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The lighthouse keeper
Pratt, James Michael.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : St. Martin's Press, [2000]

Physical Description:
ix, 257 pages ; 22 cm
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The beloved bestseller that will shine in your heart forever...

From the acclaimed author of The Last Valentine comes an unforgettable story about family, loss, and eternal love. Bestselling writer James Michael Pratt once again touches our emotions and our spirit as only a great writer can...

Ten-year-old Peter O'Banyon's life changes forever when his family dies in an accident. Orphaned, he goes to live with his garrulous Uncle Billie, the keeper of the Port Hope Island Lighthouse in Massachusetts. There, as the beacon leads sailors home, Peter learns an astonishing truth about Billie's past-- and the power of love. This message guides Peter's life, even when World War II's brutality rocks his faith, even when he returns to his young bride and an unimaginable tragedy. Now, in thefinal days of his own life, Peter needs to pass on the lighthouse keeper's secrets to his own daughter, but to do it may take nothing less than a miracle...

Author Notes

James Michael Pratt, businessman and author, was born in Southern California. He attended California State University at Northridge and Brigham Young University in Utah.

He has worked in real-estate development and investment advertising.

His self-published novel, The Last Valentine, sold 10,000 copies in six months before being bought out by St. Martin's Press. It then sold more than 100,000 copies in three months, reaching number 29 on the New York Times bestseller list. His other novels include: The Good Heart and Paradise Bay. (Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

In the twilight of his life, Peter O'Banyon looks out from the Massachusetts lighthouse that was his home and remembers the past. Orphaned at age 10, he came to the Port Hope Lighthouse to live with his uncle Billie. A solitary man, Billie had worked hard to amass a fortune and returned to Ireland with his wife and son, only to lose them. His son died in the influenza epidemic, and his wife drowned on the voyage back to the U.S. When Peter lost his family in a car accident, Uncle Billie took him in and taught him what it meant to be a lightkeeper and how to handle himself throughout life's crises. At 19, Peter married his childhood sweetheart before going off to fight in World War II. He survived the tragedies of war, but, like Billie before him, lost his wife. In this worthy successor to The Last Valentine (1998), Pratt once again presents a tale that goes straight to the heart and brings tears to the eyes. --Patty Engelmann

Library Journal Review

This is a novel with a message, but, fortunately, it's not too heavy-handed until it comes to the credits, where it gets a bit sentimental. Otherwise, this is a good tale that draws the listener in, no matter how jaded or cynical. This is not about lighthouses at all but rather a three-generation saga about an Irish American family who find some meaning in being the keepers of Port Hope Lighthouse. Peter O'Banyon, racked with cancer, is telling his life story to his artist daughter as they visit the lighthouse for the last time. After losing his parents in a terrible car crash, Peter was raised by his Uncle Billie, who came to be keeper of the lighthouse after the death of his own wife and young son. Billie keeps a log and finds that keeping the light burning is really a metaphor for keeping hope alive. James Daniels does a good job of making each character come to life and providing just the right amount of drama. Don't listen to learn accurate information about lighthouses; this isn't history but rather a pleasant, uplifting experience. Recommended for all public libraries. Nancy Paul, Brandon P.L., WI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.