by Jean E. Pendziwol
Narrator: Dara Rosenberg, Dawn Harvey, Tom Parks
Length: 9 hours and 45 minutes
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Narration: 4 cups
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.
THE LIGHTKEEPER’S DAUGHTERS by Jean E. Pendziwol and narrated by Dara Rosenberg, Dawn Harvey, and Tom Parks shares the story of events that happened twenty years before on Porphyry Island situated on Lake Superior. Pendziwol skillfully brings past and present together brilliantly.
Five reasons to grab your earbuds and listen to The Lightkeeper’s Daughter.
- THE LIGHTKEEPER’S DAUGHTERS is Pendziwol’s debut adult novel, and I found it to be atmospheric, suspenseful and skillfully woven. I loved how she brought a young, troubled teen and elderly woman together. Family, loss, misunderstanding, and art bring closure to a decade old mystery. Her characters are rich, and the tale unfolded in such a way that I quickly became caught in its snare.
- We are given multiple points of view, and the story takes place in present day and the past. In the present, we get to know Morgan and Elizabeth, who is sharp but losing her eyesight. Through her father’s journals and Elizabeth’s own recollection, we learn about events that took place on Porphyry Island where she spent her childhood.
- The story is touching, heart-wrenching at times and filled with slow-building suspense. The author slowly weaves the tale, hinting at things to come and creates this sense of tension all while weaving the past into the present. Each thread is well developed and equally enjoyable. The twists, vivid imagery, and the build up to the reveal satisfied.
- Elizabeth’s story is based in part on actual journals of lightkeepers found on Porphyry Island. I think this lent to a very authentic feel. Combined with the vibrant characters, emotions and exquisite writing style it made for a memorable read.
- When there are multiple points of view I enjoy having more than one narrator. Dara Rosenberg, Dawn Harvey, and Tom Parks did a stellar job. The largest narrations belong to Dara Rosenberg and Dawn Harvey playing the roles of Morgan and Elizabeth. I loved closing my eyes and allowing them to bring the story to life.
Atmospheric, engaging and suspenseful THE LIGHTKEEPER’S DAUGHTERS was an addictive listen. Fans of THE ORPHAN TRAIN will enjoy unraveling its secrets.Atmospheric, engaging and suspenseful THE LIGHTKEEPER'S DAUGHTERS was an addictive listen. Click To Tweet