This reading group guide for Secrets of the Lighthouse includes an introduction, discussion questions, and ideas for enhancing your book club. The suggested questions are intended to help your reading group find new and interesting angles and topics for your discussion. We hope that these ideas will enrich your conversation and increase your enjoyment of the book.
Stuck in a job she hates and engaged to a man she isn’t in love with, Ellen Trawton abruptly cuts ties with her posh life in London and journeys to the Connemara coast of Ireland. There, her aunt Peg welcomes her with open arms, introducing her to life in the village of Ballymaldoon and a merry band of aunts, uncles, and cousins that Ellen’s aristocratic mother, Lady Anthony Trawton, has never once mentioned. While struggling to write her first novel, Ellen finds herself inspired and entranced by the ruins of a lighthouse where a young mother, Caitlin Macausland, died in a fire five years earlier. Rumors abound about what truly happened the night of her death, and a chance encounter with Caitlin’s widower, Conor, leaves Ellen eager to learn more about the man and his history. As Ellen and Conor grow closer, it isn’t just the townspeople who observe their every move and gossip at the pub about their burgeoning relationship: Caitlin is also watching Conor and their children, mourning the life she left too soon and yearning to feel Co