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"Miquel Reina's Lights on the Sea is an absolutely lovely, beautiful novel with a dreamy, fable-like quality. Fans of Life of Pi will love this novel." – Kristin Hannah, NYT bestseller author of "The Nightingale"

In this riveting debut, prize-winning artist and filmmaker Miquel Reina maps out ambitious and fantastical new territory in a novel about a couple holding on for
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Paperback, 272 pages
Published September 25th 2018 by Amazon Crossing
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    Diane S ☔
    Nov 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
    Strange, magical, quirky delightful, there are many different ways to describe this novel. A parable, a fable, an allegorical treatise on loss and aging, among other definitions on how this book can be read. Harold and Mary Rose Grape, the names alone drew me into their story. A ship in a bottle, a house that floats, a helpful dolphin, are all details that stick in my mind.

    Now elderly, about to lose their house, a house that holds all their hopes and dreams, a special house particularly the how
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    Florentina
    Wow! I just finished this amazing book today! I devoured it in only 3 days!! I found the other day by chance, when I was taking a look at amazon indie authors contest. Immediately I felt in love with this beautiful book cover. But don't misunderstand me, in this book, there is beauty everywhere, out of the book and also inside it. The story is so powerful, so uplifting that I still in shock! Miquel Reina please write more books, I want to read more of your creative and touching stories. I ...more
    Paul Falk
    Aug 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Miguel Reina crafted an exciting, action-packed tale that guided me on a remarkable adventure. It was a roller coaster ride from summits of jubilation to the deepest, darkest pits of despair and everything else thrown in between. Special recognition is given to Catherine Nelson for the fantastic job of translating this script from Spanish into well-written English.

    The two leading characters were exceptionally well-drawn. The scenes took off with a maddening intensity that failed to yield. Many
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    Michael
    What a book! What an incredible story! I never read a full Spanish book and I have to admit that is for sure one of THE BEST BOOKS I EVER READ in all languages. Luces en el Mar is a story so well balanced, so well written, with a characters so charm and human that sometimes I totally forgot that they weren't real. But above all, is a story that punches you and this is for me something almost magical. I hope that the writer translates the book to can capture all the subtle language that I still ...more
    Gemma
    Aug 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for a copy of this book In exchange for a honest review.

    What a powerful book. This is a truely magical read.
    Lights on the sea is beautifully written and moved me deeply.
    I was heartbroken and reduced to tears more than once, but also blown away at the level of understanding shown towards human emotion and the power of forgivness and love.
    This was a spiritual journey that you can't read without being pulled into.

    " A home isn't built with walls or
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    Julie Parks
    Aug 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: general-fiction
    Fantastic cover. And this book is one that proves the old saying "don't judge the book by its cover" wrong. So wrong.

    Because the story is simply magical and captivating and will open a whole new perspective on the world after reading it.



    And the best part is that Mr Reina has managed to make it feel so realistic. What would it feel like to be washed away in the sea...IN YOUR HOUSE? Amazing.

    I highly recommend this book to everyone who likes lyrical general fiction with a message.

    Thank you
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    Chris
    Oct 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Recommended to Chris by: Florentina
    This book was suggested to me and I was quick to start reading. I'm always looking for a great new book written in Spanish, and on reading the summary I was immediately interested. The way the book is written keeps you interested the entire time, I can't remember a point where I wasn't completely lost in the story. And as the story progressed I found my self agreeing more and more with the lessons that Los Señores Grapes learn as well as the profundity of their meanings. While reading I couldn't ...more
    Pamela
    "A home isn't built with walls or determined by where we are . . . A home is built from our experiences, from the people we meet along the way, and more than anything, from how we decide to journey through life. Life is movement. A precarious equilibrium that can change in an instant."

    I absolutely LOVED this extraordinary novel! Part adrenalin-pumping adventure story; part marital revitalization journey; part magical-realism healing voyage. And all things that make a fabulous, literary
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    Elena Bensusan
    Aug 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    "lights of the Sea" by Miquel Reina is truly unusual book.
    Can we imagine the elderly couple living on the edge of the cliff high above the ocean? ,That large ocean that eroded their cliff from large property to a few feet of land around the house, the same fierce ocean that took a life of their son, the same mysterious ocean that send a couple to their impossible journey had awaken them as the result of that journey to the new lights and revelations of lights.

    The book is very metaphorical in
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    Melissa Borsey
    Aug 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    I was completely enthralled with this story. Once I had started, I couldn't stop reading! I was so in love with Mr. and Mrs. Grapes that I didn't want the story to end, even though my breath caught numerous times in anticipation as to what would happen next. I wholeheartedly recommend this book to everyone. I thank Netgalley for allowing me to read and review this great book!
    Helen
    Sep 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    This book will be BIG as other classics like Life of Pi or The Alchemist, actually some of my favorite books. This is a story about redemption, love, grief, and above all, a big light that makes us dream. I totally recommend it if you like books that entertain but also make you think. A MUST!
    The Nerd Daily
    Oct 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
    Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Tom Carrao

    Where are we? This simple question takes on enormous existential weight for the central couple of Miquel Reina’s tender debut novel.

