Kiss River by Diane Chamberlain
I didn't know that this book is the second novel in this little series, I had already read the novel that proceeds this one so the characters were familiar to me. However, it is easily enjoyable and easy to follow even if you haven't read the other books from the series. It is a fast read and the ending gives way to the novel that follows it. The characters come alive and you become engrossed in their world and lives. Diane's writing style is easy and powerful and it makes me keep going back to her books. I give this a solid B.
(from her website) Gina Higgins has come to the Outer Banks of North Carolina--a stranger with a secret. But secrets are a fact of life in the close-knit community of Kiss River...
Kiss River's historic nineteenth-century lighthouse has all but fallen into the sea, taking with it the huge Fresnel lens that once served as its beacon. Gina is desperate to find a way to raise the lens from the sea: the glass holds the key to her future, her fortune and her only chance to save the one person who matters to her.
Lacey O'Neill lives in the old lightkeeper's house, a home she shares with her brother, Clay. When Lacey meets Gina, she invites her to stay with them. Eagerly accepting the offer, Gina begins her quest to raise the lens as Clay finds himself drawn to her struggle, and to Gina herself.
As Gina's story unfolds, so does the shocking legacy left buried in the light, revealing more than Gina expected...much more. And with it comes new hope for the future...and for love.
Darkness, My Old Friend by Lisa Unger
I love Lisa's books because they are so compelling and gripping and they make me stay up late to finish. This didn't disappoint although I did feel that the beginning was a little slow and it took a bit longer to see how the characters were connected,etc. A great mystery and story, I give it a B+/A-
(from her website) After giving up his post at the Hollows Police Department, Jones Cooper is at loose ends. He is having trouble facing a horrible event from his past and finding a second act. He’s in therapy. Then, on a brisk October morning, he has a visitor. Eloise Montgomery, the psychic who plays a key role in Fragile, comes to him with predictions about his future, some of them dire.
Michael Holt, a young man who grew up in The Hollows, has returned looking for answers about his mother, who went missing many years earlier. He has hired local PI Ray Muldune and psychic Eloise Montgomery to help him solve the mystery that has haunted him. What he finds might be his undoing.
Fifteen-year-old Willow Graves is exiled to The Hollows from Manhattan when six months earlier she moved to the quiet town with her novelist mother after a bitter divorce. Willow is acting out, spending time with kids that bring out the worst in her. And when things get hard, she has a tendency to run away—a predilection that might lead her to dark places.
I am really looking forward to coffee with thee besties tomorrow afternoon because it has been a few weeks since we all hung out.
Happy Friday & Weekend!