When I selected The Lightkeeper's Wife for review I was immediately drawn to everything about this novel. The design of the cover, the synopsis and the chosen writing flow of the author herself drew me in. What I think stands out to me the most about this novel is how uniquely different it stands apart from anything that I have read this year.
The Lightkeeper's Wife had everything I was looking for and even traits I was surprised to find as I read through the pages. This novel contains romance, suspense, mystery and I honestly could not have expected a better read then what Johnson delivered!
Hannah, the heroine is such a strong and independent female. I related to her so well from the beginning. It was almost like being best friends with someone and sharing in their story along the way. The fact that Johnson chose these characteristics for Hannah only enhanced the content of this novel that much more for me.
Most of this novel had a darker feel to it, which highlighted the fact that Hannah is in a man's world. It’s a harsh environment of life at sea where she is the keeper of a lighthouse after her husband suddenly vanishes. Hannah and the sea have a deep connection and they are both drawn to one another. The fact that Hannah is willing to believe in her instincts and knows her true place is something that I would love to see other heroines in other novels do.
Overall, I think this novel ranks in my top five favorite books of this year and I find myself being a hard person to please when it comes to reviewing novels. After reading this novel one thing will certainly stand out in any reader's minds. That is that Johnson is an author to watch for in the years to come!
"The Lightkeeper's Wife is a beautiful, stirring novel full of captivating mystery and clear-eyed emotion. The luminous characters are beacons that guide the reader through a narrative as thrilling, expansive, and dangerous as the sea at night."—Bret Anthony Johnston, author of Remember Me Like This and Corpus Christi
When Hannah Rescues Billy From a Shipwreck, She Will Change Both Their Lives Forever.
Hannah Snow shouldn't be in the water, saving shipwrecked sailors. Her husband would be furious—it's his job to tend to the lighthouse at Dangerfield, to warn the ships off the rocks. Sailors know that the Dangerfield coastline is treacherous, but the waves constantly pull them down into the deep anyway.
But when the ship Cynthia Rose runs aground, John is away buying supplies, and Hannah rushes out into the storm. She can only fish one sailor out of the icy water—weatherworn, half-drunk Billy.
When Hannah gets word that John will not return home to her, she sinks into grief so deep that she feels she may never surface again. With Billy's help, she continues to man the lighthouse, keeping the lamps blazing even during her darkest hours. But Billy is not all that he seems. And Hannah starts to doubt whether anything she knew about this strange man—or herself—is true.