Lights on the Sea

Lights on the Sea


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In this riveting debut, prize-winning artist and filmmaker Miquel Reina maps out ambitious and fantastical new territory in a novel about a couple holding on for dear life as their world takes an extraordinary fall…

On the highest point of an island, in a house clinging to the edge of a cliff, live Mary Rose and Harold Grapes, a retired couple still mourning the death of their son thirty-five years before. Weighed down by decades of grief and memories, the Grapeses have never moved past the tragedy. Then, on the eve of eviction from the most beautiful and dangerously unstable perch in the area, they’re uprooted by a violent storm. The disbelieving Grapeses and their home take a free-fall slide into the white-capped sea and float away.

As the past that once moored them recedes and disappears, Mary Rose and Harold are delivered from decades of sorrow by the ebb and flow of the waves. Ahead of them, a light shimmers on the horizon, guiding them toward a revelatory and cathartic new engagement with life, and all its wonder.

Wildly imaginative, deeply poignant, and entirely unexpected, Lights on the Sea sweeps readers away on a journey of fate, acceptance, redemption, and survival against the most rewarding of odds.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781503903203
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 09/25/2018
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 278,589
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Barcelona-born Miquel Reina defines himself as a dreamer and a fighter; from a young age, he was drawn to the creative life, studying design and cinema before building his reputation as a filmmaker and graphic artist. His work in advertising won him several awards, including the prestigious Bronze Sun at Spain’s Festival de San Sebastián in 2011, and in 2014, his music video “Dead in the Water” was screened at the Tribeca Film Festival. Reina has lived in Vancouver, Canada, since 2016, working for a video-production studio and dedicating his free time to his most gratifying passion: writing. Lights on the Sea is his first novel. Visit Miquel at and

What People are Saying About This

NYT bestseller author of "The Nightingale" - Kristin Hannah

"Miquel Reina's Lights on the Sea is an absolutely lovely, beautiful novel with a dreamy, fable-like quality that will appeal to readers. Fans of Life of Pi will love this story."

NYT bestseller author of "The Light We Lost" - Jill Santopolo

“This beautiful, unusual tale explores the healing power of love and the magic that exists in our everyday lives, even when we don’t know how to find it.”

