A traditional Christian romance, The Lightkeeper’s Daughter by Colleen Coble follows a heroine searching for an identity she will only find in Christ and in the man God provides for her. Addie Sullivan, the compassionate yet animated and bold daughter of the keeper of a lighthouse, has searched for love since her father died years ago, a love her mother never provided. A new horizon dawns, however, when a stranger appears, claiming Addie as his long-lost relative and the daughter of a rich man. The revelation hurdles Addie into a search for the truth of her past, a search that leads to shocking twists and deceiving characters.
Meanwhile, Addie takes on a position with Lieutenant John North, hiding her true identity until she can find solid proof for her heritage. The world of the rich far surpasses and differs from the simple light-keeping world Addie is accustomed to. Addie must guard against pressure to change herself for her new family as John falls in love with Addie, the sister of his former wife.
Coble does a wonderful job with plot twists, weaving in the unexpected and deceiving her readers with villains disguised as heroes. Addie and John fall in love at first sight, and while John suspects Addie has a secret, his relationship with Addie comes on far too fast. Coble gives her readers little reason to think of the romance as more than infatuation. Also, Coble’s explanation of the family tree and who is related to whom lacks clarity, and the spiritual development of Coble’s characters doesn’t stand much ground.
Addie’s character, the only true Christian character, doesn’t falter in her faith, but such a struggle could add to her search for fulfillment, love, and family, which she ultimately finds more in romance than in God. Addie exemplifies a strong Christian, however, and her strength may give readers a similar resolve to “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might” (Ephesians 6:10). – Harmony Wheeler, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
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.