Rose Island Lighthouse, Rhode Island
Will she betray his trust to stay on the island she loves?
Abbie Watson is content to spend her days clamming, crabbing, and tending Rose Island Lighthouse. Her grandpa is the head light keeper, but his senility may lead to their eviction. Since leaving the island would kill her beloved Gramps, Abbie will do anything to keep him in the one place he knows and loves.
Wealthy Nathaniel Winthrop III’s wild living has gained him a reputation as the ‘bad boy’ among the elite social circles of Newport. After a blow to the head in a yachting accident washes him up on Rose Island, Nathaniel has no memories of his past.
Abbie tends the wounded stranger in her home only to realize he assumes they’re married. Although she knows she needs to correct Nathaniel’s mistake, his presence calms Gramps and provides a way to prevent eviction from the lighthouse.
The longer the charade continues, the harder it gets for Abbie to tell Nathaniel the truth, more so as she begins to fall in love. Everyone she’s ever loved has abandoned her. Will Nathaniel leave her too, once he discovers he’s not really her husband?
I think it is fair to say that I’m having a lighthouse phase. I timed my reading Never Forget on the heels of watching The Light Between Oceans, and it amplified my reading experience moving from one creatively immersive to another. Jody Hedlund captures the unblemished landscape and solitary lifestyle of lighthouse islands with a covetable finesse that rivals the images that play across a movie screen.
Thematically a story of second chances, Never Forget follows Nathaniel and Abbie as they navigate a false marriage (unbeknownst to Nate!). I think every woman can find something to identify with in Abbie, whether it is her sacrificial commitment to her family or her fear and reluctance to be emotionally vulnerable. Nathaniel’s amnesia offers him the rare opportunity to see the life he could have and the man of honour and integrity he can become. It would be remiss of me to ignore the swoon-inducing chemistry between the two protagonists (seriously, the was rereading of some kisses. No shame).
Ultimately, the title of this historical romance says it all. I judge the true quality of a book by its ability to linger with me and my desire to experience it anew, and Never Forget fits that criteria!
**Disclosure: review copy provided by author**