I am indebted to my blogging friend, Rachel Poli, for the refreshingly quick format to place “out there” a book I’ve read recently and enjoyed that I don’t have time to properly review.
The Lightkeeper’s Daughters by John E. Pendziwol, published in 2017
How I got it or came to read it: The book was reviewed by a blogging friend, and it sounded interesting enough for me to order from my local library.
Synopsis: Elizabeth, a blind resident of a nursing home meets Emily, a delinquent teenager in foster care when Emily is assigned community service painting out the graffiti she sprayed on the home’s fence. When Emily begins working for Elizabeth as a personal aide, together they undertake the restoring and reading of Elizabeth’s father’s journals which tell of his years of service as a light keeper on Porphyry Island on Lake Superior.
First Thoughts: The novel appealed to me because age-crossing experiences such as the relationship that develops between Elizabeth and Emily are a common experience in my own life. Also one of the settings, before and during WWII, is my favorite.
Writing Style: Daughters is written with passion and heartfelt emotion,which comes across to the reader as touching, not “sappy.” The tales of twin daughters being raised on the island, described in their father’s journals, through shipwrecks, stormy weather, and dense fogs keep the reader alert. Plenty of action is provided.
Final Thoughts: I left the book with a profound feeling of, “I didn’t see that coming”! The dramatic ending grabbed me and solved the many mysteries and questions the unlikely researchers had.
As the critic’s blurb on the back cover stated, “[The book] takes readers on an enthralling journey to an unforgettable place.”