The Lightkeeper's Ball (A Mercy Falls Novel)

By Colleen Coble

At the stylish Mercy Falls masquerade ball, Olivia's hidden id may be revealed.

It is the sunrise of a brand new century and Olivia Stewart is heiress to an empire. Her relations numbers one of the 4 Hundred―those thought of the wealthiest and so much unique in the United States. regrettably their wealth has approximately disappeared, and now their defense rests upon the Stewart daughters marrying well.

Olivia's sister, Eleanor, used to be engaged to Harrison Bennett, one of many nation's wealthiest males, yet has on the grounds that died. Now the strain is on Olivia to take her position, regardless of her suspicions approximately Eleanor's fiancé. utilizing her family's long-forgotten English identify, Olivia travels to Mercy Falls, California, as girl Devonworth, hoping to benefit extra earlier than committing to marriage. There she unearths that Eleanor's dying was once no twist of fate. And Harrison isn't the guy she notion he could be.

When Mercy Falls holds a charity masquerade ball to bring up money for the recent lighthouse, secrets―and truths lengthy hidden―will be printed. yet can Harrison fairly love Olivia whilst he unearths her real identification? Can she reside with the repercussions of failing her relations, or will she ultimately observe that nothing―not funds, kinfolk, or romance―will ever evaluate to God's unconditional love?

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What’s the letter say? ” “You didn’t learn it? ” “Of direction no longer, omit. Weren’t my position to learn it. along with, it’s demanding for me. ” Olivia studied her maid’s face. Did she dare inform Goldia the contents of the letter? Goldia were together with her considering the fact that Olivia used to be twelve. If she wasn’t reliable, who was once? “It’s from my father,” she acknowledged. “I was once correct! ” Goldia smiled and clapped her palms. “He’s alive. He warned Eleanor to depart city. He stated that Mr. Bennett had whatever to do with the conditions and is harmful. ” Goldia’s smile light. “What approximately Mr. Harrison? ” Olivia hadn’t desired to take into consideration Harrison. “Father says he’s harmful besides. ” Goldia shuddered. “Handsome males someday are. ” “Father advised Eleanor to prevent him and to wreck off her engagement. He should have had an excellent reason behind this kind of drastic order. ” An internal caution sounded at her father’s loss of transparent clarification, and he or she learned she didn’t are looking to think Harrison might be accountable of any devious habit. anything in her rebelled at her father’s autocratic orders besides. She’d spent her entire lifestyles attempting to make up for the truth that she wasn’t the son he sought after, and he or she discovered she used to be uninterested in being handled as a lesser man or woman. Goldia clasped her palms jointly. “Maybe he was once improper. Did the letter say why he hasn’t permit your mama and also you recognize that he was once alive? ” Olivia inhaled as though that will cease the ache that swept over her. “He didn’t point out me or my mom. ” What attainable cause might he have for slicing them off so thoroughly? Hadn’t he discovered how devastated they have been by way of the scoop of his dying? Her stories of her father have been conflicted. She loved him, yet he seldom spotted her. She needed to notify her mom instantly. “I have to position a mobile call,” she acknowledged. “The in simple terms phone in this ground is within the titanic bed room on the finish of the corridor. the place your sister stayed. ” Olivia swung her legs to the facet of the mattress, dislodging the kitten, who gave a protesting yowl. Her wrist throbbed on the circulation, and she or he held it within the air along with her different hand as she Goldia to their vacation spot. She collapsed right into a chair by way of the mattress subsequent to the stand that held the phone. “I may use that tea now, Goldia,” she acknowledged. honestly, she desired to be by myself for this dialog. as soon as her maid nodded and scurried down the corridor, Olivia lifted the receiver and rang for primary. She gave the quantity to the friendly-sounding lady at the different finish and waited. A transcontinental name took longer than neighborhood connections. “Ringing now, girl Devonworth,” the operator acknowledged. Olivia’s hands tightened at the earpiece, and he or she pressed it tightly opposed to her head. Her mom was once absolute to be triumph over by means of the inside track. while the operator didn’t solution, she cozy. And what if the operator listened in? “Hello? ” she requested carefully. “Stewart residence,” the housekeeper stated. “Iola, it’s Olivia. I’d wish to communicate to my mom, please. ” “Oh, omit Olivia! I’m so relieved to listen to your voice. i'm going to fetch your mom straightaway. ” Olivia waited via a clunk and lots more and plenty fumbling at the different finish of the road.

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