Once again, Jody Hedlund has composed a beautifully descriptive novel, the third in her Beacons of Light series. Strong characters prevail throughout this impressive adventure in Michigan's northern-most location. A villainous brute of a man controls this mining town of Eagle Harbor and everyone in it. Upon discovering that T. Taylor is a woman, he vows to make her life miserable.
The character Tessa portrays is strong willed, resolute and determined to demonstrate her capable teaching skills in spite of being a woman. Her acquaintance with the lighthouse keeper and his assistant bring back painful memories of her past, as the child of a light keeper. Ms. Hedlund brings the three adults together through two small motherless students, children of the head light keeper.
The descriptive elements of Eagle Harbor and the lighthouse that safely points the way for ships into the harbor are impeccable, and easily envisioned by the reader. Historic information is accurate and well told. The lives of the area residents, mostly copper miners are poignant and authentic. Danger is a constant in the mining industry, and the magnificent power of Lake Superior is a deadly threat through storms and the winter elements.
I was swept into this story of intensity and incipient romance and the constant threats from the town's villain, as well as the unpredictability of the Great Lake. As with the previous books in this series I found myself enraptured and unable to put the book down. The men in Tessa's life are strong and assertive, and the young children are charming and delightful. This is a book that will remain on my bookshelf and undoubtedly be read again. It goes without saying, I loved it!
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author and Bethany House in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.