LONGLISTED FOR THE HWA DEBUT CROWN 2018 *** A RADIO 2 BOOK CLUB PICK *** Elizabeth grew up in a lighthouse, inseparable from her enigmatic twin sister Emily. Their father, the lightkeeper, kept a journal of his observations and their daily life. When those journals are discovered on a shipwrecked boat, many decades later, Elizabeth is living in a retirement home and her eyesight is failing. She enlists the help of a troubled teenager, Morgan, to read to her, and an unlikely friendship grows between the two. But as Morgan reads on, Elizabeth discovers that the past revealed is not as she remembers it, and that the journal may contain answers to unexplained events that have haunted her all her life . . .
Set near/on Lake Superior, Canada, the story of Elizabeth and Emily, the above named daughters, had me gripped right from the start. The characters were very well written and I found that I really wanted to know their story. I've learnt a lot about how life must have been in the early 19th Century - hardships endured etc. but enjoyed the present day setting part of the book too. I've spent this weekend immersed with Elizabeth, her family and her Lake Superior, and now have a hankering to go visit for real!!