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In 1901, Isabella Winterbourne survives the shipwreck that claims her unloving husband, who refused to let her grieve the death of her infant son. She walks 50 miles to Lighthouse Bay, carrying only the priceless jeweled mace intended for the new Australian Parliament as a gift from the queen. She is found by Matthew Seaward, steady lighthouse keeper, but her husband’s brother may not be far behind. In 2011, Libby Slater reluctantly returns to Lighthouse Bay after the death of her married lover, unsure of her reception from her sister, Juliet, who runs the family B&B. Then a developer starts to show interest just as a young man from Libby and Juliet’s past unearths Matthew’s journals. The plot may sound complicated, but Freeman (Wildflower Hill, 2011) weaves the two time periods together so seamlessly that it zips by. The secondary romance plot for Juliet is adorable. The book definitely contains some of the hallmarks of women’s fiction—sisters with a painful past, loveless marriages, handsome men in convenient places—but this story contains enough adventure and villainy, especially in Isabella’s story, to avoid cliché. --Susan Maguire
"The author’s description of the beautiful Australian coastline will linger with readers long after they finish the book." (Kirkus Reviews)
"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)
(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 11 days 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 2 months ago by P.T.
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 5 months ago by Sostrander