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Alone on the tip of the cape, Hannah Snow is on the verge of her most heroic rescue yet.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 doeAlone on the tip of the cape, Hannah Snow is on the verge of her most heroic rescue yet.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?...

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The Lightkeeper's Wife Reviews

  • Tara Chevrestt
    2019-05-26 19:55

    Reading the blurb on this and viewing the cover, you wouldn't think for a moment that it's a story about women's roles in society, about pirates, about lesbian love. Thus, this is one full of surprises.First of all, it's not explicit. Second, there's a lot to like about this book. Let me think of where to start...1. I love the many women in this story who battle with what society expects of them and what their heart tells them to do. Hannah is called to the sea and driven to rescue sailors in need. However, her husband believes in merely maintaining the lighthouse lights and waiting until the storm is over and it's too late to save anyone. He doesn't let her out there. There's two lady pirates at some point, fighting alongside men, trying to survive a harsh world. There's even a woman who works in ship building.2. Turns out (I read the Author Notes) that Hannah was inspired by a woman named Grace Darling, a lightkeeper's daughter in the UK who became famous for rowing into a storm to rescue a drowning sailor. The author also says, "While the male lightkeepers were known for staying ashore to watch the lights, the women became known for rowing into the sea to rescue drowning sailors." I also recognized that the lady pirates were based on/inspired by Anne Bonney and Mary Reid.3. I loved Hannah's passion for saving people and the way her and Billy work diligently on a special device to do this very thing.Long story short, it's a tale of women battling their gender roles in the 1840s or thereabouts (pre Civil War), of widowhood, of conflicting emotions, of trying to make up for a poor decisions in the past.I enjoyed it, especially the tales of piracy, though I had a very hard time liking Annie and understanding her. Her actions seemed strange to me, too abrupt and not quite explained--her sudden hatred of her husband, her coldness, her hate, interest in the ship... I'd have liked the story to get more in depth and explain more clearly somehow why she's so mean after the loss of a baby. Thousands of women lose their babies every day. It was even worse back then. I don't see it being the husband's fault. I thought her manner of retaliation was extreme.On the other hand, the story did a very good job with Hannah's conflicting emotions. Should she grieve more, harder? Marry again? How does she really feel about Tom, and Billy?This story inspired me to look up a real-life heroine mentioned in the Author's Notes. Find out more on my blog:

  • Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
    2019-04-27 15:50

    A seaman's life for me.Hannah was worthy to be a seaman, and Annie/Blue turned into a seaman as well as a pirate​.Hannah and Annie knew nothing about each other, but they had things in common: both​ were headstrong for women of the 1800’s and they both loved the sea.THE LIGHTKEEPER'S WIFE goes back and forth between Hannah's life and Annie/Blue's connecting both characters’ lives without their knowing.THE LIGHTKEEPER'S WIFE is about enduring life and living a passion. You will feel Hannah's frustration as she tries to keep up the lighthouse after her husband has gone missing and only has Billy to help her.The descriptions Ms. Johnson has of boat rescues and being at sea are amazing. Great detail in the telling of the story and the book's events keeps you reading.I enjoyed THE LIGHTKEEPER'S WIFE. If you enjoy the 1800's and seafaring content, you will enjoy THE LIGHTKEEPER'S WIFE. Gorgeous cover, fantastic writing, and great research, but my rating is going to be a 3/5 because of the disconnection with some parts of the book and for the length of time it took me to figure out what was going on and the length of time it took me to figure out who the characters were.I received this book free of charge and without compensation from the publisher in return for an honest review.​

  • Renee
    2019-05-10 19:44

    I couldn't get past chapter 2 because of the inaccuracies for the time period. It says in the first chapter that this is supposed to be set in 1843 but the characters dialogue does not reflect this. She said the lighthouse had a kitchen sink in it, which wasn't invented until the 1860's, and that's in Europe, not even when it eventually made its way to the US, let alone into a building like a provincial lighthouse. She supposedly received a penny for each lobster she caught when she was a little girl - A. That would have been a small fortune, and B. the penny wasn't even legal tender until 1864! Then, the fact that the male neighbor just leaves her with a strange man in her house even though her husband isn't home would have been out of the question at the time. I cannot continue reading this story because I can only assume that these little tidbits of inaccuracies sprinkles about will just continue throughout the book and consequently continue to annoy me. It probably is a great story if you can look past the small details but I'm just not that kind of reader/writer.

