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The Girl in the Lighthouse (Arrington Saga, Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Roxane Tepfer Sanford
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (174 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Writer's Digest 2010- "The authors choice of incident is well honored in the way the individual scenes reveal character through action and dialogue; an entertaining and informative read."

  Historical Novels Review Online-" This historical fiction novel is brimming with tension and crescendo like drama that will captivate the reader."               


RebeccasReads- " I highly recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a fast-paced, engaging read." 


Apex Reviews- "Surprisingly fast-paced and engrossing, The Girl In The Lighthouse is quite the engaging read."


Midwest Book Review- "The Girl in the Lighthouse" is a solid and fine read for younger readers."

Pat Here and There- "I couldn't put The Girl in the Lighthouse down once I started reading. I had to know more."
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Not since V.C. Andrews' Flowers in the Attic has there been a family saga so dark and disturbing. Author Roxane Tepfer Sanford has captured readers from around the world with her best selling Gothic novel The Girl in the Lighthouse.

Arrington, book 1
From the time Lillian Arrington was born, she lived an isolated life on a remote lighthouse station with her father Garrett and her young mother Amelia. But Lillian has wishes and dreams far beyond her years.
When her father is transferred to a new station, Lillian is anxious to meet the assistant keepers and their two sons, Heath and Ayden. She had never met children her own age, had playmates, or made a friend.

Heath, the handsome teenage boy who desires to become a doctor someday, welcomes Lillian. However, his younger brother, Ayden, doesn't like her and she struggles to win him over. Before long, a secret bond between the three is forged and to Lillian's delight, they become close friends.

After so many years, Lillian's childhood is beginning to resemble that of a normal girl. No longer is she lonely and isolated from the rest of the world by over-protective parents. Instead, she experiences new adventures, attends school, and falls in love for the first time.

However, her glorious days on Jasper Island are short-lived as her beautiful young mother begins a tragic descent into insanity and passes away. Lillian is left in the care of her sinister grandmother Eugenia Arrington, who, since the end of the Civil War, continues to steadfastly hold onto the once glorious Georgia plantation known as Sutton Hall. It is there that the immoral secrets of Lillian's parents are revealed, and she is left to pick up the pieces of her scandalous past, and somehow, find her long way home.

Arrington series:
The Girl in the Lighthouse
All That is Beautiful
Sacred Intentions, prequel 


Editorial Reviews

Review

Writer's Digest 2010- "The authors choice of incident is well honored in the way the individual scenes reveal character through action and dialogue; an entertaining and informative read."

  Historical Novels Review Online-" This historical fiction novel is brimming with tension and crescendo like drama that will captivate the reader."              


RebeccasReads- " I highly recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a fast-paced, engaging read."


Apex Reviews- "Surprisingly fast-paced and engrossing, The Girl In The Lighthouse is quite the engaging read."


Midwest Book Review- "The Girl in the Lighthouse" is a solid and fine read for younger readers."

Pat Here and There- "I couldn't put The Girl in the Lighthouse down once I started reading. I had to know more."

From the Author

The Girl in the Lighthouse is book one in a series of three. Like V.C. Andrews' books, the story is dark. This is not a light, fluffy read.

