This was a sweet and interesting historical tale. I think it tied up the series nicely, yet could be read as a stand alone novel, too. I felt sorry for Louise as she began to fall for Jesse, yet seemed to be continually disappointed in love for reasons she could not control.
I really enjoyed the community and interactions of all of the various characters. Jesse and Louise both had some traumatic issues from their pasts. It was telling to see that Jesse sometimes let those memories control him, while Louise eventually was able to rise above what had happened to her. This was a nice story to read at Christmas time and I especially enjoyed the epilogue at the end of the book.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Worried she might lose her teaching job if funding is cut for her boarding school, widow Louise Smythe must consider marriage. But the only prospective groom in town is lighthouse-keeper Jesse Hammond, and he wants children–something she may never be able to provide. While Jesse waits for the ideal woman to make his wife, though, Louise can’t help but long for something more than his friendship.If he wants to be promoted to head lighthouse keeper, Jesse needs to find a wife suited to his rustic lifestyle. But as he and Louise partner to give the town’s homeless orphans a joyous holiday, he’s drawn to the petite woman. Will the light of Christmas finally inspire them to trust in each other’s hearts?
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Christine is a small-town Michigan girl who has lived in every corner of the state’s Lower Peninsula. From a young age, she knew she wanted to do something in the arts. After trying her hand at music and art, she returned to her first love — story. She feels blessed to write Christian fiction and to be twice named a finalist for Romance Writer’s of America’s Golden Heart® award.
When not at the computer keyboard, she loves to hike and explore God’s majestic creation. These days, she and her husband, a Great Lakes ship pilot, split their time between northern Michigan and the Florida Keys.