The Lighthouse Keeper's Daughter by Hazel Gaynor

The Lighthouse Keeper's Daughter

“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 ...

Details The Lighthouse Keeper's Daughter

TitleThe Lighthouse Keeper's Daughter
Release DateOct 9th, 2018
PublisherWilliam Morrow Paperbacks
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction

Reviews The Lighthouse Keeper's Daughter

  • Angela M
    4.5 stars. “My sister Thomasin used to say she imagined the stairwell was a long vein running from the heart of the lighthouse. In one way or another, we have all attached human qualities to these old stone walls so that it has become another member of the family, not just a building to house us .”When a novel is based on the life of a real person, it’s many times a dilemma for me on how to rate it because I inevitably try to find out more ...
  • Lindsay - Traveling Sister
    5+ stars! Excuse me, while I dust off my Favourites shelf to make room for this beautiful, spellbinding, unforgettable novel that has secured a forever spot in my heart. Not only does this mesmerizing book belong on my Favourites shelf, it easily takes top spot as my favourite read of 2018! I simply cannot imagine anything surpassing the love I have for this story.I have such a soft spot for books involving lighthouses. There is something about t...
  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    5 huggable stars to The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter! ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ When you have a favorite author, you count the days until her next release. The day came for Hazel Gaynor and The Lightkeeper’s Daughter, and it lived up to my every expectation! First of all, in case you didn’t know, I am obsessed with lighthouses. I grew up near one, my husband proposed to me there, and we later married near another. There is something both mystical...
  • Norma * Traveling Sister
    Captivating, affecting & heart-wrenching!This was my very first HAZEL GAYNOR book, and I must say that I absolutely loved her writing style. I was immediately drawn into this extraordinary story by her beautiful storytelling right from the very first page and had me totally immersed, entertained, and interested throughout this entire book.THE LIGHTHOUSE KEEPER’S DAUGHTER by HAZEL GAYNOR is an absolutely stunning, sad, moving, heartwarming, and ...
  • Diane S ☔
    3.5 Two strong, able women, a century apart, and their lives as keepers of a lighthouse. WHAT I LIKEDThe settings, lighthouses are one of the things I seek out on my vacations. I love them and the role they have played throughout history.Grace Darling was a real person, and as always that sets a different tone to the story, an authenticity if you will. She did live in a lighthouse on Farne Island and did help rescue nine people when the steamer, ...
  • DJ Sakata
    My Rating: 4.5Favorite Quotes: “Mam was at her snoring again. Thought it was the cannons firing from Bamburgh to signal a shipwreck.” He opens one eye. “Don’t tell her I said that.”I’ve seen how often women marry and become less of themselves, like scraps of pastry cut away and reused in some other, less important way.She is utterly in thrall of him and I am ashamed to feel a prick of jealousy as I observe her, knowing she will never ...
  • Brenda - Traveling Sister
    The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter was an unexpected gem I stumbled upon thanks to HarperCollins Canada. I quickly added it as a group read for the Traveling Sisters and along with Norma, Lindsay and I two other sisters joined in on the discussion with us.It’s an emotional gem of a story that is so perfectly paced and took us on the best possible emotional journey I could imagine. The characters crept into our hearts and haven’t let go.  Thi...
  • Kate Quinn
    I was given an ARC of this book for the purpose of offering a cover quote if I enjoyed it, and I certainly did. Hazel Gaynor (I loved her LAST CHRISTMAS IN PARIS, co-written with Heather Webbe) shines a brilliant light here on female courage and endurance in the face of storms both internal and external. Quiet Grace Darling becomes a heroine of the Victorian age when she performs a daring rescue at sea, and finds her fame harder to endure than th...
  • Stephanie
    When I picked up The Lighthouse Keeper's Daughter, I expected to enjoy it since I love Hazel Gaynor's writing but what I didn't expect was to feel so many emotions while reading the book or to finish the book a sobbing mess of tears! Gaynor's novel is inspired by the true story of Grace Darling, a lighthouse keeper's daughter and is an extraordinary novel that is just gorgeously written and heartwrenching. Gaynor masterfully weaves the story of ...
  • Heather Webb
    A lighthouse keeper is such a solitary pursuit, it makes one wonder what sort of person would choose it as a profession. A heroine, as it turns out. THE LIGHTHOUSE KEEPER’S DAUGHTER is a beautifully rendered tale of Britain’s most famous lighthouse keeper, Grace Darling, and an American keeper in Newport one hundred years later, whose lives are linked by history and tragedy. Gaynor’s inspired prose portrays the vast landscape of sea and sky...
  • Christie«SHBBblogger»
    Title: The Lighthouse Keeper's DaughterSeries: StandaloneAuthor: Hazel GaynorRelease date: October 9, 2018Cliffhanger: NoLike a curious child pushing open doors to rooms they are forbidden to enter, I tug on the distant threads that connect me to them, determined to unravel the tangled knots of the past so that I can find the place where their story ends, and mine begins.This was my very first Hazel Gaynor book, and I absolutely loved her writin...
  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
    THE LIGHTHOUSE KEEPER'S DAUGHTER is a dual storyline book about two women living 100 years separate. In 1838 Northumberland, England, Grace Darling lives on the Farne Island where her father is the lighthouse keeper. Grace and her father save some shipwreck survivors during a terrible storm and that makes her celebrated all through England. In 1938, young Matilda Emmerson is sent away to Newport, Rhode Island from Ireland after becoming pregnant....
