This is the third book in the Whitsborough Bay series. I have reviewed the first two books and other books by the author on (“Book Reviews”) this blog. You can check them out as well.
‘Finding Hope at Lighthouse Cove’ is a story about infidelity, betrayal, toxic relationships, love and new beginnings. Alice’s marriage comes to shocking end and she is suddenly on her own for the first time since she was 16. The revelations from her failed marriage puts her in a confused and traumatized state and this leads her on a path she would never have thought she would trend. However, with good friends and family, she is able to hold on to hope and finally receives the gift she has longed for her whole life.
This was another great read by the author. There was a lot to unpack here and as always, It got me thinking deeply. Although the themes were pretty heavy, it was well written with a n intriguing plot and I found myself committed to the story, eager to see how things would turn out for Alice. Although I wasn’t too drawn to Alice’s character, she was still relatable and I was rooting for her all the way. This story speaks a lot to how toxic relationships can affect you long after you have moved on from them and how self awareness is important especially when we are in relationships such as marriage. The twist towards the end made it worth my while and going through so much, Alice deserved her happy ending.
Having read at least 7 books by the author, I have come to notice a trend in the way the author writes most of her main characters. They are usually kind hearted, selfless and sometimes pushovers. While it is nice to read books with this type of characters, I can’t help but wonder why she chooses to create women with these qualities. Other characters in this book I loved were Claire and Steven. I am excited to read the next book in this series because Claire is the main character and I am really curious about her story.
I highly recommend this book and the entire series to lovers of contemporary fiction and romance. However, this book has some really strong but meaningful themes and if you are easily triggered by themes around betrayal, infidelity and divorce, you may want to approach this book with caution. I will be back with my review of the fourth book in this series.
Rating: 4 stars
Published: February 20th 2020 by Boldwood Books (first published March 3rd 2016)
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
I was born in Teesside but now live in Scarborough on the stunning North Yorkshire Coast. My home inspired the creation of the fictional seaside town of Whitsborough Bay where I set many of my books although the Hedgehog Hollow series takes readers to a gorgeous new countryside setting in the Yorkshire Wolds.
I live with my husband, our teenage daughter and sprocker spaniel, Ella. I’m a self-confessed stationery addict with a ridiculously large collection of notepads who loves chocolate (although it doesn’t love me), hedgehogs, 80s music, collectible teddy bears and lighthouses.
Other than a career detour into retail to set up and run my own teddy bear shop (the inspiration for novel Bear With Me), I’ve always worked in HR, specialising in resourcing, coaching and L&D. Writing always had to take a back seat to the day job until June 2020 when I left the world of HR to become a full-time author. I’m so very grateful to anyone who has bought or borrowed my books in whatever format, helping me fulfil a long-held dream of writing full-time. I still can’t believe I get to spend every day chatting to my fictional friends and making stuff up.
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