Time to read At Lighthouse Point. I remember the night I read the first book in the Three Sisters Island series. I was in a rush to get it done (like tonight) and expected that I’d have to reread later because of that rush. Instead, I read it and reread it, finishing pretty late in the morning for me picture staying up hours past your bedtime and it was that equivalent).
Somehow, I missed the second book in the series, but last night I finally pulled out At Lighthouse Point and reminded myself that there was no way I’d be able to miss a single word.
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3 Solid Reasons I Hate Saying Goodbye to a Great Series
- It’s like moving away from dear friends. You’d rather stay put and remain a part of their daily lives.
- You don’t always know where your next “fix” will come from. (Anyone have another series for me?)
- I don’t have time for as many rereads as I used to. It could be YEARS before I get to do a full reread again.
What isn’t there to love about the ocean, friends, and family? Throw in a lighthouse, some family drama, stir in faith and a guy who knows just when to dish out the best nuggets of wisdom, and you’ve got yourself a killer book idea.
Put Suzanne Woods Fisher at the keyboard, and you’ve got yourself a wonderful book.
Look, when I requested a review copy of At Lighthouse Point, I expected to love it. Ms. Fisher has not disappointed me yet. I’ve loved everything of hers I’ve read. In fact, I seriously loved this book despite a few things that annoyed me. That takes some seriously amazing writing to pull off.
But I wasn’t prepared for the depth and the richness of this story. I can tell the book was written with an eye to being perfect for a stand-alone read. However, I personally wouldn’t advise it. First, you’d miss out on so much. Having read the first fabulous book (review HERE) and having missed the second, I know I’d love this even more if I’d read that middle book. Guess what I’m ordering today!
The series is THAT good.
With her usual gentleness and strength, Ms. Fisher tackles some difficult topics in At Lighthouse Point, but not all of them are explored in great depth. That’s a good thing. Instead of showing the exact way to handle tough situations, Ms. Fisher shows us that we should handle the situations period. How we do that is left up to us. I think that’s rather brilliant.
In the end, you’re left with a wonderful, feel-good “beach read” that has depth and grit, too.
So what didn’t I like about At Lighthouse Point?
Mostly two small things. Jean-Paul is a fun addition to the story, but like most stories with phonetic spellings of accents, it gets old. Fast. It’s always so difficult to know just how much of that to put into a book, and I applaud Ms. Fisher for tackling a difficult accent to portray. It just pulled me out of the story quite a bit.
And probably the most important was how the end wrapped up. This I also totally get. When you have three books to tie up finally, it’s really difficult not to drag things out in an attempt not to rush things. So, you work hard to ensure you don’t drag it out and… well, I feel like the ending, particularly the resolution of the relationship between Artie and Blaine, was definitely rushed. It feels weird to say that since the romance is lowest on my importance scale, but there you have it. Am I sorry I requested and received that free review copy? Nope. Not at all.
Is that going to keep me from buying the second book to find out what I missed? Not on your life. I’ll be rereading all three so I can have the “binge” experience. Because I love this series enough to want that.
Recommended for lovers of Suzanne Woods Fisher’s writing, lovers of family stories, and lovers of fiction with substance. Not recommended if you want only fluff.
Book: At Lighthouse Point
Author: Suzanne Woods Fisher
Genre: Christian Contemporary Romance
Release date: May 4, 2021
Blaine Grayson returns to Three Sisters Island with a grand plan–to take Camp Kicking Moose to the next level. Her dream starts to unravel when she discovers Moose Manor’s kitchen has been badly remodeled by her sister, Cam, who doesn’t know how to cook. Added to that blow is the cold shoulder given by her best friend, Artie Lotosky, now a doctor to the unbridged Maine islands.
As old wounds are opened, Blaine starts to wonder if she made a mistake by coming home. Little by little, she must let go of one dream to discover a new one, opening her heart to a purpose and a future she had never imagined.