While well written structurally, I found it to be very depressing and almost unpleasant to read. It wasn't violent just full of sad, flawed characters. The reader never really knows why or how the dingy ends up at the lighthouse island or how the father died. I really did not enjoy it at all.
the language of the writing was rich and thoughtful. there were many great moments but I couldn't rate it higher due to at least one very shallow character.
This book is nothing but devastation upon devastation for almost every single character almost the entire time! I kept holding out for some hope, some silver lining all the way until the very last sentence, but none ever came. I truly love a sad book, but this one never came with any real healing for any of the characters, and it desperately needed that. Sure, you could argue that there was some healing at the very end but it didn't feel that way and a lot of it was implied. I'm sorry, but after that many solid hours of pain I needed some time dedicated to the healing. And it made me so angry that Lucy came 1 week too late! I mean, come on! We persisted through this agony and cried our eyes out, at least let Isabel get her final healing moment! But no, the sadness must go on and I realize now that was the point of the book. I did give it 3 stars for being a lovely and complex story with beautiful depths, but the relentless sadness was too heavy and burdensome for me.
The narrator was difficult for me. It was difficult to understand him at times due to his somewhat slurred speech or lisp and his mumbling. His voice was monotone, which made an already very slow story even harder to get through. I guess I'm one of the minority with whom this book did not resonate. I don't know how so many people loved it. Much too sad.
Retired RN after having been employed in acute care hospitals for 52 yrs..Love reading and now audible.. Would not do housework without it
The story held my attention right from the beginning.. Ive always enjoyed lighthouses and have made a ooint to visit them on both coasts They have played such an important part of our maritime history... The plot kept me emotionally involved right to the very end ..I would definately recommend it ..We are reading it for our bookclub this month
For this being a fiction book, it sure did end differently than I was hoping. I would've expected that ending from a book that was based on a true story. I gave it four stars overall because I would definitely suggest you read it. I could have been happier with the story on a whole, but I did like the narrator. He made everything sound romantic and sweet. Worth the read.
I know I will love this book based on trusted recommendations but lack of free time and the enormous amount of windshield time make it impossible to actually read. The narrator has ruined this beautiful story and I don't know if I can actually finish the audible version. There's nothing like a voice making my skin crawl whilst sitting in horrid traffic. Audible experiences have kept my sanity in check historically but now I'm losing it!! Please get a new reader!!