A thrilling romantic mystery set in the lush Victorian age.
Central Operator Katie Russell’s inquisitive ways have just uncovered her parents’ plan for her marriage to wealthy bachelor Bartholomew Foster. Her heart is unmoved, but she knows the match will bring her family status and respectability.
Then Katie overhears a phone conversation that makes her uneasy and asks authorities to investigate. But the caller is nowhere to be found. Mysterious connections arise between the caller and a ship lost at sea.
Against propriety, Katie questions the new lighthouse keeper, Will Jesperson. Then a smallpox epidemic forces their quarantine in his lighthouse. Though of low social status, Will’s bravery and kindness remove Katie’s suspicion and win her love. Katie and Will together work to solve the mystery of the missing girl and the lost ship as God gives the couple the desire of their hearts.
When a book is called the Lightkeeper’s Bride, you don’t have to go past the first page to know what happens; but, hopefully you will be interested in how the main character becomes a bride. Overall, the how was moderately entertaining and relatively suspenseful.
There were too many subplots for the story to feel completely fluid, cohesive or developed. The paternity storyline was too erratic and lacked validity because it changed with whatever was convenient in particular parts of the story. Once the inconsistency was resolved, I found that it was no longer important and could not understand why so much time was spent around such an inconsequential portion of the plot.
The antics and scenarios that the characters found themselves in sometimes came across as melodramatic and superfluous. I felt the same way about the dialogue as I did in the first novel-it was a little stilted and lackluster. Nick and Katie were charming characters and their romance was saccharine, but the supporting characters were flat and stereotyped in their roles.
I would recommend this book for readers who are looking for light and sweet suspenseful romances and don’t mind predictability.