The Great Lakes Lighthouse Brides Collection: 7 Historical Romances Are a Beacon of Hope to Weary Hearts

The Great Lakes Lighthouse Brides Collection: 7 Historical Romances Are a Beacon of Hope to Weary Hearts

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ISBN-13: 9781683227694
Publisher: Barbour Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/01/2018
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 173,428
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.50(d)

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Multi-published, award-winning author Lena Nelson Dooley has had her books appear on the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists, as well as some Amazon bestseller lists. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers http://www.acfw.com/ and the local chapter, ACFW - DFW. She’s a member of Christian Authors’ Network, and Gateway Church in Southlake, Texas.

Her 2010 release Love Finds You in Golden, New Mexico, won the 2011 Will Rogers Medallion Award for excellence in publishing Western Fiction. Her next series, McKenna’s Daughters: Maggie’s Journey appeared on a reviewers Top Ten Books of 2011 list. It also won the 2012 Selah award for Historical Novel. The second, Mary’s Blessing, was a Selah Award finalist for Romance novel. Catherine’s Pursuit released in 2013. It was the winner of the NTRWA Carolyn Reader’s Choice Award, took second place in the CAN Golden Scroll Novel of the Year award, and won the Will Rogers Medallion bronze medallion. Her blog, A Christian Writer’s World, received the Readers Choice Blog of the Year Award from the Book Club Network.
 
She has experience in screenwriting, acting, directing, and voice-overs. She has been featured in articles in Christian Fiction Online Magazine, ACFW Journal, Charisma Magazine, and Christian Retailing.
 
In addition to her writing, Lena is a frequent speaker at women’s groups, writers groups, and at both regional and national conferences. She has spoken in six states and internationally. She is also one of the co-hosts of the Along Came a Writer Blogtalk radio show.
 
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Rebecca Jepson is a homebody who loves a good book, a cup of freshly ground coffee, and all things autumn. She is the author of A Highbrow Hoodwink, a novella included in the ECPA bestseller, TheLassoed by Marriage RomanceCollection. In addition to writing, she works as a paralegal and volunteers in various ministries at her church. She lives in Reno, Nevada, with her husband, Mike. 


ECPA-bestselling author Carrie Fancett Pagels, Ph.D., is the award-winning author of over a dozen Christian historical romances. Twenty-five years as a psychologist didn't "cure" her overactive imagination! A self-professed “history geek,” she resides with her family in the Historic Triangle of Virginia but grew up as a “Yooper” in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Carrie loves to read, bake, bead, and travel – but not all at the same time! You can connect with her at www.CarrieFancettPagels.com.
 


Pegg Thomas lives on a hobby farm in Northern Michigan with Michael, her husband of *mumble* years. A life-long history geek, she writes “History with a Touch of Humor.” When not working on her latest novel, Pegg can be found in her garden, in her kitchen, with her sheep, at her spinning wheel, or on her trusty old horse, Trooper. See more at PeggThomas.com.


Award-winning author Marilyn Turk writes historical fiction usually set on the shoreline of the United States. A lighthouse enthusiast, Marilyn is excited to participate in this collection. She and her husband have traveled to over 100 lighthouses and climbed most of them. In addition, they served as volunteer lighthouse caretakers at Little River Light on an island off the coast of Maine.
Lighthouses always show up in her books, either as part of the setting or in cameo appearances, and on her lighthouse blog at http://pathwayheart.com. Her book, Lighthouse Devotions, features inspiring true stories about lighthouses.
When not climbing or writing about lighthouses, Marilyn enjoys gardening, boating, fishing and tennis.
 
 

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CHAPTER 1

Thunder Bay Island, Lake Huron October 4, 1883

The wail of a ship's whistle jerked Anna Wilson from sleep despite the cotton wadding she'd shoved in her ears before bed. Another blast sounded, and then a third, while she untangled her nightgown and legs from the quilt. Heart pounding, she pushed Barnacle out of her way and ignored the sleepy meow of protest.

The whistle was too loud and too close to the island. Thunder Bay Island's fog signal moaned its response as she pulled the cotton from her ears. The ship's whistle blasted three more times while Anna charged down the stairs, her bare feet smacking the wooden steps.

Auntie Laurie poked her head from the downstairs bedroom. Gray hair fanned in all directions around her nightcap. "What's going on, child?"

"It's a distress signal."

"Of course it is. I'll awaken Gretchen." The old lady shut the door.

Anna raced through the arched brick passageway to the foot of the metal circular stairs leading up to the lighthouse tower. She stopped on the bottom step, cold metal against her feet, her hand clenching the handrail.

"Uncle Jim?"

The stairs vibrated as Uncle Jim descended. Anna let go of the rail and stepped back.

"What could you see?" she called.

"Not a thing. Fog's too thick." He stopped at the bottom, wrinkles deep around his eyes beneath the rolled hat brim. "Doug's gone to the mainland. I can't leave the tower, not on a night like this."

She straightened her shoulders and smoothed her hair away from her face. "Tell me what to do." After all, this was what she'd come for.

