UPDATE: A winner has been chosen and emailed for this contest! I’ll have more giveaways soon!
The Lightkeeper’s Ball by Colleen Coble, is a fun, fast read, perfect for vacation time. This story, circa 1910, centers around Olivia Stewart, a rich young socialite who has reached the age of twenty-five and is still unmarried. For Olivia this is quite a feat. For the matchmaking matrons who feel they must remedy her situation, not so much. As luck would have it, Olivia’s mother wants to fix her up with the one man she seeks access to. But Olivia wants only to prove he’s a murderer.
This is a tale of intrigue and drama set among the entrepreneurs who shaped the modern era, with an inspirational theme guiding the story—rather like a lighthouse. Throw in mistaken identities, a tall, dark, handsome murder suspect, rides in a risky new invention called the aeroplane, several attempts on Olivia’s life, a masquerade ball, and a villain you’d never suspect—now you have a story worthy of a TV miniseries. If they could provide costumes and sets as beautiful as this book cover, it would be unforgettable!
As we all do, I picture the action of the story as I’m reading, but then I tend to relate those scenes to movies I’ve seen. For this story, I imagined a Nancy Drew type character born into the Titanic era world of the Rothschilds and Astors. How exciting is that!
Here are a few of the movies the story brought to mind . . .
Ever After: Why? Different time period, but it has the beautiful daughter pining for her father, a fight for her inheritance, a handsome prince who is interested in modern thinking and inventions, charming secondary characters, and a masquerade ball.
Anastasia: Why this one? Similar time period, beautiful ball gowns, and a young woman pretending to be someone she, kind of, really is . . . If you read the book, you’ll know what I mean!
Meet Me in St. Louis: Why? Again, a similar time period, great clothes, plucky heroine, drama within the family, the 1904 World’s Fair. Plus, there’s singing!
Now It’s Giveaway Time! I’m giving away my copy of The Lightkeeper’s Ball to one fortunate follower. (US and Canada only) Let me know two things in a comment. 1. That you’re interested in winning the book. 2. How you follow my blog–either through RSS feed, GFC, email, Facebook, Networked Blogs or twitter. The contest will run until Monday, May 9 at 11:59 pm, and I’ll announce a winner soon after.
(I know, I’ve really been going crazy with the giveaways lately! I guess I feel compelled to share since I have so many great books.)
***Thanks to the B&B Media Group for providing a copy of this book for me to review.