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Lighthouses have long been the symbol of salvation, warning sailors away from dangerous rocks and shallow waters. Along the Great Lakes, America’s inland seas, lighthouses played a vital role in the growth of our nation. They shepherded settlers traveling by water to places that had no roads. These beacons of light required constant tending even in remote and often dangerou Lighthouses have long been the symbol of salvation, warning sailors away from dangerous rocks and shallow waters. Along the Great Lakes, America’s inland seas, lighthouses played a vital role in the growth of our nation. They shepherded settlers traveling by water to places that had no roads. These beacons of light required constant tending even in remote and often dangerous places. Brave men and women battled the elements and loneliness to keep the lights shining. Their sacrifice kept goods and immigrants moving. Seven romances set between 1883 and 1911 bring hope to these lonely keepers and love to weary hearts.


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Lighthouses have long been the symbol of salvation, warning sailors away from dangerous rocks and shallow waters. Along the Great Lakes, America’s inland seas, lighthouses played a vital role in the growth of our nation. They shepherded settlers traveling by water to places that had no roads. These beacons of light required constant tending even in remote and often dangerou Lighthouses have long been the symbol of salvation, warning sailors away from dangerous rocks and shallow waters. Along the Great Lakes, America’s inland seas, lighthouses played a vital role in the growth of our nation. They shepherded settlers traveling by water to places that had no roads. These beacons of light required constant tending even in remote and often dangerous places. Brave men and women battled the elements and loneliness to keep the lights shining. Their sacrifice kept goods and immigrants moving. Seven romances set between 1883 and 1911 bring hope to these lonely keepers and love to weary hearts.

30 review for The Great Lakes Lighthouse Brides Collection: 7 Historical Romances are a Beacon of Hope to Weary Hearts

  1. 4 out of 5

    Deanne Patterson

    I really enjoyed reading this! We find all these stories taking place along the Great Lakes. They took place between 1883 and 1911. We have to remember these beacons of light had to be tended during sickness and in health and during the most violent of storms. These lighthouses were often situated in desolate areas and help was not readily available to tend to shipwrecked men. In cases like this the light keeper and his family had to doctor the injured men and women from the shipwreck. Though ti I really enjoyed reading this! We find all these stories taking place along the Great Lakes. They took place between 1883 and 1911. We have to remember these beacons of light had to be tended during sickness and in health and during the most violent of storms. These lighthouses were often situated in desolate areas and help was not readily available to tend to shipwrecked men. In cases like this the light keeper and his family had to doctor the injured men and women from the shipwreck. Though tiring and it often being a thankless job the light keeper without fail did his duty and stayed strong. 7 historically enjoyable stories about finding and keeping love during the struggle of daily life . Wonderful stories and fascinating characters make this book a winner in my eyes. Pub Date 01 Nov 2018 I was given a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Books through NetGalley. Thank you. All opinions expressed are my own.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sherry

    The Great Lakes Lighthouse Brides Collection takes place in the late 1800 early 1900 centuries. It is a romantic collection of seven different novellas of faith, family, strength, courage and brave female lighthouse keepers. I was drawn into each story in this book and several of the novellas I wish had been made into a full book. I was enlightened by these novellas having no idea as to the extent of a lighthouse keepers duties, especially a female lighthouse keeper living in a remote isolated l The Great Lakes Lighthouse Brides Collection takes place in the late 1800 early 1900 centuries. It is a romantic collection of seven different novellas of faith, family, strength, courage and brave female lighthouse keepers. I was drawn into each story in this book and several of the novellas I wish had been made into a full book. I was enlightened by these novellas having no idea as to the extent of a lighthouse keepers duties, especially a female lighthouse keeper living in a remote isolated location who still had gardening, cooking, laundry, etc duties. The authors obviously did thorough research.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Henderson

    Wonderful collection. Each story brought me to the shores where lighthouses can be found. I could feel the wind on my face, hear the waves crashing the shore and felt the emotions of the characters. From bravery to finding trust and love through adversity, each story brings promise and hope. Beautiful book cover and great stories. I received a copy of this book from the authors, publishers and NetGalley and this is my own personal opinion. No review was required.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Carla Johnson-Hicks

    This book is made up of seven romantic novellas that are all wonderfully written and enjoyable.  It is a collection of novellas of faith, family, strength, courage and brave female lighthouse keepers or spouses, all taking place along the Great Lakes. Living on the edge of one of the Great Lakes, the settings are very real to me making the stories even more enjoyable. The theme of Jesus Christ being our lighthouse, guiding us to where we should be, is front and centre in each story. Each of the This book is made up of seven romantic novellas that are all wonderfully written and enjoyable.  It is a collection of novellas of faith, family, strength, courage and brave female lighthouse keepers or spouses, all taking place along the Great Lakes. Living on the edge of one of the Great Lakes, the settings are very real to me making the stories even more enjoyable. The theme of Jesus Christ being our lighthouse, guiding us to where we should be, is front and centre in each story. Each of the main characters is dealing with the weather, isolation, hard work or other situations that would challenge anyone, but for these women, putting their faith in the Lord and giving it up to God shows them the path they were meant to take.  This book is a very enjoyable read. Each novella takes just over an hour to read and make a perfect read in an evening. I was impressed with the description of the lighthouses and the areas. It is obvious that the authors did their research, although the stories are fiction. If you like Christian Romance, especially historical fiction, then pick this one up, you won't be disappointed. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book upon request. The rating, ideas, and opinions shared are my own.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Emily P

    I enjoyed this anthology of lighthouse romances. I would have to say that Pegg Thomas' story, "Anna's Tower" was my favorite, with "Beneath a Michigan Moon" by Candice Sue Patterson as a close second. I do not usually read such long books, but the way this anthology is written, you can take your time reading. All are short enough to be read in virtually one sitting, and I enjoyed learning more about some of our local lighthouses. The romances are what you would expect, but several had other secon I enjoyed this anthology of lighthouse romances. I would have to say that Pegg Thomas' story, "Anna's Tower" was my favorite, with "Beneath a Michigan Moon" by Candice Sue Patterson as a close second. I do not usually read such long books, but the way this anthology is written, you can take your time reading. All are short enough to be read in virtually one sitting, and I enjoyed learning more about some of our local lighthouses. The romances are what you would expect, but several had other secondary stories or elements, such as a chronic illness or a slight suspense angle. If you're on vacation, or just want to wish you were, The Great Lakes Lighthouse Brides Collection is for you. You can lose your everyday worries with sweeping romance, lakeside locales and great characters. Even if you don't enjoy one of the stories, the next may just win you over. You really can't lose with this collection. Keep reading and find your safe harbor in this anthology. I was delighted to receive an advanced reader PDF from #NetGalley and Barbour Books. I chose to review and these are my honest opinions.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Karen R

