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Enchanting, mysterious, and deeply romantic, The Lighthouse follows a young woman's breathtaking journey far from home to discover where she truly belongs. Something strange is happening in Seabrook. The town's lighthouse–dormant for over thirty years and famously haunted–has inexplicably started shining, and its mysterious glow is sparking feverish gossip throughout the sp Enchanting, mysterious, and deeply romantic, The Lighthouse follows a young woman's breathtaking journey far from home to discover where she truly belongs. Something strange is happening in Seabrook. The town's lighthouse–dormant for over thirty years and famously haunted–has inexplicably started shining, and its mysterious glow is sparking feverish gossip throughout the spooked community. Amy Tucker is only visiting for the night and has no plans to get caught up in the hysteria, but that changes when she meets Ryan, the loyal, hard-working son of a ranch owner who lives on the outskirts of town. Their chance encounter turns into an unforgettable weekend, and against the backdrop of the lighthouse-obsessed town, the two of them forge a deep connection, opening their hearts, baring their souls, and revealing secrets long kept hidden. But as they grow closer, and as the lighthouse glows ever brighter, a startling discovery about Ryan leaves Amy questioning everything she thought she knew. To uncover the truth about her new friend, Amy will need to enter Seabrook’s ominous tower, where waiting inside she will not only find the reason why fate has brought them together… but a shocking secret that will change the course of their lives forever. "...smart, suspenseful, and briskly paced work... Parker offers plenty of heart, including messages about how love can conquer the unknown." - Kirkus Reviews "Bloody amazing. The Lighthouse will have you laughing then weeping. I couldn't put it down." - Tina Shaw, author of The Children's Pond "A meditative look at moving through grief. Parker's debut novel is a work of character-driven magical realism dealing with themes of filial love, grief, and existence in the liminal space between life and death. Readers who follow its mysterious light will be rewarded with intriguing twists and lovable characters." - Booklife


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Enchanting, mysterious, and deeply romantic, The Lighthouse follows a young woman's breathtaking journey far from home to discover where she truly belongs. Something strange is happening in Seabrook. The town's lighthouse–dormant for over thirty years and famously haunted–has inexplicably started shining, and its mysterious glow is sparking feverish gossip throughout the sp Enchanting, mysterious, and deeply romantic, The Lighthouse follows a young woman's breathtaking journey far from home to discover where she truly belongs. Something strange is happening in Seabrook. The town's lighthouse–dormant for over thirty years and famously haunted–has inexplicably started shining, and its mysterious glow is sparking feverish gossip throughout the spooked community. Amy Tucker is only visiting for the night and has no plans to get caught up in the hysteria, but that changes when she meets Ryan, the loyal, hard-working son of a ranch owner who lives on the outskirts of town. Their chance encounter turns into an unforgettable weekend, and against the backdrop of the lighthouse-obsessed town, the two of them forge a deep connection, opening their hearts, baring their souls, and revealing secrets long kept hidden. But as they grow closer, and as the lighthouse glows ever brighter, a startling discovery about Ryan leaves Amy questioning everything she thought she knew. To uncover the truth about her new friend, Amy will need to enter Seabrook’s ominous tower, where waiting inside she will not only find the reason why fate has brought them together… but a shocking secret that will change the course of their lives forever. "...smart, suspenseful, and briskly paced work... Parker offers plenty of heart, including messages about how love can conquer the unknown." - Kirkus Reviews "Bloody amazing. The Lighthouse will have you laughing then weeping. I couldn't put it down." - Tina Shaw, author of The Children's Pond "A meditative look at moving through grief. Parker's debut novel is a work of character-driven magical realism dealing with themes of filial love, grief, and existence in the liminal space between life and death. Readers who follow its mysterious light will be rewarded with intriguing twists and lovable characters." - Booklife

30 review for The Lighthouse

  1. 4 out of 5

    Terrie Robinson

    "The Lighthouse" by Christopher Parker is a debut novel of Magical Realism. On the Pacific Coast in Seabrook, OR, a lighthouse, bordered-up many years ago and rumored to be haunted is the backdrop of this story. A one-day romance between Amy Tucker and Ryan Porter, who are unknowingly brought together, is the centerpiece of everything that takes place. Amy and Ryan are both struggling with life challenges. Amy is broken by the tragic death of her mother. Ryan is shattered by his father's devastat "The Lighthouse" by Christopher Parker is a debut novel of Magical Realism. On the Pacific Coast in Seabrook, OR, a lighthouse, bordered-up many years ago and rumored to be haunted is the backdrop of this story. A one-day romance between Amy Tucker and Ryan Porter, who are unknowingly brought together, is the centerpiece of everything that takes place. Amy and Ryan are both struggling with life challenges. Amy is broken by the tragic death of her mother. Ryan is shattered by his father's devastating illness. Their unexpected connection brings a welcome distraction for both of them. When the old lighthouse mysteriously begins to glow brighter and brighter, what could it mean? Is it a sign of something to come? Is it real or imagined? Character driven and emotional, this story will touch your heart. The author gives authenticity to how deeply grief and hardship can impact one's life both physically and mentally. This story reads and feels like a YA novel and would definitely appeal to this younger audience. The overly simplistic dialog between Amy and Ryan, the light-romantic tone, and the lacking maturity level of these two main characters are all strong examples of the YA genre. I listened to the audiobook narrated by Braden Wright. His voice is deep, he reads beautifully and his voicing of male characters is engaging. It has been my experience when a male narrator is voicing female characters, it doesn't translate well to the listener. It detracts the listener, while the addition of a female narrator would not. 3.5 stars for the story, 3 stars for the audiobook averaging to 3.25 stars. I enjoyed this author's creative story and look with interest at what he comes up with next. Thank you to NetGalley, Beacon Press Limited and Christopher Parker for an ALC of this book. It is my pleasure to give my honest and voluntary review.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Judy

    I was enchanted by this story of grief, love and magical realism. It read somewhat like a fairy tale and I was totally under its spell. It was really a character driven book. When I picked it up I didn't expect the magical nature of the book. It started out with Amy trying to deal with the grief of losing her mother. She and her father, aa police detective, had never been close. This was even more pronounced after her mother's death. Her father was being sent out of town on police business - som I was enchanted by this story of grief, love and magical realism. It read somewhat like a fairy tale and I was totally under its spell. It was really a character driven book. When I picked it up I didn't expect the magical nature of the book. It started out with Amy trying to deal with the grief of losing her mother. She and her father, aa police detective, had never been close. This was even more pronounced after her mother's death. Her father was being sent out of town on police business - some business, but really a to get Amy to come with him so that they could spend some time together. They travelled to Seabrook, only to spend one night, but circumstances changed. The morning after they arrived, Amy's father disappeared. Amy met Ryan who lived on a nearby ranch. After spending some time together, they end up trying the discover the secret of the mysterious lighthouse. A very imaginative debut novel. Ryan's story was heartbreaking and my heart went out to him. I liked all of the characters in the book, which is unusual - there is usually at least one rotten character in most books. I liked that there was no violence in this story. I think it should be classified more as a YA book though. Thanks to Beacon Press Limited through Netgalley for an advance copy. This book will be published on October 26, 2021.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Diane S ☔

