Sunday, 13 April 2014

Secrets of the Lighthouse - Sante Montefiore

Ellen Trawton is running away from it all - quite literally. She is due to get married to a man she doesn't love, her job is dragging her down and her interfering mother is getting on her nerves. So she escapes to the one place she knows her mother won't follow her - to her aunt's house in rural Ireland. Once there. she uncovers a dark family secret - and a future she never knew she might have. Meanwhile, Caitlin Macauland is mourning the future she can never have. She died tragically in what the village thinks is suspicious circumstances, and now she is stuck in limbo, unable to move on. And between the two of them is an old lighthouse - the scene of so much tragedy. Can each women find the peace she so desperately longs for? And can they find the way to live again?

Published by: Simon & Schuster - Fiction
Year: 2013 - Hardcover
Pages: 464
ISBN: 978-1471100956  

'Secrets of the Lighthouse' was my holiday read.   This is my number 11 from my bookshelf of books yet to be read and was my holiday read.  Ellen Trawton's mother had left her Ireland home many years ago and had never returned.  When Ellen decides she needs to get away from everyone and everything, she knows in going to stay with her aunt in Ireland it would be the one place her mother would not think to find her.  Whilst in Ireland Ellen meets Connor Macausland. Connor is a widow with two young children. His wife has died in tragic circumstances and there are those that blame him for her death.  Ellen's uncles are none too pleased when they hear that she has been spending time with Connor for they too blame him for the death of his wife. Will the truth ever come out as to what exactly happened the night Caitlin Macausland went to the Lighthouse and who was the man seen leaving the island just before tragedy struck.  No one really knew why Ellen's mother had left and why she had never returned.  Ellen was about to uncover the secret of her mother's past and find things out about herself that no one else knew until now. Could Ellen find happiness in Ireland and would Connor Macausland be the man to help her find such happiness.

This was the first novel I had read by Sante Montefiore.  I liked her style of writing especially as some of the chapters were written as though Caitlin Macausland's ghost was telling the story.  It was a very compelling read and as mother nature wasn't so kind with the weather whilst we were away it gave me an ideal excuse and plenty of opportunity to loose myself with the pages of this book.  I would certainly recommend this particular novel and I will be looking out for more of her novels in the future.

Happy reading one and all.


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