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Reviewed by Bernadette Longu for Readers' Favorite
In The Ledge Light: New London, Diana K. Perkins has written a wonderful romance around a famous landmark in New London – Long Island Sound. The time period is the 20th century when LGBTQ persons were not readily accepted or tolerated. Any family who had one would keep them under wraps or ship them off to some faraway place so nobody would be embarrassed. The main characters in this book are Martha Green, known as Marty, her brothers Tom and Charlie, her mother Mrs. Green, and Vita Little, a widow. Other characters that come to light in this wonderfully written book are Rodger or 'Gunny', Fanny, Virginia, The Ledge Light Lighthouse Staff Engineer Harold, and last but not least, Annie the librarian.
Diana K. Perkins takes the reader on Marty’s journey of discovery from her home town where she grew up on a farm to the Ledge Light lighthouse and all the adventures that she encountered along the way. The author has written in such a way that you find you need to keep reading to see how Marty absorbs the lessons learned, how she puts them to good use, what happens to the friends she makes, and how they react when they discover who she is. This book is a very compelling read. I found it was a big help with realizing how hard it must have been and still is for people to accept that we are all not the same and we don’t all follow the laws that man has laid down. Thank you for a most enjoyable, well-written, and outstanding read on a very sensitive subject at the best of times. A page-turner from start to finish!