    A mixed read for me, but I have to wonder how I would have felt had I read instead of listening. I love anything that has a lighthouse in it and strange happenings surrounding one is an added bonus. I liked the characters liked the idea behind the story and thought the town was quaint. It had horses in it, another plus. What I didn't like was the overly dramatic scenes, and the dialogue was sometimes over the top and actually sounded corny at times. The narrator was Braden Wright and straight me A mixed read for me, but I have to wonder how I would have felt had I read instead of listening. I love anything that has a lighthouse in it and strange happenings surrounding one is an added bonus. I liked the characters liked the idea behind the story and thought the town was quaint. It had horses in it, another plus. What I didn't like was the overly dramatic scenes, and the dialogue was sometimes over the top and actually sounded corny at times. The narrator was Braden Wright and straight men's voices were fine, but the women's voices were awkward, strange. Still, it was entertaining if unbelievable, but then do we really know what happens when we leave this world? Could there be other timelines, zones where the impossible becomes possible? Who can say? ARC from Netgalley.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Serge

    Thank you to NetGalley and Beacon Press for a free advanced review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Amy, who has just hit adulthood and left her teen years behind, was recently struck with the unbearable trauma of losing her beloved mother to a tragic car accident. Her father, Kevin, who works with the police, equally struck by this tragic event, has found himself at a loss, unable to bridge the chasm this event created between him and his daughter. At his brother's sugges Thank you to NetGalley and Beacon Press for a free advanced review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Amy, who has just hit adulthood and left her teen years behind, was recently struck with the unbearable trauma of losing her beloved mother to a tragic car accident. Her father, Kevin, who works with the police, equally struck by this tragic event, has found himself at a loss, unable to bridge the chasm this event created between him and his daughter. At his brother's suggestion, the two leave Portland and head to a town called Seabrook, where Ryan, our second main character in the story, is dealing with his own dilemma, trying to survive severe financial difficulties that could cost him his family ranch, while taking care of his ill father. The lives of these two characters intertwine, impacting each other in profound ways. This book does a great job hitting the reader in all the right places to get them to experience the heavy emotions it was trying to convey. It deeply explores grief, an emotion we all experience at one point in life. It does a great job showing us how grief can greatly damage our mental health, making us believe that there is no realistic path forward after an irreversible loss, even though there is always a way out of that dark tunnel, if one changes their perspective, and allows time to slowly make the wound hurt less. We walk with Amy through this dark path, and get to see how Ryan shines a beacon of light in her life that allows all of these shadows to start losing their influence on her. We get to experience the simple purity of kindness that Ryan embodies through his character, which is a very refreshing breath of air, since this kindheartedness is very difficult to come across in our day to day lives. The setting of the story was described quite nicely, and reading this book felt like a very vivid journey into Seabrook, and I was left feeling truly immersed in the atmosphere of the world. I could vividly imagine the town square, the hotel, the ranch, the beach and the lighthouse, and it was a very cozy atmosphere. When I think of Seabrook, I get a pleasant and nostalgic feeling, and it is a town I would like to re-explore one day. The story is very character driven, and it is imperative to like the characters in order to enjoy reading the book, since we spend a great portion of it exploring the psyches of our main characters and reading about them hanging out with each other. There were surprising twists in the book that took the plot to places I wasn't initially expecting, and it did a good job making me want to turn the pages to find out what happens next. One critique I would have would be related to the characters themselves, specifically their dialogues which felt a bit too one-dimensional and without much variability. Their expressions felt too artificial and not too realistic in terms of what you would expect from people in real life. To give a vague idea about what I mean without quoting the actual book, most of the dialogue was similar to things like "Oh, I'm so glad you did that!" or "Oh, jeez, that does sound so very terrible!.. with a lot of "cliche stock expressions" and punctuation that make it clear that this is a work of fiction with the characterization not being very realistic. This aspect of the book negatively impacted my immersion, however, some people might see it as a positive form of escapism. Due to this aspect of the writing and the softer romance aspects, I would classify this book as more of a YA work and not so much as an adult book as it was marketed under, so having this expectation in mind while reading it might lead the reader to have a more positive experience and not be taken by surprise because of it. I would have also preferred if Amy's character was developed a little more, since she felt a bit bland in some aspects and vivacious in others, in a manner that was a bit inconsistent despite her grief. Overall, this was a pleasant book to read. The developments at the second half of the book made me appreciate the story as a whole, and rereading the book one day knowing the full picture would be an interesting experience since I would notice the little hints planted at the beginning. The topics explored tug at your heartstrings, and Seabrook is a very heartwarming place the reader will likely appreciate their stay in. I would be curious to see more works by this author!

  5. 5 out of 5

    CYIReadBooks (Claire)

    When Kevin Tucker lost his wife, his daughter Amy lost not only a loving mom, but also a dear friend. Saddled with guilt and grief in the face of a devastating loss, Amy withdraws into herself and into a dark and painful place. Distraught at the state of Amy’s health, Kevin undertakes a missing person’s case in the distant town of Seabrook in the hopes that a change in scenery may lift Amy’s spirits, and hopefully bring he and Amy closer. Begrudgingly, Amy agrees to tag along on her dad’s assignm When Kevin Tucker lost his wife, his daughter Amy lost not only a loving mom, but also a dear friend. Saddled with guilt and grief in the face of a devastating loss, Amy withdraws into herself and into a dark and painful place. Distraught at the state of Amy’s health, Kevin undertakes a missing person’s case in the distant town of Seabrook in the hopes that a change in scenery may lift Amy’s spirits, and hopefully bring he and Amy closer. Begrudgingly, Amy agrees to tag along on her dad’s assignment. Because anything was better than staying at home alone. Upon arrival in Seabrook, Kevin and Amy settle back into their old routines. With Kevin heading down to the bar and Amy attempting to get some much needed sleep that she has been struggling to get for the last month. Desperate for sleep, Amy draws a bath and begins her relaxation process only to be startled awake by a strange man in her bathroom, who she would later come to know as Ryan Porter. The Lighthouse is a slow build adult fiction with hints of romance and mystery. But it is so much more and I can’t say a great deal more without giving away the story. I can say that I was taken away by the plot and was very moved by the storyline. The characters are likeable and there is a bit of intrigue in all of them until the story unfolds toward and unforgetable ending. The Lighthouse is a moving novel that will take your breath away, leave you sobbing and wanting it to never end. Five touching stars. I received a digital ARC from Beacon Press through NetGalley. The review herein is completely my own and contains my honest thoughts and opinions.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Farshana ❤️rainnbooks❤️

