Saturday, April 6, 2013
Lighthouse Bay by Kimberley Freeman
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 Queensland, Australia. The only survivor is Isabella Winterbourne, who clutches a priceless gift meant for the Australian Parliament. This gift could be her ticket to a new life, free from the bonds of her husband and his overbearing family. But whom can she trust in Lighthouse Bay?
Fast-forward to 2011: after losing her lover, Libby Slater leaves her life in Paris to return to her hometown of Lighthouse Bay, hoping to gain some perspective and grieve her recent loss. Libby also attempts to reconcile with her sister, Juliet, to whom she hasn’t spoken in twenty years. Libby did something so unforgivable, Juliet is unsure if she can ever trust her sister again.
In these two adventurous love stories, both Isabella and Libby must learn that letting go of the past is the only way to move into the future. The answers they seek lie in Lighthouse Bay.
About The Author
Kimberley was born in London and her family moved back to Australia when she was three years old. She grew up in Queensland where she currently lives.
Kimberley has written for as long as she can remember and she is proud to write in many genres. She is an award-winning writer in children’s, historical and speculative fiction under her birth name Kim Wilkins. She adopted the pen name Kimberley Freeman for her commercial women’s fiction novels Duet and Gold Dust to honour her maternal grandmother and to try and capture the spirit of the page-turning novels she has always loved to read. Kim has an Honours degree, a Masters degree and a PhD from The University of Queensland where she is also a lecturer. She lives in Brisbane with her young family.
Came away from this book, wanting more. Yes, it does answer your questions, but it was so good!
There are actually two stories, that intertwine with each other. We go from one story set in 1901 and the other in 2011, back and forth, but you get so involved in this story, you never mind the switch.
They both have a lot in common, loss of a loved one, mystery, treasure. We are transported to being on a ship about to wreck, to visiting the wreck years later. We are they for the burying of the treasure and looking for the treasure.
These main characters had so much depth, you will feel like you are right there talking to them, and routing for them. These are very strong womaen, put at the limits of their endurance.
We also visit Australia through the eyes of these women, primitive, and modern. Beautiful, and treacherous.
Be ready for a book that will keep you up, because you won't be able to put this one down!
I received this book from the Publisher Simon & Schuster, and was not required to give a positive review.