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There Is a Light That Never Goes Out

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'A moving love story' TRACY REES

How do you find love . . . when you have the loneliest job in the world?

This is the story of Gayle and Martin, who fall in love over the course of ten years- over a yearly visit to a tiny, isolated island off the Welsh coast.

Gayle is a teacher and each year she brings her class to the island to see the local flora and fauna, from sea birds to playful seals. Martin, the island's caretaker and only human resident, lives in and maintains the lighthouse, which opens to the public for just this one day a year.

Gayle is effervescent but feels trapped, while Martin is lonely and isolated. As their love slowly builds over time, they both yearn for the annual field trip where they can finally see each other... Until one year Gayle doesn't come back, and Martin has to leave his island hideaway to find her.

A romantic, tender love story, perfect for fans of Mike Gayle and Rachel Joyce.

Genre: Romance

Praise for this book

"This book is heartwarming, captivating and a thumping good love story. David M. Barnett is great at creating relatable characters and celebrating the heroic in ordinary lives." - Matt Cain

"It made me laugh out loud, cry, yell at the characters in places (eg Gayle when she was under the spell of awful, soulless Tom)... you get the picture. I also loved it because it was one of those books that's quick and easy to read, yet has substance. I loved the blend of so many different elements: modern humour; great characterisation; a genuinely moving love story; the individual growth of both Gayle and Martin as they struggled to figure out what mattered to them; the beautiful descriptions of the natural world; the heartbreaking theme of humans' attitude to the environment; plus the audaciously whimsical device of Bruce (love Bruce) - it really had it all in spades. And in the right balance so that it was neither depressing nor frothy. It was wonderful." - Tracy Rees

"I truly loved it! It's a gorgeous, sweeping love story, with some fabulous quirks (including the talking seal!) which really makes you think about happiness, love and the potentially devastating impact loneliness can have on your life. It truly was a magical story with light, dark and all the shades in between. A triumph." - Clare Swatman

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