The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter: A Novel

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If you love historic fiction about powerful heroines, Hazel Gaynor’s The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter is exactly what you’re looking for. Gaynor’s tale spans decades and delicately entwines the lives of her characters in unpredictable and heart-warming ways.

It’s 1838 and Sarah Dawson has lost her baby and husband in short succession. She sails to Scotland to visit her brother, George Emmerson, but a terrible storm hits and shipwrecks them at journey’s end. Sarah faces loss again. She’s rescued and comforted by Grace Darling, the Longstone lighthouse keeper’s daughter. Grace becomes celebrated for the rescue, and when artist George Emmerson paints her portrait, she captures his heart as well. Relationships and friendships blossom as the characters brave life’s circumstances and unexpected changes.

One-hundred years later, in 1838, Matilda Emmerson is a 19-year-old woman from Ireland who discovers she’s pregnant and has been sent away in disgrace. She sails to Newport, Rhode Island, to stay with a reclusive relative until the baby’s born. Her relative is an assistant lighthouse keeper. Matilda discovers a half-finished portrait and steps into a fascinating family history she never knew existed.

Though at times difficult to follow, The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter is a powerful tale of connection, love, relationships, and family. Be sure to have a box of tissues handy!


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Author Hazel Gaynor
Star Count 4/5
Format Trade
Page Count 416 pages
Publisher William Morrow Paperbacks
Publish Date 2018-10-09
ISBN 9780062698629
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Issue April 2019
Category Historical Fiction
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