"Abbey's Tale," is truly a gratifying work of historical fiction and perhaps the novel itself represents the genre at its very best. I was genuinely swept away by the writing of the author, Katherine McDermott as I have not seen such outstanding writing from a writer in such a long time. The writing within this book is enough to certainly recommend the book on the descriptive words alone, however, there is far more to enjoy.
The characters, mostly Abbey, the heroine was a charming, young woman who in many ways put me in mind of Belle, from Disney's classic "Beauty and the Beast." I want to point out that "Abbey's Tale," is nowhere near a beastly tale. I merely read similarities that described Abbey as reminding me of the beloved heroine, Belle. Those same characteristics included Abbey having a yearning for adventure, curiosity into finding out the reasoning as to why the hero Jeremy insisted on being so isolated from the rest of the world and of course her father was an artist whom she cherished. With all of those traits, Abbey's character contained a great deal to favor.
Of course, Jeremy was a hero to adore. I loved how the equal amount of both the darkness, as well as the light suited Jeremy. He battled his inner demons while having to keep ships safe as a keeper of a lighthouse. Jeremy, himself was not a man use to affection or even human interaction after the Civil War left him physically as well as emotionally bruised. I like how well Jeremy was both dark and yet affectionate with Abbey.
My only flaw with this novel is that although the romance was present between the duo I would have liked to have seen a little more of intense attraction. The romance is this book is more modest, I think is the word that would best describe the love between Abbey and Jeremy. I would like to have had something a little extra special delivered with the romance, but overall I don't really have too many complaints.
I would strongly suggest reading "Abbey's Tale," as I love this novel as I do love how well the author penned this novel and I cannot wait to read more novels by Katherine McDermott in the near future.
An immigrant from Ireland, Jeremy McKetcheon took the place of a wealthy New Englander drafted into the Union Army during the Civil War. Jeremy, terribly scarred by a shell that set fire to his tent, is now a reclusive lighthouse keeper on an island off the coast of Maine. He is haunted by flashbacks of the war, and never expects to find love, understanding, or acceptance.
Beautiful but blind from birth, Abigail Morrison sees the world through the intricate carvings her father brings back from Lighthouse Island when he takes supplies there. She wonders about the artistic carver and why he hides from the world. But when the opportunity arises for her to visit the island, she and her father are tossed overboard in a raging storm. Having seen their distress from the lighthouse, Jeremy attempts a rescue in the frigid waters, and all their lives are changed forever.