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What is it about a series that we like so much?
I like stand alone stories and I want my series books to be stand alone as well (just in case I don’t read them in order), but I like to hear more about favorite characters that I have known and come to love. I just get excited when a character I liked shows up in another story. It’s like welcoming an old friend. “Hey! I know you! Welcome back!”
Do you like series books? Do you find yourself unwilling to begin a series out of order (no matter how stand alone the books are)? I will often wait until I have all of the books of the series before I begin the first one, especially if it is an author that I like reading. If it is a new-to-me author, I might read the first one just to see if I like the series before I’ll invest in the other books.
I’m not doing a review here today, except to say that I have read this series and liked all three books, although the second one was my favorite. Enough said, now onto the giveaway…
Mercy Falls Series by Colleen Coble
Synopsis from GoodReads:
Addie Sullivan leads a quiet life in a northern California lighthouse. She mourns the death of her father and endures her mother’s bitterness, until the night a storm brings an injured stranger and a dark secret to her home. The man insists she is not who she thinks she is, but rather “Julia Eaton”-the child long lost and feared dead by her wealthy family. Seizing the chance to be reunited with the Eatons, Addie leaves her lighthouse home but decides to keep her true identity a secret until they can unravel the mystery.
Addie loves the Eatons’ palatial home tucked away among the California redwood forests. She feels secure with the jovial family, adores the young boy who is her charge as governess, and finds romance with his father John, a young widower. But sinister shadows overtake Addie’s joy. As dusty rooms and secret compartments give up their clues about her past, Addie finds a faith and a love she could never have guessed. To embrace this new world of promise is to risk her life; but to run away is to risk losing the greatest love she’s ever known.
Synopsis from GoodReads:
When Katie answers the call of duty, she awakens the call of her heart.
Katie Russell loves working as a telephone operator in Mercy Falls, California. But since childhood she has been expected to marry well. Her family presses for an engagement to wealthy bachelor Bartholomew Foster and though he doesn’t stir her heart, their engagement promises a secure financial future.
Working the phone lines one evening, Katie overhears a chilling exchange between her friend Eliza and a familiar male voice. Katie soon learns that Eliza has disappeared, and the crime may be linked to another investigation by handsome new lighthouse keeper, Will Jesperson. Katie and Will soon form an alliance. An alliance that slowly blossoms into something more.
Despite the danger surrounding her, Katie is powerfully drawn to Will. But she is not at liberty to marry for love. And though society forbids their growing affection, Katie can’t help but notice Will’s sense of peace. It’s a peace that rests on his trust in God–a trust that Katie has never had to depend on, with her future so clearly mapped out before her.
But the more Katie uncovers of the mystery, the more she discovers about herself, her past, and the brilliant future that could be hers if only she has the courage to trust in God and follow where her heart so fearlessly leads.
At the elegant Mercy Falls masquerade ball, Olivia’s hidden identity will be revealed.
It is the dawn of a new century and Olivia Stewart is heiress to an empire. Her family numbers among the Four Hundred–those considered the wealthiest and most distinguished in America. Unfortunately their wealth has nearly disappeared, and now their security rests upon the Stewart daughters marrying well.
Olivia’s sister, Eleanor, was engaged to Harrison Bennett, one of the nation’s wealthiest men, but has since died. Now the pressure is on Olivia to take her place, despite her suspicions about Eleanor’s fiance. Using her family’s long-forgotten English title, Olivia travels to Mercy Falls, California, as Lady Devonworth, hoping to learn more before committing to marriage. There she finds that Eleanor’s death was no accident. And Harrison is not the man she thought he would be.
When Mercy Falls holds a charity masquerade ball to raise funds for the new lighthouse, secrets–and truths long hidden–will be revealed. But can Harrison really love Olivia when he finds her true identity? Can she live with the repercussions of failing her family, or will she finally realize that nothing–not money, family, or romance–will ever compare to God’s unconditional love?
Where can I learn more about this author and their books?
One (1) lucky winner will win all three books in the Mercy Falls Series: The Lightkeeper’s Daughter, The Lightkeeper’s Bride, and The Lightkeeper’s Ball by Colleen Coble. Good books are meant to be passed on and so I am passing along my copies of these books. They are all gently read copies in good condition. To enter the giveaway, just fill out the Rafflecopter form below. For the mandatory blog post comment, you must answer the question from the Rafflecopter form. Open to readers with USA mailing addresses only. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. The winner will be notified via email and will have one week to respond back to me with their info. Good Luck and Thank You for stopping by!
The comment question to be answered for this giveaway is: Do you like series books and are there any that you recommend?
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