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Love's Unfading Light

(Eagle Harbor #1)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  1,155 ratings  ·  132 reviews
Eagle Harbor--Where Love Finds Its Anchor

Lake Superior, 1880
Tressa Danell is finished with men—from the wastrel who left her a widow, to the smelly trapper who keeps proposing, to the banker who wants to repossess her bakery. Every hour is spent working to pay off her late husband’s debt and keep a roof over her son’s head, though it’s doubtful she can do both for very l
Kindle Edition, 250 pages
Published March 23rd 2015 by Cedar Lake Press (first published March 20th 2015)
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Sandra I read Book 1 first and was very impressed with the way the author completed the story. Reading them in order is generally better as you don't get…moreI read Book 1 first and was very impressed with the way the author completed the story. Reading them in order is generally better as you don't get spoilers. Book 1 keeps you guessing to the end, so by reading Book 4 first, there might be some spoilers for Book 1, 2 or 3, depending on your memory. However, this author has done a very good job of completing Book 1 so I image each story will be a worthwhile standalone.(less)

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Oct 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mercy, but the townspeople got my dander up from the get go. I have never come across so many narrow-minded, sanctimonious, grudge-holding, unforgiving, judgemental people in one book! I was fuming on Tressa's behalf the whole way through the read. There's something very energizing about being righteously indignant for a sustained period of time. LOL

Tressa's future looks beyond bleak. Overwhelming odds keep pummeling her down. Just when you think it can't get worse it does! Mac is a bright beac
Roseanna White
Jan 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In this first book in Naomi Rawlings's Eagle Harbor Series, the reader is set down in beautiful but dangerous Eagle Harbor, Michigan, where strength and desperation clash like the storms that rage on the lake. I was immediately drawn into the lives of Tressa and her son, who are so admirably trying to make their way; and charmed by the hero who only wants to help, though he still has demons of his own to fight.

A romance to make your heart pound, but laced with God's truth and the power of family
Feb 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed Mac and Tressa’s story—I love good love stories where it looks like the couple just can’t get together, especially when the hero is besotted. Makes me cheer for them all the more. And the setting on Lake Superior was really well done, I felt like I was there, especially out during the rescue scene, in the lighthouse and the beach, just well done. And there’s all kinds of characters to love and hate—Looking forward to reading the next one!
I have just added a new favorite author to my growing list. This easy-to-read historical romance was filled with the trials, tribulations, and sweetness of the time period in which it was placed. It's the 1880's and women have no rights and widowed women even less.

Married to a scalawag miner due to the death of her father, Tressa is then left a widow when her husband dies after 10 years of marriage leaving her with a 10 year old son. Not only is she left with just her son and the bakery she own
Feb 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For me, it was difficult at first to get into. A lot of different people & information was written right out of the gate. Very hard for me to figure out what was going on at first! But I was determined to read the book as it really did sound like a good one. So glad I persevered! I figured once I got into the story that everything would fall into place & it did.
The first time meeting Tressa, I felt sorry for her as she was being proposed to by a old trapper, and a very persistent one at
Kathy Heare Watts
Tressa Danell has had a hard and bitter life. Losing her mother early in life, her father when she was 15 and forced into accepting a marriage immediately to Otis Danell, rather than being forced to work in a brothel. Otis is nothing but a low-life scoundrel, cheating husband, swindling people out of money and when dying in a logging accident leaving debts owed everywhere. Mac Oakton has lived with people resenting him for the money his father swindled
Mar 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tressa and Mac's story is very well written. Both of them are fighting to seek restitution for something they didn't do, yet feel responsible for and are blamed for by the town. a beautifully written setting along Lake Superior with a lighthouse and danger among the lake the author writes the scenes as if you were there. Mac has his future all laid out just the way he wants it to be. Tressa is fighting day by day to protect her son and keep a roof over their heads. Mac is compelled to help her, ...more
Apr 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a great Christian love story with a bit of everything. I love how the author, Naomi Rawlings, not only gave us a clear picture of Eagle Harbour community, the lighthouse, and the surrounding waters, but a very comprehensive picture of most of the occupants of the town. The widow Tressa and her young son, Colin, are likable and their story will touch your heart. Mac Oakton, who returns to the town later in the story, is the kind of man you can imagine putting his coat down to prevent a la ...more
Trisha Robertson (Joy of Reading)
Tressa's story is one of strength and fortitude in the face of heartache and loss. Naomi writes with a deep well of feeling and passion and you feel that in the characters of this story. I enjoyed the playful tender moments as well as the deeper more thought provoking ones.