  • Meg - A Bookish Affair
    2019-05-08 14:57

    3.5 stars. In "The Lightkeeper's Wife," Hannah has only been married to John for a couple years. Their marriage is fairly comfortable but Hannah finds herself wanting to be able to do more to help run the lighthouse where they live. However, it is the 19th century and during that time, that is really a man's job so her husband is not happy to have her help at all, which means that it is very boring for Hannah. One night, Hannah helps rescue a man who is very lost himself and her life will never be the same after that. Her husband abandons her and she is left with Billy, the man she saves. This is a very quiet book that looks out one woman's resilience in the face of adversity. Hannah is left alone to fend for herself and as we see in the book, she tries to do a good job and in some ways succeeds and in some ways does not succeed. I really found her character to be interesting because she is so brave and unafraid no matter what happens to her on the small island.This book is so much more then its synopsis; it's not only the story of a marriage, but it is the story of a woman having to deal with dangerous elements with nature and man created. I like how the other was able to create a sense of drama surrounding the people who visit the island. I really thought that was done well. Overall, I really enjoyed this book.

  • Stacy Mar
    2019-05-16 16:44

    This book was totally not what I expected upon reading the description and just based on the cover art. You sort of get the idea of the regurgitated woman living by the sea idea....and because of this, I almost did not even bother to read.However, I think it contains one of the most distinct stories I have ever read inside a novel. And let's also speak of the originality of the story and it's characters.At first I did not enjoy the way the story kept changing between past and present and between the two characters. But the more I read, the more fascinating the life of a woman pirate was to well as the tribulations in the life of the light keepers wife.The biggest surprise was the cross-gender of one of the female characters as well as the lesbian love that flourished at the end.Very intriguing and enjoyable read. I hate seeing low reviews based on the whole 'i don't like sex and lesbians' thing. C'mon's literature!

  • Nancy Baker
    2019-05-11 20:33

    My first instinct was to give this book only one star, but in all honesty, I did enjoy the images projected of life as a lighthouse keeper and even that of life on the high seas. Obviously, my opinion differs greatly from others who have read this book. Hannah was a strong woman who felt that being a woman should not bring limitations to what she was capable of achieving or doing. A father who raised her to feel at home in the water and to take pride in honest hard work, Hannah's mother felt she would be better served working in their on-land store and learning the ropes of being a lady rather than learning the ropes on a sailing ship. What a treasure was in store for her when she marries the lighthouse keeper and she is able to feel a part of the sea again. Annie was in a marriage not of her liking. Her husband is a ship's captain and life aboard a ship with her as the only female is lonely. Pregnant and afraid of having to give birth on board her husband's whaling vessel, he sets her ashore with a promise to return for her after she has given birth and ready to sail again. Heartbroken and feeling abandoned, she finds comfort in the females to whom her husband has entrusted her care to. The birth of her daughter brings limited joy as the baby soon succumbs to ailments stemming from premature birth. Annie is determined to change outcome of her life, no matter the cost. So for this reader, at least the beginning of the story presented two strong women who were not afraid to face adversity, trials and tribulations and saw no boundaries for their accomplishments. In researching the original of names, I found that Hannah means "grace, or in God's favor". Ironically, Annie is actually another version or form of Hannah. So I immediately begin to see a connection between their characters. And that is about where my interest and favor with the book ended. I like to think that I read books that give me pause to think. I think value is found in literary works when a reader is moved, emotionally uplifted or gains insight from a story or theme from a book. I felt the story had validity and strength on its own accord without having to bring in sexuality issues better left for other works. Unfortunately, I finished this book disappointed by the outcome and directions taken. Oh well - as a reader, you win some and you lose some.

