Gina Higgins has come to the Outer Banks of North Carolina -
- a stranger with a secret. But secrets are a fact of life
for some of the residents of the close-knit community of
Kiss River. Gina is about to learn that those secrets are
tied to her own in ways she never could have imagined.
Kiss River's historic nineteenth-century lighthouse has all
but fallen into the sea, taking with it the huge Fresnel
lens that once served as its beacon. Gina is desperate to
find a way to raise the lens from the sea. The glass holds
the key to the one person who matters to herd: a child who
waits for her halfway around the world.
Lacey O'Neill, a talented stained-glass artist with a
troubled past, lives in the old lightkeeper's house, a home
she shares with her brother, Clay, who is grieving the
tragic death of his wife. When Lacey meets Gina, she
invites her to stay with them, secretly hoping Gina will
help pull Clay from this depression. Eagerly accepting the
offer, Gina moves into the lightkeeper's house and begins
her quest to raise the lens.
Most of the locals believe the lens should remain at the
bottom of the sea. Clay O'Neill, however, finds himself
drawn into Gina's struggle. Though he fights his attraction
to this beautiful stranger, as he begins to understand her
surprising connection to Kiss River, he too, starts to see
things through a different light, and slowly begins to
As Gina's story unfolds, so does the decades-old story of a
courageous teenage girl swept away by love and plunged into
the treacherous waters of espionage during World War II.
The shocking legacy she left buried in the light reveals
more than Gina expected . . . much more. And with it comes
new hope for the future . . . and for love.
In this exquisite new novel, Diane Chamberlain revisits the
seaswept finger of land called Kiss River, where secrets
give way to the amazing power of love.