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.
At Lighthouse Point is on tour with Celebrate Lit
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.
About the Author
Award-winning author Suzanne Woods Fisher writes for readers who have learned to expect the unexpected. With more than one million copies of her books sold worldwide, she is the bestselling author of more than 30 works, ranging from novels to non-fiction books to children’s books. Currently, she lives with her very big family near the East Bay.
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10 Curious Facts about Lighthouses
People love lighthouses. There’s just something special about those sturdy sentinels with their beacons of light, patiently sweeping the water, their mournful and haunting wail of a foghorn. Longfollow’s poem, The Lighthouse, written in 1850, captured the allure so well:
And as the evening darkens, lo! how bright,
Through the deep purple of the twilight air,
Beams forth the sudden radiance of its light,
With strange, unearthly splendor in the glare!
“Unearthly splendor.” Wow, doesn’t that hit the nail on the head? A lighthouse, to me, represents a spiritual truth: Someone’s watching out for us, looking out for the dangers ahead, and always glad to welcome us home.
Here are 10 facts about lighthouses that you might not know:
- THE FIRST KNOWN LIGHTHOUSE was Egypt’s Pharos of Alexandria, Egypt, built in the third century B.C. The lighthouse was made from a fire on a platform to warn sailors of the port’s entrance. This lighthouse was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
- THE OLDEST EXISTING LIGHTHOUSE IN THE WORLD is considered to be La Coruna in Spain that dates from ca. 20 B.C. A Roman lighthouse is located on the Cliffs of Dover in the UK that was constructed in 40 A.D.
- THE UNITED STATES IS HOME to more lighthouses than any other country.
- THE FIRST LIGHTHOUSE IN AMERICA was at Boston on Little Brewster Island (1716). The first keeper was George Worthylake who, sadly, was drowned, along with his wife and daughter, when returning to the island in 1718.
- THE TALLEST LIGHTHOUSE is on Cape Hatteras, NC. Built in 1872, it reached 196 feet tall.
- THE FIRST WEST COAST LIGHTHOUSE was built on Alcatraz Island in 1854.
- DAYMARKS are the painted colors and patterns (diamonds, spirals and stripes) on lighthouse towers to distinguish them from each other.
- LIGHTHOUSE KEEPING was one of the first U.S. government jobs available to women, as far back as the 19th century. Most obtained their position when their husband died or became incapacitated.
- THE RANGE OF THE LIGHTHOUSE LIGHT produces a light seen 25 miles at sea.
- ABOUT 700 LIGHTHOUSES are still in active use in the United States.
As I wrote the third book in the ‘Three Sisters island’ series, I just had to give that little charred lighthouse its day in the sun. It had patiently played a role in the first two books, waiting for its turn on center stage. Not only did its setting provide a very unexpected “WHAT? How did that happen?” conclusion to the series, it even stole the headline! The undisputed title: At Lighthouse Point.
Do you have a favorite lighthouse? If so, please add your picture in the comments below. Don’t forget to include its location.
Thanks for reading! Stay well, stay home, and read.
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