    Harold and Mary Rose Grapes are embalmed in profound personal grief when their lives are unmoored completely in one swift move from self-imposed exile. During a tempestuous storm, their precarious cliffside home detaches from its foundations and floats out to sea. Any leap of credibility that a reader will
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    Richard
    Nov 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    A truly magical book that resonates with one’s humanity and strikes a chord with what unites the peoples of the world rather than what divides us.
    Never more than a story about a simple couple growing old together it becomes a takes on a life of its own through fantasy and parable. Not looking outside for divine intervention but revealing within ourselves by embracing others and being accepted by them. We learn deeper truths and the power of life and the wisdom of living it in the right spirit.
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    Ericka Seidemann
    Sep 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: netgalley
    Harold and Mary Rose Grapes lead an isolated existence in their small yellow house perched on the edge of a cliff. Facing eviction due to the government deeming their house unsafe, Harold and Mary Rose go to bed after packing their belongings, resigned to accepting the inevitable. They wake in the morning, however, to find themselves in their little house adrift in the middle of the ocean. During the night the house had plunged off the cliff, and because it was built onporous volcanic rock, ...more
    Jane
    Sep 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    I love to find books that really surprise me. Lights on the Sea is a fable about the power of redemption and the fulfillment of dreams that has elements from Life of Pi or Aleph. The 2 main characters, Harold and Mary Rose Grapes are so well defined that sometimes I thought they were real. The story is beautifully written, surrounded by landscapes and images that gave me the feeling of being watching a film. I hope someday some studio decides to translate this marvelous story into a movie ...more
    Bibi
    Sep 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Oh my god! This is one of the most beautiful novels I ever read in my entire life. Im a great fan of Kristin Hannahs books and when I saw her quote for Lights on the Sea it picked my curiosity. Although the type of book is very different from Hannas writing style, I totally agree with here that this is an incredible story. ...more
    Amanda
    Sep 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: top-tpp
    This book came to me by chance. I never heart about the author but when I saw that Kristin Hannah did a great endorsement for it I didnt hesitate and I read it. This is an amazing story, with some similarities to Life of Pi but much more touching. I totally recommend it ...more
    Cherry
    Sep 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    I dont usually read translations because I always fear that something will get lost. So when I found this novel I wasnt sure if I should read it or not. At the end I bought it without any expectations and now, I dont know what to say. I finished the book with my eyes full of tears and for days I couldn't stop thinking about this story. Mary Rose and Harold Grapes will be always in my heart. This is the most inspirational, poetic and also tough story I read in years. Now, I just wish to see a ...more
    Jessaka
    This is a Lap Cat Book

    As I was reading this book I realized that this is the kind of fun book that a cat would even make more fun if that cat was on my lap. Where’s my cat? I asked outloud. “She is in the other room working out on the treadmill,” my husband replied. The treadmill? Our new one? Working out? I went to see. And there she was on the treadmill, not desiring at all to join me in my read. She was fast asleep. Treadmills can wear you out, I thought and then I went back to my book.

    I didn
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    Laura
    Sep 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    This is one of these books that I never heard of and now I'm her biggest fan. This novel has touched my soul in a way I still can understand. The story of Mary Rose and Harold Grapes is unique and although some people are comparing it to Life of Pi, I will take a risk and I will say that is much better.
    Sandra
    Sep 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    An incredibly beautiful fable about the power of dreams and the light and darkness in our lives. I'm high school teacher and I would love that all my students and their parents read this amazing book.
    Harshita Gupta
    Dec 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
    Having read quite non-fiction books lately, I wanted to read a fiction which would be imaginative and absorbing at the same time. And by picking up this book, I made the right choice.
    Lights on the sea is a beautiful story, wonderfully written and very much fascinating. Into few chapters and I was totally engrossed in the book. I just couldn’t stop reading.
    It’s a story of Mr. and Mrs. Grapes, a retired couple still lamenting the loss of their son, Dylan, who died thirty-five years before. Living
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    Sue
    Jan 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
    This is not a genre that I normally read but I found that I really enjoyed this book. It was a creative and touching story about life and regrets for past mistakes and finding peace in life no matter your age.

    Mary Rose and Howard Grapes are being forced to move from their house on top of a cliff due to the danger of where it is located. They will be moving into a retirement away from the sea that they have always been close to. During the night before their move, the house falls into the sea
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    Elizabeth
    Sep 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: netgalley, kindle
    Amazing! Review to follow.
    Michael
    What a book! What an incredible story! I never read a full Spanish book and I have to admit that is for sure one of THE BEST BOOKS I EVER READ in all languages. Luces en el Mar is a story so well balanced, so well written, with a characters so charm and human that sometimes I totally forgot that they weren't real. But above all, is a story that punches you and this is for me something almost magical. I hope that the writer translates the book to can capture all the subtle language that I still ...more
    Jennifer
    Dec 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
    The most imaginative adventure you'll embark on in your reading lifetime.
    Ann-Marie
    A nice story

    Harold and Mary Rose Grapes are only partly alive since their son died 35 years ago, full of guilt, blame, unshed tears, isolation. They live in a house on a cliff overlooking the sea. But the cliff is eroding, and their house is no longer safe for them to stay in.
    That is the situation at the start of "Lights on the Sea," a tale that I am sure was an allegory for something that I was just too thickheaded to figure out.
    The story unfolded beautifully, the adventures of the couple,
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    Fiona
    Oct 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Wasn’t what I was expecting. Was really good easy read. Enjoyed this one.
    Bristy Shekh
    Oct 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    Its an amezing book to read...i love it..the book is very helpfull for me.thank u so much authors effort in collecting facts and information for the book...
    ShirleyS
    Nov 14, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: book-club, fiction
    Improbable. Quirky. Surprising. I finally just sighed and went with it.

    I enjoyed it but was rather disappointed in the ending. I imagined all kinds of places they could travel to or move to...... but nooooooo, after all they had gone through they went and got back in that beat-up house. I know it all meant something but by then I was too exhausted from their close calls that I just wanted to scream at them.
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    Barcelona-born Miquel Reina defines himself as a dreamer and a fighter; from a young age, he was drawn to the creative life, studying design and cinema before building his reputation as a filmmaker and graphic artist. His work in advertising won him several awards, including the prestigious Bronze Sun at Spain’s Festival de San Sebastián in 2011, and in 2014, his music video “Dead in the Water” ...more
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