Another compelling historical from Jody Hedlund!
First line: "A distant flash of lightning crisscrossed the darkening skies of the west, followed by the call of a nearby loon."
As a fan of storms, I LOVE that beginning. The description is beautiful and definitely drew me into what became a story that clamped onto my heart. This is the kind of book that can produce tears and smiles all while treating you to great storytelling.
I've always had a bit of a fascination with lighthouses, so I was pretty much meant to enjoy this story. Caroline Taylor, the heroine, was strong and courageous, and Ryan Chambers had me from the time I realized he was a Civil War veteran. (Military heroes are beyond interesting.)
Also, the writing, as shown above, is descriptive and well-done.
If you love historicals, I'm thinking you're going to enjoy this one.
From the Back Cover:
After her father's death, Caroline Taylor has grown confident running the Windmill Point Lighthouse. But in 1865 Michigan, women aren't supposed to have such roles, so it's only a matter of time before the lighthouse inspector appoints a new keeper--even though Caroline has nowhere else to go and no other job available to her.
Ryan Chambers is a Civil War veteran still haunted by the horrors of battle. He's secured the position of lighthouse keeper mostly for the isolation--the chance to hide from his past is appealing. He's not expecting the current keeper to be a feisty and beautiful woman who's angry with him for taking her job and for his inability to properly run the light. When his failings endanger others, he and Caroline realize he's in no shape to run the lighthouse, but he's unwilling to let anyone close enough to help. Caroline feels drawn to this wounded soul, but with both of them relying on that single position, can they look past their loss to a future filled with hope. . .and possibly love?
*I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.*