    A fine collection of all new stories featuring the historical lighthouses of the Great Lakes region. Starting from 1883 to 1911, the wide variety of tales includes people who lived, tended, rescued and helped others along the vast water ways. Some had mysteries to unravel, involving mistaken identities, amnesia vistims, injured and survivors of wrecks. The stories with the brave women who tended the lights were especially interesting, as some really did attain positions. It all sounded like hard A fine collection of all new stories featuring the historical lighthouses of the Great Lakes region. Starting from 1883 to 1911, the wide variety of tales includes people who lived, tended, rescued and helped others along the vast water ways. Some had mysteries to unravel, involving mistaken identities, amnesia vistims, injured and survivors of wrecks. The stories with the brave women who tended the lights were especially interesting, as some really did attain positions. It all sounded like hard work, but rewarding. Living in isolation for many, dealing with the loneliness must have been difficult. It made for a good point to develop relationships, and a strong faith in God. I enjoyed all the stories, but really liked the pair in Safe Haven--the young lighthouse keeper Rose and Nathan the stoic sea captain. Interesting plot in that one, and the awkward romance had a perfect amount of tension. Many of these tales would be good full length novels. I have enjoyed visiting many of the old lighthouses along the Pacific Northwest coastline, so it helped me picture what was described in the stories. Reading this during the cold rainy season made the stories really come alive too. Recommend for readers who enjoy clean historical romances. 4.5 stars (An e-book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley. All opinions are my own.)

  7. 4 out of 5

    Hallie Szott

    3.5 The Great Lakes Lighthouse Brides Collection compiles delightful short stories centered around lighthouses, history, and romance. They are easy to read and enjoy quickly, so for anyone in need of a brief historical jaunt, this collection is a fun choice. One of the stories in the collection, The Last Memory by Kathleen Rouser, brings a shipwreck survivor and a lighthouse keeper together at Mackinac Point Lighthouse. With the added complication of amnesia, their story unfolds with a touch of su 3.5 The Great Lakes Lighthouse Brides Collection compiles delightful short stories centered around lighthouses, history, and romance. They are easy to read and enjoy quickly, so for anyone in need of a brief historical jaunt, this collection is a fun choice. One of the stories in the collection, The Last Memory by Kathleen Rouser, brings a shipwreck survivor and a lighthouse keeper together at Mackinac Point Lighthouse. With the added complication of amnesia, their story unfolds with a touch of suspense and a whole lot of sweetness. Family, friendship, romance, belonging, and trusting God… it’s heartwarming how it all blends together. This review is also posted on Hallie Reads. Thanks to Celebrate Lit, I received a complimentary copy of The Great Lakes Lighthouse Brides Collection and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Carol

    The Great Lakes Lighthouse Bride Collection consists of a collection of seven historical romances revolving around lighthouses. These stories are set in between the years 1883 and 1911. The lighthouses back in that time period were worked by manual labor to keep the lights in working order. These beacons were essential to guide ship safely through the waters. The research was impeccable in accuracy in the workings of the various lighthouses. The characters showed how the people’s lived in those days The Great Lakes Lighthouse Bride Collection consists of a collection of seven historical romances revolving around lighthouses. These stories are set in between the years 1883 and 1911. The lighthouses back in that time period were worked by manual labor to keep the lights in working order. These beacons were essential to guide ship safely through the waters. The research was impeccable in accuracy in the workings of the various lighthouses. The characters showed how the people’s lived in those days. They were creatively crafted, vivid, hard working, colorful and very interesting. The determination to keep the lights working for the safety of those on the waters despite all obstacles was amazing. The seven novella are as follows .....Anna’s Tower by Pegg Thomas 1883—Thunder Bay Island Lighthouse This was my favorite novella. Great characters with vivid descriptions plus an interesting plotted story. .....Beneath A Michigan Moon by Candice Sue Patterson 1885—New Presque Isle Lighthouse .....Safe Haven by Rebecca Jepson 1892—Old Mission Point Lighthouse .....Love's Beacon by Carrie Fancett Pagels 1898—Round Island Lighthouse .....The Last Memory by Kathleen Rouser 1899—Mackinac Point Lighthouse .....The Disappearing Ship by Lena Nelson Dooley 1902—Whitefish Point Lighthouse .....The Wrong Survivor by Marilyn Turka 1911—Au Sable Lighthouse I volunteered to read the Great Lakes Lighthouse Bides collection. Thanks to Barbour and Net Gallery for the opportunity. My opinion is my own. A Very Highly Recommended Read!!!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Literary Soirée

    If you want to find me I’m entranced Up North by The Great Lakes Lighthouse Brides Collection, which offers hope to all ye who are weary and heavy-laden through its seven totally uplifting historical romances. Why, I’m feeling better already! 5/5 Pub Date 01 Nov 2018 Thanks to Barbour Books and NetGalley for the review copy. Opinions are fully mine. #TheGreatLakesLighthouseBridesCollection #NetGalley

  10. 5 out of 5

    Naomi Musch

    Who, in our day and age, hasn't given over to the mystique of imagining what it must've been like to live in a lighthouse? I know I have, and the seven authors of the Great Lakes Lighthouse Collection do a superb job of bringing imagination to life in both romantic and realistic ways. Most of these stories feature heroines put in situations where they must become the keepers of the light, either out of emergency or longing. Along the way, of course, they find romance. The really wonderful thing Who, in our day and age, hasn't given over to the mystique of imagining what it must've been like to live in a lighthouse? I know I have, and the seven authors of the Great Lakes Lighthouse Collection do a superb job of bringing imagination to life in both romantic and realistic ways. Most of these stories feature heroines put in situations where they must become the keepers of the light, either out of emergency or longing. Along the way, of course, they find romance. The really wonderful thing about these stories is that they each feature a real lighthouse located somewhere in the Great Lakes. First of all, anything "Great Lakes" calls out to me because I live near Lake Superior and have my own "favorite" lighthouses. Secondly, if you can't get visit all these lighthouses -- and some are nearly unreachable these days -- then you can "tour" them by living vicariously through these characters. The novellas also feature other intriguing pieces of lake history from shipwrecks and immigration to logging and mining, common to the region and the times. The stories are also fraught with some mystery and other perils of living remotely. Each novella has a "feel good" ending, so if you just want to get away from it all, you'll find it easy to do in this Great Lakes lighthouse novella collection.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Carole Jarvis

