At the heart of a tiny community in a remote village just inland from the Aberdeenshire coast stands an unexpected lighthouse. Built two centuries ago by an eccentric landowner, it has become home to the only bookshop for miles around.
Rachel is an incomer to the village. She arrived five years ago and found a place she could call home. So when the owner of the Lighthouse Bookshop dies suddenly, she steps in to take care of the place, trying to help it survive the next stage of its life.
But when she discovers a secret in the lighthouse, long kept hidden, she realises there is more to the history of the place than she could ever imagine. Can she uncover the truth about the lighthouse’s first owner? And can she protect the secret history of the place?
Thank you to Laurie and Sara-Jade from Books and the City (Simon and Schuster) for the invitation to join The Lighthouse Bookshop blog tour, and a copy of the book to read and review. Sharon’s debut novel, The House Beneath the Cliffs was one of my five star reads last year and you can read my review at https://mentoringmumof2bookreviews.home.blog/2021/01/14/the-house-beneath-the-cliffs-by-sharon-gosling/
I’m pleased to confirm that this is another five star read from Sharon Gosling. To start with, we have a bookshop, in a lighthouse which holds secrets from the past. Add into the mix an eclectic mix of characters and animals who live/work/spend time at the bookshop, many with secrets in their past too.
Rachel lives and works at the bookshop, and is devastated when her employer/landlord dies suddenly. Rachel also finds herself helping a young girl who appears to be homeless, something she appears to know about personally.
With help from a visitor to the area, Toby, a journalist who is supposed to be writing his memoirs, Rachel finds out more about the history of the lighthouse and works to protect it from being demolished for a new road. Will Toby also find out more about Rachel too?
This book features so many stories within stories, from the friendship of two men who felt they had to keep their true feelings a secret, to the plan Ginny has to pair off the two people who appear to despise each other but may actually love each other (great references to Much Ado About Nothing here). A perfect blend of friendship, secrets, community spirit and romance.
I loved escaping into this book, and hope you you will too after reading my review. The book is currently £3 for the paperback in Sainsburys so pop a copy in your shopping basket this bank holiday weekend.