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Lighthouse Bay [Kindle Edition]

Kimberley Freeman
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)

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1901: Isabella Winterbourne has suffered the worst loss a woman can know, and can no longer bear her husband nor his oppressive upper-class family. On a voyage between London and Sydney to accompany a priceless gift to the Australian parliament, Isabella is the sole survivor of a shipwreck off the sun-drenched Queensland coast. But in this strange new place, she finds she cannot escape her past quite as easily as she'd hoped.

2011: A woman returns from Paris to her beachside hometown to reconcile with her sister. But she, too, has a past that is hard to escape, and her sister is not in a mood to forgive her. Strange noises at night and activity at the abandoned lighthouse raise her curiosity, and she finds herself investigating a century-old town mystery.

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'Full of excitement and danger. [A] complex and well-woven thriller [that] combines a thoughtful vision of the future with relics of the present and creates an atmosphere both alien and familiar' Library Journal.

'Enthralling and visionary' Thomas Reiter, Astronaut.

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1901. Isabella Winterbourne has suffered the worst loss a woman can know and can no longer bear her oppressive, upper class family. But when the opportunity to escape arises, it leads to tragedy.
2011. Libby Slater has returned from Paris to Australia to rebuild her life and mend her estranged relationship with her sister. When she notices suspicious activity at a nearby lighthouse, she decides to investigate - and stumbles upon a long-forgotten love affair, and a secret that threatens the whole community.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1273 KB
  • Print Length: 434 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus (21 Nov. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EDOC12Y
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #89,505 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Evocative and Moving 15 July 2013
Right from the start, there's a cozy, but disconcerting feel to the story that grabs the reader's attention. The details unfold slowly as you read along, evoking a touch of emotion and mystery.

The story takes place in Australia where a young woman named Libby flees to after the death of her married lover. There she runs head-first into a conflict with her sister Juliet that has kept them at arms-length from each other for decades. A hundred years previous to that, Isabella, a young woman trapped in a loveless married to the heir of famous jewelry dynasty is the sole survivor on a ship that sunk off the coast of Australia that carried a precious gold and jeweled ornament to be gifted to the Australian government by the Queen of England.

Through the eyes of these two women, the reader is swept into feelings of lost love, the mystery of the lost treasure, hardships faced by the characters, betrayal, bitterness, passionate love and forgiveness.

The author has a lovely writing style, simple, unencumbered, but beautiful in description and spirit. The characters are complex and with plenty of conflict in their pasts to capture the reader's interest and hold it to the end as the mystery of what happened to the treasure is slowly revealed.

It is a story about the choices one makes during a moment in time and the impact it will have on one's future. There is plenty to contemplate and identify with along with the three women at the heart of the story. A deeply evocative story with plenty of passion to keep you turning the pages long into the night.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Shazjera TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Beginning in 2011 we get to know more about Libby, her reasons for leaving Paris and her ambivalence in returning to her home of Lighthouse Bay. She has the deeds to what once used to be the lighthouse keeper’s cottage and this is where she makes her home.

In 1901 we’re with Isabella and husband Arthur on the baroque. Their arranged marriage is a total mis-match – Arthur is straight laced and ruled by routine while Isabella is quite fey. Isabella’s strength of character is clear in how she overcomes the depravations as a result of the shipwreck and finds a place in the town.

If you read my reviews you will know I really enjoy the structure of alternating timelines. In Lighthouse Bay, I loved the length of time we spend in each century. We leave after a major turning point, not knowing the consequences until we’re back in that time. This is such a page turner as I was quite desperate to find out what was happening! Each timeline has a different rhythm to the writing too which fits with the era.

I enjoyed the parallels of the two women coming to terms with emotional turmoil as a result of two very different experiences … and the building tensions in the story but for opposite reasons – escape and return.

I also loved that the priceless gift has a totally different beginning in 1901 to that of the treasure in 2011. I loved the symbol and all that it represented.

Despite being quite a lengthy story, my imagination was engaged at all times. Reading this during the school holidays allowed me to have quite long reading sessions and I didn’t have to wait too long to be able to pick it up again. A definite bonus!

This is the first book I’ve read from this author and have to admit that I’ve since purchased Wildflower Hill.

Lighthouse Bay is staying on my keeper’s shelf.

I would like to thank the publishers for providing a copy in exchange for an honest review.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this story 14 April 2014
By Sharon TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Told through a dual timeframe, this is the story of two strong women, Isabella and Libby, who both end up in the Queensland coastal town of Lighthouse Bay.

Beginning in 1901, we first meet Isabella Winterbourne who is the sole survivor of a shipwreck off the Queensland coast with just the clothes on her back and a wooden chest containing her most treasured possession. Is this her chance for a new beginning to escape the unhappiness of her past?

Over a hundred years later Libby has decided to return home to Lighthouse Bay, a town she left over twenty years previously following a tragic accident. Will she be able to find redemption to finally put the past behind her and move on with her life?

I love stories told through dual timelines but this was definitely one of my favourites that I've read in recent years as the stories blended perfectly as you followed them as they set out to make their peace with their pasts and look ahead to brighter futures.

Lighthouse Bay is the first book that I've read by Kimberley Freeman but after having been totally captivated by Isabella and Libby's stories, I'll definitely look to read more books by her in the future.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lighthouse Bay 1 July 2013
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This is an enjoyable read about two women, Libby and Isabella, who live in Lighthouse Bay, Australia, over a hundred years apart.
In the present day Libby returns to her hometown after twenty years living away, in the aftermath of her lover's death she is looking to repair her damaged relationship with her estranged sister Juliet. In 1901, Isabella is the only survivor of a shipwreck that will change her life.
Isabella's story is the most interesting, she has suffered a terrible tragedy in her life even before the shipwreck, and is travelling with her jeweller husband to deliver a gift to the Australian Parliament.Her husband Arthur is a heartless and despicable man, and the shipwreck which sees his demise is the start of a whole new life for Isabella. I thoroughly enjoyed reading her tale, the modern day thread is equally readable but not quite as enthralling.
This is a heartwarming and interesting book, and I would recommend it to fans of Rachel Hore, Kate Morton, Lucinda Riley etc, although I didn't think it was quite as good as the author's other book Wildflower Hill.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely story
What a lovely story! There are two strands: in 2011 Libby Slater has returned to Lighthouse Bay from Paris after 20 years. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Nicola in South Yorkshire
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
This is the first book I've read by Kimberley Freeman and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I was hooked from the first page and loved the two stories running through and the flip between... Read more
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loved this story of two sisters and one's return home after 20yrs
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A great story couldnt put it down my kind of book
Published 7 months ago by Muriel
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read!
Five stars because Kimberley deserves it, such a lovely story and I am so glad I downloaded. Perfect for a lazy weekend or holiday read.
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