Rose Island Lighthouse off the coast or Rhode Island is the setting for this story of Abbie Watson and her grandfather, Hosea, who is lighthouse keeper. Memory problems plague Abbie and her no-go husband Nate is missing. The lighthouse job is in jeopardy and Abbie is desperate to keep Gramps in one spot AND Abbie is a capable lighthouse keeper in her own right. Unfortunately the lighthouse board doesn’t consider her a suitable candidate and Abbie needs a miracle.
Onto shore washes a stranger, Nathaniel, who is led into believing he is the long-missing Nate. The story ensues with Abbie and the Nathaniel forming a friendship and young love based on falsehood. It’s just three week of deception, thinks Abbie, that’s all worth it for the chance to stay on Rose Island with her grandfather.
Jody’s portrayal of the related issues of dementia were well done. Abbie and Nathaniel realized that routine was important for Hosea’s day.
In this book author Hedlund reintroduces Nathaniel Winthrop who we met in book 4 as the suitor to Victoria Cole. Nathaniel needs to mend his ways, though, before he can have a meaningful relationship with a good-hearted woman. It is not necessary to have read book 4 (or the prior series books) to enjoy this one. I found this to be a great addition to the series. Though, I’ll bet Jody Hedlund has more lighthouse stories in her imagination. Thanks to Hedlund and Northern Lights Press for providing me an ARC for a review in my own words.