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The Lightkeeper's Daughters

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  9,555 ratings  ·  1,314 reviews
Though her mind is still sharp, Elizabeth's eyes have failed. No longer able to linger over her beloved books or gaze at the paintings that move her spirit, she fills the void with music and memories of her family—a past that suddenly becomes all too present when her late father's journals are found amid the ruins of an old shipwreck.

With the help of Morgan, a delinquent t
ebook, 320 pages
Published July 4th 2017 by Harper
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Lindsay - Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
5+++ stars! Wow - I’m blown away - loved every word of this beautiful story!

This novel is moving right to the top of my 2017 Favourites list!

The characters, the atmosphere, the secrets - every part of this story was done to perfection! The author, Jean E. Pendziwol, created an unforgettable tale of family, love and hidden secrets all wrapped up in an intoxicating, mesmerizing and captivating atmosphere.

I highly, highly recommend this beautiful gem of a book! It was a pleasure to share reading
Oct 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: xx2017-completed
I will start at the end. I do not recall ever needing tissues to mop up tears after reading the Author’s Notes at the end of a book. Goodness gracious.

This novel, with chapters alternating primarily between narrators Elizabeth and Morgan, is so full and satisfying. It is a fascinating story, there are characters with deep and complex personalities, it takes place on various shores of the mighty, tempestuous, moody Lake Superior – and it is written with full command over the characters, locale, a
Diane S ☔
Jul 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Morgan is a teenage girl, being raised in foster homes after the death of her father. When she tags a fence at a elderly living home she is given community service, her job to scrape and repaint the fence. There she meets a blind, elderly woman named Elizabeth, who once lived on Porphyry Island with her parents , brothers and twin sister Emily. Her father was the lighthouse keepers and his journals have just been delivered to Elizabeth, having been found in a wrecked ship. Morgan will become her ...more
Aug 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Morgan is a teenager who lived with her grandfather until he passed away. Since then she has been living in foster homes and has created a hard exterior to keep others at bay. She doesn't like to appear as if she cares about anything but there is one thing she cares about- the violin that once belonged to her grandfather. He taught her to play and she treasures it and its contents. Morgan gets into a little trouble when she paints graffiti on a fence at a home for the elderly. She must make amen ...more
Elyse  Walters
Mar 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
People said this book was good ...but not one review- ( the few I read), nor the blurb
prepared me. WOW..... really WOW!!!

I don’t even know where to begin....
I mean I’ve read stories about unlikely characters coming together (an adult and teenager).... so this in itself is not new. I thought of “The Elegance of the Hedgehog” by Muriel Barberry—also a book I enjoyed....
and I’ve read books about dysfunctional families, delinquent teenagers, old folks, and secrets - so this is not new....
but what i
Nov 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
If you've ever been to Lake Superior, you would never know it was a lake rather than an ocean sitting on its coast. It sits between the US and Canada and is one of the 5 Great Lakes. I recall from early childhood the south side being shallow and being able to drift out for what seemed like miles( and the north side, dipping deep down, upon a few steps in. But the landscapes of the lakes change along with the seasons.

This is a wonderfully descriptive novel of a young girl, Morgan, who has been in
Nov 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: faves, 2017, audiobooks
If I could I would give this book 6 perfect stars!!!

This really was such a remarkable book, I’m sure my words cannot do it justice.... The characters were so well-developed, the writing so extremely vivid, the pacing perfect, It just met or exceeded everything I expect from a wonderful book.... it was a book about secrets, family, bonds, love, And so much more.... The book took place during two different time frames, both of which I found equally intriguing.... The part of this book set in the p
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
5 huggable, bright, shiny stars for The Lightkeeper's Daughters

This is one of those books where the words inside are just as alluring as the cover. There are two storylines, past and present, and I loved each equally. Lighthouses have always been captivating to me, and the story surrounding this particular lighthouse at Porphyry Point on Lake Superior was mesmerizing.

As I write, I feel like I am running down a checklist where everything is marked off because this was literally the perfect
Dec 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
If I had to describe this book in three words it would be Charming, Engaging and Memorable

From the the very beginning of this novel I was captivated by the magic of the voices on audio and the memorable characters that make this book such a pleasure to listen to. I think readers of books like Orphan Train Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman The Light Between Oceans may well enjoy this novel.

