The Lightkeeper's Daughters: A Novel by Jean E. PendziwolThe Lightkeeper's Daughters: A Novel by Jean E. Pendziwol

The Lightkeeper's Daughters: A Novel

byJean E. Pendziwol

Paperback | July 4, 2017

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A Toronto Star bestseller * A Globe and Mail bestseller * A New York Post "must-read" book

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.

Title:The Lightkeeper's Daughters: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:July 4, 2017Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1443452211

ISBN - 13:9781443452212

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Read! I absolutely loved this book. Twist and turns all the way til the end! Great storytelling
Date published: 2018-08-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book! I loved this story and it made me think about places I'm not familiar with (Lake Superior), professions I'm not familiar with (lighthouse keepers). I found this book to be a unique and riveting story. I couldn't put the book down, wondering what would happen next. It's such a great book about memory and identity and family and second chances.
Date published: 2018-07-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book I loved this story and it made me think about places I'm not familiar with (Lake Superior), professions I'm not familiar with (lighthouse keepers). I found this book to be a unique and riveting story. I couldn't put the book down, wondering what would happen next. It's such a great book about memory and identity and family and second chances.
Date published: 2018-07-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really enjoyed. I really enjoyed this account of early Thunder Bay and surrounding area. The story of these two women was compelling. I couldn't put it down.
Date published: 2018-07-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A very affecting story "The Lightkeeper's Daughters" tells a compelling story which is deeply affecting. Beginning in the 1920's, the lighthouse keeper and his family, wife, 2 sons and 2 daughters, live on an island in Lake Superior where he performs a very important job for the commercial shipping industry as well as other ship travel. The plot involves a mystery as well, and I found this book very difficult to put down. When the book begins Elizabeth, one of the lightkeeper's daughters, is living in a retirement home in the Thunder Bay area of Ontario. She has gone blind and cannot read the journals left by her late father. Enter Morgan, a teenager who is doing volunteer work at the retirement home as part of a rehabilitation program. Elizabeth enlists Morgan's help with reading the journals, and as the story progresses the mystery of Elizabeth's life is unraveled. A wonderful read!
Date published: 2018-05-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Entertaining #plumreview Great characters in a unique story. I really enjoyed this easy read.
Date published: 2018-03-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A great story backed by the beautiful Canadian landscape 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 to work out.
Date published: 2018-03-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW What a beautifully written story. I was so engrossed in the story I couldn't put the book down. A MUST read.
Date published: 2017-11-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Totally engrossed from the beginning! I was immersed in the life on Prophyry Island from the beginning and drawn into the bond and connection between Elizabeth, Emily and Morgan. The secret definitely caught me by surprise! It was a very good read!
Date published: 2017-11-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Easy and enjoyable read I enjoyed this story, and the mystery that accompanies it. I definitely wanted to find out what happened, and enjoyed the twists and turns. It was an easy and good read
Date published: 2017-11-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sweet and Tragic This story is touching, heart-wrenching at times and filled with a slow-building suspense. The author slowly weaves a tale that creates a sense of tension, weaving the past into the present, etc. Every thread is well thought out and enjoyable. The characters are also well thought out and I felt empathy for both of them. This is a quick read that I highly recommend. #plumreviews. .
Date published: 2017-09-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book! I finished reading this about a week ago, and I'm still trying to absorb it all. The story itself pulls you in with all its twists and turns. I was really taken by the descriptions of the geography and the history of the place. In this day of automation, the thought of having to maintain the light and the horn 24 hours a day is almost unimaginable. Almost, but not quite, thanks to Jean Pendziwol's vivid descriptions. The book brings the reader into that lighthouse keeper's world, showing you the hardships and the rewards, and of course the profound impact this kind of life can have on family.
Date published: 2017-09-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very interesting This was an amazing novel, I really enjoyed it and would recommend to others.
