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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Llumina Press; 1st edition (May 2, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1605942383
  • ISBN-13: 978-1605942384
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 4.9 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (178 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,091,946 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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."


by, Midwest Book Review-- January 16, 2010 The Girl in the Lighthouse" is a solid and fine read for younger readers." midwestbookreview.com/wbw/index.htm

Tracy Moore Apex Reviews, November 11, 2009
A highly rewarding, entertaining literary treat, The Girl In The Lighthouse is recommended reading for lovers of imaginative, well-crafted stories with the superb balance of action and character development. Be on the lookout for more from this promising new storytelling talent." apexreviews.net

Kam Aures RebeccasReads, October, 6, 2009
"I highly recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a fast-paced, engaging read." RebeccasReads.com

HISTORICAL NOVEL SOCIETY ONLINE
 A long journey for Lillian, this historical fiction novel is brimming with tension and crescendo like drama that will captivate the reader. -- Wisteria Leigh

From the Author

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

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.

Customer Reviews

This is a bit too much for the reader to accept in the plot line.
Longfellow
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.
Singchef22
I'll read just about anything, and books like this make me wish I didn't.
ConnieM

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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 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 By H. Bright on 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 By TriniRed on 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 By Singchef22 on April 8, 2012
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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 By Collin's Mom on 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 By aslem on 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 By Lindi J. Kauer on 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 By Randi Southwick on April 29, 2009
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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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