Strong women inhabit these light houses

I typically do not pick up collections like The Great Lakes Light House Brides, but when I saw that all the stories took place in my home state of Michigan, I grabbed it up quick.

When I saw town names like Saginaw, Mackinaw, Manistee, and White Fish Point I was hit with flash backs of family trips to all of these locations and many others. Just a few years back, my husband and I took the kids to Old Point Lighthouse. So as the author talked about the different rooms and the tower, I knew precisely what she was describing. Anyway, it was fun reading these locations but from a historical stand point.

Each story has a common thread that I felt was very poignant for today. Strong, independent women looking to make their mark in life. These young ladies were not looking for love, but found it nonetheless and eventually, once they moved past their stubbornness, embraced it emphatically. There was even just the right amount of mystery to keep the ebook pages turning.

Overall, I found The Great Lakes Light House Brides entertaining and exciting. As I finished the last page, I was reminded how beautiful this Mitten state and all its Great Lakes truly are. The only thing that would have made it perfect is if a bride made her way all the way to the top of Michigan to Copper Harbor Lighthouse. (It is the northern most point in Michigan.)

Thank you to all of these talented ladies for writing these beautiful stories.

*** I was given a copy of this anthology so that I may give an honest review.***

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Title: The Great Lakes Lighthouse Brides

Author: Kathy Rouser

Genre: Christian Historical Romance

Release date: November 1, 2018

Publisher: Barbour


Lighthouses have long been the symbol of salvation, warning sailors away from dangerous rocks and shallow waters.
Along the Great Lakes, America’s inland seas, lighthouses played a vital role in the growth of the nation. They shepherded settlers traveling by water to places that had no roads. These beacons of light required constant tending even in remote and often dangerous places. Brave men and women battled the elements and loneliness to keep the lights shining. Their sacrifice kept goods and immigrants moving. Seven romances set between 1883 and 1911 bring hope to these lonely keepers and love to weary hearts.

The Last Memory by Kathleen Rouser
1899—Mackinac Point Lighthouse
Natalie Brooks loses her past to amnesia, and Cal Waterson, the lighthouse keeper who rescues her, didn’t bargain on risking his heart—when her past might change everything.


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Kathleen Rouser is the multi-published author of the 2017 Bookvana Award winner, Rumors and Promises, her first novel about the people of fictional Stone Creek, Michigan, and its sequel, Secrets and Wishes. She is a longtime member in good standing of American Christian Fiction Writers. She longs to create characters who resonate with readers who realize their need for the touch God’s grace and hope in their everyday lives. A former homeschool instructor, mild-mannered dental assistant, and current Community Bible Study kids’ teacher, she lives in Michigan with her hero and husband of thirty-some years, and the sassy tail-less cat who found a home in their empty nest. Connect with Kathleen on her website at, on Facebook at, and on Twitter @KathleenRouser.


Guest Post from Kathy

When author Pegg Thomas approached me about writing a novella for The Great Lakes Lighthouse Brides book proposal I couldn’t refuse the chance. After all, I am a lifelong resident of Michigan, which is the Great Lakes State! Plus, I had a favorite lighthouse in mind, though I briefly considered others.


For over 20 years we have ventured “up north” for a week-long summer vacation on Lake Michigan, most of them spent in the same cottage. Since the cottage is almost 20 miles west of Mackinaw City, I’ve made the annual pilgrimage to the Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse since they reopened with exhibits in 2004. Part of the first floor has since been restored to the middle-class furnishings of 1910 when George Marshall and his family resided there. Two generations of Marshalls manned the lighthouse and George Marshall’s brother, Charles, was at one time the assistant lighthouse keeper.


There is also an area of the lighthouse where they display maps, photographs and other information, chronicling the history of the lighthouse built on the Straits of Mackinac in 1892. Fresnel lenses, like those used in the tower, and interactive displays are also included. Did you know for several years, the fourth-order Fresnel lens flashed a red light? I’d always pictured a yellow light! A tour guide, dressed in period clothing, such as a U.S. Lighthouse Service uniform, will take you up the tall, winding metal staircase to enjoy the view.


My many visits, whether they’ve included the long climb to the tower or not, have intrigued me. I’d often thought that someday I would like to write a fictional story about this lighthouse. Built with Cream City brick, in a Norman architectural style, the building reminds me of a castle. Perhaps that’s why I chose to have the lighthouse keeper hero, Cal Waterson, rescue Natalie Brooks, a lone shipwreck survivor. She is the proverbial damsel in distress. Yet, despite her amnesia she finds a new strength in her faith to face an unknown future and in a sense rescues Cal and his daughter.


Returning to the lighthouse last year, I did climb to the tower to examine the view my characters might have had. Of course, I had to imagine what it would have been like without the Mackinac Bridge, which has joined our upper and lower peninsulas since 1957. It’s a spectacular view, where you can also see Mackinac Island, home of the famous Grand Hotel, which was already there in 1899, when my story takes place.


Not only do lighthouses spark so many ideas of history and romance, they are so symbolic— as guiding lights—and beacons of hope to lead through treacherous waters, much like our Savior, Jesus Christ, is the true Light who leads us to the Father. Indeed, Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse played a strategic part in guiding ships through the dangers of the straits. I look forward to visiting this beautiful historic landmark again and hope my readers will be drawn into an intriguing visit to the lighthouse through my story, The Last Memory. 

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To celebrate her tour, Kathy is giving away a grand prize of a $25 Amazon gift card, a signed copy of The Great Lakes Lighthouse Brides Collection, a sterling silver charm of the Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse, and a souvenir pictorial book of some of the Great Lakes lighthouse!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.


  1. Renate

    Thanks for sharing. As a Michigander I have visited many of these lighthouses. Our small town lighthouse in St. Joseph, Michigan was features on a postage stamp in the 1990s. So much history.

  2. Pegg Thomas

    Thanks for the enthusiastic review! Technically, the northern most point in Michigan is on Isle Royale, but you can’t see it without a boat ride. 😉

    • MelissaWardwell

      You are right. Totally forgot about that one.

  3. Kathleen Rouser

    Hi Melissa! I am a lifelong Michigander, so it’s nice to meet someone else who loves our mitten state! I was raised in the Detroit area. However, I often meet my sister in Flint or sometimes Birch Run for lunch, so I
    pass the Corunna Rd. and Owosso exits often on I-75.

    Thank you so much for your lovely review of our book and for being part of my Celebrate Lit Blog Tour for The
    Great Lakes Lighthouse Brides Collection.

    • MelissaWardwell

      Well, some time you should stop in Owosso and I can show you around a bit. Lol

      • Pegg Thomas

        We lived in and near Owosso from 1986 until 2000. Lots of good memories from there.

        • MelissaWardwell

          Really!? That is crazy cool!

  4. Jan Hall

    I love your review. Sounds like a wonderful book.

  5. diannekc

    I’m originally from Michigan and have seen many of the lighthouses along Lake Michigan, would enjoy reading stories about the lighthouses.

  6. Patty

    Having grown up in MI I would love to read this collection!

  7. James Robert

    I encourage reading so having a family who loves to read I sure support.Thanks for sharing your terrific read with us.