The Lighthouse Keeper's Daughter (Gaynor)
Parts of this novel are based on true events, the first woman, the lighthouse keeper’s daughter was an actual person, who did indeed help to rescue survivors from a shipwreck in 1838.
Title: The Lighthouse Keeper's Daughter
Author: Hazel Gaynor
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher: William Morrow
Release Date: October 9, 2018
Format: Trade paperback, Hardcover, eBook, Audiobook
“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 unsought fame is the friendship that develops between Grace and a visiting artist. Just as George Emmerson captures Grace with his brushes, she in turn captures his heart.
1938: Newport, Rhode Island. Nineteen years old and pregnant, Matilda Emmerson has been sent away from Ireland in disgrace. She is to stay with Harriet, a reclusive relative, and assistant lighthouse keeper until her baby is born. A discarded, half-finished portrait opens a window into Matilda’s family history. As a deadly hurricane approaches, two women, living a century apart, will be linked forever by their instinctive acts of courage and love.