Olivia seems to have it all, but her heart yearns for more.
Olivia Stewart’s family is one of the Four Hundred-the highest echelon of society in 1910. When her sister dies under mysterious circumstances, Olivia leaves their New York City home for Mercy Falls, California, to determine what befell Eleanor. She suspects Harrison Bennett, the man Eleanor planned to marry. But the more Olivia gets to know him, the more she doubts his guilt-and the more she is drawn to him herself.
When several attempts are made on her life, Olivia turns to Harrison for help. He takes her on a ride in his aeroplane, but then crashes, and they’re forced to spend two days alone together. With her reputation hanging by a thread, Harrison offers to marry her to make the situation right. As a charity ball to rebuild the Mercy Falls lighthouse draws near, she realizes she wants more than a sham engagement-she wants Harrison in her life forever. But her enemy plans to shatter the happiness she is ready to grasp. If Olivia dares to drop her masquerade, she just might see the path to true happiness.
This is the third and strongest novel in the Mercy Falls series. As a whole this series was pleasant and the books served as literary snacks to unwind with at the end of the day,but I don’t think this series is reflective of Colleen Coble’s true talent as a novelist. I hate to say it, but what stayed with me the most after finishing all three books was the stunning cover work.
There are two common links between the three books in this series: the setting and the men moving from deceptive spoiled women to their heroine sisters.
- The Lightkeeper’s Daugher: John was married to Addie’s sister
- The Lightkeeper’s Bride: Katie’s mother is actually her aunt because her father first had a relationship with his wife’s sister, Katie’s biological mother. (There has to be an easier way to summarize that)
- The Lightkeeper’s Ball: Harrison was engaged to Olivia’s sister Eleanor
I don’t know if this was an intentional theme but I wondered why this recurred in all three books-by the third time the approach was stale.
Olivia was a heroine that I could not empathize with; she was too hoity-toity, self-righteous and manipulative. I actually didn’t think she deserved the humble and honorable Harrison. She did have redeeming qualities that made her more endearing towards the end but it took me a while to warm up to her, especially since after a certain point it was no longer “necessary” to continue her deception. But then again, if she was perfect it wouldn’t be nearly as interesting, would it? There were several highly implausible scenarios surrounding Harrison and Olivia’s courtship and inconsistencies that were conveniently overlooked. On the other hand, there were also some lovely romantic moments.
For me, the star of this book was Harrison. I really enjoyed learning about the pioneers in airplane engineering through his entrepreneurial enterprise and his excitement about aviation was contagious.
**A review copy of this book was provided by B&B Media**