Uncle Jim stroked his beard. "Could be a bad one. That whistle's close."

"Too close?"

"Aye. She's likely on the rocks." He clamped his hand on her shoulder and squeezed. "Go to the lifesaving station. Remember the way?"

Could she find it in the dark through the fog? What choice did she have? She nodded.

"Run and change." He sighed. "Suppose the aunties will go with you, even if you try to stop them."

"I imagine they will."

"Go. I'll join you at daybreak if you've not returned by then."

Anna ran back to her bedroom, faster with each wail of the ship's whistle. Garbed in her work dress with woolen stockings and a heavy shawl, she hurried to the back door for her boots.

Auntie Laurie, hair neatly tucked under a wool scarf, stomped into her boots while Auntie Gretchen, looking for all the world like a scrawny bear rousted from hibernation, grabbed quart jars of canned chicken from the pantry. She shoved a basket of potatoes into Anna's arms then thrust a sack of onions at Auntie Laurie.

"What are these for?" Anna clutched the basket to her middle.

"Soup." Auntie Gretchen wrapped her shawl around her shoulders. "If they fish any live ones out of the water, they'll need warming up from the inside out."

If.

The word hung like a specter in the room.

"Now sister," Auntie Laurie said. "Of course some are alive. Someone is sounding the distress whistle, after all." She settled her shawl, tucked two jars of chicken under her arm, picked up the onions, and stepped outside, holding the door. "Let's not delay when men need rescuing."

Auntie Gretchen mumbled under her breath as she grabbed the remaining jars and the lantern.

Anna followed the two old women into the damp darkness, thankful that they'd taken the lead. This was her first time to respond to an emergency at the lifesaving station. There'd been a few minor accidents with fishing boats this summer, but those had happened in the daylight, and Uncle Jim had been there, leaving Anna back at the lighthouse with the aunties, shielded from everything.

Tonight she'd be in the thick of things, but what if someone died?

She swallowed even though her throat had gone dry. When she'd cajoled Uncle Jim into letting her come to the island after Father's death this past spring, she'd overlooked this aspect of what it meant to live in a lighthouse. It wasn't all keeping the lamp burning to guide sailors on their journey. She made a fist of her hand that had grasped the handrail to the tower steps. That wasn't the only thing she'd overlooked. But she could do it. She had to do it. Anything was better than being the dependent little sister living with one of her overbearing brothers. She hoped.

"Hold the light higher. I stumbled on something." Auntie Laurie limped in front of Anna.

Auntie Gretchen lifted the lantern higher. "My arm isn't a ship's mast, you know."

Anna hustled up beside the old women. "Here. Let me." She reached for the lantern and held it aloft. "Can you see better?"

"Thank you, my dear," Auntie Laurie said. "So thoughtful."

The ten-minute walk took almost twice that long through the darkness and fog. Droplets clung to Anna, weighing down her shawl and making it sparkle in the torches outside the lifesaving station.

Auntie Gretchen opened the door and they filed in. Finding the main hall empty, they headed for the kitchen in the back, the source of warmth and the aroma of strong coffee.

Mrs. Persons stood near the huge black stove. Her air of quiet authority settled the nervous tumult brewing in Anna's middle. Only Captain Persons inspired more confidence to those on Thunder Bay Island than Celia Persons.

"Got a sinker out in the bay, eh?" Auntie Gretchen's voice dominated the room. It was said that if the fog signals ever failed, they could use her vocal cords for a replacement.

Auntie Laurie shrugged out of her shawl and hung it next to the stove, wisps of steam rising from the damp wool. "How can we help?"

"Let's assume the best and plan for the worst," Mrs. Persons said. "You brought the makings for soup. Good. You start that while Anna and I light a fire in the hall stove and then roll out the cots and blankets. God willing, we'll only have a bunch of cold men to feed."

"Amen," the aunties murmured in unison.

"Oh child." Auntie Laurie came forward and cupped Anna's cheek. "This is your first shipwreck, isn't it?"

"Yes, ma'am."

"We've had a long run of good luck. It was bound to give out sooner or later." Auntie Gretchen hung her shawl next to her sister's. "I hope they fish a few out alive, at least."

"Now sister." Auntie Laurie's hands settled on her hips. "Let's do like Celia said and hope for the best."

Auntie Gretchen snorted and thumped her quart jars on the table. "All right, but you know as well as I that the lake wreaks havoc on a night like this." She rolled her r's, a reminder of her Russian heritage that grew more pronounced when she was agitated.

"Don't mind her, child," Auntie Laurie said. "She'll soon have soup made fit to snatch a man back from death's door. Oh." She pressed her hand to her chin. "Not that we'll need to, of course."

"Hurry. They'll be back within the hour," Mrs. Persons said over her shoulder.

Anna swallowed against the dryness again before scurrying after her.

* * *

An eerie flash from the lighthouse broke the gloom surrounding the dock as Maksim Ivanov stepped from the rescue boat. The fog swallowed the beam before it could reach the dangerous waters beyond. If only the captain of the SS James Davidson had seen that beacon in time.