  • Karen M
    Two time periods, two stories, and two young women who are so intertwined that I found myself, at times, wanting to read both stories at the same time. If the author dwelt too long on one character, I became impatient to read about the other character, so I just read as fast as I could and devoted as much time in my day as possible to reading.In 1938 we meet Matilda. A potential disgrace to her political Father and a complete disappoint to her di...
  • Susan Peterson
    If I could, I’d give this book a million for each tear I shed, one for each time I smiled at the beauty of this story. I’m wiping tears, my throat clogged, having just finished The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter. I was so incredibly moved by this story...Grace’s and Matilda’s. I was brought to tears throughout, but there were also so many moments of love and exultation. This book is filled with passion and the joy of living l...
  • Louise Morris
    Heartbreaking and inspiring stories of four women tied together by tragedy and courage. It is also a look at what lighthouse keepers and their families go through. Highly recommend this book. Hazel Gaynor has yet again written another novel that touches the heart and lifts the spirit.
  • Jenny Belk
    Hazel Gaynor has given us yet another outstanding historical fiction story to savor. Give me an epic tale like this one anytime and I will boast of the beautiful writing, the strong and endearing characters. This book is so wonderfully written and filled my heart with joy and sorrow. I knew nothing about female lighthouse keepers and the lives they led, the strength and diligence they had to have to carry out their required duties. It is a story ...
  • Maureen Timerman
    I found myself quickly immersed in this story, a story of life and death, and love and losing.The author did a wonderful job of melding the centuries, with the lighthouse guiding the lives of people chosen to operate them. When you know that this book is based on a true story, and see how fragile life is.A story woven with love, and I didn’t see some of it coming, but you might want to keep the tissues handy!We span decades and centuries and th...
  • Sharlene
    Hazel Gaynor never disappoints and this is another extraordinary book from her. The Lighthouse Keeper's Daughter is a historical novel inspired by true events, and the extraordinary female lighthouse keepers of the past two hundred years.This is a very moving, tale of lighthouse keepers, their families and the challenges one faces as a lighthouse keeper. This is also a story of families and the love they shared and the heartbreaks they endured. T...
  • Margaret
    The Glass Ocean is the 2nd collaboration between talented authors Karen White, Beatriz Williams and Lauren Willig. Their first book together, The Forgotten Room was a favorite of mine back in 2016. Needless to say, I was excited when William Morrow provided me with an advanced copy of this their latest.I didn’t know much about the Lusitania other than it was hit by a German torpedo during World War One and ushered the US into war. With 3 differ...
  • Mairead Hearne (
    The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter ~ ‘From Cork to Rhode Island, can a young Irish girl find home…..and herself?’ A truly gorgeous book. The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter totally lived up to my expectations and more.Inspired by an extraordinary true story, it is described as a ‘sweeping and epic historical novel’ and has just been published with Harper Collins.Matilda Emmerson is a young girl about to embark on a journey that will chan...
  • MissSusie
    What Hazel Gaynor does well is write strong women an this book is no exception. There were a few times the timelines confused me but this book was still very well written!I enjoyed this book, maybe not as well as this authors previous ones, but this was a very good story.narration by Imogen Church was well done but there were times when I was confused as to which time line I was in and there was one male voice that annoyed me.3 1/2 Stars
  • Kathleen
    Really beautiful story with characters that are instantly likable. Interesting history about women lighthouse keepers.
  • Rhonda Ruff
    Heart wrenching and wonderful! The story sends you through so many emotions! I love the dual storyline and how it all tied together.
  • Sue
    This beautiful, well written novel has two wonderful main characters that I loved - I laughed with them and cried with them as they faced the storms of life - not only the outer storms but also the inner storms that can cause so much damage.Grace Darling lives in a lighthouse in England with her family in 1838. She loved the lighthouse and the way it worked and would have loved to be the keeper when her father retired but since she was a woman, t...
  • Cristine Mermaid
    This story engaged me from the very first page. The writing was gorgeous and reminded me of Kate Morton, who I adore. The story was based on an actual incident that happened where a woman named Grace Darling, who lived in a lighthouse that her father ran, saw survivors of a shipwreck caught in a storm and went out and saved them with the help of her father. The year was 1838, a time when women were considered frail and weak, so she quickly rose t...
  • Connie Fischer
    Cobh Ireland - 1938Matilda Emmerson, age 19, is leaving Ireland to sail to New York along with her companion. Matilda is from a wealthy family, however, her dalliance with a British soldier has left her pregnant. Now, she is to spend the remainder of her pregnancy with a relative, Harriet Flaherty, a reclusive lighthouse keeper in Newport, Rhode Island. When the baby is born, she is to put the child up for adoption and then she will be allowed to...
  • DeAnn
    5 stars to this "I want to be a lighthouse keeper" bookReview to come
  • Pat
    A fascinating history of lighthouses, very strong courageous women, and the power of love and loss.
  • Betty
    Review coming soon.