Book Review: The Lighthouse on Moonglow Bay by Lori Wilde

Posted March 4, 2022 by WendyW in Book Review, bookblogger / 34 Comments

The Lighthouse on Moonglow Bay
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by Lori Wilde
Publication Date March 15, 2022
Published by HarperCollins Publishers
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Genres: Family & Relationships, Fiction, Fiction / Romance / Contemporary
Pages: 416
Format: ARC

Lori Wilde returns to Moonglow Cove, Texas, with a heartwarming novel about two estranged sisters who must come together after they receive a bizarre inheritance from their grandmother.

It was an inheritance neither sister expected--a lighthouse in Moonglow Cove, left to them by a grandmother they never knew! Harper and Flannery weren't exactly best friends either. For years, Flannery had held down the home front, taking care of their sick mother and raising a daughter, while Harper sent nothing but checks. And after their mother's funeral the two sisters had an argument that left them not speaking for six years--why, Harper didn't even know she has a niece!

But life has a way of changing when you least expect it. And the sisters discover their grandmother's will has a stipulation: the two of them must live there, work out their issues... and compete in baking challenges with a hundred-year-old sourdough starter. If either of them gives up, or fails to keep the starter alive, they lose the lighthouse. Will they be able to come together and see their grandmother's wish come true Or will these two sisters forever be estranged

My Review:

The Lighthouse on Moonglow Bay by Lori Wilde is the third book in her popular Moonglow Bay series, but can easily be read as a stand-alone book.  This book is an emotional look at a couple of estranged sisters who reunite for the reading of their Grandmother’s will.  It involves an old lighthouse, a creaky elevator, and a 150-year-old sourdough starter.  

Harper trusted the wrong woman and her high-powered advertising job in New York City is gone, and her prospects for a new job are slim to none.  She needs time to escape the embarrassment until her reputation can be salvaged.  But first, she’s is called to Moonlight Bay to hear the reading of her recently departed grandmother’s will.  A grandmother she never knew.  

Flannery arrives at the lighthouse for the reading of the will, with all her belongings in the back of her van and her five-year-old daughter, Willow.  She left her husband and hopes that the inheritance can give her a chance to start a new life with Willow.  She is hoping to re-connect with her sister, Harper, who she hasn’t seen in six years after a falling out at their mother’s funeral.  

The Lighthouse at Moonlight Bay is so much more than a story about a couple of sisters reuniting.  It’s about abuse, parental abuse, spousal abuse, generational abuse, and trauma.  And yet the book is also hopeful and inspirational.  There is a mystery and a past that must be unraveled.  Each sister bears the scars of an abusive upbringing that manifest in completely different ways for each of the sisters.  I thought I was getting a lighter read and was pleasantly surprised that this book is so much more.  

I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves women’s fiction. I received a complimentary copy of this book.  The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

About Lori Wilde

Lori Wilde

Lori Wilde is an award-winning, New York Times, USA Today and Publishers’ Weekly bestselling author of 87 works of romantic fiction. Her books have been translated into 26 languages, with more than four million copies of her books sold worldwide. Her breakout novel, The First Love Cookie Club, has been optioned for a TV movie.

Lori is a registered nurse with a BSN from Texas Christian University. She holds a certificate in forensics and is also a certified yoga instructor.

A fifth-generation Texan, Lori lives with her husband, Bill, in the Cutting Horse Capital of the World; where they run Epiphany Orchards, a writing/creativity retreat for the care and enrichment of the artistic soul.

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34 responses to “Book Review: The Lighthouse on Moonglow Bay by Lori Wilde

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  2. Wow, thanks for the heads up, Wendy. I also thought this would be a light read, but will be prepared for the heavier topics. Great review.

  3. Oh this sounds fantastic! I love books that involve an unexpected inheritance and I can’t think of anything much better than an unexpected lighthouse! Adding this to my TBR!

  4. I’m so glad you reviewed this one; it really does sound good. And it’s got a lighthouse which is always a draw for me. 🙂

  5. This sounds like such an emotional journey of a tale. I love that it is hopeful and inspiring. That is so important of a message. Excellent review!

  6. This sounds like such an emotional read, and inheriting a lighthouse? What a location to work things out with someone who should be your best friend. Great review!