‘Christmas by the Lighthouse’ by Rebecca Boxall

I know Christmas is already a month away, so it’s not a very good timing for this review, though if I’m being honest I have to warn all to-be-readers of this book: ‘Christmas by the Lighthouse’ has very little to do with either Christmas or Lighthouses. I do see where this title comes from, but it still somehow seems to be a bit of a false advertisement.

Anyway, let’s talk about the book itself!


I got this book from Amazon Publishing UK via NetGalley in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion.

43706716(Goodreads/Amazon)

Discovery:

I decided to read this book because last year I read another one written by this author, ‘The Christmas Forest’, and I happened to like that one . It was sweet, short, easy to read, but didn’t lack substance, so I thought this new book from the same writer should be a good choice.

Brainstorm:

Well, I knew that even though I liked the other one it wasn’t exactly high literature, but this one was a complete hit and miss for me.

Starting with the fact that (and here comes a bit of spoiler, sorry, but I can’t simply go by it) there’s not even a remote of warning about the theme cancer. And I know. I’m a doctor. I shouldn’t care. But, you know, when you start to read a book as a distraction from your real life, and then a character has the exact same type of cancer that your beloved aunt died of just months before, you’re not exactly happy with the fact that it all came without a warning.

So I started this book with – symbolically – throwing it away just after the first couple of (rather short) chapters.

Then I got back to it the following day, because I was ready to read it forward then.

And after I cooled down I realized that my personal feelings are not at all the only things that I found not okay with this story.

First of all, it kind of downplays the cancer storyline. I mean, it is basically the main storyline, but… it’s just too easy. It doesn’t work that way. (Maybe with some types, but definitely not this one.) I felt like this was a pseudo-part of the story, because it need something to complicate things, something to make the story a story, but somehow it seemed false. I know this book was supposed to be a light-hearted thing, and that’s probably why the serious stuff was all downplayed, but this way I simply couldn’t take it seriously anymore. I couldn’t believe anything that happened.

In fact, I felt like this book was a collection of all cheesy, overused hollywood romcom clichés. Terminal illness, check. Character realizes they have never lived before, check. Wanting to start to live life to the fullest and creating a bucket list, check. Terminal illness miraculously healed, check. Couple in a boring, dysfunctional twenty-year marriage with kids having fun at college going on a ‘break’ instead of divorce, check. Excentric hippy parents running around crazy, check. Running home in the rain together, check. The ‘who’s the father’ drama, check. Stuck in a place for hours together, check. Insta love, check. Airport mix-up stuff, check. Getting a rescue dog together, even though nothing’s stable in our lives, check. Moving together instantly, and needing no time to accustom to the arrangment, check. I feel like I could continue this list forever.

Oh, and overall unnaturally too much sunset included.

The characters were relatively interesting, though. The problem is, I couldn’t really appreciate them, when their story was so utterly fantasyless.

Let’s Give It A Grade!

  1. Story: 2/5
  2. Characters: 3/5
  3. Style: 3/5
  4. The Subjective Factor: 2/5
  • GPA: 2.5

Uniqueness:

Nothing at all.

Recommend to:

People who are good at suspending belief might enjoy this one way more than I did. It’s just that I couldn’t buy anything that happened in this story.

Music room:

I don’t know… ‘Last Christmas’, maybe… Seems about right. Same cliché, same complexity.

Drink tip:

A virgin christmas punch, maybe.

Future:

I’m uncertain with this one. I liked one book from this author, and didn’t another. So, I might try something by her, if I’m in the right mood.


Have you read this book? What did you think?

How well do you do with suspending belief?

Let’s talk!

Hugs 🙂

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