The Lightkeeper's Daughters

The Lightkeeper's Daughters

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"Jean Pendziwol's beautifully written novel captured me from the very first page. Its descriptions of the windswept lightkeeper's station of Elizabeth's and Emily's youth are so crisply rendered I felt I was standing on its shores watching the great ships cross the stormy waters of Lake Superior. Even more than its vivid evocation of a unique time and place, The Lightkeeper's Daughters is a sensitive and moving examination of the nature of identity, the importance of family, and the possibility of second chances."Heather Young, author of The Lost Girls

Though her mind is still sharp, Elizabeth's eyes have failed. No longer able to linger over her beloved books or gaze at the paintings that move her spirit, she fills the void with music and memories of her family--a past that suddenly becomes all too present when her late father's journals are found amid the ruins of an old shipwreck.

With the help of Morgan, a delinquent teenage performing community service, Elizabeth goes through the diaries, a journey through time that brings the two women closer together. Entry by entry, these unlikely friends are drawn deep into a world far removed from their own--to Porphyry Island on Lake Superior, where Elizabeth's father manned the lighthouse seventy years before.

As the words on these musty pages come alive, Elizabeth and Morgan begin to realize that their fates are connected to the isolated island in ways they never dreamed. While the discovery of Morgan's connection sheds light onto her own family mysteries, the faded pages of the journals hold more questions than answers for Elizabeth, and threaten the very core of who she is.

Publisher: New York : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2017]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780062572028
Characteristics: 311 pages ; 24 cm

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October 2017: Orphaned after her grandfather’s death, Morgan is a troubled youth stuck in the foster system. Caught painting graffiti on the fence at a senior’s home, Morgan is sentenced to community service at the senior’s home. There she meets Elizabeth, a blind senior, who has been sent her fa... Read More »


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capitalcity
Oct 23, 2017

The Lightkeeper's Daughters: a tad syrupy; generic characters outnumber idiosyncratic ones, as the presence of many are fleeting vis-à-vis the expansive timeline of the book. Then, there's the continual recitation of geographical place names for the plethora of islands, bays, channels, which, in a way, somewhat inhibits scene setting. Nonetheless, references to Port Arthur and Fort William are pleasantly nostalgic, compared to the crass Thunder Bay moniker. These minor structural shortcomings aside, Pendziwol weaves an absorbing, convoluted tale, wherein chance and fate vie for primacy in determining the evolving experiences of each and every life. Perhaps the key lynchpin in shaping the future course is the foundational upbringing we receive, incomplete knowledge of which results in what may be termed a lingering void. This narrative depicts a last opportunity quest seeking illuminating revelation. The true numerical element of the novel's title only crystallizes towards the end. The initial default assumption subtly wrong foots the reader. Nicely done.

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pozrob
Oct 07, 2017

Kudos to Ms Pendziwol's leap from children's books to an adult audience. I loved this book. However I would not consider this an easy breezy summer read. It requires one's undivided attention, especially the last 2/3rds of the book. I had to go back and re-read some of the end chapters as to refresh my memory of who was who. Heart warming and tragic at the same time. A great blend of friendship and family bonds.

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Ponto1
Aug 30, 2017

I thoroughly enjoyed this engaging tale of multi generational family bonds and the secrets kept to protect them. I would describe this read as a cross between a Light Between Oceans (Stedman) in terms of setting and themes, and the Notebook (Sparks) in the manner in which the story was related. The Canadian historical context and setting was an extra bonus.

I think i found my favourite summer read of 2017!

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fashiongirl
Aug 28, 2017

Loved this book!

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ronandlynda
Jul 17, 2017

Featured in Canadian Living July 2017 "True North Page Turners"

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