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Publisher's Summary

With the haunting atmosphere and emotional power of The Language of Flowers, Orphan Train, and The Light Between Oceans, critically acclaimed children's author Jean E. Pendziwol's adult debut is an affecting story of family, identity, and art that involves a decades-old mystery.
Though her mind is still sharp, Elizabeth's eyes have failed. No longer able to linger over her beloved books or gaze at the paintings that move her spirit, she fills the void with music and memories of her family, especially her beloved twin sister, Emily. When her late father's journals are discovered after an accident, the past suddenly becomes all too present.
With the help of Morgan, a delinquent teenager performing community service at her senior home, Elizabeth goes through the diaries, a journey through time that brings the two women closer together. Entry by entry, these unlikely friends are drawn deep into a world far removed from their own, to Porphyry Island on Lake Superior, where Elizabeth's father manned the lighthouse and raised his young family 70 years before.
As the words on these musty pages come alive, Elizabeth and Morgan begin to realize that their fates are connected to the isolated island in ways they never dreamed. While the discovery of Morgan's connection sheds light onto her own family mysteries, the faded pages of the journals will shake the foundation of everything Elizabeth thinks she knows and bring the secrets of the past into the light.
©2017 Jean E. Pendziwol (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers
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5 out of 5 stars
By Lois Nuttall on 08-23-17

Wonderful in all aspects!

The author has done a wonderful job of crafting the storyline of the book and keeps the reader wondering about the mystery of the Livingstons and Elizabeth in particular. The vocabulary and flow to the story is superb and the narrators did a beautiful job of presenting and representing the various characters.
I will definitely be recommending this book to my book club as it is one of the best I have read over the last year.

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