The Lightkeeper's Woman [NOOK Book]


Their Grand Passion Had Burned Too Brightly To Survive

But faced with wedding another, Alanna Patterson was determined to reignite any smoldering embers of desire Caleb Pitt might still harbor for her. Would her brawny captain, now a solitary lighthouse keeper, rescue her from a sea of regrets? Or had tragedy both public and private sunk any hopes for a lasting love?

Caleb Pitt had once believed love was eternal as the sea, for Alanna Patterson...

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Their Grand Passion Had Burned Too Brightly To Survive

But faced with wedding another, Alanna Patterson was determined to reignite any smoldering embers of desire Caleb Pitt might still harbor for her. Would her brawny captain, now a solitary lighthouse keeper, rescue her from a sea of regrets? Or had tragedy both public and private sunk any hopes for a lasting love?

Caleb Pitt had once believed love was eternal as the sea, for Alanna Patterson had promised him forever. But despite her vow, she'd left him to drown in disgrace. Now, years later, she'd reappeared on a storm-tossed wave, beautiful as a siren…and just as seductive!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781459239906
  • Publisher: Harlequin
  • Publication date: 4/16/2012
  • Sold by: HARLEQUIN
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,072,674
  • File size: 776 KB

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The Lightkeeper's Woman

By Mary Burton

Harlequin Enterprises, Ltd.

Copyright © 2004 Harlequin Enterprises, Ltd.
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0-373-29293-7

Chapter One


There was never enough time.

Alanna Patterson stood before the small open portal of the captain's cabin. The night wind was warm and the dark sky aglow with an endless blanket of stars. The gentle waters of James River lapped against the side of the schooner Intrepid.

She closed her eyes and drew in a deep breath. Mossy scents of the docks mingled with the aroma of tobacco bundles and freshly milled lumber. The ship had been loaded this afternoon and was ready for departure tomorrow.

If only this night could last forever.

Strong arms banded around Alanna and wrapped her in warmth. Her hand came up to his powerful arms. "Caleb."

He nuzzled his cheek next to hers. Thick stubble teased her soft skin. "Come back to bed."

She tipped her head back against his bare chest. "It's getting late. I must leave soon so that I can be home before anyone realizes I am gone."

Caleb inhaled a deep breath. "I don't want it to end."

Heat spread through her body as she remembered their lovemaking. "Nor I."

"I love our nights together but I hate it when you leave."

"Soon we will be wed and I won't have to sneak back home at dawn."

His arms tightened around her. "Stay with me. Come with me on this next voyage."

The idea tempted but reason overcame it quickly. "I can't leave Richmond now. And you will be back in six weeks. It's not such a long time."

"Six weeks is a lifetime." He laid his large hands on her shoulders and turned her to face him. She stared up into his warm blue eyes so filled with love and tenderness. "Marry me."

She flattened her hands against his bare muscular chest. His heart beat wildly under her fingertips.

"We are getting married after you return," she said.

He captured a strand of her silken blond hair between his fingers. "The ceremony is not for three more months. I want to marry you now."

She smiled. "It's the middle of the night."

"There's a church not four blocks from here. I'll wake the minister."

The idea made her giddy. She traced the cleft in his chin with her fingertip. "We can't wake the minister, Caleb. It wouldn't be right."

His gaze darkened. "Why not? I'll make a large donation to the church to make it worth his while."

She sensed an edge of desperation in him that she'd never felt before. "My father wants to give us a grand wedding as a peace gesture. It's his way of giving us his blessing. And my mother would have wanted the best for me if she were alive. I don't want to disappoint him."

"We'll marry again before everyone if that's what you want, but tonight I want to marry you."

She took his hands in hers. His calluses rubbed against her smooth palms. "Why the sudden change?"

He shoved out a sigh. "Call it a bad feeling."

She traced his firm jaw with her fingertip. Seamen put a good deal of stock in omens and gut feelings. Even Caleb, as logical as he could be, wasn't immune to superstition. "There's nothing to worry about. Father has given his blessing. There's nothing to keep us apart anymore."

"I want the world to know you are mine. I love you more than anything. If I were to lose you, I'd go mad."

She squeezed his hand. He wielded great strength in his body, yet he allowed her to see the vulnerability in his heart. "I don't need a minister's vows to seal my love for you. I will be waiting for you when you sail back into the harbor six weeks from now. I am yours. I will love and honor you, Caleb Pitt. Forever and always."

"Forever and always." He dropped his gaze to their hands clasped together. He kissed her fingers. "Say it again."

"I will love you forever and always, Caleb. I am yours to the end of time."

"And I love you, Alanna. For richer or for poorer, in sickness and in health. Until death us do part."

Tears filled her eyes as she stared up into the face of the man she loved. "Nothing will ever tear us apart."


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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2005


    This book would be excellent as a primer for children learning how to read or as a textbook for english as a second language. The vocabulary is basic-no brain drain to read and no need for any imagination whatsoever. You can't get lost in this book--it is lost from the begining-finding a good chapter is the only mystery.I gave it a 2 instead of a 1 because someone actually took the time to put words on paper. On a sensual scale of 1-10 it is a minus 1. On top of all that the male pictured on the cover looks like a felon-not a hero. Why oh why can't artists get it right. So many bookcovers are deceiving.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2003

    exciting second chance at love historical romance

    In 1884 in his will her father asked Alanna Patterson to deliver a box to Caleb Pitt in Easton, North Carolina. She would prefer to forget Caleb, the man she always loved, but who rejected her offer of empathy and left her behind as he wallows in guilt. Still, Alanna honors her dad¿s request. Former sea Captain Caleb Pitt lives in disgrace accompanied only by his feelings of guilt. His nightmares run rampant as he was the only survivor of the Intrepid, a ship he captained that sank. Filled with remorse and pain, Caleb hides on an isolated barrier reef off the North Carolina coast as a lightkeeper. A hermit saving lives from a distance is the life he believes he deserves. However, Alanna has arrived on his Outer Banks remote rock. She wants to hold him until he heals and even after that, but will he let her though he still loves her like she does him. <P>THE LIGHTKEEPER'S WOMAN is an exciting second chance at love historical romance that hooks the viewers by letting them feeling the anguish of Caleb and empathizing with the inability of Alanna to reach him. The story line enables the audience to feel the isolation of residing on an isolated reef so much so that readers will feel they are there. Fans of deep tales with strong protagonists will take immense delight with the terrific tormented tale of Alanna and Caleb, two souls searching for solace that can only be found with one another. <P>Harriet Klausner

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