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Kiss River (Kiss River #2)

3.89  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,072 Ratings  ·  244 Reviews
Separated by a continent from her child, Gina Higgins comes to Kiss River with little more than a desperate plan. Now, saving her daughter depends on whether she can uncover a message buried deep below the ocean's surface.

Kiss River's historic nineteenth-century lighthouse has all but fallen into the sea, taking with it the huge Fresnel lens that once serve
Paperback, 432 pages
Published November 22nd 2011 by Mira (first published 2003)
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Apr 16, 2016 Korey rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Oct 27, 2015 Giedre rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
very nice and emotional read. a bit too much fluff at times and it did drag on in the beginning but once it took off it took off. Looking forward to read the third book.
Rhonda Rae Baker
I'm seriously going to collect ALL of Diane Chamberlain's novels...she is the absolute best author, one never knows what she's going to come up with next...WOW.

This story had me from the beginning and I simply couldn't put it down!

The quote before chapter one is something that my oldest daughter gave me under a collage of my five children for a Mother's Day present. "The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other's life." but Diane included the res
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out

The Keeper of the Light was first published almost twenty years ago as a stand alone but was revived in the early 2000's when Chamberlain decided to use the novel as a springboard for a trilogy, writing Kiss River and Her Mother's Shadow. This year, the series is being reissued in both print and digital formats to the delight of her fans.

Set twelve years after the events of Keeper of Light, Kiss River introduces Gina Higgins, a science teacher from Washington DC, who has has come to the Outer Ba
Mar 01, 2013 Carol rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'd read nine of Diane Chamberlain's books before picking up Kiss River, and I really enjoyed all nine. They've been very entertaining blends of suspense and character development, or moral issues and character development. But Kiss River was kind of a disappointment for me.

Kiss River is first and foremost a romance novel, which is really not my thing. There is a mystery element, but it doesn't make a lot of sense. A woman, Gina, drives across the entire US to check out a lighthouse, hoping to f
Melissa Dally
Aug 18, 2013 Melissa Dally rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: borrowed
Well, it was all right. You do spend a goodly amount of the book wondering just how Gina plans to make a bunch of money of a 3000 lb lighthouse lens. It's not like she could steal it and sell it on the black market. LOL. Still really underwhelmed with Annie O'Neill, but she's a central character in all three books of this trilogy. Maybe I'll like her better in the last one?

Also, the whole "OMG, I have to tell you your Mom was promiscuous" thing...really? Did her adult son and daughter REALLY nee
Aug 23, 2008 Darby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: drama-romance, 2008
I read this in one night. It was a very easy read. I enjoyed the diary entries mixed into this book. I think I liked Keeper of the Light better and liked the characters better but this was still really good plot and had me engaged and wanting to know where it was going to end up. Enjoying this series and this authors book -- definitely one I will keep reading.
Oct 01, 2011 Glynis rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
What a disappointment. I have read a couple of Diane Chamberlains books and really started to feel that here I had a new author with something to give. I am sorry but this book was boring and just didnt ring true. Perhaps because it was written in 2003 the author has improved her style but certainly cannot recommend this. ...more
Judy Collins
Apr 14, 2013 Judy Collins rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this second book in the Kiss River series as a sequel to the much loved characters in Keeper of the Light. Diane Chamberlain is one of my favorite authors with a wild imagination, taking readers far beyond the norm for page turners you will not want to put down -- twists, turns, and plots which keep you engaged from the beginning to the end!

Being a native of NC, always love the setting and especially the Outer Banks area and the subject of lighthouses - fascinating along with history of
Marguerite Kaye
Not my favourite Diane Chamberlain, but it had all the usual ingredients that make her an excellent story teller - good mystery, sympathetic characters, mingling of the past and present. It felt a little dated, perhaps because I've read so many of her more recent books, but nonetheless, a page turner, and a pleasant way of passing a few hours.
If I could give this book 3.5 stars, I would have. Diane Chamberlain's books normally get a 5 or 4 from me. For me, there was too much focus on the romance between Clay and Gina. However, that is just a personal choice.

As usual, the characters were interesting, captivating, and I felt like I knew each and every one of them in the story. The ending was very final so I would be ok if I didn't read the third novel in this series. That being said, I will be reading it, because I enjoy all of her no
Feb 05, 2012 Ann rated it it was ok
Book #2 in a trilogy. First was Keeper of the Light. That was a little better than this. This one took TOO LONG to get to the point (and took me days and days to read - I just couldn't get into it) -- what was the mystery surrounding Gina's daughter? why did she NEED to raise the fallen lens? what really happened in 1942? Really, this could have been a great short story if all the above elements were discussed openly and up front. Like the first book, this was written about 10 years ago and it s ...more
Apr 13, 2016 Amy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked the ending of this book, but thought it really dragged to get there. Flipping between the diary which was many years in the past to the current time line threw me off a little, but all made sense at the end. The Characters are a little older from Keeper of the Light and it was good to see what is happening with them. Without giving much away, Lacey is following in her mothers footsteps, Alec has moved on, Clay and some heartbreak but is not in a very happy place, Gina is new in th ...more
Mairi Byatt
Sad trilogy finished going back for more Chamberlain!
Jun 19, 2015 Alana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really loved the first book & was so looking forward to this one but whilst I enjoyed it I didn't enjoy it near as much as the first. I will be looking forward to reading the final book in the trilogy.
Aug 03, 2015 Pamela rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Gina Huggins needs to see the Kiss River Lighthouse. After driving across the country (from Washington to the Outer Banks), she discovers the top part of the lighthouse -- including the lens -- was destroyed in a storm years ago. For some reason, Gina is intent on raising that lens.

