With the haunting atmosphere and emotional power of The
Language of Flowers, Orphan Train, and The Light Between
Oceans, critically acclaimed children’s author Jean E.
Pendziwol’s adult debut is an affecting story of family,
identity, and art that involves a decades-old mystery.
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,
especially her beloved twin sister, Emily. When her late
father’s journals are discovered after an accident, the
past suddenly becomes all too present.
With the help of Morgan, a delinquent teenager performing
community service at her senior home, Elizabeth goes
through the diaries, a journey through time that brings
the two women closer together. Entry by entry, these
unlikely friends are drawn deep into a world far removed
from their own, to Porphyry Island on Lake Superior,
where Elizabeth’s father manned the lighthouse and raised
his young family seventy years before.
As the words on these musty pages come alive, Elizabeth
and Morgan begin to realize that their fates are
connected to the isolated island in ways they never
dreamed. While the discovery of Morgan’s connection sheds
light onto her own family mysteries, the faded pages of
the journals will shake the foundation of everything
Elizabeth thinks she knows and bring the secrets of the
past into the light.