The Great Lakes Lighthouse Brides Collection
Lighthouses have long been the symbol of salvation, warning sailors away from dangerous rocks and shallow waters.Along the Great Lakes, America’s inland seas, lighthouses played a vital role in the growth of our nation. They shepherded settlers traveling by water to places that had no roads. These beacons of light required constant tending even in remote and often dangerous places. Brave men and women battled the elements and loneliness to keep the lights shining. Their sacrifice kept goods and immigrants moving. Seven romances set between 1883 and 1911 bring hope to these lonely keepers and love to weary hearts.

The Great Lakes Lighthouse Brides Collection Details

TitleThe Great Lakes Lighthouse Brides Collection
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseNov 1st, 2018
PublisherBarbour Books
ISBN-139781683227694
Rating
GenreRomance, Historical, Christian, Fiction

The Great Lakes Lighthouse Brides Collection Review

  • Sherry
    January 1, 1970
    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 l 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.
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  • Melissa Henderson
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Emily P
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed this anthology of lighthouse romances. I would have to say that Pegg Thomas' story,"Anna's Tower" was my favorite, with "Beneath a Michigan Moon" by Candice Sue Patterson as a close second. I do not usually read such long books, but the way this anthology is written, you can take your time reading. All are short enough to be read in virtually one sitting, and I enjoyed learning more about some of our local lighthouses. The romances are what you would expect, but several had other secon I enjoyed this anthology of lighthouse romances. I would have to say that Pegg Thomas' story,"Anna's Tower" was my favorite, with "Beneath a Michigan Moon" by Candice Sue Patterson as a close second. I do not usually read such long books, but the way this anthology is written, you can take your time reading. All are short enough to be read in virtually one sitting, and I enjoyed learning more about some of our local lighthouses. The romances are what you would expect, but several had other secondary stories or elements, such as a chronic illness or a slight suspense angle.If you're on vacation, or just want to wish you were, The Great Lakes Lighthouse Brides Collection is for you. You can lose your everyday worries with sweeping romance, lakeside locales and great characters. Even if you don't enjoy one of the stories, the next may just win you over. You really can't lose with this collection. Keep reading and find your safe harbor in this anthology. I was delighted to receive an advanced reader PDF from #NetGalley and Barbour Books. I chose to review and these are my honest opinions.
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  • Karen R
    January 1, 1970
    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 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.)
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  • Literary Soirée
    January 1, 1970
    If you want to find me I’m entranced Up North by The Great Lakes Lighthouse Brides Collection, which offers hope to all ye who are weary and heavy-laden through its seven totally uplifting historical romances. Why, I’m feeling better already! 5/5Pub Date 01 Nov 2018Thanks to Barbour Books and NetGalley for the review copy. Opinions are fully mine.#TheGreatLakesLighthouseBridesCollection #NetGalley
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  • Naomi Musch
    January 1, 1970
    Who, in our day and age, hasn't given over to the mystique of imagining what it must've been like to live in a lighthouse? I know I have, and the seven authors of the Great Lakes Lighthouse Collection do a superb job of bringing imagination to life in both romantic and realistic ways. Most of these stories feature heroines put in situations where they must become the keepers of the light, either out of emergency or longing. Along the way, of course, they find romance. The really wonderful thing Who, in our day and age, hasn't given over to the mystique of imagining what it must've been like to live in a lighthouse? I know I have, and the seven authors of the Great Lakes Lighthouse Collection do a superb job of bringing imagination to life in both romantic and realistic ways. Most of these stories feature heroines put in situations where they must become the keepers of the light, either out of emergency or longing. Along the way, of course, they find romance. The really wonderful thing about these stories is that they each feature a real lighthouse located somewhere in the Great Lakes. First of all, anything "Great Lakes" calls out to me because I live near Lake Superior and have my own "favorite" lighthouses. Secondly, if you can't get visit all these lighthouses -- and some are nearly unreachable these days -- then you can "tour" them by living vicariously through these characters. The novellas also feature other intriguing pieces of lake history from shipwrecks and immigration to logging and mining, common to the region and the times. The stories are also fraught with some mystery and other perils of living remotely. Each novella has a "feel good" ending, so if you just want to get away from it all, you'll find it easy to do in this Great Lakes lighthouse novella collection.