While trespassing to see the lighthouse, Gina meets Lacey and Clay, brother and sister living at the keeper's cottage. They invite Gina to stay with them while she's in Kiss River. And conveniently enough, Clay and L
Lynne Spreen
I discovered Diane Chamberlain when I stumbled across Necessary Lies, which was a fabulous novel. Although the Kiss River Trilogy is more soap-opera-ish, it was a fast and fun update on the characters to whom I was introduced in the first book.

However, two knocks on this book: one, having become familiar with the cast of the first book, it was jarring to get into the point of view of the brand new main character, Gina Higgins. Two, I'm personally not enamored with the "diary letter" device, and
Oct 23, 2014 Julia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the second book in the 'Keeper of the light' trilogy - it can be read as a stand-alone book but it does give away parts of the first book so if you plan on reading both make sure you read them in order.

This book brings in new characters and mixes them with some of the characters from the first book (Keeper of the Light). Characters which were secondary in the first book are now primary characters and its nice to learn more about them. I like the way the main characters in the first book
Jun 10, 2012 Skyy2 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not my favorite from Diane Chamberlain. I really didn't like the main characters. I couldn't really connect with any of them. Alec's character seemed to have changed between the first book and this one. He didn't seem as caring and understanding in this book. His character was not as strong as it was in the last book. Didn't really like Gina. She was pretty flaky throughout the book. No, I didn't like this one. Not sure if I should even finish the series.
Laura Ellison
Okay, I'm typically a big Diane Chamberlain fan but this one fell flat. I kept thinking I was missing out on some part of the story but thought it would be revealed as the story went along. Then I found out it was a sequel and thought the story parts I was missing might be in the first book but now that I've started to read the first book, I'm wrong. It deals with the parents in the second book, not with the backgrounds of the main characters of the second book. Anyways, these characters are fla ...more
Feb 12, 2010 Deb rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
Interesting history of the Outer Banks during WWII and the U-boat attacks on US Vessels. The story flashed back intermittently to a diary written during that time by the daughter of the Kiss River lighthouse keeper. I felt the truths/secrets that surfaced were not that exciting and it seemed a long time getting to those secrets which made it more of a let-down. Just okay for me.
Feb 21, 2013 Kelly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it, loved how easy it was to keep track of who was who and what happened to who in the previous book. Didn't have the usual twists and turns that you'd expect from one of Dianes books. Maybe because it's an older one of hers that's been re-issued?

The ending obviously paves the way for the final book in the trilogy - I have a feeling things wont run smoothly for Gina!
Sara Smithson
Book 2 in the Kiss River trilogy, this is my least favorite of the three. It just didn't exactly mesh with the others, in my opinion. One of the main characters is Gina, who is from the opposite side of the country.

Gina travels to Kiss River with an ulterior motive: to raise the lighthouse's Fresnel lens from the ocean. Her motivation is suspect: why would an outsider care about the lens of a lighthouse she appears to have no connection to? The story seems a little far fetched when her plan is
Lucy McLaurin
Apr 18, 2015 Lucy McLaurin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I didn't realise until I was a quarter of the way through that this was the second in a series of three. I do have the first book (Keeper of the Light) but felt that as I'd got so far into this one I would continue and then read the first at another time.

I have enjoyed every one of Diane Chamberlain's books so far and this was no exception.

It kept me intrigued and curious from the word go. What was Gina's secret(s) and how would it effect the other characters and her? What was her link to Kiss R
Jul 13, 2011 Kathy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the first more than this one. Was an easy read however but found myself skimming over the pages. Disappointed.
Sep 15, 2015 Char rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was quite good, however I found it quite slow to begin with and struggled to get into it at the start. However, once I got into it I really enjoyed it! I love Diane's style of writing, it's just so easy to read and it was a nice light book. I did prefer Keeper of the Light to this, as I feel like the story line and characters were better, even though it had the same characters Kiss River was focused on the children (Clay and Lacey) not Alec and Olivia, who the previous book was on. So ...more
Rebecca Haslam
Once again due to sleep problems, I found myself awake in the early hours of this morning and so settled under my covers to check this out. I've read a number of Chamberlain's books over the years but I have to say, this is probably the best I've come across. The story flowed really easily meaning I kept wanting to read (even when I started yawning) and I found myself able to identify with some of the characters, which is something that doesn't happen that often. I guessed some parts of the stor ...more
Jul 11, 2008 Denise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was the second book in the Keeper of the Light trilogy. It was terrific!
Muriel Setters
Mar 23, 2015 Muriel Setters rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting sequel

I have read some of the reviews on this book and they weren't all,very favorable. I enjoyed kiss river maybe not as much as some of Diane Chamberlain s other books but I liked reading Bess' diary and the back and forth between the 1940s and present time. It was a bit farfetched but I thoroughly enjoyed the book. Diane Chamberlain is my current favorite author and I plan to read all of her books. I have read about eight so far and . Think she is a . Wonderful author. Most of her
Suzie Flohr
Mar 17, 2012 Suzie Flohr rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i actually enjoyed this one more than i liked #1.
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Diane Chamberlain is the USA Today and Sunday Times bestselling author of 24 novels published in more than twenty languages. Some of her most popular books include Necessary Lies, The Silent Sister, The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes, and The Keeper of the Light Trilogy. Diane likes to write complex stories about relationships between men and women, parents and children, brothers and sisters, and fr ...more
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