The men around him spoke too fast, and he didn't understand much past the words ship, rocks, and fog. Pavel Orlov had been herded onto the other rescue boat, leaving Maksim with three sailors from the Davidson along with the burly rescue crew speaking their hurried English.

He followed the men along a pebbled path until a building formed out of the fog, torches lit on each side of its door. The scent of something savory mingled with the cold mist. His stomach growled. One of the nearby rescue workers laughed and smacked a meaty hand against Maksim's shoulder. Maksim managed to grin while keeping on his feet. The man spewed a tangle of English words that meant nothing, but Maksim nodded and followed him into the building.

Warmth radiated from a flat-topped stove in the center of the room. Maksim, along with the sailors, pulled off his gloves and stretched his fingers toward the heat. How much worse it would have been had they been thrown from the ship when it ran aground on the reef. The fog had dampened everything, but at least they weren't drenched.

A diminutive woman clapped her hands and commanded their attention. She made an announcement. He understood coffee and soup and smiled along with the rest of the men, two of whom broke from the group and returned from the back room with a steaming kettle and the largest coffeepot Maksim had ever seen. Behind them came a young woman with hair some shade between red and brown. She carried bowls and smiled as the men lined up to receive a helping of the fragrant concoction.

Maksim got in line. He nodded his thanks when the tiny woman — who appeared to be in charge — handed him a cup of dark coffee. He stepped closer to the younger woman ladling the soup. A smattering of pale freckles splashed across her nose. She tilted her head and asked him a question. His English was improving, but tonight he couldn't concentrate on the words. He shrugged and shook his head.

The sailor behind him answered her. The word Ruskie pooled in a ball of resentment in his hollow belly. He didn't need to know much English to know that most of the sailors looked down on him. In fact, most of the people he'd met since coming to America had looked down on him.

The young woman in front of him smiled. A beautiful smile. She pressed a bowl into his hand then gave the remaining bowls to one of the rescue crew and filled his ears with hasty English words. She turned and hurried to the back room.

Maksim balanced his bowl, stepped out of the line, and took a cautious sip of the scalding coffee. The chairs around the tables were full. He looked for a place to sit.

The young woman emerged a moment later with two old women in tow.

"Welcome, boy, welcome," one of the old women said. The words were stilted and heavily accented, but they were Russian.

Homesickness tugged at Maksim's heart. "You speak Russian?"

"Da, we do." She pointed at the other woman. "This is Auntie Gretchen, and I am Auntie Laurie."

He set his bowl and cup on the end of a nearby table then pulled the knit cap from his head. "I am Maksim Ivanov."

"You're bleeding." Auntie Gretchen pulled a cloth from her pocket. "Bend down." She held his chin and scrubbed his forehead with more force than gentleness. The pretty girl with the freckles hovered close by. He did his best not to wince with her watching. Once Auntie Gretchen released his chin, he nodded toward the girl.

"Is she your granddaughter?"

"Nyet, but we'd claim her if we could." Auntie Laurie beamed at the girl. "Her name is Anna, and she lives at the lighthouse. As do we."

Auntie Gretchen leaned closer and gave him a bold wink. "She isn't married."

Maksim took a step back, at a complete loss for words ... in either language.

"Sister, I swear the most untimely things fall from your mouth. Anna would be so embarrassed if she understood you. And this poor boy looks like he just swallowed a frog."

Auntie Gretchen shrugged and winked at Maksim again. "Some opportunities don't come twice. A wise sailor knows when to drop anchor."

But he wasn't a sailor. He was a stowaway.

CHAPTER 2

Maksim and Pavel shared the edge of a cot and ate their soup. An elbow to his ribs pulled Maksim's eyes from the pretty girl across the room.

Pavel leaned close. "We need to talk."

Maksim scanned the room. The two old women disappeared into the kitchen, and the girl followed them, shadowed by a blond man roughly the size of a haystack. Nobody else near them spoke Russian as far as Maksim knew. "What troubles you?"

"I overheard the head of the rescue crew talking to the captain. This is an island we're on. They've sent someone to the mainland to telegraph the company."

"This is good, da?"

Pavel shrugged. "For me, but maybe not for you."

His friend's troubled scowl made the chicken soup in Maksim's stomach sour. "What do you mean?"

"If they can't free the Davidson and sail her out of here, they'll send another boat for the crew. There's no way I can sneak you onto the rescue boat."

"But the captain, he knew I was on the Davidson. He let me work off my passage."

"He did, but he won't admit that to his bosses." Pavel rasped his fingernails across three days' growth of whiskers. "He wanted your free labor, so he broke the rules. If the company finds out, he'll get in too much trouble. He won't risk it."

"But —" Maksim stopped when Pavel shook his head.

"A rescue ship will have a list of who they are picking up. Your name won't be on it."

Maksim set his half-eaten bowl of soup on the floor. "What will I do?"

"Pray that we get the Davidson afloat." Pavel shrugged. "If we can't, try to find another ship heading to Duluth. There's still time. The St. Mary's River won't close for a couple of months. There should be plenty of ships heading into Lake Superior before the ice sets in."