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  • Sandra
    January 1, 1970
    This incredible collection of seven novellas about The Great Lakes Lighthouses published by Barbour Books, is one of my favorites. I love when the publishers put out a collection like this. Some of these talented authors were new to me. What a wonderful way to get acquainted with their writing style. I must say, I could not pick a favorite. Each of the stories kept my interest, made me laugh and many times brought tears to my eyes. I found them to be page-turners, laced in romance. There is a fa This incredible collection of seven novellas about The Great Lakes Lighthouses published by Barbour Books, is one of my favorites. I love when the publishers put out a collection like this. Some of these talented authors were new to me. What a wonderful way to get acquainted with their writing style. I must say, I could not pick a favorite. Each of the stories kept my interest, made me laugh and many times brought tears to my eyes. I found them to be page-turners, laced in romance. There is a faith thread woven throughout each of these. Another thing I love about them.The seven romance novellas were set between 1883 and 1911. Being a lighthouse keeper was a very important, necessary job. It took a certain type of person to endure the elements and loneliness, to perform the duties required. Keeping the beacon of light shining, warning of hazards required constant attention. I feel this is a must read for anyone interested in lighthouses, or reading a great historical romance.I received a copy of this book by Barbour Books through NetGalley. The opinions expressed in this review are my own.
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  • Marilyn
    January 1, 1970
    Awesome collection!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 Awesome collection!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.
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  • Dani Moore
    January 1, 1970
    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!
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    The Great Lakes Lighthouse Brides Collection is a collection of seven stories. These stories include: Anna’s Tower by Pegg ThomaBeneath a Michigan Moon by Candice Sue PattersonSafe Haven by Rebecca JepsonLove’s Beacon by Carrie Fancett PagelsThe Last Memory by Kathleen RouserThe Disappearing Ship by Lena Nelson DooleThe Wrong Survivor by Marilyn TurkI enjoyed most of these stories with my favorite being Carrie Fancett Pagels' Love's Beacon. I give this collection four stars.
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  • Anna
    January 1, 1970
    The Great Lakes Lighthouse Brides Collection: 7 Historical Romances Are a Beacon of Hope to Weary Hearts is a book published this Nov first by Barbour composed by: Anna's Tower by Peggy Thomas, Beneath a Michigan Moon by Candice Sue Petterson, Safe Haven by Rbecca Jepson, Love's Beacon by Carrie Fancett Pagels, The Last Memory by Kathleen Rouser, The disappearing Ship by Lena Nelson Dooley, and the Wrong Survivor by Marylin Turk.I read the latest tale. Pretty moving. Lydia is in love with Nathan The Great Lakes Lighthouse Brides Collection: 7 Historical Romances Are a Beacon of Hope to Weary Hearts is a book published this Nov first by Barbour composed by: Anna's Tower by Peggy Thomas, Beneath a Michigan Moon by Candice Sue Petterson, Safe Haven by Rbecca Jepson, Love's Beacon by Carrie Fancett Pagels, The Last Memory by Kathleen Rouser, The disappearing Ship by Lena Nelson Dooley, and the Wrong Survivor by Marylin Turk.I read the latest tale. Pretty moving. Lydia is in love with Nathan but Nathan working with the ship of his brother in the sea, won't never return home because of an incident in the while.It will be a very sad moment for Lydia and for Nathan's brother Jesse; the first one thought that the incident where Nathan perished was only fault of Jesse; Jesse was devastated because he wasn't in grade to save his brother; not only, but Nathan left also a girl in love and plenty of sadness and anger.Lydia's parents were worried for her and they tried their best for cheering her up also suggesting her of changing air.Lydia was a passionate of the lighthouse and with her dad she kept cleaned the lenses of the lighthouse; she loved where she lived as well.Slowly, Lydia will start also to appreciate the company of Jesse and she will understand when the peril was again close to them that no, maybe there was also something else, and she didn't want to lose Jesse at all anymore.I thank NetGalley and Barbour for this eBook.Anna Maria Polidori
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  • Anne
    January 1, 1970
    The Great Lakes Lighthouse Brides CollectionEach 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 N The Great Lakes Lighthouse Brides CollectionEach 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.
