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The Lightkeeper's Daughters

A Novel
Written by: Jean E. Pendziwol
Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
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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 these 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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Fabulous Writing!!

This was a fabulous book club book that we chose and it did not disappoint!! The story was captivating from beginning to end. The dimensions of the characters and how they entertwined and evolved was brilliant!! A few surprises that were not
forseen keeps you invested! I loved it so much I listened to it twice and read the book also!! Definitely a keeper in my book collection!

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Beautiful story, full of dram and mystery

Listened on audio for my Bookclub. This is a wonderful story, beautifully written, well developed characters, lots of drama and mystery. Ms. Pendziwol is very good at describing scenes and the landscape. I felt as if I was with them on the island. Listening to the story I was sometimes sitting on the edge of my seat! Listening while I was on the stationary bike in the gym, I often found myself going faster when there was drama. I cried Emily was raped, when Morgan played her violon standing on the picnic table in the snow.

This is my first audio book and I loved listening to it.

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#1 for story and performance

Loved this mystery! Jean Pendziwol kept the reader on the edge of their seat with the storyline set on Porphry Island on Lake Superior and the voices of Dara Rosenberg, DAwn Harvey and Tom Parks made the novel an exciting listen. It was the reason I was sold on Audible.ca. #Audible1.

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Excellent

I loved loved loved this book! I was on the edge of my seat wondering what was to happen until the very end! I can’t say anymore because I don’t want o give not even one secret away! #Audible1

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best story I have read in a very long time great <br />

great narration descriptive would recommend for all readers loved the setting and details very interesting

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  • Lois Nuttall
  • 2017-08-23

Wonderful in all aspects!

The author has done a wonderful job of crafting the storyline of the book and keeps the reader wondering about the mystery of the Livingstons and Elizabeth in particular. The vocabulary and flow to the story is superb and the narrators did a beautiful job of presenting and representing the various characters.
I will definitely be recommending this book to my book club as it is one of the best I have read over the last year.

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  • lorianne gamache
  • 2019-05-07

loved this book<br />

being from thunder bay I very much enjoyed this story
i never knew the story of silver islet and this book inspired me to research the history of the island and lighthouse