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Lighthouse Bay

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  2,257 Ratings  ·  295 Reviews
From the author of Wildflower Hill, this breathtaking novel travels more than a century between two love stories set in the Australian seaside town of Lighthouse Bay.

In 1901, a ship sinks off the coast of Queensland, Australia. The only survivor is Isabella Winterbourne, who clutches a priceless gift meant for the Australian Parliament. This gift could be her ticket to a n
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Paperback, 416 pages
Published April 9th 2013 by Touchstone (first published 2012)
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Evdoxia Kolydaki
Τι ωραίο βιβλίο....αυτό και μόνο...
Karen Brooks
Aug 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
When you pick up a Kimberley Freeman novel, there’s a sense in which you know what you’re getting: a wonderful few hours in which to lose yourself in a marvellous time and space, where there’s romance, secrets, mystery, broken hearts and souls and the tools for characters to mend these if they so desire. Her books are like the best comfort food there is.
Lighthouse Bay, a tale that takes place in two different time frames and explores the lives of three very different women who are connected by
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Lena Papanikolaou
Jun 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Αν έμπαινε το μέτρο της σύγκρισης με τα υπόλοιπα βιβλία της θα το χαρακτήριζα υποτονικό. Αν το πιάσουμε όμως μεμονωμένα η συγγραφέας με την λιτή και ατμοσφαιρική γραφή της που δεν περιέχει σε καμία περίπτωση ανούσιες περιγραφές και βαρετές επαναλήψεις καταφέρνει να σε βάλει με μεγάλη μαεστρία στο κλίμα της εποχής .Αυτό οφείλεται στους ολοζώντανους χαρακτήρες του βιβλίου και σίγουρα στην πλούσια πλοκή που είναι μοιρασμένη σε δύο εποχές . Κυριαρχεί πάντα η ίδια σαγηνευτική ατμόσφαιρα που χαρακτηρί ...more
Γιώτα Παπαδημακοπούλου
Η Kimberley Freeman αποτελεί μία από τις πλέον αγαπητές φιγούρες στο χώρο της σύγχρονης λογοτεχνίας, έχοντας κερδίσει την καρδιά εκατομμυρίων αναγνωστών, πράγμα που αναπόφευκτα θα την έφερνε και στη χώρα μας με ανάλογη επιτυχία. Και πράγματι, τα τελευταία τέσσερα χρόνια, που οι εκδόσεις Διόπτρα έχουν αποκτήσει τα δικαιώματα των βιβλίων της για την μετάφρασή τους στην ελληνική γλώσσα, οι φανατικοί της αναγνώστες ολοένα και αυξάνονται ενώ εκείνοι που ήδη την είχαν αγαπήσει από την πρώτη κιόλας επα ...more
Maria
Oct 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, drama
Πραγματικά ένιωθα ότι έχω βαρεθεί να διαβάζω βιβλία που αναφέρονται και στο παρελθόν και στο μέλλον. Έλεγα πως δεν θα ξαναδιαβάσω άλλο τέτοιο βιβλίο. Μέχρι που μου έκαναν δώρο τη σιωπή του φάρου και τηνείχα απο το καλοκαίρι στη βιβλιοθήκη μου και κάτι με έκανε να την πιάσω στα χέρια μου. Δεν απογοητεύτηκα καθόλου!
Στη σύγχρονη ιστορία παρακολουθούμε τη Λίμπι, που μένει στο Παρίσι και μετά τον θάνατο του εραστή της, του κοσμηματοποιού Μαρκ Γουίντερμπουρν αποφασίζει να εγκαταλείψει τη δουλειά της
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Marg
Jun 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: aww2013
Libby Slater is in mourning. Her lover of 12 years has died but she can't really openly mourn because she was the other woman, his mistress. Realising that she needed to make some changes to her life, she decides to return to the small town that she grew up in. Her lover, Mark Winterbourne, had bought a home in the town years before but Libby had always been reluctant to visit, mainly due to her fractured family relationships. Now there is just her sister left but after Libby left the small town ...more
Kerry Hennigan
Libby Slater returns to Lighthouse Bay on Queensland's Sunshine Coast after years of living in Paris. With the death of her married lover she has given up her high powered job and returned to the town where her estranged sister, Julia, runs a Bed and Breakfast. Libby moves into the house she owns on the beach near the old deserted lighthouse. Only, as she discovers, it isn't quite as deserted as she thinks.