  • Dana
    2019-05-24 19:33

    The Lightkeeper's Wife showcased two remarkable women trying to take control their lives in a world dominated by men. These are just the type of characters I love to read about, but I couldn't have predicted how powerful their stories would be. Hannah, the lightkeeper's wife, was a determined and brave young woman who worked the lighthouse with her husband even though her parents and society didn't approve. Alice was another woman set on breaking free of female stereotypes when she convinced the sailors aboard her husband's ship to teach her to sail. The feisty spirits of these women made this book entertaining. The whimsical writing conjured the nautical elements very well: the cold sea spray, the salty air, the coarse grains of sand, and the ominous cloudy sky. Aside from just being descriptive, Sarah Anne Johnson wrote with an intensity that allowed her characters' passions and fears to come to life.When her husband ventured to town for supplies, Hannah fearlessly manned the lighthouse alone. After a shipwreck occurred near the lighthouse, she rescued Billy and brought him into her home to recover. I was surprised when Alice's narration became a pirate tale and she transformed from a prim wife to the vengeful pirate Blue. The plot events showcased each woman's determination and vulnerabilities, which allowed them to evolve through the book. Since there was no time period referenced to differentiate the alternating stories, I waited anxiously to see how they would connect. The sentence that gave away the twisted plot came so unexpectedly that I read it three times. Maybe I'm the only person who didn't see the surprise coming, but I purposely allow stories to sweep me away rather than trying to figure out the ending. Johnson examined a variety of themes such as society's views on life, love, and purpose, and still managed to tie them neatly together  in a story where the pace never slowed.This was a beautiful story I am so glad I read.

  • Angela
    2019-05-27 16:54

    It's the 1800s in New England, and Hannah's husband fails to return to the lighthouse one night. There's where I thought Hannah began her journey of self-discovery, and navigating her way as a strong woman in patriarchal culture. But I was wrong. Hannah began that journey when she married John, when she decided to run out in storms and help sea-drenched sailors keep from drowning when their ships went down, and when she disavowed her feelings for Tom. Hannah had little fear, and demonstrated chin-up bravery even when she was afraid of something. The Lightkeeper's Wife is about Hannah plowing through life on her own terms, wending her way with a man beside her, without a man beside her, and most importantly with her own balance of masculinity and femininity. Besides Hannah's story, the novel explores pirate life. We see men and women fighting, stealing, killing... for freedom and gold. The women pretend to be men for their own safety on and off the ship. And some women remain masculine in dress and manner, because masculine affectation has become part of their soul. The climax of the novel is when Hannah's life and a pirate's life intersect. The characters live as authentically as they can in a narrow-minded society. Families and friends and lovers all just live the best way they know how, without selling their soul completely. I received an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.

  • Dee Gurganus
    2019-04-28 15:50

    This was a very good read. I was first intrigued by it because of "Lightkeeper" in the title because of my love of lighthouses. What I found was a very intense story about the trials and tribulations of maintaining a lighthouse in the northeast in the 1800's. In addition, it spoke to the role of women during this time. Ms Johnson starts two stories that I could figure out how they were going to tie together. But when the outcome was revealed I was totally surprised and then saw the foreshadowing. Put this one on your "to read" list and be ready to be keep your eyes open to the possibilities.

  • Carol
    2019-05-04 17:34

    Hannah should not be in the water saving ship wrecked sailors. Her husband would be furious. Its his job to tend to the lighthouse at Dangerfield to warn the ships off of the rocks. But when the ship Cynthia Rose runs aground John is away getting supplies and Hannah rushes out into the storm. She can only rescue one sailor out of the water Billy. When Hannah gets word that her husband John will not be returning she sinks into grief so deep. With Billy's help she continues to man the lighthouse. Billy is not all he seems. Hannah starts to doubt herself and about the strange man Billy. This was an interesting read!!!!!

  • Margi
    2019-04-28 18:46

    Some good twists but not really all that well written. The best part of the book was the setting, I felt like I was at the lighthouse and in the water with Hannah. The characters were ok, Billy being a little over the top at times. It is definitely a book about gender and discovering sexuality. By reading the back of the book one would not get that. I felt like that was an added as an afterthought even though the author wanted it as a theme of the book.

