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A Watch in the Night: The Story of Pomquet Island's Last Lightkeeping Family

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A Watch in the Night chronicles the struggles of one Nova Scotia family to survive on a tiny windswept island without running water, electricity, or reliable communication with the mainland. For thirty-six years, George and Ruth Millar tended the Pomquet Island light, survived violent storms, saved lost sailors, raised generations of livestock, and brought up their six chi ...more
Paperback, 196 pages
Published June 1st 2008 by Nimbus Publishing (CN)
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Uda
May 28, 2014 Uda rated it really liked it
Told with a keen observant eye, a loving story that looks to the past.
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Mar 25, 2016 Jennifer Mook-Sang rated it it was amazing
this beautifully written story chronicles the lives of george and ruth millar, who raise their six children while tending the lighthouse and their small farm on a lonely nova scotia island. ms edgett seamlessly weaves facts about lighthouses and the daily lives of these regular folk into the narrative, starring gruff yet solid george and quiet but determined ruth. there are descriptions of the difficulties of island living and hilarious hijinks involving things like outside latrines. sweet ...more
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Feb 11, 2008 Buscenter rated it it was amazing
This book was based on a true story of a lighthouse keeper and his family. It was really interesting reading the stories of the hardships, how they went back and forth across the lake in the winter. The kids were home schooled during the fall and winter but where allowed to go to public school during the spring.
There were parts that were funny. One of the daughters fell into the "hole" in the outhouse since there was no plumbing in the house. This story was based back in the early 1900's.
There w
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Ruth Edgett grew up on the North Shore of Prince Edward Island. A writer since she was old enough to hold a pen, Ruth began earning a living as a newspaper reporter in P.E.I. and Newfoundland and Labrador. Later, in Ontario, she became a communications consultant. Now she writes for her own pleasure and, she hopes, yours.

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