Genres: Romance One Cecilia Randall had heard of people who, if granted one wish, would choose to live their lives over again. Not her. The past twelve months. That was mistake number three and from there, her errors in judgment had escalated. The Navy, and life, had cured her of that fast enough. Their baby girl had been born premature while Ian was at sea, and it became immediately apparent that she had a defective heart.
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But before eyebrows rise at this surely blasphemous comparison, let me explain that Lighthouse reminded me of Love Story because of the series of emotional implosions condensed into a relatively slim volume.
While cramming five different conflicts and five different resolutions in pages does have its disadvantages, a prevailing theme holds them together and ensures an adequate treatment of two sweeping issues: marriage and divorce. Like a mosaic depicting the evolution of a relationship, the book deals with the various stages of love.
These topics have been explored countless times in other books, but Macomber avoids the stereotype by populating her stories with characters so real they could be your next-door neighbors. Macomber is not big on descriptions and her prose is spare but deep, so that Lighthouse is driven not by external conflict but by sheer emotion.
Nowhere is this more evident than in the electrifying dialogue. I need you. Just now? I said yes. Every time lips meet, the characters involved have been consuming some high-calorie stuff so that they taste it in each other. I wonder if the author noticed or intended that.
Well, no matter. The love scenes are all sexy, although most of them are nothing more than kisses, really — flavored by buttered popcorn, ice cream, or coffee. She did it through a kaleidoscope effect that enhanced the vividness of the characters and the issues they were dealing with.
Short but pithy scenes kept the different aspects of human relationships in lucid focus, exploring every what-if you can think of. Have you ever let an important relationship slip away that, up to this day, a long-buried part of you acknowledges that it never really ended?
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