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‘Compelling… I can’t recommend this one highly enough.’ Gill Paul, bestselling author of The Secret Wife

‘Exquisite… a clear head and shoulders above the rest’ Sunday Independent

‘A splendid read… Not to be missed.’ Kate Quinn ( New York Times Bestselling Author of The Alice Network)

1838: when a terrible storm blows up off the Northumberland coast, Grace Darling, the lighthouse-keeper’s daughter, knows there is little chance of survival for the passengers on the small ship battling the waves. But her actions set in motion an incredible feat of bravery that echoes down the century.
1938: when nineteen-year-old Matilda Emmerson sails across the Atlantic to New England, she faces an uncertain future. Staying with her reclusive relative, Harriet Flaherty, a lighthouse keeper on Rhode Island, Matilda discovers a discarded portrait that opens a window on to a secret that will change her life forever.


‘Shines a brilliant light on female courage and endurance…A splendid read’ Kate Quinn, New York Times Bestselling Author of The Alice Network

‘This exquisite, thoroughly researched book places her a clear head and shoulders above the rest.’ Sunday Independent

‘Based on the real life of Grace Darling and two fierce storms, Gaynor’s tale is both heartbreaking and captivating.’ Historical Novel Society

Praise for Hazel Gaynor:

‘This is a gorgeous, uplifting, magical book that will have you hooked from the start.’ Gill Paul author of The Secret Wife

‘Peopled with unforgettable characters…Once begun, I dare you to put it down.’ Kathleen Tessaro, author of The Perfume Collector

‘Beautiful, heart-wrenching yet life affirming – I loved it.’ Fionnuala Kearney, author of You, Me and Other People

‘Hazel delivers a cast of strong, courageous women for readers to fall in love with.’ writing.ie

‘Her pages pulse with luxurious language and fine detail… an emotive and accessible read' Gloss Magazine

‘Gorgeously written’ Irish Independent

About the author

Hazel Gaynor's debut novel THE GIRL WHO CAME HOME was a New York Times and USA Today bestseller and winner of the 2015 RNA Historical Romantic Novel of the Year award. Her second novel A MEMORY OF VIOLETS was also a New York Times and USA Today bestseller.

Originally from Yorkshire, England, Hazel now lives in Ireland with her husband and two children.

Fiction & Literature
September 6

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