I had a cold, the rain was turning into sleet outside and I could no longer resist the temptation to pour myself a glass of Laphroaig and curl up under a blanket with Patty G. Henderson’s The Secret of Lighthouse Pointe.
I’ve always loved gothic elements in novels, but I haven’t been tempted by a full-blown gothic romance complete with fainting heroine. So sprinkle in some lesbians and the promise of a heroine with a bit of backbone, I was looking forward to indulging in one.
Here’s the blurb for the book:
From the moment she stepped foot in the ominous and towering Gerard House, Constance Beechum sensed an evil chill that was far more deadly than the frigid blasts that had buffeted her on her way to Castine, Maine. She couldn’t turn back. She had left nothing behind, not even a life-line. Her uncle had found her a job caring for the old and dying Lady Elizabeth Gerard.
Although she hadn’t an ounce of experience in nursing or caring for the ill, Constance had no choice but to accept the offer. She was penniless. Once she meets Lady Gerard’s two sons, Edward and Roger, and Edward’s wife, Catherine, she becomes more certain that there was danger in Gerard House.
The Gerard’s had left no doubt that she was unwelcome. Constance could not know then that she had become a stumbling block to their evil intentions. They had no desire to wait for Lady Gerard to die.
And now Constance, and her discovery of a long hidden secret, presented a new threat. But she had found the woman of her dreams, a true love in the face of evil, and she was determined to fight any obstacle to keep that love.
I loved the setting – a good gothic decaying mansion by the sea with snow constantly swirling around. I found the heroine captivating, only fainting once and that only as a ruse, and the love interest was also most pleasantly revealed. The other characters are suitably threatening and the story unfolds at a great pace.
It is written with a sure hand, so that you can relax and enjoy the deliberate style and melodrama, and become immersed in the atmosphere of the novel. There are some great lines (“It is imperative that no semblance of feminine mounds appear at my chest”) and some heaving bosoms in there too.
Some of the story is apparent early on, but I don’t think it mattered. It didn’t detract from my enjoyment. The heroine may need to be naive in a gothic romance but I don’t think the reader need be.
Whether or not nursing a cold, and whatever the weather, I can thoroughly recommend curling up with Patty G. Henderson. A wonderful indulgence.
I gave The Secret of Lighthouse Pointe 5 stars. You can find out more about Patty here http://www.pattyghenderson.com