A heartwarming page-turner about the beauty of being at home with family, second chances, and the magic of Christmas, when anything is possible… A gorgeous festive treat for fans of Debbie Macomber, Pamela Kelley, and Sheila Roberts.
When her beloved grandmother passes away, Mia Broadhurst returns to the snow-covered seaside village of Winsted Cape, where Grandma Ruth ran the lighthouse overlooking the golden beach.
This will be Mia’s first Christmas without her, and she can’t bear to part with the lighthouse that has been in their family for generations. As she steps into it, childhood memories rush back to her. She can almost hear them playing tag on the steps… But her life is back in New York, dedicated to a busy PR firm, and she has no choice but to sell.
With the snow falling, turning the grounds into a winter wonderland, Mia works with real estate agent Will Thacker. As they restore the historical building, she tries not notice how handsome he is. After all, she’s only home for Christmas… And Will’s deep blue eyes, as stormy as the Atlantic Ocean, tells her he has his own heartbreak to contend with.
Warmed by a crackling fire, Mia packs up Grandma Ruth’s belongings with the help of her mother and sister. But waiting for them is a black-and-white photograph with a faded inscription. The mysterious message is the key to a family secret that has been hidden for decades––one that changes everything.
When Mia finds out the truth, will it save the precious lighthouse and show Mia where her heart belongs? Or will it tear her from Winsted Cape––and Will––for ever?
Genre: Romance; Women's Fiction
Format: Kindle ARC
No. of Pages: 300
Date of Publication: October 14, 2021
My Rating: 4 Stars
Saddened by the loss of her grandmother, Mia has the unenviable task of restoring the lighthouse that belonged to her family for generations in order to prepare for its sale. This lighthouse is one of the precious memories Mia has of her grandmother. Once the restoration and sale are complete, Mia intends on returning to her life in New York.
All while the work begins to take place, Mia is packing up her grandmother's things, and finds herself saddled with emotions. Finding and old photo amongst her grandmother's belongings brings out Mia's curious side. There is an inscription that alludes to a family secret. Meanwhile, Mia cannot get the last words she heard out of her grandmother's mouth, albeit in whispers, which were, "Tell your sister, hope is where you find it. If you'll look." Mia cannot help but wonder what the inscription means when matched with her grandmother's words.
Mia takes all of the photos and begins to look for deeper meaning. They are like pieces of a puzzle, and this puzzle alludes to a family secret held like a vice for many years. Mia hopes getting to the bottom of things will answer many questions, but more importantly, save the lighthouse.
Mia is not alone in her search for answers. Her sister Riley is there for the journey. There is also Will Thacker, the real estate agent. Despite her sadness and search for answers, Mia finds herself drawn to Will, especially as they find themselves spending a lot of time together. Only there for the holidays - and to deal with the lighthouse - Mia is afraid to act on her attraction to him.
What a lovely story! Part history, part romance, and part holiday. It is a warm story throughout. As the secret that was hidden starts to reveal itself, a strong sense of family is also part of this entertaining read by Jenny Hale. She writes delightful stories, a couple of which have been turned into Hallmark movies. I can easily see this one becoming one such story. Also, lighthouses are my favorite thing, and to have it as the centerpiece of this story truly warmed my heart.
Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.