This novel tells the story of two women, a century apart, who are related …. one the daughter of a lighthouse keeper, who, through her act of bravery during a storm, becomes a heroine ; the other her great-granddaughter. Parts of this novel are based on true events, the first woman, the lighthouse keeper’s daughter was an actual person, who did indeed help to rescue survivors from a shipwreck in 1838.
The Lighthouse Keeper's Daughter
October 9, 2018
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“They call me a heroine, but I am not deserving of such accolades. I am just an ordinary young woman who did her duty.”
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.
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.