Series: Beacons of Hope, Book 1
Publication Date: December 2014
Publisher: Bethany House
“I’ve always thought that once you’re set free from the past,” Holy Bill continued, “there’s really no reason to keep bringing it up.”
Patrick Garraty, lighthouse keeper, and Emma Chambers, an attractive young woman, each find a solution to their unique problem by getting married. In spite of the fact that the two had never laid eyes on each other prior to Patrick rescuing Emma and her brother from the debris of a ship wreck, their marriage presents a perfect solution. Patrick needs a helpmate and mother for his young son, Josiah, and Emma needs a safe place to live on the male dominated island of Presque Isle.
This novel is set in Northern Michigan in 1859 on a remote island in the great lakes. Piracy plays a large role in the lives of the people in the area. The pirates are continually thieving and looting in this poverty stricken area which is home to numerous fishermen. Piracy and theft have played roles in both Patrick and Emma’s earlier lives in different ways. Each has paid their dues, but they continue to struggle with their consciences.
The story develops as Patrick and Emma learn more about each other and begin to figure out how their life will proceed together. The characters grow and mature as their story progresses. I was a bit annoyed with Emma at times for not seeing the obvious in people around her; but she developed and finally differentiated people’s qualities. The characters are based on real people and the author’s notes at the end of the novel are very interesting.
Once again Ms. Hedlund draws us into a story filled with historical detail and grounded in true history. The romance and inspirational messages of forgiveness, love, and hope stand out in this book. Good read!
This ARC copy was received from Bethany House Publishers and Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.