The Lightkeeper's Daughters

The Lightkeeper's Daughters

A Novel

Book - 2017
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When her late father's diaries are discovered after a tragic accident, Elizabeth, whose eyesight has failed, explores the diaries and the mysteries of her past with the help of Morgan, a delinquent teenager performing community service at Elizabeth's retirement home.
Publisher: New York, NY :, Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers,, [2017]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062572028
0062572024
Characteristics: 311 pages ; 24 cm

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capitalcity
Oct 23, 2017

The Lightkeeper's Daughters: a tad syrupy; generic characters outnumber idiosyncratic ones, as the presence of many are fleeting vis-à-vis the expansive timeline of the book. Then, there's the continual recitation of geographical place names for the plethora of islands, bays, channels, which, in a way, somewhat inhibits scene setting. Nonetheless, references to Port Arthur and Fort William are pleasantly nostalgic, compared to the crass Thunder Bay moniker. These minor structural shortcomings aside, Pendziwol weaves an absorbing, convoluted tale, wherein chance and fate vie for primacy in determining the evolving experiences of each and every life. Perhaps the key lynchpin in shaping the future course is the foundational upbringing we receive, incomplete knowledge of which results in what may be termed a lingering void. This narrative depicts a last opportunity quest seeking illuminating revelation. The true numerical element of the novel's title only crystallizes towards the end. The initial default assumption subtly wrong foots the reader. Nicely done.

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pozrob
Oct 07, 2017

Kudos to Ms Pendziwol's leap from children's books to an adult audience. I loved this book. However I would not consider this an easy breezy summer read. It requires one's undivided attention, especially the last 2/3rds of the book. I had to go back and re-read some of the end chapters as to refresh my memory of who was who. Heart warming and tragic at the same time. A great blend of friendship and family bonds.

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Ponto1
Aug 30, 2017

I thoroughly enjoyed this engaging tale of multi generational family bonds and the secrets kept to protect them. I would describe this read as a cross between a Light Between Oceans (Stedman) in terms of setting and themes, and the Notebook (Sparks) in the manner in which the story was related. The Canadian historical context and setting was an extra bonus.

I think i found my favourite summer read of 2017!

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fashiongirl
Aug 28, 2017

Loved this book!

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ronandlynda
Jul 17, 2017

Featured in Canadian Living July 2017 "True North Page Turners"

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