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Good job, Ms. Clagett
Overall: 4 stars
Plot/Storyline: 4 stars
After reading the first chapters, the story was beginning to resemble Sebastian Junger's 1991 bestseller "The Perfect Storm." But then the story took an entirely different direction. Were the spirits of the Seahawk's crew still lost at sea, trying to find their way home a half-century after being shipwrecked? Strange things were happening each year on the anniversary of the Seahawk's sinking, and David Parker and a local woman, Claire Reid, were determined to solve the mystery.
The story centered around an old historic lighthouse, and the author worked in some fascinating historical material about lighthouses. There was also a bit of New England colonial history, notably the Salem witch trials.
There was one key plot development that was not very logical. At a critical juncture, an old marine radio in the lighthouse was inexplicably sold to a collector, despite the fact that the lighthouse was historic and was being preserved as it was when the lighthouse ceased operations several decades earlier. This incident did serve a purpose - to add tension and to bring David and Claire closer together - but it was simply too implausible, and it was not necessary to keep the story moving.
Overall, the story was original, enjoyable reading, and the ending was very satisfying.
Characters: 4 1/2 stars
The principal characters were well developed, and it was easy to feel empathy toward them. David Parker was an ambitious young journalist from New York City. Claire Reid was a local woman who served as a volunteer guide at the town's historic lighthouse.Read more ›
As I delved into the text, I was reminded of the other ships that had been lost in the 1950's - My Lady in 1952, and The Echo III in 1955 - and the movie The Perfect Storm. Like The Perfect Storm, Clagett gives the reader a basic seafaring tale: On August 1, 1956, while trawling for fish, a storm unexpectedly shifts its direction and catches the Seahawk out at sea before it can return to port at Stuart Cove, a small New England town situated on the coastline of Connecticut. Captain Scott Spear and his crew of five are lost to the sea. His wife, Helen, his daughter, Cynthia, his brother-in-law and lighthouse keeper, Danny Pierce, and the townsfolk were deeply affected by the incident.
I thoroughly enjoyed Clagett's milieu of Stuart Cove, which included Saint Margaret's Church, the fishermen's memorial - a small circular area, consisting of a flower garden, a few benches, a granite tablet etched with the names of those from Stuart Cove lost at sea - the Fishhook Pub, the Stone Ridge Lighthouse, and Main Street.Read more ›
I enjoyed getting to know the well drawn characters who are immediately likable. The inhabitants of the small fishing village will make you feel welcome from the start. The main characters will engage your interest and never let it go.
I don't want to give away the wonderful plot, so I'll just give a short summary: the village, as all fishing villages, has suffered losses to the sea. The lighthouse boasts a mystery and the main characters are driven to solve it. The love story never stoops to romance-style story telling, it's well done and moves the story along at a brisk pace.
Don't miss out on a wonderful read!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Oh my gosh, you are a GENIUS! I just finished this book, it took me a day to read it. I LOVED IT!!! I keep recommending it to people saying it was the best book I've EVER read [and... Read morePublished on June 27, 2010 by Samantha
The Legend of the Seahawk is an wonderful, engaging read. The setting of the story just seemed to draw you in and made it so easy to "picture" the action. Read morePublished on March 31, 2010 by Tracy B.