The Lighthouse Keeper's Daughter
“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.

The Lighthouse Keeper's Daughter Details

TitleThe Lighthouse Keeper's Daughter
Author
ReleaseOct 9th, 2018
PublisherWilliam Morrow Paperbacks
ISBN-139780062698636
Rating
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction

The Lighthouse Keeper's Daughter Review

  • Angela M
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars. “My sister Thomasin used to say she imagined the stairwell was a long vein running from the heart of the lighthouse. In one way or another, we have all attached human qualities to these old stone walls so that it has become another member of the family, not just a building to house us .”When a novel is based on the life of a real person, it’s many times a dilemma for me on how to rate it because I inevitably try to find out more about the person when I’m reading the book and then I’m 4.5 stars. “My sister Thomasin used to say she imagined the stairwell was a long vein running from the heart of the lighthouse. In one way or another, we have all attached human qualities to these old stone walls so that it has become another member of the family, not just a building to house us .”When a novel is based on the life of a real person, it’s many times a dilemma for me on how to rate it because I inevitably try to find out more about the person when I’m reading the book and then I’m disappointed if the fictional character’s story is more imagined than true, although I shouldn’t be. It is fiction. So I decided I would read and rate this book before trying to find out more about the real Grace Darling. It looks like the author kept to some specific details of Grace Darling’s life. She’s the daughter of the keeper of Longstone Lighthouse in Northumberland, England. She is a dedicated assistant to her father and in 1838, during a horrific storm, they rescue survivors of a shipwreck. It is this act that brings her unwanted fame and attention. Among the survivors is Sarah Dawson who happens to be the sister of George Emmerson, an artist who Grace has met and is drawn to. There is a second story line a century later in Rhode Island, where nineteen year old and pregnant Matilda has been sent from Ireland to live with a family friend, Harriet, also a lighthouse keeper until she gives birth. There are so many novels with dual story lines in different times. I enjoy these if the connection feels real, and this was one of those stories. This is actually one of the few dual time line books where I enjoyed both timelines equally. I think it was because of the wonderful way Gaynor connects them - the relationships, the lighthouses, a locket, a painting and definitely the courage of all of the women. It was notable that in these alternating narratives of the characters that Grace’s, Matilda’s and Harriet’s were in the first person and the others in the third person. This made for much more intimate connections with the three women. The writing is very good in places, especially the description of the storm. Considering that this wasn’t necessarily a short book, I read it fairly quickly because I was always interested in finding out more. A cliche, perhaps to say it was captivating, but I was totally taken by each of these strong women and how they managed to move forward in spite of things that weren’t always easy to face. In spite of a revelation towards the end that felt a bit much to me, this book is deserving of five stars because I enjoyed it every step of the way. I can’t say that I’ve ever had an affinity to the lighthouses I’ve seen, but I’ll probably think about them in a different light the next time I see one. This was a Traveling Sisters read. I was a little late to the party but enjoyed everyone’s comments.I received an advanced copy of this book from William Morrow/HarperCollins through Edelweiss.
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  • Lindsay - Traveling Sister
    January 1, 1970
    5+ stars! Excuse me, while I dust off my Favourites shelf to make room for this beautiful, spellbinding, unforgettable novel that has secured a forever spot in my heart. Not only does this mesmerizing book belong on my Favourites shelf, it easily takes top spot as my favourite read of 2018! I simply cannot imagine anything surpassing the love I have for this story.I have such a soft spot for books involving lighthouses. There is something about them that I am drawn to – they have such a secretiv 5+ stars! Excuse me, while I dust off my Favourites shelf to make room for this beautiful, spellbinding, unforgettable novel that has secured a forever spot in my heart. Not only does this mesmerizing book belong on my Favourites shelf, it easily takes top spot as my favourite read of 2018! I simply cannot imagine anything surpassing the love I have for this story.I have such a soft spot for books involving lighthouses. There is something about them that I am drawn to – they have such a secretive, magical, historic feel that intrigues me. This breathtaking novel, which strongly focuses on life as a lighthouse keeper, follows two interwoven timelines one hundred years apart – 1838 in Northumberland, England and 1938 in Newport, Rhode Island. Each timeline was equally intriguing for me – I was completely engrossed by every single word of this beautifully written multigenerational story. My mind and heart were fully captivated from the very first sentence. The start of this tale introduces us to twenty-two year old, Grace Darling, whose entire life has been lived simply on Farne Islands as a lighthouse keeper’s daughter. One day, during a horrific storm, Grace and her father bravely battle the sea in a row boat to rescue the survivors of a nearby shipwreck. Grace’s courage and bravery during the storm is unexpectedly publicly celebrated and honoured, making Grace a famous hero. The unanticipated praise and attention is hard for Grace to accept and handle.The lighthouses in this story are characters of their own. The author, Hazel Gaynor, creates an atmosphere so vivid and gripping that I truly felt myself as a part of this compelling and unforgettable scenery and cast of characters. The isolated islands, the damp and windy weather, the sparse beaches where washed up treasures were found and cherished, simple and quaint Cherry cottage. As I was reading, I could hear the echoes of the footsteps on the winding staircase as Grace climbed the lighthouse steps to proudly handle her daily duties. Upon finishing this amazing novel, I googled the name Grace Darling to find out this book is based on a true story. Wow - I had no idea! This knowledge enhanced my love for this novel as I absolutely love historical fiction for that reason – I love learning about a time in our history that I knew little or nothing about. This book is written so beautifully that there will be no choice other than to make its way into your heart. I warn you to have plenty of Kleenex ready, as this is an emotional journey that had me sobbing uncontrollably a few times. I just love a good book cry! As my lovely GR Traveling Sister Norma brilliantly stated, as sad as this story is, it is filled with so much warmth and love. Heart-wrenching and heartwarming!This was a Traveling Sister read that we all adored. To find this review, along with the other Traveling Sister reviews, please visit our blog at:https://twosisterslostinacoulee.com/2...A HUGE thank you to Edelweiss, HarperCollins Publishers Ltd. and Hazel Gaynor for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review!The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter is AVAILABLE NOW! It is an absolute MUST READ!
