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Saturday, November 3, 2007

Review: The Lighthouse

The Lighthouse
By Nicola Beaumont

Rachel is in love with her best friend, but when Malachi doesn’t seem interested, she turns to an international stranger whom she meets on the internet. At first, conversation is just a pastime, but soon, romantic fantasies form in her mind. Why not consider a man who travels across an ocean to meet her—a man who makes her feel wanted? After all, Malachi might as well be a world away—even if his concern does seem genuine when he warns her about the intriguing Frenchman.

Malachi has sworn not to interfere in Rachel’s relationship, but he’s in love with the head-strong woman who is determined to continue her budding romance…Yet, Malachi senses something isn’t right about the playboy who has suddenly consumed Rachel’s time, so he vows to save her from the stranger—and herself—even if it means losing her forever.

Compelling. Intense. Heart wrenching. Warm. Dynamic. Gripping. Moving. Powerful. I would use all these words to describe Nicola Beaumont’s The Lighthouse. This is an incredible, emotional tale of love, fear and friendship.

Ms. Beaumont writes with such dynamic force that I found my heart actually aching for Malachi and Rachel. The depth of their friendship, their caring and concern for each other and their secret pain held me captive from the first paragraph to the final sentence.

The author used a series of flashbacks to give the history of the couple and give the reader a look at the closeness between these friends. I loved the constant change from present to past and found that it captivated my interest. I enjoyed the unique feel this created, as well as the suspense and mystery it built up. There was a feeling of anticipation on every page.

Best of all, as this story drew to a close, the powerful emotions of the characters actually made me shiver and goose bumps break out all over my skin! Well done, Ms. Beaumont!

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Reviewed by Lily