    Reviewed at The Power of Words: https://bit.ly/2ID9Qr0 I’ve always been drawn to lighthouses, and if a book’s cover features a lighthouse, I almost always give it a closer look. Lighthouses are majestic, the ocean view from the top breathtaking. But it’s the spiritual imagery that moves me most. From the light that guides through the darkness of night, to the sacrificial efforts of those who man it, the lighthouse is a compelling picture of salvation – and the stories in this collection reflect t Reviewed at The Power of Words: https://bit.ly/2ID9Qr0 I’ve always been drawn to lighthouses, and if a book’s cover features a lighthouse, I almost always give it a closer look. Lighthouses are majestic, the ocean view from the top breathtaking. But it’s the spiritual imagery that moves me most. From the light that guides through the darkness of night, to the sacrificial efforts of those who man it, the lighthouse is a compelling picture of salvation – and the stories in this collection reflect that spiritual theme. Although I’ve only read one story so far from Barbour Publishing’s The Great Lakes Lighthouse Brides, they all promise to be entertaining. The Last Memory by Kathleen Rouser takes place in spring of 1899 at the Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse, guiding ships through the Straits of Mackinac. The story of Cal Waterson and Natalie Brooks is one of rescue, a caring family environment, and a relationship founded upon friendship. Natalie, the lone survivor of a shipwreck, suffers from amnesia and stays with Cal’s family until word as to her identity can be received from the shipping line. There’s a sweet chemistry between them, as well as with Cal’s daughter and aunt. I especially enjoyed going back to a time when things moved slower, and the gaining of information took time and patience. I also enjoyed visiting the world of the Watersons, typical of many families who lived in remote areas, worked tirelessly, and sacrificed long nights to guide and rescue when needed. Although shorter than a full-length novel, The Last Memory has well-developed characters, a fulfilling storyline, and a relevant faith theme. I enjoyed this story very much and look forward to more of Kathleen Rouser’s writing. Recommended. I received a copy of this book through Celebrate Lit. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Baker (A Baker's Perspective)

    This is such a wonderful collection of stories. I happen to have a soft spot for Lighthouse stories, so when I saw this collection was coming I was so excited. A couple of these authors are new to me and I’m so glad I found them! Not that I need more authors on my every growing list of authors I enjoy, lol. Each story had it’s own plot and feel to it, but the authors did a fantastic job of having similar themes flow throughout all the stories. I like it when a collection does that – you can enjo This is such a wonderful collection of stories. I happen to have a soft spot for Lighthouse stories, so when I saw this collection was coming I was so excited. A couple of these authors are new to me and I’m so glad I found them! Not that I need more authors on my every growing list of authors I enjoy, lol. Each story had it’s own plot and feel to it, but the authors did a fantastic job of having similar themes flow throughout all the stories. I like it when a collection does that – you can enjoy each story separately, but the subtle themes in each work so well together. Yes there was love, but I think it was more about each woman kind of making a mark for herself. Then love could come her way, and when it did it was wonderful each time. Some in fact, were hysterical and I found myself reading some of the scenes more than once. Not only were the heroines wonderfully written, but the setting in each story just made me want to jump into a time machine and visit the beautiful state of Michigan, historically of course. The lighthouses themselves sounded magnificent, but what captured my attention the most was the shores of the lakes. I could hear the water, feel the shore, and if I really concentrated felt like I was right alongside each character. It’s one thing for one author to be able to do that, but seven!? That was amazing to me. Historical fiction fans are going to love this set of novellas. This is a book I can see myself coming back to for years to come! I received a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to write a favorable review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Sandra

    This incredible collection of seven novellas about The Great Lakes Lighthouses published by Barbour Books, is one of my favorites. I love when the publishers put out a collection like this. Some of these talented authors were new to me. What a wonderful way to get acquainted with their writing style. I must say, I could not pick a favorite. Each of the stories kept my interest, made me laugh and many times brought tears to my eyes. I found them to be page-turners, laced in romance. There is a fa This incredible collection of seven novellas about The Great Lakes Lighthouses published by Barbour Books, is one of my favorites. I love when the publishers put out a collection like this. Some of these talented authors were new to me. What a wonderful way to get acquainted with their writing style. I must say, I could not pick a favorite. Each of the stories kept my interest, made me laugh and many times brought tears to my eyes. I found them to be page-turners, laced in romance. There is a faith thread woven throughout each of these. Another thing I love about them. The seven romance novellas were set between 1883 and 1911. Being a lighthouse keeper was a very important, necessary job. It took a certain type of person to endure the elements and loneliness, to perform the duties required. Keeping the beacon of light shining, warning of hazards required constant attention. I feel this is a must read for anyone interested in lighthouses, or reading a great historical romance. I received a copy of this book by Barbour Books through NetGalley. The opinions expressed in this review are my own.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Marilyn

    Awesome collection! Magnificent, superb collection of Christian historical romance filled with Great Lake Lighthouses and characters that endured so much while serving as the keeper of their particular lighthouse. Each novella is crafted with creativity, historical research details, the intricate workings of a lighthouse, and characters that represented lives from the past and fictional characters to blend into a tale that was a pleasure to read. Each of the heroines faced their challenges with Awesome collection! Magnificent, superb collection of Christian historical romance filled with Great Lake Lighthouses and characters that endured so much while serving as the keeper of their particular lighthouse. Each novella is crafted with creativity, historical research details, the intricate workings of a lighthouse, and characters that represented lives from the past and fictional characters to blend into a tale that was a pleasure to read. Each of the heroines faced their challenges with determination, resilient, faith, hard work and a goal to keep the lighthouse light beaming to save lives out on the waters. There’s answered prayers especially for six year old Lily in The Last Memory by Kathleen Rouser, along with prayers being answered for others in each novella. Secondary characters added moments of laughter to tears and heartfelt emotions while reading. I needed a tissue at times because of the tears. The Great Lakes Lighthouse Brides is my favorite collection by Barbour Publishing. I would appreciate seeing another collection by these same authors with more of the Lighthouses surrounding the Great Lakes or expanding their individual novella into a novel as life moved on for each heroine and hero as keepers of their particular Lighthouse or new location. I received a complimentary copy of this book from one of the authors. I was under no obligation to write a review but have expressed my sincere thoughts.

  15. 5 out of 5

    J.E. Grace

    The Great Lakes Lighthouse Brides Collection is an interesting and entertaining read. The historical information used in each of the stories brought them to life for me. I admired the strength and will power of each of the woman who played a role in each of the lighthouse stories. They had to overcome obstacles that society of that time made harder for them. All of them didn't start out looking for romance but somehow it seemed to find them. I also loved the mystery aspect to the stories that ke The Great Lakes Lighthouse Brides Collection is an interesting and entertaining read. The historical information used in each of the stories brought them to life for me. I admired the strength and will power of each of the woman who played a role in each of the lighthouse stories. They had to overcome obstacles that society of that time made harder for them. All of them didn't start out looking for romance but somehow it seemed to find them. I also loved the mystery aspect to the stories that kept me wondering what would happen next. Kudos to all the authors, they have put together a wonderful and intriguing set of stories. Highly recommend. I received a copy from Celebrate Lit and voluntarily chose to review it.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Dani Moore

    Seven Stories, Seven Strong Women! The Great Lakes are in some pretty tough country. Women Lighthouse keepers were rare and their lives difficult. These seven stories about their struggles, their lives, their faith and their hearts will give you a chance to peer back into history as well as into their hearts. A collection of inspirational stories to entertain you, intrigue you and comfort you on some dark and stormy nights. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Mary Gardner

