together (romance, suspense, humor) with some historical fiction.

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