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Lighthouse Bay: A Novel Paperback – April 9, 2013
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"Freeman skillfully unites the stories of two women who live a century apart but both face the challenge of overcoming difficult pasts, and both under the lighthouse’s watchful presence...Freeman’s moving tale gives her two heroines the unique chance to make a fresh start in life." (Publishers Weekly)
“Freeman weaves the two time periods together so seamlessly." (Booklist)
"What a perfect beach read. A sunken ship, buried treasure, a home on the beach by the lighthouse, sister relationships, adventure, and romance. Lighthouse Bay packs a lot into its two-pronged story." (atravelerslibrary.com)
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Switch to current times, and we're introduced to the Libby Slater, a web designer living in Paris who, having lost the love of her life, decides to return to the place of her birth, the imagined Lighthouse Bay, to grieve, recollect herself and, possibly, face some dreadful demons - including her estranged sister, Juliet, who cannot forgive her sister for the terrible thing she did twenty years earlier.Read more ›
In 1901, Isabella Winterbourne is the sole survivor of a shipwreck near Lighthouse Bay that claimed her husband and thus freed her from a loveless marriage. The treasure she holds in her hands could help her build a new life with her sister in America, but she is torn by her growing love for Matthew the lighthouse keeper and her unresolved grief over the death of her infant son three years previously. Can she escape her grief and find the happiness that has eluded her?
In this book, Kimberley Freeman expertly weaves the two storylines together. The prose is beautiful, the characters are well drawn, and there are lots of interesting twists and turns. There are also some moral dilemmas, especially regarding some of Isabella's actions. However, the flaws in her character also draw sympathy.
I found that I was more engaged with the 1901 story. It wasn't that the present day one wasn't well written, but I didn't gel with the modern characters as much. This was probably just a personal preference. I felt the storyline with the young boy Xavier went on a bit long, though the extended time was probably necessary in order for other plot developments to occur. I also thought both stories were wrapped up a bit too quickly at the end. However, I did enjoy the book and thought the ending itself was very satisfying.Read more ›
From the back cover: FROM THE AUTHOR OF WILDFLOWER HILL, THIS BREATHTAKING NOVEL TRAVELS MORE THAN A CENTURY BETWEEN TWO LOVE STORIES SET IN THE AUSTRALIAN SEASIDE TOWN OF LIGHTHOUSE BAY.
In 1901, a ship sinks off the coast of Lighthouse Bay in Australia. The only survivor is Isabella Winterbourne--escaping her loveless marriage and the devastating loss of her son--who clutches a priceless gift meant for the Australian Parliament. Suddenly, this gift could be her ticket to a new life, free from the bonds of her husband and his overbearing family.
One hundred years later, Libby Slater leaves her life in Paris to return to her hometown of Lighthouse Bay. Living in the cottage that was purchased by her recently passed lover, she hopes to heal her broken heart and reconcile with her sister, Juliet. Libby did something so unforgivable twenty years ago, Juliet is unsure if she can ever trust her sister again.
In this adventurous love story spanning centuries, both Isabella and Libby must learn that letting go of the past is the only way to move into the future.
It could be me however I have not found many stories that take place in Australia and I find that this is a shame. Australia seems to have so much to offer in terms of Geography and History that it seems to just lend itself to great stories. Case in point "Lighthouse Bay". Ms. Freeman seems to understand Australia and focused on the coast in this little town. In 1901 Isabella, due to shipwreck, comes to Lighthouse Bay with a secret. One hundred years later Libby is out to unearth it.Read more ›
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I finished this entire book without putting it down. 1 day, steady reading. I love Kimberley Freeman's stories and this was no exception.Published 1 month ago by Emily
This was the best book ever! I did not want it to end and I still think about it daily. Well written . You will get lost in the story.Published 3 months ago by Kindle Customer
I was captivated from the start unable to put the book down.
Lost sleep thinking about this story and the sensitive moving characters. Read more
(3.5 stars) This is a dual-time novel, set primarily in Australia. In the present day, Libby has been left a cottage by her married lover after his death. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Michelle Boytim
Two wonderful stories. One is modern day and the other during 1901. Both stories include tragedy, betrayal, romance, heartbreak, babies, mystery, and much much more. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Note
I love love love this wonderful book, Lighthouse Bay: A Novell!!!' Kimberly Freeman is one of my favorite authors.
I look for her latest novels and cannot wait to read them.
Another great book from an awesome historical writer. I can't get enough of her books. A must read for anyone who loves historical fiction.Published 10 months ago by Sostrander