    I don’t read very much historical romance but I thoroughly enjoyed this collection. The history and life at a lighthouse and surrounding area was well written by all the authors. I had never considered the requirements of a lighthouse keeper. I learned a lot from these stories. While I enjoyed all of the well written novellas, I especially enjoyed Beneath a Michigan Moon by Candice Sue Patterson.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    The Great Lakes Lighthouse Brides Collection is a collection of seven stories. These stories include: Anna’s Tower by Pegg Thoma Beneath a Michigan Moon by Candice Sue Patterson Safe Haven by Rebecca Jepson Love’s Beacon by Carrie Fancett Pagels The Last Memory by Kathleen Rouser The Disappearing Ship by Lena Nelson Doole The Wrong Survivor by Marilyn Turk I enjoyed most of these stories with my favorite being Carrie Fancett Pagels' Love's Beacon. I give this collection four stars.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    The Great Lakes Lighthouse Brides Collection: 7 Historical Romances Are a Beacon of Hope to Weary Hearts is a book published this Nov first by Barbour composed by: Anna's Tower by Peggy Thomas, Beneath a Michigan Moon by Candice Sue Petterson, Safe Haven by Rbecca Jepson, Love's Beacon by Carrie Fancett Pagels, The Last Memory by Kathleen Rouser, The disappearing Ship by Lena Nelson Dooley, and the Wrong Survivor by Marylin Turk. I read the latest tale. Pretty moving. Lydia is in love with Nathan The Great Lakes Lighthouse Brides Collection: 7 Historical Romances Are a Beacon of Hope to Weary Hearts is a book published this Nov first by Barbour composed by: Anna's Tower by Peggy Thomas, Beneath a Michigan Moon by Candice Sue Petterson, Safe Haven by Rbecca Jepson, Love's Beacon by Carrie Fancett Pagels, The Last Memory by Kathleen Rouser, The disappearing Ship by Lena Nelson Dooley, and the Wrong Survivor by Marylin Turk. I read the latest tale. Pretty moving. Lydia is in love with Nathan but Nathan working with the ship of his brother in the sea, won't never return home because of an incident in the while. It will be a very sad moment for Lydia and for Nathan's brother Jesse; the first one thought that the incident where Nathan perished was only fault of Jesse; Jesse was devastated because he wasn't in grade to save his brother; not only, but Nathan left also a girl in love and plenty of sadness and anger. Lydia's parents were worried for her and they tried their best for cheering her up also suggesting her of changing air. Lydia was a passionate of the lighthouse and with her dad she kept cleaned the lenses of the lighthouse; she loved where she lived as well. Slowly, Lydia will start also to appreciate the company of Jesse and she will understand when the peril was again close to them that no, maybe there was also something else, and she didn't want to lose Jesse at all anymore. I thank NetGalley and Barbour for this eBook. Anna Maria Polidori

  20. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    The Great Lakes Lighthouse Brides Collection Each of these exciting novellas gave the perspective of the joys and challenges of what it was like to run a lighthouse in times past. When reading a book of novellas it can be hit or miss on liking the book but overall this book was full of adventure and romance. I particularly enjoyed the insight on what it might have really been like living as a lighthouse keeper throughout all the stories. Well done. I was provided a copy of this book courtesy of N The Great Lakes Lighthouse Brides Collection Each of these exciting novellas gave the perspective of the joys and challenges of what it was like to run a lighthouse in times past. When reading a book of novellas it can be hit or miss on liking the book but overall this book was full of adventure and romance. I particularly enjoyed the insight on what it might have really been like living as a lighthouse keeper throughout all the stories. Well done. I was provided a copy of this book courtesy of NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinions.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Deana Dick

    I was excited to read this book because I love lighthouses. I actually collect them and they have always fascinated me. They bring light to darkness and give hope for those lost. The book contains several stories and I loved how we get a taste of each author's style of writing. The stories are short and for some of them I wish they were longer because I felt the story ended too soon. Overall I was pleased with the book and thought the stories flowed easily from one to the next. There are a few s I was excited to read this book because I love lighthouses. I actually collect them and they have always fascinated me. They bring light to darkness and give hope for those lost. The book contains several stories and I loved how we get a taste of each author's style of writing. The stories are short and for some of them I wish they were longer because I felt the story ended too soon. Overall I was pleased with the book and thought the stories flowed easily from one to the next. There are a few stories that had similar plots which I was disappointed in. Anna's Tower by Pegg Thomas The first story is set in 1883 where a shipwreck has just happened. I liked the excitement the author built up as rescuers came to help. There is one man from the ship who may find himself in trouble if it is discovered who he is and how he came to be on the ship. Anna is a wonderful character and has dreams of running the lighthouse by herself one day. I would love to visit a lighthouse and see the beauty and power it displays. I really liked Makism and his gentle way he had around others. He was eager to work and the attraction between him and Anna was a breath of fresh air. The author does a great job of wanting readers to follow these two and see what happens between them. I loved the theme in the story about overcoming fear and trusting others. Beneath a Michigan Moon by Candice Sue Patterson This story finds us in 1885 at New Presque Isle Lighthouse, Lake Heron. I immediately liked the light hearted banter between Ava and Benjamin. He is insisting to see Ava's father, but there is a slight problem with that. How long can Ava hide her secret before others find out? Ava is a feisty young woman determined to do things on her own. The lighthouse is so important and she resents that snoopy Benjamin keeps coming around. There were times I found their encounters to be comical while Ava tries to discourage Benjamin from coming back to bother her so much. What does he want and why is he so interested in the lighthouse? The story is good and has wonderful details of the lighthouse. What will happen between Ava and Benjamin? It's a great story and I loved the characters. I wanted to spend more time with them and enjoy their connection that grew slowly. The unexpected twist in the story was well written and brings a barrier between Ava and Benjamin. This is a story is about forgiveness and new beginnings. Safe Haven by Rebecca Jepson We now get to visit Old Mission, Michigan in 1892. Rose is a very interesting character and I was intrigued about her past. It was hard for her to believe that someone left her at the lighthouse when she was an infant. Why would someone abandon such a special gift as a child? I have noticed a theme as I read each story so far. In this time period of the late 1800s it was not proper for a young woman to be alone with a man if they are not married. It was a refreshing thing to have women treated with respect and how their reputations were of the upmost concern. I am a bit disappointed that this story and the last one are kinda similar in story line. Both women are on their own after losing their father or grandfather. It does make the main character stronger but I was hoping for a little more variety. I did like the mystery surrounding Rose and loved the details of a past that has haunted Rose for years. Love's Beacon by Carrie Fancett Pagels Our travels take us to Mackinac Island starting in 1897. Val has traveled a distance to get medicine for her ill parents. When she gets ready to return home, she is told that she cannot travel there tonight. You could feel how distraught she was worrying about her parents. She is taken to the parish to spend the night. I could sense that Val would be receiving bad news soon. There is a mystery in this story about who Val's parents are. Again the story is very similar to the previous one. It is frustrating to read a story where you feel like it is almost the same plot as one you just read. Val gets work taking care of a child while the father works. I have to say I was intrigued to see how how the author would unravel Val's past. Will Val finally find out who her real parents are? There is a bit of romance in the story but I didn't find that it added anything to enhance the story. I have read other books that this author has read and always found them to be very good. This short story seemed rushed and not as detailed as she usually writes. The Last Memory by Kathleen Rouser This story opens up in 1899 where we find a young woman struggling to stay afloat before the waters take her away. The young woman is rescued but doesn't know who she is. I would not like to have amnesia. It would be frightening to not know who you are or where you came from. To be surrounded by strangers made the woman a bit on edge. The news that she is the only survivor of the Mallory shocks her. I adored the little girl in the story. She wants a mama so bad, she believes the sea has brought her one. Her father did tell her once that she would only have a mama if the Great Lakes coughed her up . I think her father has some explaining to do after the mysterious woman shows up from the sea. Cal is a good man and is willing to help Mallory as she calls herself. He wants to know who she really is as well ans its obvious that his daughter is starting to get attached to her. This story seemed to have a bit more mention of God and I found it be a welcome addition. The story did keep my interest and I did enjoy the ending. The Disappearing Ship by Lena Nelson Dooley Our journey finds us next in Upper Michigan in 1902. Norma is a female doctor who has found out that not many if anyone really welcomes a woman doctor. She feels like a failure and decides to go home to her aunt and uncle. This story was fun to read as a mysterious ship has disappeared . Did someone sabotage it or was the ship stolen because of what cargo it was carrying. Norma and Drake hit it off right away and she decides to help him find out what happened to the ship. The story is good and I loved how Drake trusted Norma by taking her with him as he looks for the whereabouts of his cargo. It's s a nice and tidy ending. The Wrong Survivor by Marilyn Turk We end our trip in 1911 at Au Sable Lighthouse. Jesse and Nathan go off to sea but only one brother returns. i could feel how guilty Jesse felt being the brother who survived. It reminds me of survivors guilt. You feel horrible that everyone you were with didn't make it and you wonder why you were spared. I liked how the author showed the bitterness Lydia had toward Jesse. it is a good story about forgiveness and I enjoyed reading how the characters found a way to overcome their guilt and try to become friends again. I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit and Barbour Publishing. The review is my own opinion.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Chautona Havig