  • Laurie
    2019-05-23 13:00


  • Julie
    2019-05-18 19:47

    I just found the book so unrealistic and so many things were left unanswered that I didn't enjoy it much. I did like the historical setting but not the main characters.

  • Kathy
    2019-05-15 13:38

    3.5 stars.The Lightkeeper's Wife by Sarah Anne Johnson is an intriguing historical novel that offers an illuminating perspective into women's roles in the mid 1800s. Close attention to details provides the story with historical accuracy but it is the unusual but realistic storyline that makes it such an interesting read.Hannah Snow's husband John inexplicably vanishes during a routine trip for supplies leaving her to maintain the lighthouse and save the survivors from the shipwrecks. One of her first rescues is William "Billy" Pike and the two grow close as Billy recovers from the injuries sustained during the shipwreck. As weeks turn into months with no word of John's whereabouts, Billy and Hannah keep the lighthouse beacon burning brightly, but it is their collaboration to streamline their rescue efforts that tightens the bond between them. But Billy is harboring some very dark secrets and when Hannah uncovers the truth about his identity, will she continue to offer him shelter?Hannah is a very unusual woman for the time period and she is more than capable of pulling her weight around the lighthouse. While John is willing to indulge her up to a point, her need to rescue the shipwreck victims is often a point of contention between them. She is strong-willed, passionate and after John's disappearance, she never gives in to despair. In fact, she refuses to leave the lighthouse and continues with all of her duties along with John's. Hannah is confused by what she learns about Billy, and despite a few initial misgivings, the two continue working together to protect sailors from harm.Billy is very enigmatic and at first, he gives up very little information about his past. His reminisces about Anne, a woman from his past, are rather confusing since there is little context for their relationship. However, the answers for many questions about Billy are revealed through these glimpses of his past and although it takes a while, everything eventually becomes clearer. Not 100% clear since some of the events occur abruptly with little explanation or warning and then the story quickly moves on. By the time Billy arrives at the lighthouse, he is a much more sympathetic character, but it is difficult to forgive and in some cases, understand, some of his previous actions. He is instrumental in some much needed improvements for Hannah's rescues but do his good deeds in the present outweigh the somewhat horrible aspects from his past?The Lightkeeper's Wife is a well-written but rather slow-paced novel. The mystery surrounding Billy drives much of the plot, but after the truth is revealed, the remainder of the story becomes a little repetitious. Sarah Anne Johnson raises some very interesting points about women's roles during the time period and it is fascinating watching Hannah maintain her position at the lighthouse despite some rather strenuous opposition. Hannah's decisions about her future are also quite interesting and the relationship between her and Billy is very unexpected. A stunning plot twist adds to the novel's uniqueness and answers some, but not all, of Hannah's questions about Billy. All in all, it is a nice read that fans of historical novels will enjoy.

  • Sara Smith
    2019-05-07 17:56

    This book started out how I judged it from it's cover, but then it quickly changes pace talking about female pirates, which I thought was very interesting. Women who had to dress as men to be safely at sea as independent spirits rather than bound by society's rules.

  • Kim
    2019-05-05 13:58

    Liked it up until the relationship between Billy and Hannah started. Sucked.