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  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    January 1, 1970
    5 huggable stars to The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter! ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ When you have a favorite author, you count the days until her next release. The day came for Hazel Gaynor and The Lightkeeper’s Daughter, and it lived up to my every expectation! First of all, in case you didn’t know, I am obsessed with lighthouses. I grew up near one, my husband proposed to me there, and we later married near another. There is something both mystical and majestic about them, along with their steadfast beaming light 5 huggable stars to The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter! ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ When you have a favorite author, you count the days until her next release. The day came for Hazel Gaynor and The Lightkeeper’s Daughter, and it lived up to my every expectation! First of all, in case you didn’t know, I am obsessed with lighthouses. I grew up near one, my husband proposed to me there, and we later married near another. There is something both mystical and majestic about them, along with their steadfast beaming light signaling support to all those who need it. Told in dual narratives, of which I loved both in equal measure (which is not always the case with dual narratives!), the first is set in Northumberland, England in 1838. The Longstone Lighthouse on the Farne Islands is tended by the Darling family, which is where we meet young Grace Darling. She witnesses a shipwreck in a horrific storm and convinces her father that they must help the survivors, which in turn puts their own lives in jeopardy. Grace is strong and cares for the lighthouse better than any of her siblings, but when it comes down to who is next in line for the job, it will be her brother, and not her because she is female. Even though she is celebrated as a hero throughout England for her efforts in saving the shipwrecked survivors, no matter; she still cannot inherit the job at the light. The second timeline is in 1938 Newport, Rhode Island at another lighthouse. Just 19-years-old, pregnant, and unwed, Matilda Emmerson is sent from Ireland to live with a distant relative in the United States. There are connections amongst these characters and across timelines that are unexpected and beautifully-executed. Hazel Gaynor is a natural storyteller. Her books are emotional, charming, and heartwarming. Inspired by the true story of Grace Darling, in The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter, Gaynor has given us several formidable, memorable, and inspiring female characters who are the epitome of bravery and sacrifice that know no bounds. This book gets my highest recommendation. Don’t miss it! Thank you to William Morrow Paperbacks for the ARC to review. All opinions are my own. The physical copy was purchased by me. This beauty had to go on the shelf next to my other Hazel Gaynor books! P.s. Update: I just now ordered the UK edition, too. 🤓
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  • Norma * Traveling Sister
    January 1, 1970
    Captivating, affecting & heart-wrenching!This was my very first HAZEL GAYNOR book, and I must say that I absolutely loved her writing style. I was immediately drawn into this extraordinary story by her beautiful storytelling right from the very first page and had me totally immersed, entertained, and interested throughout this entire book.THE LIGHTHOUSE KEEPER’S DAUGHTER by HAZEL GAYNOR is an absolutely stunning, sad, moving, heartwarming, and an excellent historical fiction novel that was i Captivating, affecting & heart-wrenching!This was my very first HAZEL GAYNOR book, and I must say that I absolutely loved her writing style. I was immediately drawn into this extraordinary story by her beautiful storytelling right from the very first page and had me totally immersed, entertained, and interested throughout this entire book.THE LIGHTHOUSE KEEPER’S DAUGHTER by HAZEL GAYNOR is an absolutely stunning, sad, moving, heartwarming, and an excellent historical fiction novel that was inspired by the true story of Grace Darling, a lighthouse keeper’s daughter. A fascinating story! Some parts of this book was extremely sad and heartbreaking for me to read as it takes you on quite the emotional journey and I couldn’t help but feel right along with all the characters heartache, loss, and tragedy. Even though there was so much sadness the book also had so much warmth and love emanating throughout that was so inspiring and empowering to read. Just how strong, resilient, and brave these women were was absolutely remarkable and it was an absolute pleasure reading and learning Grace Darling’s story. HAZEL GAYNOR delivers a vividly descriptive, intriguing and beautifully written story here where she interweaves skillfully two different timelines, spanning over decades and centuries. Grace’s story in 1838 and Matilda Emmerson’s in 1938. Both of these women’s stories captured my heart and I found them both as equally compelling and not once did I feel like one was more interesting than the other. I have a fascination for books with settings of lighthouses and it was one of those books for me where the author’s beautiful prose, moving storyline, and endearing characters made this an all-around fabulous read for me. I love it when an author can bring out so many emotions from me while I am reading and for me that is one incredibly satisfying reading experience!Norma’s Stats:Cover: Formidable, somber, breathtaking, wondrous, intriguing and an extremely fitting representation to storyline.Title: Appealing, intriguing, interested and a simple but yet such a powerful representation to storyline. Writing/Prose: Well-written, vivid, exquisite, engaging, captivating, and fluent.Plot: Thought-provoking, powerful, passionate, emotional, engrossing, steady-paced, enjoyable and extremely entertaining. Ending: A sorrowful ending that I was extremely satisfied with as it ended historically correct.Overall: An enthralling and memorable read that had me totally engrossed, emotional, and interested from start to finish! Would highly recommend!Thank you so much to HarperCollins Canada and Hazel Gaynor for providing me with an Advanced Reader’s E-Proof in exchange for a review!Review can also be found on our Two Sisters Lost in a Coulee Reading book blog:https://twosisterslostinacoulee.com/
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  • Diane S ☔
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 Two strong, able women, a century apart, and their lives as keepers of a lighthouse. WHAT I LIKEDThe settings, lighthouses are one of the things I seek out on my vacations. I love them and the role they have played throughout history.Grace Darling was a real person, and as always that sets a different tone to the story, an authenticity if you will. She did live in a lighthouse on Farne Island and did help rescue nine people when the steamer, Fecfashire broke apart during a horrific storm. He 3.5 Two strong, able women, a century apart, and their lives as keepers of a lighthouse. WHAT I LIKEDThe settings, lighthouses are one of the things I seek out on my vacations. I love them and the role they have played throughout history.Grace Darling was a real person, and as always that sets a different tone to the story, an authenticity if you will. She did live in a lighthouse on Farne Island and did help rescue nine people when the steamer, Fecfashire broke apart during a horrific storm. Her life would be changed due to the notoriety this brought into her life.The atmosphere and the descriptions of the many natural items Grace collected. These were beautifully described.That this book showcased strong women who, especially Grace in the late 18800s that women were not expected nor encouraged to do. They each forged their own paths, sdmirably if not always joyfully.The writing, Gaynor does a good job with these historical novels.WHAT I LIKED A BIT LESSThe dual timeline. Although the timelines are connected through the lighthouses and a looser surprise connection, this is far from my favorite way of presenting a story. I usually end up liking one more than the other. The novel sometimes became lost in the details, some just went on too long, and the story bogged down.As you can see there were many more likes than dislikes. This was a sisters read, and most absolutely loved it. I liked it very much but with a few reservations.ARC from Edelweiss.
