Lainey of the Door Island by Judy Ducharme ~ Book Review + Giveaway

May 22, 2021


About the Book

Book:  Lainey of the Door Islands
Author: Judy Ducharme
Genre: Historical Fiction and Young Adult Fiction
Release Date: July 24, 2020


Walk with Lainey into the world of Door County and its islands in the late 1800s, a time of shipwrecks, lighthouses, and strong individuals who never gave up. Lainey becomes one of those rugged individuals as she faces tragedy and hardship. Her aunt and uncle, the lighthouse keepers on tiny Pilot Island, demonstrate the toughness needed to survive, but Lainey takes it a step further with her spunk and grace and becomes a shining light to all those around her. With humor, faith, close friendships and the young man who interferes with her ability to function, Lainey of the Door Islands will capture your heart, and she’ll inspire you to know that no matter what happens, God has a plan to prosper and not to harm.


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My Thoughts

Lainey of the Door Islands was an enjoyable read. I think the author does a great job at painting a picturesque setting. You can tell she knows a lot about the area and has done her research as when you are reading especially about the time period and the circumstances surrounding the job of lighthouse keeper. You will definitely fall in love with spunky and courageous Lainey. You can't help but root for her throughout the whole story. 

The story is definitely filled with hardships, loss and joy. The author weaves God throughout the story which I really enjoyed. I would recommend this book for an older middle schooler to young adult as Lainey is younger and at that age you can relate to the character better. Overall I thought it was a sweet story and a perfect summertime read!

My Rating: 3 Stars/I liked it!

I received this book through Celebrate Lit. I was not required to post a positive review. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

About the Author


Judy DuCharme grew up with Lake Huron next to her back yard and has always loved the water. She, her husband, daughter, and son moved to Door County in 1984. After teaching 5th Grade at Gibraltar School for 22 years, Judy followed the calling that tugged at her all her life to write. Lainey of the Door Islands is her 7th published book and she is the recipient of numerous awards. She also writes for Guideposts Magazine. If you visit Door County, you may find her hiking in the woods, jet skiing on the bay, worshipping at her church, teaching a Bible study, cheering for the Green Bay Packers, playing with her amazing grandson, or sitting outside enjoying the beauty around her.


More from Judy

Door County, where I live, is the destination of 3 million people in the summer and fall. Lainey of the Door Islands, my seventh published book, is the culmination of my desire to write a book about this wonderful area where I live. Tourists and residents alike love all things Door County, past and present. One day as I traveled on the ferry between Washington Island and the mainland of Door County and gazed out at tiny Pilot Island, I said again to myself, ‘I need to write a book about Door County’. I don’t recall if it was that day, the next, or two days later, but the story dropped into my spirit. I sat down at my computer and wrote well into the second chapter in one sitting. I said to my husband, “I’m writing and I can’t stop.”

Blog Stops

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, May 22

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, May 23

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, May 23

Texas Book-aholic, May 24

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Blogging With Carol, May 25

The Write Escape, May 26

ABBA’s Prayer Warrior Princess, May 27

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, May 27

Inklings and notions, May 28

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, May 29

Simple Harvest Reads, May 29 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

Connie’s History Classroom, May 30

For Him and My Family, May 31

Godly Book Reviews, May 31

She Lives To Read, June 1

Mary Hake, June 2

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, June 2

Locks, Hooks and Books, June 3

deb’s Book Review, June 4

Pause for Tales, June 4


To celebrate her tour, Judy is giving away the grand prize package of a copy of the book and a $25 Amazon gift card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.


  1. I like the book cover and synopsis, this sounds like a good read. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this story and the book and author details

  2. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on the book. Sounds good.

  3. Looks like a good one! Thanks for sharing!

  4. This sounds like a very good read.

  5. Have added the book to my TBR pile. Thank you for sharing.

  6. This book does sound very interesting. I visited Door County one vacation,and loved it! And I love lighthouses! I live near one,and have 3 large pictures of lighthouses on my walls,and have climbed to the top of at least 4, and multiple times to the top of my favorite. I really do want to read this book!

    1. Oh wow! Thats awesome! The author does a great job at her descriptions! You may definitely enjoy this book!

  7. Thank you so much for your review. I have a video tour of many of the places in the book that Lainey spent time. You can find them on my website and youtube under my name. Website is