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  • Ann
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed this book. It has seven different historical romances set in different years. All the stories are clean and are well written. They hold your attention and gives a glimpse of the hardship and dangers of the lighthouse keeper's job. If you like stories that involve the sea and lighthouses you will love this book. Thank you Barbour Publishing via NetGalley for the ARC copy of this book. This is my honest opinion
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  • Regina
    January 1, 1970
    Review to come.
  • Perrianne
    January 1, 1970
    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’ 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.
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  • Julia Wilson
    January 1, 1970
    The Great Lakes Lighthouse Brides Collection is a wonderful Christian historical collection of seven stories set in the nineteenth and early twentieth century. The stories are united in their settings and themes - search and rescue. This reminds the reader that God is in the search and rescue business. He searches for us until He finds and rescues us from a life of disconnection from Him. He rejoices when we are found. I loved the references to books that were around at the time too. A perfectly The Great Lakes Lighthouse Brides Collection is a wonderful Christian historical collection of seven stories set in the nineteenth and early twentieth century. The stories are united in their settings and themes - search and rescue. This reminds the reader that God is in the search and rescue business. He searches for us until He finds and rescues us from a life of disconnection from Him. He rejoices when we are found. I loved the references to books that were around at the time too. A perfectly delightful set of stories.Anna's Tower by Pegg Thomas is a delightful tale that has its base in historical facts. The story is about encouragement, kindness and facing our fears. Hearts and homes are opened up to strangers. Men are rescued, reminding the reader that God wants to rescue each and every one of us. A tale to warm your heart.Beneath A Michigan Moon by Candice Sue Patterson is a wonderful tale with a strong, feisty, independent young woman. Her verbal sparring with the lead male is a joy to behold. There are moments of humour too. The leading male is kind, caring and compassionate. Living lives in isolation was never what God intended. It is beautiful to watch love blossoming.Safe Haven by Rebecca Jepson shows a search to find roots that yields some surprising results. The tale deals with grief, love and family. There is the theme of caring for orphans. God is a God of fresh starts. He will repay the years the locusts have eaten. There is the theme of healing - both literally and spiritually. Some wonderful characters will take up residence in your heart.Love's Beacon by Carrie Fancett Pagels is a wonderful tale where I caught up with familiar faces from previous novels. This story concerns a search for roots. We all want to know where we come from. Distressing dreams offer a glimpse into the past. Trust in God offers hope for the future. A darling three year old enchants the reader as we watch love unfold in the most surprising place. God restores all that was lost.The Last Memory by Kathleen Rouser is a delightful story about searching to belong. It takes a bout of amnesia to find out who she really is and where our heroine fits in. The tale is about being true to ourselves and trusting that God hears and answers our prayers.The Disappearing Ship by Lena Nelson Dooley has searching for cargo mirroring a search to belong. A modern educated young woman meets prejudice as people decide male not female doctors are the order of the day. She has to persevere to be all that God intends her to be. A gentle love unfolds along the way.The Wrong Survivor by Marilyn Turk concerns grief, loss and survivor's guilt. Guilt can keep us suspended in time. We cannot go back but neither can we move forward. Fear stops us from trying until someone believes in us again. There is also the theme of forgiveness. Unforgiveness will harden our heart. Anger at God for seemingly being uncaring or impotent follows loss. God is neither. He walks alongside us in our grief. He longs for our hearts to soften. I loved the inclusion of a dog who drew characters together. A delightful story to end a wonderful collection.I received this book for free. A favourable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.
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  • Betti
    January 1, 1970
    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 ThomasAnna learns that dreams sometimes take circuitous routes as she realizes s 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 ThomasAnna 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 PattersonAva 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 JepsonLittle 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 PagelsA 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 RouserA 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 TurkTwo 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.