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  • DJ Sakata
    January 1, 1970
    My Rating: 4.5Favorite Quotes: “Mam was at her snoring again. Thought it was the cannons firing from Bamburgh to signal a shipwreck.” He opens one eye. “Don’t tell her I said that.”I’ve seen how often women marry and become less of themselves, like scraps of pastry cut away and reused in some other, less important way.She is utterly in thrall of him and I am ashamed to feel a prick of jealousy as I observe her, knowing she will never look at me that way. Daughters never hold their mother’s affec My Rating: 4.5Favorite Quotes: “Mam was at her snoring again. Thought it was the cannons firing from Bamburgh to signal a shipwreck.” He opens one eye. “Don’t tell her I said that.”I’ve seen how often women marry and become less of themselves, like scraps of pastry cut away and reused in some other, less important way.She is utterly in thrall of him and I am ashamed to feel a prick of jealousy as I observe her, knowing she will never look at me that way. Daughters never hold their mother’s affection the way their sons do. Daughters are dutiful, dependable and disposable. Sons are brave and admirable, essential to the continuation of the family line.But it isn’t just her face he can’t forget. It’s the particular sense of purpose and determination that dripped from her like honey from a spoon. So slender in form and yet so immense in personality and character.She gazes up at me with eyes the color of winter seas and I see in her some greater wisdom; as if she understands that she is not just my daughter, but the sum of generations of strong courageous women who came before her, an echo of them all lingering in her soul.My Review: It wasn’t until I had finished reading that I noticed that this epic and poignant book was based on true events, and while I was already impressed by the artistry and quality of the book, that little nugget just blew me away. The writing was beautifully rendered, lushly detailed, and emotively crafted to hit all the feels. The storylines were complex and well woven, yet felt authentic from beginning to end. I cannot imagine the massive amount of research required for such an undertaking. I – am - in - awe.
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  • Brenda - Traveling Sister
    January 1, 1970
    The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter was an unexpected gem I stumbled upon thanks to HarperCollins Canada. I quickly added it as a group read for the Traveling Sisters and along with Norma, Lindsay and I two other sisters joined in on the discussion with us.It’s an emotional gem of a story that is so perfectly paced and took us on the best possible emotional journey I could imagine. The characters crept into our hearts and haven’t let go.  This story and the characters are unforgettable and compelli The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter was an unexpected gem I stumbled upon thanks to HarperCollins Canada. I quickly added it as a group read for the Traveling Sisters and along with Norma, Lindsay and I two other sisters joined in on the discussion with us.It’s an emotional gem of a story that is so perfectly paced and took us on the best possible emotional journey I could imagine. The characters crept into our hearts and haven’t let go.  This story and the characters are unforgettable and compelling with their bravery and strength.The strength of the story lies in the emotions that drive the story forward.  From the moment we opened this book till the final pages we took a heartbreaking and heart-wrenching journey that explores bravery, duty, love, sacrifice, and loss. The characters here are not only brave with their actions but with their hearts.Inspired by true events Hazel Gaynor develops compelling characters and completely emerges us in their timelines.  They inspired us, brought us to tears and found a spot in our hearts.This story makes for such a great discussion for groups reads to share your emotional journey with.   I highly recommend this emotional and unforgettable story.Thank you to HarperCollins Canada for an ARC to read and review.
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  • Kate Quinn
    January 1, 1970
    I was given an ARC of this book for the purpose of offering a cover quote if I enjoyed it, and I certainly did. Hazel Gaynor (I loved her LAST CHRISTMAS IN PARIS, co-written with Heather Webbe) shines a brilliant light here on female courage and endurance in the face of storms both internal and external. Quiet Grace Darling becomes a heroine of the Victorian age when she performs a daring rescue at sea, and finds her fame harder to endure than the solitude of her lighthouse-bound life. A century I was given an ARC of this book for the purpose of offering a cover quote if I enjoyed it, and I certainly did. Hazel Gaynor (I loved her LAST CHRISTMAS IN PARIS, co-written with Heather Webbe) shines a brilliant light here on female courage and endurance in the face of storms both internal and external. Quiet Grace Darling becomes a heroine of the Victorian age when she performs a daring rescue at sea, and finds her fame harder to endure than the solitude of her lighthouse-bound life. A century later, rebellious Matilda must draw on the legacy of the women who keep the light if she is to navigate her own stormy life, even as a deadly hurricane comes to tear her world apart. A splendid read--"The Lighthouse Keeper's Daughter" is not to be missed.