    Aurora Borealis they say is a spectacular phenomenon that would render anyone mute with its wonderous display of lights. I have seen the magical lights only in videos but the stunning imagery was enough to inspire a feeling of such awe and wonder as to leave me speechless. The Lighthouse by Christopher Parker is one such book that is comparable to the same feeling of utter speechlessness. A story that encompasses unconditional love for your parent, longing, grief, and above all hope is a hau Aurora Borealis they say is a spectacular phenomenon that would render anyone mute with its wonderous display of lights. I have seen the magical lights only in videos but the stunning imagery was enough to inspire a feeling of such awe and wonder as to leave me speechless. The Lighthouse by Christopher Parker is one such book that is comparable to the same feeling of utter speechlessness. A story that encompasses unconditional love for your parent, longing, grief, and above all hope is a haunting melody that tugs at the heartstrings and makes the readers crave parental love. The emotional story set in the town called Seabrook is a character driven tale centered on Amy and Ryan, both of them struggling in their own ways. There’s a palpable sense of grief that is endured by Amy and the writing by the author is so beautiful that the town of Seabrook becomes a visual experience. Some parts of the story with aspects of magical realism are thoroughly absorbing and along with Amy, I felt uplifted and buoyed up with the selflessness and kindness that shines thru Ryan. Christopher Parker’s debut work is all heart with a subject that is relatable to many that of loss and unconditional love. Ryan and Amy make Seabrook come alive but I do wish that the author had not used the cliched dialogues between them that suddenly brings home the fact that is fiction and not real. A touching story of love, The Lighthouse is a must-read for all fans of magical realism Many thanks to Net Galley, Books Forward, and the author for a chance to read and review this book. All opinions are expressed voluntarily. This review is published in my blog Rain'n'Books, ##Goodreads, ##Amazon India, ##Book Bub, ##Medium.com, ##Facebook, ##Twitter.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Marilyn

    The Lighthouse was a debut novel by Christopher Parker. I would categorize it more as a Y. A. genre. It was slow especially in the beginning. The Lighthouse explored family relationships, death, friendships, trust, parent/child relationships, letting go and romance. I listened to the audiobook that was read by Braden Wright. I found his voice annoying at times and felt that he was not the best fit to portray some of the characters in The Lighthouse. I was rather disappointed in his overall perfo The Lighthouse was a debut novel by Christopher Parker. I would categorize it more as a Y. A. genre. It was slow especially in the beginning. The Lighthouse explored family relationships, death, friendships, trust, parent/child relationships, letting go and romance. I listened to the audiobook that was read by Braden Wright. I found his voice annoying at times and felt that he was not the best fit to portray some of the characters in The Lighthouse. I was rather disappointed in his overall performance. Amy Tucker was an eighteen year old young woman when she lost her mother in a tragic car accident. She and her father, Kevin, were both grieving but they did not know how to help each other. They had been estranged for a long time. Kevin was a police detective and his work kept him away from home. His involvement in Amy’s life had suffered as a result. Every time, Amy’s father, Kevin, tried to talk to Amy they usually ended up fighting instead. Kevin’s brother, also a police detective, convinced Kevin to investigate a missing person’s case out of town. It might be just what father and daughter both needed to start to repair their relationship. Amy and her father arrived in the seaside town of Seabrook and checked into their hotel. Shortly after their arrival, Amy went for a short walk and discovered the Lighthouse that was a landmark in this town. The Lighthouse was old and in need of major repairs. It appeared to be abandoned and closed up. When Amy got back to the hotel, she went to the room her father had gotten for them. Her father was not there so Amy decided to take a bath. The next thing Amy witnessed was a strange man shaking her shoulders and trying to wake her up. He claimed he had noticed water seeping into the hall and was just trying to help. I found Amy’s reaction to this invasion unsettling. The next day, Amy went to thank the stranger for saving her and waking her up. She apologized for her behavior the day before and for the way she spoke to him. Amy learned that the stranger’s name was Ryan and that he was a rancher. Amy and Ryan end up spending the entire day together. They felt an instant attraction and comfort with each other. Both Amy and Ryan were able to help each other heal, let go and get on with their lives. There were parts I really liked about The Lighthouse and parts that made me shake my head in disgust. I did enjoy the ending. Amy’s dialogue seemed to me very childish in parts. It did not sound like the way an eighteen year old woman would talk. I was not a big fan of the supernatural elements either. Overall, I was more disappointed in The Lighthouse than thrilled with it. Thank you to the publisher for allowing me to listen to the audiobook of The Lighthouse by Christopher Parker in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Srivalli Rekha

    3.5 Stars One Liner: Mixed feelings, oh, well! Amy is struggling to deal with the death of her mother. Her father, a police detective, is clueless about finding a way to connect with his daughter. The distance between them is growing farther, and there’s no one to fill it. Then comes a chance to go to Seabrook, a small town with a historical lighthouse. Amy’s father has to close a cold case and hopes he gets to spend time with Amy, even if it is only for a day in the town. However, unexpected inci 3.5 Stars One Liner: Mixed feelings, oh, well! Amy is struggling to deal with the death of her mother. Her father, a police detective, is clueless about finding a way to connect with his daughter. The distance between them is growing farther, and there’s no one to fill it. Then comes a chance to go to Seabrook, a small town with a historical lighthouse. Amy’s father has to close a cold case and hopes he gets to spend time with Amy, even if it is only for a day in the town. However, unexpected incidents result in Amy meeting Ryan and spending her weekend with him. Ryan is a young man caring for his father and working on their family ranch. The pair hits off and feels comfortable talking to each other. The lighthouse, though, has other plans. The lamp flashes a strong beam after decades and results in a rush of speculations and assumptions. Amy’s right in the middle of a mystery, and she somehow finds herself entering the forsaken and crumbling lighthouse. What does Amy find inside? How does it change her life and Ryan’s? What does this mean to the Seabrook and its people who are already obsessed with the lighthouse? • The first half of the book is pretty much what you’d expect from a sweet YA romance with a touch of mystery. • The midsection of the book is devoted to fantasy/magic realism of sorts with a new theory thrown in. • The final section is a family YA story that ends with an epilogue decades later. Now, I do like new ways to create a fantasy in a real-world setting. This one was a bit vague at first, but I understood the concept. It was interesting too. However, the story pretty much went back to the non-fantasy track, and there wasn’t any reference to it. Not even in the epilogue (except for a distant connection). I personally love epilogues, but this one disappointed me. Guess my expectations were different than what was delivered in the book. (view spoiler)[ I mean, here’s a girl whose spirit latches on to the spirit of a dead man, and the duo spend the day together in the ‘created snow globe of Seabrook’. Then once Amy is back in real life after helping Ryan free himself, she doesn’t remember him. Sure, that was also okay, but why couldn’t she remember later on when she spent her entire life at the same farm that belonged to him? If a spirit recognizes another spirit and chooses it, wouldn’t at least a fraction of that attachment remain somewhere inside Amy? Moreover, what purpose does the whole thing solve if the story goes back to normal? Amy and her dad forge their connection which could’ve happened in anyways. Ryan’s spirit recognizes his death, sure. But why only Amy? The talk about the connection didn’t really make much sense in the bigger picture of things. Why the lighthouse and Amy’s mom and the elaborate plot if ultimately Amy leads a regular life afterward without even remembering what she did? (hide spoiler)] As much as I liked the book until about 75-80%, the rest of it didn’t work much for me. The only saving grace is that the writing is easy to read. I could finish 360+ pages in two days. Some of the dialogues are surface-level and way too generic. But since the characters were YA, I didn’t mind that much. To sum up, The Lighthouse had a promising start only to end up flat towards the end. Also, I felt the lighthouse wasn’t used to its full potential. It was more of a convenient prop when it could have been a lot, lot more. Thank you, NetGalley and Beacon Press Limited, for the ARC in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own. ***** P.S: No idea why this one is categorized as an adult book. It is typical YA and has no cuss words or explicit romance. P.P.S: I have no experience with audiobooks. But considering the dialogues and the fantasy concept, I’m not too sure it’ll be easy listening to this one. One’s more likely to finish it faster by reading than listening.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Susan Z

