The Lighthouse Keeper's Daughter

The Lighthouse Keeper's Daughter

A Novel

Book - 2018
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1838: Northumberland, England. When lighthouse keeper's daughter, Grace Darling, is involved in the daring rescue of the stranded survivors of a terrible shipwreck, she becomes one of the most celebrated women of her age. But the friendship that develops between Grace and an artist who sets out to capture her subtle beauty, is far more precious to her than her unwanted fame. 1938: Newport, Rhode Island. Nineteen-years-old, pregnant and in disgrace, Matilda Emmerson has been banished from Ireland to stay with her reclusive relative, Harriet, the assistant lighthouse keeper. When a discarded, half-finished portrait opens a window into her family history, Matilda finds her destiny inextricably linked to Grace Darling.
Publisher: New York :, William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers,, [2018]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780062869302
Branch Call Number: FIC GAY
Characteristics: 385, 13 pages ; 24 cm


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Sep 04, 2019

Another good read from Hazel Gaynor, who are more authors like her? I am not big on romance and like the historical richness she bases her stories on. I am always for strong female characters and this one is full of them, so sad for limits women had on them in Victorian period.

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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