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  • Stephanie
    January 1, 1970
    When I picked up The Lighthouse Keeper's Daughter, I expected to enjoy it since I love Hazel Gaynor's writing but what I didn't expect was to feel so many emotions while reading the book or to finish the book a sobbing mess of tears! Gaynor's novel is inspired by the true story of Grace Darling, a lighthouse keeper's daughter and is an extraordinary novel that is just gorgeously written and heartwrenching. Gaynor masterfully weaves the story of Grace in 1838 with the story of Matilda Emmerson in When I picked up The Lighthouse Keeper's Daughter, I expected to enjoy it since I love Hazel Gaynor's writing but what I didn't expect was to feel so many emotions while reading the book or to finish the book a sobbing mess of tears! Gaynor's novel is inspired by the true story of Grace Darling, a lighthouse keeper's daughter and is an extraordinary novel that is just gorgeously written and heartwrenching. Gaynor masterfully weaves the story of Grace in 1838 with the story of Matilda Emmerson in 1938, and the story that unfolds is one of strong, brave, inspiring women, yet it's also a story of heartache, unbearable loss, and tragedy.Grace loves her life on Farne Islands assisting her father, the lighthouse keeper, with the care of Longstone Lighthouse. The island, the coast of Northumberland, and especially the lighthouse are her everything. Helping her father keep the lighthouse lit and watching to keep ship's safely away from the rocky coast is not only her duty but her greatest love...that is until she meets a handsome young artist named George Emmerson who often makes her mind wander from thoughts of the lighthouse to him although she is resolved to forget him and is sure she'll never see him again. A storm of magnificent proportions changes Grace's life. As it rages and blows around the lighthouse, Grace spots a shipwreck and knows she and her father have to save the survivors before they lose their lives in the raging storm condition. It's a daring rescue that her father is unwilling to make but Grace is adamant. The rescue is extremely difficult and dangerous, but Grace is brave and determined to hold the boat steady by herself as her father brings the survivors aboard, including one woman, Sarah Dawson, who just happens to be George's sister. While Grace sees the rescue of the survivors of the Forfarshire as her duty and not an act of bravery, her act of rescue brings her unexpected and unwanted fame. She begins receiving letters, marriage proposals, money, people begin making trips to the island to look at her, her portrait is painted, and more. It's hard to believe a mere woman is capable of such exceptional bravery and heroism, so everyone must see her and speculate about this young lady! For Grace, it's almost more than she can bear. The only joyful thing that happens is the friendship she develops with Sarah and sees George again, who comes to paint her portrait. Their love story almost undid me!A century later, Matilda, the great-granddaughter of Sarah Dawson,  is a young girl of nineteen from East Cork, Ireland. She's pregnant and in disgrace with her parents, especially with her cold, distant, and unfeeling mother who has never given Matilda any affection or love. She's being sent to Rhode Island to live with Harriet Flaherty, an unknown, reclusive, and apparently also disgraced relative, who is an assistant lighthouse keeper until her baby is born. Only then can she return home, without her child, as if nothing ever happened.Matilda finds Harriet aloof but always watchful, caring, and anticipating what Matilda might need. Matilda finds herself wanting to know more about her distant relative the more time they spend together, so Matilda spends much of her time with Harriet at the lighthouse not only developing a passion and connection to the lighthouse like Grace and Harriet before her but also learning about Harriet and developing an odd sort of friendship that deepens as time passes. Matilda also begins researching her family history after uncovering documents that have been in the family for generations. She soon discovers the friendship between her great-grandmother and Grace Darling, and the story of Grace's daring rescue. She also finds a half-finished painting of a woman she believes to be of Grace drawn by George. While Matilda discovers the story of Grace's bravery and how it connects to her own family and uncovers a forgotten love story, she also discovers exactly who she is and decides the kind of woman she wants to be--not the one her mother demands of her. Bravery is a parallel theme running in all the women's lives in this book...Grace, Sarah, Harriet, and Matilda. The Lighthouse Keeper's Daughter is a story that both inspired me because of the determination, courage, and boldness of these women who reminded me that women can achieve anything they put their minds to and it also broke my heart in tiny pieces. I warn you now to have tissues ready when reading this book! Gaynor has written a truly magnificent novel that I highly recommend! It's truly wonderful, heartbreaking, and enthralling. The Lighthouse Keeper's Daughter publishes on October 9, 2018, so be sure to pick up a copy--and tissues!**Thank you Edelweiss and William Morrow for an ARC copy to read and review in exchange for my fair and honest review.**
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  • Heather Webb
    January 1, 1970
    A lighthouse keeper is such a solitary pursuit, it makes one wonder what sort of person would choose it as a profession. A heroine, as it turns out. THE LIGHTHOUSE KEEPER’S DAUGHTER is a beautifully rendered tale of Britain’s most famous lighthouse keeper, Grace Darling, and an American keeper in Newport one hundred years later, whose lives are linked by history and tragedy. Gaynor’s inspired prose portrays the vast landscape of sea and sky, and her characters captured my heart--I even shed a te A lighthouse keeper is such a solitary pursuit, it makes one wonder what sort of person would choose it as a profession. A heroine, as it turns out. THE LIGHTHOUSE KEEPER’S DAUGHTER is a beautifully rendered tale of Britain’s most famous lighthouse keeper, Grace Darling, and an American keeper in Newport one hundred years later, whose lives are linked by history and tragedy. Gaynor’s inspired prose portrays the vast landscape of sea and sky, and her characters captured my heart--I even shed a tear. An affecting and gorgeous, book, I relished every page.
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  • Christie«SHBBblogger»
    January 1, 1970
    Title: The Lighthouse Keeper's DaughterSeries: StandaloneAuthor: Hazel GaynorRelease date: October 9, 2018Cliffhanger: NoLike a curious child pushing open doors to rooms they are forbidden to enter, I tug on the distant threads that connect me to them, determined to unravel the tangled knots of the past so that I can find the place where their story ends, and mine begins.This was my very first Hazel Gaynor book, and I absolutely loved her writing style. A lot of historical fiction begins a bit Title: The Lighthouse Keeper's DaughterSeries: StandaloneAuthor: Hazel GaynorRelease date: October 9, 2018Cliffhanger: NoLike a curious child pushing open doors to rooms they are forbidden to enter, I tug on the distant threads that connect me to them, determined to unravel the tangled knots of the past so that I can find the place where their story ends, and mine begins.This was my very first Hazel Gaynor book, and I absolutely loved her writing style. A lot of historical fiction begins a bit dry and takes time to engage me, but Gaynor's storytelling feels effortless from the start. Her immersive seaside landscapes are brought to life in vivid detail, from the briny air to the white capped waves crashing on the shore. As these two women leave their footprints on the sand, you walk right beside them as their courage and strength are challenged. The story is told in two timelines, one hundred years apart. The biggest draw was the female centric duo-plotline, highlighting women living in very different time periods but connected through common life experiences. Love, loss, and finding your path in life. In 1838, we are introduced to Grace Darling, a real life heroine who lived at Longstone Lighthouse in England with her family. Gaynor blends fact and fiction seamlessly, creating a hint of a mysterious romance underneath the story of her heroic rescue. When the S.S. Forfarshire wrecks during a bad storm, Grace and her father succeed in a daring rescue that lands her in every newspaper immediately afterwards. We experience her range of emotions through this troubling attention, none of which are happy. She is a humble woman who revels in the simplicity of her life, in the solitude and duty that comes with running the lighthouse with her father. The devastation and loss of the survivors haunt her, most especially Sarah, the woman who suffered more loss than any human should ever have to endure. Through Sarah, a surprising kinship is discovered which will test the direction she has chosen for her life. 1938 tells the story of Matilda Emmerson, a young woman sent to a distant relative's home in Rhode Island after finding herself pregnant, unwed, and disgraced. In the first few transitions to her POV, I was a little resentful of having to leave Grace's pages, but eventually I was equally invested in both. Matilda's story was increasingly investing as she not only uncovered her ties to the past, but uncovered truths long buried that would eventually rock her to her core. Matilda was a woman who was simply looking for love and attention in the wrong places after being ignored and stifled by her parents. She'd never felt acceptance or knew what it was like to be seen. She never felt as if she had the freedom to express herself, but prickly Harriet gives her a safe place to start choosing a life on her own terms. I really enjoyed seeing their relationship grow, especially as Harriet's own heartbreak is revealed. Their relationship is a rocky one that needs a lot of patience and care. In the end, they found something together that they each so desperately needed. Love, family, and purpose. This book gently takes you through a lot of heartbreaks. Even though there was quite a bit of loss, it somehow never felt depressing. Gaynor conveys it in a way that felt inspiring and empowering. Highlighting the resilience of the human spirit, and honoring the many women who have been brave enough to fill such a dangerous profession. She skillfully twined both timelines together in a way that made the fictional aspects feel organic with the history. For some reason, it didn't make me as emotional as I would have expected, and I couldn't really pinpoint why. However, I was fascinated to learn more about Grace Darling, and I fell in love with the author's beautiful way with words. I look forward to reading more from her in the future. FOLLOW SMOKIN HOT BOOK BLOG ON:
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  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
    January 1, 1970
    THE LIGHTHOUSE KEEPER'S DAUGHTER is a dual storyline book about two women living 100 years separate. In 1838 Northumberland, England, Grace Darling lives on the Farne Island where her father is the lighthouse keeper. Grace and her father save some shipwreck survivors during a terrible storm and that makes her celebrated all through England. In 1938, young Matilda Emmerson is sent away to Newport, Rhode Island from Ireland after becoming pregnant. She's staying with her relative, Harriet, an assi THE LIGHTHOUSE KEEPER'S DAUGHTER is a dual storyline book about two women living 100 years separate. In 1838 Northumberland, England, Grace Darling lives on the Farne Island where her father is the lighthouse keeper. Grace and her father save some shipwreck survivors during a terrible storm and that makes her celebrated all through England. In 1938, young Matilda Emmerson is sent away to Newport, Rhode Island from Ireland after becoming pregnant. She's staying with her relative, Harriet, an assistant lighthouse keeper, until the baby is born. Finding a half- finished portrait will lead Matilda to find out more about her family's history.READ THE REST OF THE REVIEW OVER AT FRESH FICTION!
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  • Karen M
    January 1, 1970
    Two time periods, two stories, and two young women who are so intertwined that I found myself, at times, wanting to read both stories at the same time. If the author dwelt too long on one character, I became impatient to read about the other character, so I just read as fast as I could and devoted as much time in my day as possible to reading.In 1938 we meet Matilda. A potential disgrace to her political Father and a complete disappoint to her distant Mother. Matilda has been banished to America Two time periods, two stories, and two young women who are so intertwined that I found myself, at times, wanting to read both stories at the same time. If the author dwelt too long on one character, I became impatient to read about the other character, so I just read as fast as I could and devoted as much time in my day as possible to reading.In 1938 we meet Matilda. A potential disgrace to her political Father and a complete disappoint to her distant Mother. Matilda has been banished to America and a cousin she has never met.In 1838 we meet Grace. Daughter of a lighthouse keeper in Northumberland, England. Next to the last child still living at the lighthouse and eager to assist her Father in his job as lighthouse keeper but sadly accepting that she will likely never have the title Assistant Lighthouse Keeper for that will go to her younger brother.There is a storm that will change Grace’s life and that of her family and other people and eventually the events will set the path of Matilda’s story. There is a surprise that I honestly did not see coming and somethings I thought I did see but was wrong so this book easily kept my attention and kept me wrapped up in the story.This was an emotion ride for me and a complete pleasure to read.I won this book in a First Reads giveaway.
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  • Susan Peterson
    January 1, 1970
    If I could, I’d give this book a million stars....one for each tear I shed, one for each time I smiled at the beauty of this story. I’m wiping tears, my throat clogged, having just finished The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter. I was so incredibly moved by this story...Grace’s and Matilda’s. I was brought to tears throughout, but there were also so many moments of love and exultation. This book is filled with passion and the joy of living life to its fullest; a wondrous story of mothers and daughter If I could, I’d give this book a million stars....one for each tear I shed, one for each time I smiled at the beauty of this story. I’m wiping tears, my throat clogged, having just finished The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter. I was so incredibly moved by this story...Grace’s and Matilda’s. I was brought to tears throughout, but there were also so many moments of love and exultation. This book is filled with passion and the joy of living life to its fullest; a wondrous story of mothers and daughters, bravery and sacrifice, love and loss. I grieved with the characters, I worried over their safety and their well-being, I rejoiced at their happiness.A stunningly beautiful wonder of a book!
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  • Louise Morris
    January 1, 1970
    Heartbreaking and inspiring stories of four women tied together by tragedy and courage. It is also a look at what lighthouse keepers and their families go through. Highly recommend this book. Hazel Gaynor has yet again written another novel that touches the heart and lifts the spirit.
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  • Jenny Belk
    January 1, 1970
    Hazel Gaynor has given us yet another outstanding historical fiction story to savor. Give me an epic tale like this one anytime and I will boast of the beautiful writing, the strong and endearing characters. This book is so wonderfully written and filled my heart with joy and sorrow. I knew nothing about female lighthouse keepers and the lives they led, the strength and diligence they had to have to carry out their required duties. It is a story of love, sacrifice, joy and sorrow. Written in two Hazel Gaynor has given us yet another outstanding historical fiction story to savor. Give me an epic tale like this one anytime and I will boast of the beautiful writing, the strong and endearing characters. This book is so wonderfully written and filled my heart with joy and sorrow. I knew nothing about female lighthouse keepers and the lives they led, the strength and diligence they had to have to carry out their required duties. It is a story of love, sacrifice, joy and sorrow. Written in two timelines, the author weaves together an amazing history that links the characters in surprising ways. This one is not to be missed. It's simply brilliant.
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  • Maureen Timerman
    January 1, 1970
    I found myself quickly immersed in this story, a story of life and death, and love and losing.The author did a wonderful job of melding the centuries, with the lighthouse guiding the lives of people chosen to operate them. When you know that this book is based on a true story, and see how fragile life is.A story woven with love, and I didn’t see some of it coming, but you might want to keep the tissues handy!We span decades and centuries and the book comes together beautifully, intertwining a fa I found myself quickly immersed in this story, a story of life and death, and love and losing.The author did a wonderful job of melding the centuries, with the lighthouse guiding the lives of people chosen to operate them. When you know that this book is based on a true story, and see how fragile life is.A story woven with love, and I didn’t see some of it coming, but you might want to keep the tissues handy!We span decades and centuries and the book comes together beautifully, intertwining a family, but making you want to hold your loved one’s close.A story that will linger!I received this book through Edelweiss and the Publisher William Morrow, and was not required to give a positive review.
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  • Sharlene
    January 1, 1970
    Hazel Gaynor never disappoints and this is another extraordinary book from her. The Lighthouse Keeper's Daughter is a historical novel inspired by true events, and the extraordinary female lighthouse keepers of the past two hundred years.This is a very moving, tale of lighthouse keepers, their families and the challenges one faces as a lighthouse keeper. This is also a story of families and the love they shared and the heartbreaks they endured. This is historical fiction at it's best and a very Hazel Gaynor never disappoints and this is another extraordinary book from her. The Lighthouse Keeper's Daughter is a historical novel inspired by true events, and the extraordinary female lighthouse keepers of the past two hundred years.This is a very moving, tale of lighthouse keepers, their families and the challenges one faces as a lighthouse keeper. This is also a story of families and the love they shared and the heartbreaks they endured. This is historical fiction at it's best and a very heart-rending, hard to put down novel. Definitely a 5 star read.
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  • Margaret
    January 1, 1970
    The Glass Ocean is the 2nd collaboration between talented authors Karen White, Beatriz Williams and Lauren Willig. Their first book together, The Forgotten Room was a favorite of mine back in 2016. Needless to say, I was excited when William Morrow provided me with an advanced copy of this their latest.I didn’t know much about the Lusitania other than it was hit by a German torpedo during World War One and ushered the US into war. With 3 different narrators it wasn’t hard to keep the two time pe The Glass Ocean is the 2nd collaboration between talented authors Karen White, Beatriz Williams and Lauren Willig. Their first book together, The Forgotten Room was a favorite of mine back in 2016. Needless to say, I was excited when William Morrow provided me with an advanced copy of this their latest.I didn’t know much about the Lusitania other than it was hit by a German torpedo during World War One and ushered the US into war. With 3 different narrators it wasn’t hard to keep the two time periods straight, two from the past and one present day.The beginning 1/3 of this book pulled me in with its character building and intriguing plot. The dual time periods are books I usually enjoy, though at times it can be one time period that interests me more. Such was the case here (to some extent). To be honest, I struggled with the past plot, maybe because it dragged on a little longer than I thought necessary or maybe just a slight confusion at times. What saved it for me were the comedic bantering that was needed (pretty sure that was William’s part).I struggled between giving this book 3 or 4 stars. Frustration grew when a change of direction occurred towards the end of the present day story (yea I felt it out of place and it really bugged me). But as I continued reading I ‘got it’ and thought it a great addition- sometimes you just need to sit back and trust the writer.So I'm giving this book 3 1/2 stars rounding up to 4.My thanks to William Morrow for an advanced copy (via Edelweiss).
