In 1814, Sara Stevenson, the well-bred but high-spirited daughter of celebrated Scottish lighthouse designer Robert Stevenson, falls in love with a common sailor, Thomas Crichton. On the day of their clandestine elopement, Thomas mysteriously disappears, leaving Sara heartbroken, secretly pregnant, and at the mercy of her overbearing family. Refusing to relinquish her hopes that Thomas will someday return to her, Sara is banished to an eerie lighthouse on lonely and remote Cape Wrath. There she meets William Campbell, the reclusive yet dashing light-keeper who incites her ire—and interest. Soon Sara begins to accept her life on the cape and her growing attraction to William—until a mystifying package from an Oxford antiquarian arrives, giving intriguing clues to Thomas’s whereabouts. Through her correspondence with the antiquarian, Sara slowly uncovers the story of her beloved’s fate. But what she doesn’t immediately grasp is that these letters travel an even greater distance than she could have imagined—as the boundaries between time and space unravel to forge an incredible connection between a woman and a man many years apart.
(Terra's Thoughts) This book you're either going to like or don't like. I found the beginning a bit slow but it does pick up if you stick with it and the ending is so emotionally tolling that you can't help the tears cascading down your cheeks for our Hero and Heroine.
The story is a pure love story with a touch of the otherworld. Set in the northern most hostile parts of Scotland it is a very hard life for those who choose to live here and even harder for those who are banished to this remote island. Never the less the realities of life are in all parts of the world so why should a place like this escape notice by the Devine!
I'm sure you can guess that our heroine Sara has been banished here by her family for shaming them with her indiscretion with a young sailor well below her station in life. She never gives up hope that he will someday find her and make her his wife. I guess this is a lesson that we should all have hope until proven otherwise.
Our hero #1 is a young sailor that is lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time to fall madly in love with this beautiful creature by the name of Sara Stevenson. He promises her that he will do nothing short of "Moving Heaven and Earth" to make her his and by God own hands, this is a promise to be kept to some point.
Our hero #2 is a lighthouse keeper and a man with a very troubled past. He is so troubled that darkness and ghosts follow him to the point of near insanity. A miserable temperament and nature keeps anyone and everyone away from him due to the rawness that emancipates from his very pores. Will the kindness of one pregnant girl bring about some light for this troubled soul or will he plunge back into his darkness upon the birth of her child?
Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books (July 27, 2010)