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From The New York Times bestselling author of The Girl Who Came Home comes a historical novel inspired by true events, and the extraordinary female lighthouse keepers of the past two hundred years. They call me a heroine, but I am not deserving of such accolades. I am just an ordinary young woman who did her duty. 1838: Northumberland, England. Longstone Lighthouse on the Farne Islands has been Grace Darling's home for all of her twenty-two years. When she and her father rescue shipwreck survivors in a furious storm, Grace becomes celebrated throughout England, the subject of poems, ballads, and plays. But far more precious than her unsought fame is the friendship that develops between Grace and a visiting artist. Just as George Emmerson captures Grace with his brushes, she in turn captures his heart. 1938: Newport, Rhode Island. Nineteen-years-old and pregnant, Matilda Emmerson has been sent away from Ireland in disgrace. She is to stay with Harriet, a reclusive relative and assistant lighthouse keeper, until her baby is born. A discarded, half-finished portrait opens a window into Matilda's family history. As a deadly hurricane approaches, two women, living a century apart, will be linked forever by their instinctive acts of courage and love.
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They call me a heroine, but I am not deserving of such accolades. I am just an ordinary young woman who did her duty. 1838: Northumberland, England. Grace Darling enjoys her quiet island life at Longstone Lighthouse, at one with nature and the wild sea breezes. But her solitude is interrupted when she and her father rescue survivors of a shipwreck in a furious storm and Grace becomes celebrated throughout England, a heroine of her time. As her renown grows, so does her friendship with George Emmerson, an artist visiting the lighthouse. As George captures Grace with his brushes, she in turn captures his heart. But as the accounts of her heroism escalate, Grace wonders if she has the courage to endure the relentless glare of fame. 1938: Newport, Rhode Island. Nineteen years old and pregnant, Matilda Emmerson arrives in America in disgrace, sent from her home in Ireland to stay with Harriet Flaherty, a reclusive relative and keeper at Rose Island Lighthouse. When a discarded, half-finished portrait opens a window into Matilda's past, she sets out to discover the connection between a Victorian heroine and her own family. When a deadly hurricane approaches, two women, living a century apart, will be forever linked by their instinctive acts of bravery and love. Inspired by true events, The Lighthouse Keeper's Daughter is a sweeping historical novel that explores how our past shapes our present, and what it truly means to be courageous.