Date published: 2017-07-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Read it in one sitting! Addie Sullivan is forced to leave the only home she has ever known on a journey of discovering her real family ties. Addie is a likeable and intelligent young woman who quickly realizes that caution will be key to uncovering details about her past. Walter Discoll is on the search for the true heir to his family's inheritance but will finding the long lost Julia Eaton ultimately help him or cause him further distress? Lieutenant John North is a recent widow with a young son to take care of. John wants nothing more than to provide for his son and to keep his in-laws content. A friendship buds between John and Addie but even the strongest of love can be torn apart by lies and the pursuit of wealth. John worries that Addie will come out of her experiences as a changed woman, unrecognizable to the likeable and free-spirited girl he first met. I have given The Lightkeeper's Daughter a 4 out of 5 only because the plot was similar to a few other novels that I have read recently. The idea of a lightkeeper kidnapping a child and raising them as their own is not a unique plot. However, I really enjoyed the story and found myself entertained by Addie and John's characters as well as engaged in the plot. A few twists at the end seemed unnecessary, especially with Mr. Driscoll, but that is my personal preference. Overall this is an entertaining and quick read; its perfect for a beach read.
Date published: 2017-07-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Enthralling from Beginning to End! “The Light-Keeper’s Daughters” a compelling and intriguing novel opens when a sailboat registered to Charles Livingstone is found washed up on the shore of Middlebrun Bay, its owner missing. When Elizabeth Livingstone is told the news, and sent her father’s journals which must have catapulted her brother into taking his fatal trip she begins a journey of remembrance that takes her back in time to her life on Porphyry Island. Performing community service at Boreal Retirement Home to make restitution for smearing graffiti across its outside wall, angry, defiant Morgan Fletcher is drawn to the semi- blind and strong-willed Elizabeth, reading the pages of the worn diaries, writings of a Light-Keeper who was bound by duty to the isolated island on Lake Superior. Moved by his words as the past is brought to life the women unlock mysteries and secrets held hidden for years, connecting in a way they never expected. Set against the backdrop of two World Wars and the Great Depression the story of the Livingstone family emerges, and heats up with the birth of the twins in 1925; Emily mute, in harmony with nature and artistically gifted, her sister Elizabeth living in her shadow as her confidant and protector. Well-developed and emotionally-riveting as the family deals with life’s sudden twists including the wandering off of the Light-Keeper’s assistant, confrontations with wildlife, and a dead body washed ashore, mysteries begin to unfold like the discovery of a burial site on nearby Hardscrubble Island; Charles Livingstone’s fatal outing; the disappearance of Emily’s baby; Morgan’s attraction to Elizabeth’s picture of a dragonfly; and the song her grandfather couldn’t forget. Yet amid all secrets that begin to be revealed, Morgan not only confronts the loss in her past and her abandonment to foster care, but her dealings with a drug dealer who manipulates her feelings, her fears and anxieties to his advantage. Intensity and suspense escalate as the lives of the two women intertwine in their search for answers. Fast-paced as events unfold, tension escalates as the story progresses to an ending with shocking twists that you don’t see coming. Elizabeth Livingstone is fearless and determined in protecting her sister Emily to the exclusion of love and her own happiness. She adores her brother Charles who’s headstrong and temperamental especially on his return from WWII. Elderly, living in the retirement home she’s stubborn and spirited opening up to Morgan the teenage delinquent who agrees to read the journals to her. Emily Livingstone is the silent twin and an extremely talented artist who’s drawn to nature and the wildlife on the island. But it’s her fragility and vulnerability that will cause her heartbreak and a senseless death. Morgan Fletcher is the spunky teenager whose hard shell is broken by Elizabeth. Hiding her fear and loneliness behind sarcasm and rebellion she shows a gentler side when she plays her violin. These characters and others are the spark that fuels this unforgettable, realistic and complex story making it a page-turner from beginning to end. I thoroughly enjoyed “The Light-Keeper’s Daughters” and highly recommend it.
Date published: 2017-07-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Blown away! Fantastic book! One of the best I have read in a long time, and I'm still thinking about it now that I'm done, trying to figure out why certain characters did what they did and shaking my head in wonder and shock. I definitely recommend this one!!
Date published: 2017-07-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Highly recommend this book! I absolutely loved this book and devoured it in under 24 hours. Now I've finished it I am still thinking about the characters. One of the best books I've read in a while. Great choice for book clubs as there's lot to discuss.
Date published: 2017-07-10

Editorial Reviews

“A deeply satisfying look . . . With strong characters and rich in historical details, The Lightkeeper’s Daughters looks carefully at love and identity and the things we do to keep them both safe.”