  • Sarah
    2019-05-02 18:47

    This book explored some fascinating themes and ideas. I loved learning about gender roles and the restrictions/expectations on women in the 1840s. The author was able to incorporate those themes into her characters and their personalities in a seamless way. I was especially kept spellbound by Annie/Blue/Billy and that journey to identifying who that character really was. Her story examined many areas of 19th century life, from the daily life on ships to how women had to survive on paradise Jamaica to the constrained world of New England. I loved how her story intersected Hannah’s and gave such a contrast on how women decided to deal with their life challenges and overcome them. I also really enjoyed how Hannah wouldn't back down from her rescue work. She decided on a set of actions, come hell, husband, or storms. I admired her all the more for it.The author’s use of historical details shone with vibrancy and reflected the amount of research she evidently invested in. I've personally read a bit of non-fiction on life during the Age of Sail and women during that time frame. So I had a somewhat clear framework in my mind for the information. Yet, seeing those details interwoven and brought to life by these two women as they cross-dress across the bounding main, crossed swords with pirates, manned a lighthouse, and rescued sailors in dangerous waters was a new level of joy for me.The only quibble I have would be that some of the details of the story were spoiled for me early on into the story. The main instance I have in mind was how quickly I caught onto Annie’s/Billy’s identity. Maybe it was how the breast-binding was mentioned so quickly into the story, I’m not sure. But I actually didn't think binding for broken ribs over breast-binding at all. Maybe it was all the talk about discussing gender issues mentioned on the back of the book. But that was ruined fairly early on for me.At the end of the day, though, I was vastly entertained by this work, and I learned a few things, too. The author brings to life the detail of the period; her characters feel like they could step right off the page, they’re so vibrant. Despite some early spoilers that were probably just specific to me, I feel this book is definitely a high contender as a recommendation for lovers of historical fiction. Definitely check this one out if you enjoy the genre!

  • Mirella
    2019-05-01 14:33

    When Hannah Rescues Billy From a Shipwreck, She Will Change Both Their Lives Forever.Hannah Snow shouldn't be in the water, saving shipwrecked sailors. Her husband would be furious—it's his job to tend to the lighthouse at Dangerfield, to warn the ships off the rocks. Sailors know that the Dangerfield coastline is treacherous, but the waves constantly pull them down into the deep anyway.But when the ship Cynthia Rose runs aground, John is away buying supplies, and Hannah rushes out into the storm. She can only fish one sailor out of the icy water—weatherworn, half-drunk Billy.When Hannah gets word that John will not return home to her, she sinks into grief so deep that she feels she may never surface again. With Billy's help, she continues to man the lighthouse, keeping the lamps blazing even during her darkest hours. But Billy is not all that he seems. And Hannah starts to doubt whether anything she knew about this strange man—or herself—is true.The Lightkeeper's Wife by Sarah Anne Johnson is a captivating novel strongly focused on the role of women in an era where they had little power beyond the guardianship of their fathers, husbands, and sons. Hannah has lost her husband and finds herself alone to run the lighthouse. Storms bring ships to ground and she courageously goes out to rescue survivors. One such rescue yields a survivor named Billy, a drinker, a loner. Hannah takes Billy under her wings and allows him to work for his keep helping her maintain the lighthouse and its duties. Page by page, and through flashbacks, dark secrets are revealed, and love across all genders is explored, until the story culminates in a satisfying ending. The novel is written beautifully, hauntingly, and with heart-wrenching emotion. The strength of women is explored, as well as the ability to love without boundaries.

  • Keri
    2019-05-16 20:45

    I received this book for free through Goodreads Giveaways.I was really intrigued by the premise of The Lightkeeper's Wife. Historical fiction focusing on strong women is always a favorite of mine. In The Lightkeeper's Wife, Hannah's husband, the lightkeeper off the coast of Massachusetts, disappears, which leaves Hannah to save the survivors from the shipwrecks. When she saves Billy from a wreck, there is an instant connection between them, despite talk from the rest of the town about her keeping a strange sailor in her home. Meanwhile, strung throughout the story is the tale of Annie/Blue, a wife turned brutal pirate.The novel started off interestingly enough. The author's writing style is very beautiful. I could picture the ocean, hear the waves crashing, smell the salty air. Her portrayal of strong women like Hannah and Blue is very reminiscent of Sarah Orne Jewtt's portrayal of women in The Country of the Pointed Firs. I thought the back and forth between the two tales, of Hannah and of Blue, was slightly confusing, but when the stories finally merged together, it was done so in a very clever and shocking way. However, after the big reveal, I thought the story kind of fell flat. There were a lot of actions taken by the characters that didn't really have clear motives and the fighting between Hannah and Billy grew so tiring and repetitive at times that the end, to me, felt slightly unbelievable.

