Thomas Kinkade & Katherine Spenser
Cape Light (2002)
Author: Thomas Kinkade & Katherine Spenser
The small town of Cape Light hosts a memorable group of characters. There is Jessica who comes home to help her sister take care of their mother. Mayor Emily Warwick, Jessica’s sister, is dealing with the grief of the death of a husband and loss of a daughter. Reverend Ben provides gentle counseling and prayer for nearly every character while aching over his estranged son. Charlie, the owner of the local diner is running for mayor and confronts Mayor Emily over every issue. Charlie’s wife, Lucy, is determined to go to nursing school despite her husband’s opposition. Sara Franklin comes to Cape Light for the summer with a secret of her own: Mayor Emily is her birth mother. The book traces the lives of these characters throughout the summer. Jessica’s re-adjustment to small-town life and attraction to Sam, the town’s most eligible bachelor, is the main story. After Jessica stops fighting her attraction to Sam and returns to God, the book ends with their promising to get married and settle in Cape Light. Lucy prevails and will start nursing school. The stories of the other characters are not resolved in this book, though. It would be necessary to read the rest of the series, but this book could stand alone; one is not compelled to finish the series.
Geographical Setting: Fictional New England coastal city; near Boston
Time Period: contemporary
Series: #1 in Cape Light series
A reader looking for a slow-paced novel focusing on setting and characterization might enjoy this novel. It contains “old-fashioned” values typical of a small town such as helping one another and faith in God. The romance between the main characters unfolds slowly and gently. There is very little mention of how one becomes a Christian, though some prayers and Bible verses are included.
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