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  • Jasmine
    January 1, 1970
    Will they find love or be lost to the stormy waters?Anna's Tower by Pegg ThomasThis is one of the two stories that I most looked forward to in this collection and I was not disappointed. I loved the sweet romance between two very different characters and the dash of danger was just right. Beneath A Michigan Moon by Candice Sue PattersonSo this author is one of the new-to-me ones in this collection. I loved this story and definitely hope to read more from her in the future. Having visited other p Will they find love or be lost to the stormy waters?Anna's Tower by Pegg ThomasThis is one of the two stories that I most looked forward to in this collection and I was not disappointed. I loved the sweet romance between two very different characters and the dash of danger was just right. Beneath A Michigan Moon by Candice Sue PattersonSo this author is one of the new-to-me ones in this collection. I loved this story and definitely hope to read more from her in the future. Having visited other parts of Michigan before I could really visualize this story as I read it.Safe Haven by Rebecca JepsonI think this may just be my favorite story in the collection. Not only because of two-decades-old mystery but also because I have actually visited the lighthouse where the story is set! It really made the story and characters come to life for me.Love's Beacon by Carrie Fancett PagelsThis was the second story that I most looked forward to when I started the collection. Mystery abounds in this tale of intrigue and sweet romance. Not to mention this story has the most adorable little girl! You just want to hug her!The Last Memory by by Kathleen RouserThis was the second totally new-to-me author in this collection and I found myself enjoying story set on Lake Huron. It starts out with a real bang, a shipwreck, and slowly leads into a wonderfully sweet romance. The Disappearing ShipAside from the obvious parallel to Salvation, the other word that seems to be associated with lighthouses would be 'mystery'. And boy, does this romance about a woman doctor and her handsome have quite the adventure within!The Wrong Survivor by Marilyn TurkWhat an intriguing title this novella has, and it really matches this tale of loss, love, and forgiveness. This was the final new-to-me author in the collection and now I'm curious to discover any other stories she might have.OverallReally, all I had to see was the word 'lighthouse' and this book went straight onto my wishlist. I am a longtime lighthouse fan and I've been to 7 on Lake Michigan. Then I saw a couple of names of familiar authors and that only added icing on the cake. I really loved this themed collection of novellas, from both familiar authors and new ones, and I would highly recommend it to any fan of Barbour's novella collections and especially to anyone who loves lighthouses.(I received a copy of this book from the author. All opinions are entirely my own.)
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  • Connie Saunders
    January 1, 1970
    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 rea 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 novellas 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.
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  • Cindy Huff
    January 1, 1970
    The Great Lakes Lighthouse Brides Collection is a delightful read. Although Lighthouses play a major role in the setting of each novella every story is exceptional and completely different from the others.. The heroes are brave and kind. There are some adorable children and cute dogs and a few villains thrown into the mix. The heroines are strong and of course unaware of how beautiful they are. I had no idea so many lighthouses were on the Great Lakes. These tales tackle only a few. The lives of The Great Lakes Lighthouse Brides Collection is a delightful read. Although Lighthouses play a major role in the setting of each novella every story is exceptional and completely different from the others.. The heroes are brave and kind. There are some adorable children and cute dogs and a few villains thrown into the mix. The heroines are strong and of course unaware of how beautiful they are. I had no idea so many lighthouses were on the Great Lakes. These tales tackle only a few. The lives of those who tended the lighthouse and their families were uniquely different from the rest of the world. The authors did their research nailing the description of their surroundings and the historical period of the various novels. I was very pleased to find each novella felt complete. I’ve read a few novellas where it appeared the middle had been cut out to meet the word count. Kudos to Author Pegg Thomas for coming up with the idea. Each story can be read in a few hours making it perfect for a cozy distraction after work or to binge read on a Saturday.
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  • Karin
    January 1, 1970
    Barbour has published several novella collections in the past few years, but this is the first one I've read (mostly because I live along the Great Lakes and love lighthouses -- I even set my first novel at a lighthouse!). Even though I'm a fan of historical romance, all these authors were new to me, so I was excited for the chance to experience some new authors.While I wasn't a fan of all of the writing styles (some of the stories were a little description heavy for me -- I prefer deeper charac Barbour has published several novella collections in the past few years, but this is the first one I've read (mostly because I live along the Great Lakes and love lighthouses -- I even set my first novel at a lighthouse!). Even though I'm a fan of historical romance, all these authors were new to me, so I was excited for the chance to experience some new authors.While I wasn't a fan of all of the writing styles (some of the stories were a little description heavy for me -- I prefer deeper character development), overall I enjoyed reading about the different lighthouses, characters, and situations. My favorite two stories were Anna's Tower by Pegg Thomas and Beneath a Michigan Moon by Candice Sue Patterson. Thomas and Patterson both created characters that I wanted to know and heroes that I may have developed little crushes on.With the variety of writing styles and stories, I'm comfortable recommending this book to any lover of historical romance -- you're bound to find a novella in here that will make you sigh.
