Book Review for THE LIGHTHOUSE KEEPER'S DAUGHTER by Hazel Gaynor
THE LIGHTHOUSE KEEPER'S DAUGHTER by Hazel Gaynor
William Morrow Paperbacks
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My Highly Caffeinated Thought: A beautifully written and heartwarming story of women spanning a hundred years.
THE LIGHTHOUSE KEEPER'S DAUGHTER is the fourth book I have read by Gaynor. Each time I open up one of her books, I know I am in for something special. This time around, I was gifted to the story of two women a century apart, but bonded by the call of the lighthouse.
Here is the thing. I love this author's books. Her remarkable ability to bring together the historical accuracies of a time period with unique and engaging characters is simply perfection. In this book, I became deeply invested in all the women portrayed. With humor, heart, and desire to be loved, Grace, Matilda, and Harriet pulled me into their worlds. I even teared up at a few parts. It has been a while since I was so affected by a story and cast of characters. However, THE LIGHTHOUSE KEEPER'S DAUGHTER did just that. This is a wonderful book filled with strong and resilient women. I highly recommend it.
Reviewer Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher and TLC Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.
From The New York Times bestselling author of The Girl Who Came Home comes a historical novel inspired by true events, and the extraordinary female lighthouse keepers of the past two hundred years.
“They call me a heroine, but I am not deserving of such accolades. I am just an ordinary young woman who did her duty.”
1838: Northumberland, England. Longstone Lighthouse on the Farne Islands has been Grace Darling’s home for all of her twenty-two years. When she and her father rescue shipwreck survivors in a furious storm, Grace becomes celebrated throughout England, the subject of poems, ballads, and plays. But far more precious than her unsought fame is the friendship that develops between Grace and a visiting artist. Just as George Emmerson captures Grace with his brushes, she in turn captures his heart.
1938: Newport, Rhode Island. Nineteen-years-old and pregnant, Matilda Emmerson has been sent away from Ireland in disgrace. She is to stay with Harriet, a reclusive relative and assistant lighthouse keeper, until her baby is born. A discarded, half-finished portrait opens a window into Matilda’s family history. As a deadly hurricane approaches, two women, living a century apart, will be linked forever by their instinctive acts of courage and love.
About the Author: HAZEL GAYNOR is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of A Memory of Violets and The Girl Who Came Home, for which she received the 2015 RNA Historical Novel of the Year award. Her third novel, The Girl from the Savoy, was an Irish Times and Globe & Mail Canada bestseller, and was shortlisted for the BGE Irish Book Awards Popular Fiction Book of the Year. In 2017, she has published The Cottingley Secret and Last Christmas in Paris. Hazel was selected by US Library Journal as one of 'Ten Big Breakout Authors' for 2015 and her work has been translated into several languages. Hazel lives in Ireland with her husband and two children.
Paperback: 416 pages
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (October 9, 2018)
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