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5+ stars for Winter at the Light by Award-Winning @StephenBKing1 #romanticthriller #bookreview

Title: Winter at the Light

Author: Stephen B. King

Genre: Historical Fiction, Romantic Suspense, Romantic Thriller

Book Blurb:

Forbes Lighthouse is a dangerous place. Twenty-year-old Molly McLaren agrees to tend the light when her father breaks his leg, so she leaves behind the city and her nursing career. Molly dreads the thought of three months as the sole inhabitant on the tiny island, nineteen nautical miles off the rugged coastline of Augusta in Western Australia.

Molly discovers she enjoys the solitude, and when a massive storm arrives bringing a life raft, Molly risks her life to save the unconscious man inside. On waking, he says he has lost his memory but as Molly nurses him back to health she wonders if he has. When the storm finally clears, Molly has fallen for the man she’s nicknamed John, but still has doubts about his honesty.

The real danger arrives with two men who are searching for her mystery man. They want to kill him and anyone else who can identify them, and Molly quickly learns; on a lighthouse, there is nowhere to hide.

My Review:

After her father breaks his leg during a storm, nurse Molly McLaren reluctantly agrees to take over as keeper of the lighthouse. It means three months of isolation, but she has no choice if she wants her father to keep his job. Once she's alone on the island, though, she finds it quite adventurous and enjoys the solitude. When a huge storm arrives, Molly risks her life to save a man floating on a raft. She brings him back to the lighthouse and uses her nursing skills to help him heal. He says he has no memory but she's not sure she believes him. The more time she spends with the nameless man she calls John, the stronger her feelings grow for him. But when the storm clears and two men arrive on the island looking for 'John', Molly's life is suddenly in peril. Can Molly survive at the lighthouse when two dangerous men are hellbent on killing not only her but the mystery man she's given her heart to?

From the very beginning, Winter at the Light captured my heart. I'm a huge lover of historical lighthouses and Stephen B. King excels in breathing new life to this long-forgotten part of history. Lighthouses and their keepers were paramount to saving the lives of millions of sailors, boaters, and fishermen. Molly is a feisty, independent woman who wants to be a doctor. Her love for her father is commendable but it's her adventurous spirit I loved most. The three mysterious men added such suspense to the plot, I held my breath a couple of times while reading. The plot moves at a nice easy pace with plenty of colorful characters. The suspense is countered with a delightful sweet romance. What makes this book 5+ stars for me, though, is the rich narration detailing the love of the sea/ocean. Stephen B. King is a masterful storyteller and Winter at the Light is a must-read. Highly recommend!

My Rating: 5+ stars

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Author Biography:

I left Perth, Australia to go East and find fame and fortune in the music business as a long-haired rock guitarist. I wrote poems and music, and my band used to open for some pretty big groups in my wild days. I gave it all up for love and got married (as you do when the right one comes along). Then, real life took over, children came along and I threatened to write a book for so many years my long-suffering wife eventually pushed me into it by buying me a laptop and said: "No more excuses, do it." And so began this amazing journey. My first book, Forever Night, was contracted and published by now defunct Totally Entwined Group 's Evidence Press. It features a returned veteran soldier who has suffered horrifically, physically and mentally to become a serial killer while hunting for his runaway wife. As an SAS soldier he is far more highly trained to kill and survive, than the cops are trained to stop him. If you enjoy dark, Scandinavian type crime thrillers, you will love this story. That was followed by a trilogy, about the rise of a cop through the ranks from Detective to Detective Inspector, when his world falls apart. Domin8, is about a married man who is drawn into the dark world of online dating, until someone starts murdering his lovers. The Vigilante Taxi features a man who knows tragedy, his life has been full of it and with nothing to live for he becomes a vigilante during the night shift while driving his cab. When he falls in love, and wants to stop, it's too late; the cops and an underworld figure are closing in. Burial Ground, is about newly appointed Detective Inspector Sam Collins, who is handed the job of finding a serial killer who has been killing and burying his victims in an old disused gravel pit for seventeen years. He is a close to a pure psychotic evil as you will find, worse then Hannibal Lecter, or anything from the mind of the great Stephen King. Repo saw me return to two characters from Forever Night. New private investigator husband and wife sleuths trying to save a man from jail for a murder he did not commit. He returns home from working in a mine to find his wife gone, bank accounts empty, and fully restored classic muscle car repossessed. When his wife's body is found, he is arrested for murder. Dillon and Jayne enter a world of illegal poker games, protected by the underworld, to find the real killer and free their first client. Next, I wrote a beautiful love story/thriller about Jenny, who travels in time to come back to save the world from an all consuming blight that was genetically modified. She falls in love in the past, but can only stay for thirty-three days. This was published by: The Wild Rose Press of NY. I am very proud to say this book has been a finalist in three US literary awards and won the N.N. Light Book Heaven award for 2019 for Time Travel/ Time Travel Romance/Thriller I now have a trilogy published with TWRP, called The Deadly Glimpses. Book 1 is called Glimpse, Memoir of a Serial Killer, and has just been released. Book 2, Glimpse, The Beautiful Deaths is due out soon and book 3, Glimpse, The Tender Killer will be released in three months. The trilogy follows the fortunes of two married colleges who are attracted to each other while working together to track down three murderers. What will the effect be on their marriages, and their relationship if they act on the desires they have? I was thrilled when a recent reviewer likened Glimpse, Memoir of a Serial Killer to Seven, and the Saw films, and I take that as very high praise indeed. The trilogy is growing with a two new additions being released soon, Glimpse, The Angel Shot, and Glimpse, Friday the 13th. Winter at the Light is a suspense story set in 1952 on a remote lighthouse, where 20-year-old Molly learns there is nowhere to hide on a lighthouse. Released on August the 10th 2020 many people have told me this story would make a fantastic film. Thrillers and crime genres have always fascinated me, and in particular, the dark world of serial killers. I love a good, unputdownable, thriller. You know, the kind you just want to read one more chapter of at three in the morning before bed, but you have to be up at six to go to work. Have I succeeded in creating stories that can take people to that place? Boy I hope so. Check out my website and blog for fee stories and previews.

Happy reading, Steve

Social Media Links:

Twitter: @stephenBKing1

Facebook: @stephenbkingauthor

Reviewed by: Mrs. N


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