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text 2017-03-31 07:58
The Lighthouse Keeper by Cynthia Ellingsen Blog Tour and Giveaway
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Book Title: The Lighthouse Keeper 
Author: Cynthia Ellingsen 
Genre: Contemporary Women's Fiction 
Release Date: April 4, 2017 
Hosted by: Book Enthusiast Promotions
book blurb
Dawn Conners’s parents are famous for finding historic treasures, but she has a knack for losing things—her job, her boyfriend, and now, her reputation. Thanks to a mud-slinging exposé, Dawn’s late great-grandfather is assumed guilty of stealing silver from a century-old shipwreck. Hoping to clear his name, Dawn returns to Starlight Cove, her idyllic hometown on Lake Michigan, where the doomed vessel sleeps beneath the beam of a ramshackle lighthouse.
Her plan: remodel and sell the lighthouse while untangling the perplexing family mystery. Neither task is easy, especially once her well-meaning parents and the quirky locals—including nautical researcher and Starlight Cove’s most eligible bachelor, Kip Whittaker—get involved. Despite their attraction, Dawn is reluctant to trust Kip, or any of the close-knit townsfolk. But as she pieces together the truth, Dawn’s once-shuttered heart opens up. And if she’s willing, the lighthouse might guide her to a place she never expected to find, where the past entwines with a bright new beginning.
“Dawn Conners?” a voice called.
I snapped out of my reverie and stared.
A gorgeous guy in his midthirties dragged a rickety rowboat through the water. His dark hair was windblown, cheeks rough with stubble, and his navy T-shirt clung to a strong upper body. He flashed me a smile I felt all the way down to my toes.
“Are you Dawn?” he called.
“Yes,” I said, smoothing my hair.
Who on earth was he?
I watched as he tossed a bowline knot over a metal pole and cinched it with a firm tug. The rope went taut, along with his upper arms. Then he jogged across the sand and came to a halt next to the boardwalk.
Midnight-blue eyes surveyed my fitted linen dress, bare legs, and low pumps. In a voice much too husky for polite conversation, he said, “You always wear high heels to the beach?”
I flushed.
Even though Libby liked to say that my fitted dresses and pinned-up hair made me look like a candidate for public office, I didn’t expect to hear it from a stranger.
“Depends on the day,” I shot back. “Do you always look like you just rolled out of bed?”
He grinned. “You’re already thinking about me in bed?”
“I have an appointment with Kipling Whittaker,” I said. “If you don’t mind, I’d like to—”
“You can call me Kip.”
Arrgh. I couldn’t believe this.
The fact that my mother had led me to believe that this guy was a gentleman of a certain age meant she was up to one thing: matchmaking. In her mind, I came to Starlight Cove for a fun, relaxing summer vacation. That assessment could not be further from the truth. The last thing I wanted to do was waste time flirting with some rumple-haired playboy.
Especially one named Kip.
meet the author
Cynthia Ellingsen lives in Lexington, Kentucky, with her husband and is the author of two previous novels: The Whole Package and Marriage Matters. She loves connecting with readers through her website, Facebook, and Twitter. Visit her at www.cynthiaellingsen.com.
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review 2017-01-15 11:50
The Lightouse Keeper by JC Braswell
The Lighthouse Keeper - JC Braswell

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I just couldn't get into the writing style...Blurb sounded great, read for around 30% and it just dragged a bit to get into the story and by this time I had lost interest and skim read most of the book. Really couldn't tell you what happened...The cover is just beautiful though!


*Thank-you JC Braswell, Netgalley & Magothy Publishing for the reading copy.

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review 2016-10-11 00:00
Lighthouse Jive
Lighthouse Jive - Jonathan Dunne Lighthouse Jive - Jonathan Dunne I received this book as an ARC for honest review.
I really enjoyed this book. Mr. Dunne has an unusual, quirky sense of humor that made for a laugh out loud good read. The unexpected, comedic turns the story takes makes for a book you don't want to put down. The tale is about a strange but loveable family, struggling with issues but finds a way, albeit unusual, to try to solve some problems, and come to grips with those they can't change. Characters include a father/husband tired of life in a world that has nothing but bad news, to a wife/mother who dwells too much on conspiracy theories, a daughter in love with a low I.Q. boxer, and a son who throws his voice through a dog, to a midget with a mouth from hell, and a hippy-hermit they call "The Island God" work to create a memorable story. I think this would make a rollicking good comedic movie. I recommend this book to anyone wanting a good laugh and a happy ending. : )
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review 2016-04-25 17:43
The Jupiter Lighthouse Mystery - Frederic R St. Laurent Sr.

The Jupiter Lighthouse Mystery by Frederic St. Laurent Sr
Wanted to read this book because i like learning about lighthouses.  Starts out with a shipwreck because the lighthouse was not lit that night of the big storm.
Next up and the Simmons family will be leaving Boston Light to tend to the Jupiter Lighthouse in FL. A father and his two children.
They meet up with the assistant keeper, Peter and they all get along well enough. Amy starts reading the logbook of past light keepers and learns much about who is haunting the lighthouse and other secrets.
She and Tipton and Peter go together to solve more clues as they arise to find out who is the shadow and what they can do to help. With their dad's help they can fix some problems-oiling the hinges and he explains why at night time they would creak.
So much history is in the logbooks, very fascinating details of decades past. Treasure is so unexpected and how they come by it!  But all good things must come to an end as the family get stationed elsewhere. What will become of Amy and Peter ?? Love terms explained about Indian words and legends.
Would be a great book for children to read along with their grandparents, each taking a page or two and discussing things along the way. Indian folklore and traditions was interesting to learn about. Felt this was really two books in one as the logbook is a story all by itself.
Learning was fun in this book-not like a school chore or homework. Look forward to more from this author.
I received this book from The Book Club Network (bookfun.org) in exchange for my honest review

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review 2016-04-22 08:44
Reading Up a Storm: A Lighthouse Library Mystery - Eva Gates
An idyllic small town with a friendly cast, an inquisitive young librarian, a cute feline, some quirky characters, a dash of romance and the death of a man newly returned into town after many years away make for a light, fun read.

I would have appreciated the characters to be a bit more fleshed out, to behave a bit more realistically. In places it all felt a bit overexcited.

I read a free copy in exchange for a honest review.
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