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

book-lightkeepers-daughter-featuredThe Lightkeeper’s Daughter

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.

book-lightkeepers-bride-featuredThe Lightkeeper’s Bride

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.

book-lightkeepers-ball-featuredThe Lightkeeper’s Ball

Synopsis from GoodReads:

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?

Colleen Coble, Author Website

Giveaway

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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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30 thoughts on “What Is It About Series books?

  1. I love certain types of series books, and I will look for them or pre-order them because I like the writer’s style.

  2. I do like series if they are stand alone books. I do not like being left hanging in the ending! I like when the story carries on in more books but not when I have to buy the next to see how the first ends..
    I am enjoying The Everstone Chronicles by Dawn Crandall..

    1. I completely agree Deanna! I do not like cliff hangers in books. The Everstone Chronicles is on my TBR (to be read) list as well.

  3. I like book series. I prefer them to be all out in print before I start them though. There are so many that I have liked. The secret lives of Will Tucker by Kathleen Y’Barbo, Valley of Choice by Olivia Newport and Daughters of Fortune by Susan May Warren. Plus many more.

    1. Oooh Daughters of Fortune series. That is also on my TBR list. I’ve read some of Susan’s other books and like them.

  4. I love series book! Especially when they have the same characters in all the books, so you can get to know them really well. I would recommend any of Debbie Macomber’s series, especially Cedar Cove.

  5. I love series books. Some of my favorites are by Terri Blackstock (currently reading Twisted Innocence, last book in The Moonlighters series), Jen Turano (Ladies of Distinction series), Julianna Deering (The Drew Farthering Mysteries) and Wanda E. Brunstetter’s The Half-stitched Amish Quilting Club series. I could go on and on. Thanks for the chance to win!

  6. I absolutely love series!! And there are so many that I could recommend!
    – Refiner’s Fire series by Lynn Austin
    – Heirs of Cahira O’Conner series by Angela Elwell Hunt
    – Alaskan Courage series Dani Pettrey
    – Deadly Reunions series by Lynette Eason
    – Several different series by Colleen Coble, who is one of my favorite authors! 😉 As well as series by Ronie Kendig, Candace Calvert, Dee Henderson, etc. And so, so many more that I can’t think of right now! The list goes on and on… 😉

    Thanks for offering this giveaway! I really enjoyed this series and would love to be able to pass this book on to a friend of mine. 🙂

  7. I’ve never read any of these, but they look interesting, especially the mystery part!

  8. Oops, I didn’t read what type of comment to leave before leaving one. 😉 I like series books if they’re done well and aren’t too contingent on the others in the series. Yes, I like Jack Cavanaugh’s “American Family Portrait” series and his “Songs in the Night” series and hIs “Book of Books” series. I’m also quite liking Randy Alcorn’s “Ollie Chandler” series. Some of Janette Oke’s series are also quite good.

  9. Yes! I love series! Most often, because I don’t have to tell the characters “goodbye” so soon. 🙂

    I like Janette Oke’s series. It’d be hard to choose my favorite, but I do like the “Song of Acadia” series by her a T. Davis Bunn.

    ~Amanda

  10. I do love series! Love Lynette Eason’s Deadly Reunions series, Irene Hannon’s Guardians of Justice series, and Laura Frantz’s Ballantyne series. And soooooo many others lol

  11. i love series books…especially Cindy Woodsmall. TY for the chance.

  12. I love series since the characters become like family. They don’t have to have a major part in future books of the series, but I love to have them in as minor characters. I don’t usually like starting a series if I don’t have the whole thing and definitely don’t like to read out of order even if they can stand alone. I’ve read so many good series, but for the laughs, I’ll say Jen Turano’s Women of Distinction series. I’ve also enjoyed Lauraine Snelling, and Robin Lee Hatcher recently.

    1. I am the same way about getting the whole series before I start it. I am looking forward to reading Jen Turano’s series which I think I just finished getting all of.

  13. I really enjoyed the Baxter series by Karen Kingsbury. Also really enjoyed the Yada Yada Prayer Group series.

    1. Oh, I liked the Baxter series as well. Wow, there are so many great series available. I will be having a giveaway in the future for Karen Kingsbury’s series about Bailey Flanigan so keep checking my website for upcoming news on that!

  14. I love reading series! Some of my favorite series authors… Sarah Sundin, Erynn Mangum, Janice Thompson, Roseanna White, Andrew Peterson… the list could go on for ages!
    This sounds like a great series! And the covers are STUNNING!

    1. I agree Amy, these are some great covers. I read Sarah Sundin’s Wings Of Glory series last year – LOVED IT!

  15. I like book series. Sometimes there are books I love that aren’t and I wish they were.

  16. I love series! Some of my favorites were written by Brandilyn Collins (ALL of her series books!), Tricia Goyer (her two Amish series and the Spanish Civil War series), Dee Henderson (The O’Malley Chronicles), and Jen Turner (she has two historical series that I loved). It is a great way to keep in touch with characters who have become my friends.

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