About the Book
Book: Lainey of the Door Islands
Author: Judy Ducharme
Genre: Historical Fiction and Young Adult Fiction
Release date: July 24, 2020
Walk with Lainey into the world of Door County and its islands in the late 1800s, a time of shipwrecks, lighthouses, and strong individuals who never gave up. Lainey becomes one of those rugged individuals as she faces tragedy and hardship. Her aunt and uncle, the lighthouse keepers on tiny Pilot Island, demonstrate the toughness needed to survive, but Lainey takes it a step further with her spunk and grace and becomes a shining light to all those around her. With humor, faith, close friendships and the young man who interferes with her ability to function, Lainey of the Door Islands will capture your heart, and she’ll inspire you to know that no matter what happens, God has a plan to prosper and not to harm.
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About the Author
Judy DuCharme grew up with Lake Huron next to her back yard and has always loved the water. She, her husband, daughter, and son moved to Door County in 1984. After teaching 5th Grade at Gibraltar School for 22 years, Judy followed the calling that tugged at her all her life to write. Lainey of the Door Islands is her 7th published book and she is the recipient of numerous awards. She also writes for Guideposts Magazine. If you visit Door County, you may find her hiking in the woods, jet skiing on the bay, worshipping at her church, teaching a Bible study, cheering for the Green Bay Packers, playing with her amazing grandson, or sitting outside enjoying the beauty around her.
More from Judy
Door County, where I live, is the destination of 3 million people in the summer and fall. Lainey of the Door Islands, my seventh published book, is the culmination of my desire to write a book about this wonderful area where I live. Tourists and residents alike love all things Door County, past and present. One day as I traveled on the ferry between Washington Island and the mainland of Door County and gazed out at tiny Pilot Island, I said again to myself, ‘I need to write a book about Door County’. I don’t recall if it was that day, the next, or two days later, but the story dropped into my spirit. I sat down at my computer and wrote well into the second chapter in one sitting. I said to my husband, “I’m writing and I can’t stop.”
This is a nice story set in the late 1800s where times were tough for most people. The jobs didn’t pay well so they had to use their supplies sparingly. I loved learning about lighthouses and the hard work it goes into running one. Ships depended on the lighthouse keeper to guide them to safety. The author does a good job of helping us visualize shipwrecks and the dangers of the sea.
Our star character Lainey is a sweet young girl who has experienced great loss in her young life. We are taken on a journey as Lainey matures and becomes a young woman who experiences her first crush. I laughed remembering mine as well. The butterflies you feel and the smile you can’t erase from your face is hard to hide. I was sad when Lainey had to leave her uncle and aunt. They did make the right decision I think because they wanted the best for Lainey.
I loved reading how Lainey adjusted to her new family and how much she felt loved. Her confidence was building as she began to relax in her new surroundings. Lainey will always think fondly of her time with her aunt and uncle but God is leading her in a new direction. Clifford is just right for Lainey and there is a funny moment in the story that made me laugh out loud. All I will say is that is involves chickens. The story is a wonderful look at trusting God, following His direction for your life and finding happiness.
I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.
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