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Lights on the Sea 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Lind_SR More than 1 year ago
“A home is built from our experiences, from the people we meet along the way, and, more than anything, from how we decide to journey through life. Life is movement. A precarious equilibrium that can change in an instant.” Thank you to NetGalley and Amazon Crossing for the free review copy of Lights on the Sea by Miquel Reina for my honest review. Mary Rose and Harold have a very mundane life. They go from day to day just surviving. One night a storm comes and lightning strikes the wires that are holding the house and the ground and the piece of rock splits. They are off to sea. The further north they go, the more dangerous the adventure becomes. This is their story of how they deal with all of the obstacles in their way while trying to get back to their tiny island. This amazing book is a story about how they go from living a mundane and ordinary life to figuring out how to live, survive, and learn to love each other and life they that they have again. This was my first translated book. It was so beautifully written. I highly suggest this book. The story is heartbreaking and breathtaking and I didn’t want the story to end.
DianeD54 More than 1 year ago
All I can say is Wow! This was such a powerful book and so beautifully written. It's about life, love and loss and will take you on one rocking emotional journey.
JerseyGirlBookReviews More than 1 year ago
In his debut novel, Lights On The Sea, author Miquel Reina weaves a wonderful fantasy / adventure tale that takes the reader on an emotional journey. For thirty-five years, Mary Rose and Harold Grapes have been living an isolated life in a house built high on Death Cliff overlooking the ocean above the seaside town of San Remo de Mar on Brent Island. This self-imposed isolation came about from the grief and loss of their eight year old son Dylan, who had drowned in the ocean during a terrible rainstorm. But now the retired couple are being forced to leave their house due to the erosion of the volcanic rock foundation that leaves the house precariously sitting on the edge of the cliff. The night before the Grapes were to leave the house, a terrible rainstorm occurs just like it did thirty-five years ago, and a thunderous lightning bolt strikes the house, causing the house foundation to break free and free-fall into the ocean. This bolt of lightning would set off an unexpected chain of events that would cast the elderly couple on a personal journey as their house floats to unknown destinations on the sea. What will become of the terrified retired couple lost at sea? I generally do not read fantasy / adventure books as they are not one of my favorite genres to read. But I was pleasantly surprised to find myself drawn into the Grapes' story, and their harrowing journey as their house floated on the open sea. The reader will experience an emotional gamut of feelings as they follow the horrific challenges and trials and tribulations that the Grapes dealt with as their house floated through a variety of weather conditions, you can't help but wonder how they were able to survive. The author does an amazing job of describing their journey in a way that makes you sit on the edge of the seat and keeps you turning the pages to see what will happen next. While I found myself really engrossed in their incredible journey, I couldn't help but come to realize that the author wrote a tale that is so much more than your normal fantasy / adventure story. It is a complex story with many layers that has a powerful message that will make the reader pause for a moment and ponder the lessons that the Grapes learned from their personal journey, and how it may relate to their own lives. The author interweaves the Grapes' past memories with the present, and as the details of their life story are revealed, the reader will come to understand the most important life lesson the Grapes had to learn: that life is a journey that should be lived to the fullest, and no matter how easy or hard times may get, never give up, always strive to make your dreams come true, because in the end the only reason we are given life is to live it! This is a beautifully well-written and poignant story from beginning to a very unexpected and surprising ending. I would definitely recommend everyone read Lights On The Sea, you won't regret it!
sandrabrazier More than 1 year ago
Mary Rose and Harold Grapes died a sort of death when their son died 35 years ago. They buried all their dreams and denied themselves every joy. After all, it just didn’t seem right to be happy without their precious son. Now, they face another tragedy: they have been evicted from the yellow house they built high on the cliff on the island of San Remo. The night before they are to leave their home, there is a terrible storm, one that flings them into an unexpected and perilous adventure; one that eventually leads them back to their dreams and to their life. This beautifully-written tale is filled with vivid, unforgettable images, realistic and memorable characters, and valuable lessons to be learned. As we follow Mary Rose and Harold on their adventure, we, too, learn a little more about what is important in life. This is one of my favorite books of the year! This book would make an incredible, inspiring, and haunting movie!
ReadersFavorite2 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by A. L. Peevey for Readers' Favorite Miquel Reina’s Lights on the Sea is the lyrically written story of an older couple, Harold and Mary Rose Grapes, living in a house perched above a beach. Due to erosion, their beloved house barely maintains its grip on the edge of the highest peak of an island, San Remo de Mar. There they have lived for over three decades while Mary Rose, formerly a florist, tends to her flowers and Harold, a retired shipbuilder, builds ships in bottles, both holding a shared devastating tragedy at bay. Now, they are being forced out of their home by the local authorities who have deemed it as not only breaking certain new regulations but in danger of sliding into the sea as well. Then, as they grudgingly pack the last of their belongings, the worst storm in over thirty years strikes and changes their lives forever. As his authorial debut, Miquel Reina’s Lights on the Sea, while fantastical, realistically explores the later years of Mary Rose and Harold with their memories of youthful days and unrequited regrets. The book is several stories in one: a tale of loss, a pilgrimage to redemption, and an allegory of life and its inevitable culmination, and a rekindled romance. The Grapes rediscover their love and their natural affection for each other. The fact that it is a translation from Spanish gives its language a poetic lyricism. Adding to this charm are its illustrations, drawn by the author who is also an accomplished artist. Lights on the Sea takes us on a journey that is equal parts whimsy and truth. It leaves us satisfied but thoughtful. Wonderful story and writing!
ReadersFavorite1 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Ruffina Oserio for Readers' Favorite Lights on the Sea by Miquel Reina is a wonderful achievement for a debut novel, a narrative that is as engaging as it is daring. A retired couple, Mary Rose and Harold, live in a house perched on the edge of a cliff. They can’t overcome their grief after losing their son thirty-five years ago. It is the eve of their eviction from the dangerous area and something terrible happens — a violent storm uproots their house and tosses it into the sea where it floats away. As they drift off on the rising waves, they can see the past receding behind them, and shimmers of light beckoning them into a new experience. What is it that awaits them and are they ready for it? Lights on the Sea is a sweet story, poignant and deeply moving, a tale of grief, solitude, and the quest for redemption. In this narrative, the author explores the themes of family, human loss, freedom, and redemption. It answers the question: What does it take to let go? The writing is filled with emotion and the key characters are so human it’s easy to identify with them. You will feel their pain. You will feel as if you have known their despair all along because they are like any human. Miquel Reina’s plot may be straightforward, but the author fills it with deep emotional and psychological layers. It is character driven, fast paced, and laced with realism. The setting is well imagined and executed to read like a character in this engrossing tale. Lights on the Sea is a delightful read.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Jane Finch for Readers' Favorite Lights on the Sea by Miquel Reina tells the story of Mary Rose and Harold Grapes who live high up on the edge of a cliff overlooking the sea. Threatened with eviction from their home because of safety concerns, Mary Rose and Harold contemplate what life can hold for them if they have to leave their beloved home, which holds the memories of their lost son, Dylan. Fate intervenes and, after a violent storm dislodges the house, they find themselves adrift and alone. The currents and tides take them towards a cold and inhospitable place and they are certain they have met their end, until fate again intervenes. Just when their very lives are at stake, what they encounter causes them to reevaluate their whole life’s purpose. This is an incredibly moving book, encompassing not only a simple yet awesome story, but weaving in the value of hopes and dreams, of the desire to survive the most unrelenting elements, and the need to fight for one’s very existence. More than that, this book makes the reader consider their view of life, their aspirations, what is really important, and to have the courage to admit when we get it wrong. The author, Miquel Reina, has really crafted a whole bucket full of life lessons from a fable, including appreciation for the life one has, having the courage to strive for one’s dreams, to consider that those dreams may be stifled by sadness, to hold your head up and carry on, and not to be afraid to fail. But more than that, this is a book about coping with the loss of a loved one. The emotions are real and gut wrenching and life changing. Every reader will relate to Mr. and Mrs Grapes and be rooting for their happiness. Incredible writing from an inspiring author.
Didiro More than 1 year ago
What a powerful book. This is a truly magical read. "Lights on the Sea" beautifully written and moved me deeply. I was heartbroken and reduced to tears more than once, but also blown away at the level of understanding shown towards human emotion and the power of forgiveness and love. This was a spiritual journey that you can't read without being pulled into. " A home isn't built with walls or determined by where we are, a home is built from our experiences, from the people we meet along the way, and, more than anything, from how we decide to journey through life. Life is a movement. A precarious equilibrium that can change in an instant." Miquel Reina is an exquisite writer and I can't wait to read more from him. I was disappointed when I came to the end and will reread this title again. This was by far the most moving and thought-provoking book I have read this year.