Duluth. Maksim had no burning desire to go to that western city on the Great Lakes, except that it was far away from Rachel and known to be a growing agricultural area in need of laborers. Maksim knew farming. He could start over in a place like that.

The pretty girl — Anna, the old woman had called her — worked her way around the room picking up used bowls and spoons. Her graceful movements reminded him of Rachel, although her hair was straight and fine, nothing like Rachel's ebony curls. When Anna reached their cot, she spoke to Pavel. He handed her his bowl. She stooped and picked Maksim's off the floor, asking him a question. He glanced at Pavel.

"She asks if you're finished with your soup."

He looked into her eyes, such a dark blue he'd mistaken them for brown when they first met. "Da."

She smiled and moved off, the sway of her skirts commanding his attention.

"There's a girl who could take your mind off the Jewish one." Pavel stressed the word Jewish as if it were something distasteful.

Maksim gritted his teeth and shook his head.

Pavel walked away, mumbling to himself. He'd never understood how Maksim could become attached to Rachel. Pavel's family may have come to America before he was born, but they'd brought their old-world prejudice with them. The same prejudice that had taken Maksim's father from him. That had taken Rachel from him.

He grabbed a folded blanket off the end of the cot and wrapped it around his shoulders, grateful for its warmth. Then he made his way to the window near the door. The beam from the lighthouse broke the darkness with a dim glow, muted by the same fog that had befuddled the Davidson's captain.

Maksim had been a fool to think that leaving Russia meant leaving the prejudice behind. He'd been a fool to think he could fall in love with Rachel. He leaned his shoulder against the wall and watched Anna return to the kitchen, the blond haystack in her wake. He'd been a fool who'd stowed away on a boat captained by a man who'd run it aground, leaving him a castaway.

* * *

"I'm here because Uncle Jim couldn't leave the lighthouse." Anna pushed down her irritation and forced the words over her shoulder at Ernest Kindt. Why must he seek her out when she'd done nothing but discourage him since she'd arrived?

"You shouldn't have come here on a night like this." Ernest stepped in front of her, blocking the entrance to the kitchen. "What if you'd tripped and twisted your ankle? You could have been lying out there for hours before anyone knew to look for you."

"The aunties came with me," she said through clenched teeth. Ernest was more annoying than her bevy of older brothers back in Detroit. Just because she was the youngest didn't mean she needed someone to watch over her. Not family and not Ernest. She was eighteen, for pity's sake.

"I still don't like it."

Anna pulled the tray of dirty bowls against her waist and took a steadying breath. "It's not your place to like or dislike what I do."

"It could be if —"

"Get out of the way, boy. Let the girl through." Auntie Gretchen smacked a wooden spoon against Ernest's shoulder.

He stepped aside, rubbing the spot.

"I was just —"

"In the way." Auntie Gretchen grabbed hold of Anna's arm above the elbow and hauled her into the kitchen, calling over her shoulder, "We've work to do. You'd do well to mind your own duties."

Ernest reddened but backed away from the door. "Yes, ma'am."

"That boy's a nuisance," Auntie Gretchen muttered.

"Don't I know it." If only he'd take one of her many hints that she wasn't interested.

Anna had dried the last bowl and put it on the shelf when Auntie Laurie poked her head into the kitchen. She joined Anna by the sink.

"They have fifteen cots here, but nineteen sailors. I've told Celia that we'll shelter four of the men. I'm sure your uncle won't mind."

"No, I'm sure he won't."

"We'll bring the Russian boys. Gretchen and I will —"

A low rumbling came from the corner of the kitchen where Auntie Gretchen slouched against the wall precariously seated on a three-legged stool.

Auntie Laurie smiled. "We will walk over with the sailors. You can take the lantern and run ahead to make up the beds. Take your blankets to our room and make a pallet under the window."

"I will. I expect they'll sleep like the dead after tonight."

"They'll be out at first light to try and move the ship and barge off the reef."

(Continues…)


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Table of Contents

Anna's Tower,
Beneath a Michigan Moon,
Safe Haven,
Love's Beacon,
The Last Memory,
The Disappearing Ship,
The Wrong Survivor,