    A lovely magical story that was fantastic on audio. Amy recently lost her mother and she is reeling from the grief. Her father, a member of the state police, decides to take Amy with him on an assignment about a missing person to the quaint town if Seabrook. Seabrook comes alive in this book, although set in the modern day, it captured the simplicity of life years ago. One of the main attractions in Seabrook is a lighthouse that has been broken for years, explained away through tales of hauntings A lovely magical story that was fantastic on audio. Amy recently lost her mother and she is reeling from the grief. Her father, a member of the state police, decides to take Amy with him on an assignment about a missing person to the quaint town if Seabrook. Seabrook comes alive in this book, although set in the modern day, it captured the simplicity of life years ago. One of the main attractions in Seabrook is a lighthouse that has been broken for years, explained away through tales of hauntings of local spirits. During the first night of their stay, the lighthouse magically lights up after years of dormancy. It's a miracle! The town is alive with curiosity, bringing everyone out to see it. Amy meets Ryan, a local owner of a horse farm, and an immediate connection forms. What follows are tales of love and heartbreak. Despite the heartbreak and sadness, this story is so heartwarming, full of magic and supernatural elements. As you all know, fantasy is not my genre, but this story, with a touch of magic, was absolutely PERFECT for me. I can't conclude without mentioning the superb narration by Wright Braden. He made the book even better

  10. 5 out of 5

    Tahera

    A book like the Lighthouse hits me differently on an emotional level. I just finished listening to the audiobook and my emotions are all mixed up between feeling happy and sad. If only things had turned out differently for Ryan--sweet, kind and lovable Ryan! The narration done by Braden Wright is superb and compliments the beautiful writing of the author Christopher Parker. The cover picture is absolutely gorgeous as well! My thanks to NetGalley, the publisher Beacon Press Limited and the author A book like the Lighthouse hits me differently on an emotional level. I just finished listening to the audiobook and my emotions are all mixed up between feeling happy and sad. If only things had turned out differently for Ryan--sweet, kind and lovable Ryan! The narration done by Braden Wright is superb and compliments the beautiful writing of the author Christopher Parker. The cover picture is absolutely gorgeous as well! My thanks to NetGalley, the publisher Beacon Press Limited and the author for the audio ARC of the book.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Bam cooks the books ;-)

    Amy Tucker's mother was killed in a car accident a month ago and she's struggling with her grief. Her father Kevin, a detective in Portland, Oregon, decides to take as assignment to conclude a missing person's case in the seaside town of Seabrook, 200 miles south, and wants to take his daughter with him for a much-needed break. After checking into their hotel, Amy decides to take a walk on the beach while her dad gets a drink in the hotel bar. Amy discovers the condemned remains of the town's fa Amy Tucker's mother was killed in a car accident a month ago and she's struggling with her grief. Her father Kevin, a detective in Portland, Oregon, decides to take as assignment to conclude a missing person's case in the seaside town of Seabrook, 200 miles south, and wants to take his daughter with him for a much-needed break. After checking into their hotel, Amy decides to take a walk on the beach while her dad gets a drink in the hotel bar. Amy discovers the condemned remains of the town's famous lighthouse, once used to help traveler's safely find their way home. Will it somehow be called upon to do so once again? After returning to the hotel, she decides she badly needs to sleep and takes a handful of her dad's sleeping pills before climbing into the bath. Next thing she knows, there's a stranger in her bathroom! It turns out it's a young man named Ryan Porter whose father owns a local horse ranch. He was in the hotel when he noticed water running into the hall and investigated. With a touch of magical realism, their lives will become entwined. I decided to label the book young adult because of the sweet romance that develops between these two main characters. This story deals with grief and depression but the touch of magical realism takes it to another level with the use of an interesting dramatic device. I appreciated the way the author wove the lighthouse into his story. Beautiful cover art as well! I received an arc from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for the opportunity.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Missy

    I DNF'd this audio at 25%. I was not relating to any of the characters, the narrator was boring me to death with lack of emotion, and I just wasn't liking the story. Audios are hit or miss for me, this was a definite miss. I DNF'd this audio at 25%. I was not relating to any of the characters, the narrator was boring me to death with lack of emotion, and I just wasn't liking the story. Audios are hit or miss for me, this was a definite miss.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Laura Snider

    I was enjoying this book right up until the "slow globe" twist. Sometimes twist like that are exciting, but this one just felt forced, and none of it truly made sense to me. The author tried to explain how the whole concept worked, but I couldn't wrap my head around it. It just felt like a whole bunch of elements cobbled together to try and make a story - longhouse, small town, death, horses, reluctant souls - and it just didn't work for me. I was enjoying this book right up until the "slow globe" twist. Sometimes twist like that are exciting, but this one just felt forced, and none of it truly made sense to me. The author tried to explain how the whole concept worked, but I couldn't wrap my head around it. It just felt like a whole bunch of elements cobbled together to try and make a story - longhouse, small town, death, horses, reluctant souls - and it just didn't work for me.

  14. 4 out of 5

    ♥ Sandi ❣

    4 stars Thanks to BookBrowse and Beacon Press Limited for allowing me to read and review this ARC. Publishes October 26, 2021 A book full of mystical realism - mystical realism so real that until you are told you don't know it. Parker does a great job of depicting his characters and immersing them in the story. It is easy to come under his spell and not only root for Amy and Ryan, but enjoy the stories secrets as they are unveiled. Ryan is not only trying to save the family farm, which has been i 4 stars Thanks to BookBrowse and Beacon Press Limited for allowing me to read and review this ARC. Publishes October 26, 2021 A book full of mystical realism - mystical realism so real that until you are told you don't know it. Parker does a great job of depicting his characters and immersing them in the story. It is easy to come under his spell and not only root for Amy and Ryan, but enjoy the stories secrets as they are unveiled. Ryan is not only trying to save the family farm, which has been in the family for generations, but is also trying to save his father from dying of cancer. Amy, who is visiting for the weekend, is trying to overcome the grief of having just lost her mother. They accidentally meet, in a most unusual manner. It seems while Amy is there visiting the old abandoned lighthouse once again streams it's powerful beacon. The whole town is obsessed with this lighthouse and every one thinks it is haunted. So why does Amy end up inside the lighthouse? What will she learn? What will she gain? What will she lose? I usually like magical realism in a story. I don't usually like romance stories. But the mixture of the two in this case worked very well. This is a book to suspend your belief and just enjoy for the sake of enjoyment. Well worth an afternoons read.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jamie

