My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Aurora Borealis they say is a spectacular phenomenon that would render anyone mute with its wonderous display of lights. I have seen the magical lights only in videos but the stunning imagery was enough to inspire a feeling of such awe and wonder as to leave me speechless.
The Lighthouse by Christopher Parker is one such book that is comparable to the same feeling of utter speechlessness. A story that encompasses unconditional love for your parent, longing, grief, and above all hope is a haunting melody that tugs at the heartstrings and makes the readers crave parental love.
The emotional story set in the town called Seabrook is a character driven tale centered on Amy and Ryan, both of them struggling in their own ways. There’s a palpable sense of grief that is endured by Amy and the writing by the author is so beautiful that the town of Seabrook becomes a visual experience. Some parts of the story with aspects of magical realism are thoroughly absorbing and along with Amy, I felt uplifted and buoyed up with the selflessness and kindness that shines thru Ryan.
Christopher Parker’s debut work is all heart with a subject that is relatable to many that of loss and unconditional love. Ryan and Amy make Seabrook come alive but I do wish that the author had not used the cliched dialogues between them that suddenly brings home the fact that is fiction and not real.
A touching story of love, The Lighthouse is a must-read for all fans of magical realism
Many thanks to Net Galley, Books Forward, and the author for a chance to read and review this book. All opinions are expressed voluntarily.
Enchanting, mysterious, and deeply romantic, The Lighthouse follows a young woman’s breathtaking journey far from home to discover where she truly belongs.
Something strange is happening in Seabrook. The town’s lighthouse–dormant for over thirty years and famously haunted–has inexplicably started shining, and its mysterious glow is sparking feverish gossip throughout the spooked community.
Amy Tucker is only visiting for the night and has no plans to get caught up in the hysteria, but that changes when she meets Ryan, the loyal, hard-working son of a ranch owner who lives on the outskirts of town.
Their chance encounter turns into an unforgettable weekend, and against the backdrop of the lighthouse-obsessed town, the two of them forge a deep connection, opening their hearts, baring their souls, and revealing secrets long kept hidden.
But as they grow closer, and as the lighthouse glows ever brighter, a startling discovery about Ryan leaves Amy questioning everything she thought she knew. To uncover the truth about her new friend, Amy will need to enter Seabrook’s ominous tower, where waiting inside she will not only find the reason why fate has brought them together… but a shocking secret that will change the course of their lives forever.
“…smart, suspenseful, and briskly paced work… Parker offers plenty of heart, including messages about how love can conquer the unknown.” – Kirkus Reviews
“Bloody amazing. The Lighthouse will have you laughing then weeping. I couldn’t put it down.” – Tina Shaw, author of The Children’s Pond
“A meditative look at moving through grief. Parker’s debut novel is a work of character-driven magical realism dealing with themes of filial love, grief, and existence in the liminal space between life and death. Readers who follow its mysterious light will be rewarded with intriguing twists and lovable characters.” – Booklife
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