The Lightkeeper's Daughters

The Lightkeeper's Daughters

A Novel

eBook - 2017
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The Light Between Oceans meets The Language of Flowers in this beautiful debut novel by an acclaimed Canadian children's author. Elizabeth's eyes have failed. She can no longer read the books she loves or see the paintings that move her spirit, but her mind remains sharp and music fills the vacancy left by her blindness as she ruminates on the secrets in her family's past. When her late father's journals are discovered on a shipwrecked boat, she enlists the help of a delinquent teenager, Morgan, who is completing community service at the senior home where Elizabeth lives. An unlikely relationship develops between the two as they work to decipher the books and are drawn into the musty words he penned more than seventy years before as he manned the lighthouse on Porphyry Island. In the process they come to realize that they are both connected to the isolated island, their lives touched by Elizabeth's enigmatic twin sister Emily and the beautiful but harsh Lake Superior environment. 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. Combining an emotional story of human connection with a mystery spanning decades, this tale of family, identity, and art will captivate and resonate with readers.
Publisher: New York : HarperAvenue, 2017
ISBN: 9781443452236
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Characteristics: 1 online resource

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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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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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