Lights on the Sea by Miquel Reina {Book Review}

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On the highest point of an island, in a house clinging to the edge of a cliff, live Mary Rose and Harold Grapes, a retired couple still mourning the death of their son thirty-five years before. Weighed down by decades of grief and memories, the Grapeses have never moved past the tragedy. Then, on the eve of eviction from the most beautiful and dangerously unstable perch in the area, they’re uprooted by a violent storm. The disbelieving Grapeses and their home take a free-fall slide into the whitecapped sea and float away.

As the past that once moored them recedes and disappears, Mary Rose and Harold are delivered from decades of sorrow by the ebb and flow of the waves. Ahead of them, a light shimmers on the horizon, guiding them toward a revelatory and cathartic new engagement with life, and all its wonder.
— Goodreads

Lights on the Sea by Miquel Reina was the book I received in my December Once Upon a Book Club adult box, and it’s a book that I’m still turning over in my head. Don’t get me wrong—the prose is absolutely beautiful, and I really enjoyed reading it. The gifts that came with it—a scarf, mittens, a pottery jar, and a ship in a bottle—were by far the best gifts I’ve received in this book box.

But. There’s always a but, isn’t there? But I felt like, at times, something was lost in translation. Literally, because originally Lights on the Sea was published in Spanish. The prose was beautiful—I mentioned it already, but I have to emphasize that it was beautifully written—but at times the story felt lacking, like key plot points were rushed, so the emotional impact wasn’t there.

I love a book that keeps me thinking about it even after I’ve finished it, so I rated Lights on the Sea at 3.5 stars, rounded up to 4 stars on Goodreads because it deserved more than a 3 for sure.