The Lighthouse Keeper's Daughter - Hazel Gaynor

Thursday, September 12, 2019

My Rating
★★★★★ - You have bewitched me, body and soul. (More Info)

About the Book

“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. Grace Darling enjoys her quiet island life at Longstone Lighthouse, at one with nature and the wild sea breezes. But her solitude is interrupted when she and her father rescue survivors of a shipwreck in a furious storm and Grace becomes celebrated throughout England, a heroine of her time. As her renown grows, so does her friendship with George Emmerson, an artist visiting the lighthouse. As George captures Grace with his brushes, she in turn captures his heart, but as the accounts of her heroism escalate, Grace wonders if she has the courage to endure the relentless glare of fame.

1938: Newport, Rhode Island. Nineteen-years-old and pregnant, Matilda Emmerson arrives in America in disgrace, sent from her home in Ireland to stay with Harriet Flaherty, a reclusive relative and keeper at Rose Island lighthouse. When a discarded, half-finished portrait opens a window into Matilda’s past, she sets out to discover the connection between a Victorian heroine and her own family. As a deadly hurricane approaches, two women, living a century apart, will be forever linked by their instinctive acts of bravery and love.

Inspired by true events, The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter is a sweeping historical novel that explores how our past shapes our present, and what it truly means to be courageous. (from the author's website)

My Thoughts

Oh, this story! THIS.STORY!!! People...It was so good...I read it TWICE! (Ok, listened to it...but still) Cried like a baby both times...And felt the surge of the sea as the storms raged.

A beautiful time-slip Historical Fiction (*This book is General Fiction and therefore has some language. Otherwise an absolutely clean-read*) from new-to-me author, Hazel Gaynor. I have now read 4 of her books and ordered her newest release. Let's just say, she has me hooked! This story focuses on the lives of several women...all connected by a single tragedy that took so many lives and was the making of heroine, Grace Darling. The tenacity, strength (even in the face of fear), and loyalty of these women is astounding and exquisite.

This story will linger with you, speak to you, and hopefully, help you grow. I know this is true for me. I strongly encourage readers to check this one out...And while you're there grab The Girl Who Came Home and The Cottingley Secret as well!!! 😄

I listened to The Lighthouse Keeper's Daughter through SCRIBD. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.

About the Author
Photo by Deasy Photographic
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.

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