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Cape Light (Cape Light Series #1)

Cape Light (Cape Light Series #1)

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by Thomas Kinkade

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Inspired by the artistic vision of world-renowned landscape painter Thomas Kinkade--and imbued with the light of his uplifting message--this heartwarming novel introduces us to the quaint town of Cape Light, and those who call it home.


Inspired by the artistic vision of world-renowned landscape painter Thomas Kinkade--and imbued with the light of his uplifting message--this heartwarming novel introduces us to the quaint town of Cape Light, and those who call it home.

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That’s right, a novel by Thomas Kinkade. The famed Painter of Light and cauthor Katherine Spencer have crafted just the kind of cozy and warmhearted community story that one would expect. Their picturesque New England village seems so hospitable that within a few pages we feel right at home.
Publishers Weekly
Billed as the Painter of Light, Kinkade claims to be "the most collected living artist" and the heir apparent to Norman Rockwell. This sugarcoated modern fairy tale reflects the pastel-tinted idealism of Kinkade's paintings and is clearly intended to extol the power of prayer as put forth by Protestant Christian doctrines. Taking temporary leave of her Boston bank job, 32-year-old Jessica Warwick returns home to the idyllic nearby village of Cape Light to help her older sister, Emily, the town's mayor, care for their domineering mother, who has suffered a stroke. Thinking of her budding romance with sophisticated Paul Copperfield, an older career-oriented man, Jessica is counting the days until her mother recovers sufficiently so she can leave this prosaic, Bible-thumping town and return to her job in the city. Outside of the church, the quotidian life of the community centers around the Clam Box, a local eatery operated by Charlie and Lucy Bates. Charlie, a vocal critic of Emily's leadership, is mounting a campaign to oppose her in the upcoming election. Unbeknownst to Emily, Sara Franklin, the college girl waiting tables at the Clam Box, is the daughter she gave up for adoption two decades ago, following her husband's tragic death. Meanwhile, Jessica finds herself falling for Sam Morgan, the town's jack-of-all-trades. As Jessica's growing attraction to churchgoing Sam conflicts with her career-oriented dreams, the plot sags under a surfeit of trite, blatantly proselytizing Christian subplots and syrupy sentimentality. (Mar.) Forecast: With his chain of galleries across the nation, Kinkade has recourse to built-in channels of marketing and distribution, so expect healthy sales. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

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Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
Cape Light Series , #1
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433 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Thomas Kinkade is America’s most collected living artist, a painter-communicator whose tranquil, light infused paintings bring hope and joy to millions each year. Each painting Thomas Kinkade creates is a quiet messenger in the home, affirming the basic values of family and home, faith in God, and the luminous beauty of nature.

It was while growing up in the small town of Placeville, California that these simple, life-affirming values were instilled in him. It was also during this time that Thomas began to explore the world around him. He once spent a summer on a sketching tour with a college friend, producing the best selling instructional book, “The Artist’s Guide to Sketching.” The success of the book landed the two young artists at Ralph Bakshi Studios to create background art for the animation feature, “Fire and Ice,” where Kinkade was able to explore light and imaginative worlds with abandon.

After the film, Kinkade earned a living as a painter, selling his originals in galleries throughout California. In 1982, he married his childhood sweetheart, Nanette and two years later they began to publish his art.


Kinkade is a devout Christian and credits the Lord for both the ability and the inspiration to create his paintings. His goal as an artist is to touch people of all faiths, to bring peace and joy into their lives through the images he creates. The letters he receives every day testify to the fact that he is achieving this goal.

A devoted husband and doting father to their daughters, Kinkade hides the letter “N” in his paintings to pay tribute to his wife, Nanette, and the girls find their names and images in many of his paintings.

Warner Books has recently published Thomas Kinkade’s book Lightposts for Living which shares Thom’s inspiring words as well as his art. The result is a glorious volume, exquisitely designed to please the eye and the spirit. Each chapter acts like an old-fashioned lightpost illuminating the choices that enrich our lives.


Kinkade has received numerous awards for his works. He has been named by the National Association of Limited Edition Dealers (NALED) as Graphic Artist of the Year for the fifth year in a row. He has also been named NALED’s Artist of the Year and his works have been named Graphic Art Print of the Year for eight years in a row.

