Book Review: Porch Lights


Goodreads Summary: Porch Lights (Audible)

IWhen Jimmy McMullen, a fireman with the NYFD, is killed in the line of duty, his wife, Jackie, and ten-year-old son, Charlie, are devastated. Charlie idolized his dad, and now the outgoing, curious boy has become quiet and reserved. Trusting in the healing power of family, Jackie decides to return to her childhood home on Sullivans Island.

Crossing the bridge from the mainland, Jackie and Charlie enter a world full of wonder and magic — lush green and chocolate grasslands and dazzling red, orange, and magenta evening skies; the heady pungency of Lowcountry Pluff mud and fresh seafood on the grill; bare toes snuggled in warm sand and palmetto fronds swaying in gentle ocean winds.

Awaiting them is Annie Britt, the family matriarch who has kept the porch lights on to welcome them home. Thrilled to have her family back again, Annie promises to make their visit perfect — even though relations between mother and daughter have never been what you’d call smooth. Over the years, Jackie and Annie, like all mothers and daughters, have been known to have frequent and notorious differences of opinion. But her estranged and wise husband, Buster, and her flamboyant and funny best friend Deb are sure to keep Annie in line. She’s also got Steven Plofker, the flirtatious and devilishly tasty widowed physician next door, to keep her distracted as well.

My Review – 5 stars

Not at all sugary, but full of love, hope, and family healing.

the ending was unexpected and expected all at the same time. They all learned about themselves and each other as they grew as a family and friends. One unit filled with love and respect.

It’s difficult to move on and live after a traumatic loss, but they found a way. Beautiful story, family is for healing.

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Goodreads Summary: Porch Lights (Audible)

A love affair tests a new nation’s revolutionary ideals.

In 1770s Boston, a prosperous merchant’s daughter, Eliza Boylston, lives a charmed life—until war breaches the walls of the family estate and forces her to live in a world in which wealth can no longer protect her.

As the chaos of the Revolutionary War tears her family apart, Eliza finds herself drawn to her uncle’s slave, John Watkins. Their love leads to her exile in Braintree, Massachusetts, home to radicals John and Abigail Adams and Eliza’s midwife sister-in-law, Lizzie Boylston. But even as the uprising takes hold, Eliza can’t help but wonder whether a rebel victory will grant her and John the most basic of American rights

Follow up book to The Midwife’s Revolt

I loved the Midwife’s Revolt, if you haven’t read it, YOU SHOULD. This book is from Eliza Boylston’s POV and the first few lines are amazing…we are already be given a look into her horrible family, who she was raised to be and how she came to be a dear friend to Lizzie Boylston and Abigail Adams. 


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Book Review: Porch Lights — 2 Comments

  1. I feel like I HAVE to read this book! I use to live next to Sullivan’s Island. Edgar Allan Poe use to live there, he wrote a few stories with Sullivan’s as his muse. Anyway the Goodreads summary took me right back to the area; I always wanted to stick my feet in the pluff mud. 😀
    Thanks for sharing at #MMBH!

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