Defining Courage – “The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter” by Hazel Gaynor

I am deeply impressed by the depths of courage, grit and determination exhibited by the women portrayed in “The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter”. Equally impressive is the gifted writing style of Hazel Gaynor. An emotional, but never sappy, story of two remarkable women, told in dual voices and parallel timelines, a century apart. Before encountering this beautifully written novel I was totally ignorant of Grace Darling’s life or of the tragic shipwreck off Farne Island in 1838. To say that Grace and Matilda’s stories are inspiring seems woefully inadequate. I can’t even find the right words to describe the depths to which it moved me but suffice it to say that Gaynor has set the bar very high for historical novelists who follow in her footsteps. Easily five stars.