Tuesday, June 18, 2024



It was summer and like all those before it was going to be a memorable one. That’s exactly what Laney Jacobs’s and her best friend Maddie, thought the summer before their senior year of high school.  As they stood at the edge of the cliff side by side anxious to jump into the water below, Laney knew Maddie was scared but they jumped together.  When Laney surfaces and when Maddie does not, Laney knew something was terribly wrong and life will never be the same.  Laney’s reliance on God to bring her through the hardest of times and the buried family secrets that surface, was very refreshing.  The only way to truly heal is through forgiveness.  My favorite line in the whole book is use  “Lots of grace, being quick to forgive, praying like crazy” a great avenue to healing and sound advice.

I was so happy to get this book in my hands and author Heidi Chiavaroli did not disappoint.  The Way Back is a thought-provoking story of moving past tragedy, and finding hope, faith, family and forgiveness.  I absolutely loved the characters in this book and Chiavaroli has a wonderful way of describing beauty of Maine and making it a place to add to your bucket list of places to visit.  I loved the author’s portrayal of the solitude of the lighthouse by the sea and the ray of hope it resembled.  This is a beautiful and heartwarming story that needs to be at the top of your to be read pile.  This is the first installment in the Lights of Acadia and I am looking forward to the next book in the series.  I highly recommend this amazing book.



Rating: 5 out of 
Author: Heidi Chiavaroli

Publisher:  Hope Creek Publishers
Publication Date: June 18, 2024 
Pages: 353 
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Young love means everything . . . until it leaves you with nothing.

The summer before her senior year of high school, Laney Jacobs and her best friend jump from a six-story beachside cliff in an attempt to impress their boyfriends. Laney rose from the water. Her friend did not.

Six years later, when Laney’s troubled mother’s memoir hits the bestseller list airing the family’s destructive secrets, Laney is forced to relive the trauma, this time in the public eye. To escape the scrutiny, she seeks shelter at her estranged grandmother’s seaside inn. But she can’t reconcile the loving woman with the heartless parent in her mother’s book. As she looks for answers, the ex-boyfriend who’d witnessed her darkest days reappears, stirring up both pain and hope. 

When her mother's vindictive fans threaten her grandmother's livelihood and the lighthouse Laney has come to love, she turns to the century-old words of a young lighthouse keeper to help her find the courage to move forward. But once truths from the past come to light and old love finds new beginnings, will Laney discover that forgiveness is the only way toward true healing?


Heidi Chiavaroli (pronounced shev-uh-roli…sort of like Chevrolet and ravioli mushed together!) wrote her first story in third grade, titled I’d Cross the Desert for Milk. It wasn’t until years later that she revisited writing, using her two small boys’ nap times to pursue what she thought at the time was a foolish dream. Despite a long road to publication, she hasn’t stopped writing since!

Heidi writes women’s fiction, combining her love of history and literature to write split time stories. Her debut novel, Freedom’s Ring, was a Carol Award winner and a Christy Award finalist, a Romantic Times Top Pick and a Booklist Top Ten Romance Debut. Heidi loves exploring places that whisper of historical secrets, especially with her family. She loves running, hiking, baking, and dates with her high-school sweetheart and husband of seventeen years. Her latest dual timeline novel, The Orchard House, is inspired by the lesser-known events in Louisa May Alcott’s life. Heidi makes her home in Massachusetts with her husband and two sons.Heidi is represented by the Natasha Kern Literary Agency.

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