The Lightkeeper's Daughters

The Lightkeeper's Daughters

A Novel

Book - 2017
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When her late father's diaries are discovered after a tragic accident, Elizabeth, whose eyesight has failed, explores the diaries and the mysteries of her past with the help of Morgan, a delinquent teenager performing community service at Elizabeth's retirement home.
Publisher: New York, NY :, Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers,, [2017]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062572028
0062572024
Characteristics: 311 pages ; 24 cm

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VaughanPLDavidB Oct 30, 2018

This is an excellent novel set on the north shore of Lake Superior, containing a series of smart but unexpected plot turns, taking the reader, along with the characters, on a journey into the past to try to understand who Emily and Elizabeth Livingstone really are. The thing that keeps me from giving this book 5 stars is the way the author chose to reveal the crucial moment in their young lives (for me to reveal it would be a huge spoiler). I felt that the author struggled to tie the story together at that point, and so was forced to contrive a somewhat implausible situation, though by that time she was trapped by the arc of her story. I believe those who have completed the novel will understand what I'm referring to. Another small problem is the relative weakness of the supporting characters, who seem to exist only to serve as vehicles to tell Emily and Elizabeth's story, while their own stories hardly seem to matter at all.

GMA230 Oct 29, 2018

Heartbreak, secrets, acceptance, tragedy; a mutual journey of discovery all wrapped in love. Couldn’t put it down.

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dubonnet
Oct 28, 2018

A terrific read! I loved the story and couldn't put it down. It's a story about hidden truths, connections, love, mystery, tragedy with unexpected twists and turns! And it's Canadian!! Highly recommended read!

rthomson1954 May 09, 2018

This is another tale related by a young person (court ordered, in this case) assisting an elderly woman with limited vision by reading journals to her. As the story unfolds, both women unlock secrets to their past lives which bond them together, even as their time spent together is causing them to grow close emotionally. The description of life as the daughter of a lighthouse keeper on Porphyry Island (Lake Ontario) was delightful, and the end was a surprise twist!

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Hayley_Simmons
Apr 19, 2018

This is a beautifully written story with lots of descriptive language and imagery. The author, Jean E. Pendziwol, is skilled with her character development and it was nice to read a book set in my own province. A young teen, Morgan, has grown up in foster care with little knowledge of her family. She is put under "restorative rehabilitation" for spray painting the property of a retirement home. She must spend this time fixing what she has done. While working at the retirement home, she meets an elderly woman, Elizabeth, and agrees to read to her from some journals written by her father as she is no longer able to see. From here, the reader moves through past and present and comes to understand that there is a connection between these two ladies. Family, specifically the love between two sisters is the prevalent theme in this story. There is a huge reveal at the finale that i was not expecting, summing up some of the unanswered questions throughout the book. The story is lovely and I recommend it to others looking for an excellent read from the Historical Fiction genre.

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Quietday
Mar 05, 2018

A great story backed by the beautiful Canadian landscape and the harsh elements I know so well. The characters were relatable and engaging, even the difficult ones. I would've given a slightly higher rating if the end hadn't been quite so confusing. It shouldn't be so complicated that the reader has to re-read and trying to figure things out several times. From the comments, I see I was not alone in that respect. The rest of the story was lovely though.

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jfd5
Jan 09, 2018

This was a good read. The writing described the scenery in Lake Superior so well, it was vivid and alive. A haunting story but a good read.

ehbooklover Jan 09, 2018

I really enjoyed this book. I loved the characters, its beautifully described setting (Lake Superior), the plot twists, and the author's ultra-engaging writing style. An emotional and moving story that I couldn't put down!

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jeanie123
Dec 13, 2017

Don't get me wrong, I loved this book, but I couldn't help feeling a bit uneasy about the "borrowing" of plotlines from both The Light Between Oceans and Orphan Train. If you have read either of these you will know what I mean. It is beautifully written and held my interest right to the very end.

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Reads_A_Lot
Dec 01, 2017

A good historical drama based around a family secret kept for many years and the loving bond between twin sisters. Interesting account of the isolated life of a light-keeper's family in a remote location. Beautiful, descriptive writing brings the setting of Porphyry Island and Lake Superior to life. My one complaint about the book was the strong, foul language of Morgan's character. It was a jolt to the senses in contrast to the otherwise beautiful writing and seemed to be out of place.

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