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The Great Lakes Lighthouse Brides Collection: 7 Historical Romances Are a Beacon of Hope to Weary Hearts 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
MelissaF 10 days ago
I was very excited to read this collection. I live in Michigan so I have seen all of the Great Lakes. Each story is unique, yet there is the common thread of the lighthouse. I find these types of stories fascinating. I especially was drawn the Round Island Lighthouse since I have seen that one many times when I have visited Mackinac Island (my favorite place and got to visit in this story). Overall, I lovely collection of stories. A copy of this book was given to me through Netgalley.com All opinions are my own.
A1Reads 12 days ago
Another wonderful collection by Barbour Publishing. Long before radar and technology came into existence, ships depended on Lighthouses to light a safe path to shore. These are a few stories taking place between 1883 and 1902, that show us how hard lighthouse life is. It was often lonely work too. The need for a loving partner is obvious. Each novella is a sweet romance with a happy ending but they are all unique, filled with twists, turns, hardships, and a few mysteries. I loved taking my time reading through this collection. I'm sure I will revisit these novellas again. I thank the publisher for providing an e-copy through NetGalley. No review was required. All opinions are my own. I also thank the person that sent me a paperback copy of this beautiful book for my birthday!
WildflowerMom 14 days ago
A fine collection of all new stories featuring the historical lighthouses of the Great Lakes region. Starting from 1883 to 1911, the wide variety of tales includes people who lived, tended, rescued and helped others along the vast water ways. Some had mysteries to unravel, involving mistaken identities, amnesia vistims, injured and survivors of wrecks. The stories with the brave women who tended the lights were especially interesting, as some really did attain positions. It all sounded like hard work, but rewarding. Living in isolation for many, dealing with the loneliness must have been difficult. It made for a good point to develop relationships, and a strong faith in God. I enjoyed all the stories, but really liked the pair in Safe Haven--the young lighthouse keeper Rose and Nathan the stoic sea captain. Interesting plot in that one, and the awkward romance had a perfect amount of tension. Many of these tales would be good full length novels. I have enjoyed visiting many of the old lighthouses along the Pacific Northwest coastline, so it helped me picture what was described in the stories. Reading this during the cold rainy season made the stories really come alive too. Recommend for readers who enjoy clean historical romances. 4.5 stars (An e-book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley. All opinions are my own.)
fuzzmom 22 days ago
Seven Stories, Seven Strong Women! The Great Lakes are in some pretty tough country. Women Lighthouse keepers were rare and their lives difficult. These seven stories about their struggles, their lives, their faith and their hearts will give you a chance to peer back into history as well as into their hearts. A collection of inspirational stories to entertain you, intrigue you and comfort you on some dark and stormy nights. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did!
Anonymous 3 months ago
The Great Lakes Lighthouse Brides Collection Each of these exciting novellas gave the perspective of the joys and challenges of what it was like to run a lighthouse in times past. When reading a book of novellas it can be hit or miss on liking the book but overall this book was full of adventure and romance. I particularly enjoyed the insight on what it might have really been like living as a lighthouse keeper throughout all the stories. Well done. I was provided a copy of this book courtesy of NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinions.
Mar-J 3 months ago
Magnificent, superb collection of Christian historical romance filled with Great Lake Lighthouses and characters that endured so much while serving as the keeper of their particular lighthouse. Each novella is crafted with creativity, historical research details, the intricate workings of a lighthouse, and characters that represented lives from the past and fictional characters to blend into a tale that was a pleasure to read. Each of the heroines faced their challenges with determination, resilient, faith, hard work and a goal to keep the lighthouse light beaming to save lives out on the waters. There’s answered prayers especially for six year old Lily in The Last Memory by Kathleen Rouser, along with prayers being answered for others in each novella. Secondary characters added moments of laughter to tears and heartfelt emotions while reading. I needed a tissue at times because of the tears. The Great Lakes Lighthouse Brides is my favorite collection by Barbour Publishing. I would appreciate seeing another collection by these same authors with more of the Lighthouses surrounding the Great Lakes or expanding their individual novella into a novel as life moved on for each heroine and hero as keepers of their particular Lighthouse or new location. I received a complimentary copy of this book from one of the authors. I was under no obligation to write a review but have expressed my sincere thoughts.
Perrianne 3 months ago
