Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The Lightkeeper's Wife by Sarah Ann Johnson

published by:  Sourcebooks Landmark
publish date:  September 9, 2014

On 19th century Cape Cod, Hannah Snow shouldn't even be in the water. Her husband, John, would be furious-it's his job to tend to Dangerfield Light. It's certainly not women's work, and his quick trips out of town don't give her permission to rush toward the tattered ships. But she does, and though she can't save everyone, William "Billy" Pike, is someone she can. He's recuperating in her care when John's horse is found abandoned. Hannah invites Billy to stay as a hired hand-but soon discovers that he is not at all whom she thought he was. When everything holding her together falls apart, can Hannah learn how to save herself?

I really liked this book.  The atmosphere was very intense and drew me in from the very beginning.  The Lightkeeper's Wife really appealed to the little girl sense of adventure that I think most female readers have.  It made me want to go be a female lighthouse keeper or swashbuckling pirate.

This book is told from alternating viewpoints.  Part of it is told from the lighthouse keeper Hannah, and the other half is told by the pirate Billy.  Billy's part of the story is really the more intriguing.  It was hard to tell who was who in the beginning, and rather than that being confusing, it was like a mystery to be solved.  It made me want to keep reading and figure out the mystery of Billy.

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone really.  It would definitely appeal to fans of historical fiction, particularly that which focuses on women's history.

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