- The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter, Author Hazel Gaynor.
At first glance I thought this would be a novel about a dutiful daughter from the Victorian era. I put off reading this novel and wish I hadn’t. Yes the novel’s heroin Grace is a dutiful daughter and is an embodiment of the morals of her era, but she is also a complicated young woman.
Grace is catapulted to fame when she assists her father in a rescue of stranded passengers an an ill-fated voyage. She struggles with the public’s desire to know more about her and the invasion of her privacy. Amongst the upheaval our heroine also is wrestling with her attraction to an artist who is promised to another.
Along with the plot of Grace Darling’s storyline you are also treated to the narrative of Matilda; one of the descendants of the a survivor from the rescue Grace Darling made with her father. Matilda is fleeing to the States from Ireland, in disgrace and on the outs with her family. Once she arrives in Rhode Island Matilda delves into her families history and their connection with Grace Darling, along the way she finds a revelation that will drastically change the course of her life.
I enjoyed the well thought out plots and how they were intertwined in this novel. I was loved how the lighthouse played its own part in both storylines. This novel brought back my fascination with lighthouses I had as a child. Growing up in New England you can pretty much find a lighthouse dotted along the New England coastline. I loved that my Aunt lived on an island and there was a lighthouse nearby. My favorite thing to do was to visit the beach and take pictures and imagine what it would be like to live there.
Have you read The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter yet? If so be sure to tell me your thoughts. And if you haven’t yet, make sure to put it in your TBR pile, and enjoy.