By the end of chapter three, I’d been fully drawn into the powerful and emotional story of Corinne and Stephen. And Michael. Patricia Bond’s attention to detail in the setting took me back to my fondest memories of the Great Lake lakeshore. The authenticity of a period as timeless as lighthouses themselves wove through the story like a silken ribbon with its many subtle reminders.
The lake, unnamed throughout the story, was indeed a familiar friend. To Corinne, she was a real thing, an enemy. One she’d already lost one man to and vowed to not lose another. The conflicting views both Corinne and Stephen have of Michael’s appearances are gripping, holding the reader to wonder why Michael remains when clearly his presence keeps Corinne and Stephen apart. She because of her mourning and grief and he because no one can compete against a ghost.
A few times I found myself choked up as the story transported me back to a time, place and situation vividly shown in black and white. I came alongside Corinne as she stepped from the pages and into the cold Great Lakes air. I yearned for a happy solution for this open, loving couple as a light keeper yearns for the first signs of spring after a long, cold winter.
The surprise twists regarding the mystery of Michael’s death sheds fresh light and hope for Corinne and Stephen, if only it isn’t too late. I shant spoil the ending. It is worth the read to get there.
My only regret is this story ended far too soon. I would love to have seen this expanded into a much longer saga.
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