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Lighthouse Bay

Lighthouse Bay [Kindle Edition]

Kimberley Freeman
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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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1107 KB
  • Print Length: 434 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1451672799
  • 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 (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,617 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 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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3 of 3 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 18 Jun 2014
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I had never heard of this author but after reading many good reviews I decided to download it onto my kindle for only 99p. Story takes place over two different times the turn of the last century 1901 and the present day. Most of the story takes place in australia. A very moving story about the dilemmas and problems three women face. If you enjoy a interesting story with many twists and turns buy it now
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5.0 out of 5 stars Book 20 Jan 2014
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Really enjoyed this book and did not really guess how it would end. The end I felt left you hanging
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 5 July 2014
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Another wonderful novel by Kimberely Frreman
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5.0 out of 5 stars An engaging read 21 Jun 2014
By Gillian
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Thoroughly enjoyed this novel. I found it quite a unique and intriguing storyline that kept me wanting to keep reading on. Will certainly read more of Kimberley Freeman's books.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good Holiday Read 17 Jun 2014
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Definitely a woman's book, no disrespect intended. Enjoyable romantic romp, in two different timescales, set in Australia, either at the turn of the century or in the here and now. Naturally both have strong female characters persevering against all odds.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lighthouse Bay 8 Jun 2014
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What a great story good characters and interesting stories from the past and the present day.
Quite an easy read but very enjoyable.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Love Kimberley Freeman books,love the way she mixes past with present. This one is a bit predictable but still a great read
Published 1 month ago by Catherine
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommend
This is not my normal type of book but I really enjoyed rudimentary to finish. Would recommend and I will try other books by this author.
Published 1 month ago by Bookworm
5.0 out of 5 stars Fab
It's a great read from start to finish .
Very well written touching sad funny what more do you want in a good book.
Published 1 month ago by linda susan fuller
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful story
I loved this book. Two stories intertwined. Plot was excellent and kept me wanting more. I loved the characters and the pace made every chapter exciting and intriguing. Read more
Published 1 month ago by HP17
4.0 out of 5 stars A good summer read
A good, easy to read book. An engaging plot that keeps you wanting to read on. Set in the past and present, a good story with a few twists and moments of suspense to keep you... Read more
Published 1 month ago by natalie strickland
5.0 out of 5 stars gorgeous, heart-wrenching and beautifully detailed
This is such a lovely romantic book and my heart’s a little bit broken now I’ve finished it.
Isabella is the wife of the famed and wealthy jeweller Arthur Winterbourne. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this story
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. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Sharon
4.0 out of 5 stars More involving than I thought it would be!
I thought the dual time zone aspect of the book was well handled - it did not jump around too much and the storyline was easy to follow. Read more
Published 3 months ago by awel
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