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The Woman at the Light by Joanna Brady
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Jun 16, 12

bookshelves: first-reads
Read from June 13 to 16, 2012

The Woman at the Light is a story that covered salvaging and slavery. The story begins with mysterious disappearance of Emily Lowdry's husband, Martin. Emily refused to give up on him. She hoped that Martin would eventually showed up and stayed at Wrecker's Cay as a lighthouse keeper to wait for him. The story does flip from the present and the past of Emily's life when she met Martin until the past catches up with the present.

Emily married Martin Lowry out of the conception of romantic love. She left New Orleans with him to Key West to beginning a life with him. After being a pampered lady, it was difficult for her to adjust. Key West, Florida was uncivilized. Martin spent more time fishing, salvaging, and being an handyman just to save up and build a house for her and hopefully a family.

When Andrew, a runaway slave washed up on the shores, Emily didn't know what to do. Eventually, both Emily and Andrew felled in love and was quite happy staying on Wrecker's Cay. It was their private island where society rules did not apply to them except that Andrew had to hide whenever, Emily has visitors.

The story is rich in details of Emily trying to keep Andrew at her side. She and Andrew couldn't go into society as husband and wife but only as a Mistress and her slave. The story even covers aspect of tobacco farming in Florida and Cuba.

It's amazing that women could be lighthouse keepers before the Civil War. This book is very rich in history. For history buffs and feminists, this book is worth reading. Emily is definitely a woman ahead of her time.
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