For me, the deeper theme of Tressa's story was her struggle not only with her own self-worth as her neighbors saw her but her need to understand who she was to God. This story brings a powerful reminder to us all that we were
Deborah Andreasen
Mar 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Great Christian Romance

Mac and Tressa have a lot in common. They're both tainted by the actions of others. They're both working hard to redeem themselves. The difference is Mac had the capacity to love himself and others, where Tressa thinks she's not worthy of love. Not even God's love.

I enjoyed this Christian romance. I liked the characters. I respected Tressa for her determination. Macau me think of a big teddy bear. He has the biggest heart.

So many bad things happen to Tressa that I kept th
Sally Lindsay-briggs
Nov 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved It

What a wonderful story of heartfelt love, forgiveness, Christian insights and pure enjoyment for the reader. I could relate to Tresses money problems, her young son's issues with bullying and I really loved Mac, tender, fun-loving and hard working. Wonderful reading for everybody!
Jun 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
First book I've read from this author and it won't be the last. Got caught up in the story and couldn't put it down.
May 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I so enjoyed reading my first novel by Naomi. I do not always have the patience to start a series with a lot of new characters, but I enjoyed meeting all of them and her setting the stage of Eagle Harbor. The love story was very sweet and the book had a very steady pace. I can't wait to read Elijah's story in the second book!... On another note, I really wish the cover model didn't have such heavy make-up. Haha.
Susan F
This is an interesting read. It certainly is a time period where women were still being taken for granted and shouldering a lot of thankless responsibility. There are multiple and well written interesting characters that I'm sure make appearances in the others books in the series. I actually picked the book because of the lighthouse on the cover and the fact that the main male character, Mac Oakton, is a lighthouse keeper. I wouldn't have minded it if there was more about the lighthouse etc. but ...more
June Jacobs
Mar 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book Review: MY RATING: FOUR STARS * * * * -- I really liked this book!
This historical romance is set in the Lake Superior region in 1880. The heroine, Tressa Dannell, is recently widowed with a ten-year-old son, Colin. She runs her own bakery, but is drowning in debt thanks to her ne'er-do-well, deceased husband, Otis.
From the beginning of the story challenges, trials and tribulations are piled upon Tressa. I honestly wondered if and when the woman was going to get a break!
Her son, Colin, is an
Sep 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love’s Unfading Light is book one in the Eagle Harbor series. I actually read book two first. After reading book two, I really wanted to know Tressa and Mac’s back story. And what a back story it is!

I am really enjoying this series and the deep characters in these books. Tressa is such a complicated woman. She is strong, stubborn, and has an unending devotion to her son. Although she is a widowed mother, she is still very young and is scared of ever being under a man’s control again. And she doe
Apr 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Love's Unfading Light by Naomi Rawlings
Eagle Harbor Series Book One
Tressa Danell just wants to run her bakery and have a home for her son. But it seems that living eleven years with her dastardly husband wasn't enough. Otis Danell is going to haunt her from the grave with his debts. And she's finding out the man had plenty of them.

Mac Oakton's life hadn't been easy. After his father swindled the good people of Eagle Harbor, Michigan...he left town. He left Mac. Thankfully the Cummings took him a
Mar 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love’s Unfading Light is a captivating tale of history and romance! Naomi Rawlings paints a vivid picture of life in Eagle Harbor, Michigan, bringing the story and its characters to life. My heart ached for Tressa Danell and her struggles, as it did for Mac Oakton and the scrutiny he faced. I loved these special characters and their emotional and spiritual journeys!

