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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 322 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martins Press-3PL; 1st edition (February 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312241135
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312241131
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,658,686 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

Off the coast of Massachusetts, a sturdy lighthouse and its inhabitants weather the storms of life. Over three generations, the O'Banyon clan finds solace in the firm walls of the Port Hope lighthouse, and learns to "keep a light on" for each other.

In the present day, daughter Kathleen O'Banyon returns to be with her aging father, Peter, in the now retired lighthouse. As Peter reminisces about the past and his childhood with Uncle Billie, we are drawn into a family saga full of tragedy and inspiration. Through two world wars, illness, and premature deaths, the O'Banyon family has learned to trust and love fearlessly. As the characters and the readers soon learn, to be a good lighthouse keeper you must take care of not only those you love, but the "light inside yer bosom," as well.

Not for the schmaltz-allergic crowd, this nostalgic feast of emotion and sincerity could warm up your heart on an arctic vacation. Like Nicholas Sparks, James Michael Pratt knows where the heartstrings are, and plays them with all the subtlety of Tchaikovsky. But go ahead--no one is watching. Pull up the covers and let the sappiness seduce you! --Nancy R.E. O'Brien

From Library Journal

A child whose parents are killed in a car accident goes to live with his uncle, "the lighthouse keeper." From the author of The Last Valentine.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Customer Reviews

As I was reading, I felt empathy for the characters.
J.A. Black (phileasfogg@rocketmail.com)
It's one of those books that, once you start reading it, you find it almost impossible to put down.
A. Conklin
If you love a story that tugs at your heart, this is a great choice.
Love to Read!

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 28, 2000
Format: Hardcover
One of the most touching, beautiful books I ever read. I could not put this book down and stayed up most of the night to finish it. Anyone, who wishes to be inspired will buy this book. Also, they will buy it for their family and friends.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By J.A. Black (phileasfogg@rocketmail.com) on January 23, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This delightful story of personal and family trials, tribulations and triumphs will appeal to all readers. James Pratt allows his readers to share his characters' lifes as he introduces the reader to Peter, Billie, Anna, Katie and Kathleen. Life is a struggle but it also has its rewards. As I was reading, I felt empathy for the characters. I laughed with them; I cried with them. I experienced their misery and I experienced their joy. Seldom has a book pulled at my heart and emotions as much as "Lighthouse Keeper" did. James Pratt has not just written a wonderful story but also a book that teaches a moral. I'm glad that i read "Lighthouse Keeper".
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Busy Mom VINE VOICE on July 20, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I bought this book simply because some of my online reading buddies have raved about this book. And they were right. Normally, I don't read such sappy stories as it is predictable, but I must confess this book isn't predictable and it's really one of the sweetest books I've read in a long time.
The Lighthouse Keeper isn't about just about lighthouses ~~ it is about two men and a woman keeping in touch with their heritage and learning life's tough lessons along the way. Uncle Bill came to Port Hope after a tragedy happened to him and he found renewed hope and joy in life again. Peter, his nephew, comes home from WWII to carry on the tradition that his uncle has started ~~ by keeping the light on for other weary sailers in the world. And Kathleen, Peter's daughter is the silent observer with her own glimpses into her family's heritage. And Pratt combines the two men's stories into one.
This novel is not normally what I would choose to read because I am spoiled by lyrical writing and thought-provoking novels ~~ but I am glad that I managed to pick this book up. It is one of the most uplifting novels I have read so far this year. It provides a glimmer of life and hope after tragedies abound in one's life. And it leaves you with a warm glow after the last page is turned.
If you like Pratt's "The Last Valentine," then you will like this book. It's one of the sentimental and uplifting book with a moral ~~ never let life's woes keep you down. It's also a quick read and a thoroughly enjoyable one as well. This is one I would recommend to others!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Nancy R. Katz VINE VOICE on May 15, 2000
Format: Hardcover
In recent years, a variety of sentimental books like The Lighhouse Keeper have entranced readers everywhere. And this title is no exception for those who enjoy this genre. The reader is consumed by a wonderful story based around a gentle man's past experiences as a once proud lighthouse keeper to a stoic man now suffering from a terminal illness. In a series of flashbacks we learn of his early tragedy, how he came to be a lighhouse keeper and about his powerful love for a woman who becomes his wife.
For those who enjoy windswept beaches and flashbacks to the past, pick up this book. You will enjoy the read and remember it for sometime.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Amy J. Brown on March 23, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Dear Mr. Pratt,
It has not been that long ago that I read your wonderful book "The Lighthouse Keeper". This book ranged in emotions so greatly that it kept me captivated. I laughed, i cried, i got angry. It was all around a wonderful book to read. I am a very giving person when it comes to sharing great works of literature. Your book is making it rounds as we speak. I'm not really sure who has it at this moment. Whoever it is, I'm sure they will enjoy it as thouroughly as I did. I applaud you on a job well done. I look forward to your next book.
Sincerly A Devoted Fan,
Amy J. Brown
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 21, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I saw this beautiful cover in the store , totally unfamiliar with
the work of James Michael Pratt. This work is a great love story.
It tells of love between man and woman , yes of course. The love
of members of family bridging generations is the story. Peter O' Banyon 's oral legacy to his daughter Kathleen is touching to
the reader and teaches us lessons in life. The story for his
daughter, telling of suffering , love , lives , and strength is
a family legacy. There are many people who would relish knowing
their first hand family stories. Having a close family member tell their story and the story of those before them is truly a
valuable legacy to be cherished. The setting of the lighthouse
was a beautiful image to the theme of the story as it taught the
idea of strength and faith as one faced life tragedy. This novel
rates very high on the list of my favorites.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Seamond Roberts on December 31, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I bought the book for the beautiful cover, hoping that the inside would be as good as the cover. I was wrong! This book is decent. This book has substance. This book tells a story that could have been a chronicle of a neighbor lighthouse keeper - and I know because I grew up as the daughter of a lighthouse keeper 17 years worth - on an island in Massachusetts. I tell you this: Mr. Pratt has accurately captured the spirit of people who have manned the lighthouses over the years. I could not get over this! I will read and reread this book for years to come. I will give it to my children and say to them, "That's like your grandfather." Oh read this book, I say for it is love in words - love of the indominable spirit of a people to survive adversity. Thank you, Mr. Pratt for putting the hope of the world on to paper.
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More About the Author

