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Sea Snow: The Gentle Haunting of a 19th Century Lighthouse
by Kathryn Louise Wood (Goodreads Author)
On her wedding night, Rose Martin, the young bride of a 19th century lighthouse keeper is awakened by a phantom fragrance, compelling her to leave her sleeping husband's side and climb the 102 steps of the light tower. What she encounters there startles her, but is just the beginning of the unnerving experiences that guide her through the unlocking of a secret that haunts ...more
Paperback, 268 pages
Published July 8th 2012 by Createspace
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I won this book on goodreads, though with this beautiful cover and "gentle" title, I am sure I would have chosen to read it anyhow. An historical tale of young love, a lighthouse, the ocean, the life in small town Rawlings, these are written about with joy and respect. A few of my favorite events in this book were the seals, whales, thanksgiving rituals, the story of the stars, and the red Cupid cake (which I will bake). Kathryn Louise wood has delivered a most enjoyable and educational read.
The title alone drew me in, it was not available in my library system, so I purchased this book with my Barnes and Noble birthday gift card. The gentle haunting of a 19th century lighthouse on a rocky island a mile off the Massachusetts Coast was a quick easy read, a page turner for me, every moment of this past weekend when I wasn't in the midst of a Monopoly Game with my granddaughters. I really loved this book and loved so many things about it i.e. the beekeeper reclaiming his swam of honeybe ...more
Sea Snow: The Gentle Haunting of a 19th Century Lighthouse invites the reader to step back in time to join Rose Martin as she discovers the romance and challenge of life as a lighthouse keeper's wife. Wood explores the nuances of small town life at the turn of the 20th century, showing the ways in which a close and insular community can enfold its members with a sense of belonging, or isolate the stranger as surely as if the newcomer was sent out to live on a rock in the middle of the sea. Rose' ...more
Sea Snow is the story of a woman who moved to Rawlings, Maine for love. Her husband is a lighthouse keeper, and they live in a haunted lighthouse. Ever since they moved into the lighthouse, Rose has been experiencing phantom odors and touches. Any time she tries to learn more about the previous lighthouse keeper and his wife, the villagers redirect the conversation. Slowly, Rose begins to piece the mystery together, all the while, she is being gently haunted.
I absolutely loved this book! There ...more
I absolutely loved this book! There ...more
An enchanting tale of young Rose Martin who marries a 19th century lighthouse keeper and moves from Virginia to their new world – a rocky island lighthouse one mile off the Massachusetts coast. She starts her diary detailing her life on Jan 1, 1900. At first, she details her love and the wonderful new experience of living near the sea. Slowly, strange things start to happen. A phantom fragrance, messages, sightings and items found all within the 102 step light tower. She soon realizes there is a ...more
Coming from New England, knowing the author is a southerner, I am delighted with the many ways she relates unique characteristics of New Englanders. The book is fanciful yet the young new bride finds her way in logical steps, anticipating her neighbors idiosyncrasies, and surprised by their kindness. Christina Rossetti's poetry is wonderful, Ms Wood chooses segments with a sharp eye to her romantic notions. The mystery of the ghost character is intriguing. Especially the ending which begs for mo ...more
I won this book in a Goodreads First Reads contest. The premise of this book was really interesting - young woman moves to a new town where the spirit of a former resident of her home visits her. The execution was not very good. The writing style was very simplistic and I wish more time had been spent moving the story forward. The book is comprised of diary entries written by the main character, Rose, and the vast majority of the story is about her day-to-day life with few actual stories about t ...more
Kathryn Louise Wood was born in Washington, North Carolina and received her BS in Education from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. Having spent her life on the coasts of North Carolina and Virginia, she grew up with the ever present beauty of regional lighthouses: the twin lights of Cape Henry in Virginia Beach, Virginia, the Old Point Comfort Light in Hampton, Virginia, the Assateague ...moreMore about Kathryn Louise Wood...