The Lighthouse Keeper's Daughter

The Lighthouse Keeper's Daughter

A Novel

Book - 2018
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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.

Publisher: New York, NY : William Morrow, [2018]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780062869302
Branch Call Number: FIC GAYNO
Characteristics: 385, 13 pages


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Apr 03, 2019

First time reading a Hazel Gaynor book. Was intrigued... But am now disappointed. Good read, but it just lacks some "humpf". I love that she has brought forth the reality of female lighthouse keepers, but this book just fell short for me. Good as a "mindless" summer read.

Feb 25, 2019

Although a bit slow to start, this book centers around the lives of two women -- Grace Darling in 1838 and Matilda Emmerson in 1938. With lighthouse keeping as the thread that ties these women together, both make difficult but different journeys. Grace finds herself plunged into unwelcome fame when she rescues people from the wrecked Forfarshire during a storm. Matilda has been exiled to America from Ireland when she finds herself pregnant and unmarried by a British soldier stationed in Ireland. Interspersed with the details of lighthouse keeping. the author skillfully interweaves the two stories while uncovering the artifacts and mystery that links these two women across a hundred years.

Jan 01, 2019

This was a very engaging story about very strong women based on historical facts. While the story may seem "light" as you are reading, the depth of the facts when you do some research are amazing. Grace Darling was a real hero in her day. Loved the characters in this book, it would make a great book club read.

Dec 30, 2018

I really enjoyed this book from beginning to end. If the characters and story can make me cry I’ve been taken in and, for me, that’s what reading a good novel is about.
Realizing women were doing this job so early on helped me, once again, to embrace my gender and independence.
I’ve never read this author before but will be looking for other books she’s written.

Dec 19, 2018

Lots of sadness but I enjoy every book Hazel Gaynor I like the storyline1838-1938

Dec 18, 2018

Very disappointing.

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