The Lightkeeper’s Daughters

Jean E. Pendziwol. Harper, $26.99 (320p) ISBN 978-0-06-257202-8
YA author Pendziwol (Once Upon a Northern Light) pins her first story for adults to the “fortunes of chance” that bring mixed blessings to the last family manning a lighthouse on the Ontario side of Lake Superior. The narrative nimbly tacks between the past and present of Elizabeth Livingstone, a near-blind expat raised on Porphyry Island in the 1920s and ’30s. Since recovering her father’s old day logs, returned by a constable investigating a shipwreck, she’s eager to get to the bottom of the tragedy that forced her and her twin sister to leave the island 60 years before. Her failing eyesight prevents her from diving in until “fortune” pairs her with Morgan Fletcher, a foster teen sent to do community service at her retirement home. Game on. Cagey and drawn to bad company, Morgan turns out to be on an ancestral quest of her own and proves the perfect Watson. This is a perfect hammock read for those who love the Brontë sisters and Jodi Picoult in equal measure. Agent: Jenny Bent, Bent Agency. (July)
Reviewed on: 05/29/2017
Release date: 07/01/2017
Genre: Fiction
Ebook - 320 pages - 978-1-4434-5223-6
Ebook - 320 pages - 978-0-06-257203-5
Downloadable Audio - 978-1-4434-5440-7
Downloadable Audio - 978-0-06-268160-7
Compact Disc - 978-1-5384-1802-4
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