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The Girl in the Lighthouse (Arrington #1)

3.42  ·  Rating Details ·  1,034 Ratings  ·  166 Reviews
Not since V.C. Andrews' Flowers in the Attic has there been a family saga so dark and disturbing. Author Roxane Tepfer Sanford has captured readers from around the world with her debut Gothic novel The Girl in the Lighthouse. *Arrington, Book, #1 From the time Lillian Arrington was born in 1862, she lived an isolated life on a remote lighthouse station with her father Garr ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published December 16th 2011 by Smashwords (first published June 11th 2009)
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Nov 02, 2011 Andrea rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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William Ramsay
Let me begin by saying I enjoyed this book. But it is deeply flawed. A novel consists of many parts. The writer should be able to write. The characters should be believable. The narrative should flow along to hold the reader's interest. And the story must be consistent. The first three parts are pretty much okay in the book. I read it with interest, got the characters, and it moved along nicely. But then the last part got me. The book is not consistent. Now, what do I mean by that. First, let me ...more
Roxane Sanford
Dec 13, 2009 Roxane Sanford rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-novel
by, Tracy Moore Apex Reviews,

"Surprisingly fast-paced and engrossing, The Girl In The Lighthouse is quite the engaging read. With a rich tapestry of characters, author Roxane Sanford paints a vivid picture of a life filled with unexpected twists and turns, the unpredictability of which is sure to hold the interest of any reader. Furthermore, her central storyline is taut and compelling, and her ability to keep the reader guessing at the real truth until the very end is quite masterful.

A highly
Miss Kim
Oh dear. I was really tearing through this book until the 70% mark or so.. and then it all fell apart. I felt like the author couldn’t come up with anything to complete certain plot lines so she just gave up and moved Lillian to a different place.

It starts off with great potential and was very fast paced set in post civil war times, we live with 10 year old Lillian and her family on an island off the coast of Maine. She has been so isolated her entire life, that each small thing her new friends
Jan 23, 2010 Sheri rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Girl in The Light house (Roxane Tepfer Sanford) was an excellent read.

Roxane Sanford writes with passion. She grabs the readers by the heart and pulls you into her story. Filled with emotions, shocking secrets, young love and family betrayal, makes for a page turner and all night read.

Lillian Arrington lived a secluded life as the daughter of a Lighthouse Keeper and beautiful loving mother. When her father is relocated to Jasper Island he life changes. she is excited to meet the assistant ke
Feb 20, 2011 Lora rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
I liked this book but there were a few things I didn't like and found a little overboard for me. I didn't care much for how the main character seemed throughout the book to want every older male to "crave"her and seemed preoccupied with the "poor pitiful me" woes if each male character in her life didn't fall hungrily at her feet. At times, it seemed inappropriate because of her young age at like 9 and 13 etc. I think there was just too much of that throughout the book. I had to keep reminding m ...more
Marcia Bridgford
Oct 14, 2011 Marcia Bridgford rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I started out enjoying this book which I would consider light reading as opposed to good literature. The further into the story I got, however, the more farfetched and ridiculous it became. It follows main character Lillian from the age of nine to sixteen. She starts out obsessed with an older boy and later in the book is obsessed with a man old enough to be her father. She is abandoned by her "loving" father to the care of her hateful, cruel grandmother who keeps her locked up with starvation r ...more
Jan 05, 2010 Heather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, arc
I won this book through Goodreads Giveaways & was pretty excited to dive into it after reading the summary. My expectations were high and I was definitely not let down. The Girl in the Lighthouse is a historical fiction novel packed with plenty of action. I couldn't help but feel my heart breaking for the main character, Lillian Arrington, as she suffered through all of the pain and strife in her adolescence. As the story came to an end, there were many surprising twists that left me wanting ...more
Jun 27, 2012 Karyl rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nook-reads, 2012
This book was terrible. The writing was extremely repetitive and elementary. All the men in the book "mumbled" everything they said. The characters were flat and uninteresting. Plus it seemed as though the author had no idea of American history. The grandfather was supposed to have fought in the War of 1812, while the father was a Confederate veteran. Yet Lillian, his daughter, was 10 years old in 1911. The time line doesn't seem to add up. Also the whole story was just unbelievable. Prepubescen ...more
Oct 09, 2011 Heather rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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First half period piece of 19th-century little girl, daughter of lighthouse keeper, hints of family weirdness. Midway through, abrupt turn to VC-Andrews-style evil grandmother, and a Series of Unfortunate Events from there.

