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Sunday, January 17, 2010

Now I'm giving away The Lightkeeper's Daughter by Colleen Coble! With bonus review!

To enter your name for a chance to win a copy of this book simply post a comment about a time when you did something for your family's approval that you probably shouldn't have done. If you can't think of anything then post a comment about inheritance. Do you think if someone is a blood relative but had nothing to do with the family (ie: they were adopted into another family and didn't know they were heirs) do you think they should get the inheritance due them because of their blood relationship? I will draw a winner's name by random selection next Sunday!

About the book:

In her quest to discover the truth about her family, Addie finds danger-and quite possibly the love of her life.

It's 1907 and Addie Sullivan has found work at a lavish estate in Mercy Falls, California. She hopes to discover the truth of her heritage. But when she arrives at Eaton Hall, nothing is as it seems. Not the idyllic family she dreamt of, not the child she was hired to help, not even the aloof man she's immediately attracted to. The danger she'd hoped to escape follows her, however, and she soon finds she must turn for help to a man who views her with suspicion.

If Addie realizes her dream, she'll deprive the man she loves of HIS dream--his right to the wealth and power of the Eaton name. She must come to realize that God is sufficient even in the hard times, and no familial approval is worth her integrity.

My Review:

The Lightkeeper's Daughter was an incredible story and I loved it. Full of romance and mystery, it kept me reading and I couldn't put it down. Seriously. John was the dreamiest hero ever! I loved him and how he treated Addie. She was a great heroine, too. She loved the Lord and it was evident in her life. The spiritual thread in this book was excellently inserted and made the book just that much better. It didn't feel forced, but very natural. I loved how Addie's respect for the hero made him want to be a better man. Shouldn't our lives and love for the Lord attract people? This story shows that very well. It makes me want to show my husband even more respect and that is what good fiction should do, IMHO. It should inspire us to be better at loving others.

The coolest part of this story was that you just never quite knew who the bad guy was. I changed my mind several times (and my theories) and honestly, it surprised me at the end to find out who the culprit was, yet it also made total sense. The foundation was very well laid and prepared me to accept that twist. This book was so full of surprises, but they were all believable and worked well for the story. This was the perfect historical mystery with enough warmth to make romance lovers like me sigh with pleasure. I truly enjoyed this story and it's making my top fiction for 2010 list. While I've read other books written by this author, this is definitely my favorite book by Colleen Coble. I think she has a real knack for historical fiction with mystery and romantic elements. I plan to read the next book in this series and can't wait for it's release.

The Lightkeeper's Daughter was published by Thomas Nelson and released in Jan. 2010.


Mark said...

I'd like to enter. I made a move from one state to another to make my family happy :-0

Amber S. said...

It's interesting to think about inheritances...I suppose it would make sense to pass on what you own to those who are "next in line" among your descendants. It reminds me of the movie "The Inheritance"--it's such a sweet historical romance!

Anyway, I'm so glad that we are given in inheritancer in Christ!

I would love a chance to win this book! Sounds interesting! Thanks!


Nancye said...

I guess it would depend on the family situation as to who would get what. As long as there were no squabbles, then sharing should be equal.

nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

Abi said...

I guess if they had nothing to do with the family prior why include them in the inheritance. However, after we were first married we did get a surprise as hubby had an Uncle on his mom's side that died we did know it but since his mom was already deceased it was split between her three children. We did receive portion. Was nice surprise. Nothing we expected though. Never had any contact with the Uncle.

Love to win this book thanks

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Merry said...

I think an inheritance should be given according to the wishes of those who have something to bequeath.
The Lightkeeper's Daughter looks like a great story, please add me for the drawing. Thanks!


Anita Yancey said...

No, I don't think they should get the inheritance. But things happen really odd when it comes to inheritances. My husband's grandmother always said she wanted him to have everything, and even left a will to that effect. But when she died, he got absolutely nothing. Thanks to other relatives who just came in and took everything. Please enter me. Thanks!


Kimberly Conway said...

Hello! I would like to be entered to win. Something I did for family's approval . . . going to college for a major I wasn't all that passionate about (but they were).

Becki said...

Funny thing about inheritances...I had a woman that had been a very close family friend, we used to call her Aunt Mabel. When she died twelve years ago, she left us $10,000. Wow what a shock and blessing. We split it between our children and found with wise investing it almost tripled.
Each child had one semester of college paid for!

I love Coleen Coble's books so please add my name to the drawing!

Pam at Daysong Reflections said...

Love Coble's books. Would love to win this one.

Inheritances can be a touchy thing. We are in the last stages of settling my husband's mother's estate and have learned a lot in the process. Fortunately it has gone smoothly considering there were 6 children. I agree with Merry in that it should be done in accordance with the wishes of the deceased most of the time but each case has its own unique circumstances. Of course when there is a legal will, those wishes will usually stand up.

