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As promised, I am posting every Wednesday with reviews of books I’ve read or about books, in some form or fashion. This book has been sitting in my TBR pile, but it moved to the top of the stack last week. I enjoy Hazel Gaynor’s writing style, which I would phrase as a bit mystical, with real voices, and a hint of tragedy. I have read several works of fiction by her and meshed with each.

Book Review

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter by Hazel Gaynor

I anticipated this novel to be one I would fall in love with, and it didn’t disappoint. Gaynor weaves an enchanting story of historical figure, Grace Darling. Renown for helping her father rescue a boat full of survivors from a ship wreck off the Irish coastline in 1838, Grace’s life becomes intertwined with one of the survivors. 

Her life at the Longstone Lighthouse with her family becomes fraught with story hounds, reporters, performers, and artists all wanting a piece of Grace’s glory or an inside scoop into the life of an idolized lighthouse keeper’s daughter. 

Sara Dawson, a survivor Grace rescued, and Grace develop a friendship, which leads her to form a romantic inclination with Sara’s brother, George. 

The story jumps ahead one hundred years to Matilda, who travels from Ireland to America to live with a relative, Harriet, on Rhode Island. Matilda carries a secret with her, but little does she know that a secret awaits her in Newport. 

Rich with heartfelt emotion, Gaynor conveys Grace, Matilda, and Harriet’s points of view in first person and highlights minor characters through a third person narrative. 

I found The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter a tragic, detailed drama of what it might be like to live in a lighthouse and just how much it might demand of you.

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