Review by Ellylion -- Lighthouse in the Mist

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Review by Ellylion -- Lighthouse in the Mist

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[Following is a volunteer review of "Lighthouse in the Mist" by Heather Graham, Loretta Scutchings, and Diana Van Geffen.]
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3 out of 4 stars
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Lighthouse in the Mist by Heather Graham, Loretta Scutchings, and Diana Van Geffen tells us a charming story about a calm and welcoming village of New Petrograd situated on Canada’s Pacific Northwest coast. The name of the village is intriguing enough to continue exploring its story. As the narrative unfolds, it turns out that Russian immigrants established it shortly after the Russian Revolution of 1917 that they had fled. Now, their descendants lead a simple and decent life there, cherishing their history and culture.

New Petrograd is a small village with just one general store, a church, and a local restaurant, the Borscht Kettle, but it also has a lighthouse. Its keeper, Phil Filipov, a widower with two living away and grown-up daughters, sees everything and everyone, so the narrative is given from his perspective. The lighthouse also sheds a metaphorical light on the events that take place in New Petrograd. The life of the villagers had been slow-paced and quiet until Marvin and June Palmer, the retired couple from Vancouver, bought the old Pagodon house, and two strangers moored their boat to the New Petrograd's pier. They brought with them the wind of change with a flavor of the mystery connected to the distant past of the village.

My favorite aspect of this book is the main message it delivers. The book tells us that despite all the hardship and dangers, there is always a place that can become our true home. I loved the descriptive writing style, making the scenery come alive, as I was reading about it. The book also has a beautifully and delicately built love-line between the main character, Phil, and Marg Rosnokova, his best friend's sister. For example, Phil invites Marg to a picnic and worries that he can bring only apple juice instead of a bottle of wine, which is very touching. Overall, the book is a heart-warming quick read and a good choice for a relaxing evening.

Unfortunately, the book has some flaws. In my opinion, the characters are flat and lack distinguishing features. Their physical appearance stays unclear with some rare exceptions, like Marg's grey eyes or June's high-pitched voice. Also, the ending left me quite disappointed. It was too abrupt and lacked some kind of a logical conclusion that would be very suitable for such a cozy book. I would say that I disliked the way the book ended the most.

I would love to give this book a full rating, but considering all the mentioned above flaws, I gave it only 3 out of 4 stars. The excellent editorial work and a perfect authentic atmosphere the book creates prevented me from giving it a lower rating.

Those readers who love cross-cultural experiences would enjoy this book. It's also suitable for culinary lovers as it offers some recipes from Russian cuisine, which is another delightful feature of the book. Those who study English would also benefit from reading this book because of its simple, easy to comprehend yet rich and beautiful language. I would recommend it to the fans of historical fiction, romance novels, and mystery dramas as well.

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I love a book with good description. I like to be in a story. It feels good to be a participant not a spectator. So I think this aspect of the book is the one that will make me read it. Other than that, you wrote a good review. I enjoyed reading it. Thank you for your honesty.
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Mtibza eM wrote: 12 Feb 2021, 07:00 I love a book with good description. I like to be in a story. It feels good to be a participant not a spectator. So I think this aspect of the book is the one that will make me read it. Other than that, you wrote a good review. I enjoyed reading it. Thank you for your honesty.
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A shame about the characters, as the setting seems intriguing for a sophisticated drama with a positive message. Thank you for your great review!
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Stories about lighthouses are always interesting :). Thank you for your honest review. Great job!
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I enjoy books about cross-cultural experiences as well as books about quaint villages with a mystery. However, I do like well-developed characters, and I don't want to be left hanging at the end. Therefore, I may pass on this one at this time. I enjoyed reading your wonderful review!
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The authentic atmosphere and mentions of Russian cuisine would really help set the scene for a group of immigrants with a culturally relevant past. Despite lacking a certain character depth, I can see how they’d still exhibit several promising and relatable attributes. Thanks for sharing your impressions of this village lighthouse tale!
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I love writers that bring a scene to life through excellent descriptive writing. I am happy it is so here. Thank you for the amazing review and recommendation.
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This sounds like a great little town. It's definitely a unique story. Thanks for your thoughts.
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NetMassimo wrote: 12 Feb 2021, 08:18 A shame about the characters, as the setting seems intriguing for a sophisticated drama with a positive message. Thank you for your great review!
Thank you so much for your kind words! :)
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raluca_mihaila wrote: 12 Feb 2021, 08:36 Stories about lighthouses are always interesting :). Thank you for your honest review. Great job!
Thank you very much! :)
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Prisallen wrote: 12 Feb 2021, 09:39 I enjoy books about cross-cultural experiences as well as books about quaint villages with a mystery. However, I do like well-developed characters, and I don't want to be left hanging at the end. Therefore, I may pass on this one at this time. I enjoyed reading your wonderful review!
Thank you so much for your kind comments! :)
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AvidBibliophile wrote: 12 Feb 2021, 13:12 The authentic atmosphere and mentions of Russian cuisine would really help set the scene for a group of immigrants with a culturally relevant past. Despite lacking a certain character depth, I can see how they’d still exhibit several promising and relatable attributes. Thanks for sharing your impressions of this village lighthouse tale!
Thank you very much for stopping by! :)
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