This is a unique story of second chances. As the story opens, we learn that Caleb Pitt and Alanna Patterson are in love and planning to marry. Caleb wants them to marry immediately but Alanna says her father has planned an elaborate wedding for his only child. Caleb is uneasy, but leaves to captain another trip.
The story resumes two years later. Caleb Pitt has been disgraced for surviving the explosion on his ship, Intrepid, while 23 others on board perished. At the inquest, he was reprimanded for sloppy maintenance that lead to the disaster. No one will hire him to captain a ship and he has become the light keeper on a remote island.
Alanna is trying to bring a box from her father to Caleb; he wants nothing from daughter or father. In spite of a raging storm, Alanna makes it to the lighthouse and sees Caleb. She quickly decides that shes made a mistake and wants to leave. The storm continues and they are confined together for the duration.
I liked the fact that there wasnt an excess of moaning about the past. Both have matured since their last meeting; each knows something that the other person needs to know in order to have a complete picture of those shattering events 2 years before.
This is an engrossing tale that kept me glued to my chair for the complete novel. This is my first Mary Burton novel and I enjoyed it a great deal. She did a wonderful job of conveying the loneliness of the island.
From the back:
Caleb Pitt had once believed love was eternal as the sea, for Alana Patterson had promised him forever. But despirt her vow, she'd left him to drown in disgrace. Now, years later, she'd reappeared on a storm-tossed wave, beautiful as a siren...and just as seductive.