    First off, these novellas are short. They’re barely longer than a short story, actually. I read all seven in a span of about five hours. As a whole, the stories were well written, and I only have a few quibbles with individual titles within the collection. My biggest objection, actually, is that there were name crossovers between a few of the stories which, after reading so many in a row, became confusing. I actually think it would have been worse if I’d read one here or there. Additionally, seve First off, these novellas are short. They’re barely longer than a short story, actually. I read all seven in a span of about five hours. As a whole, the stories were well written, and I only have a few quibbles with individual titles within the collection. My biggest objection, actually, is that there were name crossovers between a few of the stories which, after reading so many in a row, became confusing. I actually think it would have been worse if I’d read one here or there. Additionally, several of the storylines had strong similarities and/or contrived plots. Add to that some info-dumping and you’d think I didn’t like the collection or the stories, but that’s not actually true. Let’s talk about each of the stories, though. Anna’s Tower by Pegg Thomas It’s a toss-up between this book and the next as to which is my favorite. This story was unique, extremely well written, and full of the kinds of details you need to know without over-describing things. Characters were well-developed, a difficult thing to do in approximately twenty-thousand words. Pegg Thomas knows how to limit herself to create a well-crafted story that itself doesn’t feel limited at all. The relationship progression felt natural, and as I already stated, it might be my favorite, and I’m eager to read more by Ms. Thomas. Beneath a Michigan Moon by Candice Sue Patterson In a “Blue Castle moves to America and meets a lumberjack” kind of twist, this novella had all the charm of one of my favorite L.M. Montgomery novels without feeling like a cheap imitation. Ms. Patterson writes authentic, stubborn, and lovably flawed characters in a story that shows a realistic, gentle romance that satisfied—even in such a short story. As with the first in the collection, I didn’t feel as if the story was rushed or incomplete. Would I like more of either or both of them? Absolutely. But I walked away satisfied and eager to read more by this author. Safe Haven by Rebecca Jepson If the first two were my favorites, this was a close second/third. Once more, we had a unique story and delightful characters. One element of the story bothered me a bit—it all seemed a bit contrived—but I think that it was either necessary to make the main story work because of the shortness of the novella, or it only needed a full-length novel to make it work. I’m not sure which. Still, it was a minor annoyance of an issue rather than a big problem. I’ll definitely be reading more by Ms. Jepson. I suspect I’ll find a few new favorites from her as well. Love’s Beacon by Carrie Fancett Pagels After three successful novellas, I still don’t know if my less enthusiastic response to this one was because I read them all at once, if it just wasn’t my cup of tea, or if it was a combination of the two. This isn’t a bad book. I’m not sorry I read it. I liked different parts—in particular, I loved the characters of Paul and Sofia. However, there were strong similarities in some elements of this story and the last, and then again in the next. Because of that, some details are blurring together. I did find the actual romance very sweet, and I cheered for Val in that respect. In retrospect, I think my biggest objection is that the author tried to fit a lot of elements into one very short story. The Last Memory by Kathleen Rouser This novella had many similar elements to others, and its position as one of the middle books made it difficult not to be frustrated by it. As with the other story involving a father and daughter, they were my favorite characters in the story. I also enjoyed the influence of Aunt Ada. There were several poignant moments where the woman gave beautiful advice. I think I want to read a full-length novel by Ms. Rouser. Something about this one hints that I may really enjoy her writing in a different context. Note: I did not dislike it, but the similarities with a couple of the other books made it hard to appreciate it as much as I might otherwise have. The Disappearing Ship by Lena Nelson Dooley Of all the novellas, this is the one I wanted a full-length novel of the most. I really think writing this as a novella did a disservice to what would otherwise be an excellent novel. The more suspenseful elements, the hint of mystery, and the character/relationship development that could have happened would have made this book amazing. As it is, I was disappointed. We were informed of a lot of the action rather than actually seeing it play out, and that really weakened the experience for me. So, once again, the novella made me eager to see how I’d like a full-length novel by its author. The Wrong Survivor by Marilyn Turk I found myself floundering as I read this one—mostly, I think, because the last novella’s main character’s name was Drake Logan, and this character is Nathan Drake. Add to that a Nathan a couple of novellas up, and I struggled with it. I kept thinking that this or that behavior was out of character until I realized I was expecting him to behave like one or the other of similarly-named people. This isn’t the author’s fault, and all I know is that I thought she did a great job of making someone able to overcome grief so “quickly,” actually plausible by her choice of people and the backstory. That isn’t easy to do, so I know I’ll be checking out her other works to see if I like them as much as I suspect I will. Overall impression? As I said in the beginning, I think this is a well-written collection, but the organization and extremely short length of each novella added weaknesses that might otherwise not have been a problem. I'm not sorry that I requested a review copy of this collection, and since I do want to try other books by most of the authors, I'm giving this an "I liked it" three-star review.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Ann

