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The Lightkeeper [Mass Market Paperback]

Susan Wiggs
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21 Feb 2003
Hiding from his past, Jesse Morgan vows never to give his heart again. Keeper of a remote lighthouse, he has locked himself away from everything but his bitter memories. Mary Dare, the sole survivor of a shipwreck, washes ashore. Penniless and pregnant, she carries painful memories of her own. Soon, Mary and her child bring light into Jesse's world while friendship evolves into love.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Mira Books (21 Feb 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1551668807
  • ISBN-13: 978-1551668802
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 10.4 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 949,013 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 25 Dec 2013
By A. Saul
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To begin with, only to begin with, I was unsure, but I got well and truly hooked this is the second book I have read by Susan Wiggs and I will be reading more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Could not put it down 26 Sep 2013
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Really enjoyed the Lighthouse keeper just couldn't put it down. The plot kept drawing you in so much
Highly recommended
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! 12 April 2002
By Chris Cummings - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
In purchasing this book, I paid more than I typically do for a novel, but it was worth every penny!
Mary, pregnant and unwed, washes ashore after a tragic boat crash. Though she considers herself "damaged goods" and has, as an Irish immigrant, suffered cruel and prejudicial attitudes, she's a very charming and lovable character, bursting with life and love and vitality.
Jesse, the reclusive lighthouse keeper of Cape Disappointment, finds himself a reluctant savior to Mary when he rescues her on the shore of Cape Disappointment. Jesse's pregnant wife died 11 years ago, and he has held himself, solely, to blame ever since, abandoning a carefree life of privilege and high society for a lonely monk's existence, deprived of any joy or human contact, as, for penance, he keeps watch, nightly, over the ocean which took everything from him.
Embittered, hardened, and self-loathing, Jesse's character is very deeply tortured (puts me in mind of Jane Eyre's Rochester) and fights desperately against the flame that Mary's unexpected presence in his life is rekindling within his heart while she recuperates in his home.
Jesse avoids Mary, but she seeks him out; he tries to put her off with his scowls and harsh words, but she continues to draw out the kind and loving man lurking beneath the surface against his will. Slowly, her companionship, affection, and love begin to thaw the heart he has deliberately frozen and hardened over so many years, and it terrifies him.
This book was so beautifully written and so very deeply touching and filled with such raw, human emotion, passion and desire, I still find myself reflecting on it, days after I've read it. I found myself rooting for Mary and Jesse from the beginning and still cheering for them in the end. Fantastic!
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great Americana romance by the genre's brightest star 8 Aug 1997
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In 1876 at the mouth of the Columbia River in the Washington Territory, lighthouse keeper Jesse Morgan notices a body has been washed ashore. When he reaches the beach, he realizes that the person is alive and pregnant. He takes her inside his home where his assistants tell him that he must watch over her as part of Law of the Sea. Jesse, who lost his spouse to the sea, prefers to be alone, but apparently is stuck for awhile with the injured woman. When she regains full consciousness, she tells him that her name is Mary Dare, that she is all alone in the world, and she was a stowaway on the ship that just sunk.

There is obviously a man in Mary's life, who will come for her. To Jesse's chagrin that man turns out to be his former business partner, Granger Clapp, who is also married to Jesse's sister. Jesse, who wanted no woman in his life, is now deeply in love with Mary, who returns the feelings. However, can Jesse risk living again by reaching out to Mary? If he does, the couple still must deal with Clapp before they can find happiness together.

Susan Wiggs can always be relied upon to provide an exciting historical romance that adds luster to the sub-genre. All the characters are well written, but especially interesting are the local townsfolk (think Northern Exposure). The story line is a fast-paced intrigue cocooned in a nineteenth century Americana back drop. THE LIGHTKEEPER is a novel that will illuminate the darkest night.

Harriet Klausner
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book will be reissued in March 2002 7 Aug 2001
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This isn't exactly a review (what can I say? I love this book!) but a special note to readers. First of all, thanks to everyone who has written to me about this book. I'm so sorry you've had a hard time finding a copy! The good news: I'm delighted to report that it will be back in print in a few months, complete with new cover art (gorgeous). The isbn is 1-55166-880-7, and I believe the cover price will still be $..., thanks to my very excellent publisher. There's a complete, up-to-date listing of all my books at my web site, [...] Thanks again, Susan Wiggs, author of THE LIGHTKEEPER
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars a very sweet book 3 July 2002
By Brenda Condit - Published on
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This is the first book I've read from this author and I must say I enjoyed it quite a bit. The story is very well written and the characters are well developed. There is sex but its not the focus of the story.
The story starts out with our hero, Jesse, finding a shipwreck survivor on the beach. Jesse is the lighthouse keeper and is a very tormented soul. He blames himself for his wife's death 12 years earlier in a shipwreck so he keeps vigil at the lighthouse to make up for it. The survivor is the heroine, Mary. She is alone and pregnant and needs Jesse's help to survive. She soon discovers that Jesse needs her just as much but it unwilling to to admit that he needs anyone or that he deserves any happiness in his life.
Together they must heal each other's emotional scars and fight to stay together.
This story is very tender and sad in spots and passionate and fiesty in others. I really enjoyed it and plan on reading others by this author.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Book 16 Mar 2000
By Maria R. Varecka - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book had it all. It was touching, sensitive, funny, erotic - really pulled at your heartstrings. It evoked all kinds of feelings. Susan Wiggs really gets us into Jesse's head. The book enthralled me from the first page to the last. I didn't want it to end. It showed what mature, real, deep love is all about. I just loved it.
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