Set in the early 1900’s, The Lightkeeper’s Ball tells the story of Olivia Stewart, a young woman from a prominent New York family whose fortune is nearly gone. Pressured to better her family’s circumstances by accepting an advantageous proposal of marriage, Olivia travels incognito to California hoping to learn more about Harrison Bennet, her possible future husband, and to investigate the questionable circumstances surrounding her sister’s death.
To be perfectly honest, I found this book difficult to rate. It was quick and light reading, which is typically the kind of book I enjoy. But that in and of itself does not a good book make.
The mystery was probably the best part of this story, as it kept me guessing to the very end. The romance thread, however, was eye-rollingly predictable. From the first few chapters, it was obvious what and how things would unfold between the protagonists. As for spiritual content, I found this book wanting. The characters begin to explore the idea of God having a plan for their lives, but this idea is never fully explored, and it left me feeling the story was incomplete.
While this book may not win any literary prizes, it’s a fine choice for a day at the beach. If you’re looking for an easy, clean, and light read, this one fits the bill.
(Disclaimer: As a blogger I received a free review copy – no requirement to give it a positive review, just for the reviewer to call it like they see it.)