Over a hundred years earlier a ship was wrecked off the coast of Queensland. On board was
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Sandi *~The Pirate Wench~*
Nov 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
I loved this story! A really well written past/present novel that didn't over shadow either ones own story, of two strong woman dealing with lost loves, past and present situations and how to deal with them and learn and grow from it and the meaning of family bonds. fans of Susanna Kearsley will enjoy this authors style of writing. Longer review later....
Christina Ruskjær
Det er en fin historie hvor man både følger en kvinde i 1901 og en kvinde i 2011. Historien om kvinden fra 1901fungerer bedst
Dee Gurganus
Jun 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
An excellent read. I have not read Ms Freeman before, but of Lighthouse, beach, somewhat of a mystery caught my attention. And I was not disappointed. Libby, the main character, is a single, well established profession. But like with all of us, event happened that change the course of our lives. Ms Freeman's character development of Libby is steady and only minimal foreshadowing of what her outcome will be. With the background of an abandon lighthouse, beautiful beaches, and Australian sunset. I ...more
Lindsey
Oct 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Gah!!! I absolutely love this author, and cannot wait for her to write more novels! One thing I particularly love about her books is the two stories from two different time periods. Usually when I encounter this writing style, the author tidies everything up in the end with a big "A-ha!!" moment; the present characters come across a journal, a photograph, a newspaper article - something that divulges the entire past mystery to them. Kimberley Freeman writes in what I think is a much more realist ...more
Helen McKenna
When Libby Slater returns to her childhood home after twelve years living in Paris she has no firm plans in place beyond grieving for the married lover she recently lost and attempting to regain some sense of balance. She knows her reappearance in the small coastal community of Lighthouse Bay will raise many eyebrows, especially those of her estranged sister Juliet. The siblings have not spoken in years, unable to resolve the personal tragedy that divided them more two decades before.

Almost a c
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Cheryl
Apr 07, 2013 rated it liked it
The year is 1901. Isabella and her husband were traveling by ship when the ship sinks. Isabella survives and makes her way to Lighthouse Bay in Australia. Isabella has nothing but the clothes on her back and a piece of paper. A very important paper that is meant for the Australian Parliament.

Present Day

Libby Slater’s lover dies. She has nothing left, so she heads home to Lighthouse Bay to start over. Due to her actions, Libby is estranged from her sister. She hopes to bridge the gap between the
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Carol Preston
Jul 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I found this a book I kept hurrying back to so I could see what was going to happen, and also so I wouldn't lose track of all the threads. It was a complex and engaging story, set in two time frames. I thought the interweaving of the two stories was very well done. I found myself drawn into both Libby and Isabella's stories. Though there were similarities in their characters, they were excellently differentiated by their historical time frame. I found both women engaging, flawed enough to be rea ...more
Dale Harcombe
Apr 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This novel tells the story of Isabella who is a survivor of a shipwreck while on her way to Australia in 1901 and Libby who returns home to Lighthouse Bay in Queensland after the death of her married lover. Both lives are changed by events that happen to them and it shows the way they pick up and carry on. I liked the way the action alternated between the two women and their stories and I found this an interesting read, even though I didn’t particularly like Libby. I found Isabella easier to rel ...more
Sedaca
Mar 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Aynı anda hem geçmiş hem günümüzün anlatıldığı kitapları Böğürtlen Kışı'ndan sonra sevmeye başladım :)
Farklı karakterler, aynı mekan, farklı sıkıntılar, farklı zamanlar ve sonunda birbirlerine değinen hayatlar..
Isabella ve eşi Arthur çok değerli bir hediyeyi Avusturya'ya götürmek üzere deniz seferine çıkarlar. Isabella 3 yıl önce bebeğini kaybetmiş ama onu halen kendi içinde yaşatan bir annedir. Libby ise 12 yıllık evli sevgilisi Mark'ın öldüğü için onun yasını tutan 40'lı yaşlarda hoş bir bay
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Pamela
Apr 05, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015-books
3.5 stars. I liked the plot but, for me, there was a spark missing - not sure what it was. Perhaps the characters were a little drab, or maybe it was the relationships between some of them. Just something. Story was ok and the author is good, this just wasn't my favorite of hers.
Aisling
Jul 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
An excellent read; a little history, a little romance, a generation spanning mystery and characters you really care about. I'm getting everything I can find by this author!
Kelly Kritikou
Feb 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Η Kimberley Freeman αποτελεί μια από τις αγαπημένες μου πένες και νιώθω τόσο ευτυχής, που κάθε νέο της πόνημα επιβεβαιώνει το συγγραφικό της ταλέντο και την στοργή με την οποία σμιλεύει τους χαρακτήρες της. Με σύμμαχο τα πανέμορφα τοπία, προσεγγίζει τις ανθρώπινες ψυχές, ξεδιπλώνει τις μύχιες επιθυμίες τους, τους φόβους, τις ανείπωτες ενοχές τους και τους οδηγεί στην εξιλέωση και την ευτυχία. "Η σιωπή του φάρου" εστιάζει στον πόνο της απώλειας, στις οδυνηρές αναμνήσεις, στις σιωπές που αμβλύνουν ...more
Nola
Jul 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
In this intriguing novel, Kimberley Freeman weaves together two stories. After the death of her lover in Paris, Libby Slater returns to her childhood home of Lighthouse Bay on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. She’s been away for 20 years after a tragic event that put a wedge between her and her sister Juliet. Can the sisters forgive each other and move on from the past?

