Giveaway and Review: The Lightkeeper’s Ball

Renee Ann Smith —  May 5, 2011 — 30 Comments

UPDATE: A winner has been chosen and emailed for this contest! I’ll have more giveaways soon!

The Lightkeeperโ€™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

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

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

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.)

Go here to purchase a copy of the book for yourself.

***Thanks to the B&B Media Group for providing a copy of this book for me to review.

Renee Ann Smith

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I teach literature in a Christian high school by day and write inspirational fiction by night. I love to share heart-touching quotes and stories here on my blog. So glad you stopped by!

30 responses to Giveaway and Review: The Lightkeeper’s Ball

  1. I get your emails and I follow on facebook. Would love a copy of this book. I love the cover! And I love a good mystery/romance

  2. I follow you through RSS feed, and of course, I would love to have this book. It sounds amazing. I haven’t had time to read too much this year and really need to remedy that situation!

  3. Hi Renee Ann! I am connected to you through a network of bloggers and we are Facebook friends! Love reading your reviews and such! And this book…my oh my! Right up my alley and I love this author! Gripping and thrilling…all around talented! Sign me up for the contest! Happy Thursday!

  4. Lovely cover, intrigue, drama, a tall, dark, handsome suspect: all the ingredients for a terrific book! I also enjoy Colleen Coble’s books. I would love to win this book.
    I follow your blog on Facebook.

  5. I am a follower through GFC and would LOVE a copy of this book. I have been really interested in reading it.

  6. I would love to win this book!! I follow by RSS!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. That book sounds so fun! Thanks for the heads up. You always review such good stuff. I’ve got to get on my Nook asap.

  8. I would love to read this book. I am a email subscriber.
    twoofakind12 [at] yahoo [dot] com

  9. What a totally fun review! Loved it!

  10. I’d love to win this book

    I’m a gfc follower and email subscriber

    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

  11. I am very interested in this book (as I love the movies you mentioned!). I follow you through email and Facebook. Hope you have a great, relaxing weekend! ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. This book sounds like an interesting read. I follow your blog via GFC & e-mail
    Love & Hugs,
    Pam
    pk4290(at)comcast(dot)net

  13. Anita Yancey May 6, 2011 at 9:41 am

    I’m very interested in winning this book. Sounds like a wonderful read. Please enter me. Thanks!
    Follow on GFC(Anita Yancey)
    Subscribe via email

    ayancey(at)dishmail(dot)NET

  14. I love this genre of books and most of the movies that it reminded you of. I would love a chance to read it.

    I follow on GFC and I receive email updates.

    ke7yca at gmail dot com

  15. I follow you through email subscribing
    jessicatang90 at hotmail dot com

    I would love to win this book!

  16. Hi Renee Ann, I am totally interested in winning this book! I enjoy your blog a lot and receive it via e-mail. Blessings, Elizabeth.

  17. Could THIS be the one i win?! luving your intro Renee Ann ~ sounds like summer ๐Ÿ™‚
    thx for the offer and opp. i follow GFC, email subscription + twitter ~ do you FEEL followed? ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. I am definitely interested in this book! ๐Ÿ™‚
    I follow your blog via email! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Kim
    lonebanana(at)msn(dot)com

  19. I love that you compared it to movies. Neat review!

    Have a great weekend!

    (not an entry)

  20. Jackie Smith May 6, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    So anxious to read this one!!! Thanks for entering me. I have read all of her books!!! I subscribe via e mail.
    jackie.smith[at]dishmail[dot]net

  21. I’m always ready to win a free book! Thanks for hosting!
    I follow you through GFC and Facebook and of course NOBH! ๐Ÿ™‚
    I love how you compare the books you read to movies you’ve seen! So clever and creative ๐Ÿ™‚
    Thanks Renee Ann! Have a blessed weekend!

  22. Thanks so much for joining in the fun, ladies! I appreciate your kind words and “follows” more than I can say. Blessings!

  23. O sounds fantastic. I LOVE how you brought up the films it made you think of. Great post. (not an entry)

  24. Ooh! I love books like this! Thanks for sharing this info!

    Following you from the Weekend Hop.

    Please come visit us at voiceBoks – The Voice of Motherhood and find out what everyone’s saying, doing, etc. There, you’ll also meet a really great group of wonderful women who love to connect and meet new people.

    Hope you have a great Mother’s Day!

    Take Care,

    Lexie Lane
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    P.S. Please come and join our year long Hop with Hopper Strategized when you have a chance!

  25. Charlotte Kay May 8, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    Please include me in this giveaway.
    Thanks for making it possible.
    I follow and subscriber.
    Charlotte Kay

  26. i’m another wanting this book thanks to your review Renee Ann! sounds DeLiSH!
    HaPpY to be following GFC ~ especially now that my pc issues have been fixed!!

  27. Thanks for joining in the giveaway today, ladies! We’ll see who wins this book soon ๐Ÿ™‚

  28. Would love to win this book. Follow on GFC
    jenhedger at hotmail dot com

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