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August 6, 2022

The Lighthouse on Moonglow Bay by Lori Wilde ~ a Review

by Susan Roberts

"For over one hundred and fifty years, the Lighthouse on Moonglow Bay had been haunted and everyone in the sleepy seaside town of Moonglow Cove, Texas, knew it.
And avoided the place."  (p 1)

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book cover of women's fiction novel The Lighthouse on Moonglow Bay by Lori Wilde
March 2022; William Morrow; 978-0063135949
audio, ebook, print (416 pages); women's fiction

Harper and Flannery had not spoken to each other since their mother's funeral six years earlier.  Harper moved to NYC and had a great job in advertising and sent checks home to take care of their mother while Flannery stayed home and took care of her.  They got a call to attend the reading of their grandmother's will in Moonglow Cove and the biggest surprise is that they had always been told that they had no family because they had all died before the sisters were born.  Both sisters are at crucial places in their lives when they get the summons from the lawyer - Harper's career had just disintegrated because she tried to help the wrong person.  Flannery had snuck away from their home to hide from her abusive husband along with her 5-year-old handicapped daughter Willow.  When the will is read, they find out that their grandmother had left them the lighthouse but there were several stipulations:  they must live at the lighthouse and try to work out their issues.  Even more strangely, they had to keep a 100-year-old starter batch of sourdough bread alive and win the local sourdough baking contest.  Neither of them knew anything about sourdough but they both agreed to give it a try.  An aunt that they had never met, helps them understand what has to be done to keep the starter batch going.

As the two sisters begin to spend time together and work on the sourdough starter, they begin to realize how much they had missed each other over the last six years and slowly begin to share their lives with each other. Willow was one of my favorite characters.  Despite spending her days in a wheelchair, she has a positive outlook in life.  The big question throughout the book is whether the sisters will reconcile or will they stay estranged and go back to their old lives without each other?  And if they become friends, will they be able to win the baking contest?

This book has everything it needs to be a fantastic read.  It has sisters, romance, and a great mystery that they need to solve to move ahead with their lives.  Once they begin to look at the family history they find abuse - both from parents and spouses and the trauma that comes from abuse through their family for generations back.  By the end of the book, both sisters realize how strong and resilient they are and learn again how important their family is for each of them.

I've just ordered the first two books in the series.  The only connection between the books appears to be the setting in Moonglow Cove.  I enjoyed this book and location so much that I'm looking forward to reading The Keepsake Sisters and The Moonglow Sisters. 

NOTE:  This is book 3 of the Moonglow Cove series but can be read as a standalone.  I didn't even know that it was part of a series until after I'd read it.

Susan Roberts grew up in Michigan but loves the laid-back life at her home in the Piedmont area of North Carolina where she is two hours from the beach to the east and the mountains in the west.  She reads almost anything but her favorite genres are Southern Fiction and Historical Fiction.  You can connect with her on Facebook.

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