Pocket, Nov 2002, 6.99, 352 pp.
Jacqueline “Jack” Murphy promised her photojournalistic teammate that she would complete his book on the Mermaid Lost Lighthouse in Maine just before her partner died. Jack still grieves her partner's death and feels guilty for causing it. As she struggles with taking the Lighthouse pictures, she feels lonely and begins reminiscing back to her only love affair. Nine years ago Jack almost married Tom Brownlow, but he wed someone else.
Suddenly Tom arrives at the lighthouse with his daughter Lucy, whom he promised to take her anywhere she wanted to go because she is losing her sight. Lucy selected this lighthouse because her mother is writing a book about it and the child has an early manuscript. Lucy hopes to find a way to see her mother who she has not seen since she was a baby before her sight goes. Tom told Lucy that Laura is writing a book, but her mother is in prison for vehicular homicide while driving under the influence. As Jack and Tom battle problems including the fact they still love one another, Lucy steals her heart. Lucy tries to bring these two deserving, but stubborn souls together.
Though a coincidence on the location gets the novel rolling, LIGHTHOUSE COVE is a warm heart wrenching contemporary romance. The audience cannot help, but care what happens to the appealing key characters. Kim Cates' latest contemporary romance should include a box of tissues for fans are going to turn emotional from observing the courage of Lucy, who steals the show from the adults. That is not an easy task as Jack and Tom are wonderful protagonists.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner