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Publisher's Summary

From the best-selling author of The Girl Who Came Home and The Girl from the Savoy comes a novel inspired by the extraordinary story of a remarkable young woman.

1838: when a terrible storm blows up off the Northumberland coast, Grace Darling, the lighthouse keeper’s daughter, knows there is little chance of survival for the passengers on the small ship battling the waves. But her actions set in motion an incredible feat of bravery that echoes down the century.

1938: when 19-year-old Matilda Emmerson sails from across the Atlantic to New England, she faces an uncertain future. Sent away in disgrace, she must stay with her reclusive relative, Harriet Flaherty, a lighthouse keeper on Rhode Island. Once there, Matilda discovers a discarded portrait that opens a window onto a secret that will change her life forever.

©2018 Hazel Gaynor (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

"Beautiful, heart-wrenching yet life affirming - I loved it." (Fionnuala Kearney, author of You, Me and Other People)

"Hazel delivers a cast of strong, courageous women for readers to fall in love with." (writing.ie)

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love, love, love this story.

Author & Narrator blend language beautifully in this historical story. it shall stay with me.

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Vivid and beautifully written.

The language in this book is beautiful and skilful! I feel like i have a collection of paintings in my mind of the places and events in this book.
The narrator was wonderful! So beautiful to listen to, and did a wonderful job with the different accents and voices!

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Historical events come alive.

As one who loves genealogy and historical fiction this book was a joy to listen to. The descriptive language paints detailed images in one's mind.

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This was a totally encompassing story

I thought the narrator was excellent with her varying accents and expression which very much portrayed the emotions and feelings at varying times of the story.
The story was of courage.

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Read this book!

Heart warming, captivating, generous and more. I was utterly carried away by this tale of two times. Beautifully written and well read.

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A great Read

A great story with excellent narration.
This story introduced the characters at a smooth pace, although a sad ending it portrays the hard work & dedication the lighthouse keepers endured,
This story gives a brief insight to how life was as a keeper in the 1800's to early 1900"s.
I got this book as a daily read special price but its worth full price.
Highly recommended.

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Women of courage and Independence

This book is well narrated but do not expect it to be an uplifting story. It tells of what life was like for women of the particular eras that are covered in this story. Women of courage and of striving for some independence.

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beautiful read

wonderful book I have laught, love and even cried, so look forward to reading more similar books thank you

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A most enjoyable book one I think you should read and enjoy.

The Lighthouse keepers daughter reveals the many different forms of love that can be found and lost. The love of the sea., the love of family the love of one another and the love of tradition and history. A warm sometimes stormy story, that is heart wrenching and heart warming.
Congratulations to author and narrator. E.J

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Loved this!

Kept be gripped - really enjoyable. Looking to watch the movie now :) Recommend this one!

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  • 04-12-2019

Amazing!!!!!

This was such a good book, highly recommended!!!!!!!! And I love Imogen's voice! Definitely give it a go if you are into family mysteries and a hint of old fashioned romance!

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  • 30-08-2019

loved it

Beautiful, heartwarming and heartbreaking. A history I didn't know existed. A must read for everyone!

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  • 29-09-2021

Wonderful

Loved this book! Gripped me , I couldn’t wait to listen to it. Very moving story of daughters and how we connect with previous generations. Highly recommend

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  • Linda
  • 02-03-2021

Loved it.

The narrator was amazing and made it easy to follow as there are time jumps. This is a love story that transcends through time. Great characters, very emotional, will listen to this again to this book.

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  • keziah
  • 29-01-2021

Loved it

I wasn’t sure I was going to enjoy this story, I thought I might have been a bit predictable and bland. It was in fact, excellent. Really well written and beautifully performed. I got swept up in the lives of the characters and ended up listening to the hole book over 4 days. A tale about finding courage to be yourself and finding a place in the world. Imogen Church makes the lives of the characters real, you feel their love and pain and hope. If you like Sarah Winnman, celest Ng, Rachel Joyce I think you will like this too.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-06-2022

Beautiful

This is so beautiful, both the story and the reading. What a poetic and heartfull experience it was to read this!

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  • 10-01-2022

So involving

just so captivated with the story. flipping from character to an other a great discover

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  • Mrs H
  • 04-01-2021

took my breath away

I love Hazel Gaynors prose, she makes you feel the surroundings like you are actually there. Imogen Church's narration is faultless, her great talent is the varied voices and characters. I will miss this book greatly

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  • Kaila L. Pettigrove
  • 27-12-2020

A wonderfully woven tale

This is a beautiful tale about love, honour, and courage. It is a story for mothers, daughters, aunties and grannies. It's a little less nuanced at the end... but I don't want to give spoilers. Imogen Church has just the right voice for the narration. My hat is off to her for accomplishing a good representation of all the different dialects!

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  • Bellscats
  • 27-05-2020

Interesting, unusual story

An interesting "faction" story about someone most of us will have heard of. Easy listening. I really enjoyed it & would recommend it to others.

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