By: Jake Vander Ark
A Short Summary -
Gabe has no idea that Jules is such a terrible person. All he knows is that she has a troubled past and the urge to end her suffering. He spends a year with her to give her reasons to stay. One reason - Lighthouses. Gabe lives right in between two lighthouses and he finds them beautiful. He thinks the true beauty is in the light at the top and what it stands for. Lighthouses help bring home lost ships. Being lost at sea is an awfully unfortunate event to happen, so when you see the light, it's almost like seeing an angel. Gabe believes that everyone is lost at sea until they find their own lighthouse to come home to. He thinks Jules is his lighthouse... is she?
Reviews for the Novel
“[Suicide] has personally touched me in many different ways and I was afraid that my personal views were going to prejudice my opinion of the book. Turns out that it didn’t. I commend JVA for taking on such a touchy subject.”
-Mellissa Byrnes, Spews of My Views
"That's the beauty of Vander Ark's writing: he has a wonderful way of making you a part of the story despite the tone and context."
-Dayla F.M., Confessions of a Book Addict
Jake Vander Ark
Jake Vander Ark is author to many novels including, Lighthouse Nights. He moved from his home town in Michigan to Illinois to attend The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. There he discovered that he, in fact, hated art. From Chicago he moved to Illinois to be a director. Jake wrote screenplays and created short films. After three years of not being able to make something of himself, his father was diagnosed with lung cancer. In 2009 he moved back to his hometown, Grand Haven, to be close to his family.
One day, while working as a stage manager for a national dance competition, Vander Ark decided to write novels. He has written four novels in three years, and self-published all of them in a four month period. He is currently engaged and developing sequels to a few of his books.
Other Novels Written by Jake Vander Ark
The Accidental Siren
Mara Lynn is the most beautiful girl in the world.
The Brandywine Prophet
Suburban life has turned William Carmel from creative prodigy to a gentle husband and father.
The Day I wore Purple
A vaccine has been developed that makes Life Extension a reality.
A Few Vocabulary Symbols
Pain come from unknown places. When you least expect something or someone to hurt you, it happens. Suffering is knowing that you, yourself, cannot do anything to stop the pain. Suffering is persistent and will not rest until all your feelings and thoughts are gone and replaced only with the pain you feel. Everyone experiences some kind of pain, but suffering is reserved specially for certain people. People like Jules, in Lighthouse Nights.
Tragedies happen all around us every single day. Even tragedies can be mistakes. Mistakes are made by everyone, so it's important that there is forgiveness in the world. If not for forgiveness, the world we love would be unlovable. It would be filled with hatred and loneliness. It would be deep and dark like the ocean, and miserable to live in. Forgiveness is hope of fresh starts and new beginnings. It's a way to make amends for the wrongs that were committed. The only question left is: Can you be forgiven for all that you have done to get here? Can Jules be forgiven?
Gabe looks for inspiration for the longest time, but he never imagined that his biggest inspiration was right in front of him all along. He just had to think outside the box a little and get in touch with his mind. All Gabe needed was a bit of creativity to make himself stand out. Everyone needs to be creative sometimes. Gabe just had to discover that for himself.
Depression and Suicide
A prominent theme throughout Lighthouse Nights is suicide. Another major theme is depression. Suicide is not just someone killing themselves. For that person, suicide is their way out of whatever situation they're in. They are in such intense pain that they see no other option to stop it. They see suicide as a friend and greet death happily. Depression is a serious mental illness. It takes over your body and mind, making you feel like you're suffocating. Depression is not something that you can get over or snap out of easily. Much like any disease it comes with symptoms. It causes you to lose interest in activities you once loved. There is a persistent feeling sad; nothing can ever seem to cheer you up. Depression is a serious illness that affects over 3 million people every year in the US. Depression and suicide are grim subjects, but they are widely unknown.
If you, or someone you know, ever need someone to talk to, do not hesitate. It is not a crime to ask for help. Call these numbers for advice or help of any kind. No judgment, just support.
Depression Support Hotline
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline1 (800) 273-8255