    I finished this book in less than 24 hours and will be pressing it into the hands of everyone I know. It's the perfect fall read! Spooky and ghosty but with so much more to the story. I was so impressed with the way the story and twists unfolded, and I just absolutely loved and connected to the characters. I will have a book hangover for a while. I finished this book in less than 24 hours and will be pressing it into the hands of everyone I know. It's the perfect fall read! Spooky and ghosty but with so much more to the story. I was so impressed with the way the story and twists unfolded, and I just absolutely loved and connected to the characters. I will have a book hangover for a while.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Melissa iorio

    *SPOILER FREE* I’m at a loss for what I just read and what its done to my soul. Close to the bottom are my initial words in my final “status update”. I’ve said a story has left me wrecked, but those were, more often than not, twisted thrillers. With this I’m wrecked in a way which I cannot even move onto another book yet because I’m not ready to leave Seabrook and the people who live there, behind. This beauty here has permeated every fiber and bone inside me, at a time in my life in which I let *SPOILER FREE* I’m at a loss for what I just read and what its done to my soul. Close to the bottom are my initial words in my final “status update”. I’ve said a story has left me wrecked, but those were, more often than not, twisted thrillers. With this I’m wrecked in a way which I cannot even move onto another book yet because I’m not ready to leave Seabrook and the people who live there, behind. This beauty here has permeated every fiber and bone inside me, at a time in my life in which I let nothing into my heart anymore. This story and these characters crashed right through. It has consumed all of me in the most wonderful and delightful ways a person could feel (I have never ever used the word delightful so……that speaks volumes), no pun intended……until I decided to leave said pun alone. I want to go back. I want to start it all over again, like I’ve never been to Seabrook, like I’ve never met the people yet. I want to breathe the town, the people and the story into my lungs all over again. I wish to be there and a part of, even just a fraction if that’s all I was offered. I honestly cannot type anything more at the moment and yet here I am still typing more. I keep welling up with tears. Apologies to all other authors, of this genre, but none, none of them, not one of has ever made me feel so taken. Christopher Parker has effortlessly stepped into and with (I actually mean above) all others of this story premise. For me, Christopher Parker just hit the number one spot on my most cherished stories and most appreciated authors. I don’t mean for that to be disrespectful to any others, because they all deserve admiration and respect for their hard work and heart given through their stories, but for me, I cannot keep it quiet that this author has done something far and above. His words strung, creating the world I just visited, managed to penetrate a heart where light has gone dark and has been, blocked off, closed for many years. ‘That’ is a deeply emotional sense of peace and release of the grief which has been gripped onto me for many years. I’m so thankful I got to read his story. At this point I’m typing ramblings, as usual, but this is different. Far different than any other experience I’ve been with in a work of fiction. I fell in love with the characters, I swooned over the connection between the MC (Amy) and Ryan. Their connection was sweet, passionate, tender, solid, at moments sad, fun and ‘real’. We don’t know much of Amy’s dad, but what we do know he’s simply a very lovable character. Again, he’s ‘real’. Ryan is a character whom, if he was pulled out of the story into the real world, would be a joy and a pleasure to have in one’s life. So genuine, good hearted, humble, respectful, responsible, compassionate……I could go on. Overall he has a profound purity in his soul. The care he showed throughout made me feel I wanted and needed to know him and be in his presence. The town was mysterious, quaint, but that mysterious nature made it feel a bit wonderfully eerie. Like Hitchcock or Twilight Zone. I almost expected Rod Serling to step into the story and announce “You unlock this door with the key of imagination. Beyond it is another dimension - a dimension of sound, a dimension of sight, a dimension of mind. You're moving into a land of both shadow and substance, of things and ideas. You've just crossed over into….…..The Lighthouse!". The atmospheric feeling was painted onto the pages. I’d swear I was there. The sense of seeing images instead of words on a page was brought to life by the well crafted writing style. I desperately want to go back, unfortunately I’m sadly aware that, this is fiction and eventually I’ll have to move on to enter the pages of another story. But I will ‘never’ forget this one. It will be that ‘one’, the one most beautiful, tender, mysterious and touching I’ve read. I need a print copy of this book in my life. A copy that’s as stunning and gorgeous as the story inside it. One that’s displayed where I’ll always see it staring at me telling me there’s hope, there’s magical and mystical, there’s love. One that’s in view to always remind me not to give up and to always see that the sweetest simplest things in life can become if I simply and wholeheartedly choose to believe……… My last status update after finishing the final page: “Words & my feelings are still melting together. My mind & heart floating in a sea of emotions. This was magical, mystical, beautiful, stunning. Like the feeling you get when laying on a blanket watching stars shooting across the sky. The triple rainbow reaching end to end as the storm, the rain, the clouds are just passed by. If I could ever meet an author, it would be Christopher Parker. Wholly breath taken“ Buy this book, borrow this book (legally), read this book. Especially in times, which has left the world in non-fictional wreckage. This book, in these days of a pandemic, is healing and soothing of the sheer exhaustion, fears, losses and the hurt inside all of us. If an author can take a person, who’s been reading all thrillers because they match the mood of a person whose life destruction, devastation and most gut wrenching losses, could not be opened to ‘anything’ other than living in the dark and suffocating through the pain, and then make me feel all this wonderful……..That author deserves to be put in view of readers on a level of grandeur as the best of the best writers. I didn’t even want to read a book that was full of the magic and enchantment that’s in here, but I did and everything I’ve written here is exactly the intensity of emotions I feel. If I could, I’d purchase hundreds and hand them out to everyone who’s eyes and words are that of pain, loneliness and lost hope. Amazon book details: Publisher : Beacon Press Limited (October 26, 2021) Language : English Hardcover : 368 pages ISBN-10 : 0995149526 ISBN-13 : 978-0995149526 Hardcover: https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/099514... Paperback: https://www.amazon.com/Lighthouse-Chr... Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/Lighthouse-Chr... I received an early copy of this Magical book from NetGalley. All thoughts feelings and the rating are my own and have had absolutely zero influence by anyone or anything other than my own nerdy, sentimental heart. Thank you a million to #NetGalley #BeaconPress and with immense gratitude to the author of #TheLighthouse by #ChristopherParker for the gift of the beautiful story, which this novel is. ~*An extraordinary debut. His “fateful stroll” & his "chance glimpse at a distant lighthouse" turned into a treasured gift which will carry itself infinitely beyond the sands of time*~ Recommended for....everyone, but more so for those who need to shed the ceaseless chaos and brutality and weight of life. This story will give a sense of weightlessness. For those who need a reminder that within us is courage, strength, hope, healing, and love and that within us, we are far more powerful than the hopeless, lost, broken and incapability we often we feel....."The Lighthouse" will guide you through with tenderness and grace with an air of mystery and charm. ~*Happy Reading*~