Isn’t it amazing that lighthouses were such an important part of ship travel back in the day? They were beacons of light built to keep a ship from running aground or sinking. These days, all of our technology takes care of that, but these lighthouses are often still standing and well cared for so that generations to come can enjoy them. Take a trip back to the working lighthouse with seven different authors to see what it was like back then. This is a terrific opportunity to enjoy an author you’ve read before or try out a new author. And I should mention the vintage type of cover – it’s gorgeous! Plus, it’s a hefty volume at 446 pages. You are definitely getting your money’s worth! Here is a brief synopsis of each story: Anna’s Tower by Pegg Thomas - A shipwreck at the Thunder Bay Island lighthouse leaves a young Russian stow away with no place to turn to. Uncle Jim, the keeper of the light, invites him to stay for a while, as he’s getting up in years and could use the help anyway. His adorable niece Anna and the two Russian aunties help round out this story of trust and courage. Beneath a Michigan Moon by Candice Sue Patterson – Ava Ryan inherited her position as keeper of the light on Lake Huron from her father who had recently passed away. Ben Colfax was one of those “heathen” lumberjacks that tore up the land and behaved terribly, at least according to her late father. He definitely has an interest in her but she has a secret that may keep him away forever. Safe Haven by Rebecca Jepson – Rose Miller always wondered how she came to be in a lighthouse with her grandfather near Old Mission, Michigan… at least she THOUGHT he was her grandfather. Then, dashing Captain Nathan Perry arrives to help her through the winter. But Rose could probably never settle on the captain or the young man in town until she finds her own self and some deeply buried family secrets. Love’s Beacon by Carrie Fancett Pagels – Val journeyed from Round House Island lighthouse to Mackinac Island to obtain medicine for her desperately ill siblings and parents (who never treated her well). She is devastated, yet relieved, to find out that they have all passed away. Hiring her on at the local orphanage, Sister Mary Lou and Father Joseph help her get to the bottom of her parentage. A mysterious bracelet and a handsome young widower round out the mysterious tale. The Last Memory by Kathleen Rouser – When a young woman is shipwrecked and is the only survivor of the crash, she is taken in by the lightkeeper widower Cal Waterson, his Aunt Ada and his precious six year old daughter Lily. She takes the name of the ship, Mallory, since she has amnesia. She also takes well to little Lily and they discover that she has an amazing talent for drawing. However, she has no idea who she is. The Disappearing Ship by Lena Nelson Dooley – Drake Logan is searching to find what he assumes are the remnants of his missing steamship at Whitefish Point. He travels to the lighthouse and meets the beautiful niece of the lighthouse keeper who also happens to be a physicians (unusual in that era). The Wrong Survivor by Marilyn Turk – Lydia Palmer was promised to Nathan Drake who would soon return from his duties on a freighter. But when the supply boat returns with only one Drake brother, what will she do to carry on? Devastated by her loss, she turns her back on the battered and injured younger brother who is full of guilt over the loss of his brother.
lelesurfer 3 months ago
Pegg Thomas presents "Anna's Tower" which plays on Thunder Bay Island, Lake Huron, in October - December 1883. Anna Wilson has lost her father and left Detroit to help her two "aunts", Laurie and Gretchen, and her uncle Jim at the lighthouse. Maskim, a russian stowaway lands on the island and is left behind when the ship's crew is rescued. Ernest works the life-saving station on the island and tries to get Anna's attention, but she discourages him. Anna wants to become lighthouse keeper, but she faces her own challenges. "Beneath a Michigan Moon" by Candice Sue Patterson takes place at the Presque Isle Lighthouse, Lake Huron, in 1885. Ava Ryan is mourning her father, passed away a few weeks ago, but she keeps it a secret. She wants to be the lighthouse keeper since she has no other place to go. According to the doctor she has tuberculosis .Since the death of her father she has prayed for a friend. Benjamin Colifax's goal is to climb the lighthouse and he is aware that Ava has a secret. He wants more of life than being single and foreman of the logging company. Rebecca Jepson presents "Safe Haven". Rose Miller watches the moon rise on New Years Eve at Old Mission, Lake Michigan, in 1892. She does not know where she came from since she was left on the lighthouse tower steps as a baby. Who left footsteps in the sand at that time? Nathan Perry decides to live in her grandfather' cabin and help her. She meets Jimmy Sullivan, and his sister Dinah with whom she develops a friendship. Is her hair ribbon which is similar to Dinah's a link to Rose's past? Carrie Fancett Pagels' story "Love's Beacon" takes place in 1897 at the Round Island Lighthouse on Mackinac Island. Valerie Fillman, daughter of the lighthouse keeper, is trying to get medicine to her seriously sick family. The lighthouse inspector does not allow it. Her parents, brother, and sister pass away. She is staying at the orphanage where Father Joseph and sister Marie Lou are trying to solve the mystery of her true origin like a pieces of a puzzle. Paul Sholtas, father of three year old Sofia, becomes the new lighthouse keeper and Val becomes Sophia's nanny. Do Valerie's nightmares contain other pieces to her mysterious past? "The Last Memory" by Kathleen Rouser takes place in 1899 at the Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse. Cal Waterson, and his crew find a lone woman on the beach who survived a shipwreck. She does not know her name, due to a head injury, and calls herself "Mallory", the name of the wrecked ship. Cal lives with his aunt Ada and his daughter Lily. He tries to find Mallory's origin and destination through official channels and newspapers. Then Grover Harrison appears. What is his connection to "Mallory" and what are his true expectations? "The Disappearing ship" by Lena Nelson Dooley takes place in Upper Michigan in Summer 1902. Norma Kimball, a doctor, returns back from Chicago to her aunt and uncle Charles who is the lighthouse keeper. She is feeling a failure. Drake Logan receives word that one of the ships of their shipping company went down. He is also on the way to the lighthouse via the sawmill. Can he find out what really happened? Marilyn Turk's "The Wrong Survivor" plays at the Au Sable Lighthouse, Lake Superior, in September 1991. Lydia Palmer, the daughter of the lighthouse keeper and his wife is waiting for a letter from her fiancé Nathan when she gets the news that her fiance died in a shipwreck. His brother Jesse brings the
lelesurfer 3 months ago
