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The Great Lakes Lighthouse Brides Collection: 7 Historical Romances are a Beacon of Hope to Weary Hearts

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Lighthouses have long been the symbol of salvation, warning sailors away from dangerous rocks and shallow waters.

Along the Great Lakes, America’s inland seas, lighthouses played a vital role in the growth of our nation. They shepherded settlers traveling by water to places that had no roads. These beacons of light required constant tending even in remote and often dangerou
Paperback, 448 pages
Published November 1st 2018 by Barbour Books
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Deanne Patterson
I really enjoyed reading this! We find all these stories taking place along the Great Lakes. They took place between 1883 and 1911. We have to remember these beacons of light had to be tended during sickness and in health and during the most violent of storms. These lighthouses were often situated in desolate areas and help was not readily available to tend to shipwrecked men. In cases like this the light keeper and his family had to doctor the injured men and women from the shipwreck. Though ti ...more
Aug 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own-on-kindle
The Great Lakes Lighthouse Brides Collection takes place in the late 1800 early 1900 centuries. It is a romantic collection of seven different novellas of faith, family, strength, courage and brave female lighthouse keepers. I was drawn into each story in this book and several of the novellas I wish had been made into a full book. I was enlightened by these novellas having no idea as to the extent of a lighthouse keepers duties, especially a female lighthouse keeper living in a remote isolated l ...more
Melissa Henderson
Aug 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful collection. Each story brought me to the shores where lighthouses can be found. I could feel the wind on my face, hear the waves crashing the shore and felt the emotions of the characters. From bravery to finding trust and love through adversity, each story brings promise and hope. Beautiful book cover and great stories. I received a copy of this book from the authors, publishers and NetGalley and this is my own personal opinion. No review was required.
Carla Johnson-Hicks
This book is made up of seven romantic novellas that are all wonderfully written and enjoyable.  It is a collection of novellas of faith, family, strength, courage and brave female lighthouse keepers or spouses, all taking place along the Great Lakes. Living on the edge of one of the Great Lakes, the settings are very real to me making the stories even more enjoyable. The theme of Jesus Christ being our lighthouse, guiding us to where we should be, is front and centre in each story. Each of the ...more
Emily P
Oct 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this anthology of lighthouse romances. I would have to say that Pegg Thomas' story,
"Anna's Tower" was my favorite, with "Beneath a Michigan Moon" by Candice Sue Patterson as a close second. I do not usually read such long books, but the way this anthology is written, you can take your time reading. All are short enough to be read in virtually one sitting, and I enjoyed learning more about some of our local lighthouses. The romances are what you would expect, but several had other secon
Literary Soirée
If you want to find me I’m entranced Up North by The Great Lakes Lighthouse Brides Collection, which offers hope to all ye who are weary and heavy-laden through its seven totally uplifting historical romances. Why, I’m feeling better already! 5/5

Pub Date 01 Nov 2018

Thanks to Barbour Books and NetGalley for the review copy. Opinions are fully mine.

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Karen R
Dec 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A fine collection of all new stories featuring the historical lighthouses of the Great Lakes region. Starting from 1883 to 1911, the wide variety of tales includes people who lived, tended, rescued and helped others along the vast water ways. Some had mysteries to unravel, involving mistaken identities, amnesia vistims, injured and survivors of wrecks. The stories with the brave women who tended the lights were especially interesting, as some really did attain positions. It all sounded like hard ...more
Hallie Szott
Feb 25, 2019 marked it as reviewed

The Great Lakes Lighthouse Brides Collection compiles delightful short stories centered around lighthouses, history, and romance. They are easy to read and enjoy quickly, so for anyone in need of a brief historical jaunt, this collection is a fun choice.

One of the stories in the collection, The Last Memory by Kathleen Rouser, brings a shipwreck survivor and a lighthouse keeper together at Mackinac Point Lighthouse. With the added complication of amnesia, their story unfolds with a touch of su
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Great Lakes Lighthouse Bride Collection consists
of a collection of seven historical romances revolving
around lighthouses. These stories are set in between
the years 1883 and 1911.
The lighthouses back in that time period were worked
by manual labor to keep the lights in working order.
These beacons were essential to guide ship safely
through the waters.
The research was impeccable in accuracy in the
workings of the various lighthouses. The characters
showed how the people’s lived in those days
Jennifer Sienes
Feb 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Although it’s wonderful to be able to read a collection of stories—such as those in the historical romance The Great Lakes Lighthouse Brides Collection—I find it difficult to give it a thorough review because each story would need a review of its own. There are seven novellas by seven different authors, and as the title infers, every one of them is set at a lighthouse on the Great Lakes.

