Recently, I had the pleasure to spend an afternoon reading A Light in Bailey’s Harbor, by Bethany Baker (Follow her on Facebook here).
As the listing on Amazon reads, “Katy Kippling has an abundance of personality, or so she was told by a recent male acquaintance. Trying to conform to the etiquette of an 1880’s lady is difficult enough, without adding the challenges of having an abundance of personality.
Katy loves the Cana Island Lighthouse, serving her small lakeside town in Bailey’s Harbor, Wisconsin. In the summer of 1880, the new lighthouse keeper arrives. While Katy imagines his stately captain’s beard and noble brow, Blake Strawberry, the new keeper, is quite the opposite.
Blake is a young man searching for something to heal the pain and heartaches of his past. By moving west and accepting this new position, he plans to forget all of his painful memories and disappointments. What he hasn’t counted on is that the Lord’s voice can be heard just as clearly in Wisconsin as in Massachusetts.”
A Light in Bailey’s Harbor was a pleasant afternoon read. I enjoyed the very interesting potential origin story of the hymn “It Is Well With My Soul”. While Katy Kippling is the main character, my personal favorite was her friend, a non-native English speaker who frequently spouted malapropisms in her endearing accent.
I wasn’t ready for A Light in Bailey’s Harbor to end; in fact, I double-checked my Kindle to be sure I hadn’t accidentally skipped more chapters. Alas, it was over, and so was my stay at the Wisconsin lighthouse. Why don’t you pick up a copy of the novel and go for a visit yourself?