Pegg Thomas presents "Anna's Tower" which plays on Thunder Bay Island, Lake Huron, in October - December 1883. Anna Wilson has lost her father and left Detroit to help her two "aunts", Laurie and Gretchen, and her uncle Jim at the lighthouse. Maskim, a russian stowaway lands on the island and is left behind when the ship's crew is rescued. Ernest works the life-saving station on the island and tries to get Anna's attention, but she discourages him. Anna wants to become lighthouse keeper, but she faces her own challenges. "Beneath a Michigan Moon" by Candice Sue Patterson takes place at the Presque Isle Lighthouse, Lake Huron, in 1885. Ava Ryan is mourning her father, passed away a few weeks ago, but she keeps it a secret. She wants to be the lighthouse keeper since she has no other place to go. According to the doctor she has tuberculosis .Since the death of her father she has prayed for a friend. Benjamin Colifax's goal is to climb the lighthouse and he is aware that Ava has a secret. He wants more of life than being single and foreman of the logging company. Rebecca Jepson presents "Safe Haven". Rose Miller watches the moon rise on New Years Eve at Old Mission, Lake Michigan, in 1892. She does not know where she came from since she was left on the lighthouse tower steps as a baby. Who left footsteps in the sand at that time? Nathan Perry decides to live in her grandfather' cabin and help her. She meets Jimmy Sullivan, and his sister Dinah with whom she develops a friendship. Is her hair ribbon which is similar to Dinah's a link to Rose's past? Carrie Fancett Pagels' story "Love's Beacon" takes place in 1897 at the Round Island Lighthouse on Mackinac Island. Valerie Fillman, daughter of the lighthouse keeper, is trying to get medicine to her seriously sick family. The lighthouse inspector does not allow it. Her parents, brother, and sister pass away. She is staying at the orphanage where Father Joseph and sister Marie Lou are trying to solve the mystery of her true origin like a pieces of a puzzle. Paul Sholtas, father of three year old Sofia, becomes the new lighthouse keeper and Val becomes Sophia's nanny. Do Valerie's nightmares contain other pieces to her mysterious past? "The Last Memory" by Kathleen Rouser takes place in 1899 at the Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse. Cal Waterson, and his crew find a lone woman on the beach who survived a shipwreck. She does not know her name, due to a head injury, and calls herself "Mallory", the name of the wrecked ship. Cal lives with his aunt Ada and his daughter Lily. He tries to find Mallory's origin and destination through official channels and newspapers. Then Grover Harrison appears. What is his connection to "Mallory" and what are his true expectations? "The Disappearing ship" by Lena Nelson Dooley takes place in Upper Michigan in Summer 1902. Norma Kimball, a doctor, returns back from Chicago to her aunt and uncle Charles who is the lighthouse keeper. She is feeling a failure. Drake Logan receives word that one of the ships of their shipping company went down. He is also on the way to the lighthouse via the sawmill. Can he find out what really happened? Marilyn Turk's "The Wrong Survivor" plays at the Au Sable Lighthouse, Lake Superior, in September 1991. Lydia Palmer, the daughter of the lighthouse keeper and his wife is waiting for a letter from her fiancé Nathan when she gets the news that her fiance died in a shipwreck. His brother Jesse brings the
susanmsj 3 months ago
This was a wonderful collection of stories. Some of these authors I was familiar with and some were new to me. Each of the authors were able to create great characters and hold my attention. I liked that even though these stories were all romances, four of them also had a mystery. I loved this book and would recommend it. I received a copy of this book as a gift from one of the authors and was not asked to write a review.
Anonymous 3 months ago
The Great Lakes Lighthouse Brides Collection by Pegg Thomas, Lena Nelson Dooley, Rebecca Jepson, Carrie Fancett Pagels, Candace SuePatterson, Kathleen Rouser and Marilyn Turk is another wonderful collection by Barbour Publishing. I have always thought lighthouses were interesting and romantic. This might stem from watching Captain January with Shirley Temple when I was a child. This collection has definitely fed my penchant for lighthouse stories. The tales are unique and interesting. I liked the fact that each one was based on a real lighthouse. The writing is very good and captures the eras that each is written about. Among my favorites are Anna’s Tower by Pegg Thomas, Love’s Beacon by Carrie Fancett Pagels and The Last Memory by Kathleen Rouser. I recommend this collection to those who want to travel back in time to learn about the history of lighthouses and read some wonderful romances as well. *I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher on behalf of one the authors. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.* Paula Shreckhise
Librarycataloger 4 months ago
I have always been fascinated with lighthouses. A beacon of light high in a tower that warned sailors of danger and helped them safely guide their ships. I knew that there were people who maintained them but I had never really stopped to think about the type of person who took on this responsibility. Seven authors have joined to each write a novella about the lighthouses that were stationed along the Great Lakes between the years of 1883 to 1911. The Great Lighthouse Brides Collection offers readers the chance to imagine the lives of the men and women who served as lighthouse keepers. People who faced loneliness, hardship and danger as they kept the lighthouses going so that the journeys would be safe for the settlers who were forced to travel by ship. In each of these novella female characters play an important part. There is an independent young woman who wants to earn a job as a lighthouse keeper, the young woman who needs to protect her secret to remain at the lighthouse, and another young woman seeking to find who left her as a baby on the lighthouse steps. One woman is helped by a male lighthouse keeper when she finds herself forced to return to the place that caused her so much misery and still another is rescued by a lighthouse keeper after losing her past memories to amnesia. Add the mystery of a shipwreck and a young woman grieving for her fiancee who died in a shipwreck and you have seven stories that will keep you engrossed. Historical fiction, yes, but there is also lots of romance and some of the stories simply take your breath away! I am very impressed with the ability of seven different authors to create stories that worked so well together. The Great Lakes Lighthouse Brides Collection is a great choice for anyone who only has short amounts of time to read and I recommend it to anyone who enjoys historical fiction and Christian romance. I received a complimentary copy of this book but a positive review was not required.
