The Lightkeeper's Daughters

A Novel
Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
Categories: Fiction, Literary
4.5 out of 5 stars (96 ratings)

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With the haunting atmosphere and emotional power of The Language of Flowers, Orphan Train, and The Light Between Oceans, critically acclaimed children's author Jean E. Pendziwol's adult debut is an affecting story of family, identity, and art that involves a decades-old mystery.

Though her mind is still sharp, Elizabeth's eyes have failed. No longer able to linger over her beloved books or gaze at the paintings that move her spirit, she fills the void with music and memories of her family, especially her beloved twin sister, Emily. When her late father's journals are discovered after an accident, the past suddenly becomes all too present.

With the help of Morgan, a delinquent teenager performing community service at her senior home, Elizabeth goes through the diaries, a journey through time that brings the two women closer together. Entry by entry, these unlikely friends are drawn deep into a world far removed from their own, to Porphyry Island on Lake Superior, where Elizabeth's father manned the lighthouse and raised his young family 70 years before.

As the words on those musty pages come alive, Elizabeth and Morgan begin to realize that their fates are connected to the isolated island in ways they never dreamed. While the discovery of Morgan's connection sheds light onto her own family mysteries, the faded pages of the journals will shake the foundation of everything Elizabeth thinks she knows and bring the secrets of the past into the light.

©2017 Jean E. Pendziwol (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

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mesmerizing

This was such a beautiful story of sister love and of finding truth. I loved the story dispite the obnoxious and unnecessary use of cuss words. I really loved this story!

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very good

This book was awesome, it was a great story with a surprising end. loved the narrator's, their voices fit the story beautifully!!!!!

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Wonderful!!!

Would you listen to The Lightkeeper's Daughters again? Why?

Was an unexpected great find! The narrators voices fit the characters and was a wonderful story. I laughed and cried and have already recommended it to several friends.

What did you like best about this story?

was heart warming and if a book can make me shed tears it's a good book!

Which scene was your favorite?

The end with the realization of Morgan and Emily

Who was the most memorable character of The Lightkeeper's Daughters and why?

a tie between Emily and Elizabeth

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Great story

I especially enjoyed the interwoven stories of Morgan and Elizabeth. Interesting reveals as the stories progressed.

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Fabulous

I read constantly. This is the best book in recent memory. By far. Exquisite! Read it.