In 1901, Isabella Winterbourne is the sole survivor of a shipwreck near Lighthouse Bay that claimed her husband and thus freed her
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Katherine Jones
May 03, 2013 rated it liked it
Lighthouse Bay begins in a way I love, with an unsolved mystery and main characters shouldering big problems. Freeman artfully weaves a tale of three women, introducing into their lives intriguing men, many of whom leave readers unsure at first whether to count as good or bad. An intriguing, suspenseful technique.

Freeman also has the gift of weaving sub-plot lines and layering emotion to draw readers into her story. She pays beautiful attention to detail and writes a lush narrative. Her scenic d
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Dani C. (Paulette's Papers)
Mar 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Lighthouse Bay is an entertaining journey about two women who have gone through trying times in their lives.

Isabella Winterbourne arrives in the area in 1901 due to the ship she was on sinking. Everyone but her was lost at sea. However she was able to save a piece of the cargo, a priceless gift from the British Crown to Australia. Because of the way she is treated by her now dead husband’s family she changes her name and makes plans to find her sister in the United States and to live with her.
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Diane Lynn
Isabella, the heroine in the story set in 1901, is living under a cloud of grief. On top of that, the ship she is traveling on is lost in a hurricane off the coast of Australia. I actually liked her story well enough, despite some of the stupid and irrational decisions she made. So 4 stars for the story set in the past.

The present day story was only okay. Libby seemed just as shallow and vain as I imagine she was in high school, and her story annoyed me. Damien and his cat Bossy plus the old lig
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Sue
Sep 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
What a great read. I found myself staying up late and getting up early to finish it.
A story set in the past and present and intertwining the 3 main females in the story. All are dealing with grief and loss as they tread a shaky path towards healing.
There is the mystery of the lost treasure, romance and forgiveness.
I loved the way the past and present were blended together so seamlessly by Kimberley.
Upon finishing the book I still wanted to know more. Were people really safe ?
Will recommend to
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Jeanette
Apr 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The cover of this book is what initially drew my attention to this book whilst visiting my local library recently.

Loved this book! I am not usually fond of stories that has two different time frames, but it worked really well in Lighthouse Bay. This was one of those books that I didn't want to come to an end. It's the first time that I have read any novels by this author and shall be on the look out for more when I next visit the library. Recommended.
Kate Forsyth
Lighthouse Bay begins in 1901, with a woman – the only survivor of a shipwreck - dragging a chest full of treasure down a deserted beach. The narrative then moves to contemporary times, with a woman secretly grieving at the funeral of her married lover. These two women – Isabella Winterbourne and Libby Slater – are joined through time by a lighthouse and its secrets and mysteries. I raced through this compelling and intriguing book, utterly unable to put it down. Fabulous rollicking read.
Alice
Feb 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I really loved this book! I enjoyed both sides of the dual timeline and loved the setting. Kimberley Freeman has created realistic, three-dimensional characters and her expressive language takes you right to where each part of the story is set. This is my first book by this author and I look forward to reading the rest.
Melissa Pouliot
Nov 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely loved the way this book was written, so enthralling and flipped between different eras in a way that left you unsure which storyline you were most desperate to get back to. A perfect beach read, just a lovely book with great down to earth characters. Loved the Sunshine Coast Qld setting as well. I'm going to seek out more fiction novels by this fantastic Australian author!
Nikifunaki
Sep 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
I seem to be reading a lot multi-generational novels with female characters with an element of mystery and romance. This book was one of the better ones. I liked the setting of Australia and the idea of making jewelry. Perfect for all of my afternoons sitting on the beach!
Amy
Sep 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
Already like this one a lot more than Wildflower Hill, the other book by this author!
Finished! Very good read with a bit of mystery involved. Kind of Kate Morton lite-if you know Kate Morton books, you will understand that.
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Pen name of Kim Wilkins.


Kimberley was born in London and her family moved back to Australia when she was three years old. She grew up in Queensland where she currently lives.

Kimberley has written for as long as she can remember and she is proud to write in many genres. She is an award-winning writer in children’s, historical and speculative fiction under her birth name Kim Wilkins. She adopted the
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