  17. 5 out of 5

    Gemma

    I loved this! I really wasn't expecting all that this book throw at me.. A mystery finely woven with magic and romance, sprinkled with paranormal. Very well written, and deeply emotional in places. I was pulled in by the story and held In place till the end by the characters . A lovely story of love, loss, faith and family. I highly recommend this book, I voluntarily read and reviewed this book, all thoughts and opinions are my own. I loved this! I really wasn't expecting all that this book throw at me.. A mystery finely woven with magic and romance, sprinkled with paranormal. Very well written, and deeply emotional in places. I was pulled in by the story and held In place till the end by the characters . A lovely story of love, loss, faith and family. I highly recommend this book, I voluntarily read and reviewed this book, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    Absolutely loved this book! I did not read the summary before going in, which made it all the better. Is it a mystery? A paranormal? A romance? It had a little bit of everything thrown in, was extremely well written, unpredictable, and unique. The narrator fit the book perfectly and kept me entranced. Just like that, Christopher Parker is on my must read list.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    A beautifully told enchanting story,that grows on you and begins to unfold. Magical realisism, with some truly lovely imagery, that deals with lonliness, loyalty and loss, sad and at other times funny., set in the small seaside town of Seabrook. Just now and again there are some disappointments in the use of what feelt like cliched dialogue but other times the telling was full of insight and particularly realistic to that between a grieving teen and her somewhat absent father. I finished the book A beautifully told enchanting story,that grows on you and begins to unfold. Magical realisism, with some truly lovely imagery, that deals with lonliness, loyalty and loss, sad and at other times funny., set in the small seaside town of Seabrook. Just now and again there are some disappointments in the use of what feelt like cliched dialogue but other times the telling was full of insight and particularly realistic to that between a grieving teen and her somewhat absent father. I finished the bookvery quickly as I was always wanting to know what was going to happen and there are plenty of surprises and twists on this journey. The final wind up of the story, although done well, was a little bit of a disappoint to me. I listened to an audiobook version and the found the voice of narrator, Braden Wright mesmerisingly suited to the story. Suited most likely to YA. I Thank you to Net Galley & Beacon Press for giving me the opportunity to read an advanced copy of this book and give it a fair review. I look forward to reading more by Christopher Parker. 3.5 rounded up to 4

  20. 4 out of 5

    Lady reading365

    Wow! This book was marvellous. If you love books with massive unexpected twists then this is the book for you. I listened to the audiobook and loved the narrator he really brought the book to life adding to the tension and atmosphere. The great thing is the twists that were so unexpected. Then boom this book hit another level, I just couldn't put this book down such amazingly powerful writing and emotions. The author is amazing at writing this unique story-line. The depth of characters allowed i Wow! This book was marvellous. If you love books with massive unexpected twists then this is the book for you. I listened to the audiobook and loved the narrator he really brought the book to life adding to the tension and atmosphere. The great thing is the twists that were so unexpected. Then boom this book hit another level, I just couldn't put this book down such amazingly powerful writing and emotions. The author is amazing at writing this unique story-line. The depth of characters allowed instant connections and allowed me to fall in love with them instantly. This is a real page turner full to the brim with twists and turns that it keeps you on the edge of your seat. It is so heart warming and devastating in equal measures. The ending without giving anything away was amazing I just couldn't predict it. The ending was so perfect . It felt so satisfying and a feeling of contentment. Its a perfect complete novel full of mystery and magical realism with a very errie feel to it. This book is beyond its 5 star rating its on another level. I would like to thank the author and publishing team for bringing us such an enchanting tale that will blow your mind. For a debut novel this author is definitely one to watch. I just can't wait to read further books by this talented author.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Carissa Lindsey

    The Lighthouse by Christopher Parker Narrated by Braden Wright Genre - General Fiction (Adult) Rating - 5 out of 5 stars Narration Rating - 5 out of 5 stars Publication Date as of now 10/26/2021 This book caught my attention because of the title. I love lighthouses and anything about them. Boy was I in for a good surprise! In this debut novel by Christopher Parker, a girl named Amy and her father head to the strange town of Seabrook. Amy’s mother has just died and she is grieving terribly. Strange thin The Lighthouse by Christopher Parker Narrated by Braden Wright Genre - General Fiction (Adult) Rating - 5 out of 5 stars Narration Rating - 5 out of 5 stars Publication Date as of now 10/26/2021 This book caught my attention because of the title. I love lighthouses and anything about them. Boy was I in for a good surprise! In this debut novel by Christopher Parker, a girl named Amy and her father head to the strange town of Seabrook. Amy’s mother has just died and she is grieving terribly. Strange things start to happen and Amy is having trouble figuring it all out. After a huge twist things start to fall into place and everything starts making sense. Braden Wright makes this somewhat dark book come alive with his narration. He keeps the book moving at a fast pace and sometimes while I was listening an hour would go by and I would not even realize it. I would highly recommend this audiobook to anyone who is a fan of mystery and a somewhat dark book. I absolutely loved it! I will anxiously be wait for Christopher Parker’s next book.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Ashlin

    This book was so good, I truly am struggling to find words to help explain how great it was. I loved this book. I laughed, I cried, I connected so much with the characters and the author did an amazing job of pulling everything together. He gave you the ending you were hoping for, plus so much more. Amy is struggling with her mothers death and when her father tells her they are going to a small town to help wrap up a missing persons case for his job, she ends up coming along. Amy meets Ryan in t This book was so good, I truly am struggling to find words to help explain how great it was. I loved this book. I laughed, I cried, I connected so much with the characters and the author did an amazing job of pulling everything together. He gave you the ending you were hoping for, plus so much more. Amy is struggling with her mothers death and when her father tells her they are going to a small town to help wrap up a missing persons case for his job, she ends up coming along. Amy meets Ryan in the most bizarre way, but its like the universe is pulling the two of them together. Ryan has made Amy forget about the depression she has been in since her mothers death. He shows her around his home town, his ranch, and they bond over the fact that they both have lost their mother. Ryan was sure his life was over after finding out his family ranch was going to be foreclosed on. He goes to drink is sorrows away and stumbles on Amy. He soon fins that all his worries have gone away when he is around her and he cant seem to let her out of his sight. He enjoys every moment with her and even confesses his biggest problem: not telling his elderly handicap dad that they are about to be kicked out of their family home. The two help to heal each other, even if they don't realize it. This book is all about processing death and dealing with the aftermath of bad decisions. This book was everything that I wanted, plus more. The ending was exactly what I wanted it to be, although there was a great twist in this book. I love the small home town, the ghost stories and the scary truth that comes out. I think this was a perfect magical, spooky book that is more realistic. I loved it so much and I cant wait for it to hit the shelves because I know it will be an instant hit.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Anne-Marie

    Wow! Highly recommend Loved the characters they were easy to connect with The story caught me by surprise...Amy just lost her mother and she is having a hard time getting around the idea that her mother is gone. Amy's Dad is a detective with the criminal investigation unit with the Oregon state police has to go away for a couple of days to finalize a case and he takes Amy with him. Amy meets Ryan and they quickly become friends and they try to discover the secrets of The Lighthouse. What happens n Wow! Highly recommend Loved the characters they were easy to connect with The story caught me by surprise...Amy just lost her mother and she is having a hard time getting around the idea that her mother is gone. Amy's Dad is a detective with the criminal investigation unit with the Oregon state police has to go away for a couple of days to finalize a case and he takes Amy with him. Amy meets Ryan and they quickly become friends and they try to discover the secrets of The Lighthouse. What happens next I never saw coming... Christopher Parker hit this one out of the park....his debut novel. This was such a great story and I loved every word.... Another perfect book to read in October... Highly recommend I would like to thank NetGalley and Beacon Press Limited for giving me the honour of reading an digital ARC of this book! It's been 3 days since I finished it and it is still with me...

