Reviewed by Diana Flowers
Intriguing Seaside Historical!
In The Promise Keeper, author Lisa Norato has created a unique, hauntingly beautiful historical set in Massachusetts; with its craggy shoreline and rocky bluffs, the roar of the surf, and the almost mystical lighthouse – rising tall and ever present, high above the forest trees.
Iris Moon lives with her widowed father at Nook House and every morning – with her beautiful silver-blonde hair unbound and tossed by the sea wind – she appears to Keeper Mayne, the reclusive inhabitant of the lighthouse, as a beautiful apparition high above on the captain's walk. Seizing the opportunity to find out more about this mysterious keeper of Pilgrim Light, Iris volunteers to take a Christmas basket to him. She expects him to be a curmudgeon but not such a handsome one, and something vaguely familiar about him immediately draws Iris to Jonathan Mayne and will not let go. When a tragedy occurs and brings Keeper Mayne out of seclusion to Nook House, what secrets are revealed about the death of Iris's mother? … and who is the madman bent on revenge against the Moon family and why? Why did Jonathan choose an isolated life as a keeper in a lighthouse guiding ships to safety, and what is his connection to Iris and her beloved father?
The Promise Keeper is a beautifully written novel that exudes the mystery, aura, and romance reminiscent of classic novels such as Wuthering Heights. Ms. Norato's use of descriptive imagery and knowledge of the era in which this story takes place is phenomenal, and I reveled in the beauty of her prose. The main characters are exceptional and easy to love, the secondary are endearing (to say the least!), and the many twists and turns are guaranteed to sweep the reader away on a seafaring journey they will long remember! I was very impressed with everything about this book, and I highly applaud Lisa Norato for a job well done!
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