Mya O’Malley is not a new author to me, but I must confess this has to be my absolute favorite novel she has published so far, and I have read all but two of her others. That is really saying a lot coming from me as I am not normally a fan of historical romances of any sort. The dates and things jumping back and forth from present day to the past often is just not easy for me to follow and therefore makes it hard to enjoy the book. O’Malley really does this transitioning effortlessly and smoothly. I had no troubles following what was going on and I was quite engrossed in the entire story. So much so that I found myself staying up well past my bedtime to finish this novel. I had to know how the story was going to work out.
Adelia MacGregor lived with her husband, Augustus beside a lighthouse. Augustus is not the man that Adelia married. He has become reclusive and distant, even a bit jealous. Ultimately Adelia was now living in fear of her husband.
Fast forward to 2017 and we meet Hope and her bestie Tracy. They now inhabit this house that is beside the elusive lighthouse. Hope is pulled towards this lighthouse. So much so that she often has a very difficult time leaving it for very long. There is just something about this lighthouse that is nagging at her. She decides to look into its past and in the process she meets Cloony. Cloony is a local bartender and also pulls at the attention of Hope. What Hope ultimately discovers will be far from anything she could have ever imagined.
I had no idea what to expect with this novel, and the ending threw me for a loop, but made sense in the end. Overall the story flowed beautifully and was a gripping mystery I found myself deeply engrossed in from the very beginning to the end. I look forward to seeing what else is to come from O’Malley in the future, and to going and reading the other two that I have not read yet from her available now.