Book Recommendations

There’s Something About Lighthouses…

I have a thing for lighthouses. I don’t know what draws me to them so much, but I think they’re beautiful and intriguing. I harbor a secret dream to actually live in one; to live surrounded by the ocean rocked to sleep by the waves every night sounds fantastic. I realize the real world version of living in a lighthouse probably wouldn’t be as glamorous and all the stairs would drive me crazy.

But that doesn’t stop me from looking at them with hearts in my eyes whenever I come across one. And if you put a lighthouse on a book cover, you’ll capture my attention, that’s for sure. So this blog post is about books I’ve read with lighthouses on the cover (and one I haven’t read but I’m posting it anyway because it’s so pretty.)

I recently one-clicked a book only because it had a lighthouse on the cover, and that made me think about the other lighthouse-covered books I’ve read, too, and I decided to make a blog post about it because why not, right? And yesterday was Lighthouse Day in the US, so why not read a book about a lighthouse? 🙂

So without further ado, I present the pretties, starting with my favorite of the three:

Seizing his one chance to escape, Ethan Hosking leaves his violent ex-boyfriend, leaves his entire life, and walks into the path of a raging bushfire. Desperate to start over, a new man named Aubrey Hobbs walks out of the fire-ravaged forest, alive and alone. With no ID and no money, nothing but his grandfather’s telescope, he goes where the Southern Cross leads him.

Patrick Carney is the resident lighthouse keeper in Hadley Cove, a small town on the remote Kangaroo Island off the coast of South Australia. After the tragic death of his lover four years ago, he lives a solitary life; just him, a tabby cat, the Indian and Southern Oceans, and a whole lot of loneliness. He’s content with his life until a stranger shows up in town and turns Patrick’s head.

Patrick never expected to be interested in anyone else.

Aubrey never expected to be happy.

Between Aubrey’s love of the stars and Patrick’s love of the ocean, these two fragile hearts must navigate new waters. If they can weather the storm of their pasts, they could very well have a love that eclipses everything.

If you’ve followed my blog for a while, you’ve probably already read my gushing post about this book (if not, here’s the link) so I won’t repeat it. But look at that cover. It’s stunning, right? And the lighthouse plays a big part in the story and I’m enamored with it. If you haven’t read this book, you really should. It’s incredibly romantic and I really love it.

Visiting his sister Mary at the lighthouse should be a delightful vacation for Elliot–except he’s going there in disgrace while he awaits his fate from the wizard council.

Mary’s assistant, Rue, is a gentle, self-possessed young man about Elliot’s age. Elliot is drawn to him, and his magic seems to calm down around the handsome and mysterious Rue. Elliot sinks gratefully into the unexpected grace of Rue’s kindness and friendship. He doesn’t understand why his magic is broken or why it feels whole again around Rue. But right now he’s just trying to survive, grateful for the reprieve Rue’s friendship provides.

But then a a potential tragedy on the beach culminates in Rue revealing his true nature: he’s a selkie, both man and seal, with a magic that somehow complements and heals Elliot’s when they’re together. And that might not be possible for much longer.

This is a lovely fantasy story with a very innocent vibe. The two MCs are gentle and naïve and lovely, and here, too, the lighthouse is important to the story. I like Hollis Shiloh, and this story was no exception.

Magnetic as the Sun

Jimmy Alsop, a vivacious journalist, longs to trade his sheltered life for a summer of adventure but lacks the confidence to launch his stellar plan.

Lonely as the Moon

Nova Skye, an aloof scientist, wants to resuscitate his dead love life but hasn’t found the right man to kickstart his guarded heart.

Eclipse of the Heart

Sparks fly when a chance encounter drops Jimmy and Nova into the same orbit. Though their approach to life and love couldn’t be more different, they’re inexplicably drawn together as if connected by an invisible string. With nothing to lose but their inhibitions, Jimmy and Nova embark on an epic adventure of discovery. Passions soar with the sultry Savannah temperatures, and soon, their carefree summer becomes something more profound and beautiful than either man bargained for.

But are the ties that bind sturdy enough to withstand a lifetime, or will they fray after a season?

This book was recced everywhere recently, and it’s the one I one-clicked just because of the lighthouse on the cover, the one that sparked the idea for this blog post. It’s soooo pretty…and the story’s good, too 😆

And the one I haven’t read…

In the summer of 1780, on the tiny island of Merryapple, burly fisherman Robin Shipp lives a simple, quiet life in a bustling harbour town where most of the residents dislike him due to the actions of his father. With a hurricane approaching, he nonetheless convinces the villagers to take shelter in the one place big enough to hold them all—the ancient, labyrinthine tavern named the Moth & Moon.

While trapped with his neighbours during the raging storm, Robin inadvertently confronts more than the weather, and the results could change everything.

…is the prettiest of them all. I would be happy if the cover hung framed on my wall. The lighthouse, the moon, the fonts…it’s pure perfection. Which is why I haven’t read it; I have an irrational fear that the content won’t live up to the promise of the gorgeous cover. Stupid? Yes, but I can’t help it. Have you read it? Can you alleviate my fears? 😁

Tell me: how do you feel about lighthouses?

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