The plain, boring fence of the Boreal Retirement Home
needed Morgan Fletcher's graffiti art to liven it up a
bit. Unfortunately, she was caught and is now forced to
do community service, scraping away all of the old paint
and repainting it. Elizabeth Livingstone is a resident at
the home, spending her days remembering the beauty her
eyes can no longer see. A parcel containing old journals
will bring Morgan and Elizabeth together and change both
of their lives forever.
Told through alternating viewpoints, THE LIGHTKEEPER'S
DAUGHTERS seamlessly weaves between past and present. I
admit I have a soft spot for Morgan. Morgan is quite
prickly, as she's lost the only people she loves and is
now sheltered in the foster care system. Morgan isn't
your typical companion for someone in a senior home, but
she is the perfect match for Elizabeth. I also love how
Jean E. Pendziwol portrays Morgan's foster parents as
it's refreshing to see the positivity.
Oh how I loved this story! From the characters to the
setting, each aspect is perfect. THE LIGHTKEEPER'S
DAUGHTERS is one of the best books that I've read this
year and I think would be even better on audio (something
I intend to explore in the near future). Jean E.
Pendziwol paints a stark, haunting story of love, loss
and betrayal in THE LIGHTKEEPER'S DAUGHTERS. THE
LIGHTKEEPER'S DAUGHTERS is one of those beautifully
written stories that you can read over and is highly
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.