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  • Mairead Hearne (swirlandthread.com)
    January 1, 1970
    The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter ~ ‘From Cork to Rhode Island, can a young Irish girl find home…..and herself?’ A truly gorgeous book. The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter totally lived up to my expectations and more.Inspired by an extraordinary true story, it is described as a ‘sweeping and epic historical novel’ and has just been published with Harper Collins.Matilda Emmerson is a young girl about to embark on a journey that will change her life in ways she could never have dared to imagine. From The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter ~ ‘From Cork to Rhode Island, can a young Irish girl find home…..and herself?’ A truly gorgeous book. The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter totally lived up to my expectations and more.Inspired by an extraordinary true story, it is described as a ‘sweeping and epic historical novel’ and has just been published with Harper Collins.Matilda Emmerson is a young girl about to embark on a journey that will change her life in ways she could never have dared to imagine. From the small coastal village of Ballycotton in East Cork, Matilda finds herself on the pier in Cobh, ready to set sail to New York. With a father in politics and a mother who expressed little love, Matilda’s childhood was a harsh environment to grow up in. The day she arrived home with some shocking news was all it took for her parents to pack her off in disgrace to a distant relative on Rhode Island.Matilda is frightened. She is happy to be away from her cold and distant mother, but what life awaits her when she arrives at her destination in America? On board the ship her chaperone is a gentle and kind lady. Mrs O’ Driscoll takes Matilda under her wing and gives her guidance. With Mrs O’ Driscoll’s help, Matilda settles into her adventure on the high seas with a little more optimism for her future.On arrival, Matilda is met by her relative, Harriet Flaherty. Harriet lives a very isolated and private existence as the lighthouse keeper in Newport on Rhode Island. Initially there is much hesitation between the two, as Harriet keeps very much to herself. Matilda, while very grateful for a roof over her head, finds herself curious about Harriet. Who is Harriet Flaherty? What has driven her to living such a cloistered existence?As time passes Matilda gets restless. Always a very busy person, sitting around with endless days ahead of her does not appeal. With Harriet’s permission she takes stock of items, accumulated over the years, in an old chest. Handed down from generations, it is something that Harriet has always taken care of. On perusing the documents, Matilda comes across a half-finished portrait. With her curiosity piqued Matilda sets out about finding out a little more of who the woman in the portrait is.The year is 1838 and Grace Darling lives off the coast of Northumberland with her family, as protectors of Longstone Lighthouse. For Grace this island, this lighthouse is her passion. With her father as the main lighthouse keeper, Grace has always been his companion as they carry out the daily and nightly routines that keep the lighthouse in shipshape and keep many a sail safe from the deathly rocks off the coast. Not for Grace, silk dresses and a husband, but rather the forces of nature and all it brings. Grace sees beauty in everyday items she finds drifted up on the beach, be it seashells or broken glass. Grace Darling sees the world very differently to many other young ladies of a similar age.Grace has the pleasure of meeting a local artist one day who visits the island, a Mr George Emmerson. Grace finds him a very charming and amiable character, who sees the world as she does. But Grace knows that she can never leave her first love, the lighthouse, so she puts any notions of George Emmerson to one side.A very dangerous storm was the catalyst that would change the direction of Grace Darling’s life. As the winds blew and the rain thrummed violently against the windows of the lighthouse, Grace and her family prayed that all at sea would be safe and survive these atrocious conditions. As dawn brought some light to the skies, Grace witnessed a sight that she would never ever forget. A ship was in serious trouble, having lost it’s battle with the hurricane conditions.Grace’s father was slow to head out to sea knowing full well the risks they would encounter but with Grace by his side, and with her bravery and stamina, they faced the most difficult rescue ever experienced by either. At the time it was unheard of for a woman to be involved in such a rescue. They did reach a number of survivors, eventually bringing them to safety but the memory of what they saw and experienced was forever etched in their memories. Grace Darling’s story is true. She became quite famous at the time and as Hazel Gaynor has highlighted, there was a clamour from folk wanting to meet this heroic young lady.In The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter Hazel Gaynor expertly weaves the stories of Matilda Emmerson from Ballycotton and Harriet Flaherty in Rhode Island with that of a truly inspiring young lady, Grace Darling. Although one hundred years apart their story is one of pure heartache and inspiration. On finishing this book I tweeted that it was ‘a stunningly beautiful, tragic yet gorgeous, devastatingly wonderful read' and there are very few words I can add to that. The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter is a novel about women and how inspiring strong women can really be. Matilda, Harriet and Grace were gutsy, courageous and brave. Their story, and the truly magnificent narrative that Hazel Gaynor made theirs, near broke my heart.Yes I most definitely recommend The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter, and of course the fact that Cork gets a mention is an added bonus (and that I’m an O’ Driscoll too!!)Captivating. Heart-wrenching. Inspiring.
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  • MissSusie
    January 1, 1970
    What Hazel Gaynor does well is write strong women an this book is no exception. There were a few times the timelines confused me but this book was still very well written!I enjoyed this book, maybe not as well as this authors previous ones, but this was a very good story.narration by Imogen Church was well done but there were times when I was confused as to which time line I was in and there was one male voice that annoyed me.3 1/2 Stars
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  • Kathleen
    January 1, 1970
    Really beautiful story with characters that are instantly likable. Interesting history about women lighthouse keepers.
  • Rhonda Ruff
    January 1, 1970
    Heart wrenching and wonderful! The story sends you through so many emotions! I love the dual storyline and how it all tied together.