Elizabeth Livingstone, is living in a retirement home and her eyesight has failed her, raised on Porphyry Island in the 1920s and ’3
Brenda ~Traveling Sisters Book Reviews

Traveling Sisters Review by Brenda with Jennifer, Lindsay, Jaline, Nikki and Berit.

I read The LightKeeper's Daughters with six of my Traveling Sisters. This was a first sister read for two of our sisters and I am so happy this turned out to be such a special reading experience for their first read. We all really enjoyed this beautifully written book and as one sister said it was such a huggable book that she tucked it under her pillow so she could cuddle it.

I am going to warn you now I am going
5 Brilliant & Glowing Stars!   This was a fabulous read and was quickly placed into my favourite reads shelf!

* Traveling Friends Read *

THE LIGHTKEEPER’S DAUGHTERS by JEAN E. PENDZIWOL was an absolutely fantastic, charming, and touching novel that had me totally engaged and held dear right to the very last word.  I was mesmerized by how beautiful and heartfelt this story was.

I was immediately drawn into this story by the absolutely gorgeous storytelling here and totally intrigued in the storylin
Nov 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
I love lighthouses and our Great Lakes, as I am in Michigan where both are aplenty. This story takes place at a lighthouse along the powerful Lake Superior. This book is mostly a story about sister love through the years but there are many hidden secrets that unfold towards the end that get a bit confusing. I really liked it despite the confusion because of the story’s setting.
Sep 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
I've always been a fan of lighthouses. Growing up, I liked to visit them and collect statues of various lighthouses. So reading, eh listening to this one, was a perfect story for me. A story told in alternating times, narrators, and view points. Much of the story is told by Morgan, a girl who is struggling to find her place, reading diary entries to an elderly woman in a nursing home, Elizabeth. I almost thought I had this one figured out....thinking it was going to go a specific way, which disa ...more
Mar 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
At some point, we all ask ourselves, who am I? The thing is, it’s not about who you are or who you were, it’s about who you can be.

This is beautiful story telling and the kind of story for which long winter days with a roaring fire are made. This is the kind of story that reminds you why you read. Haunting and melancholic, the author slowly reveals a story steeped in rich detail, sweeping prose and characters you bring into your heart and who will remain there long after the final page. And you’
Lucy Langford
Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was ok

“Like the raindrops falling outside, one by one they fill the gaps until the memories pool together and flood through me.”

Elizabeth and Emily grew up in a lighthouse; Elizabeth a fierce protector over her silent, excellent-artist twin sister, Emily. Their father kept journals of their daily lives and these journals have not been seen by Elizabeth for many decades. When a ship wreck occurs, some of these journals are found and are given to Elizabeth.

At the retirement home, Elizabeth begins t
Marialyce (absltmom, yaya)
Nov 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
What a beautifully written story of love, care, and devotion with the gorgeous turbulent and sometimes peaceful background of a lighthouse located on an island in Lake Superior! The author was able to involve the reader in the surroundings, those being peaceful and melancholy as she slowly developed the story of the twin sisters, Emily and Elizabeth.

Elizabeth is blind. She is in a home for the elderly. She can no longer read the words of beloved books nor see the beauty that once surrounded her
Feb 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I don't think I've ever disliked a lighthouse story and The Lightkeeper's Daughters did not disappoint. Such a beautiful story! And it takes place in Canada!! This was probably the best audio book I've heard to date, which may have even added to my enjoyment of the book.

The Lightkeeper's Daughters tells the story of the Livingston family and their years living on a small island, working the lighthouse, in the early half of the 20th century. It also includes a second present day timeline and plot
Jan 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library, hardback
Very enjoyable book that pulled at the heartstring from beginning to end. I really liked the character of Elizabeth and at first, just tolerated Morgan. But I grew to like Morgan too and her grandfather was a favorite character for me, in this book. This was a library book, it'd been out for a while and had good ratings but I didn't know much more than that. Glad I read it. ...more
Marilyn C.
Aug 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2017
4.5 Stars
The Lightkeeper's Daughters is a tender book about sisters' love, family, secrets, and lighthouse keeping on the Porphyry Island on Lake Superior. It covers a long period of time, from the WWI to present time.