BrendaLee 4 months ago
A great collection of seven novellas all with great authors. Several of these authors were new to me but I love lighthouses so I knew that I would enjoy this book. The first glimpse of the beacon of light had to be a joyous time for the weary sailors. The lighthouse keeper’s job was so important and sometimes dangerous. You will learn some of the joys, some of the heartaches and some of the loneliness of being a lighthouse keeper. Love and faith filled stories you will not want to miss if you like reading about lighthouses. I received a copy of this book by the publisher through NetGalley and a complimentary copy from one of the authors. All opinions are my own.
KaileyBechtel 4 months ago
I have always loved these Barbour Collections! This one definitely didn’t disappoint! All of the stories were unique and original. I loved them all! I love the amount of detail they had about the lighthouses. I definitely recommend this book! I received a complimentary copy from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.
SunnieReviews 4 months ago
I have always been drawn to lighthouses. There is something very romantic just because of the light they share. When I saw this title and some of my favorite authors participating, I couldn't resist. I had to read this book. I learned a lot about what goes on in the lighthouse, and came to the awareness of what an important role they played. There were seven wonderful stories here, unique and captivating. I loved this book. It's a beautiful collection. So glad that I was able to read this well-written compilation. I received a book from one of the authors. All thoughts are my own.
MelissaGH 4 months ago
Wonderful collection. Each story brought me to the shores where lighthouses can be found. I could feel the wind on my face, hear the waves crashing the shore and felt the emotions of the characters. From bravery to finding trust and love through adversity, each story brings promise and hope. Beautiful book cover and great stories. I received a copy of this book from the authors, publishers and NetGalley and this is my own personal opinion. No review was required.
BMace 4 months ago
Who doesn't love seeing those imposing towers along the shores of our Great Lakes and on the coastlines of our great country! Lighthouses have a fascination that lives in the mind of most everyone that has lived near large bodies of water. What would it be like to actually live in and care for one of those fabulous lights? This is a wonderful collection of novellas that bring those dreams to life. Anna's Tower - Pegg Thomas Anna learns that dreams sometimes take circuitous routes as she realizes she does not have to do everything by herself. A shipwreck deposits a stowaway from a country far away - is it possible that this is her answer to prayer? Beneath a Michigan Moon - Candice Sue Patterson Ava and her father have moved to the lighthouse hoping it would be better for her health. Unfortunately it has not been good for her father, and now Ava is the lighthouse keeper. Can she forgive her father's untimely death, discover what's really going on with her health and save her reputation? Safe Haven - Rebecca Jepson Little footprints in the sand and an embroidered hair ribbon was all Rose had left. Her grandfather had passed away and now he wasn't really her grandfather. Whatever was she to do and how would she survive the winter? Learning to give all this to the Lord, Rose received so much more in return than she could have ever dreamed of. Love's Beacon - Carrie Fancett Pagels A trip to Mackinac Island from her home on Round Island brings a whole new world to Val. Suddenly she is on her own with only snippets of memories from a time long ago. While working as a nanny for the new Lighthouse keeper, her past is slowly unraveled. A story of a bracelet, a stolen child and a long lost family showed how Love's Beacon guided her home. The Last Memory - Kathleen Rouser A dreadful storm, a shipwreck and only one survivor who doesn't even know her name. The widowed Lighthouse keeper, his small daughter and aunt nurse 'Mallory' back to health. But how can she face the future knowing nothing of her past? The Disappearing Ship - Lena Nelson Dooley A telegram reports the loss of a ship in a storm, but with no wreckage or survivors, the owner, Drake, sets out to hopefully find some evidence of what occurred. At the lighthouse he finds willing helpers in a female doctor and an assistant lighthouse keeper, both of whose expertise is needed before this mystery is solved. The Wrong Survivor - Marilyn Turk Two brothers in a shipwreck - one survives and the other perishes. There is no blame to be laid, yet young Jesse takes that guilt on himself since his older brother did not return home to his fiancé. Can forgiveness and acceptance be found by all concerned? I received an advance copy of this collection from NetGalley for my perusal. All comments and opinions are my own.
somi19ad 4 months ago
The Great Lakes Lighthouse Brides Collection takes place in the late 1800 early 1900 centuries. It is a romantic collection of seven different novellas of faith, family, strength, courage and brave female lighthouse keepers. I was drawn into each story in this book and several of the novellas I wish had been made into a full book. I was enlightened by these novellas having no idea as to the extent of a lighthouse keepers duties, especially a female lighthouse keeper living in a remote isolated location who still had gardening, cooking, laundry, etc duties. The authors obviously did thorough research.