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Behind the Light of Golowduyn
Behind the Light of Golowduyn

Behind the Light of Golowduyn


4.40 (220 ratings)
She’s the keeper of Golowduyn Lighthouse. He’s the captain who shipwrecked on her watch. A marriage of convenience can save her home—if secrets don’t destroy it first.

A Regency Romance Cornwall, 1815
Abigail Moore will do anything to keep Golowduyn Lighthouse shining brightly, even if she must do so alone. When a shipwreck occurs near her home one stormy evening—bringing with it a dashing captain keen to offer his aid at every turn—her days of isolation vanish.

Captain Gavin Kendricks didn’t expect to end his naval career by crashing his ship against the rugged cliffs of Cornwall. When he’s pulled from the sea by the fearless and quick-tempered Miss Moore, a tentative friendship forms between them, and he begins to realize what has been missing from his life.

Before either of them can explore these newfound stirrings, death and deception hit Golowduyn, and Abigail is left with a choice. Either she loses everything she has ever loved, or she marries the captain and accepts his help. Unable to give up the lighthouse, she agrees to the union, and they work together to see that the light does not diminish. But when her childhood secrets are unearthed, and their property falls victim to troubling defacement, their marriage threatens to crumble. Gavin fights to gain her confidence, but only Abigail can forget the crippling memories of her past to trust Gavin with Golowduyn—and her heart.

This is the first book in the clean and sweet Regency Cornish Romance series by Deborah M. Hathaway. Although this marriage of convenience, rise-in-status romance is a stand-alone novel, the books are best enjoyed when read in order.

Don't miss the other novels in this series!
A Prequel Novella: On the Shores of Tregalwen (A Swoony Award Winner)
Book 1: Behind the Light of Golowduyn
Book 2: For the Lady of Lowena
Book 3: Near the Ruins of Penharrow
Book 4: In the Waves of Tristwick
Book 5: Coming Soon


Krista Langdon
Charming but tame!

Lonely ship’s Captain falls for lady lighthouse keeper. Simple yet emotionally moving. No premarital sex and no real bad guys.

S. Chortwortly

This is a sweet, clean love story. I did not love the story, I could not find the attraction of living in a light house. But the characters were well drawn. Although the writing is good, the language did not fit the country or time period.


The plot line was interesting but flawed. The story felt forced & angst was repetitive. I won’t be filling the series but it’s not a terrible book. Often “clean” translates into sappy as this has.

Dee Z
Simple and sweet

A very simple, sweet, parochial story suitable for all ages. A book to pass the time when you don't wish to be so drawn in that you loose track of time or your surroundings and can't put it down.

A weaker book from an otherwise strong author

I’m not sure if this is an earlier work, but the quality of the characters and descriptions feels distinctly weaker than the author’s more recent works, which I have really enjoyed. The premise is compelling, and Gavin is a pretty great lead. Abigail is easy to root for in terms of her strength and determination, but her self-pity became a little grinding eventually. Her constant allusions to her mysterious past were overemphasized to a point that the actual reveal felt a little like a letdown. And given that it happened in the last ten percent of the book, there really is not much room to process. You simply know the couple will stay together.

A good book, but not a great one.

Susan Doney
Good read.

Good read. Interesting story. Lots of surprises. Highly recommend.

Light house love

Great story of how what life deals you doesn’t have to define your worth. Glad the story didn’t end after a first kiss.

Clean romance

Nice story about a young lady who lives in an lighthouse with her uncle. There is a storm which brings in a captain ready to retire. When her uncle dies suddenly things get complicated. The story unravels all to it’s happy end