What a fabulous book! Oh my goodness my heart wept for poor Abbie! Her parents abandoned her, her beloved grandpa who raised her has dementia, she married a louse of a man who left her and now she is facing the very real possibility of being booted from the only home she has ever known and her source of livelihood. “Abbie laughed again, bitterly. She should have known he wouldn’t stay. No one in her life ever did. Not her father. Most certainly not her mother. Gran had died and left her for heaven. Debbie had gone off and gotten married to Menard. Even Gramps lived forty years in the past as a young lighthouse keeper, leaving her stranded alone in 1880.” What a lot to have dealt with by the age of eighteen!
But then a man washes up on the shore of her lighthouse island – Rose Island – and he has no memory but because of an overheard conversation, thinks he is her missing/dead husband. But will this be a complication or a game changer?
I really loved the unexpected twists and turns the story had – as well as the depictions of the hard lives lighthouse keepers had. This book is based on a real lighthouse – Rose Island lighthouse in Newport, Rhode Island – and on real stories of lighthouse keepers and the storms they battled. I also loved how real Abbie seemed – trying so hard to do the right thing, even when it was so hard, and also how she struggles with how to work with her grandpa to keep him from getting agitated.
Although this book is the fifth book in the series, it really is a stand-alone novel with just a few sentences linking it to the previous books (and personally, I think it is my favorite). I received this book from the author in return for my honest opinion.
The Author: Jody Hedlund
Winner of the 2016 Christian Book Award and finalist for the Christy Awards, best-selling author Jody Hedlund writes inspirational historical romances for both youth and adults.
Jody lives in central Michigan with her husband, five busy children, and five spoiled cats. Although Jody prefers to experience daring and dangerous adventures through her characters rather than in real life, she’s learned that a calm existence is simply not meant to be (at least in this phase of her life!).
When she’s not penning another of her page-turning stories, she loves to spend her time reading, especially when it also involves consuming coffee and chocolate.
And I just found out that Jody loves the TV show Survivor!!