I absolutely loved The Lightkeeper’s Daughters ($26.99, HarperCollins) by Thunder Bay resident Jean E. Pendziwole.

The book tells the story of Elizabeth, whose mind is sharp, but her eyes no longer see. She fills the void with music and memories of her family, a past that 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 teenager performing community service, 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 70 years before.

I loved how you were drawn in from past to present, depending on who was telling the story at the time. I loved Elizabeth, who despite of her age, remembers what is like to be young, and does what she can to help Morgan, who has lost so much and who is alone and makes bad choices. I loved how descriptive the book was and how you could imagine what it would have been like to live, cut off from the world, on an island with just your family. I loved how much history was in the book, and how much information you could draw from it. And I loved the story and how I never guessed the mystery, or how it played out.

A copy of this book was provided by HarperCollins for an honest review.

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