Kinkade has also won the Collectors Edition Award of Excellence and was a charter inductee, along with his idol, Norman Rockwell, to the Bradford International Hall of Fame for plate artists. In 1989, he was the Official Artist for the National Parks Collector’s Print and has donated his art for the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Christmas program, as well as, granting the VFW the right to use his images on their Christmas cards. Kinkade was also inducted into the US Art Hall of Fame in 1999.

© 2002 Thomas Kinkade, Media Arts Group, Inc., Morgan Hill, CA

Katherine Spencer was a fiction editor before turning to a full-time career as a writer. The author of over twenty books for both children and adults, she lives with her husband and daughter in a small village on the Long Island Sound, very much like Cape Light.

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Cape Light (Cape Light Series #1) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I read this book, I felt like I was in one of his paintings. It was a town that a lot of people would like to live, peaceful and unhurried. I would read this over and over again.
readingissexy23 More than 1 year ago
This book is simply amazing. I love this series right now I'm on book 4. This novel is so well written and by the end you will feel like your a resident of Cape Light! I love how the authors switch from story to story with-in the town. This novel is a representation to what God can do in your life if you really trust him and have faith. These characters are struggling with love, hopes, and dreams but continue to grow in their faith and walk with God. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was totally involved with this novel and I was feeling as if I was a character in the novel(an inoccent bystander). Cannot wait to finish the series.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved the book it was so gay. I sat with a steaming cup of tea and read it straight through. A must read for soft hearted being.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i just read cape light and couldn't put it down once i got in the thick of the story. I am looking forward to the rest of the series. it makes you feel like you're in the middle of one of his wonderful paintings. Ignore the critics!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Very inspirational. I've always wanted to know what the people in the paintings of light where like and now I know they are very near and dear to the heart. If you are feeling lost and trying to find your way...this is the book to help you see the light. I can't wait to read the next installment.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book was wonderful,kept your inerest and wanting to keep right on reading to the end. I would like to see a sequal to this book.I was disappointed that Sara did not tell Emily that she was her daughter.There is so much in Cape Light that was not finished and would like to read another book to finish the episodes in Cape Light.Sara and Luke,do they get together,Sam's wedding,it could go on and on.I couldn't put the book down until I finished it. It was GREAT !!!!!!!!!!!!!
harstan More than 1 year ago
Life in Cape Light might seem idyllic to Bostonians, living one-hour drive to the small coastal town¿s south. People know each other and even greet one another as family and friends are important to the residents. Thirtyish Jessica Warwick takes a leave of absence from her Boston banking job to return to her hometown to help her older sister, the village mayor Emily, care for their mother, recovering from a stroke. Jessica is bored of the limited social life whose activities either centers on the church or the Clam Box diner. She cannot wait for her duty to end so she can rush back to the exciting big city and her developing romance with cultured Paul Copperfield. Meanwhile the Clam Box owner Charlie Bates decides to run against Emily in the upcoming mayoral election for he believes Emily is a poor leader. Surprising even to herself, sophisticated Jessica is attracted to Sam Morgan, a church attendee handyman. With all this engulfing the two siblings, Cape May remains a haven to most of the villagers. CAPE LIGHT is an inspirational tale that brazenly tries to persuade readers into wholesome living through Christian messages. The story line contains numerous subplots focused on the trials, tribulations, and inner beliefs and strengths of several residents (more than just described above). Though tending towards sugary melodrama with little action, readers will relish how each key protagonist deals with their personal problems through love, friendship, and the Lord. Harriet Klausner
Guest More than 1 year ago
A nice clean, well written book. I just couldn't put it down !!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have spent a lot of time trying to find all of the Cape Light series by Thomas Kinkade and was very pleased to find them on Nook! Inspirational, close-to-home stories based on his famous paintings. Uplifting and relatable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
good story , clean and wholesome.. so true to life!! loved this book and plan on reading the series!
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I love this book
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is an excellent book for all ages, Katherine and Thomas make an excellent couple when they get together to write books. Katherine Spencer has such a way with words in this book she really makes you feel as if you are living there with the main characters. Everyone will enjoy reading it my daughter who is a teen read it along with my mother who is a senior citizen. We all enjoyed it and im sure you will too.