The Light Keeper by Cole Morton is the most beautifully written novel that has soothed my soul. Once in a while a book comes along that has a serenely beautiful air that pervades the whole novel and I just sink into it and let the book wash over me. The Light Keeper is not a book to rush through, it is one to be savoured. There is power and understanding in the words that Cole Morton has used.
The book is a study of life and love and loss – a life that has been and a love that does not end; a life that is yet to be and a desperation that does not leave; and a love that has died but the embers remain. This is a tale that demands an emotional response on many levels.
Deep grief is found within the pages. “The white noise of grief has never stopped, only become part of the music of his life.” When life is snatched away and hope is gone, grief and love remain. “He wants to leave but she is still here.” When we are being sunk by our grief, we sometimes fear moving on in case we lose our memories and ties with our loved one.
One character mourns what she did not have – her mother died when she was just three years old but the sense of loss remains.
Another Fabulous Thriller
Shattered By Death by Catherine Finger is a contemporary Christian thriller and the second book in the Jo Oliver series. It can however be read as a stand-alone.
Catherine Finger presents another fabulous thriller with action that keeps the reader guessing to the end.
The novel is written in the first person from the point of view of police chief Jo Oliver. The reader becomes intimately acquainted with her. Jo is a very realistically drawn character. She is incredibly strong as a police officer but also has her insecurities. No one is ever completely strong so the reader finds it easy to identify with her.
Jo Oliver is a fairly new Christian. She finds it hard to trust God completely as she still equates Him with man. “I needed more work in the trusting God over man department.” Jo finds it easier to trust what she sees rather than have faith in the One she cannot see. I am sure most of us can identify with that thinking at times.
Great Children’s Adventure
Ghost Lights Of Dry Brook by Sherri Kukla is a Christian children’s adventure and perfect for ages ten and above. It is the second book in the Moto Mysteries series but can be read as a stand-alone.
The reader is treated to another mystery that the three children stumble upon. Their zest for life and their inquisitiveness endears them to the reader. I find that when I am reading I am reminded of the atmosphere of the Scooby Doo cartoons from my childhood.
The children have huge hearts. They have been adopted and given their forever home and are keen to extend a welcome to other lost souls. The reader understands the desire of Millie to be the only girl and her fear of being pushed into the background. The parents are fulfilling an inherited dream to be a refuge for hurting children.
Nail Bitingly Good
The Heart Of A Hero by Susan May Warren is a fabulous contemporary Christian adventure suspense. It is the second book in the Global Search And Rescue series which promises to be thrilling.
Once again Susan May Warren has created a marvellous set of characters who will lodge in your heart and soul. The novel can be read as a stand-alone, however if you have read some of Susan May Warren’s other series, familiar faces do pop up.
The novel’s main themes are those of search and rescue (hence the series) – literally as characters are facing a hurricane, and also spiritually. God searches for us and rescues us from a life of disconnection from Him. “God always shows up in a storm.” No matter where we go, no matter what we’ve done, God longs for each and every one of us to know Him. Susan May Warren uses the literary device of pathetic fallacy. As the storm rages around characters threatening to disrupt lives, a spiritual battle rages within.