Which makes the childhood part just an intro, which means it was way too long.

Also there's not a whole lot of redemption at the end of the book, and apparently the next book gets even worse. No thanks.

Oh, and I almost forgot. The writing was awful. At least at first. Either i
Megs ♥
This book was alright. I picked it up because 1. it was free at the time, on Nook, and 2. the synopsis said that fans of V.C. Andrews would love this series. I see the similarities in writing style, but V.C. is just so skilled in writing I don't think this book can compare. It had the same formula, and even certain parts were the same (like the main character's impromptu haircuts), but it didn't wow me. It's an alright start to her series, but there is definitely room for improvement. Maybe some ...more
Okay here are the pros:

This book captivates the reader from the start. The characters unfold quiet nicely and although told from the point of view of the protagonist, who is only nine years old when the book begins, the reader is able to connect and relate to, or at least understand the other characters. The author's writing is enjoyable; descriptive, without being too wordy. The emotions are believable and raw. The scenery vivid and highly imaginable. The first half of the book is definitely a
Jan 12, 2011 Carolyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who likes Flowers in the Attic
Shelves: own, signed-by-author
This was a really good easy to read book.

It is set in the 1800's on the East Coast of America. Lilian is a 10 year old girl who has lived on a remote island with her mother and lighthouse keeper father her entire life. Her father gets transfered to another Lighthouse station and she finally gets to live in the company of 2 boys Heath and Ayden and gets to go to the mainland every week and even attend a real school for the first time.

Having been brought up just by her mother and father she is ve
Dec 29, 2009 saferia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-fiction
2.5 stars

I really enjoyed the first half of the novel. The protagonist, Lillian, was a very strong female character and it was enjoyable watching her grow out of her childhood. At 9 years of age she seemed quite mature to be so young. The book follows Lillian from age 9-16 as she grows up on a small island with her family manning the lighthouse, and as she is abruptly uprooted from all things familiar and sent to live in the South where family secrets unfold.

I feel that the book is either mis-
Ceylan Pelin
Dec 01, 2010 Ceylan Pelin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Girl in the Lighthouse was really gripping. And the final was amazing! I didn’t see it coming! And the atmosphere was really magnificent; all the parts about the Jasper Island and especially the south. I will definitely read the second book. The Girl in the Lighthouse was a real page-turner; I couldn’t keep my eyes away from the book especially towards the last pages. You can’t put the book aside and you want to know much more about Lillian and the Arringtons. The drama was spread throughout ...more
May 06, 2013 Jenni rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, 2013
I expected a coming-of-age story and a love triangle, but was surprised by the novel's dark undertones and unexpected plot twists. I thought I had added up all of the hints to the overarching secret correctly, but there were surprises until the very end. Lillian's decisions sometimes frustrated me, but her naïveté is balanced by her inner strength and will to survive. This book reminds me of A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness in that there were times I was unsure I would like the novel; ...more
Apr 10, 2010 Vicki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, even though it is a tale of darkness, very reminiscent of Flowers in the Attic. This has been on my TBR Short List for ages. I'm glad I decided to boost it up to the top. The second in the trilogy has been purchased and sitting on my Kindle, vying for a place in the "next" pick. Looking forward to reading it.
Oct 10, 2011 Emily rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Oct 15, 2011 Angie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow! Just wow!!
Talk about dark and twisted, this book has nearly everything imaginable.
It all starts out so sunny and beautiful with Lillian and her family moving to a new lighthouse station where there is another family and she will finally have friends after spending her first nine years isolated on a remote lighthouse island.
At the new place she goes through the more innocent stages of growing up and builds a relationship with the other family on the new island and experiences her first puppy love. Meanwhil
Lillian's mother has her good days but those are becoming more rare. She suffers from mental illness while Lillian and her father cope as best they can. Whether mother is struggling to forget something, that is the cause of her troubles, it's difficult to say. Lillian has found friends in brothers Heath and Ayden but is hoping for something more in Heath and is quite the drama queen when he doesn't respond in kind. It seems a stretch though that at 9 years of age, she could be wanting more than ...more
Oct 12, 2011 Erin rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one
Shelves: kindle-free
I downloaded this book free for my kindle so I can't complain about it having cost too much. If you read nothing further in my review than this paragraph though, this book had promise but some very strange elements including a twisted and unfulfilling end make me wish I hadn't wasted my time.