    I really enjoyed this book. It has seven different historical romances set in different years. All the stories are clean and are well written. They hold your attention and gives a glimpse of the hardship and dangers of the lighthouse keeper's job. If you like stories that involve the sea and lighthouses you will love this book. Thank you Barbour Publishing via NetGalley for the ARC copy of this book. This is my honest opinion

  24. 5 out of 5

    Regina

    Review to come.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Rebekah Lewis

    I enjoyed learning about the the Great Lakes and Lighthouses. It was interesting to learn more about Lighthouse keeping and the men and women who kept the lights burning during the long nights. Anna's Tower, Pegg Thomas. 1883—Thunder Bay Island Lighthouse Anna Wilson's plan to be the next lighthouse keeper is endangered when Maksim Ivanov is shipwrecked on Thunder Bay Island. Handsome and capable, he could steal her dream. Or provide a new one. My thoughts: A bit predictable but a cute story. I tho I enjoyed learning about the the Great Lakes and Lighthouses. It was interesting to learn more about Lighthouse keeping and the men and women who kept the lights burning during the long nights. Anna's Tower, Pegg Thomas. 1883—Thunder Bay Island Lighthouse Anna Wilson's plan to be the next lighthouse keeper is endangered when Maksim Ivanov is shipwrecked on Thunder Bay Island. Handsome and capable, he could steal her dream. Or provide a new one. My thoughts: A bit predictable but a cute story. I thought there were too many characters introduced so early on. It got to be a little confusing. The overbearing aunties were quite funny. I admired Anna's fire and wilful soul. Maksim was cute, barely able to speak English let alone understand it, he was treated sorta like a child, which I didn't appreciate. A sweet book, I enjoyed the friendships. Beneath a Michigan Moon, Candice Sue Patterson. 1885—New Presque Isle Lighthouse Ava Ryan’s father has passed, leaving her alone, and ill, to tend the light with nowhere else to go. Logging foreman Benjamin Colfax needs the height of the lighthouse to determine the best cutting route, but he senses something amiss in Ava and her determination to remain reclusive. Can he get her to open up, or will she keep herself locked away? My thoughts: The story started off a little oddly. I wasn't sure whether to like or hate Mr. Benjamin Colfax. Likened to a snake, my hackles immediately rose. But by the middle of the story I really liked Ben. Things got pretty descriptive, there was some intense kissing scenes. A few things were hinted at that went a little farther than I like I felt like the story ended with a lot of unanswered questions. Safe Haven, Rebecca Jepson. 1892—Old Mission Point Lighthouse Rose Miller was found on the lighthouse doorstep as an infant, and now she must hide her quest to find the child who left her there from Captain Nathan Perry, the man she loves to hate. My thoughts: Beautifully and poetically written, I loved it from the start. I felt like the story was missing something. It skipped around a lot and ignored stuff There were some cute scenes that I really liked. It was a good story, not amazing, but good. Loves Beacon, Carrie Fancett Pagels. 1898—Round Island Lighthouse Valerie Fillman's best hope for a future lies on the tiny island that holds her worst memories. Can Paul Sholtus, the new lightkeeper, and his daughter help bring healing? And love? My thoughts: I did not read this story. I started it, got a few chapters in and could not read it anymore. It was odd and there were some upsetting things in it, such as memories of child abuse from when the main character was younger. The Last Memory, Kathleen Rouser. 1899—Mackinac Point Lighthouse Natalie Brooks loses her past to amnesia, and Cal Waterson, the lighthouse keeper who rescues her, didn’t bargain on risking his heart—when her past might change everything. My thoughts: I don't usually enjoy memory loss books, but this one was different. The story was well written. I liked the characters. This story is one of my favorites in the collection. I was very happy with the content; the Faith content was satisfying but not overpowering. (I know that upsets a lot of people) Very clean, never went farther than I like. The Disappearing Ship Lena Nelson Dooley. 1902—Whitefish Point Lighthouse Romance and mystery collide at Whitefish Point Lighthouse when unemployed doctor Norma Kimbell and Drake Logan, owner of a steamship line, search for evidence of a supposed shipwreck. My thoughts: This story was alright. It wasn't amazing. It didn't have a lasting impression, the characters weren't memorable. I enjoyed it while I read it. But I don't believe I'll think on it again. Drake made me a little angry with his opinions of women doctors and what women should and should not be. He sure changed his tune when he was the patient though. This story didn't really fit with the others because neither of the main characters were lighthouse keepers. In fact, there wasn't really anything to do with the Lighthouse. The Wrong Survivor by Marilyn Turk 1911—Au Sable Lighthouse Lydia Palmer's dream for happiness as a lighthouse keeper's wife shatters when her fiancé Nathan Drake drowned in a shipwreck, but his brother Jesse survived My thoughts: This was a good story. I liked the characters. Jesse was a sweetheart and not just because he shares a name with my favorite dog. Lydia was a good character, she had to learn what it means to forgive, not quite forget, but move forward. This story is my 2nd favorite one in the collection. :) I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jeanie

    The Last Memory by Kathleen Rouser is the focus of the Celebration Tour. This novella is exciting! The author designed a mystery lady at the center of it. The only survivor of a shipwreck and rescued by the lighthouse keeper, she takes the only name she remembers, that of the ship she sailed on. Cal, his daughter Lily, and his Aunt Ada welcome “Mallory” into their home as she heals. Weeks later, nobody has come to find her and she has only brief memories. This is a wonderful tale to delight thos The Last Memory by Kathleen Rouser is the focus of the Celebration Tour. This novella is exciting! The author designed a mystery lady at the center of it. The only survivor of a shipwreck and rescued by the lighthouse keeper, she takes the only name she remembers, that of the ship she sailed on. Cal, his daughter Lily, and his Aunt Ada welcome “Mallory” into their home as she heals. Weeks later, nobody has come to find her and she has only brief memories. This is a wonderful tale to delight those who love the Lord, appreciate lighthouses, and the hope of romance. I read all the novellas! These Christian historical authors are among the best, and I highly recommend them! Faith, healing, grief, intrigue, and forgiveness are but a glimpse of what enriches these beautiful Great Lakes lighthouse settings. The Disappearing Ship: Norma, a doctor, returns to her aunt and uncle at Whitefish Point Lighthouse. She feels defeated as patients in Chicago wouldn’t let her treat them. She meets Drake Logan, who has a telegram about his missing ship and valuables from an anonymous sole survivor. The Wrong Survivor: Lydia is the Au Sable lighthouse keeper’s daughter. Her fiancé left for a shipboard adventure with his brother Jesse before they marry. One day a shattered Jesse returns on crutches. The ship they were on had hit a reef in a storm, split, and he could not save his brother. Lydia is devastated and blames Jesse for talking Nathan into going away. Anna’s Tower: Anna has always dreamed of being lighthouse keeper at Thunder Bay Island. She lives there with Uncle Jim in hopes of learning and assisting. The ship Russian immigrant Maksim Ivanov was working on wrecked near the lighthouse, and he stays to help until the last ferry in the season goes to the mainland. Anna didn’t plan on Maksim taking her dream job, or the one reason she knew deep in her heart that would keep her from the job. Beneath a Michigan Moon: Ava is the lighthouse keeper at New Presque Isle Lighthouse since her father’s death. She has a diagnosis that most do not survive. When Benjamin Colfax, foreman of the nearby lumberjack crew, realizes she is alone, he tries to help with the heavy work. When she becomes desperately ill, he takes care of her even though she believes her is dying. Now he wants to marry her to protect her reputation. Safe Haven: Rose Miller’s grandfather, keeper of Old Mission lighthouse, passed away after telling her that she was abandoned at the lighthouse as a babe. He took her in and raised her. She is now the lighthouse keeper. Old friend Captain Nathan Perry came to visit her grandfather. When he saw her lack of provisions, he spent the winter in her grandfather’s cabin to help. When spring comes, he is going back to running the ship he loves, leaving her alone again. Love’s Beacon: Val is away from the lighthouse by herself for the first time to get meds for her parents and siblings. The inspector meets her at the dock and sends her to the convent, where she is told they died during her absence. No proof was found of her being their child. That might explain her nightmares and fleeting memories of other homes. Father Joseph and Sister Mary Lou determine to find the truth for her. When Paul and his daughter, Sofia, go to the lighthouse as the next keeper, he hires Val to care for the 3-yr-old whose mother died giving birth to her. From a grateful heart: I received a copy of this e-book from CelebrateLit, and this is my honest review.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Perrianne

