The interweaving of stories of two generations made this fairly simple book much more interesting. This was a great weekend/beach read that could be put down when necessary but I really didn't want to do so.
Get ready to take a sentimental journey with two of the proud and fearless O'Banyon men as your escort's. But be sure to bring a few hankies for this trip=it's bound to bring a tear to your eye.
It's 1932 and young Peter O'Banyon's world changes forever when he looses his parents in a tragic car accident. Life begins again when Peter moves in with his Uncle Billie, a lighthouse keeper in Port Hope off Nantucket Sound. The boy has somuch to learn from his widowed uncle, who has experienced his own share of heartache. Years pass until World War II callos Peter away from the Lighthouse and his new wife to fight overseas. There he must draw upon Uncle Billie's wisdom to survive. But when he returns home and faces the ultimate loss, Peter will hae to call upon every lesson of the lighthouse keeper to guide him out of the darkness.
Really enjoyed this book.
Story of the human spirit & the power of love.
This book was a very good book. It deals with love and tragedies.Story of Peter O'Bannon's life after a car accident kills his parents. He goes to live with his uncle who is a Lighthouse keeper.
A moving and poignant story of the loves and tragedies in an Irish-American family.
As a child, Peter O'Banyon's life changed irrevocably when his family was killed in a car accident. He was sent to live with his Uncle Billie, the keeper of the Port Hope Lighthouse in Massachusetts. From Billie, he learns the secret of keeping love alive--even when tragedy strikes--and he discovers how Billie himself was put to the test as a young man.
World War II takes Peter away from the lighthouse and his beloved wife Anna, but he isn't prepared for the ravages of war and the brutality that can kill a man's soul. Peter is tested even further when he returns home and faces a tragedy that almost destroys him. Can he learn the lesson of the lighthouse keeper...and at the end of his life, can he pass that lesson on to his own daughter?
This was a very heartwarming tale and I really really enjoyed it.
A very good story chronicling the lives of the lighthouse keepers and their families.
There is a lot of romance, but also a lot of war, especially telling the stories of the relationships between men in a fighting unit that never would have existed in peace time and how those relationships affected their entire lives. Most of the book is set in WWII.
Plenty of sad parts, but a wonderful, warm story.
Similar to Nicolas Sparks, a tear jerker.
Ten-year-old Peter O'Banyon's life changes forever when his family dies in an accident. Orphaned, he goes to live with his garrulous Uncle Billie, the keeper of the Port Hope Island Lighthouse in Massachusetts. There, as the beacon leads sailors safely home, Peter learns an astonishing truth about Billie's past - and the power of love. This message guides Peter's life, even when World War II's brutality rocks his faith, even when he returns to his young bride and an unimaginable tragedy. Now, in the final days of his own life, Peter needs to pass on the lighthouse keeper's secrets to his own daughter, but to do it may take nothing less than a miracle.... (from back cover)
This was a very enjoyable book with some discrepancies. For instance, in 1949, Kathleen would have been 6 years old, not 4. And, at first, it says that Uncle Billie told Anna about his wife and children. Then, later, it says that Peter wrote her about it in a letter. And, it says that Alexander was Billie's firstborn son, when he actually was the second born son and third born child.
It wasn't very clear what happened to Billie's property in Ireland. Did he hire people to care for it? No one in the family ever went back to it.
I wasn't sure why the author would make Uncle Billie, a man in his fifties, out to be an old man.
I didn't care for the interactions with General Patton. I've never liked it when an author has a real person interacting with fictional characters, giving the real person actions and words that never happened.
But, other than those few things, this is a very good book. It is the story of much heartache, but valiantly overcoming grief and finding a greater purpose.
Are you a lighthouse nut like myself - you may enjoy this.
A really good book. Well worth reading