Lighthouse Keeper's Daughter
by Gaynor, Hazel

Pregnant and disgraced, a 1938 Irish teen is sent to stay with a lighthouse keeper relative, where she discovers an unfinished portrait and delves into the story of a woman who lived there a hundred years prior. 25,000 first printing.

Connected by blood and their love of the sea, four brave women discover themselves through tragedy and redemption in Gaynor's (The Cottingley Secret?, 2017) historical novel based on true events. In 1838, Grace Darling lives a quiet life on the Farne Islands of Northumberland, England, lighting the lamps at Longstone Lighthouse alongside her father. Watching the seas after a raging storm, Grace spots the survivors of a shipwreck, and her life is changed forever. Out at sea, Sarah Dawson clings to her children on a rock after the S.S. Forfarshire disastrously sinks. It seems all hope is lost until Grace and her father rescue the few survivors back to Longstone. One hundred years later, Matilda Emmerson is onboard a ship to America, sent away from Ireland to keep her scandalous pregnancy a secret. She finds herself at Rose Island Lighthouse with Harriet Flaherty, the assistant lighthouse keeper with a hidden past. When Matilda uncovers a secret about her birth, the four women are forever linked to one another, and the lighthouses that saved them. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

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