Love’s Unfading Light is a compelling story and a highly recommended read for fans of historical romance. I can’t wait for the next
Barbara Thompson
This was my first book to read by Author Naomi Rawlings and I was not disappointed. From the beginning, I was captivated by Love's Unfading Light. I love the details and descriptions, because it makes the storyline feel real. The author does excellent in portraying her characters. I enjoyed reading Love's Unfading Light by Naomi Rawlings and rate it as a fantastic book. I am delighted to have found a new author to read. Love's Unfading Light is Book One in the Eagle Harbor series. I'm looking fo ...more
Mar 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. The characters were real with real issues. Both main characters had to learn to forgive themselves before they could fully accept the friendship and forgiveness of others. This is a Christian romance but not too preachy- if anything I would have liked to see Tressa come to a fuller understanding of God's love for her, though I think it's understood that she does thru Mac's example. In general, this is a very good book. I just wanted it to go a little deeper and last a ...more
Joy King
Mar 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this story of Mac and Tressa. I loved the setting of Lake Superior. I enjoyed how the author compared God's love with the light of the lighthouse. I enjoyed Naomi Rawlings' writing style, of how she detailed what the characters were feeling inside. It is definitely a book I will recommend to others. I can't wait for Book 2 in this Eagle Harbor series to come out.
Aug 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoy this book. I had read the second book in the series first and it was great to go back and see how Mac and Tressa got together. Great series can't wait for the next book.
Nicki Olsen
Review to come!!
May 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Love's Unfading Light by Naomi Rawlings is a delightful Christian historical romance which I loved. Naomi Rawlings words warmed my heart from the start as I sank into the novel.
The novel is highly amusing with warm and wonderful characters who love deeply. This love oozes from the pages, enveloping the reader. By the end, I had made new friends and I cannot wait for the second book to continue the story.
God is present throughout. Life's knocks may mean we feel unworthy of God's love. "He has no
Jessica Baker (A Baker's Perspective)
Love's Unfading Light is the first of many well written stories in the Eagle Harbor series. Tressa and Mac are two strong main characters that have a lot to prove. Each of them had a family member with a shameful past, which unfortunately passed on to them as survivors. Isn't funny how people just immediately judge you based on something a family member has done? It was relevant in this time period and it is certainly relevant today. The hard part, when on the receiving end of that judgment, is ...more
Leona Atkinson
Nov 12, 2018 rated it really liked it

“Love’s Unfading Light” is Book 1 in the Eagle Harbor Series. It is set in the 1880’s in the little community of Eagle Harbor, Michigan which is a real unincorporated community that exists in Michigan today. In 2010 it had a population of 76 people, so the book describes it very well and it actually has a working lighthouse that is still in use today, just as the book described.
I did an internet search and found many beautiful pictures of the community and of Lake Superior on whose shores this c
Emma (EmmaBookish)
Rating: 3 stars

Review: A short and sweet read that I finished in a couple of hours.

The story follows Tressa, a widow struggling to pay the mortgage on her bakery and support herself and her 10 year old son. Mac, the local lighthouse keeper, starts to take an interest in the widow and her young boy. The story that follows is cute and sweet, with a mild to moderate Christian undertone.

I found the chemistry between the two characters to be a bit off and on again. While there were a few scenes wer
Gina Holder
Sep 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing

Eagle Harbor- a real town on the Upper Peninsula on Lake Superior. A town with a total population of 76 in the 2010 census.
Eagle Harbor- where love finds its way into the hearts of two unsuspecting people: a young widow struggling to keep her business running while insurmountable debts take their toll on her already withering faith, and the assistant lighthouse keeper running from his father’s crimes only to find more reasons to stay than to go.
A lighthouse that guides the way to those lost in
Miriam Jacob
Feb 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“Love’s Unfading Light’ by Naomi Rawlings is the story of redemption of two people who learn from each other that their pasts do not define who they are. It’s hard to overcome sorrowful pasts wracked with bitter hurts and disappointments, but Mac and Tressa learn that they can overcome their lives’ painful experiences to reinvent themselves and find true love again. Laced with God’s truth and the powerful combination of love of family coupled with forgiveness, we learn why the pretty Tressa with ...more
Iris Chacon
Aug 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: all ages; no offensive material; historical fiction & Christian fiction fans
A complimentary ARC was provided to this reviewer for an honest, unbiased review.

This engaging, entertaining small-town story follows a lighthouse keeper (Mac) and a baker (Tressa) in a place called Eagle Harbor, on the shores of Lake Superior. Both characters have experienced tragedy and are separately dealing with social, business, and family problems. Only God could repair the cracks in these two lives, and Tressa no longer believes in Him.

Author Naomi Rawlings has crafted a story that will b
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Naomi Rawlings is the author of historical Christian novels, including the Amazon bestselling Eagle Harbor Series. While she'd love to claim she spends her days huddled in front of her computer vigorously typing, in reality, she spends her time homeschooling, cleaning, picking up, and pretending like her house isn't in a constant state of chaos. She lives with her husband and three children in Mic ...more

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