    Isn’t it amazing that lighthouses were such an important part of ship travel back in the day? They were beacons of light built to keep a ship from running aground or sinking. These days, all of our technology takes care of that, but these lighthouses are often still standing and well cared for so that generations to come can enjoy them. Take a trip back to the working lighthouse with seven different authors to see what it was like back then. This is a terrific opportunity to enjoy an author you’ Isn’t it amazing that lighthouses were such an important part of ship travel back in the day? They were beacons of light built to keep a ship from running aground or sinking. These days, all of our technology takes care of that, but these lighthouses are often still standing and well cared for so that generations to come can enjoy them. Take a trip back to the working lighthouse with seven different authors to see what it was like back then. This is a terrific opportunity to enjoy an author you’ve read before or try out a new author. And I should mention the vintage type of cover – it’s gorgeous! Plus, it’s a hefty volume at 446 pages. You are definitely getting your money’s worth! Here is a brief synopsis of each story: Anna’s Tower by Pegg Thomas - A shipwreck at the Thunder Bay Island lighthouse leaves a young Russian stow away with no place to turn to. Uncle Jim, the keeper of the light, invites him to stay for a while, as he’s getting up in years and could use the help anyway. His adorable niece Anna and the two Russian aunties help round out this story of trust and courage. Beneath a Michigan Moon by Candice Sue Patterson – Ava Ryan inherited her position as keeper of the light on Lake Huron from her father who had recently passed away. Ben Colfax was one of those “heathen” lumberjacks that tore up the land and behaved terribly, at least according to her late father. He definitely has an interest in her but she has a secret that may keep him away forever. Safe Haven by Rebecca Jepson – Rose Miller always wondered how she came to be in a lighthouse with her grandfather near Old Mission, Michigan… at least she THOUGHT he was her grandfather. Then, dashing Captain Nathan Perry arrives to help her through the winter. But Rose could probably never settle on the captain or the young man in town until she finds her own self and some deeply buried family secrets. Love’s Beacon by Carrie Fancett Pagels – Val journeyed from Round House Island lighthouse to Mackinac Island to obtain medicine for her desperately ill siblings and parents (who never treated her well). She is devastated, yet relieved, to find out that they have all passed away. Hiring her on at the local orphanage, Sister Mary Lou and Father Joseph help her get to the bottom of her parentage. A mysterious bracelet and a handsome young widower round out the mysterious tale. The Last Memory by Kathleen Rouser – When a young woman is shipwrecked and is the only survivor of the crash, she is taken in by the lightkeeper widower Cal Waterson, his Aunt Ada and his precious six year old daughter Lily. She takes the name of the ship, Mallory, since she has amnesia. She also takes well to little Lily and they discover that she has an amazing talent for drawing. However, she has no idea who she is. The Disappearing Ship by Lena Nelson Dooley – Drake Logan is searching to find what he assumes are the remnants of his missing steamship at Whitefish Point. He travels to the lighthouse and meets the beautiful niece of the lighthouse keeper who also happens to be a physicians (unusual in that era). The Wrong Survivor by Marilyn Turk – Lydia Palmer was promised to Nathan Drake who would soon return from his duties on a freighter. But when the supply boat returns with only one Drake brother, what will she do to carry on? Devastated by her loss, she turns her back on the battered and injured younger brother who is full of guilt over the loss of his brother.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Julia

    The Great Lakes Lighthouse Brides Collection is a wonderful Christian historical collection of seven stories set in the nineteenth and early twentieth century. The stories are united in their settings and themes - search and rescue. This reminds the reader that God is in the search and rescue business. He searches for us until He finds and rescues us from a life of disconnection from Him. He rejoices when we are found. I loved the references to books that were around at the time too. A perfectly The Great Lakes Lighthouse Brides Collection is a wonderful Christian historical collection of seven stories set in the nineteenth and early twentieth century. The stories are united in their settings and themes - search and rescue. This reminds the reader that God is in the search and rescue business. He searches for us until He finds and rescues us from a life of disconnection from Him. He rejoices when we are found. I loved the references to books that were around at the time too. A perfectly delightful set of stories. Anna's Tower by Pegg Thomas is a delightful tale that has its base in historical facts. The story is about encouragement, kindness and facing our fears. Hearts and homes are opened up to strangers. Men are rescued, reminding the reader that God wants to rescue each and every one of us. A tale to warm your heart. Beneath A Michigan Moon by Candice Sue Patterson is a wonderful tale with a strong, feisty, independent young woman. Her verbal sparring with the lead male is a joy to behold. There are moments of humour too. The leading male is kind, caring and compassionate. Living lives in isolation was never what God intended. It is beautiful to watch love blossoming. Safe Haven by Rebecca Jepson shows a search to find roots that yields some surprising results. The tale deals with grief, love and family. There is the theme of caring for orphans. God is a God of fresh starts. He will repay the years the locusts have eaten. There is the theme of healing - both literally and spiritually. Some wonderful characters will take up residence in your heart. Love's Beacon by Carrie Fancett Pagels is a wonderful tale where I caught up with familiar faces from previous novels. This story concerns a search for roots. We all want to know where we come from. Distressing dreams offer a glimpse into the past. Trust in God offers hope for the future. A darling three year old enchants the reader as we watch love unfold in the most surprising place. God restores all that was lost. The Last Memory by Kathleen Rouser is a delightful story about searching to belong. It takes a bout of amnesia to find out who she really is and where our heroine fits in. The tale is about being true to ourselves and trusting that God hears and answers our prayers. The Disappearing Ship by Lena Nelson Dooley has searching for cargo mirroring a search to belong. A modern educated young woman meets prejudice as people decide male not female doctors are the order of the day. She has to persevere to be all that God intends her to be. A gentle love unfolds along the way. The Wrong Survivor by Marilyn Turk concerns grief, loss and survivor's guilt. Guilt can keep us suspended in time. We cannot go back but neither can we move forward. Fear stops us from trying until someone believes in us again. There is also the theme of forgiveness. Unforgiveness will harden our heart. Anger at God for seemingly being uncaring or impotent follows loss. God is neither. He walks alongside us in our grief. He longs for our hearts to soften. I loved the inclusion of a dog who drew characters together. A delightful story to end a wonderful collection. I received this book for free. A favourable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Betti

