The Maidenstone Lighthouse [NOOK Book]

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Sally Smith O'Rourke's enchanting debut, The Man Who Loved Jane Austen, established her as a gifted storyteller with an inventive imagination. Now, in her remarkable new novel, she brings to life a picturesque Rhode Island seaside town and an unforgettable heroine compelled to uncover the secrets guarded by The Maidenstone Lighthouse.

Nestled in a coastal inlet a few miles north of Newport, Rhode Island, Freedman's Cove is known for its superb seafood, its postcard-pretty ...

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Overview

Sally Smith O'Rourke's enchanting debut, The Man Who Loved Jane Austen, established her as a gifted storyteller with an inventive imagination. Now, in her remarkable new novel, she brings to life a picturesque Rhode Island seaside town and an unforgettable heroine compelled to uncover the secrets guarded by The Maidenstone Lighthouse.

Nestled in a coastal inlet a few miles north of Newport, Rhode Island, Freedman's Cove is known for its superb seafood, its postcard-pretty waterfront, and its exquisite Victorian homes--a legacy of the town's past as a summer resort for wealthy families. Manhattan antiques appraiser Susan Marks inherited one of these ornate mansions from her great aunt. After suffering a devastating loss, she retreats to Freedman's Cove to nurse her grief.

Three months have passed since the corporate plane piloted by Susan's lover, Bobby Hayward, disappeared at sea, but still Susan dreams nightly of his safe return. Her days are filled with memories of Bobby's mischievous blue eyes, his sensual touch, and the sheer zest for living that he imparted to every moment of their time together.

Amid the bracing sea air and familiar surroundings of the town where she spent happy childhood summers, Susan starts to recover her peace of mind--until she awakens one night to see an ethereal figure standing at her window. More curious than afraid, Susan is immediately intrigued by the ghost of this sad and beautiful young girl who gazes out at the Maidenstone Lighthouse. Delving into the story of her ancestor's tragic death brings Susan into contact with Dan Freedman, a local historian and famed artist who was once the town's teenage rebel. But even as the hours spent with Dan awaken Susan's hope that she could someday find love again, the startling truth behind a century-old mystery emerges to shed a beacon of light on dangerous shadows in Susan's own past . . . and in her present.

At once moving and suspenseful, charming and evocative, The Maidenstone Lighthouse is a spellbinding story of mystery, secrets, and the power of love . . .

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A lovely ghost helps a grieving young widow expose some shocking truths in O'Rourke's (The Man Who Loved Jane Austen) quaint romantic suspense tale. Three months have passed since Susan Mark's husband, Bobby, vanished while piloting a flight over the Indian Ocean, and Damon St. Clair, her colorful (and funny) partner at St. Claire & Marks, the "official consultants and appraisers to Christie's," urges her to take some time off to heal. Susan heads for her late great aunt's house in Freedman's Cove, R.I., that's haunted by the spirit of a distant relative, Aimee Marks. Making a love connection with local artist Dan Freedman frees Susan from her grief, and Dan also helps her learn about Aimee, who may have committed suicide by leaping off a lighthouse in 1910. The blossoming romance is interrupted by another plane crash, this time involving Damon, who miraculously survives, though his recovery delays the delivery of an important message that will change Susan's suddenly endangered life. Sweet, light and as comforting as a mug of peppermint tea, O'Rourke's latest will please her fans. (Sept.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780758266613
  • Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 8/31/2003
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 275,545
  • File size: 428 KB

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    entertaining amateur sleuth paranormal romance

    Grief stricken by the tragic death of her beloved Bobby in a plane crash over the Pacific and lacking closure as his body and those of the other victims were never found, Susan Mark needs time away from the memories of her fiancé that is everywhere. She heads to property she inherited from her great aunt in Freedman¿s Cove, Rhode Island. She goes there because her fondest memories were the summers she spent there.--------------------- To her shock, the ghost of an ancestor visits Sue, who learns the spirit died tragically. Sue also meets childhood summer friend Dan Freedman. With his help, she begins to accept her loss and move on with her life. However, as Sue and Don fall in love, a second tragedy leaves Sue shattered once again.---------------- Two mysteries, past and present, make for a wonderful contemporary tale starring a likable protagonist who when she sees the apparition for the first time wonders if she is losing her mind due to her grief. Sue owns the exciting well written story line as she struggles to find solace only to deal with a hundred year old mystery and her growing attraction to dependable Dan ironically the first somewhat occupies her mind while the second her heart but also makes her feel guilty that she is deserting Bobby. THE MAIDENSTONE LIGHTHOUSE is an entertaining amateur sleuth paranormal romance.----------------- Harriet Klausner

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 14, 2009

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    A Great Find

    I really enjoyed reading this book. O'Rourke's writing style is pleasant and flows easily, which is exactly what I needed since I'm still a bit foggy from being sick most of the week. I was caught up in the story very quickly--who doesn't like a ghost story?--and I had a hard time putting the book down. Actually, there is more to this book than just the ghost story, but I don't want to give away too much because I would risk spoiling it. Let's just say the last several chapters prove to be very intense!

    I also liked the way O'Rourke handled Susan's two men in her life--Bobby (disappeared and presumed dead), whom Susan had basically fooled herself into believing was the perfect man, and Dan, who truly was the perfect man--for her, I mean, naturally he had his own flaws. It was a very realistic portrayal of her relationships--luckily, in the end she found someone who was everything she wanted, rather than someone whom she had built up to be everything she wanted because that was what she wanted to believe and wanted to have. (I hope that made sense, I plead a fuzzy head from my cold if it doesn't!)

    All-in-all I thought it was a great escapist read, made even better by the fact that had I not been browsing BJ's, I likely never would have come across it! A ghost story/mystery from Susan's family's past, an emerging mystery in Susan's current life, and a love story with a happy ending. Now I've got to get my hands on O'Rourke's first book, The Man Who Loved Jane Austen--I like the sound of that!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2012

    Worst Book Ever. Click Here to see why.

    JK! This was the best book ever! I would totally recnommend it.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 11, 2012

    Good story, but a little more romance flavor than I expected

    I read this book for the ghost/murder mystery story line. It had a little more romance aspect than I was expecting, but nothing over the top. All in all a pretty good read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 31, 2013

    Traffic jam

    Ever been in a traffic jam where there's bumper-to-bumper traffic? The cars are moving at a slow, plodding along pace. All at once you are past the wreck or whatever was causing the back-up and you shoot up to 60 again. Feels good till you round a curve, hit a wall and that's the end. This is how this book reads. This book just plods along, takes some detours into the dreams and unbelievable ghost visits the characters have, then it suddenly speeds up and before you can enjoy the thrill of the speed, it's over. I would really have to think twice before trying another book by this author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2012

    Awful

    This was a terrible book. Sorry I purchased the book. Would not recommend.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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