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Book Review & Giveaway: Northern Light

Northern LightCivil War has robbed Margaret Logan of all she holds dear, including her beloved New Orleans home and her fiancé. When her family moves to the desolate Bolivar Peninsula to manage a lighthouse that is no longer there, all her hopes for a normal future are dashed. Her world is rocked once again when a wounded Yankee soldier washes ashore needing her help. Despite her contempt for the North, Margaret falls in love with Thomas Murphy. As their love blooms, Margaret’s sister is overcome with neurosis, and her mind slowly slips away. Bitterness, psychosis and depression yield a decision fueled by contempt. Will one fatal choice cause Margaret to lose the man she loves and condemn Thomas to death?


In a classic retelling of North vs. South, Annette O’Hare spun a memorable love story.  In her first full-length novel, Annette gives us a peek into her vivid story world. We are carried into the dramatic aftermath of the Civil War and come to understand the pain associated with those who survived the war. She gives us hope and one of the best love stories I’ve read in a while.

I enjoyed how slowly the relationship developed. Annette didn’t rush the romance but allowed it mature over the chapters. A friendship turned to love in the most natural way. Margaret and Thomas sought God’s will and desired to please Him above their own wants. A perfect example of keeping God first in our lives.

One of my favorite characters was June, Margaret’s little sister. To be honest, her charming personality stole my heart. She made me smile and laugh through most of the book. I admire Annette’s ability to write humor and children. Even after finishing the book I still think about June and smile.

If you prefer historical novels or a good love story, then I encourage you to read Northern Light.  It won’t disappoint!



Annette has offered an ebook copy of Northern Light to a lucky reader.

The contest ends Sunday, March 6th.

Leave a comment by answering: “Who is your favorite author?”

Happy Reading!


Annette O’Hare is active in ministry, working in the AWANA program andAnnette as lead director and writer for the Word of Life Players drama group she formed at her church. Married to her husband, Dan for thirty years, the couple enjoys saltwater fishing on the Texas Gulf Coast and spending time with family. The O’Hare’s are proud parents of two Texas A&M graduates, one exceedingly imaginative high schooler and two rambunctious, loveable rescue dogs, Max and Jay.


Her book can be found at Amazon or Barnes and Noble.

30 thoughts on “Book Review & Giveaway: Northern Light”

  1. What tremendous response! Thank you to everyone who has entered. It’s hard to see so many names and know we only have one copy of the book to giveaway.

    The winner is…..

    Ellen McGilp!

    Congratulations, Ellen. Annette will be in touch soon.

    I hope all of you will consider buying a copy of Annette’s book. She’s a very talented author!


  2. I really love historical fiction and this sound like it’d be one I’d enjoy reading! Your beautiful review had me wanting more 🙂

    I can’t possibly name a favorite author as I have way too many! But I can name the author who first introduced me to Regency historical fiction and that is Julie Klassen. I’ve read all but one of her books (Lady Maybe), she knows how to tell a story that’s engaging, vivid and lifelike. I can imagine living in those days just by her writing! I love a variety of genres from historical to suspense and anywhere in between. As long as it’s Christian fiction, I’ll read it!

    Thank you for the chance to win a copy of “Northern Light”. I live on the Oregon coast and there are many lighthouses to visit here!


  3. I have many favorite authors. I couldn’t possibly pick just one. But I also like to read new authors as well and add them to my favorite list if I like their book(s).


  4. i thought i left a comment before but I don’t see it, my comment was how can I answer with just one name, they are all my favorite while I am reading that book written by them. I just like books and admire all the authors.


  5. I don’t have any favorite authors, but my favorite genre is historical fiction. Especially the wagon train and mail order bride stories.


  6. While I am always looking for new to me authors to read in my genre’, my favorite author is Lauraine Snelling. I hope to win this ebook as it sounds very interesting and I love the history behind the Civil War.


    1. Oh, I love Lauraine Snelling and was blessed to meet her at a writer’s conference a couple years back. She’s so sweet and down to earth. Thanks for visiting the blog Debbie!


  7. This sounds like a good read! I would say my favorite author is Laura Hillenbrand but there are so many it is really impossible to pick a favorite!


  8. I love so many it is hard to pick just one, If I had to choose I would say L.M. Montgomery, because I can always re read any of her books. This novel sounds very interesting I love novels set during and after the civil war.


    1. If you like Texas history like I do, I think you’ll love this book, Terrie! I loved researching the Bolivar Point Lighthouse and incorporating some of the historical facts I uncovered into the storyline. Thanks for commenting on Stacey’s blog!


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