**Warning: The remainder of this review may contain some references to events in the book**

My first clue that this book might end up having some major problems was the first ghost (there was more than one b
As a fan of Virginia Andrews I discovered this story about a girl called Lillian Arrington. The themes and style throughout took me back to when I used to read Andrews all the time and I enjoyed getting back into it. For me some of the plot was a little predictable but I think that this is more due to the fact that I am an Andrews fan. If you have never read an Andrews novel then the plot will be more surprising for you. Having said that, there were some differences that I particulary enjoyed su ...more
Wisteria Leigh
Lillian Arrington s father is a lighthouse keeper and until the age of nine she lived in an isolated world devoid of friends. Born in 1862 to Ameilia and Garrett she was the epitome of daddy s little girl. Her mother was not always well, but she and her father were inseparable. When her father is transfered to Jasper Island she abounds with joy when she learns there will be an assistant keeper on the island who has two sons. With hope and anticipation she meets Heath and Ayden, and the trio beco ...more
Oct 01, 2011 Jacqui rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle

The story was rapidly paced and gave enough foreshadowing to keep you turning the pages, although 80% of the twist at the end wasn't such a surprise anymore because of all of the foreshadowing. I found this book to be an interesting read but in the end I can say that there were many things I didn't like about the book, enough to keep me from recommending it to friends.

In the beginning of the book, the main character, 9-year old Lillian, is pining for a 14-year
Jun 25, 2011 Melissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: friends who like historics, drama,
From the moment I began reading The Girl in the Lighthouse I found myself to be pulled into Lillian's Sweet world only to be completely dragged into her second dark disturbing life.

I have to say there are definitely two sides to this book. I've read some reviews where this is a major downfall to their liking the book, but I have to disagree and say this alone makes the book.

Here are my reasons. Warning SPOILERS!!!!!!


In the first half of the book we learn about Lillian's life up
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The beginning of this book was decent. It was set up nicely and gave a nice background story on Lillian and the family. I enjoyed reading about her adventures with Heath and Ayden while on that tiny island.

I did not envy her for having to live so far away from society. As holidays came and went I just felt sorry for her. She had no idea what any of the holidays were and it was clear she was intensely sheltered. She had no clue about her parents' pas
Gerold Whittaker
Mar 04, 2012 Gerold Whittaker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook
Book 1 of the series in which Lillian is growing up with her parents on a remote lighthouse station. When they are transferred to a new station, for the first time, Lillian has friends her own age group. Life is idyllic even though very sheltered - but of course, she knows no other. Very soon though, her life starts to change as her mother is taken ill. When she gets the news that her mother died, she has no idea that her idyllic life - the only life she knows - will never be the same again....

The Girl in the Lighthouse is the story of Lillian Arrington, a girl who grows up in isolation, her father is a lighthouse keeper and they have always lived on an island away from the rest of society. Whey she is 11 years old, they move to a new island, where her father will have an assistant, and this is Lillian's first time being exposed to another family and a different way of life. She befriends the boys on the island, Heath and Ayden, struggles with family issues as her mother slowly loses ...more
Shari Larsen
Lillian Arrington, born in 1862, had lived on a remote, isolated island ever since she was born, her father was a lighthouse keeper. Then when she is 9 years old, her father is transferred to a new station, where there is an assistant lighthouse keeper with a family. She had never met other children her age before, or even had a friend.

She is welcomed by Heath, a handsome teenage boy who wants to become a doctor, and his younger brother Ayden, who does not like her at first; Lillian has to strug
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Roxane Tepfer Sanford is the author of the best selling family saga, The Girl in the Lighthouse, All That is Beautiful and Sacred Intentions (the Arrington series). Her writing style has been compared to that of well known gothic fiction author, V.C. Andrews.
Roxane is the very busy mother of six children, and whatever spare time is left, she dedicates to writing novels.

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