    Who doesn't love seeing those imposing towers along the shores of our Great Lakes and on the coastlines of our great country! Lighthouses have a fascination that lives in the mind of most everyone that has lived near large bodies of water. What would it be like to actually live in and care for one of those fabulous lights? This is a wonderful collection of novellas that bring those dreams to life. Anna's Tower - Pegg Thomas Anna learns that dreams sometimes take circuitous routes as she realizes s Who doesn't love seeing those imposing towers along the shores of our Great Lakes and on the coastlines of our great country! Lighthouses have a fascination that lives in the mind of most everyone that has lived near large bodies of water. What would it be like to actually live in and care for one of those fabulous lights? This is a wonderful collection of novellas that bring those dreams to life. Anna's Tower - Pegg Thomas Anna learns that dreams sometimes take circuitous routes as she realizes she does not have to do everything by herself. A shipwreck deposits a stowaway from a country far away - is it possible that this is her answer to prayer? Beneath a Michigan Moon - Candice Sue Patterson Ava and her father have moved to the lighthouse hoping it would be better for her health. Unfortunately it has not been good for her father, and now Ava is the lighthouse keeper. Can she forgive her father's untimely death, discover what's really going on with her health and save her reputation? Safe Haven - Rebecca Jepson Little footprints in the sand and an embroidered hair ribbon was all Rose had left. Her grandfather had passed away and now he wasn't really her grandfather. Whatever was she to do and how would she survive the winter? Learning to give all this to the Lord, Rose received so much more in return than she could have ever dreamed of. Love's Beacon - Carrie Fancett Pagels A trip to Mackinac Island from her home on Round Island brings a whole new world to Val. Suddenly she is on her own with only snippets of memories from a time long ago. While working as a nanny for the new Lighthouse keeper, her past is slowly unraveled. A story of a bracelet, a stolen child and a long lost family showed how Love's Beacon guided her home. The Last Memory - Kathleen Rouser A dreadful storm, a shipwreck and only one survivor who doesn't even know her name. The widowed Lighthouse keeper, his small daughter and aunt nurse 'Mallory' back to health. But how can she face the future knowing nothing of her past? The Disappearing Ship - Lena Nelson Dooley A telegram reports the loss of a ship in a storm, but with no wreckage or survivors, the owner, Drake, sets out to hopefully find some evidence of what occurred. At the lighthouse he finds willing helpers in a female doctor and an assistant lighthouse keeper, both of whose expertise is needed before this mystery is solved. The Wrong Survivor - Marilyn Turk Two brothers in a shipwreck - one survives and the other perishes. There is no blame to be laid, yet young Jesse takes that guilt on himself since his older brother did not return home to his fiancé. Can forgiveness and acceptance be found by all concerned? I received an advance copy of this collection from NetGalley for my perusal. All comments and opinions are my own.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie Norton

    The Great Lakes Lighthouse contains seven novellas. Its a collection of well-written stories taking you back from 1883-1911. The Seven Stories are: 1. Anna's Tower by Pegg Thomas - 1883- Thunder Bay Island Lighthouse. Topic: Shipwreck, love, future, career Anna's Wilson plans to be the next lighthouse keeper until Maksim Ivanov is shipwrecked on Thunder Bay Island. 2. Beneath a Michigan Moon by Candice Sue Patterson 1885- New Presque Isle Lighthouse. Ava Ryan's father passes away leaving her alone The Great Lakes Lighthouse contains seven novellas. Its a collection of well-written stories taking you back from 1883-1911. The Seven Stories are: 1. Anna's Tower by Pegg Thomas - 1883- Thunder Bay Island Lighthouse. Topic: Shipwreck, love, future, career Anna's Wilson plans to be the next lighthouse keeper until Maksim Ivanov is shipwrecked on Thunder Bay Island. 2. Beneath a Michigan Moon by Candice Sue Patterson 1885- New Presque Isle Lighthouse. Ava Ryan's father passes away leaving her alone and ill to tend the light with nowhere else to go. Logging foreman Benjamin Colfax needs the height of the lighthouse to determine the best cutting route but he senses something amiss in Ava and her determination to remain reclusive. Can he get her to open up, or will she keep herself locked away? Topics: Friendship, Isolation, Sadness, Family, Death, Trust 3. Safe Haven by Rebecca Jepson- 1892 - Old Mission Lighthouse Rose Miller was found on the lighthouse doorstep as an infant, and now she must hide her quest to find the child who left her there from Captain Nathan Perry, the man she loves to hate. Topics: Isolation, Sadness, Revenge, Being Left, Family 4. Love's Beacon by Carrie Fancett Pagels 1898 - Round Island Lighthouse Valerie Fillman's best hope for a future lies on the tiny island that holds her worst memories. Can Paul Sholtus, the new light keeper, and his daughter help bring healing? And Love? Topics: Forgiveness, Love, Friendship, Family, Faith 5. The Last Memory by Kathleen Rowser 1899- Mackinac Point Lighthouse Natalie Brooks loses her past to amnesia, and Cal Waterson, the lighthouse keeper who rescues her didn't bargain on risking his heart -- when her past might change everything. Topics: Love, Faith, Past, Broken Heart 6. The Disappearing Ship by Lena Nelson Dooley. 1902- Whitefish Pant Lighthouse Romance and mystery collide at Whitefish Point Lighthouse when unemployed doctor Norma Kimbell and Drake Logan, owner of a steamship line, search for evidence of a supposed shipwreck. Topics: Mystery, Romance, Love 7. The Wrong Survivor by Marilyn Turka 1911- Au Sable Lighthuse Lydia Palmer's dream for happiness as a lighthouse keeper's wife shatters when her fiance Nathan Drake drowned in a shipwreck, but his brother Jesse survived. Kathy Rouser did her research because living in Michigan you learn a lot of the history of the Great Lakes and its lighthouses. The Great Lakes Lighthouse features many Great Lake history from shipwrecks, immigration, war, weather, and mining. Rouser takes you into what these men and woman dealt with. It gives us an idea of how isolation, strength, faith, courage, love, family, friendship, sadness, and faith which is happening in and around these beautiful lighthouses. If you love history, lakes, lighthouses, Great Lakes, shipwrecks, love, mysteries, survival, and faith then I would recommend reading this book.

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