An early book by Diane Chamberlain that has been re-released. It's also the first book in a trilogy. Good book. Not as good as her more recent ones though. Love the Outer Banks setting. Wished she would have used a real lighthouse instead of making one up though.
I'm a huge Diane Chamberlain fan, but I'm sorry to say that while there were moments where the Chamberlain touch shone through, Keeper of the Light was a definite miss for me.
Honestly? I think it's a story I would've enjoyed more when I was a teen/pre-teen, because the character and plot development just aren't compatible with more mature sensibilities.
I found only one of the four main characters even remotely likable, and that was Alec O'Neill. Olivia, her lunatic husband Paul, and Alec's dead wife Annie were all very unsympathetic people for most of the story, and I was never invested in their narratives and found them all annoyingly skimmable.
This is one of Diane's early books, from 1992, and I'd say skip it in favor of her more recent (and much more sophisticated) works. Her skill as a writer has definitely developed and matured in the last 25 years! I highly recommend The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes and Necessary Lies.
This review is from: Keeper of the Light (Paperback)
The one thing that can ruin an otherwise good book for me is the ending of it. I don't know why I am so picky, but that is the big thing for me. I want the characters to be people I can admire and whose actions follow that quality. I was really looking forward to this book as I have come to expect great stories and in-depth relationship development with a Diane Chamberlain book. As this was one of her earlier novels (1992), I can see how she has really grown as an author in the last 10+ years.
This book was fine though it had a little too much romance for me -- a love triangle -- or should I say, quadrangle, but the way it ended left me feeling a bit let down and irritated. It was as if the author had to create extreme character flaws in order to make the story turn out the way it did. As I'm finding, I do not like the way that Diana Chamberlain concludes her books! I did not like the resolution of the love dilemma nor did I find it realistic or believable. In fact, I was hoping that she would surprise me this time. Without writing spoilers I can't say more. Frankly I didn't think any of the characters in this novel were likable or worthy of respect so was happy to turn the last page with a sense of relief that I was done hearing about their antics and behavior.
I will likely continue to read more of this author's books hoping that eventually there will be an ending that I think fits before giving up.
A very interesting romance story about a Doctor who attempts and fails to save the life of the woman (Annie O'Neill)who is in lust with her husband. He husband on the other hand is absolutely in love with Annie to the point of being obsessed. Annie's death sends him over the edge and he walks out on his wife (Dr. Olivia Simon). Olivia finds that after years of trying to become pregnant, she has finally succeeded and now has no husband to share this joy with. Does she try and get him back or go for Annie's husband, from whom Annie has hidden a lifetime of secrets from; who is about to find out his world as he thinks it is doesn't exist.
They are all tied together by their attempt to save the Kiss River Light House - whose former keeper of the light knows shocking truths that has the power to set them all free.
I have been wanting to read a book by Diane Chamberlain for some time as she is a NC author who writes about places I'm familiar with now that I've lived in NC for ten years. I am so glad I did! With the twists and turns and interwoven and complicated relationships, it kept my interest from the beginning to the end. Have highly recommended it to friends.