  • Leone (She Reads too Much Romance)
    2019-04-27 15:50

    I was immediately drawn to everything about this novel when I selected it for review. The design of the cover, the synopsis and the chosen writing flow of the author herself. What I think stands out to me the most about this novel is how uniquely different it stands apart from anything that I have read this year. The Lightkeeper's Wife had everything I was looking for and even traits I was surprised to find as I read through the pages. This novel contains romance, suspense, mystery and I honestly could not have expected a better read then what Johnson delivered! Hannah, the heroine is such a strong and independent female that I related to her so well from the beginning it was almost like being best friends with someone and sharing in their story along the way. The fact that Johnson chose these characteristics for Hannah only enhanced the content of this novel that much more for me.THIS REVIEW IN FULL WAS SUBMITTED TO THE PUBLISHERS PRIOR TO POSTING IT ON GOODREADS. THIS REVIEW WAS ALSO SUBMITTED TO THE NIGHT OWL REVIEWS WEBSITE. YOU CAN READ THE FULL REVIEW BY FOLLOWING THIS LINK: COPYRIGHTS BELONG TO NOR!

  • Sarah
    2019-05-24 19:32

    This book was a total surprise. I am always drawn to books set in New England, Cape Cod and the islands in particular. This one also had the promise of a lighthouse setting and shipwrecks - both very romantic and haunting images. I did not expect the understory at all, and I think the book was very well-written. It had so many themes. The way Hannah deals with her grief is palpable and I liked her character a lot. She was believable and heroic. I was not a big fan of Annie. I did not understand her extreme reaction to what happened to her. I could imagine the horror of her loss, but to react with such violence...And I have grown weary of historical novels where women assume very masculine personalities. I just have a hard time believing that there were so many who fought against their gender. I did not particularly enjoy the pirate storyline, nor did I like Annie, really. I just could not relate to her. There is a homosexual love story in this book, but it is not explicit and describes what turns into a beautiful friendship. It did not make me uncomfortable but concerned for the couple in what was then a very non-accepting environment (1800s New England). While it was not what I was expecting, it turned out to be a good read.

  • Linda
    2019-04-30 12:58

    Hannah Snow is the lightkeeper's wife............that is until he doesn't come home from a trip to town. Hannah is determined to be the lightkeeper now that her husband is gone and so she spends her time tending to the lighthouse lights and going out to sea when a ship is wrecked on the nearby shoals. One rescue she makes is of a man named William Pike, or Billy, as he prefers to be called. Billy has secrets but Hannah is drawn to him for some reason and he to Hannah.Together Hannah and Billy tackle the job of rescuing people from their sinking ships and creating devices that will help them rescue more people. This is a story with many flashbacks, both Hannah and Billy go back through their past trying to understand who they are and why they have arrived at this place in their lives. Hannah thinks often of her life before her husband disappeared.........a life where she wasn't allowed to do anything that could hurt her or take her life. Billy reflects on Annie, a woman who loved and lost but found a way to survive. Annie's secrets were and are Billy's secrets. Both Hannah and Billy become stronger in body and mind as they fight to save themselves and each other.

  • Rosemarie
    2019-05-22 18:43

    I must admit, this was not one of my favorite books. The positive: the plot was interesting. I enjoyed reading about mid 19th century Cape Cod, pirates, and keeping of the lighthouse. Throughout the first two-thirds of the book, it appeared there were two separate stories; however, the author did tie them together - just after I figured it out. So the twist was good. What I didn't like about the book were the handful of sex scenes, which I felt were not necessary to the plot and were a bit gratuitous. There was one event that I agreed pushed the plot along because it showed the change in personality of one of the characters, but I think it could've been a bit less graphic and still got the point across. Finally, the issue of hidden gender (a woman dressed like a man to book passage on a ship) on the part of one of the characters became overbearing at the end. (I won't give details in case you want to read this.) If I had known what "themes" this book was going to address, I would not have chosen to read it. Fair warning to future readers: if you do not like sex scenes or cross-gender themes, this is not the book for you (as it wasn't for me).

