Secrets of the Lighthouse by Santa Montefiore
Rating: 4 Stars
33 year old Ellen Trawton has had enough of her London life under her mother's thumb and decides to run away to the one place no one will look for her. The small town in Ireland where her mother grew up but never talks about. There she discovers a family she didn't know she had, secrets about her mother and herself she didn't know existed and maybe just maybe love.
Why I Picked This Book: It involves Ireland, the ruins of a lighthouse, and a woman trying to figure out her past. How could resist?
Pros: this is a full book. There's a full cast of characters, multiple generations of secrets and at least 2 different romances going on. It could have felt very cluttered and busy but instead the story just evolves very naturally. We get to know the characters and the secrets as Ellen learns about them so it feels very organic. I also liked that while Ellen realizes quickly that this is where she wants to be it isn't all unicorns and cotton candy. Ellen loves her newfound family but never of them are a little intimidating. Her Aunt Peg has a wonderful collection of pets but also a sad backstory. There is anger and resentment about Ellen's mother never coming back. As well there is the tragedy and gossip surrounding the wealthy widow Connor and his deceased wife Caitlin. The dark undercurrent never overpowers the book but does give it a slight melancholy air.
Cons: I got a bit tired of Caitlin. There was a little dragging towards the end of the book where a lot of it was from her point of view. I liked that she wasn't sugary sweet but I definitely could have seen less of her and more of Ellen. Things took a philosophical note toward the end which I also could have done without.
Overall: I thoroughly enjoyed this trip to Ireland with Ellen and the Byrne family. I'm looking forward to reading more from this author.
Would I Read More of this Series/Author?: Definitely! I'm looking forward to reading some of her earlier books.
Would I Recommend this Book?: Yes definitely!