  24. 4 out of 5

    ʚϊɞ Shelley's ʚϊɞ Book Nook

    Eighteen year old amy recently lost her mom in a car accident. Her police officer father decides to take her on a work trip from Portland to Seabrook for a change of scenery. There she meets Ryan who teachers all about the infamous lighthouse, his ranch and horses and along the way they form a connection. This book is told from both Amy and Ryan's point of view and it takes place in a single day for the most part. It was a lovely story covering many genres including, young adult, paranormal, fan Eighteen year old amy recently lost her mom in a car accident. Her police officer father decides to take her on a work trip from Portland to Seabrook for a change of scenery. There she meets Ryan who teachers all about the infamous lighthouse, his ranch and horses and along the way they form a connection. This book is told from both Amy and Ryan's point of view and it takes place in a single day for the most part. It was a lovely story covering many genres including, young adult, paranormal, fantasy and romance. The writing was a little pedestrian but the plot was an interesting one and I loved the surprises it offered. This really did not read like a book for adults though, and that's okay, it just wasn't what I was expecting. With many thanks to NetGalley, Christopher Parker and Beacon Press Limited for the giving of the ARC.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Melissa iorio

    I’m at a loss for what I just read and what its done to my soul. Close to the bottom are my initial words in my final “status update”. I’ve said a story has left me wrecked, but those were, more often than not, twisted thrillers. With this I’m wrecked in a way which I cannot even move onto another book yet because I’m not ready to leave Seabrook and the people, who live there, behind. This beauty here has permeated every fiber and bone inside me, at a time in my life in which I let nothing into I’m at a loss for what I just read and what its done to my soul. Close to the bottom are my initial words in my final “status update”. I’ve said a story has left me wrecked, but those were, more often than not, twisted thrillers. With this I’m wrecked in a way which I cannot even move onto another book yet because I’m not ready to leave Seabrook and the people, who live there, behind. This beauty here has permeated every fiber and bone inside me, at a time in my life in which I let nothing into my heart anymore, this story and these characters crashed right through. It has consumed all of me in the most wonderful and delightful ways a person could feel (I have never ever used the word delightful so……that speaks volumes (no pun intended……until I decided to leave said pun alone. I want to go back. I want to start it all over again, like I’ve never been to Seabrook and like I’ve never met the people yet. I want to breathe the town, the people and the story into my lungs all over again. I wish to be there and a part of, even just a fraction if that’s all I was offered. I honestly cannot type anything more at the moment and yet here I am still typing more. I keep welling up with tears. Apologies to all other authors, of this genre, but none, none of them, not one of has ever made me feel so taken. Christopher Parker has effortlessly stepped into and with (I actually mean above) all others of this story premise. For me, Christopher Parker just hit the number one spot on my most cherished stories and most appreciated authors. I don’t mean for that to be disrespectful to any others, because they all deserve admiration and respect for their hard work and heart given through their stories, but for me, I cannot keep it quiet that this author has done something far and above. His words strung, creating the world I just visited, managed to penetrate a heart where light has gone dark and has been blocked off closed for many years. ‘That’ is a deeply emotional sense of peace and release of the grief that’s been gripped onto me for many years. I’m so thankful I got to read his story. At this point I’m typing ramblings, as usual, but this is different. Far different than any other experience I’ve been with in a work of fiction. I fell in love with the characters, I swooned over the connection between the MC (Amy) and Ryan. Their connection was sweet, passionate, at moments sad, fun and ‘real’. We don’t know much of Amy’s dad, but what we do know he’s simply a very lovable character. Again, he’s ‘real’. Ryan is a character whom, if he was pulled out of the story into the real world, would be a joy and a pleasure to have in one’s life. So genuine, good hearted, humble, respectful, responsible, compassionate……I could go on. The care he showed throughout made me feel I wanted and needed to know him and be in his presence. The town was mysterious, quaint, but that mysterious nature made it feel a bit wonderfully eerie. Like Hitchcock or Twilight Zone. I almost expected Rod Serling to step into the story and announce “You unlock this door with the key of imagination. Beyond it is another dimension - a dimension of sound, a dimension of sight, a dimension of mind. You're moving into a land of both shadow and substance, of things and ideas. You've just crossed over into….…..The Lighthouse!". The atmospheric feeling was painted onto the pages. I’d swear I was there. The sense of seeing images instead of words on a page was brought to life by the well crafted writing style. I desperately want to go back, unfortunately I’m sadly aware that this is fiction and eventually I’ll have to move on to enter the pages of another story. But I will ‘never’ forget this one. It will be that ‘one’, the one most beautiful, tender, mysterious and touching I’ve read. I need a print copy of this book in my life. A copy that’s as stunning and gorgeous as the story inside it. One that’s displayed where I’ll always see it staring at me telling me there’s hope, there’s magical and mystical, there’s love. One that’s in view to always remind me not to give up and to always see that the sweetest simplest things in life can become if I simply and wholeheartedly choose to believe……… My last status update after finishing the final page: “Words & my feelings are still melting together. My mind & heart floating in a sea of emotions. This was magical, mystical, beautiful, stunning. Like the feeling you get when laying on a blanket watching stars shooting across the sky. The triple rainbow reaching end to end as the storm, the rain, the clouds are just passed by. If I could ever meet an author, it would be Christopher Parker. Wholly breath taken“ Buy this book, borrow this book (legally), read this book. Especially in times of a pandemic which has left the world in non-fictional wreckage. This book is healing of the fears, losses and the hurt inside of us. If an author can take a person, who’s been reading all thrillers because they match the mood of a person whose life destruction, devastation and most gut wrenching losses, could not be opened to ‘anything’ other than living in the dark and suffocating through the pain, and then make me feel all this wonderful……..That author deserves to be put in view of readers on a level of grandeur as the best of the best writers. I didn’t even want to read a book that was full of the magic that’s in here, but I did and everything I’ve written here is exactly the intensity of emotions I feel. If I could, I’d purchase hundreds and hand them out to everyone who’s eyes and words are that of pain, loneliness and lost hope. Amazon book details: Publisher : Beacon Press Limited (October 26, 2021) Language : English Hardcover : 368 pages ISBN-10 : 0995149526 ISBN-13 : 978-0995149526 Hardcover: https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/099514... Paperback: https://www.amazon.com/Lighthouse-Chr... Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/Lighthouse-Chr... I received an early copy of this Magical book from NetGalley. All thoughts feelings and rating are my own and have had absolutely zero influence by anyone or anything other than my own nerdy, sentimental heart. Thank you a million to #NetGalley #BeaconPress and with immense gratitude to the author #TheLighthouse by #ChristopherParker for the gift of the beautiful story, which this novel is. An extraordinary debut, and his “fateful stroll” turned into a treasured gift.

