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Lighthouse Bay [Paperback]

Kimberley Freeman
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21 Nov 2013

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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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus (21 Nov 2013)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 1780877269
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780877266
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 3 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 96,538 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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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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 A lovely story 22 Oct 2014
By Nicola in South Yorkshire TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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What a lovely story! There are two strands: in 2011 Libby Slater has returned to Lighthouse Bay from Paris after 20 years. She has suffered a loss and has bridges to build with her sister; and in 1901 Isabella Winterbourne is the only survivor of a shipwreck but her late husband's brother is looking for her and more importantly, the treasure that he thinks she has stolen.

The two strands weren't as interlinked as in some dual time narrative stories, but they still fitted together nicely. I loved Lighthouse Bay and the lighthouse itself, which added a sort of romantic edge to the story, particularly Isabella's parts and her meeting the keeper, Matthew.

I really enjoyed reading this book. It completely kept my interest and Isabella's story had me rooting for her.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 18 Oct 2014
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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 past and present. Kimberley has created characters that you can identify with and root for and creates great tension and passion throughout. I would highly recommend this book and look forward to reading more books from her.
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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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