  • Sue
    January 1, 1970
    This beautiful, well written novel has two wonderful main characters that I loved - I laughed with them and cried with them as they faced the storms of life - not only the outer storms but also the inner storms that can cause so much damage.Grace Darling lives in a lighthouse in England with her family in 1838. She loved the lighthouse and the way it worked and would have loved to be the keeper when her father retired but since she was a woman, that role went to her brother. She helped her Dad r This beautiful, well written novel has two wonderful main characters that I loved - I laughed with them and cried with them as they faced the storms of life - not only the outer storms but also the inner storms that can cause so much damage.Grace Darling lives in a lighthouse in England with her family in 1838. She loved the lighthouse and the way it worked and would have loved to be the keeper when her father retired but since she was a woman, that role went to her brother. She helped her Dad rescue some passengers from a ship and became famous throughout the land for being such a brave FEMALE. The other main character is Matalida who has been sent from Ireland to live with a cousin at a lighthouse in Rhode Island after she becomes pregnant in 1938. As she sorts through an old chest, she learns more about Grace Darling and the connection between them. They are both brave women during different parts of history and the connection between them is strong.I loved this book. It's about love through the ages, the strength of women and their friendships and family. It will make you smile and it will make you cry but at the end you will feel that you know both of these incredible women.Thanks to Edelweiss for a copy of this book to read and review. All opinions are my own.
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  • Cristine Mermaid
    January 1, 1970
    This story engaged me from the very first page. The writing was gorgeous and reminded me of Kate Morton, who I adore. The story was based on an actual incident that happened where a woman named Grace Darling, who lived in a lighthouse that her father ran, saw survivors of a shipwreck caught in a storm and went out and saved them with the help of her father. The year was 1838, a time when women were considered frail and weak, so she quickly rose to fame because of her heroism. The book goes back This story engaged me from the very first page. The writing was gorgeous and reminded me of Kate Morton, who I adore. The story was based on an actual incident that happened where a woman named Grace Darling, who lived in a lighthouse that her father ran, saw survivors of a shipwreck caught in a storm and went out and saved them with the help of her father. The year was 1838, a time when women were considered frail and weak, so she quickly rose to fame because of her heroism. The book goes back and forth between Grace's story and that of Matilda (her great granddaughter). Both stories were compelling and kept me interested. I was invested in the characters personally but definitely favored Grace. The writing is just beautiful and the descriptions of life in a light house made me want to run away and live in one, isolated from the world, close to the sea, living in tune with nature. The book is rather emotional in places, especially near the end, but as it's how things actually played it, it couldn't be any other way. I did find it odd that in 1938 , Harriet put her cigarette out in a SODA CAN but this was an ARC and perhaps someone will catch that.
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  • Connie Fischer
    January 1, 1970
    Cobh Ireland - 1938Matilda Emmerson, age 19, is leaving Ireland to sail to New York along with her companion. Matilda is from a wealthy family, however, her dalliance with a British soldier has left her pregnant. Now, she is to spend the remainder of her pregnancy with a relative, Harriet Flaherty, a reclusive lighthouse keeper in Newport, Rhode Island. When the baby is born, she is to put the child up for adoption and then she will be allowed to return home. At first, Matilda is put off by Harr Cobh Ireland - 1938Matilda Emmerson, age 19, is leaving Ireland to sail to New York along with her companion. Matilda is from a wealthy family, however, her dalliance with a British soldier has left her pregnant. Now, she is to spend the remainder of her pregnancy with a relative, Harriet Flaherty, a reclusive lighthouse keeper in Newport, Rhode Island. When the baby is born, she is to put the child up for adoption and then she will be allowed to return home. At first, Matilda is put off by Harriet. She is not the comforting person she was expecting. Instead, she is a gruff speaking, heavy smoker.1838Sarah Dawson is sailing with her two small children to Scotland for a month to visit her brother, George Emmerson. Sarah has recently lost a stillborn baby shortly followed by the death of her husband.Grace Darling, age 22, lives with her parents. Her father is the Longstone Lighthouse keeper and Grace has done the work with her father for years. It is a job she would like to take over from her father. Climbing the 99 steps to the top has become difficult for him. Grace loves the job and is eagerly learning everything she can. She has no interest in marrying and leaving the lighthouse like her 7 siblings did.George Emmerson is an artist who lives on the mainland across from the lighthouse. He met Grace one day when he visited. She gave him a piece of sea glass that she had found. He has been betrothed to his cousin for many years but he does not truly love her. He cannot stop thinking about Grace and she also thinks about him a lot.As Sarah Dawson and her children are nearing the end of their journey, a giant storm is brewing. The captain of the ship knows that the ship has structural problems but chooses to press on to their destination. A huge shudder and the ship breaks apart hurling Sarah and her children into the sea. At dawn, Grace can see people perched on a rock and she and her father brave the waters to try and rescue them in their row boat. Sarah is on the rock holding her children tight in the freezing cold. By the time Grace and her father reach them, the children are dead. Sarah is beside herself with grief but Grace is especially kind to her and comforts her until the storm abates and her brother, George Emmerson, arrives to take her home. Grace soon becomes known as a great heroine and people want to meet her, paint her portrait and shower her with congratulations for saving people. She is glad when the attention slows down somewhat.The story follows all of the characters through most of their lives. This is a good story and I liked the characters. What I didn’t like was the way it switches back and forth between time periods each time dropping one more hint to bring it all together. This story is based on a real person. Grace Darling is well known and here is the official website if you wish to read more about her: http://www.gracedarling.co.uk. There are many female lighthouse keepers in history. One of my personal favorites is the Key West, Florida Lighthouse and I stop in each time I visit Key West. Not only is it beautiful, but Barbara Mabrity, widow of the lighthouse keeper, became the keeper when her husband passed away and served in that capacity for 32 years. Mrs. Mabrity’s daughter was to have written a book about life in the lighthouse but I have been unable to find a copy of it. People who love lighthouses should enjoy this book. Copy provided by Edelweiss in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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  • DeAnn
    January 1, 1970
    5 stars to this "I want to be a lighthouse keeper" bookReview to come
  • Pat
    January 1, 1970
    A fascinating history of lighthouses, very strong courageous women, and the power of love and loss.
  • CLM
    January 1, 1970
    Here is a link to my review:https://perfectretort.blogspot.com/20...
  • Betty
    January 1, 1970
    Review coming soon.
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