Product Details

  • File Size: 416 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005CWGJWY
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Started out okay but... October 5, 2011
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Can't understand all those great reviews that prompted me to download the book. First half was fairly interesting, especially since I love the sea and am fascinated with lighthouses. Writing was somewhat amateurish but since it was being told from a child's point of view I thought that might explain it. The second half of the book was so bad that I ended up rapidly skimming through it, hoping it would pick up somewhere further along since I had already invested the time to read the first half of the book. Second half was full of idiotic, stereotypical characters, corny language, silly romantic drivel, hokey situations...I found myself rolling my eyes more often than not. This evidently is a series, but I will definitely NOT be buying the second book!
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of time! October 15, 2011
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There is so much wrong with this book I hardly know where to start. It had a few interesting threads but they led nowhere. It was like the author was sitting there thinking up stuff (ooooo wouldn't it be neat if this was there! or that was there!) to throw at the reader then had no clue what to do with it once it was started....just dropped the ideas/characters with no resolutions or disclosures. Totally age inappropriate "feelings"; would've been more believable if the girl had started out at 14 instead of 9, but then she couldn't have endured years of torture and emerged still only 16. I have no idea what book one person read who hails this book (father rapes daughter) for "younger" readers, but it can't have been this one. Repetitive, disjointed, unfinished, abrupt, unbelievable. A load of hooey and I sincerely wish I had never read it. How did this get published?
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35 of 41 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful October 17, 2011
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Despite the poor writing, this book kept my attention for the first two chapters. However, the first glaring problem was the inappropriate sexual musings of the narrator - who happened to be a nine year old girl. Add to that the stilted dialog, the plot lines that were developed only to abruptly go nowhere, and the generally violent and perverted central events and this becomes a book that I will be deleting. Fans of V.C. Andrews may find something to appeal. For the rest of us, this is a painful waste of time that leaves a bad taste in the mouth.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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I wish I could give this no stars. It's true (as TriniRed says) that the nine-year old girl has sexual thoughts that are WAY too grown up for a little kid (apparently, her parents have had sex right in front of her), she's just not believable as a nine-year old in general! If you want to read about incest, rape, murder, savage beatings and general perversion (most of which occurs in the second half), go for it. I finished the book because I was hoping for a happy ending, but it never came -- and you couldn't pay me to read the next two books. I'm glad to see some of the other reviewers hated it too. I'd rather read uplifting books, not this kind of trash. Hit the delete button -- better yet, don't even buy it!!!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Thanks a lot for that picture of the South October 7, 2011
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Although I really enjoyed most of this book, I did not like the ending at all. Spoiler Alert: Contrary to popular belief, we southerners do not usually have sex with our siblings.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Is this a series? October 2, 2011
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I really enjoyed the first half of the story, and the twist in the middle was very interesting. It's very Jane Eyre, which I enjoyed. However, whoever the commenter is who said this is a fine book for young readers might not have been paying attention. Most of the story is in her pre-teens, and she's a pretty lusty pre-teen. Maybe that's the way the were back then? And yes, she bursts into tears when confronted with anything. If that bugs you, fair warning. Also, you can kinda guess the family secret pretty early on. What annoyed me most, though, was that the story seems to cut off and ends at an odd place. So is it a series? If so, I probably won't read the second installment of "sobbing, lusty teenager with family secrets in a lighthouse."
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Overrated October 5, 2011
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I don't mean to hurt anyone's feelings with a mere two stars her, but I was really disappointed that this was one of the top rated (free) books. The author here never really does a good job of placing you in the setting... When where why what!? And then all the twists and turns, plot shift after plot shift, not to mention all the character development of the Daltons - for nothing!!! What kind of ending is that? Foreshadwing to the end, and then ... it's over with no fulfillment. Elementary and overrated. If this is a series, I refuse to read further.
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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A TOTAL MUST READ! April 29, 2009
Format:Paperback
We all need to escape for a while into a place different from our own. The author of this book takes you through the life an amazing young girl who will captivate you with all of her life's "riptides". Her descriptive narrative is very intense and leaves you wanting more. The twists and turns are so unique and much more interesting from the usual novel. Please note **** I normally don't take the time to write a review because I don't feel as strong as I do about this book. If your looking to escape for awhile into "Lillian's" world you better hold on....it will be a wild ride. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars DisTasteful
Wow what a awful book the worst book I have ever read it is about awful mean ugly people I would not ever read again and do not recommend you read it leaves you feeling sick at... Read more
Published 11 days ago by Patricia A Preacher
1.0 out of 5 stars None
this book is sick. poorly written. awful. i hated it and with good reason. it starts out good then goes awful. READERS BEWARE!
Published 24 days ago by My Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars what a twist
The first two thirds of the book was captivating, intriguing, etc. but two thirds of the way through it took such an abrupt turn and not for the best. Read more
Published 25 days ago by Lucy Storey
1.0 out of 5 stars Not worth reading
The summary for the book sounded so good and it was free so I downloaded it for my Kindle. The first part of the book where the girl lives in the Lighthouse is OK, a little... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Karen S. Winter
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart breaking good!
Wow what can I say about this book! I'm still crying. It's a heart warming yet heart wrenching story of a young girl that tries to survive life. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Holly
5.0 out of 5 stars favorite book ever
I absolutely loved this book more than anything. I have read and reread it multiple times and I cannot wait to reread the upcoming books
Published 2 months ago by kim@helmans.net
2.0 out of 5 stars Predictable
I read the entire book but was not sure why by the time I got done. It was fairly predictable and what issues I did want resolved were just dropped. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Deborah A. Griebel
4.0 out of 5 stars strong young woman
A different setting, and a courageous female character made a good story. A love story and a mystery kept me reading.
Published 2 months ago by northwoods
1.0 out of 5 stars different
I had a hard time with this. Too flighty. Love story or ghost story. Just really odd. Didn't enjoy it.
Published 2 months ago by Donna Schrader
3.0 out of 5 stars good book
I didn't know until I searched for the next book in the series that there is a prequel. I would like to have eras that first I think. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Valerie A. Whitten
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More About the Author

Roxane Tepfer Sanford is the author of The Girl in the Lighthouse, All That is Beautiful and Sacred Intentions (The Arrington Series). Her writing style has been compared to that of well known Gothic fiction author V.C. Andrews.
Roxane is the very busy mother of six children, and whatever spare time is left, she dedicates to writing novels. Currently she lives in Gilbert, Arizona.

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