Five Star Book Review- Love’s Unfading Light


Book Review- Love’s Unfading Light
By: Naomi Rawlings
Book One in the Eagle Harbor series

Tressa Danell is finished with men—from the wastrel who left her a widow, to the smelly trapper who keeps proposing, to the banker who wants to repossess her bakery. Every hour is spent working to pay off her late husband’s debt and keep a roof over her son’s head, though it’s doubtful she can do both for very long. But one thing’s certain—she’ll never be beholden to a man again.

Tired of living in a small town that blames him for actions his father committed ten years ago, Mac Oakton is scheduled to leave Eagle Harbor. So why does the pretty widow at the bakery keep tugging at his heart? He can’t get involved in her predicament when he’ll only be around for two more weeks.

But when Tressa’s burdens overwhelm her, they both face a decision. Can Mac set his own plans aside to help? And can Tressa accept his support if that means giving up her independence … and being obligated to a man again?

My Thoughts:

Eagle Harbor- a real town on the Upper Peninsula on Lake Superior. A town with a total population of 76 in the 2010 census.

Eagle Harbor- where love finds its way into the hearts of two unsuspecting people: a young widow struggling to keep her business running while insurmountable debts take their toll on her already withering faith, and the assistant lighthouse keeper running from his father’s crimes only to find more reasons to stay than to go.

A lighthouse that guides the way to those lost in a storm.

Two themes wound their way through this wonderful historical romance: self-worth and self-forgiveness. Tressa and Mac both must see their value in the eyes of others and let go of their pasts—pasts that neither of them had control over the circumstances that happened to them.

Love’s Unfading Light was a story of sacrifice, of love, of forgiveness, and of faith.

My favorite scene was when Tressa smashed a strawberry pie onto Mac’s wide chest and then, they preceded to have a “snowball fight,” but with pie. It was fun to watch Tressa set aside her burdens for a short while and have fun.

The added mystery of the bakery thief was an unexpected twist.

This was my very first journey with Naomi Rawlings and I can’t wait to go back to Eagle Harbor.

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