Happy-go-lucky journalist Summer has always managed to focus on the silver lining. But nothing in her life has prepared her for her husband Seth’s recent revelation: he wants a six-month break from their marriage.

Determined to stay positive, Summer decamps to Jersey to spend six months by the sea, where every passing week makes Seth more of a distant memory. Then she meets sweet, charming Jude, whose life seems to be on permanent hold even before he receives devastating news of his own. To both of them, their chance encounter feels like fate, and with Summer’s encouragement, Jude embarks on a bucket list of experiences that seem to bond them for life.

When they’re together, the world is alive with possibilities, but as Christmas approaches, their time is running out in more ways than one. Will they return to the lives they left behind – or take a chance on an unknown future?

Title:  Christmas by the Lighthouse
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Author:  Rebecca Boxall
Genre:  Contemporary Seasoned Romance
Published:  September 12, 2019
Publisher:  Lake Union Publishing
My Rating:  4.5 stars

CHRISTMAS BY THE LIGHTHOUSE is a story that will take you on an emotional rollercoaster ride from devastation to utter joy, and everything in-between as well.  The basics of the story can be found in the Cover Description, yet although that will tempt you, and have you picking up this book what you don’t find there are the emotions, the strength of two people who have had their worlds tilted and now need to re-think, readjust to a far different reality than they once knew.

Because I do not want to give much away I will say that I found myself asking questions throughout the reading of Summer’s and Jude’s story.  “What would I do?”  “How would I react?”  “Can it be possible to find true happiness in the middle of heartache?”  You will think throughout CHRISTMAS BY THE LIGHTHOUSE and will come up with your own unique reactions as to what you would do in similar circumstances.

The story itself is endearing, if at times heartbreaking.  The writing flowed for me and I easily found myself in a world that has drastically changed without my consent.  I liked Summer and Jude both as a couple and individually.  Of course, there are bumps in the road but they handled those things in a realistic way.  I adored a pup that no one seems to want except for this couple, and finding that forever home for human and canine is the absolute best feeling possible.  There is a solution that was believable for me, and that “believable” is important in my acceptance of what these two people are facing individually and as a couple.  I enjoyed myself in this world and would not hesitate to recommend CHRISTMAS BY THE LIGHTHOUSE as a Christmas Romance or a story that could be relevant at any time of the year.

*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story.  It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*

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