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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)
Top Customer Reviews
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 ›
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This is the first book I have read by Kimberley Freeman and I really enjoyed it. The first chapter had me and it was hard to put the book
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Kimberley Freeman quickly became a favorite author of mine when I read another of her books, Wildflower Hill (epic must-read!). Read morePublished 2 months ago by Tarheels
This is the third novel in a row by Ms Freeman that I have read. She builds her characters so beautifully, it is hard to finish! Read morePublished 3 months ago by Kindle Customer
This book was fantastic and easy to read. Would highly recommend. Love historical / current stories that leave you happy.Published 3 months ago by kellee fraser
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 6 months 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 9 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 11 months ago by Michelle Boytim