Fiction Review: Secrets of the Lighthouse by Santa Montefiore

Available August 5: Secrets of the Lighthouse: A Novel

*****5/5 stars

The epitome of a summer read, Secrets of the Lighthouse is a mystery romance with a true depth that makes you breath with the characters. Santa Montefiore is brilliant!

Recommended readers:

  • If you like a little suspense with your romance…
  • if you have ever dreamed of escaping the your long lost relatives in Ireland…
  • and if you don’t want to feel guilty for reading a romance in public.

Here’s my Rankings:

  • 5/5 for characters
  • 5/5 for plot
  • 5/5 overall


This book is a treasure. The characters – and there are many of them – have an amazing, effortless depth. Montefiore brings you into their life and effortlessly ties in the ghost of a young wife.  I’m not usually much of a fantasy fan, but I loved how this ghost  haunts throughout the story. Romance is part of the plot, but there is so much more to the book – from the deep hurt of 30+ year old wound to the recent pain of death, every character in this book is touching. I’m amazed that the book switches from first-person to third-person without making me feel lost … the timing of chapters is well thought out (and maybe edited … kudos either way). This is the best book I’ve read this year.

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