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The lighthouse keeper's daughter
2018
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<p>From The New York Times bestselling author of The Girl Who Came Home comes a historical novel inspired by true events, and the extraordinary female lighthouse keepers of the past two hundred years.</p> <p>"They call me a heroine, but I am not deserving of such accolades. I am just an ordinary young woman who did her duty."</p> <p>1838: Northumberland, England. Longstone Lighthouse on the Farne Islands has been Grace Darling's home for all of her twenty-two years. When she and her father rescue shipwreck survivors in a furious storm, Grace becomes celebrated throughout England, the subject of poems, ballads, and plays. But far more precious than her unsought fame is the friendship that develops between Grace and a visiting artist. Just as George Emmerson captures Grace with his brushes, she in turn captures his heart.</p> <p>1938: Newport, Rhode Island. Nineteen-years-old and pregnant, Matilda Emmerson has been sent away from Ireland in disgrace. She is to stay with Harriet, a reclusive relative and assistant lighthouse keeper, until her baby is born. A discarded, half-finished portrait opens a window into Matilda's family history. As a deadly hurricane approaches, two women, living a century apart, will be linked forever by their instinctive acts of courage and love.</p>
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Connected by blood and their love of the sea, four brave women discover themselves through tragedy and redemption in Gaynor's (The Cottingley Secret , 2017) historical novel based on true events. In 1838, Grace Darling lives a quiet life on the Farne Islands of Northumberland, England, lighting the lamps at Longstone Lighthouse alongside her father. Watching the seas after a raging storm, Grace spots the survivors of a shipwreck, and her life is changed forever. Out at sea, Sarah Dawson clings to her children on a rock after the S.S. Forfarshire disastrously sinks. It seems all hope is lost until Grace and her father rescue the few survivors back to Longstone. One hundred years later, Matilda Emmerson is onboard a ship to America, sent away from Ireland to keep her scandalous pregnancy a secret. She finds herself at Rose Island Lighthouse with Harriet Flaherty, the assistant lighthouse keeper with a hidden past. When Matilda uncovers a secret about her birth, the four women are forever linked to one another, and the lighthouses that saved them.--Melissa Norstedt Copyright 2018 Booklist
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