Like many others, I love lighthouses, so I was drawn to this book. I haven't read anything by Pendziwol before, but I've enjoyed this novel and her writing style.
It reminded me a bit of The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Steadman, as both have light house keeping as an anchoring point for th
Stephanie Anze
Mar 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
When Morgan is caught spray painting, she is given community service at the nursing home where the incident took place. Tasked with repainting the fence, Morgan meets Elizabeth, a resident of the home. Initially Morgan just wants to finish up her punishment but a familiar sight draws her close with Elizabeth. Soon Morgan is helping Elizabeth revisit her past as being almost completely blind Elizabeth can not read her dad's journals. As Morgan reads to Elizabeth, the bond between the two women st ...more
Retired Reader
Mostly a good read but I got really confused about 85%; I may go back and read that part again. The characters are well developed and the story is well-paced and interesting. Takes place in Canada to the north of Lake Superior, an area I know nothing about, so it was pleasant to learn something new about the setting and the people of that area.
Nikki Joyce
Oct 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"I'm invisible except to the one person who is blind."
Wow. wow. wow! The Lightkeeper's Daughters is easily one of the best books I've read this year. It honestly had everything: excellent writing, beautiful imagery, mystery, romance, history....all rolled into a perfect blend of past and present.
Bits and pieces of the story reminded me of Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline and The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman, both of which I really enjoyed. However, The Lightkeeper's Daughters surpa
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
THE LIGHTKEEPER'S DAUGHTERS is a book that I felt from the beginning was just my kind of book. I love books with dual storylines. Also, I was quite taken with the cover and blurb.

THE LIGHTKEEPER'S DAUGHTERS is about two twin sisters that were born at the beginning of the 20th-century to a lightkeeper and his wife on an isolated island. There, they grew up with their two older brothers. Several events, when they were older, would permanently change their lives and, in the end, make them move away
Jul 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: canadian, giveaways, arc
I received a copy of this book through the giveaways. I enjoyed the book so much more than the initial chapters had me think I would. While it was rather predictable it was a sweet if somewhat tragic touching story and that keep me reading to see exactly how it would play out. I liked Elizabeth and alot of the other characters like her father, David, Millie and her husband. Morgan's attitude and constant use of some variation of the word fuck was kind of annoying, but her personality got less so ...more
Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews
Novels based around lighthouses have always taken my interest. I cast my mind back to The Light Between the Oceans, the brilliant debut by M.L. Stedman, Lighthouse Bay by Kimberley Freeman and The Lightkeeper’s Wife by Karen Viggers. I have enjoyed each and every one of these lighthouse themed novels. When I came across new release, The Lightkeepers Daughters, by Jean E. Pendizwol, I was confident I was going to enjoy this novel. The use of a shipwreck, a jo
Jan 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Even with all my goodreads friend ‘s excellent reviews this book far exceeded my expectations . Beautifully written with characters to steal my heart. ..A storyline full of twists and turns with suspense to have me guessing until the end...history to intrigue me and teach me.....beautiful symbolism throughout ..I just loved it!
Sep 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
I wish I had read the back cover first. The whole time I was reading this book about Morgan,
a troubled teenage girl in foster care who meets Elizabeth, an elderly blind woman with a fascinating history, while she's doing restitution at the senior care center, I knew I had read this storyline before. In fact there's a similarity between this and three of my previous reads, The Language Of Flowers, Orphan Train, and less so I think, The Light Between Oceans. So yes , these three are all mentioned
Jun 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I had the honour of reading an advanced copy of this book and I must say I was captivated by Pendziwol’s beautiful writing the moment I read the first page. As I read on, I quickly became intrigued with this mystery: a boat wrecked upon the shores of Lake Superior and the finder’s angered words: “Goddammit Charlie! What have you done now?”. From this moment, I could not put the book down. But Pendziwol does more than spin a mystery, she creates a multi-layered story where the present confronts t ...more
Jul 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this story of Elizabeth who is losing her sight and lives in a nursing home and Morgan a delinquent teenager doing community service at the nursing home. The story takes place now and in the past on Prophyry Island on Lake Superior in Canada where her father manned a lighthouse, where Elizabeth was born in 1925. This story has some marvelous twists. The descriptions of the art were lyrical. The characters were well thought out and I felt empathy for both of them. Well plotted ...more
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Jean E. Pendziwol is an award winning Canadian author of books for adults and children. She was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award and the 2014 TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award for Once Upon a Northern Night (Groundwood Books, 2013). Her children’s books include the critically acclaimed No Dragons for Tea: Fire Safety for Kids (and Dragons) (Kids Can Press), which continues to be ...more

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