Set in 1865 at a lighthouse in Michigan, this fictional tale is very well told. As with many good novels, you can practically feel yourself living life alongside the main characters. You feel their struggles with loss, shame, fear, love, and faith. There are also several historical contexts highighted in the book, so readers will get a glimpse of community struggles with gender roles, prohibition, and even rooster fighting. Hedlund quietly weaves scriptures and hymns throughout the story to highlight messages of faith in times of fear and struggle - a great message for us all to remember! I really liked the tale of self-discovery, overcoming challenges, family loyalty and love.
The story is part of the "Beacons of Hope" series, so I look forward to reading more! I would recommend this book to any reader age 17+.
I received this book as a gift from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.