As in any romance, the heroes are devastatingly handsome and the heroines are stunningly beautiful. You can’t
Naomi Musch
Nov 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Who, in our day and age, hasn't given over to the mystique of imagining what it must've been like to live in a lighthouse? I know I have, and the seven authors of the Great Lakes Lighthouse Collection do a superb job of bringing imagination to life in both romantic and realistic ways. Most of these stories feature heroines put in situations where they must become the keepers of the light, either out of emergency or longing. Along the way, of course, they find romance. The really wonderful thing ...more
Carole Jarvis
Mar 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical, romance
Reviewed at The Power of Words:

I’ve always been drawn to lighthouses, and if a book’s cover features a lighthouse, I almost always give it a closer look. Lighthouses are majestic, the ocean view from the top breathtaking. But it’s the spiritual imagery that moves me most. From the light that guides through the darkness of night, to the sacrificial efforts of those who man it, the lighthouse is a compelling picture of salvation – and the stories in this collection reflect t
Jessica Baker (A Baker's Perspective)
This is such a wonderful collection of stories. I happen to have a soft spot for Lighthouse stories, so when I saw this collection was coming I was so excited. A couple of these authors are new to me and I’m so glad I found them! Not that I need more authors on my every growing list of authors I enjoy, lol.
Each story had it’s own plot and feel to it, but the authors did a fantastic job of having similar themes flow throughout all the stories. I like it when a collection does that – you can enjo
Oct 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This incredible collection of seven novellas about The Great Lakes Lighthouses published by Barbour Books, is one of my favorites. I love when the publishers put out a collection like this. Some of these talented authors were new to me. What a wonderful way to get acquainted with their writing style. I must say, I could not pick a favorite. Each of the stories kept my interest, made me laugh and many times brought tears to my eyes. I found them to be page-turners, laced in romance. There is a fa ...more
Nov 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Awesome collection!

Magnificent, superb collection of Christian historical romance filled with Great Lake Lighthouses and characters that endured so much while serving as the keeper of their particular lighthouse. Each novella is crafted with creativity, historical research details, the intricate workings of a lighthouse, and characters that represented lives from the past and fictional characters to blend into a tale that was a pleasure to read. Each of the heroines faced their challenges with
J.E. Grace
Feb 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Great Lakes Lighthouse Brides Collection is an interesting and entertaining read. The historical information used in each of the stories brought them to life for me.

I admired the strength and will power of each of the woman who played a role in each of the lighthouse stories. They had to overcome obstacles that society of that time made harder for them. All of them didn't start out looking for romance but somehow it seemed to find them. I also loved the mystery aspect to the stories that ke
Dani Moore
Nov 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Seven Stories, Seven Strong Women!
The Great Lakes are in some pretty tough country. Women Lighthouse keepers were rare and their lives difficult. These seven stories about their struggles, their lives, their faith and their hearts will give you a chance to peer back into history as well as into their hearts. A collection of inspirational stories to entertain you, intrigue you and comfort you on some dark and stormy nights. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did!
Mary Gardner
Dec 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I don’t read very much historical romance but I thoroughly enjoyed this collection. The history and life at a lighthouse and surrounding area was well written by all the authors. I had never considered the requirements of a lighthouse keeper. I learned a lot from these stories. While I enjoyed all of the well written novellas, I especially enjoyed Beneath a Michigan Moon by Candice Sue Patterson.
Aug 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Great Lakes Lighthouse Brides Collection is a collection of seven stories. These stories include:
Anna’s Tower by Pegg Thoma
Beneath a Michigan Moon by Candice Sue Patterson
Safe Haven by Rebecca Jepson
Love’s Beacon by Carrie Fancett Pagels
The Last Memory by Kathleen Rouser
The Disappearing Ship by Lena Nelson Doole
The Wrong Survivor by Marilyn Turk
I enjoyed most of these stories with my favorite being Carrie Fancett Pagels' Love's Beacon.
I give this collection four stars.
Sep 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Great Lakes Lighthouse Brides Collection: 7 Historical Romances Are a Beacon of Hope to Weary Hearts is a book published this Nov first by Barbour composed by: Anna's Tower by Peggy Thomas, Beneath a Michigan Moon by Candice Sue Petterson, Safe Haven by Rbecca Jepson, Love's Beacon by Carrie Fancett Pagels, The Last Memory by Kathleen Rouser, The disappearing Ship by Lena Nelson Dooley, and the Wrong Survivor by Marylin Turk.
I read the latest tale. Pretty moving. Lydia is in love with Nathan
Sep 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Great Lakes Lighthouse Brides Collection
Each of these exciting novellas gave the perspective of the joys and challenges of what it was like to run a lighthouse in times past. When reading a book of novellas it can be hit or miss on liking the book but overall this book was full of adventure and romance. I particularly enjoyed the insight on what it might have really been like living as a lighthouse keeper throughout all the stories. Well done.