  • norcalgal
    2019-04-29 16:38

    You'd think that since I made it that far, I might as well continue, but I got to about 75% of this book then it became a DNF. I also have to confess that I skimmed quite a bit of it, especially the parts describing the manufacture or handling of boats, schooners, skiffs or any other sea vessels. I just did not care to read what I felt was a maritime manual.The story was flat and somewhat boring. I was curious to see how Hannah's story and Blue's would intersect, and where "Billy" came into it all. Once I did, I have to confess that was a nice surprise twist, as I am rarely surprised these days at a story's turn.However, even this was not enough to make me finish the novel. I just couldn't care about any of the characters and the plot wasn't gripping/enthralling. Sarah Anne Johnson might have been trying to say something about women's lives in mid-19th century America, and more specifically, that of transgendered women but the message was lost in the boring story.For me, this is a .5 star novel, but I'll bump it to 1 star for the surprise revelation about Billy. Other than that, I have nothing else to praise about this book.

  • Debbie
    2019-05-10 15:42

    Thanks Net Galley and Sourcebooks for the e-galley in exchange for an honest review!I loved this story and was totally shocked with one of the plot twists regarding Billy. It definitely kept me interested and was very entertaining. Historical fiction is a new genre for me and this one helped make me glad that I decided to indulge in this genre. Although there is no way I would have wanted to live in this era. Ha! The story was well written and jumped from present time to past time. I really came to like the characters. I was definitely shocked when I discovered the secret of Billy. The clues were there, but I didn't pick up on them. I am definitely glad that I was allowed the opportunity to read this one as it's not one that I would usually pick up. But, it's definitely worth doing so.

  • Sara Diane
    2019-05-25 18:38

    I got this from NetGalley to preview.I really wanted to like this book--the main character started off interesting, and I've always had a thing for lighthouses (blame it on Pete's Dragon). But this story started off decent and then it just got slow and muddled and then it fell right into obligatory diversity.What might have been a good story about a strong woman became a story about hiding who you are. And then, without supportive narrative, the two main characters are suddenly attracted to each other. If felt like like it went there only for the current trend to include homosexuality in everything. I think it would have been a better story if it hadn't gone there. Because women can be strong without completely blocking out men.

  • Lisa D - Sassy Cat Chat
    2019-05-06 16:42

    The Lightkeepers Wife by Sarah Anne Johnson is a story about loss, love, and finding your way. It was beautifully written and I enjoyed that aspect of reading this book very much. I have to say though, that the story wasn't exactly my cup of tea. It wasn't bad - I just think maybe it's not for everyone. This is a book where you can easily give plot parts away and ruin the story for someone else - so I will refrain from doing just that. The novel is enjoyable, the characters are well developed, and it's a solid read. I think there is an even chance of anyone picking it up and loving it or feeling like I did; it was good but not my thing.I do recommend it though and I would certainly give something by Sarah Anne Johnson a try.

  • Emily
    2019-05-09 12:59

    This is one of those books I thought would be interesting and Barnes and Noble happened to have it on sale for my Nook. The premise was interesting. The story is about a woman, Hanna, who's husband, the lighthouse keeper, goes missing one day. Hanna rescues a man, Billy, when his ship goes down. This book mixed the present and the past and one of my biggest problems with this book was that the two didn't flow correctly. The plot "twist" was very obvious from the beginning and frustrating that it took till the last page to get things resolved. Overall, interesting, but not the well written.

  • Jeweleye
    2019-05-22 14:44

    I wanted to like this book more than I did. The convergent stories of two women going against the status quo in the 19th century was a good plot, and the author did a good job of telling each woman's story. But I got bogged down in the mechanics of how the rescue operations were devised and created, and too often I simply couldn't buy into some of the convenient "help" that appeared, such as when a neighbor built a 15-foot surf boat to aid Hannah with rescues. I probably won't read any other novels by this author, and that's the ultimate test.

  • Cortney
    2019-05-18 19:40

    I really adored this book. It was a quick light thing that I picked out to read during a snowstorm and then maybe a quarter of the way in I found myself thinking 'wouldn't it be great if this happened, and then this, and then that'.Most of my love for this book comes from what I wanted to happen actually happening. I've probably recommended it ten times just for that alone. The characters were enjoyable, the plot was fun & honestly I'd pack it in my vacation bag for a reread because it was just a really, really nice read.