James Michael Pratt is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling fiction author. Jim recently completed research and co-writing for the documentary and Rex J. Pratt Film, Between Iraq and a Hard Place. He is currently writing a screenplay taken from his regional bestseller, The Good Heart. Called "... a master of moral fiction," by Booklist, his novels are filled with history laden plots, conflict, mystery, and romance.

People Magazine billed Jim's breakout novel, The Last Valentine (1998-1999) "...a return ticket to Bridges of Madison Country territory." It is scheduled for a Hallmark Hall of Fame television "Movie of the Week" in early 2007. The Lighthouse Keeper, (2000-2001) and Ticket Home (2001-2002) hit bestseller charts across the country. Kirkus Reviews called the trio "...the fictionalization of The Greatest Generation," for the vivid portrayal of life and love before, during, and after World War Two.

Paradise Bay, (2002-2003) is a coming-of-age story geographically set between LA and an abandoned fishing hamlet just north of Santa Barbara, CA. Paradise Bay holds secrets for a present day musician son who never knew his Vietnam War hero-father. Sweeping back to the 1950s-60s with social changes, music, horrors of Vietnam, we see a young aspiring "piano man," drafted into the Marines and then seriously wounded. His music sleeps with him for thirty years. He will awaken from a battle induced coma to a strange world with new music, a son he never knew, and a love he had thought lost forever.

The Good Heart, (2005) depicts the entrapping of three troubled lives, one beating heart, and an unsolved mystery. Set in the fast-paced, power-hungry climate of the nation's capital and Tallahassee, FL. Jim's newest novel combines political and medical intrigue with passion and danger while unraveling the mystery behind a brotherly pact that has lain hidden for forty years.

Jim cultivated story-telling from his earliest days of carefree 1960's boy at play in the fields and hills near the old Corriganville Movie Ranch sets in Simi Valley, CA. His father's World War Two combat and two older brother's Vietnam service influenced Jim, at an early age, to study history in gen eral and military history specifically. Fluent in Spanish, he often uses the language and settings of old California and the Southwest where he grew up to add color, realism, and flavor to his stories.

In memoirs created as tributes to everyday parents, Jim reminds the reader in MOM, The Woman Who Made Oatmeal Stick to My Ribs, and DAD, The Man Who Lied To Save the Planet of a time and place when seemingly complex matters of life had simple, straightforward answers colored by time honored and traditional virtues and values. He recently finished two novels in the inspirational category, both available at Amazon.com; The Christ Report and As A Man Thinketh, In His Heart.

As well as author, James Pratt serves as Chairman of PowerThink Publishing, LLC. For more on James Michael Pratt and his writings see: www.jmpratt.com and www.powerthink.com.



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