I was provided a copy of this book courtesy of N
Deana Dick
Mar 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was excited to read this book because I love lighthouses. I actually collect them and they have always fascinated me. They bring light to darkness and give hope for those lost. The book contains several stories and I loved how we get a taste of each author's style of writing. The stories are short and for some of them I wish they were longer because I felt the story ended too soon. Overall I was pleased with the book and thought the stories flowed easily from one to the next. There are a few s ...more
Chautona Havig
Feb 24, 2019 rated it liked it
First off, these novellas are short. They’re barely longer than a short story, actually. I read all seven in a span of about five hours. As a whole, the stories were well written, and I only have a few quibbles with individual titles within the collection.

My biggest objection, actually, is that there were name crossovers between a few of the stories which, after reading so many in a row, became confusing. I actually think it would have been worse if I’d read one here or there. Additionally, seve
Aug 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Review to come.
Aug 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. It has seven different historical romances set in different years. All the stories are clean and are well written. They hold your attention and gives a glimpse of the hardship and dangers of the lighthouse keeper's job. If you like stories that involve the sea and lighthouses you will love this book. Thank you Barbour Publishing via NetGalley for the ARC copy of this book. This is my honest opinion
Dec 23, 2018 rated it liked it
1 star:
The Last Memory - Mackinac Point

2 stars:
Anna's Tower - Thunder Bay

3 stars:
Safe Haven - Old Mission
Love's Beacon - Round Island
The Wrong Survivor - Au Sable

4 stars:
Beneath a Michigan Moon - New Presque Isle
The Disappearing Ship - Whitefish Point

All of these stories have romance and happy endings. Some have a mystery, too.
Rebekah Lewis
I enjoyed learning about the the Great Lakes and Lighthouses. It was interesting to learn more about Lighthouse keeping and the men and women who kept the lights burning during the long nights.

Anna's Tower, Pegg Thomas.
1883—Thunder Bay Island Lighthouse
Anna Wilson's plan to be the next lighthouse keeper is endangered when Maksim Ivanov is shipwrecked on Thunder Bay Island. Handsome and capable, he could steal her dream. Or provide a new one.
My thoughts:
A bit predictable but a cute story.
I tho
Feb 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: celebratelit
The Last Memory by Kathleen Rouser is the focus of the Celebration Tour. This novella is exciting! The author designed a mystery lady at the center of it. The only survivor of a shipwreck and rescued by the lighthouse keeper, she takes the only name she remembers, that of the ship she sailed on. Cal, his daughter Lily, and his Aunt Ada welcome “Mallory” into their home as she heals. Weeks later, nobody has come to find her and she has only brief memories. This is a wonderful tale to delight thos ...more
Nov 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: paperback-own
Isn’t it amazing that lighthouses were such an important part of ship travel back in the day? They were beacons of light built to keep a ship from running aground or sinking. These days, all of our technology takes care of that, but these lighthouses are often still standing and well cared for so that generations to come can enjoy them. Take a trip back to the working lighthouse with seven different authors to see what it was like back then. This is a terrific opportunity to enjoy an author you’ ...more
Nov 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Great Lakes Lighthouse Brides Collection is a wonderful Christian historical collection of seven stories set in the nineteenth and early twentieth century. The stories are united in their settings and themes - search and rescue. This reminds the reader that God is in the search and rescue business. He searches for us until He finds and rescues us from a life of disconnection from Him. He rejoices when we are found. I loved the references to books that were around at the time too. A perfectly ...more
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