  26. 4 out of 5

    E.C.

    Parker's debut novel, THE LIGHTHOUSE, opens with an eighteen-year-old girl grieving the loss of her mother and barely keeping her shaky relationship with her father afloat. But upon a visit to a mysterious town and a chance encounter with a boy named Ryan, the lines between reality and fantasy begin to blur. To be fair, I went into this book knowing little about the story at all, and maybe if I had actually read the summary I would've known a bit more what to expect. This book hovers somewhere be Parker's debut novel, THE LIGHTHOUSE, opens with an eighteen-year-old girl grieving the loss of her mother and barely keeping her shaky relationship with her father afloat. But upon a visit to a mysterious town and a chance encounter with a boy named Ryan, the lines between reality and fantasy begin to blur. To be fair, I went into this book knowing little about the story at all, and maybe if I had actually read the summary I would've known a bit more what to expect. This book hovers somewhere between paranormal and magical realism, but it's definitely more YA than adult. Honestly, though? While I appreciate the book's gorgeous cover (okay, I admit it: the main reason I read the book was because of the cover 😅) and the twists, I had a lot of problems with this book. I think it really boils down to two things: the writing and the themes. For one, I didn't feel connected to the characters because of how they were depicted. Amy, the eighteen-year-old main character, felt childish and whiny, at least to me. She felt very reactive and really didn't know what was going on half the time. And there were certain parts where the dialogue between her and other characters lacked realism, like nothing someone would actually say. And secondly. The themes. *cough* It annoys me when books have such amazing potential to tackle some thoughtful themes, but because of the pacing and writing style, it doesn't fully have impact, y'know? I think that's what happened in this book. The themes felt very half-developed and were only introduced about halfway through the novel. While I did LOVE the killer twist, I felt like it could have come a little earlier and been a little more clearer. However. I was surprised by how clean the book was (you never know with contemporary fiction nowadays ... 🙄). The romance was barely touched on, which some readers might be annoyed by, but I appreciated it as romance in fiction isn't really my thing. Overall, I think THE LIGHTHOUSE is a gem in need of a good polishing. While I personally found the writing and themes distracting, I'm sure others would be able to pull something from this book. It just ... y'know, wasn't my thing. 😛 ~~~~ THIS BOOK INCLUDES: - 👀Somewhat-creepy undertones - 💖Clean romance - 🌊Seaside settings - 😭Themes of grief & moving on - 🤯A twist you won't see coming - 🔍Mysteries & detectives ~~~~ CONTENT WARNINGS: profanity (d**n, s**t), usage of God's name in vain, death, grief depiction, creepiness, a few kisses

  27. 5 out of 5

    Star Gater

    Wow. High 5. I really enjoyed this story. I am going to say, I would have preferred the book to end with chapter 51. I would have wiped my eyes, took in a few deep breaths and spent a few minutes reflecting on this creepy good story. Chapter 52 through the epilogue seemed off for me. However, not enough to not love the book. I am not going to rehash the synopsis, and I don't give spoilers. I did have the audiobook, and the narrator was good. The story was beautiful, incredibly sad, funny, and he Wow. High 5. I really enjoyed this story. I am going to say, I would have preferred the book to end with chapter 51. I would have wiped my eyes, took in a few deep breaths and spent a few minutes reflecting on this creepy good story. Chapter 52 through the epilogue seemed off for me. However, not enough to not love the book. I am not going to rehash the synopsis, and I don't give spoilers. I did have the audiobook, and the narrator was good. The story was beautiful, incredibly sad, funny, and heartbreaking. There is some profanity, limited to the point that I'm starting to wonder if there is a quota requirement. I had to remind myself that the young lady, main character, was 18. Her really childish demands are possibly spot on. Basically, the usual bantering: Silently asked to be quiet and of course loudly demands to know why. She is 18 and a main character, prepare yourself. She wasn't my favorite character, and bordered on me not liking her. However, I do remember how I was when I had two separate deaths, not just her one. The young man was so real, I choked up several times. Yes, he was my favorite. I did suspect some of the paranormal early on, but no where near the degree that is in this book. I may never look at a snow globe (inside The Lighthouse readers unite) the same. Did I mention I liked this book? Thank you NetGalley, Christopher Parker, and Beacon Press Limited for accepting my request to read and review. #NetGalley #ChristopherParker #BeaconPressLimited #Audiobook #NarratorBradenWright #TheLighthouse

  28. 4 out of 5

    Melissa’s Bookshelf

    I enjoyed the audiobook version of The Lighthouse. The narrator did a great job voicing each character and providing the right amount of emotion for each one. I did speed the narration up a bit because it was a little too slow for me, but that’s just personal preference. I would give it 4 stars for the narration. The story drew me in and had enough twists and turns to keep me listening. There was a clue pretty early on that suggested what eventually happened in the story, however I didn’t see one I enjoyed the audiobook version of The Lighthouse. The narrator did a great job voicing each character and providing the right amount of emotion for each one. I did speed the narration up a bit because it was a little too slow for me, but that’s just personal preference. I would give it 4 stars for the narration. The story drew me in and had enough twists and turns to keep me listening. There was a clue pretty early on that suggested what eventually happened in the story, however I didn’t see one of the other twists that happened. It’s a fairly good ghost story. I appreciated the fact that there was very little swearing if any. There were a few uses of the Lord’s name in vain. There was no sexual content other than some passionate kissing. The characters were fairly enjoyable. Both of the main characters have suffered terrible losses and I liked the way they tried to lean on each other and work through their problems. I liked how Ryan tried to take matters into his own hands in protecting his father even if he was a little naive. Chloe was a fun character and I enjoyed her interactions with the main characters. The ending did seem to go on a little too long. However, for the most part I really enjoyed it and would definitely read another book by this author. I would give the story 3 1/2 stars rounded up to 4. I received an advanced copy of the audiobook from the publisher through NetGalley. All opinions are my own and I was not required to provide a positive review.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Martina Bučková

    I quite enjoyed this book. It was a light read and there is one twist that completely changes this book. The main character Amy is depressed after her mother dies in car accident. She is though stronger than she thinks and has more will power to live than she realizes. She needs someone to show her the way out, to tell her she is not alone and there are still things which are worth to live for. Even though this book is for YA it has a strong message for all people in this depressive time. Well d I quite enjoyed this book. It was a light read and there is one twist that completely changes this book. The main character Amy is depressed after her mother dies in car accident. She is though stronger than she thinks and has more will power to live than she realizes. She needs someone to show her the way out, to tell her she is not alone and there are still things which are worth to live for. Even though this book is for YA it has a strong message for all people in this depressive time. Well done author! This is was a read I needed in this time to feel more relaxed and motivated.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Ann

    The Lighthouse is the first book by Christopher Parker. This story has a romance in it, but is so much more. Amy lost her mother to an auto accident a month ago and is having a difficult time coping with her loss. Her father, who is a policeman, has business out of town and brings Amy with him, hoping a change of scenery will help her and bring them closer. I want to thank NetGalley and Beacon Press Limited for an early copy to review.

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