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  • Penny
    January 1, 1970
    The Great Lakes Lighthouse Brides Collection written by Lena Nelson Dooley, Rebecca Jepson, Carrie Fancett Pagels, Candice Sue Patterson, Kathleen Rouser, Pegg Thomas, and Marilyn Turk is a delightful gathering of the often romanticized life of lighthouse keepers. Throughout the stories you'll meet a variety of fascinating characters, including female lightkeepers, a lady doctor, backwoodsmen, sailors, gentlemen business owners and more. Every story brings to life the history of the Great Lake's The Great Lakes Lighthouse Brides Collection written by Lena Nelson Dooley, Rebecca Jepson, Carrie Fancett Pagels, Candice Sue Patterson, Kathleen Rouser, Pegg Thomas, and Marilyn Turk is a delightful gathering of the often romanticized life of lighthouse keepers. Throughout the stories you'll meet a variety of fascinating characters, including female lightkeepers, a lady doctor, backwoodsmen, sailors, gentlemen business owners and more. Every story brings to life the history of the Great Lake's shores. When I finished reading, I was impressed at how each author took a similar setting and topic and created such a unique story. Some based their writing on historical characters, while others were total fiction. I had some favorites, too — but I'll let you decide what yours are after you pick up a copy of this wonderful anthology and read for yourself. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing via NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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  • Paula Shreckhise
    January 1, 1970
    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 th 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.*
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  • Brenda
    January 1, 1970
    Great Lakes Lighthouse Brides Collection 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 sto Great Lakes Lighthouse Brides Collection 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.
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  • Andrea
    January 1, 1970
    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 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!
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  • Sunnie
    January 1, 1970
    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-wr 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 and NetGalley. All thoughts are my own.
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  • Sharon Dean
    January 1, 1970
    The Great Lakes Lighthouse BridesBy: Lena, Rebecca, Carrie, Candice, Kathleen, Pegg and Marilyn7 Historical RomancesFrom the early 1800s and beyond, from the beautiful settings of lighthouses aglow, from women of bravery, from men of hard work, these 7 Authors have put together a collection of novellas that will have you hanging onto each page, each character, each story. This has been my first historical fiction reads and I must say they didn’t disappoint. Not knowing the history of what went o The Great Lakes Lighthouse BridesBy: Lena, Rebecca, Carrie, Candice, Kathleen, Pegg and Marilyn7 Historical RomancesFrom the early 1800s and beyond, from the beautiful settings of lighthouses aglow, from women of bravery, from men of hard work, these 7 Authors have put together a collection of novellas that will have you hanging onto each page, each character, each story. This has been my first historical fiction reads and I must say they didn’t disappoint. Not knowing the history of what went on way back then and how lifestyles were affected of both men and women and even children, these stories opens up a whole new genre that I find very intriguing and wanting to learn more of. The characters had such passion for their duties and how they lived their everyday lives. And the romances each couple had found, so inspiring and beautifully written. The way the settings of the lighthouses were described, made you feel as if you were right there with them. I applaud each Author for creating a story that was warm and passionate and loves that warmed your heart. Thank you!
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  • Kailey
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Ruby
    January 1, 1970
    A beautiful collection of stories set in a place where serene and magnificent meet. Being from this part of the country, I loved reading about some of the places I had been. The lighthouse details and the love stories are well written and describe, with characters to fall in love with and place you might just want to visit. A perfect cozy fireside book....
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  • Carol R.
    January 1, 1970
    An enjoyable collection of Great Lakes lighthouse novellas. Being a Michigan native, I enjoyed it thoroughly.
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