Casey said...

I would love to read this book. I have never really done anything to please my family. And I don't know much about inheritance, only that it can be a sticky topic. :)


Morgan @ BLT said...

Inheritance is always a messy case. I think whoever the person names in a will gets the inheritance--but of course that doesn't always happen. So, no I don't think just because they're of blood relation they can get the entire inheritance.
Peculiar things happen when money is involved. My family has a murder mystery story that happen over a hundred years ago. My grandmother's grandfather had an assistant who killed him for a reason that is unknown to this day.

LuAnn said...

I know there are times when someone inherits who truly doesn't deserve it. When my grandmother died, all I wanted was a set of pictures she painted that hung on her wall as long I could remember. They weren't worth anything at all -- just some simple watercolors of birds -- but my uncle wasn't about to give anything up. As far as I know, those precious pictures were either thrown out or still sit in some box in his basement.

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Karin said...

I've never done anything just for my family's approval (I think I'm actually quite frustrating to them!).

I think the people who leave the inheritance should decide where it goes. I don't see why blood relation should matter (esp. if they've never been part of each others' lives).


Anonymous said...

I went to the wrong college for me. Because it was the school I was expected to go to. I hated it.
13rubberduckies [at] gmail [dot] com

Megan said...

I ran cross country to make my dad happy. however, it wasn't necessary - he loved me anyways! haha

and I think sometimes blood relatives are not as close. Like shouldn't an adopted child receive inheritance from his/ her adopted parents? I think it's all about the wishes of the deceased!

justpeachy36 said...

Please enter me in the giveaway.

One thing I did for my parents approval was picking a career in the beginning that they wanted but I didn't. I have since went my own way.

Anonymous said...

I think if someone has nothing to do with a relative, they don't necessarily deserve a share of the inheritance just because they are blood. This is why is it so important to have a will and specify where your money goes.

raine said...

I really can't think of anything right now...I know I did a lot things I shouldn't have...

Please enter me for a chance to win!

lowurtz at gmail dot com

Anita Mae Draper said...

I've always been the 'black sheep' of the family because I don't bow to their pressures. My first instance was as a Grade 9 student when I dared to attend a high school different than what my sibling or parents chose. I've never looked back.

On the topic of inheritance, I'd like to say blood shouldn't matter. It should be up to the person giving it away whom he gives it to - no strings attached.

Colleen Coble said...

Wow, I'm thrilled you loved it, Michelle! thanks for the shout out!

Anita Mae Draper said...

I forgot to say Colleen, that although I haven't got to reading any of your books yet, it's only a matter of time.

There are usually so many msgs on the ACFW loop I can't read them all but I make a point of reading yours.

anitamaedraper (at) hotmail [dot] com

Barbara E Brink said...

I went to nursing college for a year because my mom thought it would be a great career for me. I hated every minute, wanting nothing more than to be a writer.

Debra Ullrick said...

One thing I did to get my family's approval that I shouldn't have wasn't so much with my family growing up, but with my married family. Because I have a controlling MIL who would push and shove and make everyone's life miserable until she got her way, lots of times I ended up compromising my personal convictions and did a lot of things I now regret. I've since learned to hold onto my personal convictions. I don't put them on someone else, but I do hold fast to them now. It's a horrible thing to be a people pleaser. You end up doing a lot of things you don't want to and regret later.

Please add my name to the drawing.

christianromancewriter [at] gmail [dot] com


Debra Ullrick, author of The Bride Wore Coveralls.

Tiffany Amber Stockton said...

Well, can't comment on the doing something to gain family approval as neither side of my family would ever ask me to do anything like that.

So...inheritances it is. As long as the person didn't turn their back on the family in a cruel manner (e.g. disown, bad-mouth, choose to be disassociated, etc.), then I think blood relation would deserve the inheritance. Of course, I'd also want investigation done on the person if they had no clue they were related, just to see how they might treat this inheritance and any family members who might have been "shafted" in the process.

Btw, I'd LOVE to win this book. The first historical from Colleen in YEARS, and I adore her historicals. Thanks for the chance.

Cindy Thomson said...

I don't think family necessarily comes from a bloodline, so no, I don't think someone should automatically inherit a family fortune. We all better check our wills! :)

Tiffany Amber Stockton said...

Oh yeah, forgot my contact info:

tiff [at] amberstockton [dot] com

My author site

amweeks said...

This book looks charming, and I'd love to read it! I think that "inheritance" is such an outdated was for the times when riches and the family home really meant something.

Michelle Sutton said...

and the winner is...

Cindy Thompson! The randomizer picked you. Congrats!

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